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What a fabulous first day of school! I am so happy to meet all of you! :-)  Below is a copy of the Welcome Letter that I sent home today.  There's no homework except for the parents to please tell me about their child and send me email and contact information!  Have a great evening!

Dear Parents and Students,
WELCOME TO GRADE FIVE!  My name is Kathleen Overland (everyone calls me Kathe), and I am very excited about this coming school year.   Here’s a little bit about me: I’m from the USA and grew up in Washington State. I’ve lived in Taiwan with my husband and two kids since January 2017.  I’m passionate about teaching kids how to be lifelong learners that will use their knowledge to make the world a better place. My own educational journey includes my teaching credentials and Masters in Education from the University of Washington.  As for teaching experience, I’ve had the privilege of teaching at both public and private schools in a variety of grades. I look forward to getting to know all of you this coming year!
NEW AT DISK: Over the summer, DISK underwent some major changes. We have an amazing new computer lab, several Smart Boards, an Audio Visual room, new classroom computers and state of the art wiring throughout the school, etc... Plus, we have subscribed to some incredible online programs such as RAZ Kids for Reading, Mathletics for mathematics, and Encyclopedia Britannica for science and social studies research.   I am thrilled to see all of the opportunities these changes are providing for our learning!
GOOGLE CLASSROOM & BLOG:  With our increased technological capabilities, our Grade 5 class will switch to paperless notifications using Google Classroom. All of our homework assignments and reminders will be conveniently located in one place for easy viewing. All you have to do is accept the Google Classroom invitations that I send you.  In addition, we will use a classroom blog ( for sharing pictures and updates.  
PARENT & TEACHER COMMUNICATION:   Healthy communication between parents and teachers greatly supports students, and increases their learning. I intend to be in regular contact with you throughout the school year. To get started, I’d love to hear all about my new student. Please see the attached request for information, “A Million Words or Less,” and tell me all about your child!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime via email at if you have any questions or concerns!

Ms. Kathleen Overland
Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher
NOTE: In the past, DISK requested classroom funds from each student at the beginning of the year.  This year, instead of requesting funds, we are asking that parents make sure their child has all of the required school supplies throughout the school year.  See the list below for the supplies for Grade 5:
Pencil Case
containing the following:
  • pencils
  • erasers
  • pencil sharpener
  • blue/ black pen
  • black permanent marker
  • scissors
  • highlighter
Small basket/pouch/case containing the following:
  • 2 dry erase markers
  • glue stick
  • 1 long ruler
  • colored pencils or markers
  • 1 pack of post-its
  • Tissues
5-Spiral Bound,  Lined Notebooks, size A4.  They’re more expensive but should last all year.

1-Notebook with grid lines for math computation and math notes, size A4.

1-small notebook for journaling (can be any size)

2-Pocket Folders with at least 6 pockets. One is for carrying/filing work and study guides, one is for student portfolios
1 pair of quality headphones with a microphone (the microphone is essential for our literacy program)

1 small dry-erase whiteboard
1-water bottle and a healthy snack each day (no junk food, candy, soft drinks, chocolate, etc.), and a small personal towel for wiping wet or sweaty hands/faces.
For PE:  (Wed & Fri)  
an extra P.E. shirt to change into!
For Art Class:
1- A4 sized sketchbook  &  1-Art shirt or apron

  • Please review our updated Parent-Student Handbook! The last page of the student handbook must be signed by both parents and student and returned to school.
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (& Mass Days) students are to come to school in formal uniforms, per the dress code.  Wednesday and Fridays are sports uniforms. Every second Friday is Free Dress day.
  • School hours are 8:00am-3:30 pm with an elective program every Friday during ECA time, 2:45-3:30 pm.


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