I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation! The weather was certainly confusing, right? I was grateful that I could squeeze in a few days of cross-country skiing in Vermont before the “heat wave” melted it all away. I am not putting my shovels away yet, though; you never know when we’ll wake up to a March or even April snow storm!
When we returned to school this week, fifth graders opened the Fox Hill Post Office. This month-long, school-wide, letter-writing program is run by fifth graders. My homeroom students are the first fifth grade class to kick off the opening of the Post Office, and they were very excited about it! This is a wonderful opportunity for our fifth graders to model responsibility, cooperation, and leadership. If you find yourself in the building during the next month, feel free to write your child a letter. There is a “Visitor Mail Center” set up on the lobby of the building, and family members are welcome to participate in the letter-writing program.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read my updates to each blog page. As always, feel free to contact me by phone (781.238.5684) or e-mail (email@example.com). In the meantime, count down to March 20, the first day of spring.
The Kindness Committee of the Fifth Grade Student Council is starting a fund raising campaign to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation. The money supports research to treat the disease and find a cure. The committee has several fund raisers planned for the spring. The first is a coin drive that begins Monday, March 6. We have donation bins placed in each pod and one in the school lobby, as well. Today, two of our students made a school-wide announcement about the campaign. We hope you will talk with your child about this worthy cause. Please consider sending your child to school with loose change or a dollar bill to contribute to our fund raiser.
Have a great weekend!
Our class has earned a special treat! Our “compliment chain” has reached the floor! This is a chain of paper links that now stretches from the ceiling of our classroom to the floor. One link has been added each time the whole class has received a compliment from another teacher for their behavior, effort, or performance.
After an exhaustive discussion and vote, we are celebrating tomorrow with the following array of activities:
⇒ Attire: pajamas, accompanied by stuffed animals
⇒ Show and tell
⇒ Games (no electronics!)
⇒ Extra recess
Our celebration will occur during our math period. Please make sure your child wears closed shoes or boots to school, but he/she may bring in slippers. Also, games from home are welcome, but no electronics or devices, please.
Enjoy your vacation!
… your child may be wondering if we are exchanging Valentine’s cards on Tuesday. If so, you might need names of students in our class. I’m including the first names of all our classmates; no last names, though. If your child wants to give cards, please encourage him/her to give to everyone so there are no hurt feelings:
Enjoy the snow!
Here we are on the eve of February 1, and we’ve barely experienced even a trace of snow. If you love winter as I do – I am a cross-country skier – you may be somewhat disappointed in the lack of snow. I have always said if it is going to be cold, it might as well snow so we can enjoy the season.
That said, a lack of snow days means we benefit from a continuity of learning, and that is far better for students. We have been busy this past month in all subjects, and students show continued signs of growth and responsibility. The Fifth Grade Student Council has been especially busy. The Kindness Committee is planning a new fund raiser for the Epilepsy Foundation, and the Safety Committee is working on a handbook for new students. Through these efforts, fifth graders have opportunities to invest time and energy in projects that benefit others.
Before February vacation, all fifth-grade classes will begin preparations for the Fox Hill Post Office. That school-wide letter writing program will start after February vacation and continues for one month. All fifth grade classes are involved in running this program. I’ll keep you up to date on those plans.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read my updates to each blog page. As always, feel free to contact me by phone (781.238.5684) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the meantime, enjoy winter (even if that means no snow), and dream of the vibrant colors of spring!
I just wanted to inform you that Fox Hill had a practice lockdown today. Students did great job listening to directions and taking the drill seriously. If you’d like more information about what is referred to as the Standard Response Protocol, please check out Mrs. Johnson’s blog.
Your child is coming home today with materials/resources to complete a science project that was started in class. The project involves illustrating the reproductive parts of a flowering plant and writing/typing a summary of that process. Both the written portion and the illustration were modeled in class last week, and students started the drawing in class today. Please talk with your child about this project. The directions (and grading rubric) are very clear.
Let me know if you have any questions.
I write this new post on the eve of returning to school. I hope you enjoyed your holidays and vacation. I spent most of the month of December preparing for and then performing in a winter solstice production called Christmas Revels. It was a wonderful way for me to satisfy my love of music. The final show was December 27, so I have been enjoying the last week of my vacation by relaxing and catching up. Hopefully, you and your family are well rested, and your children are ready for new challenges. We have much to accomplish in this second half of the year.
For now, I invite you to review each page of this blog for a look back at the major topics we completed in the month of December 2016 and a look ahead at what January 2017 has in store for us. As always, feel free to contact me during the day by phone at school (781.238.5684) or by e-mail at (email@example.com).
– Jamie Jaffe
Good Morning Families!
This is a reminder that our class visits the Fox Hill Holiday Shop today. Sponsored by the PTO, this “shop” is a marvelous opportunity for your child to buy small gifts for family members this holiday season. If you’re so inclined, please send your child to school with some money today.
With our waistlines expanded from a well-deserved Thanksgiving break, we settle back into school for the final month of the calendar year. November is challenging for all teachers, because we had few five-day weeks the entire month. No doubt, we all love a break, but it disrupts the continuity of learning. Of course, December is not much better – children are understandably looking forward to the holidays and the mid-winter break at the end of the month.
As the year progresses, students are maturing, accepting and understanding their responsibilities, and rising to the challenges before them. It is exciting to see such changes. I hope you see these signs at home, as well. I enjoyed meeting with many of you this past week for parent-teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to share with you your children’s numerous accomplishments.
On a personal note: I will be performing this month in the Christmas Revels. This annual, winter solstice celebration is held at Sanders Theater at Harvard University. It is one of the highlights of my year, and this year I even have two featured solos. Don’t be surprised if you see a slight decrease in the homework I assign starting the week of December 5. My rehearsal and performance schedule pick up this coming week. If you are interested in knowing more about the Christmas Revels, check out the Revels web site at http://www.revels.org/ .
I invite you to visit each page of this blog for a summary of the major topics we covered in November and a preview of some of the topics we are soon to explore. As always, feel free to contact me during the day by phone at school (781.238.5684) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). – Jamie Jaffe