I look forward to seeing my students’ bright and smiling faces at the beginning of each school day—please make sure that your student arrives at school on time and ready to learn!
There will generally be two or three homework assignments each night. Homework is meant to be a reinforcement tool and should not exceed 50 minutes. Students will record all homework in their assignment notebooks at the end of each day. (Assignments will also be available on the Palos 118 website.) Please check and sign your student’s assignment notebook each day.
I will check in homework each morning. The students will receive a Homework Club card at the start of the school year. Students who forget to bring in their homework may use their Homework Club card to receive one extra day on the assignment. The Homework Club card can be used once each month. If an assignment is missing and the student already used the Homework Club card that month, he or she will receive a homework notice for you to sign. Homework is expected to be completed and turned in the following day, unless otherwise specified. If your student is struggling with work at home, please contact me.
The grading scale for fifth grade is as follows:
Students will also be graded on a separate effort scale.
Every morning, we will take a short break. During this time, I will read a novel aloud to the students while they eat their snacks. Please send a healthy snack with your child--fruit, yogurt, crackers, pretzels, and veggie sticks are just a few of the tasty (and healthy) options out there! (Chips, candy, and other unhealthy treats are not permitted.)
Birthday treats are not allowed in Palos School District 118, although we will be sure to recognize the birthday boy or birthday girl in class! :)