Meet the Teacher Letter & Class Information

Fourth Grade Information

Amanda Swanson

E-Mail: [email protected]

Meet the teacher flyer 2022

Welcome to fourth grade!  I am really excited about this year. I am looking forward to getting to know each one of your children.  Your child’s academic and spiritual growth will be an awesome thing to see throughout this year. In order for us to have an effective year, it will be necessary for us to work as a team.  Keeping that in mind, there are a couple of ways to stay informed about your child’s classroom. The class website ( will allow you to stay informed of upcoming events, tests, quizzes, and homework assignments. This information will be posted at the end of the day, every Friday, for the upcoming week. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also email me at the above address. If your concern cannot be addressed through e-mail, feel free to leave a message in the school office (643-3725), and I will return the call as soon as possible. In either case, I will try to respond within 24 hours during the normal school week.



Grades will be posted on headmaster by Tuesday each week.



Each day students will have seatwork, based on what we are learning that day, with time given to complete it in class. If this is not completed within that time, it must be completed upon return to class the following day. I will do random seatwork checks throughout each nine weeks. These will be 16 points each.


AR & reading at home

Students should read at home for at least 15 minutes each night. If they complete and AR book, they can take the quiz upon return to school. AR quizzes can not be taken at home.


The Green Folder (graded tests and homework)

This will go home every Tuesday and must return on Friday morning. The Green Folder will contain graded tests and any weekly homework that may be assigned. Only tests that receive a grade of D or F must be signed by a parent or guardian. Any student without signed papers will receive a recess detention. If you have any questions or concerns about a particular paper, please place a sticky note on the inside pocket and I will check into the problem. I will not take late homework, unless your child has been out or an emergency occurs.  “I forgot” will not be accepted as an excuse. Homework cannot be turned in early. It will need to be turned in upon return to school. All work must be shown and in the student’s handwriting in order to get credit for homework.


Protective Book Covers

Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literature books all need to be covered by Monday, August 15, 2022. Use only the thick brown paper to cover the books (like the ones you get from the grocery store).  This is the best way to protect the book.  Also, no tape should touch the books.  If a cover tears or is damaged, it must be replaced.  If a student doesn’t have their book properly covered, they will receive a recess detention every day until it is. Please see the tutorial on the class website if you have questions.



Your child’s conduct grade will be posted on Headmaster by Tuesday of each week.   Every day they have the opportunity to earn 20 points towards their weekly conduct grade.  If a student is written up, the conduct grade for the day is automatically dropped to a zero.

4 (20 pts.) – Great conduct with a possible 1st warning

3 (15 pts.) – Chose not to listen to 1st warning

2 (10 pts.) – Behavior journal to be signed, with consequence per teacher (examples may include, but are not limited to, recess detention, silent lunch, after school detention, writing lines or assignment, etc.)

1 (0 pts.) – receive a write-up and will be sent to the office


Math:  In math this year, we will use the Purposeful Design curriculum.  Our units will cover place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, geometry, fractions, decimals, and measurement.  The study guides for math tests will be found at the end of each chapter. We will go over the correct answers prior to the test, but DO NOT work ahead.



In science this year we will use the Purposeful Design curriculum. The students will complete units in life science, physical science, earth science, and the human body: wellness. The study guides for science will be found at the end of each chapter in the workbook. We will go over the correct answers prior to the test, but DO NOT work ahead.


Social Studies

In social studies this year, we will study the regions throughout the United States.  The students will learn about the geography, people, culture, and history of these areas.  The tests for this curriculum require that the students be able to apply the information that they have learned, not to just memorize it.  In addition to tests and quizzes the students will complete in class projects and assignments.  The study guides for social studies tests will be completed in class prior to the test. It is your child’s responsibility to fill in the answers that are missing on the study guide. We will go over the correct answers in class.



We will use the Purposeful Design book for spelling this year. Word lists can be found on the class website or in the student’s spelling book.



We will use the Purposeful Design curriculum for Bible.  This curriculum is designed to help the students learn about who Christ is, to grow as Christians, and to witness to others. Bible tests will be on Mondays (unless stated otherwise on the website). A study guide will be posted on Friday on the website. The study guide, as well as weekly workbook pages, should be reviewed before each test.



In Literature we will use the Purposeful Design textbook, as well as individual readers.  This textbook is broken into different units. Within each unit, the students learn different literary concepts such as plot, characters, and theme. The test will generally contain vocabulary and comprehension questions. The vocabulary will be input into their literature folder. There is not a way to study for the comprehension section of the test except to reread the story for the week.


Read and Think / Cold Reads

Cold reads are graded timed reading & comprehension quizzes. This is not something that you can prepare in advance or study for. Students are given a passage to read and then are quizzed on their comprehension of the given passage.




This year in language we will use the Abeka curriculum.  This curriculum is designed to teach the students the eight parts of speech. Each test is cumulative and will contain information that has already been tested in prior units. At the end of each unit there is a guide to help review for the test, but you will need to review all concepts in the unit to be fully prepared.



Mid-Morning/Working Snack

The students will have an opportunity to eat a snack mid-morning as long as the classroom stays clean and free of snack trash on the floor. They may only have snacks that are not high in sugar. They may not have candy or anything that is messy or requires utensils. Students are allowed to drink water throughout the day as long as it is in a clear (see through) closed container.


Birthday Parties:  If you would like to bring in a treat for your child’s birthday, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can plan for it. I can not always fit it in if I don’t know about it in advance.  If you choose to have a birthday party for your child off of campus and want to send invitations out to the class, there must be an invitation for each child.  We will not send out invitations if there is not one for every child.

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