• FOCUS- Park Ridge Elementary


    Independent Study projects have begun!  Looking for more information?  See the announcement at the top of the right hand column on this page.  Link to a website created to provide guidance to students as they work on their projects.


    Topic and justification - topic sheet with parent signature is due to the Focus teacher by January 21, 2019.

    Projects are due: March 25, 2019

    Focus Festival: April 11, 2019 @ Brooke Point HS


    Field Trip Information 

    4th grade Focus students will be invited to go on a field trip to Gari Melcher's Belmont, Museum, and Memorial Gardents on April 24, 2019.  This will culminate a unit on Portraits as Biographies, in which students are learning the 6 elements of portraiture: facial expression, focal point, background, setting, objects, and clothing.


    5th grade Focus students will be invited on a fieldtrip on April 23, 2019 to visit Historical Civial War Sites in Stafford Co. and Fredericksburg.  The trip ends with lunch @ Old Mill Park and a suprise guest.  This will culminate the reading of the novel, "Ghosts of War - Fallen in Fredericksburg" which tells of a group of teens who meet the ghost of a civil war soldier in the basement of an antique store in downtown Fredericksburg.  


    **Parents, heard about ParentVue, but don't know what's available or how it works?  Stafford County has established a website to give you some information.  Just follow the link below:

    Information about ParentVue (PVUE)

    **Focus Schedule:

    2nd grade: Tue/Thur. @ 12:30 - 1:00

    3rd grade: TBD

    4th grade: Tuesdays @ 2:40 - 3:25

    5th grade: Major's homeroom - Wednesdays @ 2:20 - 3:05

                    Gribik's homeroom - Thursdays @ 9:30 - 10:15

    **SUPPLIES - Each student should bring a composition notebook for writing and reflecting.  The books will be kept in the FOCUS room, so you must have one for this purpose only.  You can drop it off (Room 10) or bring it with you the first week.  Thank-you! See you soon, Mrs. Hammers


    Welcome to FOCUS!  I am excited to be at Park Ridge Elementary this year, and can't wait to meet you!  I hope you've had a fun and relaxing summer, and can't wait to hear all about you.  In the meantime, here are some things about me:

    A few of my favorite things:

    Color: blue, green, purple (depends on my mood!)         Season: definitely Autumn!        Flower: daffodil           Food: anything with chocolate in it!

    Drink:  ice tea                   Hobby: reading (duh! I'm a teacher, right?), hand crafts (sewing, knitting, etc.), and hiking/walking, especially in the woods.                                      

    TV: anything on Netflix         Sport to watch:  TENNIS!!           Number: 12 (can you guess why?)

    Candy: Snickers          Favorite book I read this summer: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Scythe by Neil Shusterman. 

    I have one cat - Moe , one "grand"-cat - Rocky, and one "grand"-dog- Bri.  You will see pictures of them in the Focus Room.



    Meet Bri, she is a yellow lab.

    Meet my "grand" dog, Bri, a yellow lab.


  • Fourth and Fifth graders will begin their Independent Study projects in January, starting with selecting their topics.  Use this link to a website I created to post timelines and organizers for completing this project.  All projects are due March 25, 2019 and the Stafford County Focus Festival is April 11, 2019.

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  • WordMasters is a national verbal analogy-solving contest for third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders. All FOCUS students are expected to participate.  WordMasters Challenge #2 is coming February 11 - 15.  Students should have received their wordlists.  Definitions are NOT provided this time, so make sure you are working on this!  It is important to study the word lists for challenge #2, review words from challenge #1, and practice completing word analogies.

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  • Mrs. Greene, our math specialist, and myself have been busy visiting second, third, and fourth grade classrooms to talk about being "Math Detectives".  This is to prepare students for participating in this year's CML Challenge.  The challenge will begin in November for 4th and 5th graders, and January for 2nd and 3rd graders.  We are looking forward to the challenge this year.  Please look for more information soon.

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