Welcome! I am so glad to have your child
in my class.
Here are a few Helpful Hints to make this
the best year possible.
Watch for a monthly newsletter with information about curriculum and upcoming
Send a written excuse if your child is absent.
Send a written note if your child will be going home a different
way than usual. Include the date and the
teacher's name on the note.
Put any money (or checks) for lunch, etc. in an envelope or
ziplock bag with your child's name on it.
Provide your child with a healthy snack every day.
We go out for recess every day weather permitting. Children should dress for
the weather. (Hat coat, gloves) Often a hooded sweatshirt is not warm enough.
Homework. Your child is
responsible for writing daily assignments in his/her agenda. I initial the
agenda daily and ask that you do the same. Your child should expect 30 - 45
minutes of homework per night Monday through Thursday. Students may wish to
work on long term projects at any time. Let me know if homework is taking your
child an unusually long time on a regular basis.
sure of an assignment? Click the homework link to check.
Look for VIP papers every Friday along with fliers and notices. Please review
your child's work and sign the cover note. The packet is due back on Monday.
Birthdays are special. You may send in individually wrapped treats for the
class to celebrate. Children with summer birthdays will celebrate on their
Conferences are scheduled in October. However, feel free to contact me at any
time if you would like to talk about your child's progress or any concerns you
Behavior - We have a delta system in our class. If a child breaks one of
our 4 basic classroom rules, it will be noted in their agenda. Missing
assignments are also noted in the agenda. In addition, we have a mini-economy
system. Each student has a specific classroom job and gets paid monthly. They
also have monthly expenses. The class can earn bonuses for good behavior and
fines when poor choices are made.
Auction - Three times a year we
hold an auction of dollar store items that have been donated by parents. The
children have a chance to spend their mini-economy money and it is great fun
Help your child get to school on time each day. A late start really
Finally, we are all partners in your child's education. Please keep me
informed of anything that may affect your son or daughter at school. Sometimes
children are reluctant to tell the teacher something is bothering them, but
they fall apart at home. I want this to be a happy productive 5th grade year
for them and will help them in any way I can.