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Kristen Ingamells

Welcome to 5th Grade in Room 102 - AUGUST 2019

Dear Parents,


Welcome to fifth grade at Vista Grande!  I hope your family had a wonderful summer and is ready for a great year.  I am excited to work with your child this year. My goal is to work as a team with you to make this a year of discovery, positive experiences, and academic and social growth for your child.


Fifth grade is full of new adventures.  You may have heard that 5th graders at Vista Grande rotate to different classrooms for some of their core subjects to help prepare them for middle school.  This year students will start their day off with me for opening activities and reading instruction. Then they will move to Ms. Petersen’s classroom for writing instruction.  Following writing, they will move to Mrs. McGovern’s classroom for math. They will return to our classroom, room 102, for all other subjects and activities. As in previous grades, our students are fortunate to receive excellent instruction in P.E., science, art, music, and computers.  In addition, we are fortunate to have 32 Chromebooks in our classrooms to use daily. Some students also choose to join band, run VGTV, volunteer for school or class jobs, work as crossing guards, or run for Student Body. All of these activities will provide your child with opportunities to grow and discover his or her skills and strengths.


In order to ensure our classroom has a positive and safe environment, we will spend a lot of time building our classroom community this first month.  Feeling comfortable with one another, building relationships, learning classroom procedures, and understanding expectations are a huge part of a successful classroom. These first few weeks we will also be reviewing the Vista Grande Code of Ethics and the Six Pillars of Character that we practice daily at Vista Grande: respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, fairness, and citizenship.  Ask your child to recite the VG Code of Ethics and discuss these life skills with you. Your kiddos are sure to be tired these first few weeks as they build up their stamina for school again. Getting enough sleep, eating a good breakfast, and bringing a healthy snack to eat at break are important. I promise they will adjust to the rigor of 5th grade.


I look forward to meeting you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 21th at 6:00 P.M.  I will provide you with additional information at that time.  If you have any questions before then, you may contact me. The best way to get a hold of me is by email.  You can also talk to me by stopping by before or after school, sending a note, or by calling the office.  


Please take a few moments to answer the questions on both sides of the attached page to introduce your child to me. You may return it in an envelope or send it to me electronically if you prefer.  I’d love to get these back by the end of the week so that I can have more information about your child. Again, welcome to Room 102! I feel very lucky and blessed to be your child’s teacher and to be doing what I love in this beautiful community.  I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!



Kristen Ingamells

(925) 314-1000