Mrs. Scherban

Hello My Name Is...

Mrs. Scherban

Dear Parents/Guardians,

My name is Danielle Scherban and I am happy to be your child's fifth grade teacher.  Fifth grade is such an exciting year!  For teachers and students it is a year of change; new beginnings, new surroundings, new friends, new experiences, and new challenges and responsibilities. This year we have many wonderful things planned, such as field trips, projects, and lots of learning fun.  I want to briefly fill you in on some of my expectations and goals for the year.

Your child has been given a year-long agenda. Your child will fill out the calendar with the homework assignment for that night at school.These agendas will also have project due dates and upcoming tests recorded in them. In the classroom, there is also a calendar that matches your child's, so after an absence each child can update his/her calendar.  It is your child's responsibility to fill out the calendar with the class daily.  These agendas will be going home nightly and must be returned back to school every day. The agendas are a great way for you to know what is happening in the classroom and a great communication tool between home and school. Your constant interest will play an important part in your child's learning process.

It is my goal to teach your child to be an active seeker of knowledge, rather than just an active participant. I use each of the subject areas as tools for learning.  I will use various themes to involve children in constructing meaning, discovering relationships, problem solving, and developing skills through meaningful practice. Practice at home with math facts is very important and recommended.  Also, nightly homework includes 15 of reading, or more.

Thank you in advance for your support and active participation in your child's learning process. I am glad to have your child in my class, and I look forward to meeting all of you.  Let's have a wonderful year!

Sincerely,
Danielle Scherban

Two Sculptors

I dreamed I saw a studio

and watched the sculptor there

The clay they used was a child's mind

and they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher--- the tools he used

were a book, music and art.

The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand

and a gentle loving heart

Day after day, the teacher toiled with a touch

that was careful, deft, and sure.

While the parent labored by his side

and polished and smoothed it o'er.

And when at last their work was done

they were proud of what they wrought,

For what they had molded into a child

could never be sold or bought.

And each agreed they would have failed

if either had worked alone.

For behind every parent stood a school

and behind the teacher, a home.

-Anonymous