Miss McNeil’s Class

Class Handbook/Syllabus

How To Survive Fourth Grade!

A Guide for Parents & Students in Ms. McNeil’s Class

Step 1. Communicate with me!
It is very important to me to maintain open communication with parents. I will be sending notes home and making phone calls as needed. Please feel free to do the same with me. My email address is melissa.mcneil@district6.org. However, I don’t usually check my email until after school. I am quickest to respond to messages through Class Dojo, so if you want to send a message there I can get back to you fairly quickly. However, if it is an emergency, please call the office. If you would like to speak by phone, please call the school office (541-494-6500). The best time to contact me is after school before 3:00 p.m. If you would like to speak in person it would be helpful to schedule an appointment by emailing me or calling the school.

Step 2. Do your homework!
I understand that families today lead busy lives and have many commitments outside of school.

Daily homework consists of the following:
• At least 20 minutes of reading a night
• Completing unfinished assignments from that school day (work that was started in class but not finished.)
• Rocket Math Practice/IXL Math/Moby Max – Suggested 5 minutes a night (30 minutes total for the week). These are great websites that offer extra practice in math and reading.
• A weekly Assignment Log, Reading Log, and IXL/Moby Max Log will be kept in the student’s homework folder and is to be updated daily by the student, signed by the parent, and returned to school each day.

~Parent’s Homework Responsibilities~
Parents are the key to making homework a positive experience for their children. As a parent, you can help your child be successful by making homework a top priority, providing necessary supplies and a quiet homework environment, setting a daily homework time, providing praise and support, not letting your child avoid doing homework, and contacting me if you notice a problem. If your child has attempted an assignment and is having trouble completing it, please let me know and I will work with your child to help them understand the assignment the following day. Assignments that are missing or incomplete will need to be made up.

Homework Folders need to come to school and go home every day. We keep our assignment calendars and math facts cards in there, as well as anything that needs to go home or come to school.

Step 3. Sending home completed work:
As a parent, I know how much work can come home from school and the endless piles of old school work that I am supposed to filter through for each of my own kids can be overwhelming. Consequently, I will send home only items of significance. Daily practice work will not be sent home. We do, however, verify completion and correctness on such practice activities. Ultimately, our goal is to work toward purposeful end products that you and your child will be proud of.

Step 4. Try to be at school every day, but if you are absent call the school. 541-494-6500
If your child is absent and the front office has not been notified, they will call home. This is for the safety of your child.

Step 5. If you are absent, make up the work you missed.
If a student is absent, he/she will have as many days as he/she was absent to make-up any missing work. You may also arrange for assignments to be picked up at school. Please call or email me to make these arrangements as it takes a bit of time to gather all the missing assignments. Late or missing assignments may result in a loss of privileges, such as recess or field trips.

Step 6. Be on time!
Please make sure your child arrives at school on time. Our class starts first thing in the morning. Students are allowed to come down to our classroom when the first bell rings at 7:52 a.m. and be in class by the second bell at 7:55 a.m. If a student is not seated at his/her desk when the bell rings at 7:55 a.m. they will be marked tardy. Students that arrive after 8:00 a.m. will have to check in at the office and get a tardy slip.

Step 7. Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible
Students are expected to follow these three CPE school rules.

Step 8. Keep toys at home!
Toys are not allowed at school. Please keep all toys and unnecessary “stuff” at home. If these items are brought to school, I will ask for them to be put in your child’s backpack and taken home that day. If I continue to see it, it will go to “June Jail” where it will remain until the end of the school year.

Step 9. Birthdays!
If you would like to bring in special treats I ask that you bring them in during lunchtime, which is from 12:00-12:45. Our schedule is packed throughout the day and cannot easily accommodate birthday treats. This will give you a chance to spend some quality time with your birthday kiddo and his/her friends.

Step 10. Dress for success!
Please read over the school dress code in the C.P.E. Parent Handbook (found on the school website). Children who do not adhere to the dress code will be sent to the office to call home for appropriate attire.

Step 11. Love our classroom volunteers… yes we do!
I encourage family members to volunteer in the classroom! The students enjoy it and it is beneficial to their learning. All volunteers must be approved by the school district. Volunteer applications and scheduling information is available in the office. When volunteering please wear appropriate school attire. We are also required to have each volunteer (including those attending field trips) fill out the background check form before helping out in the classroom and/or field trips. Please check with the office to make sure your form is up to date.

Step 12. Bring a morning snack…yum!
I encourage HEALTHY snacks to be brought from home. Students will be able to eat them during morning recess. Water bottles with secure lids are also encouraged (water only). There is a permanent stain on the carpet from an incident where someone’s unsecured bottle spilled a red drink on the carpet.

Step 13. Use the bathroom at recess…please!
Students are encouraged to use their recess times to use the restroom. If your child has a medical concern and needs to use the restroom often please let me know.

Step 14. Return your library books!
Our class will visit the school library every Monday. Students are allowed to check out 3 books and one magazine this year. Please be sure your student brings his/her library books to school by Monday so they can check out new books. Lost books have to be reimbursed.

Step 15. Fitness Program…
The CPE staff works hard to stave off ever-growing childhood obesity rates by having students participate in daily fitness (two laps around the school block) and regular PE. It’s important students come to school appropriately dressed for physical activity every day. They’re welcome to change into tennis shoes prior to fitness and PE. Rest assured, we do take into consideration physical ailments such as asthma or illness, but students will not be excused without a note or call from home.

Step 16. Cell Phones…
I realize that some parents rely on their students having a cell phone for communication purposes. At CPE, students may use their cell phones to notify their parents of arrival at school or dismissal from school. During the school day (7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.) student cell phones must be turned off and stored in backpacks to limit distraction from the instructional setting. If you need to contact your child during the school day, we ask that you call the front office at 541-494-6500. This helps to establish clear communication with your student and limits distraction in our classroom.

Step 17. Monday Notes…
Every Monday, I will send home a Monday Note which will show you a snapshot of your child’s grades, any missing assignments, what has happened that week in class and any events that we have coming up. Please go over, sign and return this paper every week. Also, the grades will fluctuate wildly as we put assignments in. If your child is missing work, their grades will reflect that. Please help them by reminding them to check for missing assignments, taking them home and completing them, and turning them in. If you have questions about what you see on the Monday note, please send me a note or an email or a message on class dojo and I will get back to you as quickly as I can. Also, while grades are important, they aren’t everything, so if your child has grades where you do not think they should be, please contact me and we can talk about ways to help.

Step 18. Class Dojo.
We use class dojo for behavior and communication in our class. If you do not have access at this point, please contact me for the code. With Class Dojo, you can see the types of behaviors that I am seeing in class, as well as pictures an activities and news from the class. It is a fantastic way to keep in touch with the class and with me.

Step 19. Please read these miscellaneous items!
• We have LOTS of field trips scheduled this year! However, students must earn the right to attend our class field trips. Field trip privileges can be revoked for chronic late/missing assignments, behavior issues, etc.
• Each fourth grade student at CPE will be assigned a laptop to use throughout the school year. Students are expected to use technology safely, respectfully, and responsibly. Students who do not follow expectations will lose the privilege of laptops. Laptops do not go home.
• Book orders will be sent home with your students throughout the year. These offers typically provide quality literature for discounted prices, and the opportunity to earn classroom resources. If you are not interested, please do not feel any pressure to buy anything.
• If your child needs to be picked up early from school, please make sure to go to the office and sign them out. The office will then call the student down. Please always enter the building through the main entrance.
• We may be working on various projects throughout the year that are related to holidays. Please speak to me if you have any concerns about this. I can let you know what we will be doing, and if you do not want your child to participate I can create alternate projects.
• Our classroom procedures and routines may change throughout the school year. If a major change does occur, I will communicate it to you.

This is going to be a great year! I am looking forward to the upcoming months with your child. I want you to know that in everything I do, I always have your child’s best interest in mind. Together we can make this a fun and successful year for your child! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have comments, questions, or concerns.


Melissa McNeil
CPE – Room 18
melissa.mcneil @district6.org
541-494-6500 – main office

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