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 St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School 
Grade Six

   September 5, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to a new school year!  My name is Mrs. Richardson and I am the Grade 6 teacher at St.Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School.  We have  a very busy month ahead of us, as we settle into our routines and set goals for ourselves.  We are all looking forward to an exciting year of learning new skills and developing old and new friendships.  This is an especially exciting time for the junior students, as they begin to prepare for their next step in their educational journey, intermediate division.  A time when students need to be looking ahead and taking more responsibility for their learning.  I look forward to working with you this year.

This year, our school will continue using a Balanced Day schedule.  There will be two nutritional breaks in the day instead of a snack time and a 40 minute lunch.  Please be sure to pack enough food and beverages for both nutrional breaks.  Also, please ensure that snacks are healthy in order to properly fuel your child’s mind and body through out the day.

Important Days

 

Weekly Event

Day of Week

French

Mond., Wedn., & A-Fridays

Gym

Thurs., and Tuesdays

Music/Drama/Dance

T ues., Thurs., & B-Fridays

  • Please note that these days are tentative and may change 

Constant communication is paramount for your son or daughter. For this reason I have created a Grade 6 web page, that can be found on the school website. The URL is: http://mtb.schools.smcdsb.on.ca. (Look under Parents: students/teacher websites)

There you will find information on: daily homework,  a calendar of upcoming tests, assignments and events.  Students are encouraged to use this site on a daily basis to help them with homework completion and time management skills.  Parents are also encouraged to take advantage of the website.  In addition to the website, homework is assigned and discussed daily, as well as posted on the back board in the classroom.  Students are provided with time to enter their homework into their agendas each afternoon.  

The intention of this web page is not to replace the agenda, but to compliment it and give you another avenue for remaining up-to-date on the current events within our classroom. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please include these in your son/daughter’s agenda. St. Teresa of Calcutta is also on the Net!  You can find the school’s website at:

http://mtb.schools.smcdsb.on.ca

Studies indicate that regular homework improves academic performance.  Expect your son/daughter to have between 45 to 60 minutes of homework each night.   It is very important for students to develop good study and work habits at home.  If your child has completed all of the day's assignments, time can be spent reviewing work, organizing notes or reading.  

We are aware that in certain situations specific tasks or assignments can not be completed due to events beyond the control of the parents/guardians and students.  In these particular cases, a note from a parent would suffice.

Goal setting and following expectations is an important part of life.  We do this so that we can function in society knowing acceptable and efficient ways people do things, and to challenge ourselves to be the best that we can be.  We have a Rights and Responsibilities sheet and Expectation and Behaviour Plan that we go over with the students on the first day and have them sign, as guidelines to follow to help keep them on track.

Assignments, quizzes, tests, and rubrics will be sent home for you to sign on a regular basis.  Please go through these materials with your child, sign them, and return them with your child.  

Students are expected to have reading materials  with them always as time will be set aside each day for independent reading.  They are also strongly encouraged to read at home each evening.  Their reading progress will be monitored regularly.

Physical Education will be on Thursdays and Fridays.  Please review with your child the importance of proper hygiene.  A reminder that although students are encouraged to bring deodorant in order to freshen up following Phys Ed class, sprays, colognes and perfumes are not permitted anywhere in the school.

It is your child's responsibility to ensure that all working tools and texts are at school and in working order at all times.  The following is a list of materials that will help your child to be organized and experience success.

  school agenda (to be purchased from the school for $5.50)

  three-ring binder -1 inch (optional)

  5 duotangs

  one package of dividers (optional)

  pencils, pens (standard black, blue & red-NO other coloured inks)

  pencil sharpener

  eraser

  ruler

  calculator

  geometry set (protractor, ruler, compass)

  pencil crayons, markers

  glue stick

  scissors

  three different colour highlighters  

  indoor shoes (suitable for Phys. Ed.)

If possible, we ask that each child bring in a box of Kleenex and a roll of paper towels as these are items that are used regularly in our classroom.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school.  Our phone number is (905) 778-8653.  I look forward to teaching your child, and seeing you in the future.

Your Partner in Catholic Education,

Mrs. S. Richardson 

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

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Please detach, fill in this section and return it with your child by Friday, September 11, 2017, to let me know that you have seen the information package that contains the introduction letter,  the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities sheet, and the Behaviour Contract form (this form needs to be signed and returned as well). Agenda fee should be sent in as soon as possible, either cheque or money order for $5.50 made out to St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School.

Student's Name:  _______________________

Parent's Signature:  _____________________      Date:  ______________











Student Rights/Responsibilities

1.  I have a right to learn in this classroom.  It is my responsibility to listen to instructions, work quietly at my desk and to raise my hand if I have a question, concern, or need to leave.

2.  I have a right to hear and be heard.  It is my responsibility not to talk, shout or make loud noises when others are speaking or working independently.

3.    I have a right to be respected in this classroom.  It is my responsibility not to tease or bug other people, or to hurt their feelings.

4.    I have a right to feel safe.  It is my responsibility not to threaten, or physically harm or verbally abuse anyone else.

5.    I have a right to privacy and to my own personal space.  It is my responsibility to respect the personal property of others and to accept their right to privacy.

Name of Student:  _______________________

Signature of Student:  ____________________     Date:  _______________

Ms. Richardson’s  Grade 6 Behavioural Contract

Student’s Name:  _____________________  Student Number: ______

Classroom Expectations

I will enter the classroom in an appropriate manner.

I will listen attentively for instructions. 

I will have the materials I need to do my work.

I will get my materials out quickly and quietly.

I will stay on task for prolonged periods of time.

I will ensure that my conversations are respectful and relevant to the task at hand.

I will avoid long distance conversations.

I will move around the room purposefully.

I will ask permission to leave the classroom.

I will make an effort to help my peers in a productive way.

I will avoid hurting other people’s feelings.

I will make positive contributions to my class and my school.

I will make SAFE, SMART and SENSITIVE decisions.

I will accept responsibility for my actions if I violate the conditions of this contract, which has been designed in my best interests.

Consequences for not meeting these expectations may include one or more of the following:

  • loss of recess time
  • note sent home to parents 
  • phone call home to parents 
  • meeting with parents and Mrs. Leung

Student’s Signature:  _______________________________________

Parent’s Signature:  ________________________________________

Teacher’s Signature: ________________________________________

September, 2017