Sunday, October 28, 2018

October 28, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Congratulations to Sullivan and Lindsay for being selected as our Class Representatives for Student Council!  These two hard working and responsible students will make fine officers!

The fourth graders met their second grade Buddies from Mrs. Ingle’s class for the first time this month.  To get to know each other, they conducted interviews. Edna’s Classroom Buddies program is a great way to promote school community and to teach leadership skills. From now on, we will be meeting with our Buddies approximately once a month.  

This upcoming Wednesday, October 31st is our Halloween parade and party.  The Halloween parade will take place at 8:50am on the blacktop and around the turf.  The fourth graders can wear their costumes to school and change after the parade.  Please remember to keep the school costumes on the friendlier side and that accessories like toy weapons are not allowed at school.  The party will take place in the classroom following the parade from approximately 9:15 until 10:00.  Thank you to our Room Parents, Shannon Gillmore and Sam Fazio, for setting up a Sign-up Genius for the party and thank you to all the parents who contributed something to the party!

Parent-Teacher Conferences have been scheduled, and by now you should have received an email with the date and time of yours.  If you are unable to make it at your scheduled time, please let me know right away.  During the two weeks of conferences, November 5th through November 16thstudents will be released at 1:55pm.   

This year, I will be giving the fourth graders the opportunity to practice their keyboarding skills through the use of the web-based program called Keyboarding Without Tears.  If students have access to a computer and the Internet at home, they can access their keyboarding accounts from there.  Last weekend, I emailed you a link to the Keyboarding Without Tears site. If you didn’t receive it, please let me know.  

There is no school on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans’ Day.

Warm regards,         


Mrs. Eshoff
(415) 389-7733, X2636
aeshoff@mvschools.org

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

The Mustang Stampede and Round-up is almost here!  This fun PTA-sponsored event is happening this Sunday, October 14th from 12-3pm on the Edna blacktop.  Enjoy a barbecue lunch, play games, bid at the silent auction to help raise money for our school, participate in the Hale Bale Lap-a-Thon, and rock out to boot stompin’ music!  You won’t want to miss it!  

Thank you to all the families who donated to the 4thgrade’s “Family Game Night” barrel to be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the Mustang Stampede!   Some of the items in the barrel include the games of Farkle, Star Wars Monopoly, Scrabble and HedBanz, as well as a popcorn maker, popcorn and gourmet chocolate!  

We have Room Parents!  Thank you so much to Shannon Gillmore and Sam Fazio for stepping up to the plate!  You will all be hearing from them very soon! 

The Walk Through California presentation is happening next Thursday, October 18th from 9:00 to 11:30am in the Multi-purpose Room.  The fourth graders should be working on memorizing the definition of their word and answer to their question on the Expert Word Cards they were given a couple of weeks ago, as they will be expected to present them the day of the event.  They should also wear a costume, representing California history, geography, culture, or their own Expert Word Card.  For costume ideas, please visit the California Weekly Explorer website at the following link:


Our school will be having a Halloween parade at 8:50am on Wednesday, October 31st.  All families are invited!  Following the parade we will have a small party in our classroom.  Please look for an email with more details from our Room Moms. 

Parent-teacher conferences are happening during the weeks of November 5thand 12th.  If you have not yet scheduled a conference, please contact me right away.  During the two conference weeks, students will be dismissed early every day at 1:55pm.   

There is no school on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans’ Day.

Warm regards,


Mrs. Eshoff
(415) 389-7733, X2636
aeshoff@mvschools.org

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Save the date!  The Mustang Stampede and Round-up is fast approaching! This fun, PTA-sponsored event is happening Sunday, October 14 from 12-3pm on the Edna blacktop.  Stay tuned for more details!  

Thanks to Kiddo!, the fourth graders will be participating in California Weekly Explorers’ Walkthrough California program on Thursday, October 18, from 9:00 until 11:30am, in the MPR here at Edna.  This presentation is designed to allow fourth grade students to actively participate in a lively retelling of California’s rich history.  Through the use of games, music, and storytelling, history comes alive for them!  You are welcome to join us!  Due to the length of the presentation, I do suggest finding alternate childcare for small children.  This is an interactive history lesson and not a school play, so younger audience members may become a distraction to the participants and presenter. For more information on this special program, you can visit California Weekly Explorers’ website at: http://californiaweekly.com. Look for your official invitation to the Walkthrough California program in your child’s Wednesday Folder next week. 
If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the text messaging system called Remind.  This system will allow me to text you with important reminders.  If you have a smartphone, you can receive push notifications.  To sign up, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/h7fb3a. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind.  You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.  If you do not have a smartphone, get text notifications.  Text this message @h7fb3a to the number 81010.  If you have any trouble with 81010, try texting @h7fb3a to (415) 659-9324.  If you do not have a mobile phone, go to rmd.at/h7fb3a on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications.

We are still looking for Room Parents to assist the class with special events like California Cookies and the end-of-the-school year party.  Thank you so much for considering taking on this role!

In the fall of 5th grade your child will be participating in the outdoor education program at Walker Creek.  In a couple of weeks, on October 17, from 11:15am to 12:15pm, Walker Creek Ranch is holding its annual open house and tour for parents.  If you are interested in hearing more about this program and touring the facility, this would be a wonderful event to attend.  Here is a link to the Walker Creek website if you have any questions about the October 17th event or about this 5th grade program:  http://www.walkercreekranch.org.

The fourth graders took their first weekly math assessment last Friday.  They received their scored tests back on Monday and we reviewed any problems they had trouble with in class.  Then your children took it home to redo any problems they missed on a separate piece of lined paper, to review it with you and then to have you sign it. Your child will benefit greatly from correcting his or her mistakes and reviewing the math concepts one more time. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

Please remember to review your children’s work in their Wednesday Folder each week.  The left pocket contains work that needs to be reviewed, signed and returned to the classroom while the right pocket contains work that should be reviewed and kept at home. 

Thanks to Kiddo!, the fourth graders’ orchestra program is set to begin tomorrow.  If you missed the informational meetings about this program and you are interested in learning more about it, please contact the program’s director, Phoebe Dong, at pdong@mvschools.org.  

There is no school on Monday, October 8 due to a Staff Development Day.  

Warm regards,


Mrs. Eshoff
(415) 389-7733, X2636
aeshoff@mvschools.org

Monday, September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Thanks so much to all the parents who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to attend Back-to-School Night last week. I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet each and every one of you!  Since we only had forty-five minutes together, it was impossible for me to cover every program and curricular event special to our class and the 4th grade.  For that reason, I will be posting to our classroom blog periodically with information on current classroom and school-wide activities, projects and events.  Our blog can be accessed through the Teacher Sites page on the Edna Maguire website (ednamaguire.org) or directly at http://ednaeshoff.blogspot.com.  

Thank you also to the many parents who volunteered to help out in the classroom!  If you haven’t heard from me already, you will soon.  

A special thank you to Alison Vinoly (Diego’s mom) for her willingness to be our class’s Room Parent!  You should be hearing from her very soon.  

I have signed up for a text messaging system called Remind. This system will allow me to text you with important reminders.  If you have a smartphone, you can receive push notifications.  To sign up, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/h7fb3a.  Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind.  You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.  If you do not have a smartphone, get text notifications.  Text this message @h7fb3a to the number 81010.  If you have any trouble with 81010, try texting @h7fb3a to (415) 659-9324.  If you do not have a mobile phone, go to rmd.at/h7fb3a on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications.  Please be sure that you sign up for the service, so that you do not miss out on any important messages.  Thanks so much!    

Scholastic Book Clubs is a wonderful way to get your child excited about reading.  It’s also a great way to expose your child to different genres. Our first book orders will be coming home in your child’s Wednesday Folder this week and are due by next Thursday, September 27.  You may either send in the order forms with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs or you may order online, using the provided classroom code (LLKWZ).  No cash please.  

Every week, students will be bringing home a “Weekly Update” in their Wednesday Folder.  This form gives students the opportunity to explain what is going on in different areas of the curriculum, how they are doing in school, assignments they are missing, and goals they have made for themselves. Please review it with your child, sign it, make any comments, and return it, along with the Wednesday Folder, to school with your child by Friday of the same week.

This week, I will begin administering timed multiplication tests.  These tests will be given once a week.  Students will have one minute to complete 50 problems.  It is possible to receive a perfect score on this test.  A few students last year were able to complete all 50 problems in one minute or less.  Please encourage your child to review their multiplication facts through 9 on a regular basis.  A lot of practice will be needed before the facts can be memorized and mastered.  For that reason, I am encouraging all families to sign up for a web-based program called XtraMath.  This program that we are also using in the classroom helps students increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic.  In this week’s Wednesday Folder, I am sending home information on how to sign up for this program and how to link your account to our account in the classroom. If you do not have the Internet at home, I can suggest alternative activities your child can pursue to help with the mastery of math facts.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday during Lunch Recess, I hold Study Hall for students who have missing homework assignments, who need extra help with their schoolwork, or who just want to do some quiet work or reading.  If you feel your child would benefit from attending Study Hall, please encourage him or her to attend.

The Kiddo!-sponsored orchestra program is set to begin soon.  This is an optional program and students participating will leave the classroom for half an hour every Thursday afternoon to meet with Ms. Dong.  If for some reason you missed the flyer and email explaining this program and you would like your child to participate, please contact the director of the program, Phoebe Dong, at pdong@mvschools.orgASAP.  

Warm regards,


Mrs. Eshoff
(415) 389-7733, X2636
aeshoff@mvschools.org


Thursday, August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

We are off to a fabulous start in fourth grade! I am so pleased with our class!   Everyone is making a concerted effort to follow school rules, work hard and treat each other with respect and kindness.

This past week we have spent a lot of time reviewing school policies and classroom expectations for conduct.  Thanks so much to the families who reviewed the classroom behavior expectations with their children at home and returned the signed form to me.  We also had the opportunity to get to know each other a little bit by sharing our “Me Bags” and participating in a “Classmate Scavenger Hunt.” 

This week students put away their supplies and organized their desks and homework binders.  Thank you to all parents for purchasing the recommended school supplies in a timely manner! 

In order to assist me in getting to know your children and design instruction specific to your children’s needs, I sent you a parent survey along with the classroom placement email.  Thank you to the many families who have already completed and returned it to me! If you have not yet had the opportunity to fill it out, please remember to do so.  Thanks so much for your effort, interest and time!   

Every Wednesday, your child will bring home a “Wednesday Folder.” This folder will contain important news and correspondence from the school and community, completed schoolwork, as well as assessments that need to be reviewed, signed, and returned to school.  Your child should bring home the folder on Wednesday, empty its contents at home that same evening, and then return it to school the next day.  The folders will go home for the first time this upcoming Wednesday the 5th.  

We are looking for parents to assist with our morning and afternoon Car Line.  Our 4th grade class is responsible for covering Car Line at the end of October and through the middle of November.  Please go to the following link to sign up: Eshoff/Ward Car Line/Lunch Line Volunteer Sign Up.  Thanks so much!  

Please remember that a fourth grade informational meeting for parents only is happening the evening of Wednesday, September 5 in the Library from 5:30 until 6:15pm.  The fourth grade team will share at that time new and special 4thgrade programs. It would be wonderful if at least one parent from each family was in attendance.  

Back-to-School Night is the following week on Thursday, September 13. The evening will begin with an all-parent assembly in the MPR from 5:30 until 5:50pm.  The classroom presentations will follow the assembly and run from 6:00 until 6:45pm. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear all about what is going on in the classroom this year.  I hope to see you all there!  

Please remember that Monday, September 3 is Labor Day and that school will be closed in observance of the holiday.  

Warm regards,


Mrs. Eshoff
415-389-7733, X2636
aeshoff@mvschools.org

Saturday, August 25, 2018

August 2018

                                                                                                                                           
Dear Fourth Grade Family,

I hope you had a fun and restful summer! Since the 2018-2019 school year is upon us, I am so pleased to welcome your child to my class and would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you.  My name is Ann Eshoff and I am your child’s fourth grade teacher. Prior to obtaining my teaching credential at Dominican University, I earned my undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley in Political Economy.  Subsequently, I worked for several years in the film and advertising industries in the Bay Area.  In 1998, I began my teaching career as a fifth grade teacher for three years in the Mill Valley School District, right here at Edna Maguire School!  The following six years, I put my teaching career on hold to stay at home with my two children, Madison (now 17) and Dylan (now 14), and then returned to the teaching profession eleven years ago as a first grade teacher in Novato.  Nine years ago, I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to return to the Mill Valley School District and Edna Maguire School at the fourth grade level. As you well know, it is a very special place where the community’s commitment to family involvement and a high-quality education is paramount.  
Fourth grade is a year of magical growth: learning to be more prolific readers and writers, becoming more aware of the surrounding world, developing critical thinking skills, and growing more independent. The fourth grade curriculum is fun and engaging!  With our participation in a number of field trips, Walk Through California (a lively and interactive retelling of California’s history), the California Wax Museum, the Poets in Schools program, the Trout in the Classroom program, and A Touch of Understanding (a disability awareness program), and with special projects like the California Road Trip Journal, California Cookies, and the Gold Rush Internet project, your child has so much to look forward to this year!  It promises to be an exciting year of learning for your child!  
I know that my teaching must first begin with making your child feel at home in my classroom, and with helping all of the children come together into a learning community made up of unique individuals, each with his or her own learning style, interests and hopes. Would you please help me learn a little bit about your child by taking a few quiet moments to fill out the provided survey?  I want to know how your child thinks and plays, as well as how you see your child as a learner and person.  Please return this survey to school with your child some time during the first couple weeks of school.  Thanks so much for your effort, interest and time!  
            To help our program run smoothly, I recommend that you purchase the school supplies listed on the provided “Recommended Supply List”.  This list includes all the items recommended for fourth grade through 1stDay School Supplies (www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com).  If you already purchased the fourth grade kit from 1st Day School Supplies, you are all set! If you did not, you can use the provided list as a guide when purchasing the supplies elsewhere.  Please be sure your child brings all of his or her supplies to the classroom no later than Wednesday, August 29.  
A good learning experience is built on a cooperative effort among parent, child, and teacher.  I am very happy to be teaching your child and look forward to the work we will accomplish together this year.  I hope to see you at Back-to-School Night on September 13 where I will further explain the fourth grade curriculum, our class procedures, and expectations for your child this year.

Warm regards,
Mrs. Eshoff