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Title: Parent Information Night 2014-2015

Parent Information Night 2014-2015
Barbara Bush Elementary
Fourth Grade
Jennifer Carrera (Section 404) Math and Science
Anne Dolphin (Section 405)
Language Arts and Social Studies
Meet Anne Dolphin
B.A. in Elementary Education - University of
Northern Colorado This is my 20th year teaching.
This is my 8th year at Bush Elementary and 7th
year in 4th grade. My husband Ed and I have been
married for 21 years and we have 2 children
Sarah, 17 at TWHS Andrew, 14 at TWHS - 9th
Grade. I enjoy reading, cycling, hiking,
camping, hunting and spending time with my family
during my free time.
Meet Jennifer Carrera
B.A. from University of Missouri (Biology,
Chemistry, and Psychology)? M.Ed. in Curriculum
and Instruction from University of Houston This
is my 16th year teaching and my 10th year
teaching 4th grade. Before becoming a teacher, I
worked in the quality unit of a pharmaceutical
company in St. Louis, Missouri for five years. My
husband, Steve, is from Ecuador. We celebrated
our 13 year wedding anniversary in June. Our son
Gabriel is 3 years old.
Classroom Schedule
  • Additional learning opportunities are offered
    each morning at 730 (Razzkids, Mathletics, Study
    Hall, and Moveable Minutes).
  • Daily Schedule
  • 800-810 Arrival/Announcements/Warm-Up
  • 810-900 Specials
  • 900-1100 Switch Class
  • 1100-1130 Lunch
  • 1130-1150 Recess/Study Hall
  • 1150-1210 Restroom/Switch
  • 1210-1230 Warm-Up/Silent Reading
  • 1230-110 P.A.W.S. (Intervention and
  • 110-300 Homeroom Class
  • 300305 Dismissal

Classroom Management
  • Behavior Log
  • Reasons for signing log
  • -Not following class or school rules
  • -Not prepared for class
  • -No homework
  • Consequences
  • -Study Hall
  • -Walking or sitting out during Recess

Math and Science
  • Math
  • Multiplication facts need to be practiced and
  • New TEKS and new textbooks
  • Problem solving and process skills
  • Science
  • Focus is on hands-on investigation, problem
    solving, and analyzing data through various
    topics in physical, earth, and life science.

  • Various in-class novels/readings throughout the
  • Scheduled library time on Mondays
  • Book Club
  • Genre Study
  • Social Studies will often be incorporated into
    Reading. Our emphasis is on Texas and its

  • Vocabulary
  • Based on prefixes/suffixes, and Greek and Latin
  • WordMasters
  • Words typically given on Mondays
  • Test on Fridays

  • Book Club
  • 1 book every 3 weeks
  • Students choose books from a selection and their
    choice puts them into a peer group reading the
    same book
  • Book Club reading should be completed at home
    with one journal entry due per week (DUE EVERY
  • Students have choices for Book Club response
    questions in their Journal.
  • Students will meet on Thurs. to discuss journal

  • Spelling will be incorporated into the daily
    writing grade and will not be a separate grade on
    our report cards.
  • CISD supports the movement to develop Life-Long
    spellers. Our spelling assessment will be based
    on student knowledge of word patterns and high
    frequency words rather than the ability to
    memorize single word lists.

  • Nightly writing homework
  • Scored using the 6 Traits Model and STAAR rubrics
  • INTENSIVE writing in 4th grade
  • Facilitated through genre study and incorporated
    into all subject areas
  • Expository and Narrative Writing in addition to
    Revising and Editing

  • Reading, Writing, and Spelling are combined into
    one grade.
  • Report Cards are given at the end of every
    grading period as set by the district.
  • Progress Reports are given midway through the
    grading period.
  • Sign progress report or report card and return 1
    copy in the envelope.

Tuesday Folders
  • Tuesday Folders will be sent on Tuesdays.
  • Sign comment sheet and discuss expectations with
    your child if needed.
  • Keep all papers unless noted otherwise from
  • If there is a Monday holiday, folders will go
    home on Wednesday.

  • Homework should take approximately 60 minutes
  • Math and writing homework given daily M-Th
  • A Reading STAAR packet, vocabulary, and spelling
    will go home on Monday.
  • Book Club Reading and Response Journal
  • Memorization of multiplication facts (If not
    90 passing rate on weekly timed test, students
    then practice facts nightly for a minimum of 15
    minutes in addition to regular homework.)

STAAR Testing
  • Writing STAAR test is on March 30th and 31st,
  • Math and Reading will be on April 21st and 22nd,
  • Students are monitored very carefully as their
    promotion in 5th grade is contingent upon success
    on Math and Reading STAAR.

Parent Conferences
  • Conferences can be scheduled before or after
    school or during our conference period from
    830-900am. Phone conferences are always an
    option, too.
  • Fall Conferences will be scheduled after the
    first nine weeks or sooner if needed.
  • Spring Conferences will begin after STAAR and
    continue to the end of May.

  • Send a note or fax a letter. (Emails sent to will come in a a fax.) Please
    be sure to include the date on any
  • Notes are not needed for choir days unless they
    are NOT going to choir that day.
  • Teachers cannot accept email or phone calls as a
    way to change transportation.
  • Transportation must be changed before 230pm.
  • Severe Weather-Your child will go home as you
    have indicated on the PM Transportation Plan
    turned in the first week of school. (Please turn
    this in as soon as possible.)

  • Deodorant is very helpful. If your child isnt
    currently wearing any.... 4th grade is a great
    time to start!
  • Proper shoes! Sneakers must be worn for PE so
    students should arrive to school wearing them.
  • Appropriate lengths for shorts and skirts is a
    must. No spaghetti straps, inappropriate words,
    or muscle shirts.

Treats and Goodies
  • Birthday Treats can be given out in class in the
    afternoons. Cookies and cupcakes CANNOT be
    homemade and are acceptable as long as they do
    not have any icing.
  • Please make sure all items are pre-cut and ready
    to distribute. We do not have utensils for
    cutting or serving.
  • Individual, prewrapped items from the store would
    be preferred.
  • See the following website for new guidelines

Supplies Needed
Periodically, we may send requests for additional
supplies needed for the classroom. All donations
are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
2014 - 2015
It is going to be a great year! Your childs
success is our success! ad Websites can be accessed
through the CISD and Bush Elementary homepages.