July 2013

Dear MMS Parents of senior elementary students,

I would like to welcome those, who are new, and those returning to our Montessori fourth, and fifth grade class. I am looking forward to a dynamic 2013-2014 year.

For those of you who are new, the fourth and fifth grade students utilize text books for history, science, math, and literature. Each teacher who is responsible for a subject area or grade-level subject group will give your child his or her homework assignment due dates, and notification of tests. The class also uses Jupiter Grades where most assignments are listed. Math progresses in a sequence and will not have a syllabus, or a Jupiter Grades entry. It is your child’s responsibility to keep track of his/her assignments. All of your child’s teachers count on your feedback to know if your child has experienced any difficulty with his/her assignments. We are here to help.

One of the ways for your child to help him/herself is study hall. Study hall is available Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00 and provides a wonderful structure for students to finish most of their homework with assistance from a teacher. Attending study hall is optional. If you child stays for study hall, there is no other charge than the regular after school fee.

Your child will be placed in a math group according to his/her ability level. We have different small-group math levels. Grammar, literature & composition, Spanish, and history are taught in grade-level groups. There are two levels for science, one for fourth and another for fifth. The entire class is combined for PE, art, and music.

The students get an hour per week of technology instruction. This will be taught at separate grade levels. The weekly schedule of grade-level and ability-level groupings creates a flow that allows the students to learn in small intimate groups. The students also get a lot of one-on-one attention during the Montessori independent work (IW) time in class.

As students get older, enforcing the dress code is vital. I would like your help enforcing our simple guidelines. Please refer to your Parent Guide for the dress code specifications. It is school policy that all students wear tennis shoes every day.

THE SUPPLY FEE PROVIDES ALL PAPER, TEXT BOOKS, AND CRAFT SUPPLIES.

Supply List to be purchased by you:

1. If your child is returning to this class, he/she will be using his/her notebook from last year.
If your child is new to the class he/she will need to purchase a large, 2” canvas-zipper notebook that has a variety of pockets in which to put things. Please bring this notebook to the orientation or the first day of school with your child’s name on the outside.

2. One pencil holder that fits in the three-ring notebook and one pack of pencils

3. At least four dividers in the binder (math, history, grammar, spelling)

4. One 4 GB flash drive

5. Three text book covers

There are two forms in your Parent Pack; one for technology use and one for the media center/library. Please read the information with your child and sign and return the forms at orientation or on the first day of school. These need to be signed at the beginning of each new school year.

On Friday, August 16th, we are planning a short get-together/orientation for the new and returning students. We have arranged for a pizza lunch from 12:00-12:30.

We will have a Parent- Student Orientation’ following the pizza lunch. We ask that the parents and students attend this important orientation.

I look forward to seeing you at orientation.

Sincerely,
Christina Miller

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