Please remember that this week is a short week. We will have early dismissal on Thursday (12:30) and there will be no school on Friday.
This week, I will be giving the fifth grade personal safety lesson required by the Diocese. I will be sending an email to all parents that includes the fifth grade level curriculum/lesson, the recommended Guidelines for Parents handout, and the Parent Refusal Form should you decide to opt out of this lesson for your child. All of these items are also available here by simply clicking the links within this paragraph.
This week we begin our last MAP testing of the year. According to the current schedule, we will have our Reading test on Monday, our Math test on Wednesday, and our Language test next week on Wednesday. If this schedule changes, I will let the students know of the new dates.
Our school Fiesta is on May 4th and 5th. We will need parent help to decorate and run the booths during both nights. There is a sign up for volunteer shifts on the classroom door.
Friday, May 4th from 6pm to 7pm will also be the first "School Step-up Night" which we plan to make an annual tradition. The Step-Up Night is an opportunity for parents and students to visit the room and teacher that they will have next year. Parents will be able to ask questions and receive information about what to expect in the coming year. Students that attend the "Step-up Night" with their parents will also receive free tickets to use at the school Fiesta and be entered into a raffle drawing that will be done Friday night. I hope to see you there!
Updated on April 22nd for the week of April 23rd.
For school-wide news, make sure to read the latest Eagle's Nest Newsletter.
Advice and Reminders
Fifth Grade Newsletter
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.
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.
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, or on the Dress Code pages of the school website.