Important Information

Dear Parents,

As we fine-tune our schedule and smooth out routines here are some things to be aware of:

  • Students need to bring in headphones and ideally ones with a microphone attached. This makes posting on Seesaw and listening to reading and videos much easier and more independent. You can buy them at the school shop- though as of today they are out.
  • Monday is a holiday- enjoy!
  • Thursday, September 5 is Back to School Night- I will post any information on the blog that Friday if you happen to miss it.
  • September 12 is our Moon Festival Celebration- students are encouraged to wear an Aoi Dai, for the morning and change for PE or recess if they so choose.
  • ASA’s begin on Tuesday, so please make a plan with your students about where you will pick them up.

Subscribe to Seesaw if you haven’t:

Dear Families,

This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. I’ll also use Seesaw to send you messages and reminders. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link:
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

Christy Heitmiller

P.S. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Posted in 4D

Our First Full Week

This week was our first full week of school, and boy was it an exciting one.

In our literacy times, we focused on the story of our names and our feelings associated with hearing our names. We read two beautiful stories, The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi about a young girl who came from Korea to America and didn’t like her name because it wasn’t “American” enough until she learned what her name meant and who it reminded her of- her country and her grandma. Students have been asked, and have posted some initial thoughts about their names, but we would like to dig deeper. If you have a story you could share about why you have named your child what you have- please respond to their Seesaw post about their name.

We also made it down the Maker Space! Now, that was exciting. Please ask your child about it and Big C.

And most importantly we worked out our essential agreements for how we will operate as 4D:


Welcome to the New School Year

Welcome to 4D where we’re so happy to welcome Fride, Keira, Hieu, and Hideaki to our school and especially our classroom. It is wonderful to see familiar faces and to hear the laughter and joy that school brings to so many of our students and teachers.

Our newbies and their buddies

The last three days we have been spending our time getting to know one another in order to build a strong and supportive learning community. We’re learning new routines and getting used to a new schedule as well- which has been challenging in this heat.

Early this next week I will share with you a formal schedule which has all the blanks filled in like math, literacy, and units of inquiry. But for your information here is the schedule sent home on Wednesday: