4th Grade - Mrs. Cindy BuenaVista
Together we succeed!
"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side."
"No man is an island, entire of itself." —John Donne (and Mr. Browne's January Precept from Wonder by RJ Palacios)
Our Monthly Newsletter: December/January
Reading tip: Have your students retell
Winter brings lots of exciting projects and adventures to Room 12! In reading, we will be continuing Unit Three/ beginning Unit Four in Benchmark Advanced, studying Point of View , learning techniques for summarizing a text, and diving into our science standards for the first time, exploring the life sciences. In Math, we are working on multi-digit multiplication and long division! Finally, Social Studies is missions, missions, missions! We are learning about the mission system, it's impact on the Native American populations in Alta California, and how the mission period gave way to the Rancho period and Mexican rule.
Class News to Know...
- The mission supplies we collected for our mission projects are about to see some use! We will begin building our missions IN CLASS, on Monday, December 11 th. If you have not brought in any supplies for your child's mission, or would like to donate supplies to help our amazing 4th graders complete this project, there is still time.
- Your students are also creating mission reports IN CLASS to show how much they have learned. Paragraphs that are not completed in class can/will come home for homework in the remaining weeks before Winter Break.
- Your students will also be completing a Secret Santa kindness project IN CLASS for a fellow student. Your students might need to complete some of the writing at home, but I can not stress enough that this is an in-class project. Please, do not buy any gifts for your child's secret santa. They will be focusing on finding kind, supportive, and thoughtful things to write about someone that they may or may not know well in class. Talk to your student about who they randomly chose and help them think of kind things to say.
Enjoy your Winter Break!
I do not have a project up at this time.
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All About Mrs. BuenaVista
Welcome to room 12! I am excited to be your child's fourth grade teacher and look forward to the adventures we have together in class everyday. This is my third year at Beresford, rounding out my total of ten years of teaching experience around the Bay Area. I have my BA. in Liberal Arts and in 2013, I earned my National Board Certification in Literacy Instruction through the Stanford National Board Resource Center. I am inspired by all things learning and hope to continue learning along side your students.
In addition to teaching fourth grade, I am the testing coordinator for our school sight, site liaison for district professional development courses, a full time tutor, and a mom of two lovely and energetic children. I am not afraid of a challenge!
I grew up and went to school in San Mateo County and consider myself a peninsula native. I love all things reading, science, math word problems (no...really!), and have been to more living history museums than I can count. I have also dabbled in the theater arts and love the movies. You can often find me hanging out in a Starbucks, correcting papers and enjoying the true passion of my life...coffee!
We are going to have a productive, thought-provoking, and exciting year!
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- October 31-Fall Faire/Early Dismissal @12:40pm
- November 6-9-Parent Conferences-Early Dismissal all Week @ 12:40pm
- November 10- No School-Veteran's Day Holiday
- November 21- Mission San Jose Field trip
- November 22-24- No School- Thanksgiving
- November 30- Report cards go home
- December 15- Fingerprinting due for SOS chaperones
- December 22-Jan.8-No School/Winter Break
- January15-No School-Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday
- February 7-LIFESKILLS Day #2
- February 19-No School-Presidents' Day Holiday
- February 26-March2-Literacy Week
- March 8-9- SOS overnight field trip
- March 16- Report Cards go home
- March 28-Fun Run
- March 30-Minimum Day Early Dismissal @ 12:40pm
- April 2-15-No School-Spring Break
- April 20- Gold Rush Day
- May 1-11 Proposed CAASPP testing window (subject to change)
- May 9-Founder's Day/Talent Show
- May 23-Art Show
- May 28-No School-Memorial Day Holiday
- May 29-June 1-Student Led Conferences-Minimum Day Release all Week @ 12:40pm
- June 8-Dance Party
- June 21- Last Day of School-Minimum Day Early Dismissal @12:40pm
Please click here to see our Weekly Schedule
Students are expected to complete homework each night and 30 minutes of reading. Most nights students will have a math worksheet and a short reading or writing assignment. If a student has a significant amount of class work to finish, this may also become homework.
Please remember to have students fill out their reading logs and please sign the homework log. Occasionally there will be a long-term project such as a book report.