• Welcome to Fifth Grade!

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    Dear Families,
    Welcome to my class.  Below are the classroom behavior and homework policies for our fifth grade class.  For updates, on our monthly topics, please read the Pine News.

    Behavior and Discipline Policy

    The following policy has been created to provide your child with a safe and comfortable environment to learn and grow.  You will be informed daily of your child’s behavior in their planner which will be signed by you daily as well.  The planner and behavior will be a part of their Successful Learning Behaviors Grade each quarter.

    Please read the following Behavior and Discipline Policy below.  Then sign and return the bottom portion to signify that you are aware of the procedures being used.

    The classroom management strategy will be in the form of a color code system combined with Class Dojo.  Students can move up or down on the color chart depending on behavior.  Each day every student will begin on GREENGREEN signifies that the student is doing well and making the right choices throughout the day. 

                For exceptional behavior, students may move to either PINK or PURPLE.   In order to reach these colors, students have to go above and beyond the normal expectations of the day.

                If a child is behaving in an inappropriate manner or not following the instructions given by the teacher, he or she will be given 1 WARNING.  This warning will occur and the student will change their card to YELLOW.

                If the student continues to make poor choices, they will be asked to change their card to Orange.  If a student is on orange, it will be up to the teacher what the consequence will be for the action.  Possible consequences are: 

    • The child will lose privileges
    • The child will call home to inform parents of the problem or issue
    • The teacher will call and inform parents of the problem or issue
    • The child will be sent to the office to speak with Mr. Braun, upon which he will determine how the child should be disciplined
    • The child will be sent to the office to speak with the school counselor, Mr. Schena upon which he will determine how the child should be disciplined
    • Conference with teacher

    If those consequences do not correct the behavior, the student will turn their card to RED.  The parents will be informed by both the teacher and the student.  Also, depending on the behavior, they will be written up with a referral form and sent to the office.

    Hitting, kicking, fighting, spitting on others and the use of profanity will not be tolerated and immediate action will be taken including an office referral.


    Homework and Late Work Policy for 5th Grade

    A large part of transitioning into 5th grade is the requirement of added responsibility on the student .

    To assist you and your family in understanding and preparing for this leap of responsibility and accountability, we have outlined our rules and expectations to ensure that fairness, equality, and understanding are at the root of our policy for homework and late work.

    Homework will be assigned nightly Monday through Friday and will encompass reading, math, and spelling practice, and any necessary skills requiring extra practice.  If they have no homework, it should state “No homework” in their planner.

    These assignments should take your student approximately 30-45 minutes to complete with neatness, accuracy, and to show pride in their work. Homework isn't intended to serve as punishment, but rather reinforcing the skills being taught and studied in the classroom. Please expect to spend this much time on school work, at home, Monday-Friday to ensure that your child meets the standards and expectations for 5th grade.

    The following will not be accepted and will either be handed to redo or be given a 0:

    • Work being completed by another person (parent, friend, sibling)
    • Work that is torn, stained, ripped, or unable to be deciphered
    • Work that has been rushed through without heeding the directions provided.
    • Work where evidence of cheating is easily obtainable.
    • Work left at home or lost or “not having enough time” to complete.
    • Requests for your child to complete their homework in class (this is learning time!)

    Late/Missing Work:

    Exceptions will be made for excused absences and work will be in the absent work basket. It will be up to your child to grab the work from the basket.  Work is expected back at school in as many school days as your child missed. (If they missed 4 days, their work is due back on their 4th school day back.)

    If your child missed 1 school day, their work is due back the day after they return. Every day work is late, your student will lose 10% up to 50% off.  After that point, all work will receive a 0%.

    Homework is due at 8:45 am when the bell rings.  
    Daily Needs
    Please make sure your student has their planner, homework, folder, notebooks, pencils and erasers daily.  Please check regularly to make sure that your student does have the necessary supplies as some of them are consumable.
  • Meet the Teacher
    Mrs. P with pig sculpture
     Hi!   I am Mrs. Palleschi, fifth grade teacher.   Aside from fifth grade, I have also taught third and kindergarten.  I am a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  In June 2011, I earned my Master's degree in Literacy Studies from Concordia University in Portland, OR.  I am licensed to teach kindergarten through eighth grade self contained and sixth through eighth grade language arts.  I can also teach social studies for sixth through eighth grade in Michigan.
    For hobbies, I enjoy reading, photography and scrapbooking.  I truly enjoy writing and love to share that love with my students.  I believe writing is a great way for students to express themselves and expand their reading abilities.