Classroom Procedures

August 17, 2015

Classroom Procedures Information

Mrs. Eiserhardt (5-2) and Mrs. Reynolds (5-3)


Welcome to Fifth Grade!


We look forward to working with you and your child this year.  The key to your child’s success is the support that we give each other!  Please keep this document for reference throughout the year.

Fourth and fifth grade will be structured differently this year. Instead of students having one teacher, they will rotate between two teachers for their core subjects.  Science and Math will be taught by one teacher, Mrs. Reynolds and ELA and Social Studies will be taught by another teacher, Mrs. Eiserhardt. This will enable the teachers to concentrate more on the subjects they are teaching and help our students better transition to the upper grades. We are very excited about this new initiative and look forward to working with you this year.


Communications

The daily means of communication between teachers and parents will be the student agenda. Please check your child’s agenda on a nightly basis and sign their agenda.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at :


EMILY_EISERHARDT@charleston.k12.sc.us      or     CHERYL_REYNOLDS@charleston.k12.sc.us


If any problems arise, please contact the teacher(s). Let’s work together to remedy the situation early before it escalates.


Remind.com - We will be using a  reminder service via email/text to help remind parents of upcoming events.  Instructions to sign up are included in the Dynamic Dolphin folder.


Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home from school each day. If they have a change in their mode of transportation, we need a handwritten note in their agenda. Telephone calls, faxes, emails, or calls to the child’s teacher or principal will no longer be permitted.  Please refer to the SPE parent/student handbook.


Work Habits and Academics

Your child will have several assignments during the school day for which they are responsible for completing. Students are expected to write all assignments, quizzes, and tests dates in their agenda each day. Students are expected to adhere to these due dates.  Please talk to your child about the importance of completing assignments on time.

  • Quizzes - A Daily Oral Language (D.O.L.) quiz, Daily Oral Math (D.O.M.) quiz, Spelling quiz, and Reading quiz will be administered each Friday.

  • Tests – Math, Science, and Social Studies tests will occur every two to three weeks (at the end of a chapter or unit).  Students will have at least three days notice of test dates.

  • Projects - A notice will be sent home detailing the requirements and due date of all projects. Students will have sufficient time to complete projects.






Homework

Students will be assigned homework on a NIGHTLY basis, Monday – Thursday. No homework on weekends. All students work at a different pace, so it is difficult to state how many minutes of homework your child will have on a nightly basis. Our homework assignments should not take more than 45 minutes to complete. We provide time throughout the day for students to get started on their homework assignments. It will be possible for motivated, hard working students to complete their homework at school, except for studying for tests.



Please check your child’s agenda every night to make sure all assignments are completed.  Please initial the agenda. I will check student’s agenda every morning. At the bottom of the agenda there is space provided for written communication. Students will be expected to read at least 20 minutes every night .



Current Events

The 5th grade Social Studies curriculum includes the study of current world events. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the political, social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by the United States presently.


As parents and teachers, we walk a tightrope when it comes to current events. On one hand, we want your child to become more aware of the world. On the other hand, we want to shield your child from horrific news. One of the tools we use to teach current events is the CNN student news. This is a daily, ten minute world news program designed for students. CNN Student News is a news program, therefore the stories can be inspiring, entertaining, and tragic.  We preview the newscasts before showing it to the students.




Special Area Schedule

Day

Mrs. Eiserhardt

Special Area

Mrs. Reynolds

Special Area

Time


Monday

P.E.

Library

12:50 – 1:30

Tuesday

Music

P.E.

12:50 – 1:30

Wednesday

Library

Computer

12:50 – 1:30

Thursday

Art

Music

12:50 – 1:30

Thursday

Guidance (A weeks)

Guidance (B weeks)

10:20- 11:00

Friday

Computer

Art

12:50 – 1:30

Mrs. Eiserhardt- Lunch time is approximately 12:10 – 12:30

Mrs. Reynolds - Lunch time is approximately 12:15 – 12:35

Recess time is 1:40 -2:00


Study Hall

Study Hall is held Monday – Thursday each week during recess.  It is the decision of the student to go to study hall if they need extra help.  Students with incomplete assignments must go to study hall.  Due to safety concerns, once a student enters study hall, they are not allowed to go out to recess.








Grading

Grades are based on percentages, which are derived from their test assessments, quizzes, class work, and class participation.  


No Units No Credit

Students will not receive partial credit in math. This is to ensure that students become strong mathematicians who think critically about their answers to math problems.


Evidence-Based Learning

Students are required to show evidence to their answers on many reading, science, and social studies assignments. We teach students the Book/Brain method and expect to see it used on non-fiction texts. This is part of their grade


The CCSD grading scale is as follows:

A = 93 - 100%

B = 85 - 92%

C = 77 – 84%

D = 70 – 76%

F = 69 % and below


Behavior Management and Rules

In order to provide our students with the excellent educational climate they deserve, the following Discipline Plan will be in effect at all times.



Fifth Grade Rules:

1. Keep hands and feet to yourself.

2. Sit properly- 4 legs of chair on floor, sitting up straight, legs/feet facing forward, sit attentively.

3. Walk in the classroom.

4. Follow the school dress code. See page 18 in the SPE parent/student handbook

5. Follow the classroom rules.

6. Be a good listener.

7. Keep desk and surrounding area clean.

8. Take care of personal and school property.


In our school we have 3 main rules:

Treat yourself with respect

Treat others with respect

Treat our school with respect


If a student chooses to not follow classroom procedures then they will be given a verbal warning.  After the initial verbal warning, if students continue to misbehave they will begin to lose privileges.  


Rewards for positive behavior:  

Class Auctions at the end of each 9 weeks, Dynamic Dolphin parties, Monthly Good Behavior Parties, Recognition, etc. All students are responsible for maintaining procedures and will be held accountable for their actions.  





Consequences:

1st Offense: Warning

2nd Offense: Loss of Recess

3rd Offense: Loss of Recess, Silent Lunch

4th Offense: Loss of Recess, Silent Lunch, Parent Contact

5th Offense: Office Referral


Attendance

Regular, prompt school attendance is essential for student success. Any student arriving to the classroom after 7:30 will be considered tardy. If you must sign your child out early, please write a note to your child’s teacher ahead of time so that your child and the teacher can be prepared, especially if you plan on picking up your child during recess (1:30 -1:50). Please refer to the SPE parent/student handbook for more details.



Dynamic Dolphin Folder

The Dynamic Dolphin folder will be sent home on Tuesdays and will contain important classroom information.  Please look through the folder and return the following day.  Included in the folder will be your student’s weekly assessments and any classroom/school communication (newsletters, PTA announcements, projects, etc.).  Please sign and return any failing grades.  


Snacks, Lunches, and Water

Please make sure that your child is bringing a nutritious snack and lunch to school.  If your child is buying lunch, please remind them to turn in their money to me before the school news show begins.  Students are allowed to bring a water bottle to class. Water only, no flavored beverages.



Instructional Fees

The instructional fees for fifth grade are $30 per student. It is very important that these fees are paid as soon as possible. Consider paying half now and half later if the entire amount is not feasible at this time.



Personal items

Please do not allow your child to bring toys, electronics, and other distracting items to school. Please refer to the SPE parent/student handbook for more details



Please tear this page off, sign, and return to school.  Keep the rest of the document for reference throughout the school year.  Thanks!


I have read the Classroom Procedures Information and discussed the necessary content with my child.


Parents/Guardian Signature _____________________________


Child’s Name_______________________ Date _________________


Child’s Signature ________________________  Date __________________