Thursday, August 24, 2017

Welcome Back

Dear parents,

Welcome to grade five and six for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.  

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Aldaine Hunt and this year I will be teaching a combined grade five and six class. Our school wouldn’t be a success without the close ties between teachers and the parent community. It is a delight to have such supportive parents and I look forward to building and strengthening my partnership with you.

This summer I spent time travelling, developing curriculum and enjoying time with family. This year I will be responsible for teaching mathematics, language (including Daily 5, spelling and language skills) and Unit of Inquiry through the IB programme. The instruction of French will be taught by Mme. Villeneuve and Music by Mrs. Demetriou. Physical and Health Education will be taught by Miss. Cranfield. Visual Art will be delivered once a week by Jada Doucette.  Additionally, our classroom has relocated to the east side of the building near the student entrance of the school.

Classroom Expectations

Students will be expected to complete all homework before assigned deadlines. Please do not hesitate to contact me to schedule support or alternative arrangements if any challenges arise. Incomplete homework will be completed in their own time during recess break, before or after school (if applicable).  You can expect to have regular, math, spelling words and unit of inquiry homework assignments. Please kindly note that incomplete classwork will be assigned as homework. Class time will ALWAYS be allocated to complete assignments.

Additional Supplies
2” binders – x2 (for math and UOI)
1” binder for French
2 packs of dividers
Basic Calculator

Upcoming Dates and Events
September 4 – Labour Day
September 5 – First day of school.
September 6 – First of the month assembly (wear your house colours i.e. t-shirt, hoodies and house ties)
September 13 – Picture Day
September 27 – Casual Day ($20 for the year or $2 per day)
Proceeds from Casual Day are donated to charity; more information will be provided throughout the year.
September 28 – Spirit Day and Terry Fox Run

Important Information for the First Week of School
Parent/Student Handbook – Please find a copy of the ‘Parent/Student Handbook’ attached within this email. The final page of this document must be printed, signed and returned to school as soon as possible.
Code of Conduct – Please find a copy of the ‘Code of Conduct’ attached within this email. The final page of this document must be printed, signed and returned to school as soon as possible.
School Calendar – Please find a copy of the ‘School Calendar’ attached within this email.
Uniform – Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform according to the school’s ‘Uniform Policy’. This can be found on page 12 of the Parent/Student Handbook.
Peanut and Nut-Free school policy – The Maples Academy is peanut and nut-free, please ensure snacks and lunches are nut free. At school, there are monthly birthday celebrations called ‘Birthday Circle’. As a school community, we come together to celebrate with a special treat. Please ensure the cookies, muffins or baked goods are also peanut free.
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The best way for us to invest in the future is through the development of our children. I look forward to another year of working and learning with your family. See you bright and early on September 5th!

Warmest regards,

Aldaine Hunt
Grade 5 and 6 Teacher