Welcome to my Teacher Website!

      This is to provide you a place where you can visit to learn all of the important information about what is going on in our classroom and at school. This website will keep you informed of the events and learning activities for the 2018-2019 school year. If you every need to contact me please send an email or leave a message at the Whittier office and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Looking forward to a very successful and productive year.

May 9, 2020

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe we are heading in to our eighth week of Remote Learning. Crazy! It is also hard to believe we have four weeks of school left (Friday, June 5 last day). I do understand that some student’s enthusiasm for daily learning can vary from day to day. If you are finding this to be the case with your child please feel free to adapt the lessons to what works for your child and your family needs. If the work is done orally instead of written one day or one page is done instead of two another day that is okay. My biggest hope is that some learning is happening daily.

Now that it is official that we are not going back to school, I would like students that have been putting their work aside to send me some of the assignments. It can be a variety of assignments and just a few from each subject. You can send it through email by taking a picture, scanning it or Google docs. Whatever works and is easiest for you. I know everyone is working hard and I really appreciate it. Thank you to those who have sent me work along the way. If you need any help with this have your child reach out to a classmate, there are quite a few students that have this skill down. 

I decided to change up our Zoom meetings for the remainder of the time together. I am going to offer some optional and smaller group times so that if a child needs specific help or questions on academics he/she can get that support.

Monday: 1:00 optional-small group for support and/or questions

Tuesday: 10:30 Class Zoom meeting-go over concepts for the week in Reading, Writing and Math lessons, announcements, etc.

Wednesday: 1:00 optional, small group for support and/or questions

Thursday: 10:30 Class Zoom-touch base about the week and share some things that was learned during the week.

**As of right now I am not going to offer Friend groups, I might try the last few weeks of school. I know that Ms. Ryan and a few teachers are offering a Lunch time Social group for grades 3-5: Tues and Wed @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm and the Special teachers are meeting once a week with 2nd and 3rd graders on Wednesday at 11:00 (there was one email sent about both yesterday). Senora Rodriguez will be joining this group this week. Parents, if you can set some chat times with your child’s friends that would great too.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Lastly, I want to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy the day! As always thank you for all that you do.




April 5, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you are all doing well. I thought I would cover a couple topics before we start our new week of Remote Learning.

Kudos:  I was SO proud of our last Zoom meeting on Friday and how well the students shared their animal and facts. They have become so comfortable with the research process and presenting. These skills will be so helpful moving forward in school. They handled it like champs!

Turning Work In: Some of you might have questions about turning the work in since we are in this for at least a month if not longer. Here is my thinking…I would love 2-4 assignments sent to me weekly if possible and then I can provide feedback to your child. It can be a variety of Reading, Writing or Math assignments.  What doesn’t get sent to me just put it aside and I hope to collect it when we see each other next. You can take a picture, scan or complete the assignment in Google docs and send it to me through email.

I am not grading anything and/or giving consequences to anyone for not doing all of the work. Everyone’s circumstances are unique and I know we are doing the best we can what with working from home and taking care of our families. I know some teachers have set up Google classroom but I am not going to use that. I feel we need to keep this process simple and not add any new thing at this time.

Zoom Meetings: I am going to try to do 2-3 Zoom meetings a week. When I asked the students if the 10:30 time was a good, the majority seem to think that it was. If your child cannot participate due to this time please let me know. I know people have to work, etc. so I want to accommodate as best as I can. If your child misses a Zoom meeting occasionally that is okay too. On Sundays when I send Monday’s plans I will put the days and times for the week on that email so you can plan accordingly.

Attendance: Please continue to log in once a day so that the district knows that students are able to be engaged in Remote Learning. I think that they still ask to do it before 2:00 but if you or your child forget just do it when you remember.

Gmail accounts: Every student has a district Gmail account which unfortunately we did not set up at the beginning of the year. If you know that your child’s district or personal Gmail account is set up let me know. I can send them the Zoom invites and daily lesson plans to them individually. I will also send them to you just so that you are in the know. So far I know of Max, Luke and Aminah that are set up. Your child’s Gmail account is their  user name (no capitals)@students.op97.org    It should be written on their label that is on the backside of their iPad cover.

Work: Please use, reuse anything that is working for your child. If something is too hard and the frustrating level is high please cut back the work. If there is a graphic organizer that is working use it as many times as needed. It can go the other way too, if your child breezes through an assignment and wants to do more, check out Ms. Smalls enrichment work, have him/her add another level to the assignment. All this work is flexible please do what is needed to make it work for you and your child.

I know this is a lot of information but I am trying to cover what might be on your minds. I think we are doing great! I think our class has the tools already to be successful in 4th grade. No one is going to fall behind.  We just need to take one day, one week at a time. We will have good days and we will have bad days, just go with what works for you and your family. Please don’t add any more stress to an already crazy time.

Please reach out to me anytime. If you feel you need a conversation I can Zoom with you or I can send you my cell number. As we keep hearing… “We are truly in this together!”

Take care,



March 6, 2020

Dear Families,

What a busy and productive week! We really were very successful in getting work completed. I did send home the evaluation sheets for the Country Project and Non-fiction books assignment in their Friday folders. Please look over and have a conversation with your child when you see the grades. I am very proud of all of the hard work they put into both assignments.

Here is this week's newsletter with some of the new units we have started. Have a super weekend!

Nancy                                                 Newsletter 3.6.20


February 23, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope all is well. We are at the finish line with the Country Project. Everyone seems excited to share what they have learned. It will be a fun learning week ahead.

Here is the newsletter for this week. 

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the weather.             Newsletter 2.21.2020



February 7, 2020

Hi All,

Happy Weekend! We had a productive week, got some fun things accomplished. Ask your child about the 100 Day Mini Project. So cool! 

Today I went over the creative assignments for the Country Project and talked about picking the right one for their country and themselves. It is okay to do simple, this should be fun not stressful. In two weeks we will pick the day to present for each person. Then the next week (Week of February 24) will be presentations and whatever day they present all assignments will be due. Hope this makes sense.

Valentine's Day is next Friday. I sent home the class list today. We have 20 students. Valentine's are optional but if your child would like to participate I ask that there is a valentine for everyone in the class. The party will be from 1:50-2:50. On my sign up from the Fall I have the Irvine's bringing popcorn and Lattyak bringing napkins. I would like one other healty snack and a drink. If you haven't contributed this year and would like to help out at this time please email me. Thank you!! 

The newsletter is attached to inform you with what is going on at Whittier and our classroom.

Have a great weekend!                             Newsletter 2.7.2020



January 23, 2020

Dear Families,

Happy Almost Friday. I have attached the newsletter below for tomorrow. I will see all of you tomorrow. 

Have a restful weekend!

Nancy                                        Newsletter 1.24.2020

January 12, 2020

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is doing well. We had a great first week back and started many new units. The students were ready and excited for some new topics. Be sure to read the newsletter to get caught up with what is going on in Room 214.

Have a great week and stay warm.          Newsletter 1.10.2020


December 13, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy Weekend! Thank you to the families that have signed up to bring food next Friday 12/20. Our afternoon will look like this: Secret Buddy Gift exchanged right after lunch, hang out maybe pass out the food, All School Sing (students and staff only due to space), party and clean. Should be a nice day. Here are the families who are bringing what: Beaver-popcorn, Ritchie-grapes, Lind-fruit tray, Karp-cheese and crackers       Pittman-apple juice     Washington-napkins      Hoehne-plates

Here is our newsletter for this week. Happy Almost Hoidays!!

Nancy                              Newsletter 12.13.19


November 27, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy Thanksgiving Break! Be sure to have a restful and relaxing time with your famiies. The only homework for these five days to make sure some reading gets done. Thank you for all that you have done to start our year off successfully and I am grateful for having your support. 

Here is the newsletter that I mentioned I would send. Please read it when you get a chance. 

Take care and safe travels.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nancy                                                           Newsletter 11.26.19


November 15, 2019

Dear Families,

Thank you to those who sent in their rough drafts this week. If your child would like to send it in on Monday that is okay too. If your child is behind and you are concerned with the due date please reach out to me. On Wednesday we will have short presentations throughtout the day from each student sharing 8-10 facts about the person he/she read about. Students can write their facts on index cards or make a short list. I would like them to try not to read off their paper which tends to be a bit drier. Practicing reading the facts will also be helpful.  I told students that they can bring in pictures from books or online that they may want to share, this is totally optional. Anyone that does not share on Wednesday will share on Thursday. I am very excited to hear what everyone has learned.

Next Friday we are hoping to get our Read-a-thon reward. We had a bumpy start to this week and had a very serious class meeting on Wednesday about settling down and focusing on learning. Some students are very high energy and are trying to do my job. There is quite a few that have stepped out of line and we are working towards getting back on track. The talk must of helped because we have had two great days yesterday and today. I expect this to continue next week. I will let you know on Wednesday or Thursday if it is a go and what students can bring in to enjoy the day Friday.

Happy weekend, we are almost there for Thanksgiving Break!



November 8, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy November! We are moving right along. It is good to have October behind us which means our Biographies are due in a week and a half. I did go over how to take facts and turn them into sentences and explained more of what I modeled in the newsletter attached. I would love to see a rough draft or at least a start of one next week any day. When you send it in I will read it, make suggestions if needed and send it back the same day. I just want to get a chance to check in with each student. If this schedule doesn't work for you just let me know. The students seem excited about who they are researching. 

We have a new punch card this month and are working on not interrupting me while I am talking to another student or an adult. Along with not blurting out in class. I have to say this group is making a conscious effort to improve on both of these behaviors. The reward we are working towards is a Read-a-thon on Friday, November 22. It is something we are all looking forward to. The students can bring in blankets/sleeping bags, a pillow, a stuffed animal, books, a fun snack and read throughout the day. It is a nice reward which everyone seems to enjoy. I will keep you posted. I know we can do it!!

Have a great weekend. Be sure to read the newsletter to update yourself of what is going on in Room 214!

Nancy                                       Newsletter 11.8.19


October 26, 2019

Dear Families,

Thank you all for such nice discussions about your child. It is nice to have your support and be a team to help make your child begin a successful school year. Please know that I am here if ever you have a question or a concern.  

Since we are into our first project there will be homework every weekend if it works in your schedule. I don't check to see what gets done on weekends but am hoping things are moving along so nobody has the stress of the last minute crunch.  I did model notetaking this week. Students received an envelope with a list of questions to help give purpose for reading and an organizer to take notes on. If you have set up another system that is fine too. Students can write facts that interest them, they do not have to answer all the questions on the list. If there are any bumps along the way please let me know. Remember the final project is due Wednesday, November 20. I will ask to see a rough draft during the week before the due date just to make sure everyone on track. 

This week we have lots of fun things going on...Tuesday is a sneak peek of a performance by  BRAVO for Grades 3-5, Wednesday is our field trip (dress appropriate it is going to be cold + bring a disposable lunch and drink), Thursday is Halloween (see Teacher page entry under October 10 for more details) and there is no school on Friday due to Institute Day.  

Also the Third Grade team decided to postpone sending home iPads this coming week. We feel we need a little more time to get acquainted with apps and expectations. I will let you know when the big day happens. Sorry for the delay.

Enjoy your weekend. I have to say I am looking forward to some couch time. :)



October 19, 2019

Dear Families,

I hope all is well and you were able to enjoy this beautiful fall day. I was absent yesterday with a stomach virus. Here is the newsletter, please read at your convience. We are going to the Book Fair this Wednesday in the afternoon. You can send money with your child if that works for you.

Enjoy your weekend.

Nancy                                      Newsletter 10.18.19

October 10, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy Almost Halloween! I thought I would send  a quick note about what Room 214's plans are for Halloween this year. I am a believer in low key celebrations. It is about the students having time to hang out with each other that is fun and relaxing. In the afternoon we will dress up, students can go home for lunch and change or bring in their costume and change here after lunch. We will participate in the Parade (1:00) and have a nice recess afterwards if time allows. Around 1:50 I will have students pass out the food/drink that they contribute to our party and then they can play classroom/home games, talk, listen to music and relax. We will clean up around 2:35 and then head out at 3:00. Please feel free to stop in, all are welcome! The next day is an Institute Day so your child can rest up after a very fun and busy week.

Here is the list of families that have volunteered to bring in something. We truely appreciate whatever is sent in.

We do have a peanut allergy so if you can check the label. Thank you!

Bracey-pretzels     Lind-veggies      Noah-Majmudar-popcorn      Barrera-fruit

Beaver-drinks      Oliver-napkins           Mathai-plates .    Class size: 22 with me :)

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thanks! Have a great weekend!


October 4, 2019

Dear Families,

Happy October everyone! Room 214 is working hard at learning new skills, building their stamina so that they can read and write independently for a long period of time and trying to learn behaviors that will benefit their learning and not be a distraction. I have been very pleased with ALL thier effort. On Friday's we have been doing check in's during Morning meeting. The student's rate the week with a number between 5-1, the score 5 being the best, one being the worse. It has been an eye opening experience with this quick activity. Be to sure to ask your child how they are feeling about the activity and what his/her numbers have been. In the activity they do not have to explain why the number was  chosen. It is also a great listening actvitiy. Nobody can comment about any of what a student is sharing. This can be very hard for some, including me.

Below is our newsletter with information about the classroom and what is going on at Whittier. I have also included the updated Conference schedule. I did end up cancelling my doctor's appointment on Thursday, I was too nervous about coming back on time. I have had a few parents contact me about moving their time, just let me know if needed.

We have finished our 2nd punch card and has earned a fun reward of bringing to school a small stuffed animal on Monday. Please make sure the size and animal is appropriate for school. Coming home today for the first time is our Friday folder. It is filled with papers that we have completed. Sometimes the work will be graded but a lot of it is not. Please look through the papers and nothing has to come back.

Thank you so much for all that you do. Have a GREAT weekend!

Nancy                                                                 Newsletter 10.4.19                             Fall Conference Schedule



September 24, 2019

Dear Families,

We have been working hard these past few weeks. The newsletter will catch you up what is going on at Whittier as well as in the classroom. We had the first part of our Unit 1 Mid-module Math Assessment today. We went over problems 1 & 2 today in our study guilde and then we did those questions on the assessment. Tomorrow we will do problem 3 which is a bit more tricker. I felt with our first assessment we should take it slow. The assessment can have a few questions in one question and also ask for the student to explain his/her thinking. It can be long and confusing at times.

I did attach the Newsletter if it was hard to read in the email.

Have a good rest of the week.            Newsletter 9.20.19




September 6, 2019

Dear Families, 

Thank you for coming on Wednesday for Curriculum Night. I enjoyed seeing everyone again. If you were not able to come your child should of brought home a pink booklet of notes about the year and a Student informational sheet that you can fill out if you wish.  These papers came home yesterday. Today the students received the WISE classes descriptions. I hope they come home today but might not becasue it is Friday and we don't usaully bring home our folders. If they don't you can go on the PTO website and sign up or it will come home on Monday.

Here is the newsletter for today. Please read it when you get a chance.  Hope you all have a great weekend.

Nancy                                             Newsletter 9.6.19   


September 2, 2019

Dear Families,

We are off to a GREAT start! Our first week was extremely successful and I feel lucky to have your child in my class. We learned about the rules and expectations in the classroom, did a classroom scavenger hunt, particiapted in team building activities, reviewed rules and routines at Whittier and learned about each other. We are a caring, curious and engaging group of 3rd graders. This coming week we will dive into our academics and get started with learning the routines of each. You should expect math homework and reading 20-30 minutes nightly this week.

Wednesday is Curriculum Night from 6:30-8:00. The set up is the same as last year. Grades K-2 teacher's presentations are from 6:30-7, Open house 7-7:30 and Grades 3-5 teachers presentation are from 7:30-8:00. If you can not make the evening let me know and I will send home the handouts with your child. There will be Childcare provided for the evening. 

I will send a newsletter digitally to you on Friday. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

Here is our Special schedule so you can help remind your child to bring back their library books and wear their gym shoes through the year...

Monday: Art, Tuesday: Spanish (Mrs.Rodriguez is the teacher since we have an extra section this year) & Library, Wednesday: Music, Thursday: Music and Friday: P.E. & Spanish

See you soon,


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