August

The Bennett Bulletin

Room 136

Welcome to Fifth Grade
This teacher is so excited to be here! Your child and I are going to have wonderful fun learning adventures together. I am thrilled to see that my students are excited and happy to be here every day. I am truly blessed with this class. I promise I will do my best to ensure your child has a loving, rigorous, challenging, and nurturing experience this year, coming out confident and well-prepared for middle school. I will treat each one as if they were my very own. Trust me - I am already super attached to them.
A Taste of Soar
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Neveah, Sara, and Jonah rock the Marshmallow Challenge.
A Taste of Soar
Castle Ball. Look at that throwing arm!
A Taste of Soar
Painting in Mrs. Moreno's room is messy fun.

Things You May Want to Know 

Students are welcome, actually encouraged, to keep water bottles at their desks. We don't have a specific snack time, but students may have a snack whenever they wish - as long as it isn't a distraction. We eat lunch really early, so most are hungry in the afternoon.

 

Thank you for signing and sending those brown envelopes back each Monday. I think it is a good way for us to stay in touch. Please know that everything in that folder isn't necessarily entered as a grade. Sometimes it is just independent practice I send home for parents to see if their child is understanding a concept.

 

I try to give my students homework for the week on Monday so they can budget their time throughout the week. I know they have extremely busy lives outside of school, and while I truly believe reading, math review, and study in science concepts are important tasks, I also know students need to spend quality time with their friends and families. Hopefully the homework laid out ahead of time will help them learn to balance things out. After assignments are collected, we usually go over them in class with partners, in small groups, or together as a class. It is a valuable way to review and for your child to be able to quickly evaluate his or her own progress and to discover mistakes or misconceptions and correct them. It is imperative that they begin to take ownership in their learning and to know that when they struggle with something, we will work together and they will be successful. Mistakes are not failures but should instead be used as learning tools. Grades from homework come from student participation. A student will receive a score of 100 on a homework assignment if it is evident that student has put forth his or her best effort, even if the work has been done incorrectly. Homework not turned in on time will receive a score of 0, unless there is a note from a parent explaining extenuating circumstances.Students will be learning from assignments we go over in class. If they don't participate because they didn't complete their work, they are wasting class time. At the end of the nine weeks I average all homework grades for one homework score, entered in the grade book, that will affect the final grade in each subject area.

 

Your child's three ring binder is my very calculated attempt to help him/her learn to stay organized. Look through it often. The front pocket holds homework. The first section holds pages from their planner with assignments and important dates written down. There is a section for literature response. Currently it holds the second week of a reading log. ( I will collect them every fourth week for a score.) Students are working on a 15-book challenge to encourage them to try some different genres. The science and social studies sections will hold notes and study guides as well as tests (as the year goes on) for students to use for study.This will most likely be the first year your child will be asked to study and prepare for tests (beyond spelling tests of former years). Please help them with this learning process of studying for tests.

 

I have been so proud of the way many of our fifth graders have stepped up to help out our kindergarteners this year. Their teachers are so grateful! As you know, our assistants lost an hour of their day this year and fifth graders have stepped in and helped the little ones get to class, get their breakfasts, opened their milks and juices, cleaned up spills and tears as well. I know you are as proud of them as I am.

 

Fifth grade will bring many new challenges and privileges (which come with responsibilities and independence) for our students. I look forward to a wonderful year together. If you have any concerns or questions for me, I am an email away. I am happy to meet with you or talk with you any time (provided I am not teaching at that moment :)) I will always get back to you at the end of the day if you email me - either by emailing or calling you back.

 
We work hard here, but we play hard too.

 









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