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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
I would like to begin by introducing myself. My name is Theresa Olivas and I am your child’s second grade teacher. This is my fourteenth year at Monte Vista Elementary and my sixteenth year with Murrieta Valley Unified School District. I have lived in Murrieta the past 27 years. I am the proud parent of three wonderful boys. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of your precious children.
I have tried to anticipate some questions and concerns in this letter and provide you with the necessary information. Please read this letter. If you have any additional questions please ask me at Back to School Night which is Wednesday August 15, at 5:30 and 6:00. I am very much aware that you are entrusting me with a precious young life. I will do my very best to make sure your child’s learning experience is creative, challenging, and comfortable. I promise to make this a safe loving environment in which to learn and grow.
Our Classroom will be a community of learners. Students, teachers, and parents can learn. Learning is life-long and requires thinking. The goal of education is independence. Each child is an individual who learns at their own rate.
Classroom rules and consequences will be developed among the class during the first week of school. If there is a problem following the rules the students’ will have to deal with the natural consequences of their actions. If the behavior persists parents will be contacted. My goal is to communicate with you any time a behavior interferes with learning or signals a deeper problem. Hopefully this will give you time to talk this over with your child and make better choices. I will encourage communication among students in the classroom when problems arise, misunderstandings etc. Role-play and communication are effective ways to let others know how you feel. This settles most conflicts before they become a problem.
This year our classroom will be a STEM focused classroom. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) I have recently received my STEM certificate, and am looking forward to engaging, fun, learning opportunities.
I try to open my classroom fifteen minutes early in the morning. I encourage and welcome students to come and spend some time in the classroom before school begins. It is a wonderful way to get to know each other in an unstructured environment. If you have any questions this is a great time to find me. (Please sign-in at the office.) If you have any questions e-mail and phone calls are always welcome.