Monthly Archives: September 2011

Getting to Know You Letter


August 31, 2011

Dear Students,

I am really looking forward to teaching you and learning with you this year.  This letter will serve as a model of your first writing assignment, the “Getting to Know You Letter.”  Please note: on this blog, I am not able to indent paragraphs.  You should indent your paragraphs when you write or type your letter; press “TAB” to indent if you’re typing.

I have several hobbies and interests outside of school that I’d like to share with you.  I love reading, and I belong to a book club that meets about once a month.  I also love yoga.  I practice as much as I can; it really helps me to stay focused and calm inside and outside of school.  If you haven’t tried yoga, you might consider asking your parents to help you find a class for kids or teens that you could try.  Middle school can be a stressful time, and anything that you can do to help yourself relax is wonderful.  I also enjoy running.  As I told you, I ran the Boston Marathon in 2009 and 2010.  I don’t run as much as I used to, but I still like to do it, especially in the fall along the Charles River, which is only two blocks from where I live.

I grew up with my parents and younger brother.  I feel lucky because I am very close to them, as well as to my extended family.  We did not have any pets growing up, but last year my brother brought home a cat that needed a home, and my parents adopted him.  His name is Walter; we call him Wally for short.  It took some time to get used to a cat, but now we adore him!

It’s hard to pick favorites, because I really like a lot of things, so I’m always changing my mind.  My favorite color is blue.  Blue is particularly special to me because it’s my husband’s favorite color as well, so that was the color of our wedding.  My current favorite flavor of ice cream is strawberry.  In fact, I just made it in my ice cream maker with fresh strawberries.  Delicious! I love too many books to choose a favorite, but right now I’m reading and loving Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett.  It follows several European and American characters living in Europe on the brink of World War I.  So far, I’ve met a Russian peasant family, a British Lord, a family of Welsh miners, and a German diplomat.  Their lives are all starting to intersect as historical events bring them together.  I love historical fiction because it helps me learn about history while I’m engaged in a novel.

This summer, I tutored two students and worked part-time as an administrative assistant.  I also got to read a lot of books and take several trips with my husband. We traveled all over New England exploring and seeing friends.   

My strengths are that I’m very organized and a hard worker.  I’m working on finding as many ways as possible to challenge and support you.  You can help me with this goal by being an excellent communicator.  If you can think of a way that you could be more challenged in class, let me know.  If you are feeling like you need more support, let me know.  Like all of your teachers, I am here to help you have the best possible sixth grade experience, but I can’t help you if you don’t tell me what you need.  I hope that each of you will stop by to chat regularly.

One other thing I’m looking forward to this year is finding new ways to make writing fun and exciting for you.  I want you to know that if you have ideas for writing projects, please come and tell me. I feel privileged to get to work with each of you.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Your teacher,

Mrs. Lockwood