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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Hello!  My name is Michelle Ketendjian, and I am happy to have your child in my fourth grade class this year until Ms. Dimataris returns in January.  I’d like to begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I have been in the education field for many years. My first teaching position was in East Orange.  I taught there for four years until I went on maternity leave. Subsequently, I took six years off to raise my daughter. Once she started school, I returned to pursue my passion of teaching, working in Ramsey as a maternity leave teacher.  I served on various committees in Ramsey to promote kindness and the effort to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness throughout the community. All of these experiences have resulted in me to be the finest teacher I can be.

I have always loved teaching and can’t wait to share my passion with your child.  I am dedicated to providing a safe and cooperative learning environment that allows all students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  My classroom is a work-oriented environment, where students are self-motivated and able to freely communicate their ideas. My overall goal is to build students’ independence, communication skills, critical thinking, and confidence. 

I feel that providing a safe and nurturing environment is the responsibility of all classroom participants.  Therefore, I have high expectations of myself, as well as my students. I have no doubt that with hard work, patience and your support we can have a successful year, learn from one another, and have fun in the process.

I look forward to great school year and appreciate your cooperation and support.  You can follow our class on Twitter @MKetendjian. I will post photos and updates about the exciting events that are happening in our class.  

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.  


Sincerely,

Michelle Ketendjian

Fourth Grade Teacher

Northvale Public School

ketendjianm@nvnet.org

(201)786-8484 Ext: 30353

"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest 

intention." -Oscar Wilde