Peek at the Week -9/16

Hi Families,

This week we are still doing some preliminary assessments so that I am able to best serve your student’s needs. Along with this is continued discussion about the importance of persistence, growth mindset & being yourself.  Please talk to your child about all these topics. Our class expectations are to Respect: the learning, others, surroundings & materials and ourselves. 

Special Opportunity:  Coding with Gigabots (robots)!!

This fall 4th & 5th graders have a chance to learn how to program robots!! This is a fun program and  is a special program through the Lane Educational Service District. This year our classes have been chosen to be a part of the program conducted by the University of Oregon. An informational letter from LaneESD will be in Tuesday folders. Digital version here: [ENG] / [Español]

A clarification about the study – if you and your child chose to opt out of the study, your child CAN still participate in learning how to program robots. Opt out means that your teacher will NOT share your child’s responses with the researchers.  Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns. You are also more than welcome to come see the class code. We’ll start the week of Sept. 30th! 

*ClassDojo invites have been sent out via email – please sign up to get more up to date classroom news! Thank you!!

Field Trip -Friday, Sept. 20th

Hi Families, 

We are taking our first field trip of the year on Friday, Sept. 20th

We’ll be going to the State Capitol in Salem. The reason why Mr. McKenzie & I have it scheduled this month is that we wanted our classes to also be able to go up on the tower which closes at the end of the month. This trip will also help launch 4th grade social studies which centers on Oregon history. 

We need at least 5 chaperones from each class in order to be able to go! Please  let me know if you would like to come (via ClassDojo) AND make sure your volunteer form is up to date or sign up here: Bethel Volunteer.  

It is an all day field trip we’ll be leaving at 8:00 am and returning at 2 pm. 


Peek at the Week: 9/9/19

Hi Families, 

Welcome to the first full week of school! 

This week we are continuing to build our classroom community. We’ll be doing an activity that will have students reflect on the power of their words and actions. The activity often brings up powerful emotions & feelings so they may need a listening ear at home to help process. I will send home a ClassDojo message on that day. Questions? Concerns? Please contact me. 

4th Grade & Social Studies – In 4th grade, students will be studying about Oregon as the main focus of our social studies for the year. I also like to include discussions about current events. A resource we’ll be using in class to help guide our current events discussions is Scholastic News Magazines for kids. I’ll send a link with the code for families to preview the magazines via Class Dojo. 

Therefore, this week  I plan to discuss a little bit about how America has changed post 9/11. As always, my goal is to inform students. Many students enjoy reading the I Survived series and one of the books is: I Survived the Attacks of September 11th. Here is the resource I plan to use: 9/11 resource.  This day is an important day in history and therefore, I would like to spend some time to acknowledge it. Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns. 



Welcome to 4th Grade!

Welcome to 4th grade!

This blog is for families to use it as a resource for our class. I will post weekly overviews, homework, upcoming events and day to day happenings.

To learn more about:

  • Me – click on the About Me page
  • Classroom expectations – hover over the Classroom  Expectations tab
  • Homework expectations – click on Weekly Homework

Please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire that will help me get to know your child more –  Getting to Know Your Student(A paper copy will also be sent home.)

Also, if you had not had a chance yet – please sign up for Class Dojo for more day to day information. 

For this first week of school, I will be working hard to get to know each student, their learning style and where they are at academically.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!

Thank you!