Dear Parents,

Our class will implement a classroom economy system during this school year. It’s an excellent tool for teaching financial responsibility and many other things, and I think the students will enjoy it. I want to let you know how it works. Using classroom “currency,” students earn money for jobs and pay rent for their desks. They can earn bonus cash by participating in extracurricular activities, helping others, and earning excellent grades.

On the other hand, students who don’t meet classroom expectations will be fined some of their classroom dollars. That could happen, for example, if they don’t complete assignments or don’t listen when other students are speaking. The classroom economy helps students learn valuable life skills such as organization, the value of saving, and delayed gratification. Rather than being told about the importance of these skills, they actually experience them. In addition, the system fits in well with of our curriculum.

We’ll also have a little fun with it. After paying rent, students can save money to spend at quarterly auctions where they get to bid on popular items. The students will certainly enjoy themselves, and I know you will appreciate the skills and knowledge they learn along the way.

So don’t be surprised if your student comes home one day with questions about paying rent or regrets about overbidding for an auction item. You might find it a great opportunity to have a thoughtful discussion about financial responsibility. If you have any questions about the classroom economy, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Edgar

P.S. We would also welcome any small items you would like to contribute to our auctions.

5th Grade

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Welcome back for the 2019-2020 school year!

Students are Connected to Christ at Grace each and every day.  The most important way our students are Connected to Christ is through our words and actions.  We make Christ the emphasis through our student-led daily morning devotions and prayers for one another at the end of each day.  5th grade students also participate in middle school devotions on Fridays, small group Bible study throughout the year and our Religion class.

5th grade students are Connected to Community through our time with our PreK4 buddies in Chapel on Tuesday mornings, time with our 2nd grade reading buddies, the teams and clubs and after-school activities students participate in, middle school dances sharing in fun and laughter.

5th grade is a year of transition as they begin middle school, but together, we can help them enter this next stage.  I love teaching 5th graders because they are still little, but they want to be big so badly.  They are entering into middle school, but are basically big 4th graders at the beginning of the year.  I can tell a body odor joke and they still laugh, but they can have really deep, meaningful conversations about their faith.  They will trip over their own shoelaces because they forgot to tie them, yet they can talk about books in detail and come up with some amazing, interesting thoughts, sometimes even surprising their teacher with their knowledge. 

Generally, 5th graders still have an excitement for learning and want to see that I am excited to teach them.  Being silly with them and laughing at their jokes is all it takes to win over most of them.  Lastly, I love teaching 5th grade because it is a really interesting social experiment and teachers are privy to observe it. There may never be another place where so much awkwardness, odor, desire to fit-in, curiosity and developing faith exists. 

Contact Me:

 stephanie_edgar@gracelutheraneagles.org

(904) 928-9136 ext. 122

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