Estimados Familias de Región #10,                                                                                 


¡Hola y Bienvenidos!  The World Language Department at Region #10 is pleased to have your child enrolled in the FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) program this year.  I am excited to work with third and fourth grade students to establish a strong foundation in their study of the language, culture, and geography of the Spanish-speaking world.


Spanish will meet two or three times each week (Monday/Thursday=LGS and Wednesday/Friday=HCS). Tuesdays will alternate between LGS and HCS.  Most of the thirty-minute instructional time will be conducted in the target language as to promote student communication, generate enthusiasm, and build skills through early success at a crucial time in language development. 


Your child may have already asked you at home about their own, personal language learning as a baby.  In class, students are becoming increasingly more aware of how they acquired their first language in order to better understand the tools, strategies, tricks, songs, games, nonverbal communication, etc. we will use in our classroom to teach and learn Spanish.  High levels of repetition, rhyme and use of cognates, or words similar in both languages, will aid your child in learning basic vocabulary and conversation.  All four language skills:  listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught with greatest emphasis on listening and speaking as they coincide with the natural order of language learning for beginners.


I look forward to meeting many of you at Open House at both schools.  If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me or call me at either school and leave a message.


 Here’s to a great year!


Mrs. Patti Smaldone

Elementary Spanish Teacher

Regional School District #10

Lake Garda School: (860) 673-2511 extension 12136

Harwinton Consolidated School: (860) 485-9020 extension 12136