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If your child is attending Camp Bournedale, below is a copy of Mr. Lisano’s reminder memo to you. You received this last week, but I am re-sending it in case you have last-minute questions.

If your child is attending Camp Eagle Fox, our school-based program, he/she should come to school at the regular time and report to Mr. Norman’s room. Mr. Norman has special science-based activities planned for those students.


Mrs. Jaffe

Camp Bournedale



We will be going to Camp Bournedale on Thursday September 22nd.

Please read the following information carefully:



  • Have your child at school, with luggage, between 8:30 and 8:45am on


September 22nd. They cannot take the bus to school!


  • If your child has medication that they need to bring and have administered, please put the medication in a plastic zip lock bag clearly labeled with your child’s name. Medication MUST be in the original prescription container with directions for use. All medications including INHALERS and EPI-PENS must be provided from home.  The inhalers and epi-pens that our school nurse has at Fox Hill will not be provided.  Please contact our nurse, Suzy Shields if you have any questions. Medications need to be checked in with a teacher/nurse the morning of departure. These meds also need to be included on the health form and SIGNED by your child’s doctor.  We will give the Camp Bournedale nurse all medications upon arrival.


  • ALL luggage must be labeled with child’s name and school (i.e. sleeping bags and pillows should be inside a bag [trash, duffel, etc] with name and school clearly labeled on the outside.)  


  • Your child will need to be picked up at Fox Hill at 1:30pm on Friday, September 23rd.  They will not be able take the regular dismissal bus with their luggage.  If your child is going home with another parent you must write a note and give it to a teacher as soon as possible


  • Attached is a packing list.




Thank you for your cooperation and support.  We are looking forward to a great experience. Please contact me with any questions.

~ Mr. Lisano

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Off and Running

Dear Families:

If this is the first time you are visiting my blog, then welcome! I added you to a subscriber group (you should have received notification yesterday) which alerts you to new posts. If you have not had a chance to peruse the site, please do so. It is a great way to keep you in the loop about what your child is doing in my homeroom. There is a page for each academic subject, a guide to online instructional resources (more about this at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, September 21), a listing of important dates, and links to other blogs within Fox Hill and the district. Also, the homework page is updated daily so you and your child can confirm nightly assignments.

It has been a pleasure to meet with you face-to-face these first two weeks of school, and I look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School night on Wednesday when Mrs. Lee, Mr. Norman, and I will make a joint presentation to fifth grade parents.

Until then,

Mrs. Jaffe

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Great First Day!


What a wonderful first day we had in room 14! Please ask your children about the new routines they are learning, special fifth grade activities (including the “elbow” game), and the new and old friends they saw. They set a really upbeat tone for the year ahead.

Please check your child’s homework folder. Not only does your child have homework, but you do, as well!


Mrs. Jaffe


Welcome Room 14 Families!

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 ( 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


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