Mrs. Barber - Fourth/Fifth Grade

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

My name is Mrs. Barber and I am thrilled to be your child’s 5th grade teacher! I graduated from Fresno State with a degree in liberal studies and completed my multiple subjects teaching credential through Chapman University. In 2010, I returned to school to complete a master of arts in teaching with a reading specialization.

I began my teaching career in 1997 in Hanford, CA. As a Navy spouse, I’ve had the privilege of teaching in a variety of schools around the country. I am excited to be back in the Central Valley and to be a part of the Central Elementary School team.

My husband and I have two sons who are active in sports and a variety of school activities. We love to spend time outdoors, cook new recipes, and watch baseball games. We have a very spoiled yellow Labrador named Abby and an equally spoiled cat named Olivia.

I look forward to a successful school year with your child. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns. cbarber@central.k12.ca.us or 924-7797

5th grade is an important transitional year. Much of our time is spent developing organizational and academic skills that will prepare students for sixth grade.

Homework

Homework will be assigned each Monday and is due Friday. Homework will consist of spelling practice, handwriting practice, and the reinforcement of language arts and math skills. Additionally, students are required to read at least 20 minutes per night Monday through Thursday – this must be documented on their reading log. Nightly homework should never take more than 50 minutes to complete. If you find that this is consistently the case with your child, please contact me. Students who complete their homework and return it on Friday will be invited to participate in Snack Shack.

      Friday Folders

Friday Folders are the primary means of communication for my classroom.  Graded papers, book orders, notes home, and messages from me will be included.  PLEASE look through the papers enclosed, sign the folder, and return each Monday.  

Discipline

We use a clip chart system to monitor behavior. Students may clip up or down depending upon their choices. Parents will be notified if their child clips down twice in one day. Additionally, students will lose their Snack Shack privilege if this occurs.

Rewards for positive behavior include verbal praise, “money” from our classroom economy, a chance to shop in our class store, Snack Shack and positive notes home.

Daily Schedule

8:00-8:15 Lexia/attendance/check reading log
8:15-9:40 Math/Specials
9:40-9:55 Recess/Second chance breakfast
9:55-10:20 Complete math block
10:20-12:00 Daily 5
12:00-12:15 Teacher read aloud
12:15-12:53 Lunch/Recess
12:53-1:45 Intervention
1:45-2:15 Science/Social Studies
2:20 Dismissal

Specials schedule:
PE: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Bells/Music: Thursday and Friday
Library: Friday