WELCOME TO THE FOURTH GRADE!
Dear valued parents and students,
I very much look forward to working with your family this year! Please know that my primary concern is the safety and well-being of your child. This year's circumstances are exceptional, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need help of any kind, (205) 558-6303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I also recognize that remote learning cannot happen without the full involvement of our families, as many parents and family members will need to play the role of teacher for their children on a daily basis. Undoubtedly, this will be a challenging time for many of us given the myriad concerns and responsibilities that pull us in other directions. For this, I sincerely thank our families for all you do and will do!
To become aquainted with how school operates during remote learning, I kindly encourage everyone to peruse the other posts on my page providing basic information of what to expect. Please pay particular attention to the pages detailing schedules, expectations, and guidelines as they form the backbone of what we will do. You and your child will receive further clarification on these points as we begin online instruction.
Students will rotate between three 4th grade teachers. I teach the math portion, Ms. Delaine teaches Reading/ELA, and Ms. Burrell teaches Science and Social Studies. The remote learning schedule (under "Remote Learning Schedule & Office Hours") provides a basic outline of our day. Mondays through Thursdays, students will begin their day with their homeroom teachers at 8:10 a.m. Even though we will not meet on Fridays, students will have work assigned for those days, too.
Your child's computer will come with credential to log in to the Clever portal, and from there children will enter the Zoom meeting (details will be forthcoming). For the first few meetings, children will need parental help logging in to the meeting, which they should do at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time. It is better to log in early and then wait, so your child can start the meeting on time. When prompted to identify your device, please type your child's first and last name. This is for security purposes, so your teacher can recognize each participant and admit them to the meeting. Students will be placed in an online "waiting room" until the meeting begins.
Because we are learning at home, your child's new laptop will play an integral part in his or her education. Therefore, children must learn to take excellent care of their devices, keeping them in a safe place when not in use. Very few children can fathom the real value of their computers under these special circumstances and must be taught-- and reminded-- how to care for them. I strongly encourage family members to monitor their children's work whenever possible and to be prepared to remind them to follow daily routines of holding their devices with both hands, using them responsibly, storing them in a safe location, and so forth (see "Expectations, Grading, and Laptop Care"). Computers probably sound like a lot of fun for our kids, but they're expensive and there are no replacements if they become broken, lost, or stolen. More than that, the quality of our children's education hinges upon the proper upkeep and safe handling of these devices. Our children must understand this. Parents and families, I thank you in advance for your help in this matter.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have. Once more, thank you, parents and families, for your patience and your efforts. We will make this a great year together!