Mother Teresa Catholic School – Monthly Newsletter

Grade Five/ Six

Volume 1 Issue 1                                               September 2016                       

            It is a pleasure to welcome you and your child to the start of a new school year. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable summer. A special greeting is extended to families joining our school community this year.      

Welcome to Grade 5/6 at Mother Teresa Catholic School. I, Mrs. Richardson, will be the teacher for your son / daughter this year. In order to make this a very positive experience for your child, please note the following:


Important Days


Weekly Event

Day of Week


Tues., Thurs. B-Fridays


Thurs. and Fridays


Mond. Wedn., A-Fridays

* Please note that these days are tentative and may change


Balanced Day

            As many of you already know, we are on the Balanced Day schedule.

  • 8:50 – 10:50 – in class instruction time
  • 10:50 – 11:10 – JK to 3 will be eating / Grade 4 to 8 will be outside for recess
  • 11:10 – 11:30 – JK to 3 will be outside for recess / Grade 4 to 8 will be inside eating
  • 11:30 – 1:10 – in class instruction time
  • 1:10 – 1:30 – JK to 3 will be eating / Grade 4 to 8 will be outside for recess
  • 1:30 – 1:50 – JK to 3 will be outside for recess / Grade 4 to 8 will be inside eating
  • 1:10 – 1:50 –(go home for lunch for those students who live close enough)
  • 1:50 – 3:10 – in class instruction time


Please note that it is important that your son / daughter arrive to school on time. Since our first nutritional break isn’t until 10:50am, please make sure that your son / daughter has had a good breakfast. Don’t forget, our day ends at 3:10pm!

 What to Bring  

There are some items that I am kindly asking that you consider getting for your son / daughter.

  • Indoor shoes (non-marking soles)
  • Pencil crayons / markers
  • Pencil case
  • Eraser
  • HB Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • 1 large glue stick
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • Calculator (basic)
  • Protractor / (basic geometric set)
  • 5 duo-tangs
  • 3 highlighters
  • 1 box of Kleenex & 1 paper towel roll

Students are requested to bring in $5.50 for an agenda.

Safe Arrival

Your child should arrive at school before the bell rings each day. Being late causes anxiety for the child and disrupts the class when lessons have started.

If your child will be away from school or if your child will be late, please call the office’s Safe Arrival line at 905-778-8653, and leave a message.  If an absence is known in advance, please advise the office in writing.  Also, please keep the office up-to-date with changes of address, phone numbers, emergency contacts information and babysitters.

 Bus / Taxi Students

If your child is a bus or taxi student and alternative arrangements have been made for transportation after school, it is vitally important to let both myself and the office know well in advance in writing.


If your son or daughter needs to take medication of any kind throughout the day, please give this directly to the office at the start of the school day. We closely monitor the administration of all medication taken by students while at school.


    Constant communication is paramount for your son or daughter. For this reason I have created a Grade 5/ 6 web page, that can be found on the school website. The URL is: (Look under Parents: students/teacher websites)

            I will update this web page daily, so I encourage you to check back often for any changes and updates. You will find things like homework, dates for assignments, and our monthly newsletters posted there. 

            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.


      I will keep you informed about what is happening in class through the agenda and website. The Grade 5/6 monthly newsletters will contain information regarding each subject.  Your son or daughter will also be using the agenda to list any nightly homework. Please get into a habit of checking and signing the agenda, making sure all work is properly and thoroughly completed. Feel free to contact me directly or include a letter in their agenda.

       Periodically, tests, assignments, and rubrics will come home for you to sign (as well as any notes pertaining to unfinished work). Please sign these promptly and return to class immediately. This way, I will know you have seen your son / daughter’s work and are up-to-date on his/her progress.    

Homework will not be specifically assigned to your son or daughter to be solely completed at home. Any work that your child may bring home will be unfinished tasks not completed during in-class working time. Please help your son or daughter to develop good study and work habits at home on a nightly basis. Students are expected to read independently each night for approximately 20 minutes.

       Please be advised that the completion of class assignments is tremendously important.  Practice and review of concepts affect understanding and ultimately marks. Let us work together to make sure your son or daughter completes ALL work with care and on time.

 Behaviour at School / In Class

            Both positive and negative aspects of your son / daughter’s behaviour will be monitored while at school. Positive behaviour and attitude are essential for a successful year.  Students are encouraged to:        

  • Complete work (including reading)
  • Listen to others
  • Respect peers and one-self
  • Assist others (focusing)
  • Be neat and organized
  • Come to class prepared

  Students will be made aware of consequences for frequent infractions of class rules:  first a warning; second, a loss of recess; third, a call home; fourth, being sent to the office.  Each week, students will start anew and have an opportunity to improve themselves. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. I am looking forward to meeting you at the MTB – BBQ on September 22 (5-7 pm)


Your partner in Catholic Education,

Mrs. Richardson