It is with great happiness that I start the adventure of teaching your children this September. I hope that my joy for Christ and His Church shines through in my time spent with your sons and daughters. Truly, I am looking forward to getting to know each student. Furthermore, I firmly believe that parents are the primary educators of their own children and I am here to help support you.
Here are a few things for you to know:
- Your daughter or son can tell you about our school rules discussed today – Respectful, Reverent, Responsible, Resilient. I will go over them with the students throughout the year.
- The behaviour when learning that I will ask students to show me is called “STAR Behaviour” (Sit up, Track the speaker, Ask and answer questions like a scholar, Respect those around you). Every student has signed the STAR page. As far as consequences for poor behaviour are concerned, I will use a simple 3-Strikes-And-You’re-Out rule. By Strike 3, I will usually keep the student in at recess to help out with something in the classroom or think about what has occurred, or send a “purple behaviour sheet” home that must be signed by a parent and returned to school.
- My husband and I are expecting our first child, and the due date is January 24th. This means that I can only teach up until Christmas time, and a new teacher will take over in January. I will come back to visit in the new year as I am sure to miss my students very much!
- If every child could please bring a kleenex box to school, that would be very helpful.
TOPICS WE WILL BE COVERING
The following list outlines the topics that will be covered throughout the 2018-2019 school year in Grade 5
- Guided Reading: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
- Paragraph writing practice (learning to develop ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word choice, voice, conventions and presentation)
- Reading and writing strategies
- Grammar practice and review
- Story and text development using specific literary devices and elements
- Vocabulary building
- Oral reading and discussions of various texts
- Oral language skills through presentations
Jump Math 5 Program:
- Number Sense
- Patterns and Algebra
- Probability and Data Management
- Transformational Geometry
- Financial Literacy
Our school has implemented a new school theme called “What Do You Want Of Me, Lord?” Our class will explore the theme through oral discussions, daily prayer reflections, assemblies, and school masses.
We are using the textbook “Spirit of Truth” this year for Grade 5. Each student has been given an accompanying workbook connected to the lessons and text readings. Topics covered will focus on Old and New Testament scripture, with a focus on Creation, the Sacraments and the lives of saints.
- Canadian Geography
- Canadian Government and the Constitution
- Human Rights and responses to discrimination
- Aboriginal Government
- Resources and Economic development
- First Peoples’ land ownership and use
- The Scientific Process
- Forces and Simple Machines
- Human Body
- The Earth’s Resources
- The Rock Cycle
- First Peoples’ concepts of interconnectedness in the environment
- Techniques focused on the development and use of color, texture, line, shading, pattern, value, rhythm and scale.
- Image-development and design strategies, context, visual elements and principles of art through various works of famous artists.
- Processes, materials, technologies and tools to support creative works.
- Traditional and contemporary Aboriginal arts and art-making processes.
- Virtue and good character traits
- Goal setting and monitoring
- Conflict resolution
- Cultural and social awareness
- Emergent leadership skills
- Safety hazards and injury prevention
taught by Miss Scheerer
taught by Mr. A. Campanile
taught by Mrs. Chao
Communication: If you need to arrange a meeting, please either email me or call the office ahead to set up a mutually convenient time. Also, please inform me of any current family problems or illnesses that may affect your child’s performance and attitude at school. This will enable me to give special attention when it is needed and to be sensitive in certain situations.
Agenda Book: Students will copy down their homework in their agendas every day. Agendas will be signed by the teacher before the class is dismissed each day. Please review your child’s agenda book consistently.
Time tables: Please see the Grade 5 weekly schedule below for more information. Grade 5’s have Physical Education on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please make sure your child brings their gym strip to school every day. Library time is on Friday morning. Let us make sure all books are returned on due dates. Please note that due to field trips, school events, and masses, the daily and/or weekly schedule may be subject to change.
Quick reminders: Please label all belongings, especially sweaters, pants and skirts, as items tend to get lost. It is imperative that students attend school on time, as morning exercises are an important part of the day.