Dear Fifth Grader,
My name is Mr. Ringer, and I will be your fifth-grade teacher this year. I hope
that your summer is going great. It is abouttime to start looking forward to the
exciting school year ahead of you. We will be trying our best to have fun all year
long, while learning as much as we possibly can! I have many great things planned
for reading, writing, math, science, social studies and other subjects too!
I am so excited to explore the interesting topics of study that we have in front
of us. I am also ready to challenge your fifth-grade mind to think differently, ask
meaningful questions, and show that you are a citizen of our class, school, town,
state, country and world. Together we will explore what we are capable of and have
fun in the process.
I want to give you your first assignment for fifth grade. Please save a clean
can that held corn or beans, etc. (about 16 oz.). Decorate the outside of the can with
different symbols and pictures that represent you. You could have a picture of your
family or pet, you could find stickers showing dance or horses, or your favorite
sports team. Bring this can to school to represent you, and it will sit on your desk
and hold pencils and other supplies you will need during the day.
I hope that you are just as excited as I am for this year to begin. I cannot wait
to get to know each one of you over the upcoming school year. For now, please put
down this letter, get your towel and your flip-flops, and go enjoy the rest of your
summer while the weather is still beautiful. Be ready to work hard in September and
we will all have a great year together!
I am looking forward to this year together. Open lines of communication are
so important to our success, so feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have questions. I encourage that all students bring a healthy snack with
them daily. It is important that the children replenish their energy during the day.
Some healthy suggestions are crackers, granola bars, fruit, rice cakes, popcorn,
pretzels, sliced vegetables/hummus, yogurt, etc. Since we do focus on the impact we
have on the planet, I also encourage using reusable containers whenever possible.
The kids will not be able to share snacks due to allergies and parent diet
preferences. Please send a water bottle each day so your child stays well hydrated. I
do not allow drinks other than water in the classroom.
Please refer to the supply list on my classroom website to ensure your child
is prepared with all the materials necessary for the learning we will be doing in
class. This year, each fifth grader will be assigned an iPad to use in class. These iPads
give us an exciting opportunity to learn technological skills and responsibilities that
are necessary for students today. I ask that you take some time to discuss this with
your child. I want to make sure that this is a positive experience and that the
students respect the physical equipment, as well as use responsible technology
practices. Having your support is invaluable in making this initiative, and
everything we do this year, a success.