• What is the homework policy for fifth grade?
    Homework is an essential part of the 5th grade curriculum because it is a way of reinforcing what is taught throughout the school day.  Homework is assigned Monday-Thursday (with the exception of long-term assignments).  Homework should take about an hour.  Part of the homework period should be dedicated to reviewing basic math facts, studying/reviewing spelling words, and test preparation.  If your child is taking a lot longer than this to complete the given assignments, please contact me immediately, so we can evaluate the problem.
    • Homework is 10% of the marking period grade.
    • Each day, the students are responsible for copying their homework in their planners.  Parents/guardians should sign the agenda after the homework is completed each night.
    Can my child celebrate his/her birthday at school?
    Birthdays are a cause for celebration!  Your child is special and we want to make his/her birthday the best that it can be!  We celebrate birthdays any day of the week! 

    There are a few things that I ask that you keep in mind when sending in a birthday treat for your child: 
    • We have ___ students in our class.
    • If you would like to send a treat this year, please make sure to send in pencils, stickers, or other small non-food items. 
    • If you are delivering the birthday treats to the school, please drop them off at the office by 12:00, or you can send them in with your child in the morning.

    If your child has a summer birthday, you may choose to celebrate it on their "half birthday" or from a list of dates that I will send home towards the end of the school year. Please let me know at least 24 hours in advance about when your child would like to celebrate his or her birthday, so we can plan accordingly.

    What does my child need for school?
    Please click School Supplies for a list of what your child will need. 
    How will I know my child's progress?
    All grades will be found in your child's Google Classroom under the corresponding subject.
    I firmly believe that an open line of communication between parents and myself is key to your child's success.  You may contact me at any time to discuss your child's progress.  I can be reached by e-mail at Austin@Voorhees.K12.NJ.US or at 856-767-4888 ext. 73129.  Also, I will contact you immediately if I feel there is a need for concern in between report cards and conferences. 
    When will I receive my child's graded tests/quizzes?
    All grades will be posted on Google Classroom under the corresponding subject. The majority of the tests/quizzes in 5th grade are online, so you can also view the assignment through the links provided in Google Classroom. Any classwork or homework assignments that are paper/pencil will be graded and sent home in your child’s Take Home Folder.  The grade will also be posted in Google Classroom.  All test grades will be posted in Google Classroom.

    If you have any questions or concerns about a grade, please contact me by e-mail, phone, or send a note with your child and I will get back to you within 24 hours. 

    What should I do if my child is sick and is not attending school?
    Please call the school nurse and report your child absent.  You may leave a message on her voice mail.  You may also send me an e-mail before 9:00am and I will notify the nurse and the main office. 
    I need to change my child's dismissal for the day, what should I do?
    If you need to change your child's dismissal anytime throughout the day, the best way to let me know is through an e-mail.  You may also call and let the main office know of the change and they will notify me.  Please be sure you call or e-mail before 3:00.
    My child has been absent from school for an extended period of time.  How can I receive the work that he/she missed?
    I will save the missed work and will send it home with your child upon his/her return.  Please complete the missed work over the next few evenings.  The school policy is that your child has as many days to complete the missed work as they were absent. You may also see what we have been working on and what the homework is by checking our class website and Google Classroom.

    If your child has been out of school for 3 or more days and you would like to pick up work before your child returns to school, please leave a message on my voicemail or e-mail me and I will return your call/e-mail as soon as possible, letting you know when the work will be in the office for you to pick up.  Please try your best to give at least 24 hours notice that you would like to pick up their work.  This allows time for me to prepare the missed work, so you are not waiting in the office.  If you would like the work sent home with another child, contact me by e-mail or phone and let me know who will be picking up their work or who to send it home with.

    What if my child is out of school because of a family trip/vacation?
    Please let me know, as soon as possible, the dates your child will be out of school so that I can prepare all of the work for when they return.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions!
    (856) 767-4888 ext. 73129