Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 342 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 transition. In the upper elementary grades, students have more home- work, the coursework is more difficult, and students find that they’re 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. As your child becomes more independent and socially active, being a parent becomes more complicated, and often more difficult. 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 communication 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