Welcome to grade five! My name is Cory Forster and I will be your child’s primary teacher this year.
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Our theme for year five is “BeThe Best That You Can Be”. Students will be focusing on challenging themselves and striving to do their best. We believe that every child in our class will be successful this year and therefore hold high expectations for each of them.
The Alberta Government has outlined an exciting curriculum for year five. Detailed copies of the Parent’s Curriculum Handbook are available on the Alberta Learning Website: http://www.learning.gov.ab.ca under the parent section.
Here at Glendon School we expect that every child will do his/her best to follow the Classroom Guidelines. These guidelines are based on Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Perseverance and Kindness. Our goal in the classroom is to provide a learning environment for all the students and this can be achieved if we all show consideration for the Classroom Guidelines. A copy of the school’s Behavior Plan has also been sent home for you to read and discuss with your child.
A copy of Glendon School’s revised dress code was included in last week’s newsletter. Please review that dress code with your child. Students who do not follow the dress code will be asked to change.
Assessment is going to look very different this year. The provincial curriculum is ‘outcome based’ and because of this, the Northern Lights School Division will be reporting on these outcomes. Percentages from assessments will no longer be posted online. Instead, an assessment folder will be sent home periodically for you to look at. Once you have looked at the assessments, I would ask that you initial each of the assessments and return the folder to school. We recognize that there will be many questions regarding outcome based assessment and we are willing to meet with you at any time to discuss issues that may arise.
Year five students should expect to do some homework nightly. Please assist your child in this by providing a quiet study area for homework to be completed each evening. A portion of this time should be dedicated to shared or independent reading. Your child is responsible for recording his/her daily assignments and due dates in their home reading sheet. Please request to see your child’s agenda nightly and initial it after your child has completed their homework. This agenda may also be used to write us a note regarding any concerns that you may have or visa versa. If your child chooses not to complete the daily assignments, he/she will be required to complete them at recess or during non-core subjects unless there is a note from a parent in the agenda explaining why the assignment was not completed. Assignments missed due to absences may be completed the following day at home. We are more than happy to send packages of homework with a sibling or friend if your child has missed several consecutive days. Some notice in these cases would be appreciated.
You may also wish to get daily text messages regarding homework and/or other notices using the system Reminder101. If you wish to receive these texts, please enter the number (204) 480-2591 and text @c3a3e and you will be added to the list. I will try to send out a quick text each night regarding assignments. This may not be possible if I am away from school so please continue to use the agenda.
We look forward to working with you this year. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please drop by or call us at the school.