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Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year at Arlene Bitely Elementary.  I am delighted to have your child in my classroom this year and look forward to sharing the school year together with him/her.  As a teacher, I will endeavor to create an educational partnership with you and your child that will foster courage, determination, and passion for knowledge.  In addition to this, my commitment as an educator will be to provide your student with a nurturing and challenging educational environment that will ensure his/her academic success in 5th grade.
Since the curriculum in 5th grade is very diverse and challenging, homework will be an important reinforcement tool to help students achieve mastery with the Common Core Standards.  Homework will be assigned to your son/daughter every evening, Monday through Friday.  It will reinforce concepts already discussed in class and always be a natural extension of their class coursework.  Many homework assignments will require your student to study at home.  When studying at home, students should have a quiet, distraction-free environment.  Throughout the school year, your son/daughter will also be responsible for various assignments that may require a commitment of time on his/her weekend to complete, however, these occasions will be limited and you will be given advanced notice of when they will be assigned and when they will be due to the classroom. 

Through our strong partnership, I will ensure that our common goal to have your son/daughter reach his/her full potential with the standards will be realized. Please look for future communications regarding behavior policies, classroom rewards and consequences, grading procedures, and daily schedules. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you in advance for both your support and partnership for the upcoming school year. You can reach me at 626-307-3318 or [email protected]

Sincerely, Ms. Barajas
5th Grade Teacher