• Hello! I am looking forward to a successful year in 4th grade.  In order to make the transition to 4th grade as seamless and successful as possible, I would like to inform you about the following important procedures and routines. 

    Arrival: The school day begins at 8:30am when the first bell rings.  The fourth grade lines up outside to the left of the main entrance (weather permitting) and inside the main doors during inclement weather. This is where I will pick up the class to start off our day. We have lots to do in the morning to get ready for our day, so I am asking that you please have your child at school on time. Our Morning Meeting is an integral part of our day and that meeting starts promptly after unpacking. Please make all efforts to get your child here on time so that they don’t miss this fun and important part of our day. F.Y.I., children who arrive after 8:40 will be marked late.

    Snack: Please remember to pack a healthy, nut-free snack for your child every day.  Although we are not a nut-free school, I would like to keep our classroom nut-free, due to the individual needs of children in the class.  A snack should consist of a drink (preferably water) and something healthy and easy for your child to eat over a short 10 minute period.  Some examples of good snacks are: cut up carrots and hummus, cut up celery with cottage cheese, cheese and crackers. I’m sure you have lots more creative snack ideas as well!

    Notes/Mail: It is your child’s responsibility to check their mailbox every afternoon to collect their mail and place it in their homework folder in their binder.  I send home notes/mail on a regular basis, so it is important for you to check your child’s homework folder on a daily basis.  Please read the contents and take out whatever is not to be sent back to school.  Very often I send home notes that require a signature or immediate response, so please respond promptly to avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings. I thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding notes home.  Students are responsible for leaving notes in a note tray first thing in the morning and I try to get to them as soon as possible in the morning.

    Questions/Comments: If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to ask. I would prefer you ask me a question or relay a comment than wondering about some concern regarding your child. The best and quickest way to reach me is via email.  You can also send your child in with a note or call the front office and leave a message for me. I will do my best to get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

    Email: vfitzpatrick@tenafly.k12.nj.us

    Phone: (201) 816-7715

    Absences: Please call the school office to report absences for any reason.  If you know in advance that your child will be absent from school, please let me know so I can send home anything they may need.

    Allergies: Please let me know as soon as possible if your child has any allergies to specific foods, or any dietary needs.

    Missing Items: I ask that you please label your child’s personal items so that they can be returned quickly and easily.  Please check lost and found for any items that your child may have lost over the school day.

    Forgotten Materials/Items: Should you forget to give your child something before they leave school, I ask that you please bring the item to the main office and leave it there with Mrs. Amoroso. Please do not bypass the office and personally deliver something to the classroom. Also please do not ask for your child to come to the office immediately. These items will be picked up when there is a break in our schedule. These types of interruptions are very distracting for the children and disrupt the learning that is taking place. Also remember that according to the homework policy, assignments that are not in school on the due date are considered late/incomplete, even if the parents bring them in the same day. We are trying to instill responsibility and ownership for the students over their academic career.

    Dismissal: The children will be dismissed from the classroom at 3:10 when the bell rings and are to go out the back doors of the school by the 4th and 5th grade wing.  Students meeting parents in other areas of the school are to go outside and around the building to find their grown up.

    Once again, I thank you in advance for your cooperation and consideration regarding the above matters.  Your help makes our day run smoothly! I am really looking forward to a great year with your children and working as a team to do everything we can to help them have an exceptional year!


    Ms. Fitzpatrick