Mr. Dittrich

Joe Dittrich
4-5-6 Math and Science

4-5-6 Guidelines

The Fulton School - St. Albans

Grades 4-5-6 Guidelines For Success


August 22, 2018

Dear Grades 4-5-6 Students and Parents,

So that the school year will be successful for all of us, we require that both students and parents read and discuss the following guidelines.

1.It is imperative that each student arrives before 8:10 AM daily so that he/she will have a minimum of five minutes to get organized for the day.  Classes begin at 8:15am. Those students not in the classroom at that time are considered tardy.

2.Dismissal time for Grades 4-5-6 is 3:15 PM to 3:30 PM.  4th & 5th grade students are sent to After Hours at 3:30 PM.  6th grade students go to Keeping Room. A homework club exists in the Learning Center from 3:30-4:00 P.M. for any student wishing to use a quiet place to do work until they are picked up by their parents.

3.Doctor appointments should be scheduled for after school or school holidays so that the student will not miss academic instruction.

4.The student is responsible for completing any work missed due to absence/tardy.  Requests for homework must be made using e-mail by 9:00 AM to the homeroom teacher.  You may request that homework be sent home with another student or it can be picked up in the office at 3:30 PM.  Teachers can also email students who feel able to work when absent.

5.Certain after-school events are a vital part of the curriculum and require the student’s presence.  Please mark these dates on your calendar.

W-F Sept. 19-21, 2018 Outdoor Ed 4-5-6 

Dana Brown  Overnight Center

February 1, 2019  Student Led Conference Day

6th Grade Play for 6th Graders - Date to be determined.

6.The COMMUNICATION/ASSIGNMENT JOURNAL serves as the daily vehicle of communication between the 4-5-6 teachers and parents.  Dates of special events will be noted in the journal. Also, the student will write all assignments in the journal.  If a student has no homework in a subject, they will write the word “NONE” in that box for that day.  Parents should look at the journal EACH DAY and INITIAL.  Parents and teachers can also use email as a way of communicating.  Parents can write notes to teachers in the assignment journal and vice versa.

7.One of the goals of Grades 4-5-6 is to develop effective home study habits.  Parents can assist students in scheduling homework time each evening. Referring to the communication/assignment journal, which includes long-term projects as well as daily assignments, should aid in the timely completion of homework.  If the student consistently spends more or less than the allotted time to complete assignments, please contact his/her teacher. Recommended homework times are: Grade 4 = 40 minutes, Grade 5 = 50 minutes, and Grade 6 = 60 minutes. In addition to the homework time, we require students to read 15 minutes daily.  Directed Study time in the classroom is made available at school to get some of the homework completed.

8.In some cases the teacher may request that the student remain after school for special help.  The student/parent should also feel free to request such help, and should make arrangements at least a day in advance.


9.Before going to bed, the student should organize, in one stack, all materials to be taken to school the next day so that nothing is forgotten in the usual morning rush.  For all students, this includes band instruments. Teachers will monitor organization of lockers at school. Parents can help by checking backpacks periodically to extract unnecessary items.  

10.The student is responsible for checking supplies and replenishing them before they are depleted.  This includes a daily cloth placemat to be used at lunch time for everyone.  Placemats can be kept in the lockers and taken home at the end of the week to be washed, or students can bring them in their lunch boxes.  Teachers will initial communication/assignment journals to indicate missing supplies/homework, etc.

11.  The computer is a tool used daily to be successful in school.  Each child has their own gmail account with the school. It is recommended that the student check their email on a daily basis to see if there is something sent to them from a teacher.

12.  Cell phone use by students is not permitted between 8:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M.  They are kept in locker if brought to school.

We are looking forward to a very successful year.

Tracy Lannert (tlannert@tfssa.org), Joe Dittrich ()