This is my first new “post” of the 2016-17 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 home 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 this 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 at the bottom of the page 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. Keeping you in the loop makes it that much easier for you to work with me in supporting your child.
That said, don’t think for a minute that this blog replaces old-fashioned communication like phone calls and conferences. I employ each and every mode of communication to connect with you and to help you stay connected to your child. You are always welcome to touch base by phone (781.238.5684) or email (firstname.lastname@example.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 I’m thrilled to start another school year, and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with all of you.
— Mrs. Jaffe