•  August 14, 2019

    Welcome To Our Team!

     Dear Parents,

        Welcome to our fifth grade classrooms. We are so happy to have your child in our program, and we look forward to an exciting year. We are strong believers in parent involvement and communication, and we will do our best to keep you informed about the activities going on in our classrooms. Each student will receive a student planner. We find that the planner is a valuable tool to teach organizational skills and facilitate communication between the school and home. Any work that your child has completed, as well as any important school notices will be sent home on a regular basis.  We invite you to drop by for a visit any time to observe what we are doing, and if you ever have any questions or concerns, please call or send us an email. Our school number is (951) 445- 4110. Our email addresses are as follows:


     Mr. Brehm - abrehm@murrieta.k12.ca.us

    Mr. Foley -


    Ms. Lamothe -


    Mr. Rodriguez -


    Mrs. Kristensen –



    Our Schedule

                Our schedule for this year is as follows:


    8:30 – 9:00 - Attendance, Running, Morning Announcements

    9:00 – 10:30 – Math/Computer time

    10:35 – 10:55 – Recess

    10:55 – 12:40 – Language Arts/UA time

    12:40 – 1:20 – Lunch

    1:20 – 2:45 – Science/Social Studies/Motor Skills/P.E/ Friday Fun Club


    Throughout the school year the fifth grade team provides opportunities for collaboration with fifth-grade teachers and students from other classes.  Some of these opportunities are as follows:  Jorge Competitions, State Fair, Market Day, Pathfinder Ranch, Peer Counseling, and Leadership Club.

    These programs help to create a team atmosphere amongst students from all fifth-grade classes.


    Classroom Discipline

         Our classroom discipline plan emphasizes positive reinforcement for good behavior, with specific consequences for not following classroom rules. We will spend the first few weeks reviewing the classroom rules which the students helped establish for our class. We like to catch students doing the right thing. When they are behaving responsibly and appropriately, students can expect lots of praise. They can also earn Jorge Dollars/ Brehm Bucks that can be used during Market Days. Additionally, students who show exceptional social behavior, turn in all assignments, and have their planner signed by a parent earn an invitation to attend Friday Fun Club. Friday Fun Club is a thirty-minute period of special activity time. Please encourage your child to work toward this goal each week.

         Sometimes, we also need to use consequences to remind the students to do their best to follow the classroom and school rules.  Each week every student begins with a clean slate. When a student is not following rules, he/she may be asked to sign the behavior book in his/her class.  This first infraction is considered a warning. Any student who signs the behavior book twice in one week will not be invited to Friday Fun Club for that particular week and will instead need to attend Study Hall. In Study Hall, students are provided with time to make up any missed work and make a plan for better behavior during the following week.  Further infractions may result in missed recesses, a note home, and /or a conference to develop a better plan for appropriate school behavior.



         We believe it is critical for students to develop a sense of responsibility as they participate in the educational process. Your child will have regularly scheduled homework every Monday through Thursday. Homework assignments and any teacher notes will be written in your child's planner. We'll be asking you to review your child's progress each night and sign the planner on Thursdays. We will check for these signatures every Friday. Please feel free to write any

    questions or concerns that you may have in your child's planner and remind your child that it is his/her responsibility to write all homework assignments in the planner. Any child who has more than two late homework assignments will not be invited to Friday Fun Club activities.

     Make-Up Work Policy

         Unless otherwise specified by the child's teacher, he/she will have one extra day to complete any projects, homework, or tests that were missed due to absence.

         Children will be given opportunities to raise low project or test scores in order to meet the grade level standards.


         Students will participate in various P.E. activities and run on a regular basis in preparation for the fitness testing at the end of the year. Please remind your child to wear comfortable shoes to school. We ask that you please send a note with your child if for some reason they cannot participate.

     Materials Suggested

         We would appreciate it if each child could bring the following items: one three-ring binder (with a spine width of at least two inches) 3 spiral notebooks, plenty of college-rule notebook paper, one package of tabbed notebook dividers, a pencil box, a highlighter, an eraser, a dry erase marker, and sharpened #2 pencils. Other materials that students often like to have for their personal use include: one pair of ear buds in a ziploc baggy, a glue stick, a set of washable colored marking pens, a box of colored pencils, one white board, one black Sharpie pen, and  scissors.

         Please remind your child to be respectful of other students' property and work space.

     Backpacks Recommended

         Since your child will be bringing home many papers including completed work, homework, and school notes, we recommend that he/she bring a backpack to help stay organized. Without one, it's very easy for books, notes, and papers to get misplaced.

     Personal Item Policy

          In order to maintain an academic environment, minimize distractions, and avoid loss, please keep all toys (including balls and playground

    equipment) and personal items that are not requested by the teacher at home.  If children bring inappropriate items to school, they will be taken away.

     Classroom Volunteers

         Classroom volunteers are always welcome! Please check the appropriate box below if you are interested in volunteering.


    Back To School Night

         We will be going into more detail about classroom activities, parent volunteer opportunities, and our philosophies and teaching styles during our Back to School Night presentations.  Back to School Night will be on Thursday, August 22.

    The Back to School Night agenda will be as follows:


    • 5:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

    Mr. Fairchild introduces Teaching Staff in the Antelope Hills Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room.

    • 5:25 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.

    1st presentation in the classroom (Rm. 37)

    • 6:00 p.m. – 6:30p.m.

    2nd presentation in the classroom (Rm. 37)





Last Modified on August 21, 2019