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    Dear parents and students,

    Welcome to our class and 5th grade at W.B. Wicker Elementary. I am very excited about our year ahead.  I anticipate a great year filled with explorations and accomplishments.  It will be a year of learning and growth as students, teachers, and parents work together as a team to create the best possible experience for each student individually and our class as a whole.  Our classroom community will be grounded in mutual respect, a comfortable environment that invites all questions, and a passion to make learning a life-long adventure.

    Please allow me to introduce myself.  I began pursuing a career in Library and Information Technology at Central Carolina Community College, in Sanford, North Carolina.  Afterwards, I received a teaching License and a Bachelor's degree at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.   I thoroughly enjoy seeing students put their creativity to use while taking their writing to new heights.  I have been fortunate to teach all grades from Kindergarten, 1st, to 2nd, 3rd, and now 5th.  Previously, I taught second grade for two years at W.B Wicker.  I have also been a K-1 teacher's assistant and a bus driver. I enjoy the thrill of facilitating students in their learning process.  This is my fourth year in the Lee County School District and I am extremely excited to be teaching fifth grade.

    In my free time, I enjoy reading, shopping  and spending time with my husband and 4 girls ages 1,2,3 and 5.  Traveling is also a pastime I enjoy immensely.   I enjoy sharing with students my experiences, photos and knowledge of the various places I have visited.

    In the weeks and months ahead, we will experience mathematics hands-on, investigate the world of science, discover our nation’s history, delve into our imaginations through literature, and much more.  Our class website will keep you and your child connected and informed about what’s going on in our classroom.  On it, you will find features such as class updates, printable homework assignments, student links, and a class calendar.  It is a valuable tool that you should access on a regular basis during the school year.  Our class website is: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MzgxOTU0MDYzNDg1 .  The best way to contact me is by email, at sbitere.wbw@lee.k12.nc.us.  

    Please write me a letter telling me about your child.  You may choose to include his or her personality traits, hobbies, interests, favorite activities, learning styles, learning goals for fifth grade, or any other background information which will help make this a fun and successful year together.  Please have this letter to me on or before Friday, September 2, 2020.  

    Finally, please note the supply list below.  Students must bring each item to school by Friday, September 2, 2020.  I look forward to a great year together!

    For the love of learning,

    Sophia Bitére

     

    5th Grade School Supply List

    Mrs. Bitére’s Class 

    These supplies will enable you to be an organized, prepared student for the upcoming year.  We will provide markers, colored pencils, crayons, hi-lighters, scissors, rulers etc.  Please do not bring materials not listed here for the sake of room in your desk. 

    • (1)  3-ring binder (1 1/2 inch width) with 6 tab dividers in it.  Please write these subjects on the tabs in the following order: “Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and Other.”  Keep “8 1/2 X 11 inch college ruled paper” in the front of your binder.  Refill your binder at home as necessary.  Your binder must fit inside of your desk, or under your chair.  Please do not purchase a cloth binder, because they take up too much room.
    • ONE pencil box (Must fit in the top part of the student’s desk.)
    • (12) pencils or mechanical pencils
    • (1)  Handheld pencil sharpener (With built-in container for shavings)
    • (2)  Erasers
    • Headphones (to be used for Netbooks)
    • (1)  8 1/2 X 11 inch college ruled spiral-bound notebook with 70 sheets or more

     Optional:

    Classroom Items to be Donated to the Class

    Ø   Pencils

    Ø    2 Kleenex boxes

    Ø    Clorox disinfectant wipes

    Ø    Black or colored Sharpie pens

    Ø    Dry erase markers