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Welcome to Ms. Bartol's 5th Grade!
We have an exciting and very full year ahead, one that will be challenging but satisfying. 5th Grade is a big step up, where students begin applying their skills to more difficult concepts in reading, writing, and math.
Teaching is my second career, as I started out in business. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from St. Catherine University, and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Cloud State University. I have been teaching in St. Paul Public Schools for 23 years, the last 16 of which have been at Chelsea, and I have found my niche with 5th graders. They get my jokes and puns! When I am not teaching, I enjoy sailing, science fiction, cake decorating, watching the Vikes, and hanging out with my family.
Responsibility is a large part of moving up to the 5th Grade. Students strive to become self-directed learners, managing their time, resources and planners with parent assistance and teacher guidance. The student planner is key to student success as organized, self-directed learners. Check your student's planner daily to find out how well they are managing. Completed assignments will be starred (*), and incomplete or missing assignments will be circled. There is a place each week, whenever necessary, for parent/teacher communications, which makes the planner an effective home/school communication tool. Parents should sign the planner daily.
I look forward to working as a team with you and your child as we create a successful 5th grade community and learning experience! May the Force Be With You!