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WELCOME BACK LETTER
Dear Third Grade Student,
Happy summer! I hope you have been having a wonderful time hanging out with your family and friends and enjoying this hot weather. My name is Ginger Oostdyk, and I will be your third grade teacher this year at HCA. I am so excited that you will be in my class!
I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, (yes, there really IS a Kalamazoo!) but have lived in the Elgin area for 20 years. I’ve been married for 20 years and have 3 kids: Rachel, who will be a senior at HCA, Jacob, who will be a freshman this year, and Joshua who will be in 5th grade. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, and serving at church. I love to travel and look forward to sharing some of my adventures with you. My family and I took a trip to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point is an amusement part like Great America. I rode a roller coaster that goes 120 miles per hour! My husband and I also went zip lining and snorkeling in the Dominican Republic. What adventures did you have? I can’t wait to hear all about them!
Third grade is a special year! We will have tons of fun learning about science, influential people in our nation’s history, and the life of Jesus. We will also read lots of fascinating stories, solve challenging math problems, and even go on some field trips! I cannot wait to get started! I hope to see you at our Meet the Teacher Day on August 15th between 10:30 and 11:30. The picnic starts at 11:30. I am praying for a great year of learning and new friendships!