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 Welcome to 4th and 5th Grade

WELCOME FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADERS TO THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR!  This is a milestone year as we prepare for 5TH GRADE OR the transition to middle school. Together we will explore new books, develop our writing styles, travel across the regions and through the history of VIRGINIA / THE United States, and discover the possibilities in science and compute our way through the year.
Our school telephone number is 540-751-2490. You will find an email link to me at the bottom of the page. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns throughout the year.
To get our school year off to a terrific start, please read over the important points below.
 Your fourth/fifth grader will use a planner this year. This is to go back and forth from school every day. Upcoming tests and quizzes will be recorded in the planner by students.  Parents, please have your child complete homework independently or with minimal help and check it over with your child. I encourage you to correspond with me through your child’s planner whenever necessary and I will do the same. Homework completion is important, as it is a review of material taught at school.
 Our nightly homework should not exceed 50 minutes. It will typically be 20 minutes of math or 20 minutes of other homework as needed. There will not be homework on the weekends however some time may be needed to review for upcoming tests or quizzes. If homework was difficult or took longer than an hour, please make a note of this in your child’s planner and it will not count against him or her.
 All students are encouraged to keep a water bottle at their desks at all times. Good hydration helps keep us alert.
 Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for P.E. (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday)
I look forward to working with all of you this year. 
Mr. Betenson

Email me by clicking on the horse!