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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.


Mrs. Jaffe


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 ( 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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