June 23, 2015
Dear Cheetah Families,
This has been a fantastic school year! I am grateful for your children…they have given me so much laughter and joy in our time together. The growth in each one is remarkable and I am very proud of their accomplishments.
The school year has been a whirlwind of learning-- first with small steps, more recently in leaps and bounds. The Cheetahs have become confident readers and imaginative writers. They have embraced the challenge of math and become skilled problem solvers. They have expressed curiosity about their world in the study of living things and the amazing properties of water. It was a special treat to visit Von Thun’s Farm where the students learned first-hand how the delicious fruits, vegetables and eggs that they enjoy are grown so close to home. They have showed a love for learning. More importantly, they have proven over and over again that they are generous and kind children.
The students have especially enjoyed our recent study of forces. I hope that they have shared our explorations with you—paper airplanes, bowling, magnets, jumping beans, marble painting, domino trains and gravity racers to name just a few of our science activities. My hope is that they recognize forces in their own life-- the gentleness of a hug and the power of an ocean wave. In addition, the children were thrilled to celebrate their writing at our “Meet the Authors” event. They dressed up as authors, reporters and fans and acted out each part. I was proud to see them confidently answer questions about their use of writers’ craft and their plans for a next book…so grown up!
The children celebrated our year together at a wonderful party hosted by our room parent Mr.Teza. The children enjoyed limbo, sponge races and a crazy balloon game! Ice cream cups and watermelon were delicious treats. Our thanks to Mr. Teza and to the parents who sent in supplies and came to help us. Thank you all for your generous gifts, cards and kind words.
As the school year comes to a close, I truly appreciate all of the ways that you supported your child’s learning throughout the year. They are better readers because of your trips to the library and bedtime stories. They love to learn because you nurtured their curiosity. I am already looking forward to seeing these children as the confident second graders they will be in only a few short months.
I hope to spend the summer doing the things that I love—spending time with my family, visiting the beach and reading a book or two. Emails and notes from my students are always a happy surprise. The children are encouraged to contact me by email or regular mail.
I hope that you and yours enjoy these summer days ahead!
Mrs. Gail Magid
Mail to: 19 Bedle St. Belle Mead, NJ 08502