Room 9 Updates

Monday, August 26, 2019

Hi All,

Welcome to Week 3!

This Thursday, August 29th, Rio del Mar will have its Back-to-School Night. Please come to Room 9 from 6-6:30 to learn all about our class; other school presentations follow that time. We will go one more week before I send home the weekly homework page. I will be explaining how it works to you on Thursday night. I will also be doing sign-ups for Parent/Teacher conferences and in-class volunteer duties on that night. For more details about the evening,  please check the school website.

Last week, we wrapped up our Beginning-of-the-Year assessments, and will now move full speed into the curriculum. Writing and Reading Workshops get underway this week,  and we will continue with the math curriculum that we began last week. Today (Monday, August 26th), kids will bring home handouts and some of the math papers we worked on last week. Please review the math with your child during the week, especially if you see a lot of comments. Typically, I save papers to return for Monday.

Also on Monday, I sent home the first Scholastic book order; if you wish to purchase books, please order by this Tuesday night. Thank you to those that have already submitted orders.

Have a great week!  I look forward to seeing you Thursday evening.

Carroll Mayer

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hi Families,

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2019-2020 school year!

This week we will begin some of our regular classroom routines, but also continue with some Getting -To-Know-You activities, including beginning-of-the-year assessments. MAP tests will be taken this week, and I hope to wrap up by Friday. (We only test for 1-2 hours per day. )

We are starting the regular math program, using Engage New York curriculum ( aka Eureka Math.). Last week, we enjoyed some creative math activities from Jo Boaler’s Week of Inspirational Math. I will work on integrating some of her other creative math throughout the year. I will not be sending home any homework, and will explain my homework program at Back-to-School Night on August 29th.

Our first writing project is a personal poem. We will also begin spelling sorts. I am reading The Wild Robot aloud to the entire class. Fourth Graders will begin reading Kate DiCamillo’s Tiger Rising next week during a portion of their Reading Workshop time. The entire class is also reading self-selected books, and conferencing with me about their book selections. We will begin mini-lessons in reading  next week.

Today (Monday), I am sending home a letter explaining the format of our class overall. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

Have a great week!

Carroll Mayer

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hi All,

Welcome to Room 9. 💜I am so excited to have a combined Third & Fourth Class this year! Having 2 grades of students enables us to explore a wide array of content, build independent and collaborative learning abilities, and grow cross grade level friendships.

For those parents that don't know me, I am a long time Rio del Mar teacher. I began my years at Rio as a Parent Volunteer, then a First Grade Classroom Aide. When I was ready to take over full teaching duties, I started with a combined 1/2 class! After that, I moved to Third Grade, and taught that level for 9 years. This will be my sixth year teaching Fourth Grade.

As a teacher, my passion is reading, and I have tons of books in the classroom to share. When I was a kid, I loved reading fiction, and could easily lose myself in the worlds created by my favorite authors. In my adult life, I've come to appreciate informational text as well, and I love the great variety now present in nonfiction titles for kids.

My personal interests include reading (still!), walking, traveling, and this summer I committed myself to yoga. I am married, and have 2 adult children who live in great travel destinations: San Francisco and Kauai.

A primary goal for me in my personal and professional life is continued growth. While I love returning to old favorites (places, books, exercises...) I am always looking for opportunities to explore the new. This is something that I hope to share with you all.

It's going to be a great year!


Carroll Mayer