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July 24, 2013 Dear Parents, As the summer is drawing to a close, its time to start thinking about school

again. I hope you have had a restful, enjoyable break so far. As much as I love summer, Im looking forward to August 13, the first day of school. Theres just something to be said about being in a routine. This will be my 21st year teaching in Nixa. Im not sure where the time has gone, but it has passed quickly. My oldest son, JT, started first grade at Mathews the year it opened and will be teaching at the high school this year. My youngest son, Kyle, attended all five years at Mathews and will be a freshman at MSU this fall. JT just returned from working with orphaned boys in Africa for six weeks, and Kyle is still working at Camp Barnabas, a camp for people with special needs. Im proud of both of them, but its hard to go weeks without seeing your kids. Speaking of growing up, 4th graders still love to see parents at lunchtime. Make plans now to eat lunch with your child a time or two before he/she gets too big. Our lunchtime is 11:2311:48 each day. Ill let you know if that changes. Id love to meet you and your child before school begins. Students are invited to drop off school supplies on Thursday, August 8, from 10:30-11:30 am. This is an informal meet-and-greet time and a wonderful chance for students to become familiar with their new classroom surroundings. (Our classroom will be following the 4th grade eMINTS supply list because we have 12 student computers in the classroom.) Parent Orientation is the same date but in the evening. Its on Thursday, August 8, from 7-7:45 pm. During this meeting, youll get a glimpse of what 4th grade looks like, my teaching style, and classroom expectations. This is one meeting you wont want to miss. Its for parents/guardians only, and childcare will not be provided. Now is a good time to start reviewing multiplication facts and reading aloud at home. For some of you, this has been routine all summer, but I know how summer goes. Im looking forward to meeting you and your child. Working together,

Cheryl Dick