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Welcome to Grade Five!

Dear Families,

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful summer.  I want to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome into our classroom.  My name is Mrs. Kyla Woolfsmith and I will be your child’s teacher. To give you a brief history of myself, I was born and raised in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia with my four sisters and an assortment of pets including dogs, birds, cats, bunnies, horses and a goat. I graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2005 and I then received my Education degree from Acadia University in 2007. In 2014, I graduated with my Masters in Education, specializing in Curriculum Studies at the University of New Brunswick. I taught in northern Alberta for 7 years, and have been with Rocky View Schools for three years.

My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in his/her own, individual way.  One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your children discover their individuality and work alongside them to maximize it.  I believe in hands-on experiences, learning creatively and through exploration.

Your child will be bringing home an agenda nightly. As part of our “school routine”, the agenda needs to travel to and from school every day.  Feel free to write me a note in your child’s agenda. Please remind him/her to bring the note to my attention so it is not missed. Email is also very effective! The second page in the agenda has a plastic folder.  You may find notes and notices inside from time to time.  Please check this each night.

About Our Class

We have 29 students at the moment. Our classroom culture is built around the four Tribes agreements. We talk about these agreements each and every day. Using them allows the students to build trust and community in our classroom where they will spend a large part of their day.

  1. Mutual Respect – treating others the way you want to be treated
  2. Attentive Listening – listening with your eyes, ears and heart.
  3. No Put Downs – talking to your friends in a respectful way.
  4. The Right to Pass – you can sometimes choose to pass when called upon

Arrival and dismissal: Our school day begins at 8:06 and it is important for students to be here at, or slightly before, this time.  The school day runs until 2:35, at which time, your child will leave the building through the same doors. Please say goodbye/wait for your child outside the building. Doing helps to keep the hallways clear and safe. On Fridays, our dismissal time is 1:00.

Homework: If homework occurs, it is generally for one of these reasons:

Your child needs to practice or review a skill

Your child worked very slowly and needs to finish

Your child was absent

Your child was off task

Believe it or not, your child asked for homework!

All projects will be given time in class to work on and complete. If time is not used effectively, then assignments may be sent home to complete.

Students will also be highly encouraged to read at home. While there is not a formal home reading program in place in middle school, it is expected that students read at least 15 minutes/evening.

Library: We will have Library once a cycle. Our Library time will be Day 2, Period 5. Students are encouraged to sign out one or two books each week that they can take home to read and then return the following Library class. If a student does not return their library book, they will not be allowed to sign out a new book until the book is returned. Please ensure that your child keeps their library book in the condition that it was received in.

Lunch and Snacks: Students are given a 20-minute lunch (on Fridays as well). We also have one 10-minute snack break each day. Please help us to promote good health and wellness by packing nutritious lunch and snacks.

Money: When your child is asked to bring money to school (for field trips, fund raising, etc), please ensure that it is in a sealed envelope that is labeled with your child’s name and the purpose for the money. Also, in the event that you do send money to school, please send exact change. Please watch for information in the school newsletter regarding parent access to School Cash, where you make payments for school activities online.

Scholastic Book Orders: About once a month, your child will receive Scholastic Book Order forms. Each of these brochures contains books from your child’s grade level. You are, of course, under no obligation to purchase any of the books at any time. Please return the order forms by the date indicated in the agenda. Cheques can be made payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd.

School Absentee and Sign-out Procedures: If your child is going to be late or absent, please call the school. If you know about an upcoming absence, please let us know with a note in your child’s agenda or send me an email. If you need to remove your child during class time, please report to the office and they will be paged from there. You will be required to sign them out at that time.

Shoes: Please see that your child has both indoor and outdoor shoes. Indoor ones must be appropriate for Physical Education class and leave no black marks on the school floors.

French and Art: Mrs Taylor and I will share the duties of teaching French and Art. Mrs. Taylor will present the French as a Second Language curriculum to each English grade five class and I will deliver the Art portion of the curriculum to students.

Toys: We ask that students do not bring toys to school. Issues around toys (losing them, breaking them, sharing/not sharing them) can take up a considerable amount of learning time. If toys are distracting a child at their desk during learning time, they will be removed until at least the end of the day. Keep in mind that if they do come to school it is at your child’s own risk.

Water Bottles: Drinking water promotes good health and learning. Please supply a short, sturdy, spill proof water bottle that your child can keep on their desk.

I send out a monthly newsletter the first week of each month. Please watch for September’s letter soon! Included will be important dates, curriculum learned in class, important events happening at school and more.

If there are any questions that arise during the year, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I welcome the opportunity to speak with you after school hours.  Please write a note, email me at kwoolfsmith@rockyview.ab.ca or call the office at 403-248-1091 to let me know of a convenient time to call or meet with you.  I am looking forward to a great year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. K. Woolfsmith

Parent Tips

A family atmosphere prevails at our school with the education of your child being a shared responsibility.  We encourage your interest in what your child does each day and welcome your involvement in the classroom, school council and at home.

  1. Please remind your child to practice their home reading on a regular basis.

  2. Our online library Book Flicks is available to all families, we encourage you to use this on a regular basis.

  3. Check out the Learn Alberta website for learning activities to do at home.

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