September Welcome Letter

Dear Fourth Grader,

I am thrilled to be welcoming you to fourth grade! I hope this letter finds you enjoying the last few weeks of summer. September 4, 2018 will be the start of a great new academic and social experience. We will have a fantastic year together!  I have many exciting activities and projects planned for this year.  I would like you spend some time over these next couple of weeks thinking about how we can help make fourth grade a wonderful year for you.  What will your goals be? How can we work together to achieve them? These are some year long conversations that will begin when you arrive in September. Our learning experiences and reflections will be our guides to an enriching year.

My summer has been filled with trips to Cape Cod and Nantucket. More importantly, I have been spending the last few weeks setting up the classroom to make sure everything is ready for your arrival and that this will be the best class year ever.

I am the oldest of three children. We all have the same initials.  In fact, a teacher at the high school used to refer to us as the Double A’s. I love to read, especially, the new Newbury Award winners.  A few of my favorite authors are Patricia Polacco, Sharon Creech, Roald Dahl, Lisa Graff, Pam Munoz Ryan, and Kate DiCamillo.

It is not my intent to burden you in any way in these last few weeks of vacation, but I would love to know more about you before we start school.  Therefore, I have a short assignment for you.  Please write me a short letter about yourself.  The letter can include your likes, dislikes, what you are looking forward to most in this school year, any concerns you have for the upcoming year, and any interesting experiences from the summer you would like to share with me.  Please bring this letter to class during the first week of school.

On the first day of school, please bring in a few books (2-3) that you have read this summer.  Also, please bring in TWO current pictures of yourself.  I cannot wait to meet all of you!

These are the school supplies you will need if you have not ordered a PTA supply box:

5 – Mead black & White wide ruled composition notebook

5 – small glue sticks

1 – 12 ct. Crayola colored pencils

1 – 8 ct. Crayola twistable crayons

1 – 8 ct. Crayola washable markers (broad tip)

1 – 8 ct. Crayola washable markers (fine tip)

3 – 10 ct. Ticonderoga sharpened #2 pencils

1 – Sanford White magic rub eraser

1 – 3×3 Post-It Notes

1 – 3×3 lined Post-It Notes

1 – Heavy duty blue portfolio w/2 horizontal pockets

1 – 35 ct. Clorox disinfecting wipes

1 – protractor

2- Fine Point Black Sharpies

1- Prang Watercolors 16 Color Set



All the best,

Mrs. Rickard