Dear 5th Graders,
Congratulations to the class of 2021! I am incredibly proud of each and every one of you. This was my first year at Mason-Rice, and what a year it was! The resilience and optimism that you demonstrated every day as we learned in Google Classroom, on Zoom, six-feet-apart, and with masks, continues to inspire me. Throughout all of the challenges and changes, we became a true classroom community. I know that you will always look out for one another, and remember the team of 5W, in all the adventures that lie ahead.
I know that you have the skills and knowledge ready to take on life outside of Mason-Rice. As we learned in math, remember that there are often multiple ways to approach a problem. Choose what works best for you! With our Boxes and Bullets writing plans, I hope that you remember that with a solid foundation, you are set up for success. In our Resilience and Survival Unit, we had multiple discussions where we analyzed characters who “lifted others up” in times of particular challenge. In all that you do, I hope that you always strive to be like one of these characters.
As I look around the room, I smile as I look at your perspective comic strips, flash drafts, and book group books that reflect your effective effort, love of learning, and individual talent. Remember that what you put into something, is what you will get in return. Above all else, remember to always cherish what makes you, YOU. Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with us this school year. I wish you all the best in middle school and beyond. I hope that you come back to visit often!
Off you go, 5W! Amazing things are ahead of you and I will always be cheering you on.