Summer, 2017

Dear Parent(s) and Students,
Welcome to 5th Grade!

You are about to begin an important year in your elementary education. Fifth grade is a transition grade in which you will mature and prepare to become a Middle School Student! You should make good choices and accept the positive/ negative consequences of them. Together, we will learn lots of interesting concepts and skills to enable you to be successful. You will learn about ancient civilizations and world geography in Social Studies, about nature and energy in Science, and the Sacraments in Religion class.

It is imperative that you know your Multiplication and Division Facts at the start of fifth grade as we will use them every day in Math. Memorizing your facts will assist you complete your daily work, will enable you to do your best work and help you earn the highest grades! Be sure to practice your math skills on as there will be Multiplication and Division Facts Tests during the first weeks of school that will be part of the first trimester Math grade! There is a short math packet for you to complete to help you maintain your math skills over the summer. We'll correct it the first week of school.

As Mrs. Piazza has asked you to read two books this summer, I have assigned you Frindle, a humorous fiction story about a fifth grade boy misadventures at school. The book was written by Andrew Clements. We will use this story to learn how to write a book report. The Island of the Blue Dolphins is a story about a girl who survives tragic events. It was written by Scott O’ Dell, is a classic story that ties into 5th Grade Social Studies and was made into a movie. This is a story in our reader. I know you’ll enjoy the books! They are available at most bookstores and libraries.

You should be prepared to complete activities, to talk about and be tested on the two books the first week of school. You want to be able to “Show and Tell” about the books the first week of school. The grades earned on these activities will be part of your Reading grade for the first trimester report card.
Please complete the All About Me Poster over the summer. We will display them and share them upon our return to school. Have fun! Do a good job! Do your best work!

You can access another copy of this Orientation Packet on my class wiki page:
Go to Pages and Files. Click on 2015-16 Orientation Packet. You may reach me at my email address:

I look forward to seeing you in August and to having you in my class next year! Have a terrific summer with family and friends! Messages can be left for me over the summer at the St. Joseph School office.


Mr. Cholette

Fifth Grade Supplies for 2017-18:
1. Erasable pens (blue/ black and red ink)*
2. Pack of #2 pencils and eraser*

3. 2 pocket plastic folder for homework

4. Three 1-Subject spiral notebook/wide ruled

5. 1 Ream of photocopy paper

6. 2 packages of wide ruled lined paper

7. Red 2 pocket folder (Spanish)

8. Book covers (nonstick, texts are to be covered at all times)*

9. Glue stick & bottle*

10. Roll of Scotch Tape

11. Crayons & Markers*

12. Colored pencils (for art)

13. Small pencil case for your desk

14. Protractor (clear)

15. Compass

16. Ruler -standard and metric

17. Safety scissors

18. Small hand held pencil sharpener

19. Watercolor paints (Art)

20. Rosary**

21. Pocket packs of tissue*

22. 2 Rolls paper towels*

23. Book to read for free time*

*Replace as needed Bring in as directed by the teacher Be sure to label all items and clothing with child’s name.

A Word about Organization and Notebooks:
Organization is the key to success. Students will store their textbooks /workbooks in the desk, taking up most of the space in the desk.
Large binders, Trapper Keepers, and oversized zippered notebooks are not allowed/ WILL BE SENT HOME as they DO NOT FIT IN the desk.
The kids collect junk in them anyway! To Maximize Use of Space … Put some loose-leaf paper a folder.
Minimize the number of crayons, markers and miscellaneous supplies.
Crayons, scissors, and glue stick will be put in a pencil box/stored outside desk.
Have school supplies at home so the child does not carry them back/ forth.
The use of white out is not permitted in 5th grade.

Reminders: Students are required to…
Have their Agenda Book/ Homework folder in class each day.
Write homework in the Agenda Book.
Have PE clothes for PE day/ Regular or Dress Uniform as required.
Return library books each week.
Have Tuesday Envelopes signed & returned the next day.
Find a box/ bin at home in which to put graded papers for parents to examine.
Show parents Homework and Notes stapled in the Agenda Book each night.

Fifth Grade Ten Commandments
1. Thou shall take pride in thy appearance, and come to school ready to learn/ have fun.
2. Thou shall be a good citizen, follow class/ school rules, and live thy faith in God.
3. Thou shall come prepared to school with thy uniform, supplies, books, and work.
4. Thou shall write thy name, date and page number on all thy work and assignments.
5. Thou shall do thy best in thy work, be neat, show thy work for and check thy answers.
6. Thou shall write neatly in erasable pen (blue/ black) or pencil and in cursive when asked.
7. Thou shall cover all text at all times. (No self-stick covers/ don‘t tape covers to book).
8. Thou shall write down thy homework in thy Agenda Book and pack thy bag with what
thou needs to complete thy homework.
9. Thou shall bring thy Tuesday Envelope, Agenda Book, weekly note and teacher’s notes
home to thy parents to be signed and returned to school.
10. Thou shall help others/ share thy gifts and talents with thy school family and community.

Classwork and Homework Policies and Expectations**
Assignments provide practice to apply and develop skills presented in class.
Homework teaches the child responsibility, develops good study habits.
Homework/ Class work is weighted equally with tests/ quizzes in most subjects.
Homework should be approximately 1 hour to complete.
Homework assignments are written on the board for students to copy in the Agenda Book.
Test is announced at the start of each week. Students will be reminded to study.
Special class projects and assignments are outlined in letters to parents.
Parents should check the Agenda each night for a list of homework and teacher

Students are expected to:

1. Do their best on class/ homework independently before asking for help.

2. Complete, neat and accurate work.3. Turn assignments in time.4. Copy Homework in their Agenda Book each day.5. Use the Homework Folder to keep track of assignments.
6. Put their name, date, assignment page number on their work.
7. Follow along in class and follow directions to complete their best work.
8. Keep a neat desk and cubby to know where their things are.
9. Complete work missed by absence, illness, vacation, or extra curricular activity in a timely manner.
10. Write down assignments not turned in to the teacher in the Agenda to remind oneself to turn them ASAP.

Assessment and Grading Guidelines
Most assignments will be seen/ graded by me and a grade entered into the grade book.
Some have, Ö +, Ö -, or are graded VG- Very Good, G- Good, S-Satisfactory, and NI-Needs Improvement, or will have comments: most will have a percent or corresponding letter grade.
Some papers will be evaluated by a rubric that will be provided to students when work is assigned.
Students should finish and correct “Correct and Return,” “Incomplete,” “D” and “F” work to review
the skills and concepts before tests.
Progress is reported to students and parents through comments on the graded papers and formally reported on mid-trimester progress reports and trimester report cards. Progress in academic subjects is reported as a letter grade corresponding to a percentage grade. Academic grades are calculated by weighting tests and class work/ homework equally. Art, Music, French, and P.E. are graded S-Satisfactory and NI-Needs Improvement.

Work missed due to absence/ illness/ extracurricular activity is to be made up/turned in within a week.
Students are given a list of work to be made up upon their return.
Students with incomplete class/ homework choose to lose free time or recess or serve a lunch detention to complete the missed/ incomplete assignments (Middle school students serve lunch detentions and detentions after school).

After two reminders, students who choose not to turn in work choose to have their PARENTS
INFORMED BY THE WEEKLY NOTE SENT HOME IN THE TUESDAY ENVELOPE. Parents are asked to sign/return the notes.
Students who choose not to turn in work choose to have a “0” recorded in the grade book. Work turned in late, but not excused by absence or illness, earn the highest grade of “D.”
Chronic cases of incomplete class/homework will result in a teacher-parent-principal conference.

Teaching Style
Students practice a skill when topics are introduced in class before independent work is assigned. Workbooks take the place of formal notebooks. Work is usually corrected aloud and collected for the teacher to assess. Independent work is more frequently assigned as the year progresses. Students are expected to study for tests as part of homework. We complete text and study guide reviews before tests, but less class time will be spent preparing as the year passes.

School - Home Communication
Tuesday Envelopes are sent home each Tuesday containing graded work, a teacher’s newsletter, a Weekly Note Home and notices from the office.
Notes to parents are stapled in the child’s Agenda Book. Please check the Agenda Book daily, discuss notes with your child, sign and return them.
Please sign and return all notes stapled in the Agenda/ to Graded papers as well as the Weekly Note, so I know you’ve seen them.
Telephone Messages may be left with the school secretary, or notes sent to me with your child. I’ll return calls/ notes as planning time permits.
You may reach me at my email address:

Class Rules and Discipline Policies
I firmly believe that life-long success depends on self-discipline. I have developed a Classroom Discipline Plan based on school rules outlined in the St. Joseph School Handbook. Rules are reviewed, reminders issued and the plan is in effect at all times. Students are expected to make good choices as well as account for his/ her own behavior. I prepare students for Middle School where expectations are high and consequences are seriously enforced.

Class Rules:
1. Be well behaved, follow directions, class/school rules, make good choices.
2. Be a good citizen: be truthful, helpful, work together. Get along with others.
3. Respect others: their rights, feelings, property; keep your hands, feet to self.
4. Be a good worker, sit/work quietly and raise your hand to share/ ask questions.
5. Ask permission to leave your seat, to leave the classroom.
6. Be prepared for class: have supplies, assignments, use the Agenda Book.
7. Do your best work. Complete class/homework on time. Check your work.
8. Have notes, Weekly Note Sheet & Tuesday Envelope signed returned.
9. Keep your desk neat; return what you use, clean up when you are through.

Positive reinforcement and verbal praise are used to encourage students to follow class rules. A severity clause remains in effect by which at any time a student posing a threat/ continued disruption would be sent to the Principal. I will notify parents when a child has been to the Principal. The following consequences will be utilized:

1st offense Verbal Warning/ Name on board
2nd offense Ö by Name on board/ Thinking Time/ loss of Free Time/ Recess
3rd offense Second Ö by name and loss of Free Time/ Recess or Lunch Detention and/ or Note home/ Phone Call to Parent
Incomplete Homework/ Class work or the Failure to return a Note/ Weekly Behavior Sheet may result in the loss of Recess/ Free Time or a Lunch Detention/ Visit to the Principal.
A Student/ Parent/ Teacher Conference may be scheduled to investigate or resolve a situation when deemed necessary by the teacher/ parent.
The Principal will be notified of/ involved in situations as deemed necessary.
After school detentions will be arranged as necessary with the Principal’s approval.

Parents and students can monitor their child's behavior at school through reports on Students all earn points for positive behaviors/ following rules and directions, as well as have points deducted for negative behavior/ not following directions. Parents and students can access the account created when they sign up for Instant Messaging etc. at the start of the school year. Parents will receive reminders etc. during the year through the Instant Messaging feature of the program.

Study Skills Checklist
Proper study skills and habits are very important steps in the learning process.
The following 10 suggestions are provided to assist both parents and students in developing a study routine.

A. Know what is expected of you. Copy the assignments in your Agenda Book carefully.
B. Read directions before you leave class or begin to work, ask questions before you leave class/ school for the day.
C. Ask the teacher for help if you have questions or are confused.
D. Correct “Incomplete,” “D,” and “F” work to learn from mistakes.
E. Have the necessary materials.
F. Be prepared with textbook, notes, paper, pencils etc.
G. Use extra time/materials if you are given it: Library, Internet, dictionary or encyclopedia, text book resources.
H. Have a study partner/ classmate that you can call with a question about an assignment.
I. Know when your assignments are due, plan your study time.
J. Record due dates and important on the calendar in your Agenda Book.

A. Don’t wait until the last minute to study or complete an assignment or project.
B. Set aside at least 1 hour a day for study and homework, do homework, then play.
C. Prioritize your assignments, complete first what is due sooner. Select a proper study area.
D. You need a relatively quiet place, free of distractions, TV or loud music.
E. You need a suitable writing surface and proper lighting.
F. Organize yourself
G. Use your Agenda Book and calendar every day to keep track of dates
H. Organize your desk space, binder, note books, book bag and work space at home
I. Clean out your Assignment Folder on a regular basis
J. Pack your book bag/ homework folder at night to return for school the next day
K. Concentrate on the task at hand

Spend the entire hour concentrating on homework. Remember number one “Know What is Expected.” Don’t get sidetracked by magazines, games, the telephone, TV, stereo, siblings. Stay with it the entire hour. Write neatly and carefully to do your best work

You will spend less time recopying if you do it neatly and carefully the first time. Always write your name, your assigned number, the date, subject, page number at the top of the paper. Copy the information correctly, spell correctly, check the accuracy of your work. Remember to do your own work and not use the work of others as your own. Share your school work with your parents

Discuss what you have learned in school with your parents. Parents can help you, offer suggestions, support and check your work
Share the good and the not so good, remember to have them sign “Incomplete.” "D,” and “F” work and return it to the teacher

Take PRIDE in who you are and what you do!You will RESPECT yourself and others will too!

Summer 2017

Dear Fifth Grade Students and Parents,

Welcome to fifth grade! I am pleased to be working with you and hope that together we can have a remarkable year.

Fifth grade is a transitional year. Soon you will be in Middle School. Together, we will develop skills that help you be successful. Enclosed in this packet are a brief outline of General Policies, Grading Guidelines, Assignment and Homework Policies, School-Home Communication, Class Rules and Discipline Policies, and a Study Skills Checklist that you may find useful this year.
Please review the enclosed schedule. Please note that lunch is at 11:30 AM for fifth grade this year. PE/ Gym class is on Tuesdays. Students will be expected to be in dress uniforms for mass. Please be to school on time and prepared for class each day. Most of our books are new this year; please take good care of them.

Please keep the line of communication between school and home open. Please do not hesitate to write a note or leave a message in the school office during the year should you need to speak with me or advise me of a special situation at home. I will do my best to promptly return phone messages, but please keep in mind that I may not have a prep period to do so right away.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information. Please review it with your child.
It is important that you and your child be informed and prepared for the coming year.

Please sign and return the bottom of this page that I may know you and your child have
read and understand the information enclosed in the Welcome Back to School Packet.
Best wishes to you for a successful year!


Mr. Michael Cholette

I have read and understand the General Policies, Grading Guidelines, Assignment and Homework Policies, School-Home Communication, Class Rules and Discipline Policies, and Study Skills Checklist presented in the Welcome Back to School Packet.

Parent Signature Date Student Signature Date