School is different this year.
You need to remember to bring everything important to school with you
This is something that we need to turn into a habit.
This is what you should put in your backpack:
As parents and teachers we have many goals for our children. One important goal is to foster a sense of personal responsibility in the hearts and minds of our kids. Although parenting styles and teaching styles differ, I believe we all desire to do everything we can to help our children grow up to be successful, independent, and responsible adults.
In light of the fact that your child is in the intermediate grades, learning to foster this concept of “Personal Responsibility” will reap great rewards, not just this year but in the years to come. Your child has just moved from a classroom with 24 students to a classroom with 33 or more students. In addition, the work load has increased and the reading material has become harder. Because of this, classroom routines need to be more structured, and classroom procedures need to be carefully followed. Most of all, intermediate students are expected to be more independent. This can be somewhat overwhelming for everyone concerned. Emphasizing the importance of personal responsibility both at home and at school will help your child to be successful during this very important transition year.
As an integral part of this goal, a Personal Responsibility Rubric will be utilized throughout the year to assess our progress and to celebrate successes. Please refer to the attached rubric below for more specifics.