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Backpacking in Norway, 2016

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Trivia about Ms. Greene

My favorite children's books include:

  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • A Little Princess

  • The White Mountains

My favorite food is sushi.

I was on Romper Room.

I drink decaffeinated coffee.

I've lived in Japan, the Caribbean, southern Spain, and London.

My favorite pastimes are reading and watching independent films.

I do most of my shopping at Whole Foods and Andy's Market.

I admit to loving videos that only a 4th grader could love:

  • Charlie the Unicorn II

  • Annoying Orange

  • Goats Screaming Like Humans

Elissa Greene

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Welcome to 4th Grade!

We are delighted to begin a new year at Sun Valley School, which is known for its strong community of educators, parents, administrators, and classified staff, all working together to support our diverse group of students in achieving their personal as well as their academic goals.

4th grade is exciting and fun AND also a time to develop solid study habits, organizational skills, and independent learning skills that will be necessary in the higher grades.  The workload and responsibility are greater and the curriculum more challenging than previous grades.

As always, we anticipate a successful year for each 4th grade student!

~4th Grade Teaching Team

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Ms. Greene 2011

Ms. Greene's Mini Autobiography

I was born and raised in both the Bay Area and a small logging town called Burney, which is located an hour northeast of Redding. I graduated from El Cerrito High school in 1986.

In 1990, I earned a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley, where I completed a Social Science Field Major focused on women's issues in contemporary Japanese society. In my mid to late twenties, I alternated between being an event manager for Hornblower Events and Cruises and living and traveling overseas. In 2001, after a year of teaching English at a university in rural Japan, I decided to return to school and in 2002, I received a multiple subject CLAD teaching credential from Sonoma State University.

My first teaching assignment was as a 2nd grade teacher at Kensington School in West Contra Costa in 2003. In 2005 I was hired by Julie Harris at Sun Valley School, and have been teaching fourth grade in room 18 ever since.

Traveling has been one of my greatest passions. My many overseas adventures include traveling through Morocco by bus, living and working in a small village on the southern coast of Spain, trekking through the hills of Thailand, walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and most recently, living in Norway for two months and taking intensive Norwegian language classes in the University of Oslo's International Summer School Program with students of all ages from all over the world.

I consider myself a lifelong learner and enjoy sharing my passion for learning with my students.

Room 18 Enrichment Information

Monday 1:15 - 2:00 P.E.
(please remind your child to wear appropriate shoes) 

Tuesday 1:15 - 2:00 Music  
(parent volunteers needed)

Wednesday 1:30 dismissal

Thursday 8:45 - 9:30 Library
(please remind your child to bring back the books they checked out)

Thursday 1:15 - 2:00 P.E.
(please remind your child to wear appropriate shoes, I.e. shoes with laces) 

Friday 8:45 - 9:15 Assembly

Friday 1:15 - 2:00 Art
(parent volunteers needed/please remind your child to wear clothing that can handle paint, clay, etc.)

P.S. We exercise most days so wear running shoes and/or bring shoes to change into DAILY. Additionally, you never know when we will take a hike up the hill so wear shoes that can handle a hike or a run! Students must have a note from a parent to be excused from exercise activities.


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Touch Typing

We use Typing Club in class, and I encourage the students to practice at home as much as possible (without overdoing screen time, of course).

To become proficient in touch typing, students should practice correct typing techniques. Please reinforce the following techniques when students are practicing at home:

  1. Keep eyes on the screen, not the keyboard.
  2. Keep fingers on the home row for anchoring placement.  Left hand: A, S, D, F, and Right Hand: J, K , L, ;
  3. Sit comfortably with back against the chair and feet on the floor. (Here's a nice visual...)
  4. Maintain a comfortable 90 degree angle from elbow to fingers.
  5. Fingers are curved so all fingers rest lightly on the keyboard.

Sun Valley students must log in via the Sun Valley Typing Club portal, which is located at the top of this section, in blue.