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    Dear Parents and Guardians,
     
    We are excited about having your child in fifth grade this year.  We will have a lot of fun learning various concepts and will be doing some interesting projects.  Fifth grade can be a big transition for many students, and some may need extra time to adjust.  We assure you that we will try to make the transition as smooth as possible for both you and your child.
     
    There are some things we would like to mention in order for this year to go smoothly, which in turn will increase your child’s success.  The information below is important.  Please read carefully and KEEP this information for the school year.
     
    Attendance:  Attendance will be taken by 8:20 AM every school day.  Please have your child in the classroom by this time. If you plan on your child being absent, please notify the office by writing a note or calling prior to the absence. Unplanned absences must have a written excuse and be turned into the office or teacher once the child has returned to the classroom. Research shows that children’s grades improve the more they are in the classroom. It is important that your child attends class regularly. Many concepts and skills will be taught this year that are essential to your child’s academic progress. Please make sure that if your child is absent that make-up work is completed.
     
    Respect:  Respect is held high in fifth grade, for each other and oneself.  Your child will learn and be expected to take responsibility for his/her own actions and learn to respect other students.
     
    Discipline: Unfortunately we all have trouble following the rules from time to time, so in order to keep the classroom manageable, a behavior plan will be implemented.  This is done so that the students have a chance to correct their behavior.  A set of rules and consequences will be listed in the classroom.  These consequences will be used only as necessary. The goal is to learn from our mistakes and correct them.
    Consequences include:
    • 1st time - Teacher Warning (verbal)
    • 2nd time – Peace Corner (students will write and explain the rule broken)
    • 3rd time – loss of recess and “Notice of Concern” sent home (this is a 10 minute period except for on days on which your child has P.E.)
    • 4th time – referral to the principal’s office and a phone call home
    Note: Excessive referrals or Notice of Concerns throughout the school year may result in losing the privilege of participating at the end of the year activities for 5th grade. Administration will make the final decision as to which privileges will be removed.
     
    Toys/Electronics: Toys and electronics of any kind are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to iPods, toy like erasers, tech deck fingerboards, trading cards, Nintendo DS, Game Boys, and cell phones. If a toy/electronic is brought to school, it will be confiscated. The toy/electronic will go into a May box. May box items are returned to the students on the last day of school.
     
    Grading Scale:  Your child will earn letter marks for their report card grade.  Class work, homework, projects and tests/quizzes are used to calculate your child’s grade.  The grading scale set by the county is as follows: 
    A+ = 100% – 98%, A = 97% – 93%, A- = 92% – 90%, B+ = 89 – 87 %, B = 86% - 83%, C+ = 79% - 77%, C = 76% - 73%, C- = 72% - 70%, F = 69% and below.
     
    Homework:  Homework will be given Monday through Thursday, Friday only if it is a necessity or a long term project.  Homework is given to ensure that the child understands what was taught in class and allows the student to practice the skills learned.  This independent practice is essential to learning the concept and will also teach responsibility. If you ever have any questions about a particular subject or concept, feel free to contact your child’s teacher.
     

    Dismissal:
      Dismissal will begin at 2:15 PM.  We will make sure your child is ready to go by this time.  Please do not come to the classroom to pick up your child.  If you are picking up your child from school, go directly to the office and they will call the room and your child’s teacher will send him/her to the office for dismissal.  There are designated pick-up spots. We will make sure your child is there.  If your child’s transportation arrangements change at any point, please write a note or notify the office so that no confusion will occur and your child will arrive home safely. 
     
    We look forward to this school year.  We know it will be great!  If you ever need to contact one of us, please call (404) 802-5700 and leave a message. We will try to return your call that same day. We look forward to working with you and your child throughout the rest of the year.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    The Fifth Grade Team
    Ms. Andrews          
    Ms.Dickey
    Ms. Bess      
    Mr. Grant