LAURA FREEMAN

Fifth/Sixth Grade MSI

Homeroom: Room 211
Phone: (907) 742-1750
Email: freeman_laura@asdk12.org
LAURA FREEMAN

Hello Parents and Students,


Spelling words can be found on www.spellingcity.com (students should know their login information, but email me if they can't remember)


Welcome to our fifth/sixth grade classroom! I'm looking forward to a wonderful year and many rewarding experiences with your child. I
am here to help your child enjoy learning. I intend to provide a positive and creative learning environment that will encourage children
to solve problems, while at the same time, strengthen their self - confidence by experiencing accomplishments.

I would like to encourage all my parents to participate in their child's learning experience. I look forward to working with you
throughout the year to help make your child's school year a successful one.

Keeping reading, writing and practicing your math daily!




Dear Parents,

Welcome to our classroom at Baxter Elementary! It is a pleasure to have your child in my class. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year and many rewarding experiences with your child. I am here to help your child enjoy
learning. I
intend to provide a positive and creative learning environment that will encourage children to solve problems, while at the same time, strengthen their self - confidence by experiencing accomplishments through hard work and
perseveres.

I would like to encourage all my parents to participate in their child's learning experience. I look forward to working with you throughout the year to help make your child's school year a successful one.

Every child in my classroom has the opportunity to learn in a positive environment that promotes continued progress. Experiences are provided to ensure success in the academic, social, and emotional areas. Children need
many
opportunities and the time to learn things that are appropriate for his or her level of development.

I offer numerous opportunities for students to take risks and try new things in a non-threatening and supportive environment. Children need to know that it is O.K. to make mistakes and that mistakes are a positive way of
learning.

Positive Discipline: I expect each child to behave appropriately to insure a safe and friendly environment. I believe that children need and want to be in a classroom that is safe and comfortable. I will be focusing on the
positive behaviors
instead of the negative. Students can receive group points and class points, for positive behavior. If a student decides to make the wrong choices they will have the following consequences:
     Step 1:      Warning (5 minute loss of recess)
     Step 2:      Buddy Room for a fifteen minute timeout
     Step 3:      Loss of Free Time/Lunch Recess
     Step 4:      Rebound (call parent and send behavior note home)

When a conflict arises I will give your child a chance to solve his/her problems through talking it out, experiencing natural or logical consequences, or through re-teaching. I will work on teaching problem solving techniques
and the skill of
working cooperatively throughout the year. If your child is having a reoccurring discipline problem I will contact you. If necessary I will put the child on an individualized behavior plan that best suites the individual. (The
principal will be
notified
of any students on a plan.)

Homework
Assignment(s) are given out Monday-Thursday and expected to be completed and returned the next day. Work not completed in class becomes homework for that evening. Homework should last for no longer than 45-60
minutes. If you
find
that your child is spending considerable amounts of time on homework completion please contact me. Homework is designed to reinforce skills that have been previously covered in school. At times throughout the year a
Friday homework
assignment may be given (especially if a project is being worked on). We do check homework daily. Your child is afforded the opportunity to ask questions, receive clarification, and correct any mistakes before homework is
turned in. On
longer assignments the time would be extended. Checking those assignments your child does complete would be greatly appreciated. If your child tells you that he/she has no homework (night after night), please check with
me as well.

Academic Concerns
I look forward to teaching your child and to keeping you informed of his/her academic and social growth. I will be sending home progress reports each mid-quarter. If there are any serious concerns, I will notify you
immediately. Please
feel
free to call, or email me or drop in if you have any questions about your child’s progress. It is my goal that students will have between 15-60 minutes of meaningful homework (reinforcing previously taught skills) each evening,
although at
times they may have none.
The grading base in at Baxter Elementary in the intermediate grades is as follows:
100-90% = A;
89-80% = B;
79-70% = C;
69-60% = D-;
59% and below = F

Late Work
Late work causes problems for students as well as their teachers. Much of a person’s success in life depends upon his/her ability to be responsible. RESPONSIBILITY IS A MAJOR GOAL IN THIS CLASSROOM! Students
need to make
sure
that their assignments are complete and turned in on time. Usual classroom procedure is that daily work not finished in class is to be taken home, completed in the evening, and brought back the following morning. Late work
will not
receive
credit. Any incomplete work will be scored as a low percentage, which can quickly and dramatically decrease a student’s grade average. Students will have opportunities to do extra credit work throughout the year. My
expectations are
that
students will complete their work on time and have a product that we can all be proud of!

Opportunity Room
Is a place where your child can have an additional chance/opportunity to finish up work that is due (class work/homework). This runs Monday – Thursday in place of your child’s recess. Each of the teachers in grades 5th and
6th
participate
in facilitating this program.

Spelling Journals
This is a way for your child to practice their weekly spelling words at home. Every night has a certain task. Each night (Monday-Thursday) your child is expected to practice their weekly spelling words. Spelling words are
handed each
Monday. Spelling journals are due back daily so I can check their work. This activity is part of your child’s spelling grade.
     Monday: 3 Times Each
     Tuesday: ABC Order
     Wednesday: 10 Sentences (choose 10 of the 20 words)
     Thursday: 5x each or Parent Test (Parents give a mock test to the student)

Reading At Home
Reading outside of school is very important. Your child will receive a monthly reading log to keep track of their reading. Monthly reading logs are due back to school the first Tuesday of the following month and must include a
parent
signature
(the due dates are on them). The expectation is 40 minutes or more of reading each and every night for a monthly total of 300 pages of grade level appropriate material. A “pages read” tally sheet, come home shortly, will
facilitate easy
recording. NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to record the number of page read each month. Reading at home can take the form of independent reading, reading aloud to a parent, reading to a younger sibling, or a
parent reading
to a
child. There are other possibilities as well. Home reading is part of your child’s reading grade.


Lunch
Our lunchtime this year will begin at 12:00-12:20 with recess to follow at 12:20-12:40. Students will be required to eat during this time and have the option of a school prepared meal or one that is brought from home. If you
have time to
“do
lunch” with your child, please note these times.
Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack for them to be eaten in the morning because our lunchtime is so late in the day. Snack donations for the class are appreciated and welcomed (pretzels, goldfish, mini carrot
sticks, apple
slices, etc).

Student Decorum
In an effort to maximize our instructional day, I like to promote positive student behavior. My students will have the opportunity to model superb citizenship for younger students both on the playground and within the school
building. While
all
students will be given permission to use the rest rooms, they will need to leave all cosmetics at home. There really is no time for make-up application in school. Students may wear hats to and from school but are expected to
remove all
headgear when they are inside the school building. All students are asked to do their best at having a positive attitude and making good choices about their own behavior. In order to promote a positive classroom climate
conductive to
learning, all students are expected to follow the classroom rules. We have discussed them in class.

Appropriate behavior and decorum with any adult at our school (be it a classroom teacher, substitute teacher, noon duty, specialist, teacher’s aide, principal, teacher in charge, etc.) or anywhere that we are at is expected. At
all times, I
expect my students to be doing their best. We are ambassadors of our school and need to represent it in the best way possible. I know this is also what you expect. If and when problems/concerns start happening in this
area, I will be
contacting you immediately.
     

Thank you for taking the time to read and review this information. Please feel free to stop in before or after school, or send me an email or give me a call at 742-1750 if you have any concerns. I am available to meet from
8:00AM -
8:45AM
and 3:35PM – 4:00PM, or other times by appointment

Sincerely,
Mrs. Freeman



Email: Freeman_Laura@asdk12.org