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From M.E. to You with Love and Excitement!

August 22, 2019

Wow!  It's already here!  The week before third grade!  I am so pumped to get this year going!!  I hope you all had a summer full of fun, rest, rejuvenation and adventure.


I'm so excited that I just couldn't resist the urge to reach out!  So excited that I already made a typo in my email!  Oops!  It's just there as a reminder that I'm not perfect, but I am passionate!!  I cannot wait to get to know your child and your family this year!  


This blog, even though I still haven't found a liking for the word blog, is my weekly communication with families.  I do my best to post on Sunday evenings and give a little 411 about the happenings in our class. There is a comment section, but the best way to connect with me if you do have a question or comment is to just email me at


This upcoming week in third grade is all about getting our systems and routines established.  We have TWO new students in our class and technically everyone is new to our class, so there is a lot of norms and expectations to be established from the jump.


There will be a packet of info coming home on Monday or Tuesday for you to look over.  This will include info on academics, our upcoming FIELD TRIP TO GOTHIC/RMBL ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH, and more.  


For those of you that don't know me, here's a little Top Ten Things About Melissa, Dave Letterman-Style:


10.  This is me and my mullet in third grade when I decided to be a third grade teacher. This picture is on display in my classroom to always remind me of what it was like to be a kid.  My students love this photo and often ask if I was wearing a wig that day!!


9.  I moved to Crested Butte from Michigan 18 years ago.  For more on that journey click here to read my profile from Crested Butte News.


8.  This is my eleventh year of teaching at CBES which means my first class of third graders were seniors last year!! I can't believe that!  I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing school and community. We are so lucky!  


7. I have a great sense of humor, love of fun and love of tender moments.  All of these have their place in my class.  In third grade, we know when to not take ourselves too seriously and when it's time to get down to business.  And yes, I can be sap from time to time!


6.  I place a high value on academics and school, but not on homework.  I feel that students deserve time at home to just be a kid, play outside, and enjoy family time.  That said, I do assign a minimum of 20 minutes of reading each school night.  This can be family read alouds, independent reading, or sibling partner reading.  IF you are a family that wants more homework, no judgement, there are links on my class website to online math, typing and reading practice and I'm happy to provide additional materials if you require them.


5.  Random fact: As much as I wish I liked to, I don't often like to wear jewelry.  


4.  I love winter! My favorite all time winter activity is skinning up the mountain before school.  It feels amazing skiing down as the sun is rising knowing that I kicked off my day with an amazing workout in nature.  Plus, it's the only time I get treated like an uber athlete in this town as the kids think it's amazing that I've already been skiing before 8:30 a.m.!


3.  I'm open to seeing things differently.  While I am thoughtful in what I do, and why and how I do it, I know there is more than one...or ten...or more, ways to see things.  


2.  This summer was HUGE for me.  I took on 150 graduate credit hours and learned a TON.  Isn't it amazing how much more you can get done when you're "busy"?  I don't know if that's true for all, but it was definitely true for me.  This feat has enriched me both personally and professionally.  I have to say, coming into my eleventh year, I have never felt so organized, so excited and so on my game! And don't worry, I still managed to squeeze in time to hike and play in the mountains!!


1.  I've spent the last few weeks prepping our classroom and every time I wrote your child's name on a book box, cubby, class list, roster  (You get the idea. I wrote it a lot.)  I sent a little wish/love/prayer/gratitude to them and you that we have a wonderful year together.  See, there's that sap I was telling you about.


Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I am thrilled about tomorrow and all the days that follow.  With all this excitement, I hope we all get a good nights' rests and truly enjoy these fleeting summer days!  


Hooray for 2019-2020 School Year!



(Melissa Essig)

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