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 tenth 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.
Your child will soon be tested to show his or her knowledge of the fourth grade standards. This testing begins in April. This is a great time to begin to have your child focus on test preparation by practicing math, ELA, and Science strategies through Study Island. This is the best way you can help your child at home. Your child knows his or her password and can access this site through the Waynesboro School District site or the link provided. Students earning 5 blue ribbons or more each week (Thursday-Wednesday) will be recognized at our weekly Study Island meetings and receive a freeze pop for their efforts. Be sure and ask your child about the Study Island 100 club! Thank you for your support in your child’s education.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Fourth grade participates in block schedules. Students rotate between the fourth grade teachers for English Language Arts, Math, and Science/Social Studies each day. Our Daily Schedule:
9:00-10:25: Block 1
11:10-12:30: Block 2
1:00-1:30: Mowrey Movers/AR
2:00-3:20: Block 3
AR Reading: 15-20 minutes each night (including weekends)
Your child should study his or her math facts each night.
In addition, a homework sheet will be given most nights.
Other work may be assigned as needed.
**Please check your child’s planner for testing days.*
Grades can be accessed at any time on the Parent Portal. (You will need a pin number. Call the office for details.)
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.
Mrs. Bumbaugh’s Group: Mixed Group:
Day 1 – PE Day 1: Library
Day 2 – Music Day 2: Art
Day 3 – Art Day 3: Music
Day 4 – Library Day 4: PE
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.