• 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 was 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 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 to copy their homework into their planners.  


    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!  Unfortunately this year we are not celebrating birthdays in the classroom with treats.  However, we will still celebrate your child and their birthday to make them feel as special as they are. 
    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?
    I firmly believe that an open line of communication between parents and myself is key to your child's success.  
    Your child’s grades can be found in their Google Classroom under each subject area.  There will also be assignments given out in class that will be graded and returned to you in their Take Home (green) folder.

    You may also contact me at any time to discuss your child's progress.  I can be reached by email at HenselR@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?

    Most tests/quizzes will be found online in your child’s Google Classroom.  However, when a test is given with paper and pencil the test will come home in a special Test Folder (I provide these folders).  When the Test Folder is sent home it will be in your child’s green Take Home folder and also written in their planner to have the folder signed for homework.  Test Folders are a part of your child’s homework grade.

    Please return the test folder, with all tests included, by the following day.  If you would like to keep the tests longer than one day for extra review, please email me so that points are not deducted from your child’s homework grade. 

    Inside the folder you will find a chart that lists the date the test folder is coming home and how many tests are located inside.  Please review all tests with your child.  After reviewing the tests, please sign/initial the "test count" roster, as well as, each individual test. It is very important that I get all items signed and returned.  If there were no tests given in a week’s time, the test folder will NOT be sent home.

    Any graded assignments that are sent home in your child’s green folder are classwork grades, not test grades.  These graded assignments can be kept at home.

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

    What should I do if my child is sick and will not be attending school?
    Please call the school nurse and report your child absent.  You may leave a message on her voice mail.  You may also leave me a voicemail or send an e-mail before 9:00am and I will notify the nurse and 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 you must notify the main office or send me an email before 3:00pm.
    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 view 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 send me an e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible letting you know when the work will be in the office for you to pick up.  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 and let me know who to send it home with.

    What if my child will be 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 the work he/she will be missing.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions!
    (856) 767-4888 ext. 73129