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Mrs. Pessenda's Teaching Philosophy
Mrs. Pessenda's Teaching Philosophy
~ All students can and will learn in an environment that fosters growth.

~ The Minnesota State Standards do matter.

~ Each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere.

~ Students will have the opportunity to mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially.

~ Students need guidance and support in achieving his or her PERSONAL best.

~ Each student learns differently and at his or her own pace, differentiation is key.

~ All students deserve respect and kindness.

~ Patience is a must.

~ Listening is equally important for students, as well as the teacher.

~ We must celebrate successes no matter how small they may seem.

~ Laughter is a good thing!

~ Teaching is an awesome responsibility!
Class Schedule

About Our Classroom

4 months ago

September 8, 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I am excited to be your child’s fourth grade teacher! I look forward to getting to know each child in the days ahead. This is a year of great learning and growth. As parents of fourth graders, I hope you enjoy watching and helping foster that growth in your child. I wanted to give you some information that will help you stay involved and knowledgeable about what your child will be doing this year.

Specialist: We will have Phy-Ed, Music, and Library each week.
Phy-Ed will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Music will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Library will only be on Monday and Friday.

Fourth Grade News: Monthly calendars will be sent home from the school. Please look at the front and back as there will be important information for you to keep track of.  

Earned Free Choice Time: Each student in class will be able to earn free choice time every Friday afternoon. This time allows students to participate in activities of his/her choice. Students will earn free time by following the rules of the classroom. This year, I'll be incorporating Class Dojo, which is a fun program that allows me to give and take points for certain behaviors.  Positive behavior associated with Bluestreak Pride will earn students points as well as Dojo Dollars to spend in our class dojo store. If a student loses too many points, due to repeated disruptive behavior, earned free time may be taken away for that week.  Continual disruptive behavior will be referred to the principal. I will always make every attempt to guide students before points are taken. It's my goal to make sure students are successful.

Bluestreak Pride: We have incorporated the Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) to create a positive atmosphere school wide, and to streamline behavior and expectations.  Each student in class will be given positive reinforcement by earning Bluestreak Pride tickets. Students earn tickets when I, or other school personnel, see a student demonstrating good/great behavior.  the student will be learning about what it looks like to show Bluestreak Pride in daily lessons, as well as with modeling and practicing behaviors throughout the school, on buses, and at the playground.  Each Friday, two students are selected to receive a certificate and prize out of the tickets earned throughout the week.

* We have containers for Box Tops in our school. If you have any, feel free to send them in with your child to be collected.

Together we can make this year great! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. My classroom phone number is 254-5727 ext. 2202 and my e-mail address is


Mrs. Pessenda