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Aloha, Fourth Graders!

AlohaFourthGradeCan you believe that the 2015-2016 school year is almost here? 😀 In preparation, lucky Room 36ers will be receiving a back to school postcard in the mail! If that’s you, be prepared for a year of new technology, great stories, in-depth math, engaging science, and of course, … all things Hawaii! I hope you’re as excited as I am! It’s going to be a great year!

Parents, please take a moment to browse our site and familiarize yourself with all the links you’ll be using during the course of the school year. This may include our Parents page (a great way to start off the year), Multiplication help (all fourth graders must master those facts right away if they are not yet memorized!), our Twitter Feed (the very best place to stay up-to-date with Room 36), our Calendar, and of course, the Contact Form and Guestbook! If you’ve come by the site and want to say hello, ask a question before school begins, or leave a comment, please send a quick note using our contact form or e-mail me directly at! I can’t wait to meet you all!

Best School Memory, 2014-2015

What were students’ favorite memories this year? Well, we had a lot of votes for Genius Hour, Prodigy Math, and Sumdog! 🙂 See the Padlet below for everyone’s full responses!

Peter Pan, Jr.

This year, students will be treated to a musical performance of Peter Pan, Jr. on Monday, June 1st! The production will take place at California State University, Chico. This show is sold out! Aren’t we lucky?

PeterPan“Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians, and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! Based on the beloved Disney film Peter Pan, this musical by kids for kids is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up.”

Gold Rush Days!

Just a reminder that our California Gold Rush Day will take place next Friday, May 29th! Be sure to bring an extra set of clothes and shoes, as you will inevitably be wet after our trip to the river. This includes socks and undies! 🙂 Please also remember to bring your shovels, pokes, pans, buckets, and any other items you decided upon with your group (all with your names clearly visible). The afternoon will be spent in “Wilson Gulch,” where you’ll have the opportunity to reap the rewards of your hard work!

P.S. Don’t forget that you MUST wear long pants and closed-toed shoes in the morning!

Casa 2 Casa (Fundraiser)

Simeon Allison, a fifth grade teacher at Wilson Elementary, will set out on the second annual 50K walk on Saturday, May 16th to support the Mi C.A.S.A. After-School Program! He has pledged to walk from Casa Ramos in Chico to Casa Lupe in Gridley! Mi C.A.S.A helps an under-served population of Hispanic students that often have English as their second language. Their hard-working parents are often unable to help their children with homework due to language barriers. If you would like to support our students by contributing to this very valuable cause, please click Donate Now, share on Facebook, and help spread word-of-mouth. $1,000 is their goal and all donations are tax-deductible!

Wilson School Track Meet ’15

Don’t forget to join us on Friday, May 22nd for Wilson’s 61st Annual Track Meet! Third graders will have their chance for the gold in the morning and fourth/fifth graders will be competing in the afternoon, beginning at 12:30! Parents are welcome to attend and cheer their children on! All students who are completing their goals (AR, citizenship, homework) will be participating, unless poor behavior disqualifies their participation.

Open House ’15

Open House 2015

Just a reminder that this year’s Open House is taking place tomorrow, on:

Thursday, May 7th


6:00-7:00 PM.

We’ll have work on the walls, tech-savvy demonstrations, lots of photos, and loads of fun! See you there!

Extra Credit Mission Projects

The time for extra credit missions is upon us! Project guidelines and a few samples from years past are below. I’ll see yours soon! The final due date is Friday, May 15th. Be sure to bring it in only on May 14th or 15th!


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Part of fourth grade California history is the study of the mission system. Students are encouraged, but not required, to build a model of one of the 21 missions of California. This can be a family project, but it should primarily be the student’s own work. Extra credit will be given to the social studies grade if a model is built. Further extra credit may be given if a student also adds a short report about their mission.

The requirements and limitations are as follows:

• The model may be made of any type of material: cardboard, wood, pasta, etc. The most successful is foamcore. NO kit models will be accepted and NO credit will be given for those that turn them in.
• The base on which the model sits must be no bigger than 16 x 20 inches. This is very important. There are ~30 students in our room; space is limited.
• The model must be finished and turned in between the days of May 14th and 15th. They will be returned on May 15th due to limited classroom space.

There are many online resources available for help (,,,, etc.). Fact cards will be distributed and you are encouraged to go the Gridley library as well.

If you have any questions, please send a note, e-mail, or call. Don’t forget to have fun!

Ms. York

Aquatic Investigations, CCNC

Next week, all fourth grade students will have the opportunity to attend an Aquatic Investigations field trip via the Chico Creek Nature Center! Our buses will leave at 9:00 AM and return at approximately 2:00 PM. Individual classroom schedules are as follows:

Ms. York and Mr. Levin: Tuesday, April 21st

Ms. Montgomery and Mrs. Swanson: Thursday, April 23rd

Ms. Berkowitz and Ms. Wolf: Friday, April 24th

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Students’ feet will get wet on this trip, so please wear an old pair of sneakers (or water shoes), and be sure to bring a change of footwear for when we return.
  • Children will have sack lunches from the school cafeteria if they usually have the hot lunch program.  If your child usually brings a sack lunch, please do not send any glass bottles or containers.
  • Our trip is located in beautiful Bidwell Park! Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather.

Chico Creek Nature CenterIf you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher at (530) 846-3675. More information about Chico Creek Nature Center can be found at and