June 27, 2015

Dear Parents,
Welcome to 4th grade! I hope you have had a restful, enjoyable summer break so far. As
much as I love summer, I’m looking forward to August 12, the first day of school. There’s just
something to be said about being in a routine.
This will be my 23nd year teaching in Nixa. I’m not sure where the time has gone, but it
has passed quickly. My husband, Jack, works for City Utilities. We enjoy spending time with
family, travel, and anything that has to do with the great outdoors. Our oldest son, JT, started
first grade at Mathews the year it opened and will be 26 this summer. He’s a youth pastor at
Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church in Springfield, MO. His fiancé, Kali, works in marketing at
Bass Pro. They are getting married on September 5. Our youngest son, Kyle, attended all five
years at Mathews and will be a junior at MSU this fall. He’s studying Conservation Management.
His wife, Madison, is also at MSU. She’s studying Global Studies. It seems like just yesterday
the boys were running the halls of this school. Time passes too quickly.
I know how important it is to focus on the important things in life. You’ll find I’m very
flexible and want the best for your child. Teachers have to empower students to become
productive adults. I don’t want to scare you, but in about eight years, your child may be making
all of his/her own decisions. 4th grade is a good time to begin, and for some of you continue, to
add responsibility and decision making to your child. Let’s partner to make this the best year
I’d love to meet you and your child before school begins. Students are invited to drop off
school supplies on Monday, August 10, from 9:00-11:00 am. This is an informal meet-and-greet
time and a wonderful chance for students to become familiar with their new classroom
Parent Orientation is the same date but in the evening. It’s on Monday, August 10, from
7-7:45 pm. During this meeting, you’ll get a glimpse of what 4th grade looks like, my teaching
style, and classroom expectations. This is one meeting you won’t want to miss. It’s 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. I’m looking
forward to meeting you and your child.
Working together,
Mrs. Cheryl Dick, M.Ed.