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Welcome To Room 19, 4th/5th Grade At Alta Sierra School

Welcome to my class! I am so excited about teaching a 4th/5th grade combination at Alta Sierra School! I have been teaching in the Pleasant Ridge School District since 1990. I have taught in grades K, 2, 4, 5, and 6. Most of my teaching years have been in grades 4, 5, and 6. I love working with kids in the upper grades because I enjoy the interesting subjects and especially reading and discussing novels. I will work hard to have this be a fun and interesting school year. Our family motto is "work hard, but play harder" and I try to have a similar philosophy in the classroom. I think it is really important to work hard and learn a lot, but it is just as important to have fun while you are working!

I have an incredible family that I adore. My husband, Brian, is a State Farm Insurance agent in Grass Valley. My daughter, Mackenzie, graduated a year ago from San Diego State with a degree in graphic design. She has a job with a graphic design firm in LA. My son, Connor, graduated a year ago from Bear River.  This August, he is headed off to Massachusetts to attend the Maritime Academy and play football for the school.

For fun, I love to read, exercise, go out on my family's boat, and walk my dogs. We have two pugs named Buddy and Bella and my husband and I try to walk them every day.

I look forward to an INCREDIBLE year with you!!
 

Recent Posts

Tonight's Homework, Thursday, January 17

READING:  Read for 20 minutes for 5 nights this week.   Signed reading log due tomorrow.
 
Be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  Your 1/2 way AR goal is due January 18th, tomorrow. 
 
Be reading a chapter book for our February 5th book report.
 
You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program.  I sent new logs home last Friday for people who lost them.
 
LANGUAGE:  Vocabulary study sheet should be home.  Please make sure that it is complete and have your parents sign it.  Vocab test tomorrow and signed study sheet tomorrow.
 
SPELLING:  Have all Spelling City Activities done tonight.  We are on week 17.
 
MATH:
4TH:  no homework (Xtr Math)
5TH:  no homework (X-Tra Math)
 
Book order due 1-25
 
Library Tomorrow
 
Thursday folders will come home tomorrow!  We forgot to get them together today!
 
Tomorrow is our mid trimester.  Please be checking your child's grades on line.

Tonight's Homework, Wednesday, January 16

READING:  Read for 20 minutes for 5 nights this week.   Be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  Your 1/2 way AR goal is due January 18th, this Friday. 
 
Be reading a chapter book for our February 5th book report.
 
You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program.  I sent new logs home last Friday for people who lost them.
 
LANGUAGE:  Vocabulary study sheet should be home.  Please make sure that it is complete and have your parents sign it.
 
SPELLING:  Have three Spelling City Activities done tonight.  We are on week 17.
 
MATH:
4TH:  4.12 Both (Xtr Math)
5TH:  5.8 Select Problems (X-Tra Math)
 
Book order due 1-25

Tonight's Homework, Tuesday, January 15

READING:  Read for 20 minutes for 5 nights this week.   Be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  Your 1/2 way AR goal is due January 18th, this Friday. 
 
Be reading a chapter book for our February 5th book report.
 
You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program
 
LANGUAGE:  Vocabulary study sheet to come home.  Please make sure that it is complete and have your parents sign it.
 
SPELLING:  Have two Spelling City Activities done tonight.  We are on week 17.
 
MATH:
4TH:  4.11 Front (Xtr Math)
5TH:  5.7 Both (X-Tra Math)
 
Book order due 1-25
 
 

Hollister Happenings January 14-18

Happy Friday, everyone!

The fourth graders had a fantastic field trip to the Maidu Museum and Historic Park in Roseville on Thursday. The weather was perfect, and the site was AMAZING! Students participated in a fantastic museum tour which included a fun Native American Legend, and they learned a traditional game played by Nisenan children. Students observed ancient petroglyphs carved into rock, and experienced authentic face paintings! It was a marvelous trip! Thank you to the parent volunteers who joined us in making the day truly special. And thank you to everyone who contributed their $10 bus donation to send our children! We have an amazing school community. Thank you, everyone!

We are continuing to read Maniac Magee.

In honor of Martin Luther King, we will read some articles about him.

Last week, we wrote New Year’s Resolutions and winter poems.

This week, we will be on spelling week 17.

We will have vocabulary this week.

In science, we will be studying heat and energy.

In social studies, the fourth grade is learning about when California was under Mexican rule. The fifth graders are learning about the middle colonies.

Our Mid-Trimester ends this Friday, January 18. Please remember to check your child's grades in Power School regularly in order to monitor their progress. We are not sending home paper copies of the mid-trimester report cards, so please go on line to check your child’s grades. The grades will not be finalized until March 1, with report cards going home on March 8, so there is time to get grades up! This includes grades for citizenship. 

Remember that ½ way AR goals are due this Friday. Please be reminding your child to be reading and taking AR tests!

Due to the Field trip on Thursday, Thursday folders did not go home on Thursday. They went home on Friday instead. Please look through the folder and send it back on Monday.

Fifth grade parents, this week, kids are being asked which electives they would like to take at Magnolia. Please be talking with your child about what they would like to do next year. The choices are band, choir, or the elective wheel.

Thank you so much for trusting me with your kids and for all of your support!

Looking Ahead: 

JANUARY

Friday, January 18th Mid-Trimester

Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King Day, No School

Friday, January 25th Rally Round the Flag 7:55

FEBRUARY

Tuesday, February 5th, Begin Book Report in Class

Tuesday, February 5th PTC meeting in the library 6-7

Friday, February 15th President's Day, No School

Monday, February 18th, President's Day, No School

Friday, February, 22nd, Rally Round the Flag 7:55

Storybook Night changed to Thurs., Feb. 28, 6:00-7:00

MARCH

APRIL

Thursday, April 11, 5th Grade to the State Capitol

MAY

Thursday, May 23 4th Grade to Coloma

JUNE

Tonight's Homework, Thursday, January 10

READING:  You only have to read for 3 nights this week.  The Reading Log has 4 boxes.  Choose from the three you would like to fill out.  Signed reading logs are due tomorrow.
 
Be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  Your 1/2 way AR goal is due January 18th. This is next Friday.
 
You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program.  A new set of these reading logs will come home in Thursday folders tomorrow.
 
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week.
 
SPELLING:  Have all Spelling City Activities done tonight.  We are on week 16.  Our test is tomorrow.
 
MATH:
4TH:  4.10 Front
5TH:  5.5 Both (X-Tra Math)
 
Due to the 4th grade field trip, Thursday folders did not come home today.  They will come home tomorrow, Friday.

Tonight's Homework, Wednesday, January 9

READING:  You only have to read for 3 nights this week.  The Reading Log has 4 boxes.  Choose from the three you would like to fill out.   Be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  Your 1/2 way AR goal is due January 18th.  You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week.
SPELLING:  Have two Spelling City Activities done tonight.  We are on week 16.
MATH:
4TH:  4.10 Front
5TH:  p. 208 Vocab builder (X-Tra Math)
 
 
4th grade field trip is tomorrow. Dress in layers, wear comfy clothes, and wear good shoes for walking.  Bring lunch in a disposable bag.

Tonight's Homework, Tuesday, January 8

READING:  You only have to read for 3 nights this week.  The Reading Log has 4 boxes.  Choose from the three you would like to fill out.   Be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  Your 1/2 way AR goal is due January 18th.  You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week.
SPELLING:  Have one Spelling City Activity done tonight.  We are on week 16.
MATH:
4TH:  4.9 Both
5TH:  5.4 Both (X-Tra Math)
 
We will go to the library tomorrow.
 
4th grade permission slips.  We go on our field trip on Thursday.

Hollister Happenings January 7-11

This is going to be a quick post. I am doing it on my phone in the car! My husband and I are on the way back from LA.  I will send more information out with the homework posts this week.
 
I hope that everyone had an awesome break! Mine was full of fun and family time!
 
Remember that tomorrow is not a school day for students. I will be at the district office learning!
 
Thursday is a field trip for our 4th graders. Please let me know if you would like to go!
 
Our mid trimester is January 18th. Can you believe it? This will mark our half way point for our school year. I can’t believe that our time has gone so fast. Please be checking your child’s grades on line. Kids can correct assignments to bring their grades up if they are not happy with them.  Half way AR goals are due January 18th also. Please be checking in with your child and asking how he/she is coming along with their 1/2 way AR goal.
 
That is all for now. I will send more information tomorrow. Let your kids know that I have missed them and that I am excited to see them on Tuesday and hear what they did over break!

Tonight's Homework, Thursday, December 20

PLEASE FINISH ANY WORK THAT WAS NOT COMPLETED DURING CLASS TIME
 
READING:  No log is due this week, but be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week
SPELLING:  Have all Spelling City Activities done tonight.  We will not have a test this Friday.
MATH:
4TH:  No Homework
5TH:  No Homework
 
Thursday folders came home today.
 
4th Grade: Permission slip to go to the Maidu Indian Museum
 
This Friday is pajama day.
 
Kids can bring in blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals for our movie on Friday.

Tonight's Homework, Wednesday, December 19

5th Grade: Healty Kids permission slip to fill out on line survey/ needs to be returned with either yes or no checked off
 
PLEASE FINISH ANY WORK THAT WAS NOT COMPLETED DURING CLASS TIME
 
READING:  No log is due this week, but be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week
SPELLING:  Have three Spelling City Activities done tonight.  We will not have a test this Friday.
MATH:
4TH:  4.8 Back
5TH:  5.3 Both
 
4th Grade: Permission slip to go to the Maidu Indian Museum
 
Be Bringing in party items.
 
This Friday is pajama day.
 
Kids can bring in blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals for our movie on Friday.

Tonight's Homework, Tuesday, December 18

5th Grade: Healty Kids permission slip to fill out on line survey/ needs to be returned with either yes or no checked off
 
PLEASE FINISH ANY WORK THAT WAS NOT COMPLETED DURING CLASS TIME
 
READING:  No log is due this week, but be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week
SPELLING:  Have two Spelling City Activities done tonight.  We will not have a test this Friday.
MATH:
4TH:  No Homework
5TH:  No Homework
 
4th Grade: Permission slip to go to the Maidu Indian Museum
 
Be Bringing in party items.
 
This Friday is pajama day.
 
Kids can bring in blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals for our movie on Friday.

Tonight's Homework, Monday, December 17

READING:  No log is due this week, but be reading to meet your 1/2 way AR goal.  You can be reading for the Six Flags reading program
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week
SPELLING:  Have one Spelling City Activity done tonight.  We will not have a test this Friday.
MATH:
4TH:  Two division worksheets
5TH:  5.1 Both
 
5th Grade: Healty Kids permission slip to fill out on line survey
 
4th Grade: Permission slip to go to the Maidu Indian Museum
 
Be Bringing in party items.
 
This Friday is pajama day.
 
Kids can bring in blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals for our movie on Friday.

Hollister Happenings December 17-21

December 17-21

This upcoming week is going to be full of fun!!

We know that this can be a busy time for parents, so we will be cancelling reading groups this week!  This will also give us time to finish up the many projects we have going on!

I have decided to not assign a reading log this week for homework and instead have kids record reading for the Six Flags reading log, for the kids who want to participate in that. This is not required, but the reading for Six Flags is supposed to be reading that has not been assigned for homework.

The kids’ ½ way AR goals will be coming up on them fast after we return from break. Please make sure they continue reading AR books in order to meet this goal. (This reading can count toward their Six Flags Log!) A few kids have already met this goal. Please ask your child how he/she is progressing toward this goal.

This week, we will have spelling activities but no test on Friday. We are on week 15. We are half way through our spelling lists!

The only homework that they will be having is math and possibly finishing up assignments not complete during the day.

On Tuesday morning, we will be watching the 2nd graders dress rehearsal.

We received a special invitation from Mrs. Kelley to come and be an audience for her TK class while they practice their holiday performance.

We will be finishing up our Christmas craft projects at the beginning of the week.

Thank you so much to everyone who has volunteered to help with our gingerbread houses and who are sending in supplies. Please send in all supplies on or before Wednesday.

We will be making frosting and organizing candy on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday morning, we will be assembling our houses and on Friday morning we will be decorating our houses.

After we decorate our houses on Friday morning, we will be watching The Santa Clause 2 and having popcorn. Kids are welcome to bring a pillow, blanket, and stuffed animal if they like!

Remember that I would like all of the kids to bring in some type of candy to share and then either powdered sugar or graham crackers. Thank you all so much!

Friday, December 21 is pajama day.

Friday, December 21 is also a minimum day. School will be out at 12:00.

Fourth graders need to return permission slips for our Maidu Museum field trip. If your child is planning on ordering a school lunch, I must know this by Friday.

Please notice that Monday January 7th is a work day for teachers, but it is not a school day for students.

Thank you all so much for a great 2018. Next time you receive a newsletter from me it will be 2019!

Looking Ahead: 

DECEMBER

Tuesday, December 18, Love and Logic Class at Alta Sierra 5:30-7:30

Friday, December 21, Minimum Day

Saturday, December 22- Sunday January 6th Winter Break, No School

JANUARY

Monday, January 7th, Professional Development Day for teachers.  No School For Kids

Tuesday, January 8th PTC meeting in the library 6-7

Thursday, January 10th 4th Grade to the Maidu Indian Museum

Friday, January 18th Mid-Trimester

Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King Day, No School

Friday, January 25th Rally Round the Flag 7:55

FEBRUARY

Tuesday, February 5th, Begin Book Report in Class

Tuesday, February 5th PTC meeting in the library 6-7

Friday, February 15th President's Day, No School

Monday, February 18th, President's Day, No School

Friday, February, 22nd, Rally Round the Flag 7:55

Storybook Night changed to Thurs., Feb. 28, 6:00-7:00

MARCH

APRIL

Thursday, April 11, 5th Grade to the State Capitol

MAY

Thursday, May 23 4th Grade to Coloma

JUNE

Tonight's Homework, Wednesday, December 12

READING:  Read for 20 minutes for 5 nights this week
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week
SPELLING:  Have all Spelling City Activities done by Friday.
MATH:
4TH:  4.6 Both
5TH:  3.10 Both
 
5th Grade: Healty Kids permission slip to fill out on line survey
5th Grade goes to Mistletoe Mall on Thursday
 
4th Grade: Permission slip to go to the Maidu Indian Museum
 
Our pancake breakfast is this Saturday.
 
Be working toward your 1/2 way AR goal

Tonight's Homework, Tuesday, December 11

5th Grade: Please come to our room at 7:50
 
If you did not finish your "Benevolent" writing, please finish it at home.
 
READING:  Read for 20 minutes for 5 nights this week
LANGUAGE:  No vocabulary this week
SPELLING:  Have two Spelling City Activities done this week
MATH:
4TH:  4.5 Back
5TH:  3.10 Both
 
5th Grade: Healty Kids permission slip to fill out on line survey
5th Grade goes to Mistletoe Mall on Thursday
5th Grade field trip on Wednesday.  Bring a lunch in a disposable bag.
 
4th Grade: Permission slip to go to the Maidu Indian Museum
4th Grade goes to the Mistletoe Mall on Wednesday
 
Our pancake breakfast is this Saturday.