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    Good Day!  Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year parents/guardians.  I wanted to introduce myself – I am one of your child’s 5th grade teachers – Mrs. Crystal James.  I have been teaching for 5 years and I look forward to working closely with you this year to help your child grow both academically and socially.

    I will be providing instruction in the subject areas of Science and ELA and Mr. Natriello will teach Social Studies and Mathematics. Your child will receive instruction from both, Mr. Natriello and myself (schedule to come out soon) during remote and hybrid periods.  

    This is going to be a school year unlike any other, as we are starting out the year remotely until October 12, 2020 (that could change as well).  It is very important that your child logs on each day for each class period.  They must be ready to work, pay attention to the lesson/directions, etc.  It is going to yet again be another learning curve for all of us, as we have never started a school year remotely.     

    I will utilize ClassDojo to remind you about all things pertaining to 5th grade and Greenwood, as well as inform you if your child missed an assignment, homework, etc. that day in school/remotely.  Please feel free to message me anytime with questions, concerns, etc.  – as this should be an open dialogue all year.  If you change your cellphone number this school year, please update the information on ClassDojo so you can continue to receive messages.  Each student received the log in information/class code in their bags that were sent home on September 2nd.   The Classdojo code is also on my teacher website.  Even if you were signed up last year you may need the new code to connect to my class.    

    Do not forget to come to Greenwood on September 2, 2020 from 12-2PM to pick up 5th grade materials – math books, social studies books, a folder containing important log in information, notebooks, supplies, etc.   Students will get these codes during remote learning: 

    Also, the Google Meet codes will be shared with everyone soon for the students to log on to Google Meet on September 8, 2020 – the first official day of school. Finally, we will be holding an online 5th grade parent meeting sometime in the near future – date/time to come out soon. I look forward to meeting everyone soon.  Stay safe.   


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    Mrs. Crystal James

    5th Grade Teacher, Hamilton Township School District 

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