Good evening 5th grade families!
For those of you that I have not had the opportunity to meet yet, my name is Natalie D'Amico and this year I am your child's teacher for language arts and math (and religion if they are in my homeroom). This is my third year here at St. Thomas Aquinas, and I continue to be so wonderfully grateful to be a part of this community! God is GOOD! I had such a great first week of school and enjoyed getting to know your child. We had so much fun together! I hope that they had a wonderful first week as well.
I will be sending out a class update via email that will inform you of upcoming events, concepts we will be working on, and other important information. The contents of these newsletters will be emailed you and I will send out a Remind message notifying when I have sent the email. I also save all newsletters to my classroom website so you can access them there as well. These updates will be sent at the end of the week, typically by Sunday.
I realize there are quite a few methods of technology that I use, and I do apologize if that seems overwhelming. In terms of getting a hold of me, I typically tell families to use whatever communication method they prefer- I always respond no matter what. You are always welcome to email me or call me, or I also respond to the messaging features on Remind and Class Dojo. The main methods of communication that I use are Remind (for daily updates) and email (weekly updates).
Do I have to create an account on Remind & Class Dojo?
Neither is required, though they are both tools that will be used daily throughout the year. If you are hesitant about joining both, I would highly recommend that you at least join Remind. This is what I use to send out daily homework and important reminders.
A note about Remind
Class website (msdamicosclass.weebly.com)
This is not a website you need to check daily, though there will be things you or your child will find useful throughout the year. I usually will have important dates from the school calendar, what we are learning, links that we use in class for you to access at home. I suggest bookmarking the link, looking around the site, and getting to know the layout of the website for now.
I'm sure most/all of you received the Twitter permission form that was sent home. The two main reasons I chose to incorporate a Twitter account in my classroom two years ago are: to teach my students how to safely interact with social media, as it is becoming more and more prevalent in our world, and to extend the walls of our classroom by interacting with classrooms across the world. In the past, my classroom Twitter has been used as a way for us to connect with our favorite authors, share our thinking and have discussions with other classrooms during the Global Read Aloud, and share what we have learned with the world. While the account is public, it is completely monitored by me- I do not allow anyone that is not a parent, teacher, or other classroom to follow our account. Also, I am the one that does the 'Tweeting' 99% of the time. If there ever is an opportunity where I do give students the chance to tweet, it is a whole class activity where we are all coming up with the Tweet together. I do not give students the log in information to our classroom twitter.
With that said, I completely support your beliefs as parents and do not make Twitter a requirement. If you do not feel comfortable with your child interacting with our classroom Twitter in any way, you do not need to sign the permission form. If you are curious about our classroom twitter, feel free to explore previous posts & follow us if you'd like.
Reminders for this week:
-Casual dress tomorrow, bring a donation for St. John's food pantry
-Paper bag project due tomorrow
-Mass on Wednesday this week (all school)
-No school Friday or Monday 9/5
Thank you for all of your support so far this year! I am looking forward to working with you and your child.
*PS- future emails will not be this long! I apologize :-)