• Parent Information

    I would like to share some information about our classroom and my expectations.  Please review the information below with your child.  My goal is to ensure that all students receive the best possible education here in fifth grade!
     
    HOMEWORK POLICY:
    Students will be expected to complete various projects and assignments throughout the school year.  I expect students to be prepared with assignments when they are due.  When an assignment is not completed and handed in on time, the student will have to sign the Homework Book and fill out a paper for missing assignments.  This paper will require a parent signature and will be placed in your child’s Take Home Binder to be signed and returned the following day.  Missed assignments should be handed in the next day.  Homework is a very important way to reinforce the skills learned in class during the school day and is also an important tool for teaching responsibility to our students.

     

    STUDENT ASSIGNMENT BOOK:
    Learning how to be responsible is an important part of becoming a successful student when transitioning to the middle school.  Organizing time wisely and planning ahead are skills that we will work on during the school year.  A student planner (assignment book) will be used daily to record assignments, projects, reminders, etc.  Each night this planner will be going home with your child as a reminder of what assignments are due the following day and in the future.  Please read the assignment book each evening and review these assignments with your child. 

    A parent signature is required each night and will be checked daily.  Any questions or comments can be written in your child’s assignment book, as I will check for signatures each morning.  This is a great way to keep open communication at all times.  

     

    TAKE HOME BINDERS:
    Each student has received a black Take Home Binder.  This binder has been organized into two sections—“Take Home” and “Return to School.”   When papers are placed in the “Take Home” pocket, they are intended to be kept at home and are no longer needed at school.  This will also include any informational handouts that students receive.  Removing them each night will help keep your child organized.  In the “Return to School” pocket, students will place any informational forms, quizzes, tests, missing homework assignment forms, etc. that require a parent signature.  It is important to check this pocket nightly and return them to school the following day.  All quizzes and tests that have been checked and handed back to the class will also be in this binder.  Return the binder to school with your child every day.   

     

    CLASS RULES AND DISCIPLINE POLICY:
    Students are expected to be respectful of their classmates, teacher, and school property.  In addition, their attitudes can often influence their motivation and dedication to schoolwork.  Listed below are the classroom rules that will help our room stay positive and on task. 

    ü       Listen carefully

    ü       Follow all directions the first time they are given

    ü       Work quietly and stay focused

    ü       Be kind to others

    ü       Respect your classmates, teacher, and school property

    ü       Complete assignments on time

    ü       Always do your best!

    Discipline procedures are simple and consistent.  If at any time discipline is needed, the student will receive a paper that has a stop sign on it.  They will need to complete the form explaining what they were doing and what they should have been doing.  This is the first warning and will be stapled in their assignment book to notify you.  Every additional STOP form that is received will also be stapled to the assignment book and will require the consequences listed at the bottom of the STOP form.  Below is a copy of the form.  Independent time requires the student to be pulled away from the group to adjust their behavior before joining the class again.  The 2nd STOP requires 5 minutes of independent time and the 3rd STOP requires 10 minutes of independent time.  If a 4th STOP is received, the student will spend the remainder of the day working independently.  With the forms stapled in the assignment book, you will receive immediate feedback of any misbehavior.  Please remember to sign the assignment book so I know that you were informed of these consequences.   Severe misbehavior is unacceptable and will be sent directly to our principal, Mrs. Dixon.
     
    CLASSROOM DONATIONS:
    We seem to go through tissues very fast!  If you would like to donate a box of tissues to our classroom, that would be great!  Allergies and cold seasons keep us busy with runny noses.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your generosity!