Wednesday, September 2, 2020


Friday, May 29, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Pictures From the Parade.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Sending A positive Message to yourself and Others.

Check out these posters we have up all around our house. 

Why do you think we put them up for everyone to see?

What could you make and put up at your house?

Think about your spacing and try to Goldilocks it! Not too small not too big. 
 A pencil first can help you be sure it's exactly how you want it before you make it juicy with color to pop!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Hello Families,
I recently received word from our district about the guidelines I am to follow while we are distantly learning together. It changes some of what I can do and I want to share our latest plan for learning. I have posted this email on our BLOG so it's easy to find later. I will share each email I send on the blog to help keep us connected. I am committed to doing whatever I can to make this new way of teaching and learning work. I miss your children very much! 

At this point I am only allowed to provide instruction for up to 30 minutes each day for our students. This will be a combination of Zoom time with me and completing activities/assignments I post on Seesaw. The amount of time I can deliver instruction will extend over the next several weeks. I am going to reduce our Zoom time together so that I can have kids do some work on Seesaw and IXL. Kids are always welcome to do more if they want!
Reading at home together is always a great idea! Anytime you can do this together please go for it! Let me know how I can support reading at home.

Please always do what is best for your family. Let me know your needs. I am here for you! I have created office hours for parents to be able to connect with me. See below

Daily Class Schedule for "required" distant learning:
11:00-11:15 - Zoom with Ms. Christie - use the email link I sent.  ( email if you need it again)
11:15-11:30 - Students complete assignments/actives on Seesaw and/or IXL.

We will Zoom each day for 15 minutes. We will meet from 11:00-11:15am, Monday-Friday. During this time we will have a morning meeting to connect. Kids will share thoughts and feelings on a given topic or experience. The daily classwork will be discussed. 
If you need another invite to our Zoom meetings please let me know. We will use the same link each day.

I would like your child to log in and complete the diagnostic for math. Allow your child to take as much time as they need. This can take several days. 
If you need access information for IXL - please email me.

Have your child log into Seesaw and begin exploring the tools and resources available. There are several activities up to practice with. 
If you need access information for Seesaw - please email me.

Office Hours
Please email me ahead of time and I can be available to talk with you on the phone or over Zoom. 

I am available to talk/zoom:
Tuesday - 9:45-10:45 am
Wednesday - 5:30-6:30 pm
Thursday - 9:45-10:45 am

Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Today I was able to have a virtual meeting with the entire staff at Camas Ridge Community School. It was so amazing to see everyone's faces and hear their voices. I am able to report back from all of the Camas staff that WE REALLY MISS THE KIDS! I am working from home and getting all dialed in to teach from home. This is a unique time for sure. Thank you for being patient and understanding with everyone as we navigate these new waters. We can do this!

I am coming up with plans to get kids engaged with me in learning online. There will be a variety of ways for us to do this. I look forward to sharing it all with you! I am excited to see what cool ideas and work come from this!

For now, I have set up IXL (an educational learning website/app) for our class. Each student in our class has a username and password to log in. Once logged into IXL, kids can see the math and reading activities shared with them to experience. If you do not have the username and password for your child please email me and I will give it to you.

Here is the link to sign into IXL. 

IXL - Sign In

I will keep in touch! Please tell your children that I miss them VERY much and cannot wait to connect. I am planning to make some phone calls to try and say hello to each student in class!

                                                               Hello from home!


Friday, March 13, 2020

Hello Families,

Knowing that we will not be able to hold school next week, I am going to share with you some ideas  you could use should you find yourself able to school at home with your child. This work is NOT required at all. I hope it is helpful and that you have some fun doing it. I am going to miss your children VERY much!

There are some great websites to check out at the bottom of this post.


1) Find a book your child loves to read with you and spend 20 minutes reading with each other in ways you find successful. You read to them, they read to you, shared reading, even listening to an audio version of the book can be fun. After you read the book, talk about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story. Have your child create a few note cards with some of the details. Your child will then try out summarizing the story. You can do it, too. This could be a fun chapter book that you read part of each day!

2) Find one of your favorite poems and share it with your child. It could even be the lyrics from one of your favorite songs. Read the poem or song at least 3 times. Recite it, sing it, own it! Have your child draw or write about what the song or poem made them feel.

3) Have your child grab a book and find 10 different words that jump out to them. Have them write the words in a list. Now, work with your child to put those words into alphabetical order. It might help to cut out each of the words so they can be moved around. Write out the ABCs for your child to use as a resource. Finally, the kids can write a sentence for each word or write a silly song or story using them.

4) Have your child create their own ABC book. They can dedicate one page to each letter. Have them write the upper and lower case of each letter, a word that starts with that letter, a picture of that word, and finally one sentence that links to that word. Start with pencil and then make the book juicy with color after it's the way they want.

5) Have your child write some thank you cards or cards of their choice to someone special. Talk to them about the importance of sharing thoughts and feelings of gratitude, thanks, and appreciation. Talk about how good it feels to get a special letter from someone. Talk to them about saying something they really feel and organizing their thoughts and writing in a way that makes it easy for the person to read.

6) Have your child write a letter Ms. Christie telling me what they are up to. I will miss them VERY much! Here is a letter from me that you can share. Maybe they could respond to it!

Dear Amazing Students,

I want you to know that I absolutely love being your teacher! Each and every day that I walk into the classroom and see your bright and shiny faces my heart explodes with joy and excitement. I am the luckiest person alive to get to spend my days connecting and learning with you. I am disappointed that we will not be together next week in class BUT I know we will be back together VERY soon. I am going to be home with my 3 daughters. We are going to do school together each day and get creative with the work we do. We are going to read, write, do math, paint, do science experiments, and enjoy other ways of learning that we invent along the way. It will be a great time to get creative. I cannot wait to hear what you have been up to! Feel free to write a letter telling me all about what you did. Please be safe, be kind, and remember that I think you are amazing! Wash your hands!

Ms. Christie


1) Roll and Record -  A Math Game

Take 2-3 dot or number dice depending on what is best for you.

Take a + or – die ( you can make this yourself by placing tape over each side of a die and writing a + or - on the sides)

Roll all of the dice and create an equation to solve using the numbers on the dice you role.

Write the equation and solve the equation using evidence.

The +/- die will tell you whether it’s an addition or subtraction problem.

Challenge yourself at the level that is best for you!

See how many equations you can set up and solve.

Be sure your information it clearly organized so it’s easy for someone else to understand.

2) Measurement
Grab a ruler or measuring tape and decide on ten different items to measure and record. Make a graph or chart that shows how long each item is. Have your child work to clearly organize the data so it's easy to read. Organize the items from smallest to biggest. 

3) Money, Money, Money
Grab a handful of mixed coins ( quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies). Have your child sort and organize them. Let them get creative. Once they are organized, have your child use their most effective strategy to add up the amount they have. Have your child record the amount they have in a way that is clear.

4) Word Problems
You and your child could make up your own word problem and the solve it. Here is an example of one that I made up.
3 children and 4 adults are sitting in a movie theatre. They are watching the new Lego movie. One of the children, while waiting for the movie to start, begins to wonder something. See if you can help him figure out the answer to the question. How many fingers and toes are there if I added up everyone sitting here? Create an equation to solve this answer, show evidence of how you got the answer, and then answer in a complete sentence. 

5) Math Games online
Kids love math games online! Here is a fun one we have been playing in class. It's called Fruit Smash. It has seven levels and can be timed or can be in relaxed mode. It's a fun way to practice addition and subtraction. 

This site offers some rich and engaging ideas and activities for science. Have fun!

Social Emotional 
Here are some discussion topics I had hoped to cover next week:

1) What are some signs  your body sends you when you are beginning to feel sick? Is it important to always listen to your body? Why or why not?

2) Who is your trusted adult? Who can you go to if you are having a hard time with something/someone or something is wrong?

3) Do you always want to do the things that you are asked to do? How do you handle it when you have to do something you don't want to do? What kinds of things can you say or do to motivate yourself? What does it mean to be motivated?

4) What does it mean to be flexible? Is it helpful to be flexible in life when things don't go the way we planned it? Is it easy to be flexible? When were some times when you were flexible?

5) Is it easy to say sorry to someone when you have hurt them or done something wrong? How do you feel after to apologize? How do others feel when you do it? How does it feel when you don't apologize? 

Music, Art, and Exercise!
1) Have fun, create, listen to music and DANCE! 

2) Get on the floor and stretch! 

3) Make something creative with ANY materials you are allowed to use! Take pictures of the process and when you are all done, go back and see what it took to make it! 

4) Make a movie, act out a skit, write a song or a poem and perform it!

5) Get out and PLAY! 

6) Be YOU and express it in ways that bring you JOY!

7) Get out and explore nature!


Reading/Writing/Language Arts

Social Studies Math


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Here is what we have been up to the last few weeks in room 17.
The pumpkin patch came to us! The k/1 kids had a special surprise of a field full of pumpkins. So much fun to get out there and pick them ourselves. 

Our class got to paint some fabulous pumpkins and put them on display for sale at Trader Joe's. There are still a few for sale if you want to go and grab one!

Our class LOVES Legos!

Making cards for special people in our lives.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Practicing our handwriting.

Reading ROCKS!

Making Words with Sue. She comes in and works with us each day. 

Picking books you are interested in makes it so much more fun.


Organizing and intepreting data! 


With a little help from my friend.

Kids MUST play!