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Hello Parents! I would like to welcome you and your student to 5th grade at Lebanon Grade School! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Amy Venhaus, and I am your child’s teacher this year.  Recently, I have graduated from McKendree University with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.  This past summer I got married and went from Ms. Baer to Mrs. Venhaus.  There are two Mrs. Venhaus’ in the district now so try not to get confused!  Two years ago I taught social studies here at Lebanon for the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Last year was my first year I enjoy traveling, cooking, and teaching! This year each student in 5th grade will be given a student planner.  Each day the students will write down their daily assignments as well as other important information.  Students are expected to bring their planner home each night and have a parent/guardian initial it before returning it to school to be checked.   Along with the planners, our school uses Friday Folders.  Each Friday, your child will bring home a folder with school notes and the work they have completed throughout the week.  This is a great time to discuss with your student what they have been doing in school.   Today, the class and I discussed our classroom rules.  They are as follows, 1.  Listen and follow directions.  2.  Respect others.  3.  Be prepared.  Each day, everyone will begin with a green “A” conduct card.  If a student chooses to misbehave, they will pull a card.  Each card pulled decreases the student’s conduct grade to a yellow “B”, blue “C”, orange “D”, or red “F” corresponding to an appropriate consequence.  Once a student stays on green “A” conduct card the entire week, they will be rewarded.  After our discussion today, each child is aware of my expectations. I look forward to this school year and the exciting new experiences it brings.  I will be keeping in touch about your student’s progress.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  The best way to reach me is to write a note in your child’s planner or Friday folder or email me at abaer@stclair.k12.il.us.  I can also be reached after 3:10 at (618) 537-4553.  I look forward to meeting you. Sincerely, 

Mrs. Amy Venhaus (Baer)

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