School Safety and Hotline Number
First and foremost, we are committed to a zero tolerance attitude about bullying, violence, and incivility. Children are reminded daily on our morning announcements that no one at Macungie School has the right to hurt anyone with words or actions, and if they feel that they are in an unsafe situation, they should report directly to an adult for help.
The East Penn School District has established a student TIPLINE to promote safe and violence-free schools in our district. Students are instructed to call (610) 966-8400 if they believe a student could endanger another person or him/herself in any way. I want to ensure you that we have a safe school, and we intend to keep it that way. All teachers and staff at Macungie are required to wear identification badges at all times while in the building. Visitors also wear badges that they receive upon signing in at the office. If you need to come to the school for any reason, you will need to follow the same procedure. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this matter.
Homework should be about 50 minutes a day for a child in fifth grade. I will do my best to assign work that will fit within that time frame. Please let me know if assignments are taking too little or too much time at your house.
ü Math homework will be assigned daily.
ü A spelling packet will be given out every Wednesday, and an activity from the packet will be assigned each night.
ü Additional assignments may be given on a less frequent basis in the areas of social studies and science.
ü I may assign take home projects with time frames of 1-2 weeks. I will always provide the children with clear expectations, due dates, and grading rubrics when they are assigned long term projects.
ü Every night, your child should be reading independently: aloud or silently. A minimum of 15 minutes is required.
ü If homework assignments are not completed, your child may have to do incomplete assignments during recess.
Making Up Missed Work
If your child is absent for any reason, or if he/she takes an instrument lesson, it is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed work. If your child is out of school, please make arrangements to pick up any work in the office or ask a friend who lives nearby to bring home the missed assignments that were worked on that day.
Our Parent Teacher Child Association provides every student at Macungie Elementary with an assignment book. Please check your child’s homework assignment book on a nightly basis to help ensure that the work is being completed on time. “Homework Alert” forms are sent home when assignments are not completed. This is to be returned the next day with a parent signature and the missed assignment. If a pattern of missed homework occurs, I may ask you to begin signing your child’s assignment book. This could also serve as a way for us to communicate.
Your child has been asked to provide a binder for school to assist him or her with organization skills. All materials necessary for school will be organized in their binder. Additionally, the front pocket will be used to send home daily mail on a regular basis. Please assist your child in remembering their binder each day.
Almost every Friday, your child will bring home a Friday Packet that includes all graded assessments from that week. Please review the assessments with your child and then sign or initial on the line next to each item on the assessment paper included in the folder. Please return the packet to school with your child on Monday morning.
100% - 92% A
91% - 84% B
83% - 74% C
73% - 65% D
65% and below F
Day 1: Art 10:00 – 10:40 Wear old clothing
Day 2: Gym 10:00 – 10:40 Wear or bring sneakers to school
Day 3: Library 10:00 – 10:40 Remember books
Day 5: Music/Chorus 10:00 – 10:40
For your child’s birthday, you may send in one nonedible item for the class on the designated birthday celebration day.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION DATES
JUNE 3rd (June/summer birthdays)
1. No unannounced edible treats from parents can be served in the classroom.
2. Birthday celebrations will be based on non-edible treats such as stickers, pencils, erasers, etc.
3. Our school nurse must even be made aware of foods that are served by the teacher in the classroom as rewards/incentives, or even classroom lessons.
4.. If a child is distributing invitations for home celebration, the whole class needs to be invited.
Snacks and water bottles:
I will allow for a short snack break each morning. However, I want to promote proper nutrition, and ask that you provide your child with a nut free, healthy snack.
Nut Free Policy
Macungie Elementary School’s classrooms are nut free. We uphold this policy because of the high number of children who have severe food allergies, especially peanut and tree nut allergies. Student safety is of utmost importance to us.
Foods brought into our classrooms may not contain peanuts or tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, etc.). Peanuts and tree nuts may be eaten in our school cafeteria (i.e. peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, granola bars, etc.), because there are precautions in place to keep children with allergies safe.
Below is a list of nut-free/”safe-foods” for classroom snacks.
No one knows exactly why there are so many severe food allergies today as opposed to years ago, but we do know that these allergic reactions can be serious, and result after eating, touching, or even smelling peanuts or nut products. You can help us keep Macungie safe for all children by following these steps:
§ Check food labels before sending in a classroom snack, and do not send nut products to be eaten in the classroom.
§ Careful planning and preparation by parents and staff is important for safe classroom celebrations.
§ Remind your children that they are not permitted to share their snacks with anyone at school or on the bus.
§ Encourage hand washing before and after eating.
List of Nut-Free/ “Safe Foods” to send in as a snack or to use for classroom celebrations:
§ -Yogurt (with NO granola)
§ -Welch’s fruit snacks
§ -Nutri-Grain brand bar
§ -Fruit or fruit juice
§ -Raisins, Craisins, and other dried fruits
§ - Cheez-It brand crackers (variety: Whole Grain)
§ -Goldfish brand crackers (variety: Whole Grain)
§ -Wheat Thins brand crackers (variety: 100% Whole Grain)
§ -Ritz brand Crackerfuls Multigrain (variety: Sharp Cheddar, Garden Vegetable, Garlic Herb)
§ -Rold Gold brand pretzels (variety: Thins, Sticks, Rods, Tiny Twists, Honey Wheat)
§ -Bachman brand popcorn (variety: Original)
§ - Nabisco Honey Maid brand graham crackers (variety: Honey)
§ -String cheese
§ -Cottage cheese
§ -Cheerios brand cereal (NOT honey nut or frosted)
§ -Chex brand cereal (variety: rice, corn, wheat) and Kix brand cereal
*Important: This list is simply meant to provide various snack ideas. Due to continual changes in manufacturer packaging and processing, please read the ingredient label of your snack chosen from this list to ensure that it does not contain any of the following: peanuts/nuts, peanut/nut butter, peanut/nut oil, peanut/nut meal, or the statement, “May contain traces of peanut/nuts”.
Water: Drinking plenty of water is very important. I welcome your child to bring in a water bottle that will be permitted to sit on his or her desk. Any water bottle is fine as long as it is labeled with your child’s name, has a cap or lid, and is fewer than 12 inches tall. Water bottles should be washed frequently, so please help your child to remember to bring it home. All children need to know that if the water bottle becomes a toy, the privilege may be temporary denied.
We need an accurate daily lunch count. Additionally, we will also need to know whether your child plans on buying a school lunch that day and the next school day. A SNAP card system will be used, which is a computerized debit operating system. Students who deposit cash or a check into their account will be able to purchase a school lunch without the need to carry money. Additional comments:
ü This is a voluntary debit account system.
ü Students are not required to participate.
ü Students may pay by cash daily.
Scholastic book orders
Each month, I will send home scholastic book order. Please don’t feel obligated to order books, but this could help build a home library for your child. If you do order from Scholastic, please send a check because I cannot send cash through the mail.
All teachers and staff at Macungie Elementary School are required to wear identification badges at all times in the building. If you need to visit the school or classroom for any reason, please stop into the office and sign in. You will receive a visitor’s badge or sticker to wear.
Our #1 Rule at Macungie Elementary School: No one at Macungie School has to right to hurt anyone with words or actions. Everyone has the right to report unsafe behavior to a grownup.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please contact me at the school at 610-965-1617 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifth Grade Teacher
Macungie Elementary School