Dear Fifth Grade Families,
I hope everyone had a summer filled with family, friends, and fun!
Welcome to Fifth Grade! I am looking forward to a terrific year! Let’s work together to make your child’s last year of elementary a rewarding one. In our class we work as a team. I require my students to respect and encourage each other, in and out of the classroom. I also include home as part of our fifth grade team, because with your support you will see your child grow into a responsible, mature middle school student.
We will work hard this year to accomplish our 5th grade goals. One of our goals in 5th grade is to become better readers, at home as well as in the classroom. Students will have time to read in the classroom, but it is also very important that they read at home. Another important goal as 5th graders move toward middle school is learning to be responsible. Any work that is not finished in class will be expected to be finished for homework. At times, there may also be vocabulary or spelling words that will need to be studied.
Since being responsible is expected in the classroom, students are not excused for late assignments or daily agendas unless a written note from a parent is sent. If your child is absent, please send a note within three days for the office to keep on file. When an absence does occur, your child is expected to get any work missed to complete for homework. Agendas will be sent daily for parent/teacher communication, and for you to see nightly homework. Progress reports will be sent after the third week of the grading period.
If you have any questions about this letter or any time during the year, please do not hesitate to call or email me. You can reach me by calling the elementary office at (830) 353-8100. My email is email@example.com. If you would like to meet with me for any reason, please call the office to set up a time, or send an email or note in your child’s agenda. My conference time is from 7:50-8:40 Monday through Friday, but I can also be available before or after school. I am here to help your child be a successful student.
5th grade is going to be a BLAST!
See below for the 5th grade rules and expectations.
It is my goal to provide all students with an educationally challenging experience in my classroom. I have high expectations for all of my students, and I will do all that I can to help them achieve those expectations. A child’s quality education needs support and hard work from the teacher, parent, and student. Let’s work together to reach our maximum potential this year!
Teacher Contact information:
Class-dojo will be used as a tool for keeping parents informed about what we are doing in class, and to enhance parent/student/teacher communication. Parents, please be sure to check your e-mail/text and contact me if you did not receive an invitation to join class-dojo.
Before you walk in the classroom:
Be on time.
Be prepared with materials/supplies/homework needed for the day.
Be ready to learn with a positive attitude.
When you’re in the classroom:
Be in your seat with all necessary supplies and immediately begin the bell ringer of the day.
Follow directions the first time they are given and stay on task.
Unless given permission otherwise:
1. Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking.
2. Remain silent and listen when others are speaking.
3. Respect yourself and others at all times.
All classroom disruptions will result in the following:
1st Offense – Verbal warning and noted on discipline sheet
2nd Offense – Misbehavior will be noted on the discipline sheet and parent
contact will be made.
3rd Offense – Student completes a reflection form, parent contacted, and
4th Offense – Parent contact and office referral
Note: Severe disruptions including fighting, profanity, willful defiance of authority, cheating, stealing, or deliberate destruction of school property will result in an immediate office referral.
Late and Absent Policy
Students have one week to turn in a late assignment for a maximum credit of 90%. Any assignment completed, but turned in later than one week after the due date will be recorded as a 70% maximum.
If the student is absent, it is their responsibility to get their assignment from me and the notes from a classmate. Students will have one day for each excused absence to turn in work they have missed after they return to school for full credit. For example, if a student misses two days of school, then they will have two days after their return to complete their make-up work for full credit. If students do not complete make-up work within the time allotted, it will be considered late.
Corrections on in-class assignment and quizzes
Students will be allowed to correct daily assignments and quizzes that have a grade below a 70.
It is the responsibility of the student to request and schedule corrections.
The highest grade a student can receive after correcting an assignment/quiz will be a 70.
Unit tests, benchmarks, and district assessments cannot be corrected.
**Syllabus is subject to change to meet the needs of the classroom.
If you have any questions regarding this syllabus, please contact me.