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Welcome to C18

Dear 5th Grade Students,

     Welcome to our 5th grade classroom! I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning. This summer, I spent many days cleaning, organizing, and setting up our classroom. I can’t wait to see all of your work filling the empty bulletin boards.

     My family and I enjoyed a very busy summer, yet I still found time to spend with my kids, relax, read, and cycle nearly every day along The Tracks at Brea Trail. My summer began with a short trip to Paso Robles to attend Mrs. Noble’s wedding. My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful weekend with many other Fanning teachers. We all agreed that her wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever attended. Throughout the summer, my wife and I spent time with our son, daughter, and son-in-law doing various activities: museums, concerts, board games, and hiking. As summer comes to an end, my wife and I will send our son back to Washington state to start his junior year at University of Puget Sound. He will be sharing a house with other students while he attends classes and works on campus. I can think of no better way to end my summer than watching my son set off on his third year of college.

     In addition to teaching and spending time with my family, I love music. I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, talking about music, and most importantly, playing music. In fact, I became a teacher after performing as a musician for over fifteen years, and I bring that experience into the classroom. After all, music is math, language arts, science, and social studies all combined into one. You will soon discover that I have music playing in our classroom frequently.

     As I contemplate the school year, I think of all the books we will read, the ideas we will share, the projects we will create, and all the wonderful things that we don’t even know are wonderful yet. This reminds me of something Pablo Picasso said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Let’s make this a great year of learning.


     Mr. Pipes


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