Since the beginning of school 3 weeks ago, our class have been busy with the usual school-starting activities such as getting to know each other, learning classroom guidelines, school rules, schedule, and finishing MAP tests.
Unfortunately, there are still a number of students that needed to be reminded often to behave appropriately. It is not fair to the class if we must spend valuable instructional time correcting behavioral issues. As we begin our 5th grade curriculum, one of our goals this year is learning to be a more matured student. As 5th graders, they should know what their responsibilities are and I ask you to support me in this effort by talking to your child the importance of following instructions and behaving properly at school. Please make sure to make time for your child to do homework and don’t let your child make excuses for not reading every day.
Let me know if there are problems or if you have questions. You can e-mail or use the contact form on our class website. Only by working together, we can insure the success of the children.
Strings and Band students will start their music training with Ms. Anderson beginning next week on September 4. Below is the weekly schedule:
BAND: Monday 11:15-11:55, Thursday 1:30-2:10
STRINGS: Tuesday 1:30-2:10, Thursday 11:15-11:55
Please make sure to bring your instrument to class on your music day.
Although I support your child’s musical interests and will try my best not to plan essential subjects during music times, but your child would have to miss some reading, art, P.E. and technology time when they are in music class.
Please encourage your child to be determined to succeed in music and not let them miss a practice session at home. Thank you!
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and parents feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. 5th Grade students are expected to read at least 30 minutes on their own. In our class, Reading is an assigned homework for every day.
Please make sure your child has a quiet place and time to read their AR minutes everyday.
We are fortunate that Rio Calaveras has a Library full of wonderful books for students to read and expand their knowledge. Please help me in reminding your child that it’s very important to take
good care of the library books entrusted to them. After the reading home, please make sure that books are taken care of, not thrown on the floor or somewhere that the books can become dirty or torn. We go to the library every week on Monday or Tuesday to return and borrow new books. Overdue library books will incur fines and your child cannot borrow any more books until they are returned.
With your child’s being responsible and your help, we will always have books from the library to enjoy. Thank you.
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After 1 full week of school, we are getting to know each other and the students are learning on how we need to behave in class as students. We use the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) Guidelines to help us to be good citizens. We also practice the 5 P's of Learning where students will be Prepare for class, Participate actively, have a Positive attitude, treat others Politely, and follow class Procedures. With these guidelines, I firmly believe that students will learn effectively in an environment which is conducive to the teaching and learning process: safe, responsible, and respectful.
5th GRADE RESPONSIBILITY
This year, students are learning to be independent and responsible for their own education. As we get into our 5th Grade Curriculum, students will have more and more assignments to do in class and at home. I want the students to be accountable of what they need to do, how to do it, and when to turn it in. You can encourage your child, support them, but please do not come to their rescue at the first sign of trouble. Learning from mistakes and accepting consequences are valuable lessons that will help your child tremendously in the future as they continue on to higher grades.
For a few students, this process will be slow and at times, I will ask you to step in. But for the most part, we will encourage them to make good decisions and to understand that there are consequences that come with not making good choices or not following directions. Thank you for your support.
A great big THANK YOU to parents who have donated classroom supplies this month:
- Grant's Family (hand-sanitizer, tissue boxes)
- Malindy's Family (tissue boxes, sharpies, dry-erase pens)
- Carlos M's Family (sanitizers, tissue boxes)
- Yohan's Family (sanitizers, tissue boxes)
If you want to donate supplies, please visit our class' Wish List page. Thank you!
We had a wonderful first week of school. I'd like to report that all is well. The students and I are getting to know each other and we are familiarizing ourselves with school rules and classroom routines. Most importantly, we are happy and ready to begin the year.
We went over class guidelines and 5th grade expectations, including what it means to be responsible, self-disciplined, independent, and accountable. Rio is a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support school. Students are expected to behave properly on the playground, in the cafeteria, bathroom, walk ways, and classroom. Please review the Rio Student Handbook with your child. It is the student’s responsibility to behave in a positive manner. It is not fair to the class if we must spend valuable instructional time correcting behavioral issues. If there is a cause for concern, I will let you know with a note home or an e-mail.
Our class website, http://ourclass.us has a lot of information and resources for parents as well as the supply list, wish list, calendar, and contact information.
STUDENTS-PARENTS-TEACHER. It takes ALL OF US working together to make this year successful.
Thank you for your support!
MAP TESTING WEEK
MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Fall Testing for 5th Graders begins on Tuesday, August 7 and continues through the week. The students will be tested in Math, Reading, Language Arts, and Science. MAP is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote the students’ academic growth.
A copy of scores will be sent home once the tests are completed.
I'd like to welcome you to the start of the new school year. We are going to have a busy and productive year, filled with exciting learning activities, events and so much more.
As this is the only 5th grade year in your child's life, I intend to make it the best experience possible for your child, academically and socially. This class website was created to record our journey together through this 5th grade year. Pictures of our learning activities, students' works of art, poems, and their own websites will be posted here for parents and students to see. It will also remain as a memory for them even after 5th grade and beyond.
Of course, the website also provides news and announcements, upcoming events and activities, resources, learning links, newsletters, and other classroom information.
Please use the "Contact Form" to let me know if you have questions or comments any time. No email address needed unless you want a reply or I can send a note home if necessary.
I'm very excited and looking forward to sharing this year with you and your child.
Rio Calaveras 5th Grade Teacher
To inform parents of what's going on in the classroom, curriculum, news, progress, and activities. Please ask for the Learning Schedule that goes home every Monday.