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October Is Here!

It’s hard to believe that more than a month has already passed since your children started fifth grade. Our classroom has been alive with activity (literally … more about our furry arrivals under Science!).

Students are working hard to meet the expectations set for them; and, with each passing day, they are encouraged to assume more personal responsibility. When children come up to me in class asking, “What should I do with this paper?” I often reply, “See if you can figure this out yourself.” In almost all cases … they can!

We have been reading, writing, and computing, and students are adjusting to a daily schedule that has them changing classrooms and teachers. I’m impressed by their resilience.

I so enjoyed meeting all of you the first week of school, and it was a pleasure to see so many of you at our recent Back-to-School night. I also hope you find this blog useful as a way to keep informed about classroom happenings. Of course, the homework page is updated daily. View each page to find out what we have been working on in class. If your child is working with other fifth grade teachers, their blogs (with links under “blogroll” at the bottom of this page) will be useful to you, as well. Last but not least, feel free to contact me directly with comments or questions at: 781-238-5684 or jaffe@bpsk12.org.

One imminent announcement: School pictures are this Wednesday. Your child will be coming home with information tomorrow about your picture purchasing options. 

 

Regards,

Mrs. Jaffe

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Fire Alarm

Dear Families:

Your child may have already told you that we had an unplanned fire drill today. We have determined that a Fox Hill student pulled a fire alarm, though we do not know at this time who is responsible. This was scary for all our kids, in part because we, as their teachers, did not have any information at the time that would allay their concerns. When the fire drill occurred, fourth and fifth grade students were having lunch. All teachers immediately came to the cafeteria to retrieve our students and, following regular fire drill protocol, headed outside to the far side of the parking lot.

When it was determined that this was a false alarm, we came back inside. I want you to know that your kids handled this situation extremely well. They were well-behaved and patient. This is why we practice fire drills.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Jaffe

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Fifth Grade Fund Raiser!

Dear Families:

A very enthusiastic group of committed fifth graders has organized a coin drive to raise money for victims of the recent hurricanes. The coin drive begins on Monday, September 25 and lasts until Friday, October 6. Donation jugs will be placed in each of Fox Hill’s pods, as well as the lobby. All proceeds from the coin drive benefit the American Red Cross.

Please talk with your child about this fund raiser, and support this worthy cause by sending him/her to school with some change or dollar bills. We are so proud of our students’ initiative!

Regards,

Mrs. Jaffe

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CORRECTION!

Families:

I’m so sorry! My post from yesterday is WRONG! The Camp Bournedale information meeting is NEXT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 6:00 p.m., NOT TONIGHT!

My apologies!

Mrs. Jaffe

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Camp Bournedale Information Meeting

Hi Families:

Mr. Lisano is hosting a Camp Bournedale information meeting tomorrow night, September 20, at Francis Wyman School from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Regards,

Mrs. Jaffe

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REMINDER!

Good Morning Families:

This is just a reminder that the Cultural Identity Quilt square is due Monday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Jaffe

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Back-to-School Night!

Hi Families:

This is a reminder that Back-to-School Night is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, from 6:30-8:00. Hope you can make it!

Mrs. Jaffe

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Great First Day

Dear Families:

We had a super first day in Room 14! I was so excited to meet your children. They were kind and respectful to me and to each other. That is a tribute to you. Kudos to one child, in particular (hopefully she will identify herself to you!), who was a real risk-taker and got wet as a result of my “failed” science experiment!

I inundated your children with a lot of new information and routines, but I am confident they will soak it all in over the next week or so. Please, please, please check your child’s homework folder. There are many important forms for you to fill out, including a request to meet with me for 10 minutes at the end of this week or next week.

Regards,

Mrs. Jaffe

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Welcome Families!

This is my first new “post” of the 2017-18 school year. Welcome! This blog is an easy way for you to stay connected to what your child is doing in my class. The blog contains useful information about what we’re learning, dates of important upcoming events, and what you and your child can expect throughout the year.

If you look to the right of this page, you’ll see a link to each curriculum area. There you’ll find more specific information about what we’re studying in class and any tests or projects that have been assigned. At the bottom of the page you will also find links to the blogs of other fifth grade teachers whom your child may have this year, as well as blogs for Mrs. Johnson, Dr. Conti, and the art and music departments. There are also links to other interesting web sites your child may enjoy. My blog pages are revised monthly; however, the homework page is updated daily. This makes it easy for you to keep abreast of your child’s responsibilities. Finally, the “important dates” box highlights imminent deadlines or events. This provides extra reinforcement and helps to keep you “in the know.”

Why is this so important? Information about what your child is learning and is responsible for is key to opening the door for regular conversations about school. Plus, keeping you in the loop makes it that much easier for us to work together to support your child. 

That said, don’t think for a minute that this blog replaces old-fashioned communication like phone calls and conferences. You are always welcome to touch base by phone (781.238.5684) or email (jaffe@bpsk12.org). I’m also available before and after school for conferences.  You — or your child — may also communicate with me through this blog by adding a comment or asking a question. The comments link directly to my email which I regularly check, including from home.

The first month of school is a time for me to get to know your child. I do this through one-on-one conferences with each student, surveys, games and activities, and testing. Also, we spend an enormous amount of time in September clarifying expectations and routines. This ensures that your child always knows exactly what is expected of him or her. In addition, certain classroom traditions, such as morning meeting, give your child a voice in creating the life of our classroom.

I’m sure this is a lot to digest, but rest assured your child will feel settled in no time.  I’m looking forward to meeting and working with all of you.

– Mrs. Jaffe

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