Blackman Elementary 5th Grade News

January 2018

What Are We Studying?

Reading: Theme

Language: Parts of Speech

Social Studies: World War I

Math: Fractions

Science: Symbiosis & Heredity

Important Dates!

12/22-1/5 Winter Break

1/8- Students Return from Winter Break

1/30- 5th Grade Field Trip (tentative)

Reminders!


  • Please make sure your child is coming to school wearing warm clothing and a coat.
  • Students will be expected to read and test on at least 1 chapter book, 1 science book, and 1 social studies book. These will be taken as grades.
  • Students have their AR goals written in their agendas. Please look over these so that you know what is expected of your child.

Parent Academies!

Writing Academy—Thursday, January 18th, 6:00-7:30—This academy will begin as a whole group description of the progression of writing expectations for K-5 students. The group will then divide into K, 1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grade small groups to further explore the types of writing students experience at each grade level. You will be shown writing samples, given explanations of types of writing and grading methods. These small groups will happen twice, so you can attend more than one in the same evening.


Reading Academy—Thursday, January 25th, 6:00-7:30—This academy will begin as a whole group explaining the progression of reading expectations for K-5. The group will then divide into K-2 and 3-5 small groups to further explore the types of reading instruction occurring in each grade level. These small groups will happen twice, so you can attend both in the same evening.


Math Academy—Tuesday, February 6th, 6:00-7:30—This academy will begin as a whole group explaining the progression of math fluency expectations for K-5. The group will then divide into K-2 and 3-5 small groups to further explore the major works of the grade for each grade level along with conceptual strategies you can use to assist your children at home.


CHILDCARE AND A SMALL SNACK WILL BE PROVIDED FOR EACH EVENT!

Behavior Policy

Classroom Rules

1. Follow directions the first time they are given.

2. Be prepared for class

3. Raise your hand before speaking or leaving your seat.

4. Think before you act.

5. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.



Consequences

The following marking code for conduct will be used and recorded in the student’s agenda daily. These marks will start over every Monday. These marks will be used to determine detention. Special Area classes, except for Guidance will be included in this discipline plan. A student will be assigned detention on the 4th mark of the week with the exception of bullying in which detention will be assigned on the 1st mark. A 2nd will result in an office referral.

OT = Off-task behaviors: inattention; school/classroom rule broken

T = Loud, inappropriate, or disruptive talking

DP = Disrespectful to other people or oneself; cheating; lying

DT = Disrespect to things; school or personal property

R = Responsibility for class supplies; books; agenda; parent signature on agenda (Any member of the Administration Team may also sign), tests, or notices sent home

B = Bullying

Inclement Weather Policy

As a reminder to parents, Rutherford County Schools uses multiple layers of communication to announce school closings for inclement weather. The district notifies all news outlets, print media, updates the district webpage, the RCS Twitter account (@rucoschools), the RCS snowline (615-904-3883) and sends a message to parents directly via phone, email and text.

Decisions are made as soon as possible once a reliable forecast is issued. The district strives to make closure announcements the night before, if credible information is available. In the event an early morning decision is necessary, the district will not begin calling parents until 5 a.m.

When schools open two hours late, it simply means the first bell time for each school will be delayed by two hours. So, for example, if your child's school normally begins at 7:30 a.m., the school will begin at 9:30 a.m. on delayed days. The same is true for bus stop times and if the school day is shortened because of weather.

Buses always run when schools begin late unless we notify parents otherwise.