Wow! It is the start of a brand new year. Every year we get to begin again with a new teacher, new class, new goals, and new fun things to learn. I am very excited to spend the year with you and build our fourth grade family into a community of respectful, caring, and excited learners. You will be learning all about this Blog page this first week of school, and I hope you enjoy it. I will see you all tomorrow. I can’t wait!

Fun with Magnets!

Students explored properties of magnets today, and had a blast!  Check out some of the fancy earrings when they discovered that magnetism can travel through skin.IMG_3714 IMG_3715 IMG_3716 IMG_3717

Field Trip

Our field trip to the State House and the Maine State Museum will happen on May 28.  We will keep to the regular bus schedule, but please remember to send students with a cold lunch and a drink in a water tight container.  It should be a fun day!

Thanks for Your Understanding

A little over a month ago I injured my knee skiing on one of our many snow days.  Of course it was the last 100 yards of the last run of the day at 3:30pm.  It was a beautiful fall, one of a twisting ballet move on one leg. Alas, no one saw it to appreciate the true fantastic nature of my demise!  I thought I was fine, but after hobbling around for a week, I finally started the process to find out what I actually did.  Through an MRI I found out that I tore the meniscus in my left leg.  It is a “bucket handle” tear, that flips back and forth, causing my knee to catch, feel unstable, and  shoot pain when squatting, kneeling, and twisting.  I have arthroscopic surgery scheduled for April 23rd, which is over vacation.  My surgeon suggested I take four weeks off, but that it too lang away from the kiddos, so I hope to be back to school on May 5th, teaching from my chair with wheels.  If I find this is unrealistic, and I need to take another week off, You will all know immediately.  I know this is not wonderful for anyone, and I hope to cause as little disruption to the student’s lives as possible.  Thanks for your help with this.


Our Last Friday Meeting of the Year!

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Thank You Mrs. Dunn

We are thankful to have the very talented Thea Dunn volunteering in our classroom on Thursdays.  Thea teaches piano, guitar, and vocal music, so she is helping out any way she can in the room, but also singing with the students.  This past week, as part of our US Regions unit, she sang “America the Beautiful” with us.

Here we go AGAIN!

Conferences did not happen again last week due to weather. I will be rescheduling for Tuesday 3/25 and Thursday 3/27. If you can contact me about what times work for you, that would be super. Thanks for understanding! 

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