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Dear Families,

I have the pleasure of teaching Visual Art to all students, in grades K-5 at Balliet Elementary School. I want to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome into my classroom. I am very excited about working with your child!

My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it. I believe in hands-on experiences and learning in creative ways, both individually and in groups. It is my goal to guide students as a community of learners, who are dedicated to working hard and having fun. Students make progress through honoring an atmosphere of respect, responsibility, and safety. I want all students to feel confident that they can apply what they have learned in art class to real-life situations, to develop an appreciation for the arts and to understand the reciprocal impact the arts have on them and they have on the arts.

I will introduce your child to a variety of art materials, styles, histories and cultures. Connections will be made with math, language arts and science topics when appropriate. In addition, many skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will be reinforced within lessons.

Art classes meet two times a week. Activities are structured such that students are provided sufficient time to complete their work during their scheduled class.

Collaboration, cooperation, and open communication between home and school are keys to building a strong foundation for a successful school year. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I can be reached through the main office (413) 787-7339, via e-mail ([email protected]) and Class Dojo. If you would like to talk in person, I am available to schedule appointments after school.

Sincerely yours,

Ms. Upperton
Art Teacher


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