Dear Parents and Students, by 6Rpdl3


									Dear Parents and Students,

          Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year! My name is Tabitha Aragon and I will be your student’s 6th grade teacher
for the year. In this letter I would like to share with you a bit about myself and what the school year will bring.
          This is my second year at Carson and my seventh year of teaching .I am originally from Wyoming. I moved out
here when I was a junior in high school. Most of my family still lives in Wyoming. I graduated from Rogers High School in
2000 and from Central Washington University in 2005. I completed my Professional Certification through Pacific Lutheran
University 3 years ago. I also have a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading,
traveling, photography, and most of all scrapbooking. I will be celebrating my 4th anniversary with my husband, Michael.
Michael and I recently had our first baby in March. Her name is Stella Rosalie after my grandma (her middle name). She is
such a joy and we love her more than anything.  We also have a 4 year old English bulldog named Lola. She is the best
dog and our pride and joy. The students will get to know both Lola and Stella through my many pictures 
           Every year I think about the overall picture of the school year and the role that you play in your student’s
education. After thinking about what is important, communication is always number one. It is so important for us to all be
on the same page about all that happens in class. I will be sending home a weekly newsletter via email on Friday’s. If you
do not have email, I will send a hard copy home in your child’s Friday Folder. The Friday Folder will contain important
information with regards to upcoming events, dates, and times, and papers that may need to be signed and returned. I will
also maintain a classroom website. It is called a SWIFT website. On the website parents and students will be able to
access all important dates on a calendar, all homework assignments, and documents that they may need, and much more.
Please look for more information that will be made available to you shortly. If you have access to the internet, I have found
that it has been an incredible resource tool for both parents and students. When it comes to issues with students that may
arise in the classroom etc., I will be the first one to contact you. It is so important that we keep in constant contact. I have
nothing but your student’s best interests at heart. I also want you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns
about your student. You may contact me either by phone or email (email is the best way).
          When it comes to overall goals for the students, the biggest one that comes to mind is their success as they come
closer to entering junior high. Throughout the entire year, we will focus on study habits, staying organized, and many more
skills that are required for a successful first year of junior high. Included in those skills, and one of the most important
responsibilities, is homework. What I try to indicate to both students and parents is that there is ample time in class to
complete assignments. The issue that I find is whether or not students choose to use their time wisely. My philosophy is to
only assign homework if it is relevant to what we are doing in class. It will never be given as busy work. I expect students
to bring in homework when it is due. Students will be keeping track of their assignments in a planner that we will go over
each day. The assignments are also available on my SWIFT website. I respect everyone’s time, and therefore I
understand that families are busy, however I also want to stress that homework is a part of the school day.
          As far as academics are concerned, please know that you will be receiving a 6th grade handbook. This will outline
the curriculum for the year a bit more in depth. Just to give you a quick overview, Mrs. Bofa (C3) will be teaching math, Ms.
Lee (C2) will be teaching Social Studies, Spelling and Grammar, and I will be teaching Reading. Please see the notes
below from Mrs. Bofa and Ms. Lee. I am so glad to be back at Carson and I am looking forward to a fantastic year!

Mrs. Aragon
A note from Mrs. Bofa

Greetings from Cottage 3! I am thrilled to be teaching your student math this year. This is my
first year teaching at Carson, but I have taught several years in the district at Firgrove,
Northwood, Sunrise and Woodland Elementary. The sixth grade math curriculum is different
from the Bridges curriculum your child saw last year in fifth grade. Our curriculum,
Connected Mathematics Project, is the curriculum used at the sixth, seventh and eighth
grade level in our district. In my classroom, students will be expected to have a 1-1 ½ inch
binder that they use just for math. We will set these binders up in class the first full week of
school. Students can expect to consistently see two types of classwork/homework in their
math class. Both of which have potential to be finished in class, but any unfinished work
should be finished at home for the next day. I will see your student Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, and Friday. Expect to see a basic facts review sheet called “Drops in a Bucket” as
classwork/homework every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Also expect to see practice
problems most days from our math books that should be used to review and identify
understanding. My expectation is that students attempt and try each homework problem. I use
homework to see where students are struggling or understanding. Students will be held
accountable for all missing work. Please see your child’s planner and their weekly report to find
more out about their assignments. Mrs. Aragon, Ms. Lee, and I will all be using a clip chart
behavior system. Students will see consistency in all 3 rooms. More information will be included
in the 6th Grade Handbook in the near future. If you have any questions, please feel free to
call and leave a message or contact me via email. Email is usually the best way.

-Mrs. Bofa

A note from Ms. Lee

I begin with a warm welcome to the 2012-13 school year and to 6th grade, your final year of elementary
school. My name is Kelley Lee and I am new to Carson and the 6th grade team this year, but this is my
ninth year of teaching within the Puyallup School District. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English
from St. Olaf College, and I earned my teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Pacific
Lutheran University. I have also earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from Seattle University, and my
Administrative Certificate in Education from the University of Washington. I have also completed my
National Board Certification in teaching as a Middle Childhood Generalist, which covers all subjects for
children ages 8-12 years of age.

If you need to reach me, the easiest way is probably via email at:, or you’re
welcome to call me here at Carson at (253) 840-8808. I look forward to getting to know each of you.
Most of all, I am excited to see the growth and maturing your 6th grader will experience over the course of
this school year. In partnership with you, I will do my best to nurture, challenge and teach your son or
daughter this year with the end goal of nothing but excellent preparation and readiness for Junior High
School. Carson Coyotes succeed every day!

Warmest Regards,

Kelley Lee- 6th Grade/ C2

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