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Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith
5th Grade Teacher
484-961-7064 X5207

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Hello 5th graders and parents! I hope you are enjoying the last remaining weeks of summer, yet looking forward to our time together with anticipation! Please see the summer letter below from me which talks about our upcoming time together in more detail, as well as provides you with a suggested materials list. Please don't hesitate to contact me via email at any time should you have any questions or concerns. 
Ms. Smith

(If you prefer to watch a video, rather than read an email, feel free to click on the link below!)

Dear Awesome Fifth Grader (and equally fabulous parents!),                                          September, 2020

Wahoo! We are (finally!) getting ready to start a brand new school year! What a wild ride we’ve been on for the last few months, huh! My name is Ms. Smith am I am super excited to be your homeroom teacher this year! I have been busy this summer preparing for both our virtual time together as well as our return to the classroom as soon as we are able. I can guarantee that your fifth grade year will be an unforgettable one no matter how it “looks”! 

So let me give you a quick overview of what to expect class-wise this year. Mrs. Lycosky and I will be team teaching again this year, so I will have the pleasure of working with you for ELA and science (my personal favorites!) while Mrs. Lycosky will instruct you in the area of social studies and math (unless you got to Basile or Dagney for math). Please don’t worry about all of this...I know it may sound a bit confusing and/or overwhelming, but we will have plenty of time to talk and get you situated when we meet on the first day. I promise I will take care of you and ensure that you know where you are supposed to be when!

Since life has felt a little crazy for all of us lately (I’m sure moms and dads are nodding fiercely in the background!), I would like to keep the first day of school as simple for all as possible. That being said, I would like for ALL OF MY HOMEROOM STUDENTS (both AM AND PM groups) TO LOG IN TO MY ZOOM SESSION PROMPTLY AT 8:40 ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th. Here is the zoom link: My plan is to keep everyone on for about a half hour (or longer if needed) for a whole homeroom meeting. We will meet, go over basic procedures, talk about the schedule for the day, and then I will give the PM group some things to work on independently for the rest of the morning until we meet again for our PM session at 12:30. The AM group will stay on with me for the rest of the morning (until 11:30) and will be given independent work to complete in the afternoon. We will only have “homeroom” on the first day of school...just you, me, and the rest of our awesome homeroom gang. We will go over everything, answer any questions you may have, and get to know each other a bit (so take a deep “academics” on the first’re welcome!). We will begin “switching” for some classes on our second day of school, but again, I will give you all of that information and direction when we meet on the first day. So all you need to remember is to click on that zoom link at 8:40 on Tuesday morning and I will take care of the rest! No worries...we’ve got this!

So now that you know “where and when” to be on Tuesday, let’s talk about what you will need. Due to this unusual start to our year, I tried to include in your grab-and-go-bag as many of the items needed for this year as I possibly could (I even scrounged up some extra goodies in there for you (colored pencils, pencil sharpener, etc.) so if you have picked up your bag, you already have most of what you need! Please have this bag of supplies with you on Tuesday. We will go through it all together. 

Materials still recommended for virtual learning and not included in bag: 

  • TWO 3-Subject Wide Ruled Spiral Notebook 120 sheets (one for Math and one for ELA) 

  • Earbuds or Headphones 

  • Homework planner (the school will NOT be providing one this year) 

  • A quiet place in your house to work and participate in virtual class discussions 

Additional materials recommended for when we return to in-school learning: 

(you are more than welcome to wait to purchase these items. I know some parents may want to purchase these supplies while there are many options at the stores)

  • Assorted 7PKT Expand File String Closure 

  • Pencil case- zipper bag 

See, you’re all set and ready for a great year! So let’s add some fun to the mix, shall we?! If you haven’t heard already (does my reputation precede me?!), I can be a little “crazy” and do some out of the box things. Hehe. That being said, I know that you all usually show up on the first day of school looking so beautiful and handsome in those first day of school outfits. Well, since it might seem kind of weird to put on your best dress, or brand new shoes and then just sit at your kitchen table, I thought we could get a little creative. If you so choose, I invite you to throw together your “craziest” first day of school outfit. Please do NOT spend any money or wear any premade costumes. This is not about going out and buying anything, or giving your parents any more on their plates, but rather, check out the closets in your house...what can you combine in unusual ways to look absolutely ridiculous?! Of course, this is just optional, but I thought this may give you something silly to look forward to and my hope is that all of our outfits will make each other smile on Tuesday! So get those outfits ready and make sure your camera is on on Tuesday!

I can’t wait to share this year with you. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at (please note it is not just the first initial as it may have been for most of your other teachers!). See you at 8:40 on the Zoom link!


Ms. Smith

The mission of the Perkiomen Valley School District is to provide a rich academic and cultural learning environment that maximizes available resources to assure that all students grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally, attaining the skills necessary to become successful citizens.