Daily Classroom Schedules:

Schedule for Monday and Friday

Schedule for Tuesday-Thursday

To contact me:
Phone: 360.225.7366 (school)
Cell: 360-601-6472

Welcome to Ms. Aldred's Class

Dear fourth grade families and students,

Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a fantastic summer and built some great family memories. My summer was full of beach trips, family visiting from Australia, and I even got to spend a week in Barcelona, Spain. Traveling is becoming a relatively recent hobby for me and I can’t wait to do more in the near future. If you have any suggestions for great spots, please share! Kayaking, paper crafts and jewelry making are also at the top of my hobby list.

I’m starting my ninth year at GMS. In my career, I’ve taught first, second, third, and fourth grades, most of which have been here. It’s been an excellent experience to see how learning progresses as students move up and I’m quite fond of where I am in fourth grade.

Some big areas of focus in math this year will be expanding multiplication and division understanding. We’ll also be diving into fractions a little later this year. In order to be successful in these areas, it is imperative that students are proficient with basic multiplication facts through 10, which should have been mastered by the end of third grade. We’ll also start reading and writing numbers with decimals.

One popular question I often get is about homework. I don’t regularly assign homework, but that doesn’t mean students don’t have things to work on at home. Here are some ways your child can help him/herself at home:

  1. We will have weekly spelling tests. Students will have a spelling pretest (typically on Monday) and be tested on those words (typically on Friday). They will have very little class time to study those words so, depending on how they performed on the pretest, they may need additional time at home to practice.
  2. As I mentioned earlier, students should already be proficient with multiplication facts through10. Flashcards, songs, dice, and card games that practice these skills are helpful.
  3. Nightly reading at home and having conversations about what students are reading helps keep reading skills fresh.
  4. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Shealy in the media center until 4:15 every day to give kids a quiet place to get caught up on unfinished work. If a student is absent or gets behind on classwork, this is a great space to focus without the distractions of home.
  5. Probably one of the best ways your child can help themselves in school is by talking with others about what they are learning. Questions such as: “What are you working on in math?” or “What story is your class reading right now? What is it about?” open the door for students to explain what they are learning and teaching someone how to do something really helps to cement the skill.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please email me or give me a call. If you email right before school, I may not get back to you until after. If you call during the school day, I likely won’t get your message until I’m back in cell service range. I generally stay late and I live in Vancouver so I have a bit of a drive.

Thanks so much for all you do to support your child!

Alysia Aldred