Hello! I am Marcia Ventura, and I will be your child’s fifth grade teacher this year. I have taught in the Seattle School District since 1998, and this is my 10th year at Maple, and I love it here deeply! Brittney Jones will also be your teacher this fall! She comes to Maple from the Student Teacher Residency Program at the University of Washington.
Families: come visit often! You are ALWAYS welcome. We are located in Portable 3 on the north side of the main building. Don't forget to sign in first at the office.
Fifth grade is a very exciting year for students. At this moment they are one year from starting middle school, and as such, it is critical that throughout the year, students become academically and socially ready for that transition. Instruction, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and math, will be rigorous to ensure that readiness.
What will students learn this year? In science, they will work with microscopes, learn about erosion and ground water, and even become engineers. In social studies, your child will learn about early US history and the principles this country was founded on.
Homework will be given Monday through Thursday. Students should be spending about 30 minutes on homework, and thirty minutes reading a book of their choice. I expect homework to be done completely independently. If your child is asking for help often with the homework, or is completing homework very quickly, please let me know. All homework given in class will be directly related to what was taught during that school day.
Coming up very soon will be fourth and fifth grade camp!! Most of the students are already signed up and paid for. If you are not, you'll be receiving a phone call from me very soon :). Camp is very exciting and will be taking place at Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor from September 28-30.
Please visit the blog often! Also, the kids will get started on podcasts soon. They will be their reading stories over "the air" and you will be able to listen to their weekly KOF3 radio shows.