Mrs. Bumbaugh

Welcome Fourth Grade Families!

My name is Tina Bumbaugh and I am excited to have your child in my class this year. This is my twelfth year teaching in the Waynesboro Area School District and my eleventh year of teaching fourth grade at Mowrey. Please review the following information to help you become familiar with my classroom procedures and inquire about our upcoming events.

Be sure to ask your child about Study Island blue ribbons! 

Upcoming Events:

November 10: No school for students
November 14: 2 hour delay for students
November 22-28: Thanksgiving break

Contact Information 

I will do my best to help your child be successful, and strongly believe that parent/teacher communication is a crucial part of this success. If at anytime, you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by email at tina_bumbaugh@wasdpa.org. I can also be reached at school between the hours of 8:10 AM-3:40 PM by calling 762-1191: ext. 1600. If I cannot come to the phone, the secretary will take a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.

 

Block Schedules

Fourth grade participates in block schedules. Students rotate between two teachers for English Language Arts and Social Studies, and Math and Science each day. I will be teaching math and science for two blocks this year. Our Daily Schedule:
8:50-10:55: Block 1
10:55-11:30: Block 2
11:30-12:10: Specials
12:15-12:45: Lunch
12:45-1:05: Recess

1:10-1:50: WIN/AR
1:50-3:20: Block 2 (continued)

Homework Expectations 

Reading:

~ AR Reading: 15-20 minutes each night (including weekends)

Math:

~ Multiplication Facts: students are to practice multiplication facts each evening and take a timed test Monday-Thursday evenings, and return the paper on Fridays.  A test will be given every Friday for mastery of these facts. (Division facts will follow once mastery is achieved.)

~ In addition, a homework sheet will be given most nights.
(Math quizzes and tests will occur for each unit.)


~ Other work may be assigned as needed.

**Please check your child’s planner for homework assignments and testing days.*

Grades can be accessed at any time on the Parent Portal. (You will need a pin number. Call the office for details.)

Study Island:

Study Island is a website that students use to practice a variety of reading, math and science strategies. This site includes lessons, games, and practice tests that help your child practice in a meaningful and engaging way. Any student who completes 5 blue ribbons in a week (Friday-Thursday) will earn a Popsicle and be recognized at our weekly Study Island Pod Meeting!


Classroom Information

Planners – Your child has been given a planner where all homework assignments will be listed daily. It is your child’s responsibility to copy down the posted assignments each day. Each teacher posts such homework and gives time each day for students to write it in his or her planner. Parents, please check the homework assignment each evening, and sign the planner daily to verify that the assignment is completed and checked. If there is no assignment, the word, “none” is to be written down. Your cooperation in this matter is crucial to ensure the success of your child.

Parent/Student Handbook – Please look over the school handbook and let me know if you have any questions. Please sign the signature page and return it to school with your child.

Discipline Procedure -- The class and I have worked together to create a list of classroom rules to ensure a positive and safe learning environment. Please review this information with your child, sign the classroom discipline contract, and return it with your child.               

Special Classes:                                   

 Day 1 – Gym (Sneakers must be worn.)             

 Day 2 – Music                                                   

 Day 3 – Art                                                       

 Day 4 – Library                                                 

 

Bathroom – Students are allowed to use the bathroom when they come to school in the morning, mid-morning, lunch/recess, mid-afternoon, and at other times if necessary. If your child has a health problem and needs to use the bathroom more frequently, please send me a note.

Buses – If your child is not to ride the bus at any time, please send a note. Your child must ride his or her designated bus if no note is received.

Car Riders/Walkers – Children who are being picked up will be dismissed at the back lobby.

Early Dismissals – If your child has an appointment and has to leave school early, please go to the office and inform the secretary. She will contact me and I will send your child to the office to meet you. Please do not come to the fourth grade pod.

Absences – If your child is absent from school, please send in an excuse note the day your child returns to school.

Birthdays -- If you would like to send in a treat for the class, please write a note a few days ahead of time for planning purposes.

Toys -- Children are not to bring toys to school. There may be times when we will do special activities where the children may bring something from home. You will receive a note telling you about such occasions.

Curriculum Information

Reading and Writing: This area includes a variety of categories. During guided reading/strategy groups, students work in small groups to learn a variety of reading strategies. Interactive Read-Alouds involve reading and discussing elements of the story as a whole group. Shared Reading allows for students to read in a variety of groups. Students also read independently on a daily basis to become fluent readers and practice reading strategies. Writing is another crucial part of our curriculum. During this time, students write creative stories as well as narrative, persuasive/argumentative and informational pieces. In addition, students will respond to a variety of writing prompts and/or text dependant analysis questions on reading passages as well as engage in grammar exercises.

Math: The Waynesboro Area School District uses the Everyday Math program to teach a variety of math concepts at the elementary level. Study Links are the students’ math homework and include activities that are to be completed on a daily basis. These activities reinforce the lesson for that day and extend students’ understanding of the concept.

*Everyday Math Family Letters: At the beginning of each unit in math, an Everyday Math Family Letter will be sent home. Please KEEP this informational letter to help your child with his or her homework. The letter explains the math concepts that your child is learning, and provides answers to many of the homework assignments given in order to help both students and parents gain a better understanding of the process.

Content: Social Studies will involve learning many interesting facts about Pennsylvania’s geography, history and government. In Science, we will explore a variety of scientific topics such as plants and animals, water, energy, and electrical circuits through hands-on modules.

I am looking forward to meeting and working with you through the coming school year.

 

                                                                                                Sincerely,

                                                                                                Mrs. Tina Bumbaugh