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    August 2020
    Dear Students and Families,
              Welcome to 5th Grade!  I am looking forward to having each of you in our classroom community this school year.  As we navigate through moments this year together, remember that there will be uncharted waters that we will explore.  I encourage you to embrace these changes and remember that each learning experience we have shapes who we are!  Although summer is coming to an end, don't forget there are many other beginnings to look forward to.  I can't wait to meet each of you!
              Our time together from beginning to end will be so valuable.  As your teacher, my goal is to create a classroom community of friends and learners.  Our classroom is a place where we will maximize every learning moment, while also having fun!  
              My hope is to help you build confidence, understand yourself as a learner, and build good character.  I promise to make learning fun, relevant, and interesting.  I want you to feel safe and comfortable sharing your ideas in our learning environment.  We will work together to set goals that you will work toward that encompass academic, social, emotional intelligences.  
             As a fifth grader, you'll experience some challenging situations.  We will work together and I will help you through these times.  You will also achieve many accomplishments!  I can't wait to celebrate these with you!  There are high expectations for studying and academics.  You will be expected to show hard work and responsibility for your learning and actions.  Our classroom works together as a team in a respectful manner, so teachers can teach and learners can learn.  
              In 5th grade, there are many concepts to learn, friends to connect with, and memories to make!  With expectations rising, homework becomes even more important because it helps you to practice and solidify the concepts that were taught during the day.  You will learn new organizational skills and study habits, which will help you with becoming a responsible scholar.  As a member of our classroom family, I insist that everyone treats each other with respect and kindness.  Accepting people for who they are and showing awareness is of utmost importance in our classroom.  Anything less will not be tolerated and will be resolved effectively with teacher, parent, and student collaboration.
              Each year, students look forward to all of the different activities, science explorations, literature novels, and learning about geography and explorers.  There are tons of activities going on!  
              So, enjoy these last days of summer and get ready to rock and roll on into 5th grade.  I can't wait to meet all of our students and parents!  Our "Meet and Greet" will be held virtually this year.  See you soon!
                                                                       Your teacher,
                                                                       Miss DeGennaro