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Two women in a yellow room

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 (my favorite Japanese restaurant is Samurai in Mill Valley).

I was on Romper Room with Miss Mary Ann.

I drink only decaffeinated coffee.

Bulb flowers are my favorites (iris, tulips, etc.)

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

My favorite pastimes are photography, reading, writing, and playing Slither & watching Designated Survivor (in Spanish) with my best friend, Miguel Angél.

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

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

  • Charlie the Unicorn II

  • Annoying Orange

  • Goats Screaming Like Humans

Man and woman smiling
With my best friend, Miguel Angel, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Elissa Greene


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

Ms. Greene 2011
Dancing at my cousin's Mehendi.
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, 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, and mostly recently, spending five weeks this summer with my mom in Guanajuato, a city high in the Sierra Madre mountain range of Mexico.

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

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Room 18 Enrichment

2019-2020 Schedule

Monday 2:30 - 3:15 P.E.
(please remind your child to wear appropriate shoes)

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

Tuesday 2:30 - 3:15 Music  
(parent volunteers needed)

Wednesday 1:30 dismissal

Thursday 2:30 - 3:15 P.E.
(please remind your child to wear appropriate shoes, I.e. shoes with laces) 

Friday 8:45 - 9:15 Assembly

Friday 2:30 - 3:15 Art
(parent volunteers needed/please remind your child to wear clothing that can handle paint, clay, etc.)

Students must have a note (or email) from a parent to be excused from exercise activities.

kids hiking

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.