All About Mrs. Swerdlin
Welcome to Room 4! I am so excited to be your child’s teacher. I have been teaching in the San Mateo-Foster City School District for 11 years. I have enjoyed teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History, and I began my teaching career educating children and tourists in art history. I had an internship at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. That is where I learned that I wanted to spend my life as an educator.
I am passionate about learning, and I consider myself a lifelong learner. I am interested in multiple intelligences and different learning styles. I strive to continue to grow as a great educator, someone your child deserves. At Beresford, I am currently on the PBIS team and Student Council. I have two young children of my own, which I feel helps me see a child from different perspectives. I volunteer and serve as room parent in my daughter’s classroom. I also volunteer and help organize activities at my son’s preschool.
I live in San Francisco with my husband Daniel, daughter Madeleine, and spirited toddler Ben. In my free time, I enjoy film, exercise, travel, and exploring the city.
All About Mrs. Virgillito
Welcome to wonderful Room 4! I am delighted to have the opportunity to educate your children! I have been teaching at Beresford for 12 years! Here, I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. I love working in education and strive to create life-long learners in every student. Beresford is like a second home to me. Being involved with the staff, families, and students here, is truly one of a kind. I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing school and community.
I started my career in education in preschool. I have an Associates of Arts degree in Child Development. After teaching toddlers for a bit, I knew I wanted to continue my education in teaching and pursue a degree to educate elementary aged students. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University, and then obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University. I have 3 children of my own and am very active in their education as well. At my daughters school, I help organize school activities and fundraisers, volunteer in the class, and chaperone on field trips. I also co-op at my sons preschool, chairing the auction fundraiser, working in the classroom once a week, and maintaining the monthly class schedule.
I live in San Mateo with my husband Valerio, daughter Isabella, and my two sons Luca and Lorenzo. I love to travel with my husband and children and our favorite place to visit is Italy where we immerse ourselves in history, culture, art, and delightful cuisine!
August 23: Back to School Night
September 5: Labor Day holiday
September 7: Lifeskills Day
March 24: Study Trip to the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center
June 6: Study Trip to The Woodside Store
Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday. Students are required to read daily for 20-30 minutes of a "just right" leveled book from our library. In addition, a daily math sheet will be assigned to correlate with the math lesson taught in class. The students are also expected to practice their multiplication facts, as this is a very important math standard. Weekly reading letters and unfinished class work will be assigned as homework.
Please sign your child's daily reading log and check homework. If your child is unable to finish the homework due to a family obligation or time issue, we ask for it to completed at your earliest convenience. We also understand, however, that some homework may be challenging to complete for some students. We are always here to support you, so please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.
8:25-8:45 DEAR time (drop everything and read)
8:45-9:40 Writing Workshop
9:40-10:40 Reading Workshop/P.E.
11:00-11:20 Word Study
1:20-2:35 Social Studies, Science, or Chrome Carts
2:35-2:45 Clean up and Community Circle
We will have computer lab and Chrome Book time periodically throughout the week. If possible, please work on typing skills at home. The students all have an account on typing.com.