Welcome to the best school year of your life! While it is going to be a new experience for all of us, it is a fabulous opportunity for us to grow, try new things, and learn from and care for one another. We can all be heroes on this journey together!
Let me give you a brief introduction, since some of you may not know me. I’m Mrs. Langley and I absolutely LOVE teaching fifth grade and working with fifth graders. This is my 29th year teaching and my 22nd year teaching fifth grade here at West Mercer. Both Mr. Langley and I are HUGE Sounders fans, do-it-yourself home improvement project advocates, Destination Imagination supporters, and teachers – he teaches fifth grade in Seattle. Outside of school, I spend much of my time coaching Destination Imagination teams and working with the Children of the American Revolution. We have a son named Tyler who is a junior at MIHS. He is really into VR games, Minecraft, computer coding, Destination Imagination and otters. We are all serious Disney fans – you may have seen our holiday inflatable display, my Disney-inspired wardrobe, and my constant desire to visit our home away from home, Disney World!
Since it is hard to keep track of all of our pets, I will give you a quick run-down. We have three dogs: Kasey (10), Brandy (8) and Blue (2) who just happen to be the best pups in the world. Kasey is the black and white border collie and is always active. Brandy, as you can see from the photo, is a bit troublesome, as most Irish Setters tend to be. Last, but not least, comes our adorable golden retriever, Blue. He and Tyler are best buddies and do everything together. That covers my fun and busy furry family.
As a fifth grader, this year is going to be exciting and memorable. We will be in the physical classroom practicing Covid-19 safety protocols. Flexibility, support, patience and grace will carry us through the year. It will be important that we all work together and create a supportive, welcoming classroom environment.
You will have numerous privileges and responsibilities unique to fifth grade. They may look a little different from previous years. Regardless of the circumstances, you are a fifth grader and will be treated as one! You are going to be a leader of the school, as you also seriously prepare yourself for middle school at the same time. We will be working hard, learning new things, taking some risks, and having a lot of fun. You will find that I strive to make learning fun and meaningful; therefore, you will engage in several historical simulation games, self-select literature at your individual reading level, focus on skills to improve your own writing, engage in exciting and messy science experiments, and dig deeply into mathematical thinking through purposeful math talk and practices. Throughout these and other activities, you will be using technology as a tool to help you learn. It will be a tremendous year!
I eagerly anticipate having you in my class and the start of the new school year. We will have the supplies and resources that you will need available on the first day of school. I look forward to meeting with you and your family at the open house on Tuesday, August 31st from 3 to 4 PM. This school year may just happen to be the BEST year of your life!