Welcome to Ms. Schoening's 5th grade class.

I hope you all are ready for a fun, adventurous, challenging year here with Ms. Schoening!


Helen. B. Stafford Elementary



Welcome Letter

September 2015

Welcome to 5th Grade!

 This is a very exciting year for students, parents and teachers and I am looking forward to working with you all through this time. This will be my second year here at Stafford. Before teaching at Stafford, I taught at an international school in Guatemala where I learned so much, including the Spanish language. I am so grateful to be a part of the Stafford community as well as your child’s teacher!

 5th grade is such an exciting year! It will be full of changes, challenges and preparation for middle school. Many of the routines and procedures we use will help students become “transition ready” for middle school. This includes both academic skills, such as time management, organization, and using a daily planner as well as socio-emotional skills such as building relationships, self-awareness, and responsible decision making.

 As the leaders of the school, 5th graders have certain privileges and responsibilities. We expect the 5th graders to model appropriate school and classroom behavior as well as teach younger students some of their routines. At assemblies, students earn the privilege sitting in chairs and they also have the opportunity to order “5th Grade Sweatshirts!” Look for ordering information to come home in the next couple weeks.

 The most exciting part of 5th grade is going to Camp Seymour in March. 5th graders spend 3 days and 2 nights at camp where they are immersed in outdoor science education. This is a wonderful opportunity and learning experience for everyone. We will be holding a parent information night soon where you can learn more about Camp Seymour and have many of your questions answered.

 As a new school year begins, we are spending time getting to know one another as classmates and establishing routines and expectations for success. Our guidelines for success school wide are:


1.    Respect yourself and one another. Be kind.

2.    Be inspired! Imagine the possibilities.

3.    Put forth your best effort.

4.    Cooperate and encourage others.

 We expect all students to follow these guidelines as they move about the school and interact with others.

 This year all 5th graders have a planner they are expected to use at school and nightly at home. All assignments and calendar reminders will be recorded in their planners. Please get into the routine at home of checking your 5th graders’ planner each night. Beginning in the next few days, you should expect homework nightly. At the very least, students will be expected to read 20-30 minutes a night. We will gradually be building in more homework as the year progresses.

 It is important that and every student has a successful school year. We will work hard, and I am always here to support your student as he/she makes his/her way to success! I will also need your help in this journey. Close communication between school and home is crucial. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I am available in person, through email or by telephone.

 I am so looking forward to working with you and your child during their final elementary school year. It will be a great one!

Allison Schoening

Email: aschoen@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Phone: (253) 571-4313