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5th Grade

Ms. Langlais’ Classroom Handbook


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Max Public School
Phone: 701-670-2685
Fax: 701-679-2245
2285 HWY 83 NW
Max, ND 58759


Our Classroom:

I believe that teaching is a privilege. I love teaching children. I have very high expectations for my students. I believe that students will rise to the occasion when given the support, encouragement, and knowledge that they need. Success comes from a consistent daily effort that will help us celebrate positive growth and find areas that might need revising.

As the year progresses, you may notice that our classroom doesn’t run like other classrooms. We will be learning through Whole Brain Teaching, a research-based system that utilizes all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged throughout their lessons and helps them retain much more information than the standard lecture-discussion model.


Home-School Communication:

*Take-Home Folder: Your child will bring a “take-home” folder home each night. The communication folder is to help your child be organized and responsible for bringing notes and other papers between home and school. The folder will be checked daily, by Ms. Langlais, in school. This folder needs to be cleared each night at home.


Daily Schedule:

Every day is different in our classroom. With that being said, I understand the need for routine and consistency for children. All of the tasks and special events for the day will be presented as a part of our opening each morning.



Physical Education: Mr. Borseth
Music: Ms. Bell
Library: Mrs. Roller
*Bookmobile is the first Wednesday of every month*
Counselor: Mrs. Kersten
*She is available for one-on-one meetings when needed*
Keyboarding: Ms. Langlais
Speech: Mrs. Smith
*Provided to those students that qualify*



Your child will be in school 5 full days a week. Regular attendance needs to become a habit and a priority in school. If your child is absent, please call the school the day they are absent and leave a message in the office. It also helps to send a note if you know in advance that your child will be absent due to family trips or doctor appointments.



I believe that students must be involved in what they are learning and why they are learning it. Your student will become familiar with the North Dakota Fifth Grade Standards. We will talk about the standards often and track our progress as we master them throughout the school year. All of our learning will be written as “I Can” statements to empower students and help them reach their full potential.

I differentiate instruction in my classroom. Students will complete class work that is individualized and tailored to meet their specific needs. Enrichment will be provided to students that understand concepts as well as intervention for students in need of that extra help.


Daily 5:

A large portion of our Language Arts instruction will be referred to as the Daily 5. During the Daily 5, students will rotate through stations known as Read to Self, Listen to Reading, Word Work, Work on Writing, and Read to Someone. We will start this slowly and continue building as the students’ stamina increases.



Your student will take part in quarterly assessments. These assessments will be performance-based. The results from the assessments will help me in planning lessons specific to the needs of the students in the class.


Make-Up Assignments:

I will gladly gather make-up work for your child if you phone into the office and request the work from the secretary, or shoot me an email. Your child is given two days to make-up for every day that he/she is gone.

If you are planning to be gone for a longer period of time, such as a week, please do not expect all of the work to be made up before you leave. Your child is busy learning the content of the week which is often necessary for the upcoming week. I will visit with you individually as your needs arise.



I use technology extensively in my classroom. Your student will be surrounded by and utilizing technology in all that he/she does. I believe that your student’s future success will largely depend on the fluent use of technology. Each student will be assigned an iPad at the beginning of the year. This is to be kept at school, and they are responsible for it.


Behavior Plan:

I use Love and Logic in my classroom. I guide students to take ownership of their actions and behaviors. This also means students take part in deciding appropriate consequences for themselves when they make a poor choice. I use positive reinforcement through specific verbal praise, classroom rewards, and behavior punch cards.

In our classroom, students are expected to have on-task behavior and follow our classroom routines and procedures. Students who go above and beyond will be rewarded with “extra” punches on their punch card, verbal praises, and privileges. As we are learning to be little members of society, however, we may experience a few bumps along the way. To handle this situation, we utilize fifth-grade behavior slips. If a student has difficulty with behavior during the day, he/she will be asked to fill out a behavior slip. The behavior slip will be sent home for you to see as well.

The behavior slips we use in our classroom create 4 different “levels”:

Level 0: All students start their day in this level. Level 0 means that a student has 0 behavior slips during the day. Students in Level 0 are going about their day in an expected and appropriate manner.

Level 1: Students move up into Level 1 if they need to write 1 or 2 behavior slips during the day. These slips will come home in their take-home folder for you to read, sign and return to school. If this happens (don’t panic!) remember we are only fifth graders and we aren’t perfect humans. You can discuss it at home with your student, but rest assured that we will have also discussed it at school and come up with a better plan for the next day!

Level 2: If a student needs 3 or MORE behavior slips during the day, then he/she moves into Level 2. In Level 2, you will receive an additional behavior slip filled out by me. I will write a brief explanation of the events that challenged us during the day, Please read through this, discuss it with your student, sign it and return it to me at school.

Level 3: A student moves into Level 3 if their actions during the course of the day would be severe enough to require an immediate parent phone call, principal intervention, or we need to set up a conference to discuss either ongoing behavior or one particular incident. This level is not common and will more than likely not be utilized very often.

The ultimate goal of our behavior policy is to be individualized for each student, rather than being a “public display”. Students will only be aware of the level that they are at, not the levels of their peers. As an adult, wouldn’t it be awful if a public announcement or a visual display was made anytime you made a mistake at work! That surely wouldn’t create a positive working environment to spend your day in.

Under our plan, students are responsible for identifying inappropriate actions while will help them understand expected behavior. This process develops self-control, responsibility, and ownership. I understand that mistakes happen in order for true learning to take place.

I caution you, however, not to let the behavior level your student is at become the most important discussions topic at home! Please keep the first question you ask them each day along the lines of, “What did you learn today?”, or “What was the best thing that happened today?” rather than “What level are you at?”. Our primary focus at school is learning—not behavior levels and I encourage you to maintain this dynamic at home as well.


Earned Activity Time / Free Time

Students will be given the opportunity to earn activity time each day. Earned activity time will be the last 5-10 minutes of our day. During this time, students may read books, draw, use math manipulatives, computers, iPads, etc.

Earned activity time rewards responsible students and appropriate behavior. Students that have maintained on-task behaviors and fall into “Level 0” with behavior slips will get a full ten minutes. If a student has received one behavior slip during the day, they will pay back five minutes. After they have wasted their time, they will have a quick behavior conference with me and then they will be able to join free choice activities. If a student has received two behavior slips during the day they will miss out on Earned Activity Time as a consequence.

Excessive inappropriate behavior or extreme circumstances will be handled via parents’ phone call, conference, or principal intervention,



Students may bring lunch from home or they may eat at school lunch. Lunch can be purchased in the office, via an online website, or you may send a check to the school in with your child. All checks must come to the school in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and ID number on it. Lunch menus will be sent home each month. Our Lunchtime is 11:33-12:00 daily.


Water Bottles

If you would like, you may send a water bottle for your child daily. Hydration is key to optimal brain performance. Please send a “no spill” water bottle if possible. I will only allow water in the classroom, o juices, soda, etc.


Birthday Treats

Students may bring treats to celebrate their birthdays with the class. Please let me know prior to sending in treats. We will select a day in May to have our Summer Birthday Celebration.



Please deliver all medications to the office and complete the required forms with the secretary.



Do not allow your child to bring in toys to school from home because they may get lost, damaged, or stolen. We are not responsible for them. Jewelry has the potential to be problematic as a distraction to young learners. If it becomes a problem during the school year, I will send a note home to let you know.


Emotional Well-being

There is nothing more important to me that the emotional well-being of children. There should not be tears, worry, anger or other ill feelings towards school. School should be a safe place where children feel cared for, valued, and successful.

Please do not let issues your child discusses with you at home snowball into bigger problems. My door is always open to discuss anything that will help your child perform at his or her best!



THANK YOU for sharing your child with me. I am looking forward to a great year!

Ms. Langlais


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