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Contact Mrs. Park

email spark@lafsd.org

cell: 925-899-5046

I will check messages by the end of each day.

If your message is urgent, contact the office first.

Parent Volunteers

There is a link to email with each name:

Room Parent: Tara Larsen
Classroom Treasurer: 
Patrizia Aguayo
Field Trip Coordinator: Laura McSorley
Classroom Party Planner: 
Leslie TanimuraTanya Parmelee
LPIE Rep:
Scarecrow Coordinators: 
Tara LarsenPatrizia Aguayo
Yearbook: Fiona Lee
Box Top Coordinator: Amanda Benbow
International Night Coordinator: Chris Stirling, Kyoko Uehara
Math Centers:Angela Ristow, Chris StirlingStine AhrenkielCara Flory
Patrizia Aguayo
Read Naturally: Eric StewartTanya ParmeleeHeather Goyert
LPIE Art: Cara FloryTara Larsen
Lorin McSorley
Library: Heather GoyertLaura McSorleySub Tanya Parmelee, Sub Leslie Tanimura

Computers: Patrizia AguayoTanya Parmelee

Grading: Laura McSorleyEric StewartDominique Mickelson
Filing: Alejandra Ortiz

Homework Help

 

Please follow these guidelines to help you make homework as easy as possible!

  • The homework packet is sent home on Friday and is due the following Friday. Please use the school provided folder.
  • A daily book baggie with book and reading log is to be carried back and forth everyday. Read a minimum of 30 minutes per day. 
  • Have a regular place where homework is kept – so folder and homework is not lost.
  • Find a quiet place to work (no T.V. or video games)
  • Make a plan of when to complete each page! Begin the habit of completing homework each day after a short break to eat and relax (before T.V. or Video Games).
  • When challenge pages are included; they are optional, however, I would like everyone to try it. Maybe make it a family activity.
  • Ask a parent or helper to check your work for best effort.
  • If you don’t understand something, make a note of the problem, and ask me in the classroom for help.

I am thrilled to have the training to integrate Mindfulness into our classroom. Our district was awarded a grant to participate in Mindfulness training for adults last spring. At the end of August, I also attended Mindfulness training for K-5th to bring it to the classroom. Mindfulness will help us gradually direct our attention in a more focused way to whatever is actually happening, whether it be our breathing, the sensations in our body, thoughts and feelings, or everyday activities of walking or eating.

With practice, Mindfulness can help us sustain our attention and direct it more skillfully. This helps us break the grip of unhelpful mental habits, judgements, and impulses making way for greater calm, and more helpful, kinder and rational thinking about all aspects of life. Mindfulness can help us with attentional stability, self regulation, stress reduction, and empathy. This does take practice, and we will be practicing Mindfulness in our classroom daily!

Find out more about Mindfulness in Schools: Mindfulness in Schools Project

Helping Your Child Read At Home

   A child that scores in the top 90% in school reads almost as much in one day outside of school as a child that scores in the low 10% in school reads in an entire year. Pretty amazing statistic! But we all face that challenge of motivating a child to read that doesn’t want to read, or having an enthusiastic reader that may not think deeply about what they read. Here are some tips:

  • Keep up a good routine – At least 30 minutes a day reading -- whether they protest or not.
  • Join in during the reading time (get a blanket, snuggle up and both of you read a book).
  • Shared reading – read a page and then have your child read a page (or switch off paragraphs).
  • Stop and talk often about the book – try to stay on topic, but relate it to your life or their life, discuss the images in your mind that you might see -- make sure they are “getting it”.
  • If your child prefers to read independently, read the book before and then when you are together (in the car, making dinner) have a casual book discussion. Be enthusiastic about the book.
  • Explore favorite books together – try to find a series that catches their interest. There is a fine line between too hard or easy and too boring. Work with your school librarian or teacher for recommendations or use the attached links to find books at their level. 
  • Make a sticker reward chart – list series and keep a tally of reading.
  • Read a great book aloud -- make them fall in love with a story (they could read a bit to you if it is not too hard.)
  • Be enthusiastic about reading in your family. Discuss articles in the newspaper, discuss good books, and show that you are all reading.

Turn off the TV and video games. They will get all the skills that they need in our high-tech world without these everyday. Of all the things in a busy Lamorinda’s child’s life, make these activities be on the bottom of the list – or better yet only allowed on weekends when it is raining.

Creating a Learner's Mind

In a professional development, we were shown a youtube presentation about Learning Mindsets and Learning Strategies & Habits in Schools. It really energized me - particularly with a study of how our language impacts children. With the latest shifts in education, schools are moving into a completely new style of teaching that requires greater critical thinking and performance skills. This video has a compelling message and is well worth viewing for parents and teachers, as we all serve as role models for children.

The Power of Belief

Sue Park

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United States

Classroom 15's persuasive letters helped convince Mrs. Zinn to paint the United States on our playground during spring break. What a terrific surprise to see when we returned. I have been watching this playground mural and it is used everyday!

Thank you Mrs. Zinn and congratulations Classroom 15 on your persuasive writing!

What a Wonderful Class!

This has been such an enjoyable group of students this year. Their hard work and achievements are amazing. I am awed each year to find that students take on challenges with learning and grow so much throughout the year. This has been truly a thoughtful, creative and hard working group of students. Thanks also to parents – always raising your hands to help. I have loved getting to know such enjoyable and wonderful families. Enjoy your time together this summer, and I look forward to seeing you around next year.

                          

Read, Read, Read

We do encourage your children to read this summer. In fourth grade, their reading will be compared to the end of third grade and I know all your diligent work encouraging your child to read this summer will show improved reading scores! 

 

Participate in a Reading Program 

(It’s great to do more that one)

Start Right Now!

There are programs at:

Lafayette Elementary or the Public Library

 

Typing

There is the standard Typing Club on my website, and Mrs. Love provided some other sites for the summer:

Power Typing: https://powertyping.com/

Keyboard revolution: http://www.freetypinggame.net/play15.asp

Dance mat: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr

Typing Club- animated story: https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/team-28800/program-ava-and-the-rabbit-2.game

 

Cursive - Continue this Summer 

Most students did not get a chance to finish their cursive books. Those that are passionate about writing in cursive have begun to do so. If your child would like to write in cursive, please have them finish their cursive books this summer. Cursive is not taught in fourth grade... it is up to home practice if your child chooses to become proficient! If your child would like more practice, there are additional books at Lakeshore Learning. The type of cursive learned is "Modern Cursive".

 

Lexia

Lexia is a fantastic online program for reading and writing skills. All children's log-ins are active over the summer and it would be great for many students to get to fourth grade level. The fourth grade level is Level 15. Have your child login and check out their level. 

 

Math Fact Work

Please make sure to have your child practice math facts over the summer. Some of their favorites are Prodigy  and Multiflyer. 

Websites for Math

News Flash

Date Special Events
Aug 31 Back to School
Sept 25 - Sept 29 Conferences
Oct 2 Lafayette Walking Tour Field Trip
Oct 20 or Oct 27 Oakland Zoo School Field Trip
Oct 31 Halloween Parade & Party
Dec 13 morning Christmas Carol Field Trip
Dec 15 Winter Holiday Party
Feb 14 Valentine's Party
March 29 Water Day - Field Trip at School
April 17 Jolts & Volts Lawrence Hall of Science Field Trip
May 24 Open House & Art Fair
May 30 Black Diamond Mines Field Trip
June 4 Apple Valley Day & End of Year Party

Links to Resources

Back to School Information

How Things Work

Back To School Presentation

 

Math

sumdog logo small-2592da3b7002e685149e3031def24ab1.png Sumdog 
User Name: Math & classroom # i.e. math25
Password: Your child's selected animal i.e. hippo

School: lafayette-elementary 

 

  Prodigy

  User Name: Sent Home Hard Copy

Password: math & classroom # i.e. math25

 

Language Arts 

Learn Vocabulary and Feed the Hungry

Parent Website to Search for Children's Books - Scholastic

Check Reading Level on a Book - Scholastic

 

lexia-reading-core5.gif LexiaCore5 
User Name: first name last name (i.e. suepark)
Password: read

 

RAZ Kids 
User Name: Park94549

Password: read

 

Keyboarding 

Typing Club 
Login: first name last name (i.e. suepark)
Password: type

 

Using Technology Wisely

Technology Links

Common Sense Media - Review books, games, movies, technology

Common Sense Media Agreements

Character

Third Grade Developmental Characteristics

Character Counts

Scope and Sequence of Reading/Writing Science/Social Studies Curriculum

 

Reading Units of Study

Writing Units of Study

Science
Social Studies

Aug

Assessments

Assessments

 

Sept

Oct

Building a Reading Life/

Mystery Book Clubs

Crafting True Stories

Biomes/

Adaptations

Lafayette History

Oct

Nov

Dec

Mystery Book Clubs/

Reading to Learn:

Grasping Main Ideas &

Text Structures

The Art of Information Writing

Narrative & Expository

Food Chains/Fossils

Pilgrim Journal/

Squanto

Jan

Feb

Reading to Learn:

Grasping Main Ideas &

Text Structures

Assessments

The Art of Information Writing

Symbols

Feb

Mar

Character Studies

Changing the World:

Persuasive Speeches,

Letters, and Petitions

Narrative Story (Life of a Salmon) 

Water Studies

Landforms/Geography

 

Apr

Poetry

SBAC Preparation

Poetry

SBAC Preparation

Government

May

Jun

SBAC Testing

Research Clubs:

Elephants, Penguins,

and Frogs, Oh My!

Informational Journal Writing/

Narrative

Black Diamond Mine

Community

Scope and Sequence of Math Curriculum


 

Math Concept

Problem

of the

Month

Number Talks

 

Aug

Sept

Place Value/Rounding

Add/Sub - Fact Work

Week of

Inspirational

Math

Addition Strategies:
Making Ten’s

Friendly Numbers,

Doubles

Sept

Oct

Mult/Div

Mult 0-5, 9, 10

Wheel Shop 

Turn Up the Volume 

Multiplication Strategies:

Doubling & Halving,

Breaking factors into

smaller factors

Nov

Dec

Mult/Div with 6s, 7s, 8s Multiples of 10, 100

Measurement, Time and Graphs

Sum Some Sums

(Nov/Dec)

Partial Products,

Division Strategies:

Partial Quotients, Multiplying up

Jan

Feb

Multidigit Addition and Subtraction

 

Write Equations to Solve Word Problems

Once Upon a Time

 

Growing Staircases

Addition Strategies:

Place Value Addition

Subtraction Strategies:

Place Value Subtraction

Mar

Polygons, Perimeter, and Area

Measuring Mammals

Which One Does Not Belong?

Apr

May

Explore Fractions

SBAC Prep & Test

First Rate

Fractured Numbers

Which One Does Not belong?

May

Jun

Measurement

Tangrams

Word Problems

Symmetry & Congruency

Double Down Which One Does Not Belong?