I hope everyone has had a restful weekend. This week begins with the solar eclipse that will be visible (either as a partial or total eclipse) throughout the contiguous United States. Arizona will only see a partial eclipse, but this is still an exciting scientific event. Using diocesan recommendations, we will not be going out during the few hours when the eclipse is visible (except to walk to and from Healy Hall), and will be having indoor recess and lunch.
Tuesday is our open house. We will be reviewing fifth grade policies, and I will be able to answer any questions you may have about the policies I sent home on the first day. I look forward to meeting everyone.
MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing will be happening this week and next. This week, fifth grade is scheduled for their math test, and we are scheduled for our reading and language tests next week. This year will be the first year that the testing includes grade levels as low as kindergarten. Due to the MAP testing, our plans and schedules must be flexible. We should remain on schedule, however I will inform the students of changes to our plans/schedules as I know them.
Updated on August 20th for the week of August 21st.
For school-wide news, make sure to read the latest Eagle's Nest Newsletter.
Advice and Reminders
Fifth Grade Newsletter
August 22nd - Open House 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
August 21st - September 1st - MAP testing
September 4th - No School (Labor Day)
A New Year
Fifth grade is a year of much growth and development, both academically and physically. I love seeing the students grow, mature, and become responsible, independent learners. It is hard work to transition into an independent student. To aid parents in helping their fifth graders, I have several sections/pages/links on this website that provide useful tips, tools, and advice. Please feel free to browse all the sections for anything you might find helpful. Also feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
The Importance of Homework
Homework provides much needed practice and feedback to prepare students for the tests that follow. More than just lowering a student's average in a given subject, missing homework assignments may also result in gaps in learning. In the first days of school, students will be given papers discussing our classroom policies, including homework policy. We will be discussing these in class, but do not hesitate to stop in if you have any questions.
The Classroom Notes section at the top of this home page is the fifth grade newsletter. It is usually just a couple paragraphs. It is updated weekly, usually on Sunday nights, but it may be updated earlier in the weekend. As well, the curriculum pages are updated every weekend to reflect what will be taught in the coming week. This advice and reminders section is often left up as reminders, and is not necessarily new. However, if you see a new heading, you know that the information provided under that heading is newly provided.
Check RenWeb Frequently
Please make sure to check your child's grades frequently on RenWeb (at least once a week). If you have any problems accessing RenWeb, please check with the office as soon as possible. RenWeb is your quickest, most up to date access to your child's performance on assignments/tests. If you have any questions about your child's progress, please let me know and we will sit down and discuss your concerns.
Students must follow the dress code as outlined in the Student Handbook. Repeated violations of the dress code will result in a detention. I have reminded the students of this in class. If you have any questions, the Dress Code section begins on page 8 of the Parent/Student Handbook.