August 12, 2004
Dear parents of fifth grade students,
Welcome to the new school year. It is going to be a great one, I am sure. I have been looking forward to teaching this wonderful group of children and have been planning all summer for their return.
Fifth grade is a bridge from elementary school to middle school. We gently help them along the journey to the increased expectations and self-reliance required in middle school. They seem to change so very much during this year.
The first big change to their schedules will be their inclusion in the early lunch period. Along with the 6th through 8th grade students, they will participate in a short daily assembly before eating and recess. Students who have not completed classroom or homework assignments will have the chance to make up their work at study hall during recess. It is important for students to arrive on time in the morning so they do not have to miss recess to make up first period class assignments.
In our classroom, we will be very busy with lots of hands-on activities, collaborative projects, creative writing, math and language games, and geography lessons. Working with fractions will be an important focus in math. This is one reason why mastery of basic multiplication and division facts is essential to progress. Daily reading at home will be expected, as will monthly book projects. All written work must be completed in cursive handwriting. Of course, each child will be working at his or her own level and that continues to be appropriate.
Students are expected to be in uniform attire every day. They may need a bit of reminding at first. We really don’t like to have to call home for a missing belt, etc. We are all very lucky to belong to Poinciana Day School. I truly believe in our approach to education and the benefits it brings to our students. Have you ever met a nicer bunch of kids? They make teaching here an absolute pleasure.