COMMUNICATION: We will be using the district email for all of our communication. Please let us know if there are any additional email addresses you'd like us to add.

Attendance/Transportation

  • Our school day starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:00 pm.
  • Students may start coming into the classroom at 8:00 am.
  • Walkers and car riders should arrive between 8:00 am and 8:10 am.
  • Students that arrive later than 8:15 am to class will need to stop by the office to get a late slip.
  • Please notify the office if your child will be absent.
  • Please notify the office if you will be bringing your child later or picking them up early from school due to an appointment.
  • If your child’s take-home transportation will be different than their usual routine, please send a note describing the changes in transportation for that day.
  • If you need to change their take-home transportation later in the day, please contact the office to let them know the changes. DO NOT EMAIL THE TEACHER OF THESE CHANGES WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE OFFICE.

5th Grade Supplies

  • 2 boxes of #2 pencils, yellow, sharpened, 12 ct.
  • 2 sets Crayola colored pencils, 12 ct., sharpened
  • 8 thick expo markers, colors/no neon
  • 2 large Elmer’s glue sticks (or 4 small)
  • 1 package loose leaf notebook paper (or perforated spiral if already purchased)
  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • 1 zippered pencil bag
  • 1 earbuds ¾” grip to plug into Chromebook, in Ziploc bag w/ name
  • 1 Fiskars scissors, sharp 7”
  • 4 thin highlighters, variety pack
  • 1 Composition book
  • 1 yellow spiral notebook
  • 3 spiral notebooks, any color
  • 1 yellow plastic folder (Parkwood Student Store)
  • 1 red Communication Folder (Parkwood Student Store)

Donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated:

2 boxes of facial tissue

paper towels

Ziploc Bags (all sizes)

large container of Clorox Wipes

Snacks/Water bottles

  • Students may use the water fountain in our hallway if drinks are needed.
  • Breakfast is available to students before school if one was not eaten at home.
  • Lunch is at the halfway point in our school day.
  • Students will NOT need a snack or water bottle and should leave these things at home.
  • If a student has a medical need for a snack, such as diabetes, please be certain the nurse is aware to monitor sugar levels. Snack will be eaten in clinic at that time.
  • We will have a class break every 1 ½ hours during the day for restroom and drink breaks. Additional drink breaks are available if necessary.

Birthdays/Parties

  • Due to the number and variety of food allergies in the fifth grade this year, we will not be allowing birthday treats. If your child would like to bring an item to celebrate his/her birthday, you are welcome to send in special pencils, erasers, or stickers for the class.
  • Because we would like parties to be safe and enjoyable for everyone, we have decided to offer fruit trays and non-food goodie bags at each party this year. We will have more information available before each party.

Classroom Management/Agendas

Our goal is to work as a team to help your child be successful in school!

  • For infractions, the character card will be marked.
  • Most minor problems will be handled during the day with additional practice time for the child to learn what is expected.
  • For major problems, we will call or email the parent along with marking the character card.
  • Parents should sign the character card at the end of each week.
  • We will also celebrate outstanding effort with a quarter’s incentive such as a movie and/or treat.

Fidget Rules:

  • A student needing a fidget must have a doctor note saying it is necessary.
  • A fidget that is required must stay in the student’s hands or on the desk.
  • If the fidget is in a student’s hands, it must be under the table and eyes of the student are to be on the teacher.
  • The student should not use the fidget to get the attention of a neighbor or use the fidget to distract a neighbor.
  • SPINNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT PARKWOOD!

Agendas:

  • Teachers will post in the classroom our daily and/or weekly assignments.
  • Students are expected to write this down in their agendas.
  • It is strongly advised that parents check their child's agenda each night.
  • We are happy to initial the agendas for accuracy and/or completion of assignments, if requested by a parent.
  • If initials are requested, it is the responsibility of the student to bring the agenda to their teachers during class.
  • Students will not be permitted to go back to another class to get initials. If a student forgets, they can come after school is dismissed to obtain the missing initials.

Progressbook

  • Grades are published online and are live for you to view. They are updated at least every two weeks.
  • If you do not know your login information, please contact the office and they will give it to you.
  • We will help students set up their online accounts, so they can also be monitoring their progress.
  • It is essential to the success of your child and for best communication if parents are diligently checking grades.

Homework Policy

  • Homework will always be asked for on the day it is due.
  • Late work, not due to an absence, will result in a loss of points or loss of recess. This will be at the teacher's discretion.
  • If a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the student to ask for any missed materials/papers.
  • Absent work is the responsibility of the student to submit as the teacher might not ask for it.
  • Students are expected to use any given time at the end of the day to work on homework. This will NOT be available daily.

BAOTAP/MISOTAP

BAOTAP (Books Are Our Thing At Parkwood) is a program designed to encourage students to read at school and home. Each month students are given a reading calendar in which they record the number of minutes they read during that month. Books that students record on their calendar should be books that are on their reading level. Students will turn in their calendar at the end of the month. 30 min= 1 book.

Assemblies are held monthly to award students for their reading. Parents are definitely welcome to attend the assemblies!

  • 50 books= backpack keyring and certificate
  • 50-1000 books= spirit stick and certificate per every 50 books
  • 1000-2000 books= spirit stick and certificate per every 100 books
  • 500 books= pin
  • 1000 books= name on plaque
  • 1500 books= trophy
  • 2000 books= GRADUATION! This includes a medal

All participants in the BAOTAP program (who turn in their calendar) will receive popcorn at the end of each month.

MISOTAP (Math Is Our Thing At Parkwood) Students are rewarded for mastering math facts by completing 12 levels. The number and type of basic facts vary with the levels, but 3 minutes is given for all levels. If you would like your child to practice at home, please have him/her ask for a few sheets to practice. We recognize each child that passes a level at our monthly assemblies that parents are welcome to attend.

Conferences

  • Fall Parent/Teacher Conference sign-ups will be sent out in the fall.
  • Conference invitations will be sent according to urgency.
  • Every attempt will be made for all three teachers to attend each conference.
  • Parents of students earning As and Bs, with no concerns from teachers, will likely not receive invitation unless the parent requests one.
  • If at any time throughout the school year you feel the need for a conference, please contact us via email and we will set up a conference. Our conference times are either 7:45am-8:00am or 3:15pm-3:30pm.

5th Grade Programs/Awards

STARBASE Program:

An exciting opportunity for fifth grade is attending STARBASE! The STARBASE program is a five day, science- and math-based program through the Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The program allows students to learn many science and math concepts directly linked to the fifth-grade curriculum through hands-on, discovery-designed activities. The program takes place at one of Wright Patterson’s educational buildings. Students will leave in the morning and return shortly before the end of the school day. We will be asking for volunteers to assist us with these five days at STARBASE.

D.A.R.E. Program:

Officer Wisecup will be joining our team for approximately two weeks in January. He will be conducting the classes using lessons in the D.A.R.E. workbook. These lessons focus on how to make good decisions, knowing what a good decision is, how to avoid getting in a “sticky” situation, and what to do if friends are not the best influence. This curriculum changed several years ago, so it may be different than what an older family member or friend has experienced.

OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program:

This is a district wide bullying prevention program in which students are educated on how to handle bullying and, most importantly, how to prevent it from happening and stopping it in its early signs. As a class, we will meet twice a month to discuss bullying and issues related to this topic such as exclusion and teasing. In the meetings, we will discuss various scenarios involving these topics and how we can apply it to our own lives.

Presidential Academic Awards:

Students that score in the 85th percentile on the MAP test in either reading or math and maintain an A average in 4th grade as well as for all of the 1st semester in ELA and math in 5th grade will be recognized at the year-end assembly.

Students that score in the 85th percentile on the MAP test in either reading or math and maintain only 1 B for ELA and math in 4th grade and for the 1st semester in 5th grade will be recognized as well at the year-end assembly.

Testing

MAP- Students will be assessed three times a year (fall, winter, and spring) in reading and math. This assessment is used to monitor students’ progress in these areas throughout the year. The test results from all three administrations will be used in placement recommendations for middle school.

State Testing- Fifth grade will be tested in the areas of reading, math, and science. The testing will be computer-based and will be given in March-May. More information on the state testing will be given throughout the school year.