Miss Celotto
Christopher Robins to Pooh:
"Promise me you'll always remember, You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."
"Work works wonders!"
"We learn by practice."
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Hello 2016-17 Fourth Graders & families,
Welcome to our "classroom family's" web page!!

This school year your student will experience a lot of new learning across the curriculum for our fourth grade classroom family in room 123.  Although academics are the ultimate in your child's school experience, learning is not isolated to academics alone.  Education needs to focus on the "whole child," socially, and emotionally.  Some Social development themes are prepared, ready, PERSEVERANCE, compassion, empathy, KINDNESS, etc..  The fourth graders will work diligently on being prepared for all they are accountable for, such as their class assignments, homework, being ready by remembering to come to school prepared with assignment book, school to home folder, instruments, lunch, snack, etc.

Students will be working with me one-on-one, individually, in small groups, and whole class groups, based on each student's individual level or need, within all subject areas.  Data considered for me to better "coach" your child is obtained from MAP scores, pre-assessments, DRAs, daily work, completed homework and observations.  This allows for individual student differentiation and rigorous instruction for rigorous learning as well as instilling perseverance and a positive, "can do: approach to learning.  In addition, conferencing with each student regarding such areas as Math Fluency, Writing skills, and reading comprehension gives each student direct, individual feedback, and expectations.
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LANGUAGE ARTS
Language Arts includes reading, writing, speaking, spelling, and cursive penmanship.
In reading students are coached to improve their fluency, read with better comprehension by re-reding for meaning, close reading, interpreting, and reflecting.
Students will be further exposed to different genres of literature, character traits, and forms of speech (onomatopoei, similes, metaphors, alliterations, etc.)  Some of the genres we will delve into are fiction (classical and current), non-fiction or informational text, poetry, traditional literature (fables, myths, etc.), auto-biographies/biographies.  
Students will be writing narratives, expository/explanatory reports, poetry, fables, poems, memoirs, biographical reports.  

MATH
Math includes math vocabulary, and fluency in basics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.   Multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and long division are also taught through fourth grade.  Rounding, estimation, geometry, measurement, fractions, and decimals are further units of fourth grade study.  

SOCIAL STUDIES & SCIENCE
The primary focus for fourth grade Social Studies is the geography and history of our state of Connecticut.

Science units include the water cycle, biomes, forces and motion, and electricity.


"IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD"
I am delighted to be a part of your child's journey through his or her education.  
I look forward to working with your child, and each of you to coach her or him through fourth grade to be the best he or she can be.
Your attention, interest, and assistance with your child's education is greatly appreciated.

I look forward to meeting with you at the Parent Information night at the beginning of the school year.
Also, be on the look out for a welcome note just before school begins again.

ENJOY!!!!!

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In Room 123 we have compassion and empathy for one another, we responsibly respect and advocate for each member of our classroom family as we individually are prepared and ready to persevere to be the best we can be.
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STUDENTS NEED THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES throughout the year FOR FOURTH GRADE:
- 1 BOX OF 
SHARPENED #2 PENCILS
- 1 LARGE ERASER
- 6 PENCIL TOP ERASERS
- 1 BOX OF COLORED PENCILS
- 1 BOX OF 24 CRAYONS
- 1 LARGE GLUE STICK
- 1 MARBLE HARD-COVER COMPOSITION BOOK
- A PENCIL BOX TO HOLD SCHOOL TOOLS THAT WILL FIT IN THE DESK

- 3 BOXES OF TISSUES (for the classroom throughout the year)
 - A HEALTHY DAILY SNACK

 FINALLY
- the awareness that you "CAN DO IT" to be the  best YOU can be!

       and
- A SMILE ~ I'm always here to "coach" you
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HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS:

The students' "responsibility" for Homework is one half hour of reading every day, including Sat & Sun.
Students are also required to practice "Typing Pal" keyboarding for one-half hour a week.
All other homework will be assigned on a day to day basis and placed in their school to home folder in the
"Return to School" pocket.  
"IXL" online, math homework will be assigned regularly and required to be completed regularly.
If your student is unable to access the internet, please send in a note.  In-school arrangements may be considered to assist your child.  
It is extremely important that your child complete regularly assigned IXL Math homework to assist them in practicing math skills & strategies for mastery.
"WE LEARN BY PRACTICE."  

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PLEASE be sure to check your child's "SCHOOL TO HOME" folder daily (and your child's assignment book) for daily homework assignments, notices, permission slips, etc. (Such as picture day, book fair, notes from the nurse, reading specialists, etc.).  Also, please be sure your child arrives at school each day with their "SCHOOL TO HOME" folder (to place homework and any notices in for home).

THANK YOU!!
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Updated ENCORE SCHEDULE to follow..........

A Day - Computer lab - 
B Day - 
C Day - 
Library - 
D Day - 
Chorus - 2:15-2:45

- Your student needs to please be sure to wear sneakers when Physical Education is scheduled.
- Also, students should not wear their best clothing when Art is scheduled.  
- It will be your child's responsibility to have their DRES library book on days when Library is scheduled to renew or exchange their book(s).

For those students in band, it will also be your child's responsibility to have their instruments every day that is scheduled for their lessons, calls home are time consuming, and interruptive. 
There may be exceptions, however, often the forgotten instrument (or library book) becomes a regular habit, often requiring calls home and visits to the office. The DRES social development pledge includes being
responsible, prepared, and respectful.

 
Parents, THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE and interest in your child's journey as a successful 4th grade student, being the best he or she can be.  "It takes a village to raise and educate a child."   I am honored and privileged to be a team partner in your child's academic development.  Therefore, I, as a professional, appreciate our communication in working together for your child to be the best she or he can be.

Contact me at:  gcelotto@reg4.k12.ct.us
If I do not reply PLEASE send a note in with your child as your email either went into the "JUNK" mailbox (which I do NOT look at & if so, I WILL resolve) or it wasn't delivered, which I need to know about in order to resolve. 
Thank you, Miss Celotto