Hi! This will be my first year teaching and I am hired as a 4th grade gifted classroom teacher. Writing a "beginning of the year letter" to parents when I was an intern wasn't too hard, because all I had to say was what university I was going to, and how I was going to be co-teaching with my mentor teacher. But now that this will be my first year being the "teacher" of a classroom, I am totally lost on what I should write on the letter that will be handed out on the open house day. Well, I'm lost because I have no experience in teaching other than the internship experience (and some volunteering experiences/ tutoring, but not in the county), and am not sure what I should include. On the bottom is what I have written so far. What are your thoughts about it? How does it sound? What should I add or what should I get rid of? Please help me Knowing that I could possibly have high demanding parents, I want to make sure this doesn't sound like I'm a newbie who doesn't know how to do anything (which's actually true, but I would at least like to let the parents know that I'll try my best). Oh before getting started, I have a question. Should the audience be the students? Or the parents? I’m Ms.__________! I can’t express how excited I am to be your teacher this year! I hope you had a great summer break. We will have such a great year together and I would like to start off by letting you know a little about me. I was born in ___(foreign country) , and I moved to ___(my state) when I was in 7th grade. I went to (Name of my University) to get both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, in Curriculum and Instructions for Elementary Education. I have completed student teaching in a fourth grade classroom, and have other experiences in working with fourth grade students as well. I am truly thrilled to work with fourth graders again this year! (* or is it better to say “I am so excited that I get to be a fourth grade teacher for my first year teaching!" ?) There is so much that I’m looking forward to this year! I look forward to working together to support achieve desired goals for each of you. Favorite Things: I will list some of my favorite things How does it sound? I'm so frustrated by this little thing. Am I just overthinking? Also, if there are anything I might need to prepare before the beginning of the school year, please do give me advices. Thank you!