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Welcome to the fabulous fifth grade! A myriad of awesome academic opportunities await you this school year. I look forward to working together closely as we build the foundation for success in middle school and beyond.

    I am looking forward to an exciting and successful year, and will be extremely grateful for all of your help and support.  We are especially appreciative of all the instructional supplies which have been donated to our classroom. You are wonderful! Parents, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions that you may have. 

Important Dates to Remember

           October Dates to Remember 2011

10/7 Monthly Assembly

10/1 Vision/Hearing Screening

10/7-10/8 Target Conferences

10/11 Free Flu Vaccine Clinic

10/19 Fall Festival

10/20 Red Ribbon Week

10/31 Halloween Parade


*** Keep an eye out for 5th grade fundraising activities***

The Top TEN Ways to Help Your Child Be Successful This Year  

(As could be presented on the David Letterman Show)

 10. Consistent attendance. The 5th grade has a lot of ground to cover. You won’t want to miss a moment!

 9.  Plenty of rest. (Make sure your child gets 8-10 hours of sleep each night)

 8.  Good Nutrition and Healthy Snacks. Send your child to school with healthy snacks such as fruit, string cheese, yogurt, whole grain crackers,  pretzels, and cereal.  For more snack ideas check out this link: www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/healthy_school_snacks.pdf

7.  Create a study area. Students can focus best in an area free of distractions such as tv.

6.  Organize school materials. Gather pencils, pens, markers, scissors, glue, an eraser, a highlighter, colored pencils, index cards, and lined white paper in one place. It is also handy to pick up report folders and poster board for special projects. This will save a last minute frenzied trip to the store.

5. Read, Read, Read!!  Research indicates that students needs to read 1,000,000 words a year to master grade level reading and vocabulary skills. For the 5th grade this means reading 20 minutes each day in a chapter book.

4. Check and sign planner daily. Please take note of assignments and behavior record.

3. Review completed homework assignments and projects. Spot check for accuracy and completeness.

2. Close communication.  Let me know if you have questions or concerns. We need to work together.

And the #1 Way to PROMOTE SUCCESS this year ……

1.  Give your child LOTS of HUGS and PRAISE for their good effort, hard work, and for being such a great kid!!!   :  )    Consistent positive reinforcement goes a LONG way.


The following items will be used throughout the year:

v Kleenex

v Soft soap (in pump top dispenser)

v Index cards

v Avery glue sticks

v Clorox wipes

Daily Schedule (Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri.)

8:45-9:05 Daily Warm-ups, Journal Writing
9:05-10:20 Math
10:20-11:30 Language Arts
11:30-12:00 PE
12:00-12:30 Spelling/Workshop
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-1:30 Read aloud
1:30-2:15 Science/Social Studies
2:15-2:35 Recess
2:35-3:00 Science/Social Studies
3:00-3:15 Closing/Hmk/DEAR


Homework will typically be assigned Monday- Thursday. This will consist of: 20-30 min. for each of math, language arts, (usually spelling) and home reading. Home reading on Fridays/weekends is strongly encouraged. Students really need to spend time each day mastering and increasing their fluency of multiplication/division facts.

 Science or Social Studies may also be included depending on the workload. We have begun our study of U.S. States. Introduced on Mondays, students will be learning approximately 3 states/capitals a week over the course of the semester. Students should practice these for a few minutes daily, (a blank U.S. map has been sent home). Tests will be on Fridays.