Back to School Night

Welcome to Back to School Night!

5th Grade

September 6, 2016


Contact information:                                                                                                          Katie Nuss                                                                                                                                                                    (509) 489-7825 ext. 223

Welcome to your child’s new classroom! Tonight is a brief opportunity to get to know me and how your son or daughter is spending their day.

Mission Statement 

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School is an integral part of a Jesuit parish community, Our mission in partnership with parents is to develop and harmonize the spiritual, intellectual, and physical capacities of each child.  Our ultimate goal is to graduate students who are leaders in action modeled on Christ.                                                                                                                                                    

Student Learning Expectations

  • Respect
    • Demonstrates respect for God, self, rules, and others
  • Responsibility
    • Demonstrates effort toward academic growth
    • Accepts personal responsibility of decisions
    • Demonstrates proficiency in academic goals
  • Reflection
    • Makes reflective choices based on the teaching of Christ
    • Demonstrates knowledge of the beliefs, prayer, and the traditions of the Catholic Church
    • Participates in acts of charity, social justice, and community service

School Rules and Procedures

Please refer to the student handbook which can be found on our website, for general school wide rules for the classrooms, cafeteria, and play areas.


Classroom Expectations

As a group, the 5th grade students worked together to come up with the following guidelines.

  1. Always do your best.
  2. Be respectful to all.
  3. Be accountable and responsible for your actions.
  4. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

In addition, we have a classroom motto: Work Hard & Be Kind.  Those are two keys to success!


An oopsy is a behavior slip-up.  I quickly and quietly let them know that they were not following an expectation, and they fill out a form briefly describing the incident. This serves as a form of documenting behavior patterns, and accountability for their actions.  Oopsies will not be reported to parents or administration unless a pattern arises.

Think Time Sheet (Pinkie)

If a student is not able to meet these expectations after an oopsy or several reminders, he/she will receive a Think Time Sheet.  It gives the student the opportunity to think about what they did wrong, what they need to do to repair damage, and what they would do differently in the future.  These will be sent home for a guardian to sign. If they do not return the Think Time Sheet, they will miss a portion of recess the following day.  A 2nd day without a returned sheet would result in a loss of recess and a call home.


Detention can be given by any teacher/principal that witnesses the following: rude/disrespectful language, gum chewing, repeated uniform infractions, visible cell phones, etc.

This detention would be chaperoned by the teacher that gave it, and would need to be served the day of the infraction or the following day.  Arrangements would be pre-arranged with guardian.

Assignment Notebooks/Grades/Homework/Late Work

  • Assignment Notebooks are a crucial part of learning to organize and manage multiple subjects and teachers. We will spend time each day learning how to fill these out together. PLEASE help your child to check their assignment notebook and sign it when they have completed their homework each night.
  • The Grading Policy in middle school at St. Aloysius is as follows:
    • Subjects are divided into two sections: daily accountability and assessments/projects.
    • Daily accountability will make up 40% of your child’s grade. This includes: in-class work, homework and participation.
    • Assessments/projects make up the other 60%. This includes larger projects, quizzes and tests.
  • Homework will not be given just to give it. I do not believe that busy work helps student achievement. However, often there will be times that homework is given because student need extra practice on a topic, we are building on a bigger concept, or we have not finished what we needed to in class. Every effort will be made to ensure students are able to have family time and get to bed on time.
  • Late work will result in a Missing Assignment Sheet, or a Greenie. If a student fails to turn in assigned work, he/she will get a greenie to fill out, bring home, get signed, and attach to late work for 80% credit if turned in the next school day.  From day 2-5, student may still turn in greenie and missing work for 50% credit.  After that, missing work will result in a 0.
  • Absent work will be made up in a timely fashion that is mutually agreed on between the teacher and the student. It is the student’s responsibility to seek this out.


Below is a basic list of the topics we will cover in each class. Please feel free to set up a meeting and learn more about each curricular area.

Religion: Materials used- Christ our Life Series

  • Living our faith through the sacraments
  • Participation in Liturgical Celebrations and Seasons
  • Worshiping God as Catholic Christians
  • Celebrating God’s Healing Love
  • Christian Living

Language Arts:

  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Speech
  • Poetry


  • Scientific Method
  • Variables within Experimentation
  • Force and Motion
  • Matter
  • Physical Science
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Life Science


  • Problem Solving
  • Communication and Connections
  • Number Sense
  • Algebraic Sense
  • Measurement
  • Geometric Sense
  • Probability/Statistics


  • 4-5 authentic literature studies (Novel)
  • Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Social Studies concepts and cause-and-effect relationships
  • History
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Current Events
  • Geography
  • Law

Chapel Masses, All-School Mass, and Retreats

Students will participate in a variety of faith experiences.  They will have Chapel Masses monthly, All School Mass at St. Aloysius Church monthly and a 5th grade retreat at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center.  Please come celebrate Mass with us. I will let you know when we will be planning these liturgical experiences.


Please visit often to check on your student’s current grades.  You will be assigned a 4-digit code to login. Grades will be updated frequently. Please let Mrs. Holland know if you need to add or change email addresses on Teacherease.  Homework assignments or accountability checks will make up 40% of your child’s grades. Quizzes, tests, and projects will make up the remaining 60%.

I am blessed to be able to teach your child this year. Please let me know if you have questions, concerns or feedback.  Our partnership is extremely important to me and the success of your child.

Thank you,


Katie Nuss

509-489-7825 *223                                                                                                      

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