Octopus Stew!

This week we have been learning about the sound of letter Oo.  So, on Friday we made a big pot of Octopus Stew!  As you can see, everyone LOVED it!  Sorry I couldn’t get a picture of everyone.  A lot of the boys and girls had already eaten it before I could get there.  Oh well, I’m just happy they enjoyed it!

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On October 31st we had our school parade and Halloween party in the class room.  The boys and girls had a great time getting dressed and walking in the parade.  When we were finished parading, we came back to the classroom for some treats and pumpkin decorating.  It was a fun time for all!  I would like to thank all the great parents who donated things for the party.  I know the boys and girls had a great time!

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  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Greenville College
  • First year teaching at Evangelical School
  • Likes to spend time with family and friends




  • Master of Arts in Teaching from Greenville College
  • Has been teaching at Evangelical School for 12 years
  • Likes to travel

Today we celebrated Annie’s birthday.  It was the first birthday of the year in our class.  Annie brought cupcakes to share with the class and everyone left with a blue or purple mouth!


The boys and girls had a great time rotating through centers today.  We are moving right along!


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Field Trip Fun

Thanks to the Every Kid in a Park initiative, we were able to take a free field trip to the Audubon Center and Riverlands. This field trip allowed us to take part in several fun activities including; a live reptile show, a canoeing adventure on the Mississippi River, a live history show about Lewis and Clark, and a presentation about the national parks and federal lands in the United States. Another perk of the Every Kid in the Park initiative is that every 4th grade student and their families get FREE access into ANY nation park in the United States ALL summer! This is pretty awesome, considering that some of the national parks are pretty costly to get into.


Our computers got a makeover…meet the new Olivia :)

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As you can tell we had a pretty great time, the weather was beautiful, and I think that they learned a thing or two. We’ll count that as a win for the 4th grade teachers! :)

Our butterflies have arrived!! It’s been so exciting to see our caterpillars grow (quickly), become chrysalides, and then emerge as painted lady butterflies. We eagerly tracked their progress and waited for the day we could release them so they could start the process all over again.Amazing!!

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May Day 2018
Happy May Day to everyone!  The first week of May finds us celebrating Children’s Book Week in the library.  I am sharing some of my favorite books that are about books.  Students are also sharing their favorite book titles with their classmates.
Next week, I will be talking with students about Evangelical School’s Summer Reading Program.  Hayner Library’s Summer Reading Program will be discussed, as well.  More information on these programs will be forthcoming.  I can’t stress enough how important it is that your child read (and be read to) over our summer break.
The third week of May there will be a two day Book Fair in the library.  My hope is that no student leaves Evangelical School without summer reading material.  I will post dates and hours of the Book Fair next week.

Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill Voting

Voting for the Bluestem Award and the Rebecca Caudill Award will take place the last week of February in the library.  These two awards are voted on by students across the state of Illinois.  Students in grades four and five may vote for the Bluestem Award if they have read and/or heard four of the nominees.  Voting for the Rebecca Caudill Award is by students in middle school who have read and/or heard three of the nominees.  The results will be announced in March.