August 12th, 2018
Dear Fifth Grade Families,
It’s that time of year again! The school is abuzz with all the excitement and anticipation that a new year brings. I am thrilled to be making the change back into the classroom. Although, many of you know me already, I’d like to share with you all a little bit about myself. I was an educator in California for 20+ years before coming to ISS in 2015. I taught preschool and all grades Kindergarten through Fifth. Furthermore, I worked with struggling readers individually and in small groups to ensure their success in their regular classroom environment. In addition to my years as a school administrator and teacher, I was a literacy coach for other educators, assisting them in the use of various strategies to teach young children the art and science of reading. I hold an elementary teaching credential with a specialty in second language learners, a reading specialist credential, a masters in Language and Literacy and of course, my administrative credential. During my years as a school administrator, I have always maintained that the job of the teacher was the most important in the lives of our children so I feel privileged to return to the classroom.
This year, we will be exploring many dynamic concepts. We will exam our own identity and how our understanding of ourselves impacts the world around us. Furthermore, we will explore concepts such as conflict and unity, roles and responsibilities, Equity vs. Equality, and much, much more. In Mathematics, students will engage in problem solving, exploring various concepts such as of decimals, division, and fractions. Science concepts will include matter, engineering, and biosphere, and general atmosphere interactions. I can’t wait to engage in such meaningful and important learning with your child.
Parents play a very important role in the lives of their child’s education. You are their first teacher, before they enter their first formal learning environment called school. You continue to be their teacher today through your actions, the experiences you provide them with outside the school day and the discussions you have with them that influence their view of the world. Additionally, you greatly impact their experience at school when you ask them how their day was, volunteer at school and review their goals and work. This year, instead of portfolios that you will see at the end of the year, we will be using Class Dojo to share their work in progress as well as finished products throughout the year. We hope that this will allow you to be a more integrated part of our classroom environment. I very much look forward to our collaboration this year to ensure that your child gains the knowledge and skills needed to succeed.
Meet the Teacher night will be on August 30th at 4PM. I will be sharing more about the school year and what you can expect from me. I hope that you will be able to be there! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our classroom.
Can’t wait until Monday!