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Back-to-School Night

Back-to-School Night

Room 32, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Sandmeyer

August 16, 2018

Welcome and Introduction

Jennifer Sandmeyer

Class website:

Tonight, be sure to: 

Verify your email, on the clipboard that is going around. 

Sign up for a Parent-Teacher Conference (see table under flag).

Volunteer: excellent opportunity to contribute and stay involved (see table under flag).

Write your child a quick note.  Respond on the back side of the letters that they wrote to you.


What We Teach Summary

BIES Library time - once a week.

Computer Lab - once a week.

PE for 25 minutes, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Buddy Reading with Mrs. Thompson's First Grade class.

Instrumental Music will begin 8/24/18 with an assembly.  Choices due 8/30.  Lessons begin 9/7.   All 5th graders participate, whether playing an instrument or joining choir.  

The San Mateo Educational Foundation provides the instruments and salaries for this Music program.  Contributions are greatly needed and appreciated.  To participate in the Instrumental Music programs in our middle schools, students are required to play an instrument in Fifth Grade.  There will be a "demo day" assembly for the 5th Graders to look at instruments and ask questions.  Instruments usually are flute, violin, trumpet, clarinet, and a couple of cellos.

Please donate to the SMED Foundation to help continue the great work they do. 


Writing:  Narrative, Opinion, Informational pieces.  Done in class.

State Report:  this will be an extended project that we will do in class.  Students may need to work at home if they do not work efficiently in class and need to catch up.

Book Reports:  I will assign various ways to respond to the literature we will be reading.  It works out to be about 2-3 books a quarter.

Science Fair project: Required of all Room 32 students.  The Science Fair, and project due date, is May 28, in the Brewer Island Gym.  Some done in class, some done at home.

Current Events

Field Trips

Foster City Library

Shoreview Environmental and Recycling Center.

CA Academy of Sciences in April with Mrs. Thompson's First Grade (Reading Buddies)

Bowditch Musical

Outdoor Education - scheduled for March 18-22, 2019. (Monday-Friday).  

Information and details will be sent home at a later date.  

You can learn all about the program (lodging, curriculum, food, daily schedule, etc) at


The District policy is that ALL chaperones or driver/chaperones (any adult spending time with the children off campus), must be fingerprinted.  Parents cannot show up at field trips unless they are fingerprinted.  The BIES website has more information.


Planning begins in February for the Fifth Grade Promotion (graduation) events: 

Promotion ceremony and reception, Fifth Grade t-shirts, end-of-year party. 

Promotion is on the last day of school, June 20, 2019. 

Parent-teacher Conferences, September 4-September 17. 

Be sure to sign up for a conference time tonight- on the table under the flag.

There will be minimum days every day for those two weeks

Classroom parties

Halloween, Wednesday, 10/31, school parade, class party, minimum day.

December 20, last day before intersession: "Read and feed.” Snacks, reading and lounging.

February 14.  Optional Valentine exchange, cookies and juice.

May or June – Reading Buddy Picnic.

Others TBA (publishing parties, end of term activities).

Healthy treats only for holiday, publishing, and other class events.

Parent Participation

Thank you for any volunteering you can do.  We will need help for Art in Action, Science Day, chaperoning on field trips, helping in the classroom, or helping with events. 

The 'Thursday Envelope' will be sent home weekly.  It will have school fliers and returned papers in it.  Most graded school work will be stored in a binder here at school.  Tests will sent home for your signature and returned to be added to the binder.

Do not park in the teacher parking lot between 7am-3:30pm.  Not even to drop your child off at the morning care program for ‘just a minute’.  Also not in the red zone near the gym.  Park on the street.

Late lunches 

Forgotten or late lunches are not accepted.  The office is not permitting you to drop them off or deliver them to the classroom.  

If your child forgets lunch he or she will have to buy hot lunch and your account will be charged.  


Please do not bring in any food for the class for your child's birthday.  Please donate to the SM ED Foundation instead,  We will recognize birthdays with a class card.

Candy, sugary foods and home-baked items are not to be distributed to children at school (birthdays, holidays, class parties, etc.).  


School Motto: "We are kind, we are safe; we are responsible." 

We are continuing the PBIS program (Positive Behavior and Intervention Support) for character development.

We will develop class rules, but my overarching rule is, The Golden Rule.  

Positive Recognition:  teachers will hand out positive action slips when a student is noticed doing something kind, safe or responsible.  Your child will be excited to show you these.

Inappropriate behavior consequences: 

Name on the board with 2 checks (3 instances) results in sitting on the bench at recess.  Some inappropriate behavior could send a child to the bench or the Principal without the check system.

"Yellow Slip":  When a child is benched, he/she takes a yellow slip to the bench at recess, fills it out and misses play time.

If your child receives 3 yellow slips, then an appointment will be made with the Principal to discuss the behavior, find support and/or design a consequence.

If I send home a yellow slip, please sign it and have your child return it the next day so that I know that you are informed.  I keep a copy on my desk until it is returned, signed by a parent.


District policy for homework is 10 minutes of homework for each grade level; that is 50 minutes for Fifth Grade on weekdays.  As part of this, your child should be reading 20 minutes each night.  

We request that your student have a homework planner. Planners can be purchased by the PTA, usually in front of the BIES library for the first few days of the school year.  These planners are similar to the ones they will be using in middle school.

Homework and reminders will be written down in the planners at the end of the day.  

Some assignment will be listed on the class website so that you can print them out if they get lost.

Consequences for not turning in homework:  

Students must be prepared for class each day.  If homework is missing or late, they can work on it on the bench at recess.  The homework will be due after recess or the next school day.

If there is a reason that your child cannot complete homework, please write me a note.  Your child will not be benched but will be expected to complete it by the next school day.

The students will choose homework buddies and exchange phone numbers.  They will be taped into their homework folders.  

Bringing instruments to class is considered a homework assignment. 


If your child is absent; he/she is responsible for asking for missed work when they return.  There is no need to come to school to pick it up.  The student and I can talk about when it should be turned in. 

FYI, family expenses for events:

Promotion approx. $40 

Field trips $5-20. (depends on whether or not we get a bus)

Fund requests $5:  crafts and class parties.

Outdoor Education:  approximately $350