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First Day of School
On the first day of school, students will locate their cubbies, hang their bags and coats under their name tag and bring school supplies into the classroom. Students will then follow a detailed morning routine in the classroom until morning meeting and our first special.
All students are expected in the classroom between 8:05 -8:20 am. Students who arrive earlier are required to wait by the main office, those who arrive after 8:35 will be marked tardy. It is very important that students arrive on time as we use this time to support learning, as well as setting up a consistent routine of unpacking, and having our student led morning meeting before our specials begin at 9:00.
Students should bring homework folders and any books or other materials needed during the day into the classroom in the morning. In Mrs. Smith's class, snacks stay in our bags until we are ready to eat them.
Should the door to the classroom be closed, I ask students to wait quietly by their belongings until I come to the door. During this time, fourth graders may talk quietly with their friends in our class at their cubbies.
Students are dismissed beginning at 2:40 pm. Fourth graders are expected to know their daily dismissal plans after the first few days of school. Students taking the bus/van will be dismissed first, followed by those who will be picked up by car or who go to NEDP. Students who walk home will be dismissed independently to the door next to the gym in the third grade wing, kindergarten breezeway, or second grade hallway. Because of traffic flow patterns in the school during dismissal, I do not dismiss students early to get their siblings or friends. Please discuss and remind your child of where he/she should meet/exit each day after school.
If the daily pick-up plans change, please send a note or e-mail to the classroom before 8:30 am. If plans change during the day, please notify the office, as I often am not able to check email during the school day.
Please send a snack and drink in with your child each day, including early release days. The snack should be healthy food that your child will eat. Some popular snacks are fruit, yogurt, applesauce, pretzels, or crackers. A juice box or water bottle also helps them to get through the day. I encourage students to bring a water bottle which they may leave at school during the week. Water bottles should be brought home on Friday so that they may be cleaned and ready to go for the following week.
The recess/lunch period is from 11:40-12:25. Students will have about 20 minutes to play outside and about 20 minutes to eat lunch in the cafeteria with some built in transition time to get from one place to another.
Students should dress appropriately for the weather, rain, snow, or shine. I always encourage students to bring a long sleeved shirt, sweatshirt/sweater, or jacket to school even on hot days, as our classroom can sometimes be very cold. In the colder months I ask that students wear pants (not shorts) and come to school ready to participate in outdoor recess by bringing boots, snow pants, hats, gloves/mittens, and a winter coat. During snowy months students without snow pants or boots must stay on the paved area during recess.
Due to the many allergies and health concerns in classrooms, the school policy asks that special snacks not be sent in for birthdays. However, birthdays are still a celebration in fourth grade. Mrs. Smith's class holds a compliment circle and compliments are printed out for the birthday girl or boy to take home.
If your child is sick or has an appointment, please call the Safe Arrival phone number (781-455-0448, ext. 1) to let the office know that he/she will not be in school. If your child is late to school, please have him or her stop by the office and inform the office staff, that way he/she will not be marked absent.