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Mrs. Kate LaBarbera


Dear Room 4 Families,

            As your child’s classroom teacher, I would like to welcome you to the opening of this very exciting year!  I am so excited to back for another year at this fabulous school. 

I am sure that as the year gets under way you will have many questions about the year’s programs, procedures, and expectations. For that reason, Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday August 26th at 6:00 in our classroom. Should you have any concerns before that date, please feel free to leave a message on my voicemail (356-1141 ) or email me at

            We will have a color theme for the next two weeks.  Please check your child’s homework to see what color each day will be.  Students may want to wear the color of the day.

            Please send your child to school well rested, with a nourishing breakfast, and with clothes and shoes (Velcro is great for kids who can not tie yet) for hard work and play.  It is a long morning so please send a healthy snack, too.  We will be having sharing and homework.  Both will be modeled and practiced at school several times before your child is expected to do them on his/her own.  Explanations will be sent home soon.

            The first few weeks will be a review.  This is an ideal time to emphasize neatness and form and to develop good habits.  Please don’t be alarmed to see “easy” work.  Work will be progressively harder as the year goes on.  

            We will be enjoying two field trips this year.  We will collect money and fill out permission slips at a later time.  

            After a few weeks of school I will offer a chance to sign up to help our room.  I love having parents in the room.  I could use help with many tasks the first few weeks.  Most of these tasks are not exciting but I could really use some extra hands.  If you are available and willing please see me as soon a possible.  We could also us some supplies.  I will put Post Its up on the door with items that are needed.  Please take the Post It if you can provide that item.  In the future I will post these items online.  If anyone can help get our class website started please let me know.

            Room 4 and Carlton School are very special to us all.  I hope that you find time each day to ask your child specific questions about school and his or her day.  There is so much to share.  I look forward to seeing you here and joining us in our many activities!


 Kate LaBarbera