Welcome to Mrs. Mastic's Fifth Grade Class 5-313!! :)
Dear Parents and Students,
It’s my pleasure to welcome you and your child to 5th grade! My name is Mrs. Mastic (née Ms. Davydova) and I will be your child’s 5th grade teacher this year. For the past 7 years, I have worked as a teacher at P.S. 176, and this is my 6th year teaching the fifth grade Gifted and Talented class. I graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter with my Bachelor's degree (in Math & Childhood Education), Master's degree (in Math & Science Education), and Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education. In the past, I have taught test preparation classes in a large tutoring center in Chinatown for grades 6-12. Those students were preparing for their Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), and/or for their SAT exams. I love teaching 5th grade, and I am incredibly excited to be teaching your child this year! I know we’ll all have a great learning experience!
This past summer, I got married and moved to NJ, where I currently live with my husband Tim, and our one-eyed rescue cat named Penny, who loves jumping in different-sized empty Amazon boxes and pretending that he's always starving even after we just fed him his cat food two seconds ago. I love reading books of different genres, watching comedies, documentaries, cartoons, & mysteries, and relaxing with my family and friends over delicious food and intense board game competitions! Some of my favorite board games are Munchkin, Exploding Kittens, Imploding Kittens, Risk!, Pandemic, Catan, Rummikub, Scrabble, Sequence, & Cribbage. If you have any board games, books, shows, and/or foods that you'd like to recommend, please feel free to let me know! :)
I am so excited to hit the ground running this year with you all! My hope is that we all come in with a positive attitude and ready to embark on this fifth grade journey TOGETHER!! It will be imperative that we keep an open line of communication with each other. I want us to work together to help produce better people for tomorrow! Our students are our future and in order to help change the dynamic of our youth today, we must work together. I know each and everyone of you are more than capable, and I have faith that our students WILL BE 5th grade scholars.
In my classroom, I believe it is important for you to feel safe and respected. We will work all year long to establish a room filled with friendships, pride, trust, high self-esteem, and follow the positive principles laid out in the Growth Mindset Theory (links available below). I want you to feel that you are in a place where you can comfortably be yourself all while learning and growing to be the best you can be. I also believe that the students, parents, and teacher must work as a team to achieve the goals in front of us. I am so happy to be a part of that team with you!
Mrs. Mastic (nee Ms. Davydova)
Mrs. Mastic’s Class
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 8:00 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. We will also be learning & abiding by the GROWTH MINDSET Theory, which is described here:
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.
- 1st time - Teacher Warning (verbal)
- 2nd time – Thinking Chair (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 Notices of Concern 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.
School Website: Please be sure to visit the P.S. 176 school website (ps176.org) for information regarding the school as a whole. Through that website you can access many different technology apps, and learn a lot of useful information pertinent to the school. Once on the P.S. 176 website, you can also access our class's Google Classroom website by choosing it from the list under the "Staff Directory & Class Websites" subpage on the left triple-line icon drop-down menu on the top left corner (near the NYC Public Schools icon).
Our Class's 5th grade website: The 5th grade website will provide you with important dates, an electronic copy of the welcome letter, learning links for all subjects, and the teachers’ phone extension. Please make sure to visit the website to familiarize yourself with the information that relates to your child.
School Supplies: Please be sure that your child has supplies throughout the entire year. Instruction is delayed when students do not have pencils, glue sticks, scissors, etc. We will send a note home informing you if our class is running low on supplies. Donated supplies are greatly appreciated.
If there are any books you may want to get rid of that are in still good condition, please let your child’s teacher know. We can always use books in our classroom library.
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. We will NOT send work home “just because.” Your child will have approximately 50 minutes of homework nightly. Long term projects will be in addition to this time not a part of it. If you ever have any questions about a particular subject or concept, feel free to contact your child’s teacher.
Here are FIVE TIPS on how you can always give your best shot at reaching for excellence.
1. Come to school on time, prepared with the necessary school supplies and completed assignments. Being unprepared causes anxiety and interferes with one's learning. It dictates the kind of day a student will have.
2. Prepare your backpack before going to bed. Make sure all of your completed HW, and all your NB’s and supplies are inside.
3. Pack a healthy snack and lunch.
4. Complete written assignments neatly and thoroughly. Sloppy work and Mrs. Mastic do not get along! Very true!
5. Study for tests. Review class notes and study guide. Achieving high test scores is the result of careful review and thorough understanding of notes taken in class.
When you are prepared, you become more self-confident.
Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Eat the right foods, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
A healthy mind, heart, and body will lead to excellence in anything you are trying to achieve.
Keep a POSITIVE ATTITUDE.
Work hard. Work efficiently. Do your best.
Practice makes excellence. Excellence is a way of life.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude. -Scott Hamilton
My child is sick. What should I do?
Please notify the school immediately by calling the attendance line at 718-236-7755 and leaving a recorded message. While I appreciate knowing that your child is sick, please do not rely on an e-mail to me as sufficient notification. There are times when I may not check e-mail before school starts, and / or I may have a substitute myself that cannot access my e-mail. Usually when a student is absent due to illness, we'll set aside the work they missed and I'll work with them to get them caught up upon their return if necessary. Of course, if you'd like to swing by the office to pick up any missed work, I'm happy to accommodate with proper notice.
I'd really like to talk to you about my child. Can we meet?
Please know I encourage open communication and want to know about your children. When the students know the parents and teacher are in communication with each other, are on the same page, and are looking out for them, they are successful. Successful children = happy teacher = happy parents! Please call or e-mail me any time you have a question, a concern, or just want to talk about your child. I'm happy to meet with you most any time.
Here are FOUR ways that you can contact me about questions or concerns you may have about your child or assignments.
(1) By Email
Email: The best way to reach me is via e-mail at email@example.com
I check my e-mail daily and will do my best to respond to you within 24 hours, depending on when you send the e-mail. Please keep in mind that if you e-mail me after 3:45 pm, I will probably see your e-mail the following morning.
(2) By Class DOJO
Text Message: You may choose to leave a text message on the Class Dojo app using your phone once you have logged in to our class's private site. This Class Dojo site also will show photos of the students working on different class activities throughout the year, along with important updates that parents need to know.
I check my Class Dojo account daily and will do my best to respond to you within 24 hours, depending on when you send the message. Please keep in mind that if you message me after 3:45 pm, I will probably see your message the following morning, and respond in a timely manner.
(3) By Phone
Leaving a Message: You may choose to leave a message with the front desk by calling 718-236-7755. If you are leaving a message with the front office, please leave your name ,contact number, and reason for the call. I will contact you in a timely manner as well.
(4) Writing a note and have your child deliver it to me in class.
Agenda Rules: If you choose to contact me through your child, make sure the student is aware of the note, so I can respond.
→ I usually respond to parents the same way they attempted to contact me. I hope this helps with keeping the home-school communication going throughout the year.
Remember communication is the key to a successful year.
I appreciate all your support in advance!
Is there anything the classroom needs?
It would be great to have donations of new inexpensive headphones. We are always on the lookout for prizes for our prize bin (think party favors: journals, fun pens, deck of cards, candy bars, glow sticks, etc.), and we would love some more collegiate dictionaries (yes, we're that smart). Thank you for your generosity!