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I am so touched and appreciative about the donations that are coming in.
I truly LOVE the books, but also desperately needed the office supplies that make teaching work.
THANKS IMMENSELY for all your donations!!! Keep 'em coming!!!
Bungalow A's School Supply Wish List
Back to school night Letter
In Language Arts, we focus on Lucy Calkin’s Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop model, which allows each child to access the strategies of successful readers and writers at their level and pace. Writer’s Workshop develops writing skills in all areas of writing, including narratives, responses to literature, research reports, and persuasive essays.
In Social Studies and Science this year, we will be focusing on the 5th grade standards.
This includes United States History, and the scientific exploration of Water on Earth, Mixtures and Solutions, and Living Systems. Since the 5th graders studied 4th grade content last year, they will be fully prepared for the standardized science test at the end of the year.
In Math, students rotate to grade level math classes. The math rotations also regroup students with their grade level group, reunite them with classmates from previous years, and give them a little taste of middle school style rotation to specialized teachers.
I am looking for volunteers to help at various times during the week. I would welcome morning math volunteers to help facilitating math games and support independent work. I am also looking for art and science volunteers Thursday and Friday afternoons, homework checkers on Friday mornings and keeping up with copying on Tuesday afternoons. I invite you to join us for walks up to Sutro Heights and Tank Hill, and as chaperones on any of the many field trips we’ll be going on. If you are interested please indicate your interest on the sign-up sheet or send me an email. (email@example.com)
I would like one room parent from each grade to help organize class activities, field trips and class parties and to help me with outreach and communication. If you are interested in being a 4th or 5th grade room parent- please let me know!
I have a wishlist of items I am looking to acquire for the classroom, if you can help out. I have created an Amazon wish list to keep up with our consistent needs. Amazon wishlist name: Bungalow A
You can communicate directly through the Grattan site, or email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org send a note via your child, or call the office to ask Karen to leave a note in my box.
I am always happy to sit down with you to talk about your child or any concerns you may have. Thank you for the support you give to your child, the school and our classroom. We are off to a great year of learning together.
Thank you so much!
Homework Policy 4/5
First and foremost, homework teaches responsibility and organization, and promotes positive study routines. It reinforces skills and strategies learned in class. Our goal is to prepare your child for middle school and beyond. Homework will not be graded or returned, as it is not an authentic assessment. We rely on in-class assessments, both formal and informal, and will be sending home assessment folders periodically (about once a month) with work from class and rubrics or other feedback.
When and what?
Your child has received a planner, in which they will write their assignments for the week. There is always regular homework Monday through Thursday, with very few exceptions. From time to time there will additional projects, or your child may be asked to complete work if they did not use their time wisely in class. Please remind them to check in before the end of the day if they have questions--we take the time to explain assignments and want them to be successful! Homework should be no more than an hour or so a night, plus reading 20-30 minutes
Reading 20-30 minutes/night, completing the reading log, and getting an adult signature once a week
Poem of the week--read the poem aloud twice and get adult initials. Students will also be asked to respond to the poem in their journals in a meaningful way each week..
10 minutes of typing a night/40 minutes a week on www.typingclub.com. Fifth graders should already have accounts, and we’ll send home more information for incoming students. Cursive is no longer taught in California in general, but we encourage kids to use it if they like it, and lots of resources and models are available online or stores such as Target.
Current Events--students will be asked to pick an article of interest to them, or on a theme, each week. They complete a “fact/feeling” sheet in which they pull out important facts and details from the article, write how they feel or what they think of the facts, and write a summary paragraph. www.newsela.com or www.timeforkids.com are good places to start, and print articles are also fine. If your child can’t print the article, they should write the complete reference including source, title and date at the top.
Writer’s workshop homework: students are asked to write for 10-15 minutes nightly. They should have a “to-do” assignment box at the top of their idea journal writing, or they can start a new piece. The teacher will let the students know if there is a special writing assignment that day or if they need to complete something from class.
Math homework is assigned daily and will be taped or written on the left-hand page of that day’s math journal entry. The work and notes on the right side were done in class and will be connected to and guide the homework.
Each teacher may also assign additional social studies or science homework from time to time at their discretion.
If your child is using their time wisely, staying on schedule and working each night, and is still doing significantly more than an hour (not including reading), write us a note and we can modify the homework. But it’s important to establish a routine and help them get organized so they do the best they can. Homework is checked for completion daily.
Homework is generally assigned at the beginning of the day or period, so if your child is tardy or absent, it is their responsibility to check in about missing assignments. Classmates will have them written in their journals and planners. Please remind them so they don’t fall behind! If you have a planned absence we will do our best to help them in advance--we may not be able to do it in a meaningful way last-minute.
Students with a 100% homework record will be invited to lunch bunch with their teacher once a month. Late homework should be completed the next day, and if it’s still not in by the following Monday we send home an incomplete slip either by paper (please sign and return) or email (please respond with a “yes we got it”) so we know we have a communication loop. They can ask us if they have any questions about assignments, and if they have further questions or you want information on how to support them please let us know and we will do our best to help. Again, we want them to be successful!
How to help
Building independence and organizational skills are our main goals with homework. The planner, homework structure, journal set-up, and regularity of routines are important tools. We’ll be sending home a separate sheet on ways to talk to your students about math, and some resources for you if you want to learn more about common core math.
do their homework for them :)
expect it to be error-free when it is passed in
let them bring heavy books or binders they don’t need back and forth if they are not needed
help them build regularity of routines so it doesn’t become too stressful
encourage thoughtful effort and help them set meaningful goals
check their planners and reading logs
ask them to explain their assignments to you in their own words
help them make sure they have it each morning in their backpack
go through their backpacks with them from time to time to clean out heavy junk they don’t need
remind them to ask questions of their teachers in a timely way if they have them, or shoot us an email
We’ll be building all these skills all year, and will start checking homework week two of school. Week one, please make sure all paperwork is completed so we don’t have to bug you and we have what we need to keep your child safe, learning and growing! A successful communication loop helps us solve problems and keeps kids on track.
Thanks for your support,
The Four/Five Team