Here are some updates:

    The first challenge will be on the following dates: Third grade - Nov. 15, Fourth grade - Nov. 19, Fifth grade - Nov. 20.  All challenges will take place in the cafeteria @ 9:30am.  Students will have 30 minutes to complete 20 analogies.  Study your words!

    Speaking of studying your words, I have uploaded all word lists into Quizlet, a free online site that allows you to use virtual flashcards.  There are also games you can play to make it more fun.  I encourage students participating in Wordmasters to check it out:

    Go to Quizlet.com or download the app and set up an account.  Please use your first initial and last name only.  If I don't recognize your user name, I may delete it!  Use the code below for your grade level to join:

    Third grade - https://quizlet.com/join/dwuZRVE42

    Fourth grade - https://quizlet.com/join/NF7MDsW5e

    Fifth grade - https://quizlet.com/join/TXpJ39S3s

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    Here is a brief summary of what we are doing currently:

    2nd grade - Analytical thinking.  We are creating Venn diagrams with two and three rings!

    3rd grade - Went on a field trip to George Washington's Ferry Farm to wrap up a unit on archaeology.  Next, we will be spending some time on WordMasters (analogies) and problem solving (math).

    4th grade - Logic puzzles called perplexors.  Next we will be spending time on WordMasters (analogies) and problem solving (math).

    5th grade - We are done with "The True Meaning of Words", students will be presenting their own quotes, and then focusing on WordMasters (analogies) and problem solving (math).


    Welcome to FOCUS @ PRES!  I am excited to be at Park Ridge Elementary this year, and can't wait to meet you!  The FOCUS room has changed - you can now find me in Room 1 in the front hallway near the PE room.  I hope you will stop in and say hello.


    I hope you've had a fun and relaxing summer, and can't wait to hear all about it.  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?), 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, and a grandson on the way!