WELCOMEto your first day in Fourth Grade! Buchanan 2010-2011
Opening Questions• What are you looking forward to?• What are you NOT looking forward to?
Meet Mrs. Buchanan.• This is my 5th year at PCCS teaching 4th grade math and 3rd year teaching science.• I am also on the 4-5 Elementary Honor Society Committee for students with high academic and behavioral achievements.• One of the BIGGEST things you need to remember is that teachers are HUMAN! I WILL mess up. Please don’t expect perfection. I will remember that for YOU, too!
“Meet” Mrs. Buchanan’s Family My husbands name is Brian, We LOVE traveling and watching all kinds of movies together. My son, Brady, is in 4th grade. He’s into Science experiments and cub scouts. He is playing football and baseball again this year. My daughter, Chloe, is almost 6. She is in 1st grade in Miss Starrs class. Chloe is taking hip hop dance and clogging this year.
• Starting the Day 7:50 Classroom opens – I may be in the room preparing for class, but please give me the time alone I need to do just that. I love to see your SMILING faces, but not until 7:50. Please place your homework ON TOP of your desk when you arrive so I can quietly take attendance and check homework.• 8:00 Attendance taken and class begins – You will be counted tardy if you are not in the classroom when the bell rings at 8:00. BE ON TIME and be prepared to have a GOOD day! (In other words, have a POSITIVE attitude!) • Once you are unpacked, please begin your morning work.• You will be in my classroom until 9:40 when we have a bathroom break and then go to Mrs. Bakers class for reading.
Using the Restroom• You are given three times to use the restroom throughout the day: – Before 8:00 when in the hallway. – At 9:40 before reading class. – At 11:50 after lunch.Use the bathroom at these times!You may NOT use the restroom when I am in front of the class teaching.Please make sure to WASH YOUR HANDS after using the restroom. Count to 5 when drying your hands.Use this time to get a drink from the water fountain. You may not get a drink when we are walking to another class or program.
In our SeatsWe must remain in our seats while the teacher is teaching. You may not get up for any reason unless you are asked to.If you need a tissue, give me the signal and I will allow you to get one. Please do not over use this rule.Keep all your trash at your desk until the teacher is finished teaching.
Your DeskWhat to keep in desk: Things you need all the time… paper, pencil, notebooks, school books, etc.What not to keep in desk: -Corrected papers (take them home!) ALL PAPERS THAT ARE TO GO HOME will be sent in your Friday folder. -TOYS (or anything that you choose to play with in class) DO NOT BELONG IN YOUR DESK. Mrs. Buchanan will be happy to hold anything that distracts you until the last day of school.Other people will be sitting at your desk.*PLEASE KEEP YOUR DESK NEAT AND ORGANIZED. Don’t leave valuable items in your desk at all.
Lockers• Please keep your locker neat and organized. Respect your locker mate!• You may not hang pictures INSIDE OR OUTSIDE of your locker.• You may not have a lock on your locker at any time.• Please do not put anything of value inside your locker.
Our Classroom• Floor: – Must be clean before any of us leave for the day. – Anything left on the floor may just disappear.• Desks: – Keep them neat and organized. Desks will be checked daily..• Supplies: – If you lose your notebooks or another item you need for class then WRITE YOURSELF A REMINDER NOTE stating what it is that you need. • Pencils will be kept in a community tub. You should have no more than 2 pencils at a time.
Our Reward System!• I am always looking for good behavior…so be ready! – Make sure your stamp pad is ready on your desk with your name on it.• I will be giving out stamps throughout the day. Collect 10 from Mrs. Buchanan and Mrs. Baker and choose a reward!• Don’t lose your stamp pad or you will have to start over.
Mrs. Buchanan’s Stuff• My desk is off limits. – You are not allowed to be at or near it without permission and please do NOT spend any time gazing at any papers I may have laying on it.• My teacher “closet” is off limits• Please feel free to use the items I’ve left out on the supply table.
Quickly and Quietly• Line up for switching – QUICKLY AND QUIETLY• Line up after recess - I expect that you will line up IMMEDIATELY when the whistle is blown. - QUICKLY AND QUIETLY• LINE UP ANYTIME – QUICKLY AND QUIETLY• WALK DOWN THE HALL – QUICKLY AND QUIETLY
Telling Time• Lunch is at 11:20. Recess is at 12:00• I know how to tell time.
BIRTHDAYS• You may bring treats. Make sure you bring enough for everyone.• We’ll sing Happy Birthday and enjoy your snack during lunch or silent reading times only.
Grades• Math – Tests/Projects 75% – Class work/Morning work 15% – Homework 10%
END OF THE DAY• 2:30 – Get your desk clean and make sure you have your homework ready. That includes having a book to read. Also, remember, no one leaves until our floor is tidy.• 2:40 – Bus riders and students going with a younger sibling are dismissed.• 2:45 – Car riders will go with me to the front of the school. We will line up quietly on the right side lawn.
QUESTIONS• I will do my BEST to answer ALL questions and to do so without making fun of you or the question. Don’t be afraid to ask.• Any questions?