Mrs. Dowling's Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents,

You can't imagine how excited I am about teaching your children ! We are going to have a great time in this class, and we are going to learn a great deal together.

When I say together, I mean all of us...your child, you and me! We will be working together as a team with a common goal. That goal is to educate and nurture your son or daughter. You see, I believe firmly that we all must work together if the children are to succeed. I can't do it alone; you can't do it alone; certainly the students can't do it alone.

Please be involved in your child's studies. Learn gerunds and participial phrases all over again along with them! The rewards for active participation in your child's education are hard to see on a day-to-day basis, but they will manifest themselves down the road, I assure you.

I pledge to you that I will do my utmost best for your child. I will work to make him or her a better person- more responsible, more caring, and more educated!

I pledge to you that I will work to the best of my ability to teach the subject so the your child will arrive at the other end of this year with a better understanding of the material. I pledge to care for your child while in the school so as to increase his or her self-worth. Each child is important to me. There are no losers in my room. True, there will be students that demonstrate behavior that is unacceptable, and we must deal with it. I will try to be fair and open about the problems, and I will let you know of any - if, and when they arise.

I pledge to keep you informed of all that is happening in my class. I will communicate through the class web site, the school website, e-mail, and texts so that you will know when your child has done something wonderful or something not so great. You will know what their homework assignments are, what work they are missing, what their current grade is. It is a wonderful way to keep up to date on the progress of your child. Please visit us often.

I pledge to be open to your communication. You may send e-mail, call the school, schedule a conference, or text with me using the number provided on the syllabus.

From all this, I hope that you have gotten the idea that I take my job seriously, and I want to do the best for your son or daughter while they are in my care. Let's work to make this a great year!

Laura Dowling