Dear 5th Grade Families,
I hope that you all have been enjoying the summer vacation. Our classroom is ready for the upcoming year, and I am working on wrapping up projects and preparing for the first day of school. With school starting next week, I wanted welcome you and to inform you of some important details as we prepare for the 2015-2016 school year.
Fifth grade is an exciting grade at Saint Ignatius; on behalf of all the fifth grade teachers, I would like to welcome you and express how glad we are to have you in our classes. It is certainly a year of transition as you begin to change classes and learn many new things, but the teachers are all here to help you along the way.
Because of all the exciting things that happen, 5th grade is my favorite grade, and my goal is to make sure that your fifth grade year is as productive, exciting, and pleasant as possible. This year is my seventh year teaching 5th grade and eleventh year at St. Ignatius.
Meet Your Teacher Day is scheduled for Monday, August 31st from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM. You are all invited to come to school to meet all of the teachers. You are also welcome to bring in school supplies so that there is not as much to carry on the first day of school.
The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 1st. Back to School Night is at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 2nd; for Back to School Night, I will present information about homeroom, religion, and ELA. If you have multiple students at St. Ignatius and you can't make my presentation, we will have a 5th-8th grade parent meeting on Tuesday, September 8th, at 7:00 PM. On that night, you will have an opportunity to follow your child’s schedule and meet the other subject teachers.
A complete overview of my classroom policies and procedures can be found in the 5th Grade Overview. I also send out a weekly email on Sunday with news and notes for the upcoming week; the first 5th Grade News will be sent on Sunday, August 30th. The class schedule is posted here. Both of these documents can be found on the 5th grade page of the school website; the Back to School page has the supply list and summer assignments.
Finally, 5th graders participate in the DARE program which teaches good decision making and avoiding drugs. The program is taught by Sgt. Brian Omlor of the Lower Makefield Township Police Department. Once I have the DARE day as well as the parent meeting confirmed, I will let you know.
The 5th graders wear their DARE shirts on DARE day, so I would like to order them and have them ready for their first DARE class. They only come in adult sizes, so please email me and let me know if I should order an adult small or adult medium for your child. The DARE shirts are provided by the Home and School Association.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks and beginning 5th grade!
5th Grade Teacher