Communication between home and school is important to your child’s success this year. There are many ways to keep informed of school events.
Student Planner – Students fill out their planners daily upon arriving to class. Listed will be homework assignments, notes, and other important information (student passwords will be written or taped in the front). Please review your child’s homework, discuss the book they are reading and sign their planner each night. Your signature communicates that completed work is to your satisfaction. I may on occasion write a note to you in the planner and please feel free to write me as well. I will check your child’s planner every day when I collect homework.
Weekly Progress/Behavior Folder – Each Friday your child will bring home their Weekly Progress/Behavior Folder with my feedback and graded assignments. Please look over, remove work, sign and return folder with your child on Monday.
Classroom Management – Please see separate handout regarding classroom management systems.
School calendar/handbook – If your family has not received one of the school calendars, please stop by the front office. It is important that each family have one as it serves as our school handbook as well. Please read through the handbook and then post the calendar in your home so you can refer to it throughout the school year.
Conferences – I expect to discuss with you at least twice during the school year your child’s progress (in person, on the phone, or through email). School wide conference dates are listed in the school calendar, however I’m available throughout the school year. Please do not wait if you have any questions or concerns, just email me to set up an appointment.
Home Access Center is an internet based tool that allows you and your child to view their academic progress. This tool is optional, but it provides an excellent way to stay up-to-date with your child’s academic progress. If you want access to HAC please visit the R. B. Hunt homepage http://www-rbh.stjohns.k12.fl.us/ and click on the Home Access Icon to sign up. If you need help, contact Mrs. Thurston at [email protected] or stop by the front office.
Interim Reports – An interim report is sent home half way through each nine-week quarter. This report will have letter grades (A, B, C, D, and F). Please feel free to see me for more detailed information at any time during the grading period. Also please refer to the Home Access Center (HAC) for details.
Report Cards – Report cards will be sent home every nine weeks. Please review with your child and keep report card printout for your records. Next sign envelope, if necessary indicate whether you’d like a conference, and have your child return envelope to me.
Class Website – The class website is setup to provide additional support for your child. Your child will find helpful tools (etextbooks, many links, and password help). To access please use the following URL http://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/basili-a/ or search R. B. Hunt, click on 5th Grade, then Mrs. Basili.
E-mail- I prefer to use e-mail to notify you of important events, reminders, etc., however, if you do not have an e-mail, make sure I know so I can reach you in another way. Please make sure your email address and phone number are up-to-date (accurate on the student contact form) or if there is a change please let myself and the front office know. Please e-mail me at school if you have any questions, concerns, etc. [email protected]
Phone – You may call me at school and the front office will transfer your call directly to me. If you call during instructional times, you will need to leave a message. The school number is 547-7960.
Birthdays – We enjoy celebrating birthdays. You are welcome to send in a treat to celebrate your child’s special day. Please let me know a day in advance so I can plan accordingly.
Recess: 11:20 – 11:40
Lunch: 11:40 – 12:10
Gifted Resource: Tuesday
Teacher Lead PE: Daily from 2:00 – 2:30
Resource Schedule/ Daily 8:40 – 9:20
Homework will be assigned Monday – Friday on a regular basis. It will typically consist of independent reading (AR), and math skills, but science, social studies, and other assignments may be added periodically. Each morning your child will write daily homework assignments in their planner. Please check over homework and sign planner each day.
Daily Independent Reading Progress (Accelerated Reading – AR)
Your child should read an additional 30 minutes every afternoon/night and record their independent reading progress in their planner. Planners will be checked daily and progress will be evaluated on Monday mornings (5 entries per week). Below is a sample entry
August 10, 2017, Framed! by James Ponti (Author only on first entry), pp. 1-34. Interesting characters, Florian the main character has an unusual name. I am looking forward to finding out more about TOAST (Theory of All Small Things) a technique he invented to solve life’s little mysteries.
If you help build daily reading into the homework routine immediately, it will become automatic, and extremely beneficial to your child’s reading development. Your child will also take a comprehension test on the computer for each book they complete. Points are awarded for each successful quiz and begin to accumulate. Your child and I will discuss an AR quarterly reading goal and I they will write this goal in the front of their planner. Each Thursday I will report on their reading progress in their Weekly Progress Folder. An overall (average) reading comprehension grade will be given for all quizzes taken during the quarter. This will count as one test grade.
Students are welcome to check out books from our class library, but are responsible for the replacement cost if they are damaged or not returned. I also want to encourage your child to complete at least five 2017-2018 SSYRA (Sunshine State Young Readers Award) books by the third quarter (~2 each quarter). A list is provided below.
|4.4||Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes|
|4.0||Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly Burnham|
|5.1||Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon|
|5.6||A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanna Ryder|
|5.0||Framed! by James Ponti|
|4.3||The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson|
|4.1||Maxi’s Secrets: Or What You Can Learn From a Dog by Lynn Plourde|
|5.4||My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons|
|3.7||Night of the Living Worms by Dave Coverly|
|5.4||Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah MyIntyre|
|4.8||Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan|
|4.0||The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan with Mike Lane|
|3.9||A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner|
|5.1||The Wild Robot by Peter Brown|
|4.0||Willy Maykit in Space by Gret Trine|