Fall Conferences are quickly approaching. After having a few weeks to get to know your kids, I’d like to sit down with you and set some goals for school year. Goal setting will be the major focus these conferences. The first trimester is not complete so there will not be “report cards” given at this conference. Please use the link to sign up for the conference time that works for you. The days are 10-16 (Wednesday) and 10-17 (Thursday). I’m available beginning at 7:30 am until 7:30 pm those days. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yLlwN5VCGe_QX16TUQKLy6tlu7_QYgdsZzjw9-cICb4/edit?usp=sharing
10-3 Adopt-A-Street ( Could use a volunteer or two still)
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I’m excited to team with you and your student to make their 5th grade year full of learning opportunities, challenging projects, and memories. Fifth grade is a big year! We have opportunities such as DARE, special field trips, and the end of year Oregon Coast Adventure that kids have been waiting years to participate in. Working together, I’m sure we can make this a year they won’t soon forget.
Fifth grade students are expected to come to class everyday prepared to work hard, have a great attitude, and have fun. Fifth graders are expected to be respectful to all students, teachers, and staff here at Central Point Elementary. The three school rules are-
In addition to these three school rules we have three classroom rules-
During the first few weeks of school we will learn what each of the expectations are and how they look in the classroom. We will also discuss the consequences if we choose to break a rule. These include, but are not limited to-
5 minutes from recess
10 minutes from recess, PBIS visit, parent contact
Any homework given has been carefully planned out and is designed to reinforce skills learned in class that day. The only exception to this will be for independent research projects. Regular homework should never take more than one hour at night. Homework will generally consist of a math practice and 30 minutes of independent reading. Homework is due the next day, and is to be placed in the basket at the start of the day.
Strong reading skills are essential for a solid academic foundation. Like riding a bike, reading takes practice, practice, and more practice to become fluent. As part of our nightly homework, students are asked to read 30 minutes per night. Please have your child fill out the reading log to document how much they are reading at home and have you initial nightly.
Nearly everything you need to know about our classroom appears on blogs.district6.org/charles.hadley, our classroom webpage.
Major Areas of Study
Instruction is based on the National Common Core Standards with an emphasis on math, language arts, American History, and Science. We will be using a blended classroom this year, integrating technology with the traditional learning set up. Many assignments will be given and turned in using Google Classroom. If access to a computer or the internet is an issue for your family, please let me know.
In addition to academic standards we will also focus on our Central Point Elementary Core Values. These include: a sense of purpose, engagement, creativity, determination and perseverance (grit), empathy, collaboration, a sense of community, and respect.
I look forward to working with you to provide your student a memorable school year. Please feel free to contact me by stopping by the classroom, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 541-664-6500.
To schedule a spring conference, click on the “Spring Conferences.” tab (above). These conferences work somewhat differently than those in the fall: rather than full, sit-down meetings, students “exhibit” their portfolios (this is different than the school-wide Exhibition Night on April 26th). To view the portfolio, receive the report card/progress report, and chat briefly about your child, you can simply “drop in” during either of the two open sessions. However, if you feel a full traditional conference is necessary, you may schedule a specific time by following the directions on the “Spring Conferences” page.
I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday with your families!
Thank you to all of the families who braved the cold to meet me at the river to release our class pets. We released nearly 80 salmon to the Rogue River. This is one of the best hatchings I’ve had in ten years!
January – March is my favorite time of the school year. This is where we really roll up our sleeves and get to work. Our first big project is the author study. Kids chose their authors yesterday. The assignment description that I gave to them is copied and pasted to the bottom of the email.
The end of the month also brings us music and DARE will be starting soon. Exhibition is scheduled for April 26th and kids will begin the process of brainstorming ideas in the coming weeks. Busy times!
Our next field trip is the Josephine County tree plant on Friday, February 7th. I will be looking for a handful of volunteers who don’t mind getting their hands dirty.
The Alevin are here! We’ve had a very successful hatching of our salmons eggs! I’m estimating about 90% hatch rate which is outstanding! I’m looking at a tentative release date of December 22 at Touvelle Park. Keep checking back for more details.
Our class pets have arrived! This year our kids will be working with ODFW to study our native salmon population. We will be raising 100 salmon from egg to fry, and then release them in mid-December. Keeping checking back for updates on our new friends.