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, reviewing PBIS guidelines, class rules, schedule, and learning how to learn better.
Unfortunately, there are still several 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 and independent 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, text using Remind, or use the contact form on our class website. Only by working together, we can ensure the success of the children.
REMIND: PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION APP
If you have not already, please join our class on Remind to be informed of class updates, activities, and other important reminders. Remind is a free service that allows you to get messages directly on your phone. Joining our class on Remind is easy. Please click HERE and follow the app directions.
That's all you need to do to start receiving messages! Personal contact information (like cell phone numbers) will not be visible on Remind. Besides class updates, you have a direct way to private message me anytime. :-)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I'm looking forward to connecting with 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. Reading is an assigned homework for every day. Please make sure your child has a quiet place and time to read their AR minutes every day. Thank you.
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 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 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.
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 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.
2019-2020 ART SCHEDULE
I'd like to share with parents our Art Schedule for this year so you can plan on purchasing art materials for your child. All we need is the Oil Pastel, Watercolor, and Charcoal. I will provide all the other materials. Thank youl
August: Line Art
September & October: Tempera Paint
November & December: Oil Pastel
January & February: Watercolor
May: Digital Art
A great big THANK YOU to parents who have donated classroom supplies to our class this month:
We had a wonderful first two days 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, Remind text, or an e-mail. Our class website, http://Journey5th.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!
i-READY TESTING WEEK
i-Ready Fall Testing for 5th Graders begins on Tuesday, August 6 and continues through the week. The students will be tested in Math and Reading. i-Ready 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.
Please encourage your child to try his/her best for these assessments.