We had a wonderful first day in fifth grade! Your child should be bringing home a letter from both Claudia and Laura with important notes and our contact information. We’re pasting it to the end of this blog post in case it does not make it to your home tonight.

Thank you for ordering and/or sending in all of the supplies! Our classrooms are fully stocked and ready to go. Students will need a pencil bag for the fifth grade school year, and these were not included in the supply order sent to school. If possible, please have a pencil bag for your child by Monday to facilitate independence and organization.

Thank you so much!

Claudia & Laura

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September 7, 2017

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a restful summer and we are looking forward to working with you and your child during this important transition year.

We will discuss our curriculum and routines in detail during the upcoming Parent Night on September 13, 2017. We will be updating the school blog monthly; please subscribe!

Today, students who ordered supplies were given a black ‘Home/School’ Folder that will be used to transport homework and notes to and from school each day.  Until it becomes a routine, please ask your child if they have any ‘mail’ on a daily basis.  If you have a note for anyone in the school community, please put it in the black folder and it will be delivered as marked.  (This folder tends to get ‘full’ very quickly; students should not be keeping academic papers in this folder full time.  We will teach them how to manage their papers, but please encourage them to stay organized!

During class we discussed that our expectation of the students is that they come to school each day prepared with the following:

  • Pencil Bag (2 pens, 2 pencils, small scissors, 6” ruler, a fine tip Sharpie, a white out pen, a small pack of post-its and an eraser)
  • Independent Reading Book
  • Planner
  • Home/School Folder
  • Completed Homework & relevant notebooks/resources

On this back of this note, we have included your child’s daily schedule.  We have reviewed this in class and will support them as they learn these new routines. If your child has a question about the schedule or any other Fifth Grade procedures, please have him/her speak with us.

If you haven’t already, please let us know your child’s dismissal schedule for each day of the week.

Please feel free to email us at ccoia@lowerlab.org / lking@lowerlab.org with any questions. We look forward to an exciting and productive year at The Lower Lab School!


Claudia Coia (Math & Science Teacher)

Laura King Haas (Literacy & Social Studies Teacher)