Back to School Night 2014
Upper Grade (⅘ Combo) - Room 20 - Mr. Seliskar
Welcome to the “Upper” Grades
- All students can learn and succeed when they choose to commit to the high standards of being a “College Bound and Ready Student”.
- High expectations bring positive results!
- We are a team: Parents, Guardians, Students and Teachers must work together to ensure every child reaches his/her potential.
- Weekly homework: Certain Projects or extension activities
- Daily homework:
- Read every night for at least 30 min enter in Reading Glue.
- Math - Daily Lesson - EngageNY Curriculum (Optional)
- Unfinished Classwork when needed.
Binders: Scholars should use their 1 inch binders/folders with pocket dividers to organize homework and classwork materials as well as transport flyers/notes home to parents. Please organize/inspect binders daily for important notices and forms to sign.
Common Core Standards: These standards are much more rigorous requiring students to critically think, problem solve, and justify their answers. Instead of previous state standards in which they were required to know a little about a lot of standards, there are now fewer standards covered at a deeper level.
ClassDojo: We are also using ClassDojo to monitor behavior and communicate. Parents are encouraged to sign up to receive information about daily behavior. Access is through the web or iPad/Android apps on a smartphone.
Reading - Foundation for Success
AR Quizzes – Accelerated Reader
- Accelerated Reader is a software tool that assesses a student's reading level, suggests titles of books at that level, and then assesses whether a student has comprehended the reading by asking a series of questions.
- Parents are encouraged to sign up for Renaissance Home Connect to monitor quiz taking by their child. Easiest way to find the link is at www.mrseliskar.com
- Fourth/Fifth graders need to achieve their individual goals
- Greek & Latin Root Words
- Prefixes & Suffixes
- Spelling in daily writing
- Life Science, Earth Science Rocks and Minerals, Physical Science, Circuits
- Cells, Plants, Human Body, Solar System
- California (Native Americans, early explorers, missions, gold rush, present day)
- United States History (American Revolution, Government, States etc)
- Wednesday with PE Teachers and other times during the week.
- Scholars should wear appropriate exercise shoes/clothes.
- Remind.com (Homework/Emergency notification)
- ClassDojo (Behavior/Effort)
- 1:1 iPad and 1:1 Chromebook Classroom
- Google Drive
- Permission slips required for:
- Picture and Video Permissions
Report Cards- All elementary grades are now using a Standards-Based Report Card. This is an exciting step for our schools as we work towards ensuring that all students are successful at meeting grade-level standards.
Standards describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level in all subjects, and this new report card is designed to give parents more and better information about how their children are progressing.
On the report card, parents will learn whether or not their child is proficient—meaning that the child has met grade-level standards,basic—meaning that the child is approaching the standards, below basic—meaning that the child has not met the standards, or advanced—meaning that the child has exceeded the standards. The report card will also provide information on student work habits.
Library - Weekly on Friday Mornings
Band/Music/Chorus - Weekly. Rotating schedule. Students can only choose one.
- A non-refundable deposit of $25.00 per person is due on October 31st
- Final payment is due on March 7, 2015
- Trip is in May (date to follow)
- Cost is $125
- May pay directly or earn through fundraising
- October 15th
- Both 4th and 5th from Room 20 will go
- Griffith Observatory
- Riley’s Farm
- Pool Party
- Instruction begins immediately. With over 30 students in class this year, it is difficult to re teach material missed due to unnecessary absences. Please try to schedule all medical appointments for after 2:45 p.m. We depend on our parental cooperation and support with daily attendance.
How Parents Can Help:
- Routines & structure at home
- Quiet work space with supplies
- Good nutrition and healthy sleep patterns
- Look over homework/agenda on a DAILY BASIS
- Hold high expectations
- Positive encouragement
- Talk with your child
- Listen to your child
- READ, READ, READ with your child
- Donate thin Expo pens for student whiteboards
We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
- Please sign up for 2014-15 Parent Volunteers - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
- 1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/UPmFQV
- 2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
- 3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
I appreciate the time and effort you have made to attend this important evening. Please, never hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege to work with your child this year!
Rowland phone number: (626) 974-4700