Welcome to fifth grade. I hope you had a wonderful summer with your family and friends. I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Mrs. Salcedo. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at the California State University in Bakersfield, with a minor is Child Development. I have 10 years of experience in the education field. My teaching philosophy is that ALL children can learn if they are provided with excellent learning activities in a motivating learning environment.
I am looking forward to helping your student improve and acquire new skills. This coming year will be filled with exciting learning activities that will maximize your student’s learning potential. I would like to invite you to become partner with me in your child’s education. By working together we can strengthen your child’s academic achievement.
Feel free to contact me with any concern you might have via email, note, or phone call by calling the school. I am looking forward to meeting you on Back to School Night on September 6th 2016, at 6:00 pm.
Please read and sign the class and school procedures and the policy form on the back of this letter.
5th Grade/Room 41
As a teacher, I am dedicated to your student and their learning. I spend a tremendous amount of time with your child and develop meaningful relationships with them. I truly care about their success. Our class time is very precious so we will devote every minute of it to building your student’s knowledge.
As a student, your child needs to come to school well rested, fed, and ready to learn every day. Our day is filled with demanding activities and your student needs to be at their best every day.
As a parent, you need to make sure your child is ready for school every morning. Ready means: fully rested, fed, and on time for school. It is important that your child eat breakfast since 5th graders do not eat lunch until 12:40. It is also important that you provide a quiet place for your child to complete homework. Perhaps your most important job is to support and encourage your child’s education.
Attendance is a very important element in a child’s learning and making sure that they are at school on time everyday is a priority. Missing school days and/or being late create problems. Our work starts the minute the students sit down in their seats and goes right up to the end of the day. Students who miss class time miss learning and foundations for future learning. Please schedule doctor’s appointments for after school. Of course, if your child is ill, please keep him/her at home until he/she is ready to return. Call the office to clear all absences.
Another important element of learning is the classroom environment. In order for everyone to learn, the learner must be able to focus and feel comfortable. Therefore, we have high expectations for behavior at Palla Elementary School. No one has the right to distract your student from learning. For this reason, we have some basic behavior guidelines:
The proper attitude and behavior make all the difference. Students who follow the rules of the school and the rules of the classroom will receive classroom incentives and good grades. When you are following rules, you are on task and working which makes learning easier.
Palla Elementary students and staff implement a school-wide positive behavior plan known as “PAWS”. Students and classes who are found displaying (and can recite) behavior goals with be rewarded with special incentives. Staff members will be looking for positive student behavior at recess, during class, at lunch, in the office, in the hallways, in the library and the computer lab.
Practice self-control Achieve goals Will be respectful Stay on task
Your student will be assigned writing, math, and reading homework on a daily basis. I will provide your student with a homework folder. Homework will be due every day. All work must be kept neat and organized.
Homework is checked for accuracy and effort. This work is an opportunity to practice newly taught concepts and a great chance to find mistakes. It is very important that students do their homework. Math builds daily on the previous day’s lesson
Should a student come to school unprepared, they will be required to do their work during recess and/or during lunch detention. Your child is responsible to complete each assignment in its entirety (no blanks) and to turn it in when it is due. I require students to show their work in math.
Your student will bring a progress report weekly, usually Monday or Tuesday. The report will have graded test and quizzes attached to it. It will state your student’s AR goal progress and homework completion. Please sign it and return it to me as soon as possible.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by note, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or by calling the school at 661-837-6100.
Please sign all areas on this page and return as soon as possible.
I have read the homework policy, and I understand that I am responsible for turning all assigned work in on time. If I chose not to turn in my homework, I know that I may have to serve a detention or complete work during recess time.
Student Signature: _____________________________
Parent Signature: ______________________________
I have read and understand the expectations for behavior while at school. I understand that misbehaving will have consequences which are outlined on the Behavior Tree Map.
Student Signature: __________________________________________
Parent Signature: ____________________________________________
As a class, we will have the opportunity to watch movies throughout the school year. One of our class rewards results in a movie type party or lunch in the classroom while watching a movie. Movies are usually the follow up to a story that I have read to the class during our read aloud time. Please advise that your student has permission to view a PG movie in our class.
_____ Yes, my student has permission to watch PG movies at school.
_____ No, my student does not have permission to watch PG movies at school.
Parent Signature: ____________________________