2 The upper elementary grades present new opportunities and challenges for both students and parents. Moving from the primary grades to the upper elementary grades may not be as big a transition as going to middle school, but it’s still a tran- sition. In the upper elementary grades, students have more homework, the coursework is more difficult, and students are expected to be more independent, more focused, and more responsible. During these years, students’ attitudes toward family, peers, and school are being established. Students are becoming more aware of their skills and abilities, and they are beginning to see themselves as learners in terms of their competence, confidence, and worth. Moving into the upper elementary grades is not only a transition period for students, it’s also a time of transition for parents.Your child is growing and changing, and you can see your child’s focus shifting from family to friends. During the next several years, it’s very important for you to be involved in your child’s life. Make sure that your child is doing well in school, making good choices and decisions, and involved in healthy activities. Keep the lines of communica- tion open, and let your child know that you’re there to help with any problems or concerns he/she may have. Most importantly, provide your child with guidance, encouragement, love, and support. “The upper elementary grades are a time of tremendous growth and discovery. Students this age are full of energy and life!” Celina Morris, Principal The Transition to the Upper Elementary Grades