June 21, 2014
Dear Dolphin Families,
This has been a fantastic school year. I am grateful for this special group of students…they have given me so much laughter and joy in our time together! The growth in each one is remarkable and I am so proud of their accomplishments.
The school year has been a whirlwind of learning-- first with small steps, more recently in leaps and bounds. The Dolphins 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. 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 both visible and invisible. I hope that they have shared our explorations with you—paper airplanes and poppers, bowling, magnets, jumping beans, marble painting, domino trains and card houses to name just a few of our science activities. My hope is that they recognize the forces in their everyday life. Forces we use to move our bodies, the power of the wind to move as gently as a breeze and as fierce as a tornado, and the invisible forces of magnetism and gravity that keep our planet in rotation and our feet rooted to the ground. 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 cupcakes and lemonade that we enjoyed tasted even better because they were student-made.
The children celebrated our year together at a wonderful party hosted by our room parents, Mrs. Napolitano, Mrs.Modali and Mrs. Jairdullo. In spite of the surprise fire alarm during Stepping Stones, we were able to have lots of fun celebrating our year. The students enjoyed thread-the-needle with hula hoops, sponge races and a Frisbee tic-tac-toe. Finally, those ice pops tasted just like summer! Special thanks to Mrs. Napolitano for the party planning and coordination!
I received a generous gift and beautiful flowers from my dolphin families. I can only say thank you, but I mean so much more. Your kind words and gifts are very much appreciated. As the school year comes to a close, I want to thank you for 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 husband and daughters, visiting the beach and reading a book or two. I plan to attend a number of professional training classes to prepare for the next crop of first graders. Emails and notes are always a happy surprise, so my students are encouraged to contact me! I hope that you and yours enjoy these summer days ahead.
Getting better together!