Mrs. Luca

Welcome to Mrs. Luca's Fourth Grade Class

I wish all of my students and their families Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy 2013!

"While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about."


Information About Our Classroom

Extra Help
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If I feel the need for your child to come to Extra Help, I wil send home a permission slip in his/her Friday Folder.  However, if you have a concern and would like your child to attend a session, please send me a note in advance, explaining your concern.  That will allow me to prepare a lesson that is suitable for the session.

Extra Help session are from 7:55 - 8:25 on Tuesday (math) and Wednesday (ELA) mornings.  All are welcome. 
Specials Schedule
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Monday -  Library  Week A

Tuesday -  Music

Wednesday - P.E.

Thursday -  P.E.

Friday - Music

Homework Policy
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Why I assign homework:


Homework is a positive way for students to reinforce and improve their reading, writing, math and research skills; develop independence; and take responsibility for completing tasks. Homework is also a way to evaluate what has been learned and what needs further understanding.


When homework will be assigned:


Homework will be given Monday through Friday, with some exceptions. Regular homework assignments will be in spelling, reading, and math. Occasionally, there will be homework assigned in science and social studies. If I assign a major project or  I am giving a test, other homework will be reduced in order to keep time spent on homework to 30- 40 minutes. You will be notified in advance (throught the agenda) of any major tests or projects so you can help your child study or complete the assignment.


Student’s homework responsibilities:


I expect students to do their homework to the best of their ability and neatly. I expect students to do their work on their own, and only ask for help after they have given their best effort.


Teacher’s homework responsibilities:


I will check all homework.  Since I strongly believe in the value of positive support plays in motivating children to develop good study habits, I will give students praise and other incentives when they fulfill their homework responsibilities.


Parent’s homework responsibilities:


It should take approximately 30-40 minutes for your child to complete his/her homework. If it takes longer, it may be because your child had some unfinished class work or make up work to complete and has to do that in addition to the homework for that particular night. Parents are the keys to making homework a positive experience for their children. Therefore, I ask that the you make homework top priority, provide necessary supplies and a quiet environment, set a daily homework time, and provide praise and support.  If you have problem with your child doing his/her homework please contact me right away so we can work together to solve the problem.


If students do not complete homework:


If for any reason your child cannot complete his/her homework please send me a note so I am aware of the problem. If a student does not complete a homework assignment, a missing homework alarm will go home with that student to be signed by the parent, and the assignment must be made up that night.  If a student has 3 unexcused homework assignments, I will ask the parents to begin checking and signing completed homework each night.  If the student still does not complete his/her homework he/she will need to make up the assignment during his/her recess time.  This policy will renew itself each quarter to give the students  a frest start for each marking period.



Please read and discuss this homework plan with your child.


Thank you,


Mrs. Luca


Dates fo Remember
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December 18th - B.O.E. Meeting @ Administrative Building 7:30
December 19th - Pretzel Day
December 24th - January 1st - Vacation
January 4th - Spirit Day
January 16th - Pretzel Day
January 21st - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
January 22nd - B.O.E. Meeting 7:30
January 25th - End of 2nd Quarter
January 29th - B.O.E. Meeting @ BHS 8:00
Vocabulary for Week of .January 7th and 14th
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Roadrunner's Dance
1.  interfere
2.  agile
3.  guardian
4.  proclaimed
5.  awkward
6.  tottered

My Brother Martin
1.  identified
2.  enterprising
3.  persistence
4.  venture
Tests Coming Soon
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S. S. Chapter 5 Test - January 16th
Math Chapter 5 Test - January 18th
ELA Vocabulary Test - January 18th
S. S. Martin Luther King Jr. Test - January 23rd
Science Chapter 4 Test - January 25rd
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Great Ways to Study
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To be prepared for any test:
1.  Share what you've learned with your family at the dinner table.
2.  Reread your notes each night.
3.  Create index cards with terms on one side and information on the other side.
4.  Create your own Jeopary questions, and play with your family.
5.  Use dice/cards to play Math War to practice your math facts in addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
6.  Ask an adult to quiz you on your notes/flash cards/textbook information.
7.  Study a little bit at a time.  Short study sessions are more effective than studying everything at once.  Don't cram!
Important Test Dates
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ELA - 

Math -

Science -