Welcome to Second Grade!
Mrs. Pipitone, Mrs. Vines, and Mrs. Benton
Grant D. Morse Elementary - Room 11
It was such a pleasure to spend the day with your child and we had a wonderful first day! We hope this letter will answer some questions that you may have about the school year that we have begun.
Information About Me
My name is Patricia (Luz) Pipitone. I graduated from Manhattanville College in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have been teaching for 14 years. My career began with assignments teaching grades 3 through 5 in the NYC Public School System and I came to Saugerties 10 years ago. I do feel you should know that I am extremely excited to be here because I was a student of Grant D. Morse many years ago. I graduated from Saugerties High School. My dream was to teach at this wonderful school and I am excited that my son has attended Grant D. Morse. I love teaching children and I have deep personal interests in science and math. I personally have or have had birds, dogs, cats, turtles, salamanders, newts, geckos, anoles, frogs, and toads. I enjoy the experiences that having pets can bring children and we will have some fish and amphibians in our room.
Information About Mrs. Vines – Teaching Assistant
I have been a lifelong Hudson Valley resident. Growing up, I knew that I wanted to work in the school system after interacting with my second grade teacher. She was my favorite teacher - someone I always wanted to emulate. I studied Elementary Education and Communications at Ulster County Community College and SUNY New Paltz. I was fortunate to do my student teaching here, at Grant D. Morse, in 1998. I have worked in multiple school districts (substitute teaching and interpreting sign language) many years ago. My oldest daughter is starting second grade at Riccardi Elementary School and my youngest is three years old. They certainly keep me busy!! I have greatly enjoyed my time here at Morse and look forward to being an integral part in the development of this class. The memories and lessons we learn this year will last a lifetime!!!
Information About Mrs. Benton – Teaching Assistant
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We believe in having a strong relationship with parents to facilitate a successful school year with our students. We will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, newsletters, report cards, and parent-teacher conferences. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your child. You can call me at the school (246-6989), send me a note, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that our class web page will also have useful links and information, as well as pictures of class activities.
We are looking forward to an exciting and fun filled year with your child. Having small children of my own, I know how quickly children grow in all areas of their life. My assistants and I are fortunate to be joining you in experiencing the positive changes and growth of your child. We have enjoyed school and we continue to enjoy gaining knowledge. We will strive to facilitate interest and to encourage your child to love school as much as we do!