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    Last Updated 8/28/2022
    August 27, 2022
    Dear Fifth Grade Fantasticos & Parents!
    It's hard to believe that school is almost back in session.  My consolation -- I get to join my latest set of  "Room 20 Scholars" on an exciting adventure - 5th grade!  For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, I started at Hillcrest as a 5th grade teacher, was reassigned to 3rd grade for 8 years or so.  After finally mastering my basic math facts I was "promoted" back to 5th grade again.  (See where hard work will get you, kids!?) BUT...I missed third grade so much that I just HAD to come back and that's when I had some of you as students during the unprecedented Pandemic temporary shutdown of the world - and met some of you during our joint "snack" times in the cafteria!  But guess what?  Mrs. Jones-Tates says she needs me back in 5th grade...and abracadabra...I'm back!
    It's exciting to have the opportunity to share a year with some of my former 3rd grade scholars'  (woohoo!) and at the same time make gaggles of new friends to share the year with, too.  I am anticipating a wonderful year back at the "new and improved" Hillcrest location.  A lot of people have worked really hard to make sure the renovations happened  -- (hard) hats off to them!  We will work at learning lots...but we will pepper it all with fun, laughter, and of course...hugs, handshakes, & high fives!
    I hope you have had a wonderful summer and that you've s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d your brain and have used some of the things you learned in 4th grade -- you know...math facts, writing stories, and most importantly, reading some great books that you can recommend to me and your classmates!
    My summer has been filled with professional personal development experiences to help me be a teacher of excellence for each of you.  Outside of that, I have been busy spending time with my 14-year-old son, Tanner, and husband, Alex.  We have enjoyed some beach time with relatives and friends this summer.  Some of my favorite memories are grilling in our yard with relatives, playing with our spunky dog, Maverick, and going for walks on the beach and boardwalk.  Ahhhhh!  I look forward to hearing what fabulous experiences you've had this summer, too.
    Most of us (yes, even teachers who love their jobs!) dread the thought of getting up earlier and having to do homework after a carefree summer...  Nonetheless, I am excited to meet you and our entire class family on:
    • Monday, August 29th, for the first day of school.  I hope you are getting excited to meet (or greet) me and embark on a year of adventures together!
    Mark your calendars now for these important "Hillcrest Happenings":

    MONDAY, August 29 -- 1st Day of School (Rise and shine!)

    Please bring:

            • healthy snack & water bottle (refillable preferred)
            • independent reading book
            • photo or momento of a summer memory (don't overthink this!)
            • all supply list items
              • place headsets in a large Ziploc-type baggie with your name written on it
              • NEW Item: Check made out to Scholastic Classroom Magazines for $7.47.  Please put your child's name / Lenicky in the memo lineStory Works Magazine will enhance our reading instruction.
            • Good attitude - get a good night's sleep Sunday evening!

    TUESDAY, August 30 -- Back to School Night: Grades 4th thru 6th only.  (Please come!)

        • Classroom teacher presentations (7:00 - 7:45 p.m.)
        • Some Specialists available (7:45 - 8:15 p.m.)
        • Click here for Mrs. Jones Tate's official invitation  
    September 2 & 5      - Labor Day Weekend - No School!

    September 26 & 27 - Happy Rosh Hashanah - No School!
                 October 5                  - Yom Kippur  observed- No School!
    Be sure to visit the Supply List link to the left that will help you be an organized & successful 5th grader.  This list was posted in June on the Hillcrest home page.

    It was great to meet many of you on August 25th at Open House.   It will be even better to ALL be together on Monday for the FIRST DAY of school, August  29th!!  Enjoy your last days of summer and get ready for a terrific 5th grade adventure!  Together we can make it your best year yet!  

    Mrs. Lenicky  :)
    (Your wacky, but likeable teacher!)