Welcome to class 5A!
Welcome to a new school year! It is with great excitement and anticipation that Mr. Krohe and Ms. Kish continue their second year teaching Gr. 5 together! We are looking forward to getting to know you and your child in the upcoming months. Ms. Kish and Mr. Krohe will be sharing the school year and will be teaching different subjects. Ms. Kish will be teaching Language Arts, Science, and Math, and Mr. Krohe will be taking on Social, Health, Math, and Phys. Ed. It's going to be a great year!
We would like to strive to be as environmentally conscience as we can this school year. This means we will be doing things a little different than you may be use to. As we start to implement more strategies in our classroom we will be posting them here....stay tuned!
- more electronic messages home rather than paper copies (through our class dojo, phone calls, emails, etc)
- students will be developing a personal website as a portfolio of learning
- more thorough recycling, reusing, reducing, and composting
- collaborating with the Bear Minimum out of Banff for ways our class can become even more environmentally friendly and possible workshops.
Habits of Mind
This year, all students will continue to use the Habits of Mind. For more information visit www.habitsofmind.org. We believe this to be a very valuable program to help develop the necessary life skills your child will need to be successful for their entire life.
Over 30 years of research has gone into Carol Dweck’s work behind students' attitudes about failure. Some students rebounded while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. We want a large focus this year to be on students effort. For more information please check out the Mindset website.
We want to allow students to have small, healthy, quiet snacks during class time. Please refrain from sending sugary morning snacks with your child (sugary snacks greatly reduces student attention). Eating healthy snacks in the morning greatly increases student engagement and focus which will help your child’s learning. Children are encouraged to drink plenty of water throughout the day and can bring their own water bottle to use in the classroom (please label the water bottle with your child's name).
Footwear and Clothing
There is no such thing as poor weather but only poor choices of clothing. We like to teach and go outside as much as possible so please ensure your child always has a proper jacket (rain jacket for those wet days and a warm winter jacket for the cold days) for whatever the day may bring. In winter, your child should have mitts, a warm hat and warm waterproof boots. Making sure your child is prepared for all types of weather will allow us to get outside as much as possible throughout the school year. Students are also encouraged to have appropriate, supportive footwear during gym and Daily Physical Activity (DPA).
Physical Education gym strip - Your child must have a gym shirt, shorts and supportive non marking gym shoes to participate in PE class.
It is essential that your child read for a minimum of 20 minutes each evening. For some children, this is an easy task. For others, it is more challenging. Try to encourage reluctant readers by modeling reading, spending time together reading and sharing stories and by asking open ended questions about what your child is reading. The link below is an interesting read about the importance of reading and brain connectivity.
Students will spend time at the end of the day reviewing homework. Students in grade 5 should have no more than 30 minutes of homework a night. Children at this age need time after school for unstructured free play and to be active.
Class Dojo will be our primary communication tool for sharing important information/dates, learning activities, pictures, and other classroom related things. Your child will also have an agenda for daily correspondence.
We can always be reached through the school via email or phone call, and of course in person! If something comes up that needs careful attention we would like to encourage parents to set up a phone call to discuss rather than a long lengthy email. Other updates and links to learning activities will be posted throughout the website and the Dojo.