Palos East Elementary SChool

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Accordion Folders
Your child will be bringing home important information in their folders every day. Please be sure to review all work brought home with your child and discuss it with them. These folders are to be returned everyday with completed homework.

Assignment Notebook


Every day students will be responsible for writing their assignments in their Assignment Notebooks.  Each night, you should review your child’s completed homework and sign off in their Assignment Notebook.  You may also send communication to me through the comments section – and I may send you notes as well.  Only sign off when they have finished their homework and do not sign off for the whole week at one time.

Birthday Treats

Birthday treats are not allowed.


Our class uses the computer lab once a week.  We will learn skills in many of the Microsoft Office programs and work on various projects using all types of media.  Basic typing skills are learned using


We have worked on putting together a set of classroom rules as a group.  The rules stress having good character and being a role model for the younger children at school.  If a student does not follow these rules, they will be given two warnings.  If the behavior continues, I will mark it on their Behavior Chart.  For more serious offenses, we may call home together or the student will be sent to the main office.

Field Trips

  • TBD

Graded Work

On most Fridays, I will send home graded work for you to review.  Please make sure you review this work with your child and sign off on the chart.  Students should return the empty envelope on the following Monday.


The grading scale is posted in the classroom.

  • 93-100 = A
  • 92-90 = A-
  • 88-90 = B+
  • 83-87 = B
  • 80-82 = B-
  • 78-80 = C+
  • 73-87 = C
  • 70-72 = C-
  • 68-70 = D+
  • 63-67 = D
  • 60-62 = D-
  • Below 60 = F


Homework will be sent home on a regular basis and some of these may include:  Math review sheets, Spelling packets, Social Studies review questions / projects, Science review sheets, Vocabulary, Reading Projects, and other research projects. 

  • I usually do not give homework on Friday.  But, students are expected to read over the weekend.
  • Missing homework assignments will be noted on the Graded Work / Behavior Chart on their Friday Folder. 
  • Fourth grade has an incentive program to motivate students to complete their homework on time.  Students with 3 or more missing assignments will have to report to study hall, while others are engaged in a variety of fun activities.
  • Duration of homework should not exceed 40-50 minutes per night.  Independent reading of 20 minutes per night is in addition to assigned homework.


We go to the school library every week.  Please make sure library books are returned on time so new books can be checked out.

Reading Logs

Please submit reading logs on Friday. You may use the “official” Reading Log, or a sheet of loose leaf paper.  You may also type the entries and turn it in on Friday.  If you need an additional Reading Log, you can print one off below.


Need help thinking of something to write?  Click the link below...


Scholastic Book Orders
About once a month, I will send home Scholastic Book catalogs.  Order forms and checks (made payable to Scholastic) should be sent in an envelope marked "Scholastic Book Order".  If you would like to order online, use the Classroom Code FMMC3.

Sending Money
Please place all money that will be sent with your child in a labeled envelope or plastic baggie.  Be sure to include a note that has your child’s name (and number), what it is for, my name “Mr. Pritchard”, and grade level.

Star Student

Each week, a student will be our Star Student.  I will send home a form with some questions for them to fill out.  They can also bring in 4-5 pictures to share with the class.  At the end of the week, the student will share what makes them special with the rest of the class.