The Bennett Bulletin

Room 136

Welcome to Fifth Grade

This teacher is so excited to be here! Your child and I are going to have wonderful fun learning adventures together. I am thrilled to see that my students are excited and happy to be here every day. I am truly blessed with this class. I promise I will do my best to ensure your child has a loving, rigorous, challenging, and nurturing experience this year, coming out confident and well prepared for middle school. I will treat each one as if they were my very own. Trust me- I am already super attached to them.

Things You May Want to Know

Students are welcome, actually encouraged, to keep water bottles at their desks. We don't have a specific snack time, but students can have a snack whenever they wish- as long as it isn't a distraction. We eat lunch really early, so most are hungry in the afternoon.


Thank you for signing and sending those brown envelopes back each Monday. I think it is a good way for us to stay in touch. Please know that everything that is in that folder isn't necessarily entered as a grade. Sometimes it was just independent practice and I sent it home for the students and parents to see child is coming along with a concept.


I try to give my students homework for the week on Monday so that they can budget their time throughout the week. I know they have extremely busy lives outside of school, and while I truly believe reading and a some review in math and study in science concepts is important, I also know they need to spend quality time with their friends and families. Hopefully the homework laid out ahead of time will help them learn to balance things out. After those assignments are collected, we usually go over them in class with partners, in small groups, or together as a class. It is a valuable way to review and for your child to be able to quickly evaluate his or her own progress and discover mistakes or misconceptions and correct them. It is imperative that they begin to take ownership in their learning, and to know when they struggle with something that we will work together and they will be successful. Making mistakes is not failure, choosing not to use them as a learning tool may be considered as such, however. Grades from homework come from their participation with it. If a student turns in homework with a truly good effort put into it, even if it's done incorrectly will receive a 100. If it is not turned in on time, it will be given a 0, unless there is a note from a parent explaining extenuating circumstances. They will be learning with that assignment when we go over it in class. If they don't participate because they didn't do it, they are then wasting class time. At the end of the nine weeks I average all those homework grades for one homework score that is entered in the grade book, in each subject area.


Your child's three ring binder is my very calculated attempt to help them learn to stay organized. Look through it often. The front pocket holds homework. The first section holds pages from their planner with assignments and important dates written down. There is a section for literature response. Currently it holds the second week of a reading log. ( I will collect them every fourth week for a score.) There is a 15 book challenge they are working on, to encourage them to try some different genres. The science and social studies sections will hold notes and study guides as well as tests (as the year goes on) for students to use to study with. This will most likely be the first year your child will be asked to study and prepare for a test (beyond spelling tests of former years). Please help them with this learning process of studying for tests.


I have been so proud of the way many of our fifth graders have stepped up to help out our kindergartners this year. Those teachers are so grateful! As you know, our assistants lost an hour of their day this year and fifth graders have stepped in and helped the little ones get to class, get their breakfasts, opened their milks and juices, cleaned up spills and tears as well. I know you are as proud of them as I am.


Fifth grade will bring many new challenges and privileges (which comes with responsibilities and independence) for our students. I look forward to a wonderful year together. If you have any concerns or questions for me, I am an email away. I am happy to meet with you or talk with you any time (provided I am not teaching at that moment :)) I will always get back to you at the end of the day if you email me- either by emailing or calling you back.

We work hard here, but we play hard too.

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