About the Teacher

Background
This year (2016-17) will be my thirteenth year teaching fifth grade at Graystone Elementary. Each year has been challenging and rewarding in its own way and has given me an opportunity to learn and grow as a teacher. I hold a Master’s degree in Education with emphasis in cross-cultural education, along with a California Credential in teaching (multiple subjects) and a National Board Certification.

Prior or becoming a teacher, I was an audiologist.  I have a doctorate in Audiology and have held research and teaching positions in India, State University of New York at Buffalo, and San Jose State University. Being a strong believer in education and having been passionate about teaching since childhood, becoming a teacher was a logical choice when it was time to change careers, and here I am.

Views on education
Education and knowledge are the best gifts we can give the next generation. I do believe that students need a combination of direct instruction in basic skills and concepts and an opportunity to work with peers to discover and uncover information on their own. The recent adoption of Common Core Standards will provide an excellent opportunity for such an approach. 

A child’s success in school depends on a strong school-home partnership and I look forward to working with you all in establishing a strong support system your child can thrive upon.

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. ~ John F. Kennedy

 

Welcome Letter

Aug. 17, 2016

Dear Parents/Families,

Your child is beginning an exciting year of learning. This will be an important year in your child’s education. It is the year that culminates the elementary years and prepares the student for middle school. In addition to acquiring new academic skills, your child will be required to develop and practice organizational skills to ensure academic success. I believe that your child’s success depends upon a good partnership between school and home. I look forward to developing such a partnership with you.

As a first step in helping me better understand your child’s needs, please fill out and sign the ‘Getting to Know Your Child!’ form. Please take a moment to fill out the contact and the volunteer information forms. These forms are being sent with your children on the first day of school. Please return the forms by Wednesday, Aug. 24th, 2016.

If you have not already purchased the supplies, please see the school supplies list (available on the school website). In addition to the grade level supplies list, I request that you get them a small stapler (they will be using it daily to staple and turn in class work). To help your student stay organized, I would recommend a binder along with plastic dividers with pocket organizers and a pencil pocket. Please have your child bring in the supplies no later than Wednesday, Aug. 24th, 2016.

I will be sending all the information regarding class activities, your child’s progress etc. via e-mail. If you do not have access to e-mail, please let me know and I will be glad to send hard copies with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 408-535-6317 or e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Once again, welcome back to the school year. Let us work together to make it a wonderful and successful year for your child.

Sincerely,

Malini Subramaniam, NBCT

Homework Policy

Homework will be mainly extended practice of what we learn in class. It should take about 50 minutes to complete. It will be due the next day unless specified otherwise. If you find your child struggling for any reason, please e-mail me.

Students will also be required to read for an additional 30 minutes each night. The reading time will be increased to 45 minutes starting in the second grading period.

Students will be given adequate time to complete long term projects. These projects are designed to help the students learn how to pace such projects, in preparation for middle school. Students will also receive guidance on pacing themselves.

Classroom Rules

  • Respect: We respect each other, and value school and classroom property.
  • Responsibility: Each of us takes responsibility for our own learning.
  • Safety: We will work and play safely and ensure those around us are safe.

Daily Schedule

Please click on link below to see daily schedule

SCHEDULE_2016-17.docx

 

Monthly Calendar