Dear Parents,It's that time again. The 2019-2020 academic school year has begun. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting our new families as well. My name is Valerie Skarbek and I have been teaching at Highlands for sixteen years. I have taught various grades, however, I have been teaching 5th grade for the last twelve years.I realize that teaching your child is tremendous responsibility and I will do my best to ensure that each student has a safe and motivating learning experience in this upcoming year. However, I cannot do this without the help of you, the parents. We are partners in the learning process. With your help we will have a classroom of scholars, athletes, musicians and/or actors.I believe that parent-teacher relationships are necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with parents through notes, telephone calls, emails, report cards and parent teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school 708-335-9773 ext. 2517 or contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org.