Dear Parents and Students,

         Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope you and your family had a fun filled summer. I have a very active school year planned. I will be focusing strongly on academics with an emphasis on reading, while allowing each student’s creativity and imagination to flourish. I look forward to getting to know your child and you.

         I believe homework is important because it is a valuable aid in helping the students make the most of their school experience. I give homework because it is useful in reinforcing what has been learned in class, preparing students for upcoming lessons and tests, extending and generalizing concepts, teaching responsibility and helping students develop positive study habits.

         Homework will be given out Monday-Thursday and is to be returned the following day. HOMEWORK IS MANDATORY in my classroom and if students come to class unprepared they will stay in during recess and finish it. A weekly homework sheet will be sent home for you to review. Fourth grade students will have about an hour of homework each night, this includes 30 minutes of reading a night. Spelling and Reading tests on Friday. Please reinforce good study habits at home by:

 • Setting a specific quiet time and place aside for homework each day.

 • Check to see the assignments are completed on time.

 • Helping your child set and met deadlines for long-term projects.

 • Making sure text books return to school daily.

 • Helping your child when needed, or making sure they see me for help.

          School supplies are very important to the academic success of your child. Every child should have a student dictionary to use at their house. Each child should have a small pair of scissors to keep at school. These should be brought in no later than August 29th please. Toys do not belong at school. Binders and electronic games are also not allowed.

          I have high expectations of my students and expect them to act responsibly and behave appropriately and finish their work, and therefore I am sometimes seen as strict. I do reward those students who are following the rules and have consequences for those who are not. I hope there will be little if any problems, but if there is I will contact you and if you need to contact me please feel comfortable to do so.

         I will go more in depth about our rules, homework, our course of study, and our report cards and much more on Back-to-School Night. This is on August  17TH at 6:00 p.m. I look forward to your child and you contributing to our class.

         Please discuss with your child the homework and behavior policy, so they know what is expected of them. Please sign this letter and return the portion that has you and your child’s signature on it. I look forward to working with you this year.


 Mrs. K. Hudson