Week Four!

As we roll into the fourth week of 4th grade, we are continuing to increase our workload and dive further into the curriculum. In reading last week we spent some time brainstorming in groups about ways we could make sure our classroom is full of books we love.  Since so much of our reading time … Continue reading

Back-to-School Night

It was great seeing so many of you at Back-to-School Night!  If you weren’t able to stop in, you are welcome to come by after school one day and check out what your child has been working on. We spent a lot of time getting the room ready for your visit yesterday evening.  Students worked … Continue reading

Welcome to 4th Grade

We’ve had a lovely first week in Room 22!  We are doing lots of get-to-know-you games and activities, deciding our class contract, and learning classroom procedures.  This group is picking up on things quickly and we are having a lot of fun! I’m enjoying getting to know your children as people and as learners.  Students are … Continue reading

Two Weeks Left!!

It’s hard to believe there are only eight days left of 4th grade!  Here are the key events to put on your calendar: Monday, June 6, 1-2:30PM Buddy Class Field Trip to Berkeley Park:  You’re welcome to join us, the more the merrier!  Please send your child to school with $1 to contribute so we can … Continue reading

Work Samples

With only three weeks left in 4th grade we are very busy getting work samples done!  Students are doing a speech work sample on the persuasive essay they turned in last week.  They have summarized their essay on note-cards and will be presenting to their peers later this week.  Students are doing a science work sample … Continue reading

The Final Month

It was nice to see so many of you at Art Night!  If you missed the main event, our art will remain up in the hall outside the classroom for the next few weeks.  A special thanks to our student docents for doing such a great job! This week in writing students are completing their … Continue reading

Art Night

We had an incredible field trip to the Nikkei Japanese Legacy Museum.  Students were very excited to see artifacts and images about the topics we have studied.  We also greatly enjoyed seeing the Japanese American History Monument down on the waterfront and eating lunch in the sunshine amidst Haikus.  A big thank you to all … Continue reading


What a lovely start to the month of May!  I hope you and your family are enjoying the sunshine.  As the weather warms up, please make sure you are putting sunscreen on your child before school.  You may also send some to school and I will make sure it is applied before recess.  I also … Continue reading

Letter Writing, Day 30

This week has been a little more normal as the Smarter Balanced Math Assessment is short and only took up one morning of our time.  As a result, we’ve had a pretty regular week in Room 22! In literacy, groups are finishing up their last small-group novel of the year.  They are creating slideshows on Google … Continue reading

April Days

This week is a little wonky due to our continuation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Students have been working on their writing test in the mornings.  Next week they will be taking the state math test. In the afternoons, we are continuing our study of Japanese American history in Oregon.  Students are currently researching topics … Continue reading