Class Letter


Welcome to 5th grade, SJS Panthers!  My summer has been fun, and I pray that yours has been too; I am excited about this year!

Two best ways to reach me: OR via Class Dojo; I will answer emails/class dojo until 5:30pm.


Our classwork /homework/upcoming tests are on the side white board every day; it stays up for the entire week. At the end of each day, students are to copy assignments into planner and highlight homework.  I will stamp each planner daily that is COMPLETED and HIGHLIGHTED.  If a student is absent, he/she needs to copy the assignments for the day(s) missed.  Parents are asked to look over and sign the planner each day. M-TH, I will check for signed planners.    A student with four signed days will receive a special privilege on Friday!


Homework is usually a classwork/daily assignment a student has not completed.  

*ALL WORK accepted only in your student’s handwriting.

*Late work policy: See attached Missing Work Form

If you find yourself signing homework papers several times a week, please ask your child how they are managing their classwork time.  

*Absent work:  Your student will have the same amount of days as absent to make up missed assignments.  

*In the event of an extended absence,  please let me know as early as possible, and I will do my best to gather the assignment beforehand. 


Prayers that need to be memorized in 5th grade (we will work on these throughout the year).  They are on our class website.

Anima Christi

                    The Angelus (Said during Lent)

We will also prayer before each subject. 


I try my best to give the students plenty of advanced notice of upcoming tests.  I dislike scheduling “test days” because some concepts require more time than others.  Barring any bizarre circumstances, two is the max number of tests we will have one day.  Even though I review with the students before most tests, please study with your child beforehand.

DEAR time

Drop Everything And Read will take place every day from 2:45-3:00. 

Grades/Progress Reports 

Progress reports will be sent out once a quarter.  Please share the students grades with them on Powerschool.  Grades should not be a surprise to anyone. If I have made a mistake in any grade, please let me know.


My approach to discipline is to use humor and common sense.  If a student is acting out, I try to get to the root of the behavior. I also may send the student on an errand just to give him/her a few minutes to regroup and calm him/herself.  However, when the need arises, I use a three point discipline system.  

Step 1:  warning

Step 2: recess lost

Step 3:  demerit

I do not like to write demerits.  Other than step 3 above, I will write a demerit for: swearing, extreme disrespect, and lying (not all reasons listed; there are circumstances I can’t foresee).  After 3 demerits, your student will serve a detention. These are held for an hour after school on a teacher assigned day.  

Safety Patrol

Fifth grade is responsible for safety patrol in the afternoon.  Please impress upon your child, as I will, that this is an important job.  Teacher and car line monitors reserve the right to suspend this privilege from any student who does not take this role seriously.  


Please never hesitate to contact me.   Your child’s education, physical, and mental well-being are my priorities. 

Send me a message on Class Dojo or email me with any questions or concerns you have.

Grading Scale

100-90 A

89-80 B

79-70 C

69-60 D

59- F


*Each student will have an AR goal set for each grading period.  This goal will be turned into a grade for Reading.

*We stress the Cardinal Virtues in our classroom.  Cardinal Virtues and our Citizenship guidelines are attached.

*Please wear full uniform each day.


J. Nicholls