Welcome to 5th Grade and Room 204! My name is Ms. Reynolds and I will be your child’s 5th grade home room and/or math teacher for the 2018 -2019 school year and Mrs. Wesson is the other 5th grade teacher and she will be your child’s homeroom and/or Reading teacher. As your students make the transition from 4th grade to 5th grade, they are expected to become independent individuals. It is my job as a teacher, and yours as a parent/guardian, to make sure our students acquire all of the skills necessary to truly succeed.
I would like to share a little about myself with you. I graduated from Chicago State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with endorsements in middle school Mathematics, Language Arts and Social Studies. I also have a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and spent 4 years participated as a teacher leader with Network 9 Teacher Leaders in mathematics. I received my Certificate of competition for STEM Certification and will use this knowledge to fuse math and science for my students. I am a very handy and helpful person. I love to draw and I am a very social person and enjoy spending time with family and friends traveling when I’m not teaching.
Here are a few non-negotiable summer items for student entering the 5th grade at Shoesmith Elementary.
1. Your child has homework over the summer. Students are not done learning just because school is out!!! Research shows that students who don’t engage in academics over the summer lose 20% of what they have learned. This cannot happen. Each student has reading and math activities to complete over the summer. I think the best way to make sure that you child continues to learn during the summer, is to allow them to have fun then work on math for 20 minutes and reading for 20 minutes each day. The reading information is included in the reading section of your child’s summer folder. 2. The math activities in this folder are challenging and your child will need some help, but please make sure your child tries to complete all the assignments and shows their work either on the sheet itself or on loose leaf paper. It’s okay if they struggle, I need to get a picture of what they know well and what they still need to learn. So please complete all the math activities and have them ready to turn in on the first day of school. 3. Every returning Shoesmith student has a Moby Max account; they should be working on the program during the summer. Moby Max is an adaptive program and will allow you child to continue learning from their skill level. Students success requires 30 minutes a day of Moby Max. This will help your child with skills that they are still struggling with as well as help them to understand concepts that they are just learning. 4. Please purchase a pack of flash cards for multiplication and division or have you child make a set for them to practice flashing with a sibling, parent or friend. There is also an app that you can download called Flash to Pass, this app is a fun way for students to learn their facts and have some fun. It is vital that your child has a firm foundation in math. We will begin the school year with algebra and much of what we will work on requires student to know the facts and be able to identify factors of number readily.
Each of the items listed above are important to your child’s academic success. When we work together, everyone wins.
All students are required to pay a $60.00 student fee at the beginning of the year. If this fee isn’t paid, students will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities. This includes trips or any sports programs.
All students must bring school supplies into the classroom they will go towards our classroom supply of materials. Many of these supplies will need to be replenished in January. Items like Kleenex and hand sanitizer tends to run out during cold and flu season. (See attached Supply List.)
I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. In closing, I look forward to working with you and your child in the 2018-2019 school year.