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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Welcome!

Welcome to First Grade! First grade is such an exciting year because
kids grow and change so much. It is fascinating to watch the crew
develop into readers, writers and mathematicians. Even if you have
experienced first grade before with an older child, it is still
amazing to watch each child transform and thrive.

This will be my 18th year of teaching and it is still just as
interesting and exciting as my first year. I have taught grades 1, 3,
4, 5, 6, and 8. While I truly enjoyed teaching all of those grades,
first grade is my very favorite.

A few years ago, my husband and I chose Renaissance for our daughter
and I liked it so much that I decided that I wanted to teach here. I
love our philosophy - character traits, Expeditionary Learning,
Adventure Education, morning meetings, closing circles, etc.

I love spending time with my family, watching my daughter play
softball and basketball, going for bike rides, taking our dog on
walks, reading and teaching.

I am really looking forward to our upcoming listening conferences and
learning all about your child. I want to know everything about them -
their passions, their interests, their skills, their challenges, their
dislikes, etc. All of this will help me bond with them and make their
year successful.

I want you to feel comfortable this year. Come visit the classroom any
time. If you ever have a question, no matter how big or small, send me
an email, check in with me at pick-up time, or give me a call.

I am looking forward to meeting you in August!

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