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4th Grade - Mrs. Leah Pason

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October Newsletter

Wow! The school year is sure flying by. We have been having fun getting to know each other and learning what it means to be a 4th grader.

Math: Unit 3 - Place Value

Reading: As a class, we are reading Island of the Blue Dolphins. Please have your child tell you about this book! It is a classic story about a Native American young woman who is left alone on an island.  Your child is also in a book club. A group of students read the same book and then have meaningful discussions surrounding events and problems in the story. 

Benchmark: By the time October break arrives we will have finished our first unit in our new reading program. Students have learned how to annotate text, find key ideas and supporting evidence as well as learn to write a summary. 

Writing: We started our first unit in Writer's Workshop in September.  Your child will  publish their first realistic fiction story by October break. When we arrive  back from break we will begin writing persuasive essays. 

Science: We will spend some time exploring the elements in an environment. We will also learn about food webs and how plants and animals transfer their energy to each other. Students will plant seeds in a terrarium and learn how an environment affects growth. 

Social Studies: After learning about Native Americans in September, we will learn how explorers from Spain and England came up the coast of what is now California looking for gold, spices, and other items of value. They will learn that the Spanish explorers will greatly change the course of California's history. 

Classroom Wish List

Hi families! 

Thank you so much for supplying our classroom with many necessary supplies! Our classroom needs:


You can also take a look at my Amazon wish list. There are books and other items that I would love to have for our class.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/GDG5TSG67QW5/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1


Donor's Choose Projects

I don't have any projects posted at this time. 


All About Mrs. Pason      

Welcome to Room 13! I am excited to be your child’s 4th grade teacher. This is my fourth year teaching 4th grade at Beresford. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Elementary Education. I consider myself to be a life-long learner and find joy in discovering new things.

In addition to teaching I am the PTA Parliamentarian and parent- teacher liasion, Beresford’s technology leader, and I am on the talent show and PBIS teams. Outside of school I am a Girl Scout Troop leader and a softball mom. 

I live in San Mateo with my husband, daughter, 2 dogs and 2 cats. We are a small but busy family. Many of you know that my daughter Hayden is also a Beresford Bear! She is in 4th grade this year. When we aren’t working or at school my family loves to explore San Francisco, hike in the Redwoods or just enjoy time with our family and friends.

I know this is going to be an exciting and adventurous school year!


Important Information

Free online tutoring with a San Mateo library card!! To access this free tutoring service you will need a computer, internet and to follow these simple steps:

1. Go to the city of San Mateo's website

2. Click on Departments

3. Click on Library

4. Click on Kids

5. Look for Brain Fuse. This is the link to the free tutoring! 

Let me know if you need help finding this website!

4th Grade - Mrs. Leah Pason

Leah Pason


Upcoming Events

11/21 Filoli Gardens field trip

10/4 Walk to School

10/6-10/22 FALL BREAK

10/31 Fall Fair- Minimum Day

11/10 No School- Veteran's Day

11/21 Field Trip- Mission San Jose

11/22-11/24 No School- Thanksgiving break

12/22-1/8 No School-Winter Break

1/15- No School- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day

2/19- No School- President's Day





Weekly Schedule:

Please click here to see our weekly schedule.

Homework Policy:

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. Please remember to have students fill out their reading logs and please sign the homework log. Ocasionally there will be a long-term project such as a book report.