It feels great to be back after a two year leave. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach in Norway and will be using some new strategies for learning vocabualry, spelling, and grammar.
My class will be using Google Docs, a web-based data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online. Your child has a G-mail account that will be used quite a bit in 5th grade. Google Docs will allow your child to work on a writing project at school and continue to work on the assignment from home.
How much homework will I have in fifth grade? That is a common question. The rule of thumb is 50 minutes per night. I will expect a minimum of 20 minutes of reading five nights a week, which we will start next week. (I use reading logs referred to as M-C Minutes, and reading journals, referred to as Paw Prints.) About 10 minutes per night on spelling/quizlet, which will start in a couple weeks. That leaves one with around 20 minutes to finish any math that might not get done at school. For math, Mrs. Bergey will try to give as much time as possible to get it done in school. I am aware that what one child can do in 10 minutes may take another child 20. Therefore, feel free to write me a note if homework goes beyond 50 minutes and it was too much to go beyond the 50 minutes to finish. (8-10 hours of sleep a night is important to one’s success in school. I’d rather have your child well-rested and help him/her with their unfinished work before school or during recess.)
Your child will have a folder marked, “Take Home.” This folder should go home at the end of the day and return the next day. I will use it for the M-C Minutes Reading log. I will be sending a letter home as need arises. I would venture to say a monthly letter is the norm for fifth grade once we get up and running. It is also a good idea to check my website (http://www.mabelcanton.k12.mn.us click on Academics→ Elementary School→ R. Sacquitne Grade 5) for letters, spelling, homework, and additional information.
Thank you in advance for all your support from home. I truly appreciate ALL you do.
Please feel free to call, email, or stop by before or after school if you have any questions or concerns. My phone number is 507-493-5422 ext. 20. My email address is .
Thanks so much for your time,