Mrs. Neal's 4th Grade Science & Social Studies Website




Welcome to Miss Shirley Neal’s

4th Grade Science & Social Studies Website

"Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world."
~Nelson Mandela~

Dear Parents & Students,

      Welcome to 4th Grade! My name is Ms. Shirley Neal and I am the 4th Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher.  I am excited about this new school year and I hope you and your child are as well. The education of your child is both a privilege and a great responsibility.  By working together, we can make sure that your child receives a great learning experience and have a wonderful school year, filled with learning experiences.

      A new school year can influence children’s attitudes, confidence, and performance, both socially and academically. The transition from 3rd grade to 4th grade can be difficult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of structure, activity, and for some, pressures associated with school life. How a child adjusts depends greatly on the child, but parents can help by doing several things like:

  •  planning ahead,
  •  being realistic,
  •  visiting the school on a regular basis,
  •  and helping your child maintain a positive attitude.

Here are a few suggestions to help ease the transition and promote a successful 4th Grade experience:

  • Review all material sent home by the school as soon as it arrives.  
    • Sign & Return papers are sent home EVERY WEDNESDAY.
  • Re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines.
  • Turn off the TV early and/or limit the amount of television time.
  • Designate a specific place to do homework. Studying and homework are pertinent to the learning process. Failure to do either will have a large impact on your child's performance and grades. Please encourage your child to study and complete and return homework assignments on a daily basis.
  • Set alarm clocks.
  • Express enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the start of the school year.
  • Take time to listen to your child and discuss aspects of the new school year that he or she may express concern about. Remember to let your child know that it is normal to feel nervous about the start of a new school year.
  • Take at least 5 minutes each day to talk with your child about what happened at school. Again, give your child positive feedback about his or her new experiences.
  • Encourage your child to become involved with school activities and try new things.Attend school functions and stay involved in your child's education. Offer to volunteer when possible. Many volunteer activities can be done at home and returned to school upon completion.

      Research shows that children's whose parents are actively involved in their education are higher achievers, better adjusted, score higher on standardized tests, have higher self-esteem, and are less likely to drop out of school.

      I am looking forward to forming a great Parent-Teacher relationship with you to better teach your child, as well as 
an exciting year and a rewarding partnership with you and your child.

  Educationally Yours!


318-325-8982, Ext. 4415