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Dear Parents,
I wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with information on some of the most frequently asked questions.

Most of Student homework is a continuation of our daily lessons. Whatever is not finished in class is the student's homework. Homework is due the day after it is assigned. If it is not ready when collected the student will lose 10 points for the assignment being late.

You are encouraged to look over and sign your child's assignment notebook each day. Your interest in their work is necessary for their success. Remember, even if your child is finished with all of their written work, they should spend time each day studying for upcoming tests, quizzes, or reviewing material covered in class. Also, students should spend a minimum of 20 minutes each day reading a book of their choice.

Assignment Notebooks
Assignment notebooks should be signed every day. Please feel free to write comments at the bottom of each daily column. Communication is a key to your child's success in school. The assignment notebook is also a great place to get ideas for questions about what your child has done each day in school. Please ask your child each day about their day at school.

Three Ring Binders
Your child should have a three ring binder (1.5 - 2-inch) to keep assignments, graded work, notes etc. This binder is a very important tool in teaching your child to stay organized. This binder is most effective when used daily. The binder should be divided by subject area. If your child keeps their binder organized it will help your child and you locate assignments. All assignments should be dated and have a heading.

Field Trips
In 5th grade we will visit many sites outside of our building. Our biggest trip is to Chicago in May. Students pay for this trip. We encourage students to save their money, do odd jobs, and to participate in the 5th grade fundraiser (more information about this later). Each student will need to contribute approximately $30 for this trip, so it is important to start saving early! Since we represent our family, school, and community on these trips, good behavior is a must. We expect students to do their Personal Best in and out of school. Students, who choose not to follow procedures, or choose not to complete assignments, will be excluded from participating in field trips until they have shown themselves to be more responsible. If a student is excluded from a trip, he/she is still expected to attend school and work on completing assignments. With your help, missing trips will not be an issue.

Please be sure to call the school office (444-1750) if your child is going to be late or absent, or need to leave early. Each student is responsible for checking to see what assignments have been missed. Students will be given a reasonable amount of time to complete missed work. Unexcused absences count as a zero for missed assignments. Extra credit will not be an alternative for missed work. If you know in advance that your child will be missing school, please let the school know as soon as possible.

The grading scale is: A 93-100, B 86-92, C 77-85, D 70-76, F below 70. I will ask you to sign and return quizzes and tests. You should check each day about graded work that has been returned. This work should be in your child's three ring binder. Daily participation in class is critical to your child's success. Some work will not receive a letter grade to allow your child to practice a skill before receiving a grade. Students, however, will receive points for participation. These points will be factored into their subject grade. A student who is receiving a grade of 'F' in two subjects will be ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities. Active Listening is a skill that must be used.

Accelerated Reader
Students will be expected to read and pass a minimum of three Accelerated Reader tests each month. Books chosen should match your child's reading ability.

Birthday Parties
If you wish to bring in treats for your child's birthday, please notify me a week in advance. Please do not bring juices that can stain carpeting (especially red). Parties are generally held the last 20 minutes of the day. If students are having a birthday party outside of school, please mail these invitations. Invitations will not be allowed to be passed out at school.


Last updated January 12, 2009