Curriculum Night Frequently Asked Questions
How often do the kids go to the library? And how long do is the loan period before the books are due? ELA blocks go to the library every two weeks and library books may be checked out for 2 weeks.
Can kids bring chapter books from home to read? Absolutely!
What is the book challenge? Book Challenge is built around genres and more information about this will be shared with the students later this semester.
Is there any ELA/reading/writing weekly homework other than reading for 20 minutes each day? In addition to the 20 minutes reading each day, ELA/Reading/Writing homework will be assigned as needed throughout the year to reinforce class content. These assignments will vary and due dates will vary based on the assignment. Please refer to your child’s agenda for homework assignments. In an effort to develop student independence and responsibility, it is expected that 5th graders write their homework down in their agenda on a daily basis. All students are given time at the beginning of each class to write their assignment for the day and their homework for the day.
Is there weekly science homework and is it always due on Thursdays like last week? Science homework will be assigned as needed throughout the year to reinforce class content. These assignments will vary and due dates will vary based on the assignment. Please refer to your child’s agenda for homework assignments.
Do the kids have an agenda book this year? Each 5th-grade student was given an agenda. In an effort to develop student independence and responsibility, it is expected that 5th graders write their homework down in their agenda on a daily basis. All students are given time at the beginning of each class to write their assignment for the day and their homework for the day.
How are parents informed of the daily/weekly homework assignments? Daily concepts and test dates are published in our weekly newsletter. You will receive the link to our newsletter page in our weekly emails and reminders email or you may view the newsletter tab on our 5th-grade website. Parents are to refer to their child’s agenda for homework assignments.
Is the Imagine Math username & password the same as last year? Yes. Imagine math may be accessed through AISD portal.
How often do the kids bring their content journals home? If students choose, they may bring home their content journals on a daily basis as long as they have them in class on a daily basis.
Is math and science homework graded? Homework is assigned to reinforce class content. Homework is graded for different purposes in all content areas.
When do they bring home the orange take home folder? If students choose, they may bring home their orange folder home on a daily basis as long as they bring it back to class on a daily basis.
What are the email addresses for teachers? Teacher’s emails may be found on their individual teacher page. On the Cheatham website page, you may click on the faculty websites tab to view each teacher’s page.
When will the Cheatham folder start coming home? Cheatham folders come home on Fridays. Students use these folders for graded work however, grades may be entered into Skyward prior to the graded papers coming home.
Since school starts 5 minutes earlier this year, should the study hall times also move up 5 minutes? Study hall starts at 7:30. The start time of the school day does not affect early morning study hall.
When does tutoring start and what days/times will it be offered? Tutoring invitations will be sent out to individual students on an individual basis. Tutoring invitations will be sent out when we return from Sky Ranch.
Sky Ranch and Cheatham Ranch Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get the links to activate on my computer? The Sky Ranch powerpoint must be in presentation mode for the links to be activated.
What should they/we bring? A packing list may be found on slide #9 and will be emailed home closer to camp date.
Are there beds or sleeping bags only, for the kids and adults? Sky Ranch has bunk beds in their cabins for all visitors. Per the packing list, students and chaperones need to bring twin sheets or a sleeping bag.
Will there be ice available for the water bottles? Students have access to large water refill stations that have ice water in them. The pitchers of water and lemonade on the tables during mealtime have ice in them.
How are the rooms/cabins set up? And how many people in each room/cabin? Each cabin is set up differently according to the location on camp. Each cabin can hold a different number of guests based on the size of the cabin.
Will boys sleep in the same room as the girls? Girls will sleep in girl cabins and boys will sleep in boy cabins. The cabin buildings are not connected and each gender is only allowed in their cabins.
Who will be with the students during the day? Chaperones are divided into day groups and cabin groups with the students.
Are any of the class rotations and/or work they do during the camp graded? Camp journals will be returned to science class when we return on Monday.
Should the kids arrive at school by 7:45 on Weds morning or is it ok for them to arrive at 8:30? Students need to bring their luggage to the bike rack area near the gym at 7:30. The busses will pull out of the parking lot at 8:30. Children need to be able to transport their own luggage. Therefore, it is suggested that each child bring one suitcase or duffle bag, their sleeping material, and a drawstring bag.
How deep is the water in the pool? The shallowest end of each pool is 4 foot and the deepest part of each pool is 8 foot. The shallow end and the deep end have barriers to mark each section. Sky Ranch staff that are trained American Red Cross Lifeguards are posted at every water activity.
Do the students need to wear the field trip shirt on all the days during the trip? Students will wear their Cheatham field trip shirt to school on Wednesday morning.
How are day groups and cabin groups decided? Students will turn in request cards with three names of their friends who they wish to be with during camp. We will guarantee that each child has at least one person from their request card in their day group OR their cabin group.
Can my child bring a disposable camera? Yes! Students may bring a disposable camera. Please do not send the Canon Camera.
*Note: Some chaperone questions that were submitted will be answered during Chaperone meeting.