Welcome to 5th Grade
PARENTS & STUDENTS!
We are going to have a busy and productive 5th grade year, filled with exciting learning activities, events and so much more. Throughout the year I will keep you informed of our classroom plans, your child’s progress, and all the activities that will make this a successful – and memorable – year.
During the school year, our class website, www.classtimes.us will be a source of information and resources for parents and students. Students also contribute to the site with monthly newsletters, writings, artworks, and pictures of our class activities.
Please sign up to our CLASS DOJO to get updated news and information on your phone.
For a successful 5th Grade year, please support your child by following these suggestions:
- Make learning a priority
Parents, your attitude toward school, attendance, education, and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.
- Encourage "personal best“
Help by encouraging your child to do their best in school and at home. Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect," and learning is not the same as high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make 'mistakes' and to use them as learning opportunities for growth. Please be firm with reading/homework time but patient with your child’s development.
- Schedule a regular Reading/Homework time
Our class main homework will be 30 minutes of AR Reading and other assignments. Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions. Post a family calendar that schedules project deadlines, after-school activities, test dates, progress reports, and report cards. Use our class website calendar, the Weekly Learning Schedule, and the student planner to find out about activities for the week. Our Class’ Learning Schedule should be displayed at a place where you and your child can check regularly for due dates.
- SUPPORT 100% ATTENDANCE
Attendance is VERY important to a good education. While some kinds of absences are unavoidable (sickness, injuries…), but taking students out of school unnecessarily, tardy or leaving early, is disruptive for learning. Please schedule appointments after school if possible.
- Have your child go to bed early. (8:30 to 9:30 range).
- Limit video game & TV watching times.
- Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Together, we can help your child to Believe, Achieve, and Succeed. THANK YOU!
Toan Pham, 5th Grade Teacher
- Dry-erase markers (Expo Markers) and an eraser (a clean sock or hand-towel will work great).
- A pair of headphones or earbuds.
- A wired or wireless computer mouse.
- Basic school supplies (pencils, paper, notebooks, crayons, etc...). No binders please.
Art Materials (Michael's, Wal-mart, or Amazon)
- A set of Oil Pastel Colors (Pentel Brand)
- A set of Watercolors (Prang Brand)
- A set of Charcoal pencils
- A black fine point Sharpie
- Kleenex tissues
- Hand sanitizers
- Clorox wipes
- More wishes
Our Class gradebook is available on our class website. The students are required to check their grades at least once a week on Mondays. Having the gradebook online not only offers parents a way to keep track of progress but more importantly, it will help students to be responsible for their own education.