I am your child’s 5th grade science teacher and am delighted to have your child in my class this year. I am looking forward to a very successful year and I know you are too! I have high expectations for your child and I will do all that I can to help your child achieve those expectations.
You can help! I will be expecting all work assigned in class to be completed. Of course, all children do not work at the same pace. Some children will get their work done in class and some will not. Whether or not your child gets his or her work done in class has no effect on their grade. If your child does not complete an assignment in class, he or she will be required to complete it at home. The way you can help is to ask your child every school day if schoolwork needs to be finished, and if so, make sure your child completes the assignment and turns it in for credit. Daily assignments will be posted on the board in the classroom for your child to write in their planner. In science we do a variety of learning strategies; reading out loud from the textbook, working on pages together, hands on activities, handouts, videos, and vocabulary. The section / part of the daily topic that will be graded will have an asterick (*) placed by it for the students and allows you to know what is required for a grade. Handouts that are 3 hole punched are used for reference as we continue with lessons and for the students to utilize with their graded assignments. You can check their planner daily to stay informed on the topic and work covered. Handouts and pages should be kept in the folder system that is provided for each student. They are hole punched to keep in their binder. Papers should correlate with the planner as well. The planner needs to be signed by you for each day. I will be checking their planner every Monday for completion and parent signatures.
In addition, I will be assigning a few projects in science throughout the school year. Projects are to be completed at home. Daily reading at home is also encouraged for your child to be successful in all subject areas. Your help and support in following through with assignments and work will aid in having an enjoyable year together as well as instilling good study and reading habits that will last a lifetime.
Finally, I want you to know that one of my most important goals this year is to keep the lines of communication open with you. I am usually available after school for a phone call or visit. Please make sure you are also connected on Schoology for easy access during power outages, early release due to weather, and have an additional way of communication. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 580-772-5888 (leave a message at the office, if needed) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year. I am excited to have a great year together!
Sincerely, Reonna Slagell Gossen, 5th Grade Science Teacher