• Dear 5A Team,


                Welcome back!!! The purpose of this letter is to simply fill you in on a few things that will be happening at school and in our classroom during the year. It covers some of the basics such as special schedules and school policies as well as some of my personal expectations for the students this year. Please also review the district calendar and Peebles website for important information in an effort to ‘go green’.


    Weekly Specials:

    Monday:                   Integrated Arts            11:30-12:30     

    Tuesday:                  Art                               10:30-11:15    

    Wednesday:             Library                           10:30-11:15    (Don’t forget your books!) 

    Thursday:                Music                             10:30-11:15     

    Friday:                    P.E.                                10:30-11:15  (Don’t forget your shoes!)      


    Mon.-Fri.:                 Lunch                             12:30-1:00

    Mon.-Fri.:                 Recess                            1:00-1:30         


    School Visitors: To ensure the safety of our students, please remember to stop in the office to sign in and get a visitor’s pass when you are in the building.

    Absences: If your child is absent from school, it is necessary that you send a written excuse with your child when he/she returns to school.  If your child is going to be late coming to school, please pack a lunch or call the school prior to 9:15 a.m. to order a lunch.

    Tissues: With the cold season right around the corner, we will be using a lot of tissues. If possible please send a box of tissues to school with your child some time in the next few weeks. We will all appreciate it! Thank you in advance. 

    Homework Policy: Homework has several advantages which include reinforcement of curricular materials, enrichment of curricular materials, and extension of skills learned in the classroom. In addition, homework teaches responsibility, organization, and time management. While I do feel homework is important, I also realize that children need time to relax, socialize, get some exercise, and connect with friends and family after a busy day at school.

    I will usually give homework each night. If your child seems legitimately overwhelmed by homework, I would like to know about it. My role is to facilitate the learning process, and I want to be sure that the learning process is an exciting one for my students not a stressful one. If there is an issue, we can work together to determine the cause and possible solutions. I am happy to do that in order for my students to achieve academically. Your child will be notified of these types of assignments well in advance. Each student received an assignment notebook on the first day of school. As a class, we have started and will continue to record daily assignments. I ask that you review these notebooks every evening with your child to keep him/her organized. Homework is also available on my website nightly. Homework assignments that are not complete or not turned in will be recorded. After three missed/incomplete homework assignments, I will contact you to set up a plan of success for your child.

    Your child will be given 10 homework points per class/subject.  Each missed/incomplete homework assignment will result in a deduction of one point.  For example, if a student has 3 missed assignments, the student’s score is now +7/10.  If missing or incomplete homework patterns arise, we will work together to discuss possible interventions.

    Birthdays: Birthday treats in non-edible form are highly encouraged for birthday celebrations (pencils, erasers, or small trinkets).  However, if you are considering sending an edible treat, I will need 48 hours notice and a copy of all ingredients in the treat.  We take the edible treats to lunch with us; therefore, it must be here by 12:15 pm.  No drinks are necessary, but napkins would be appreciated.  Those students who have birthdays in the summer may bring in a treat on their “half-birthdays.”

    Thursday Test Packets: In order to keep you informed about your child’s progress, your child will be bringing home “Thursday Test Packet." These folders will contain the assignments, quizzes, and tests completed.  Please look at your child’s test packet to view, discuss, and sign what they are doing in 5th grade. The students are responsible for showing you their work. Returning assignments/test/quizzes that need to be signed by you does count as a homework assignment.


    Getting in touch with me: The best ways to get in contact with me are via e-mail or by sending a note with your child. My e-mail address is jluce@northallegheny.org. I check my e-mail in the morning and at the end of the day. I will respond to any questions, comments, or concerns within 24 hours.  If you need to get an urgent message to me during the school day, please call the school and leave a message with the secretary. I will return phone calls as soon as possible.

    My webpage: I will be updating my website frequently with information for various 5A happenings, upcoming events, and various announcements throughout the year. There is no longer a Thursday Envelope that will be sent home, so you will need to refer to the Peebles webpage and mine for all information.


    If I left any questions unanswered, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to working closely with you to ensure your child’s success! I’m looking forward to working in partnership with you to ensure your child’s success!  to assist him/her in developing good study habits and organizational skills.  I hope you can join me at Curriculum Night on September 5th in Room 6 from 6:30-8:30 pm where I will also be able to address any questions, comments, or concerns regarding curriculum and grading policies.


    I am looking forward to working with you to ensure a successful, fun, and enjoyable school year for your child!! 



                                                                                                                                                                      Miss Jennifer Luce


Last Modified on August 19, 2019