Happy Summer!


Greetings, Rosebank families! It has been one week since the last day of school. I hope everyone is enjoying their vacation so far! Thank you for all the food items and supplies for our party the last week. Special thanks again to Evan’s brother for providing pizza and juices. We finished our novel The Lightning Thief but due to technical difficulties, sadly, were not able to view it on DVD. We had a great time anyway, playing with our friends, eating, listening and dancing to radio music.

Just a couple of reminders:

Report Card – Your child should have shown you their report card. If not, they should have it in their backpack/folder. If your child was absent, you should have received the report card in the mail to your address on file.

Summer Slide – As you know, your child has made good progress in 4th grade. Don’t let them succumb to the Summer Slide! That’s when they lose all the learning they have gained this year. Keep them reading, writing, and practicing math over break. Below are some ways to help them keep reading skills sharp and ready for 5th grade!

Summer Achieve Contest – Keep working on articles on Achieve3000! Check the website for the contest details and prizes!

San Diego County Fair Reading Log – Your child can gain free entry into the fair! Just submit the reading log with 10 books you’ve read this school year. Have fun at the fair!

Chula Vista Public Library Summer Reading Program –  sign up and earn prizes all summer! They also have some cool shows and activities for June and July.

Chula Vista Recreation Center – lots of classes and activities to sign up for. Stay active, Panthers!

Free Lunch for Kids Summer – check out this link for free lunch for kids all summer long.

First day of school will be Wed. July 19, 2017.

Just wanted to say thank you to all of you for a wonderful year. I’ve enjoyed working with your families this year. Thank you for the support you have given me. I will miss each and everyone of you students and wish you the best in 5th grade and beyond. Please email me to keep in touch. Since I am moving schools, I would love to hear what’s going on, what’s new with your family, any important events in your lives and about your accomplishments! Stay awesome, Panthers! Love, Mrs. King 😊

Days are zooming by in 502!

Greetings, Rosebank families! Happy belated Mother’s Day to all! Thank you also for all the gifts, cards, treats for Teacher Appreciation Week last week. I feel truly honored to teach your children and work with all of you this year. Just a few announcements and reminders…

Science Projects – due next week Tues. May 23 and Wed. May 24. Your child should be finishing up their experiment this week and working on their presentation board. They will be assigned a day to present. I will send home index cards for them to write/glue their presentations on. My tip to them was: print out two copies of the presentation, one to put on their board and one to glue on their cards. This Friday – please have your child bring their boards if they would like class time or help to work on them. Thank you for your involvement in their project!

Science Fair – next Thursday May 25 from 9:00-10:30 in the Multi Purpose Room. Come on by to see all the wonderful experiments the students conducted! See you there.

Our Last AR Electronics Party – will be this Friday May 19. I will send home permission slips this week for students who have reached their AR personal goals and are eligible to attend. Please encourage your child if they are close to their goal! Thank you for all your help with their reading at home this year.

Our Last Red Carpet – Congratulations to our Red Carpet winners this quarter: Jacob for Academic Excellence, Cesar for Citizenship, Evan for Academic Effort and Arath for Academic Effort! They will be honored at this Friday’s assembly.

The Long Awaited AR Assembly – will be May 24. Students with 60 or more AR points will receive prizes and recognition! A special recognition to our very own Alejandra with 98.5% accuracy/comprehension for the year! WOW!

Next Year – It is with mixed feelings that I announce I will be moving to a new school next year. I have been thinking about returning to primary grades for a while now, and an opportunity to do so presented itself to me. I’ll be moving to the newest school in Chula Vista called Muraoka Elementary to teach first grade! I am excited but also sad to leave Rosebank, such a wonderful school. My son, who will come with me, is also very heartbroken to leave the awesome friends he’s made. Thank you again for making my last year at Rosebank a memorable one and for all your support. I will miss each and every student in my class!

Have a great week, Panthers! Please email me with any questions or concerns. ~ Respectfully yours, Mrs. King 🙂





Blooming in 502!


Greetings, Rosebank families! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. We had a great couple of weeks. Friday was our Egg Drop and it was great! We tested our projects and we had a 90% survival rate! Thank you to our custodian, Mr. David, who graciously volunteered to be the dropper from the top of the ladder. Thank you to parents who were able to make it: I saw Ms. Lopez (Conrad), Mrs. Thetsy (Cidnie), and Ms. Miller (Marco). Thanks also to Mrs. Kawamoto our regular substitute who came to support!

PTA Family Dance “Mad Tea Party” – TONIGHT, Sat. April 29 from 5:00-9:00 pm. Doors open 4:00 for photos. Photo booth is shut down at 8:00. $15 per adult (with up to 3 children) gets you dance admission, dinner, one family photo, crafts, game room, and other fun! Other photo packages available for purchase. Don’t be late for this very important date!

CAASPP Testing – begins next week May 1-5. We will focus on Reading/Writing next week. The following week May 8-12 we will focus on Math. Yeahhhh! Panthers are going to rock this test! Here are some general reminders to keep in mind for the next 2 weeks:

  • Please schedule any appointments after May 12. If you absolutely cannot wait, please schedule for later in the afternoon.
  • Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep every night.
  • Please have your child eat something small and healthy for breakfast either at home or at school. Breakfast opens at 8:10. Students should not begin testing on an empty stomach!
  • Please remind your child to use the restroom before leaving home or when they first arrive to school. We will also have a bathroom break before we begin.
  • Please make sure your child comes to school everyday ON TIME, unless of course they are sick with fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Students who don’t miss any testing days and are on time will be rewarded with a popsicle party at the end of May!
  • Please be aware that student cell phones will be collected and kept locked in a drawer during testing. No electronic devices may be used. Phones will be returned after the day’s testing is complete.
  • Please pack your child a healthy snack and water. Second chance breakfast will NOT be available to us during testing. Students will get a run break before testing and a 15-minute snack break and run at 10:30, in the middle of testing.
  • Please remind your child to take their time, read carefully, do their very best, and check their work. The tests are not timed, so remind your child: QUALITY over speed! Thank you for your support at home, parents. Panthers are ready to rock.

Science Fair Project – Our annual 4th grade Science Fair is coming up May 25th! Students will be assigned a project presentation on an experiment idea of their choice! Information packet to be sent home Monday; please look for it!  This home project is a wonderful opportunity for your child to have some fun quality learning time with parents/family. Your help will be required! Here are some cool websites to get you & your child started & thinking: Science Bob, Bill Nye Science Experiments for Home, Brain Pop Science.

Hanover Survey – Parents, please take a moment to complete the survey about your experiences with our school this year. Thank you for your valuable feedback to help Rosebank and Chula Vista School District improve. Here is the survey link: Parent Hanover Survey

Thanks a million to you, wonderful Rosebank parents, for all the time you take to help your child at home with school stuff. I appreciate you! Have a great week, Panthers! ~ Respectfully yours, Mrs. King 🙂

4th Quarter Has Begun!


Greetings, Rosebank families! Welcome to 4th quarter, the final quarter of 4th grade! Can you believe it? This year flew by! Seems like it was only yesterday we were starting 4th grade. Students are eager to get back into the learning mode. Thank you for helping them with their Spring Break homework. Many students will receive their Homework Passes!

Healthy Focus – Just a reminder that we encourage students to bring healthy snacks/lunch and water only to school for student’s best mental and physical performance. I’ve been seeing students bringing artificially flavored chips, cookies, candies, chocolate, Gatorade, Arizona Teas, sugary drinks, etc. Water is the only drink I’m allowing in the classroom, ever since the first day of school. Healthy snacks can be fruit, sandwich, crackers, granola bars, cheese sticks, etc. Your child may enjoy all the other junk foods/drinks at home. Thank you for your support in this important matter!

Cell Phones Reminder – If your child has to bring their cell phone to school for emergencies, please remind them to leave them turned off or on silent mode in their backpacks. I do allow students to listen to music on their phone with me during our Mile Run Wednesdays only. Any other times cell phones are being used, it will be confiscated, and a parent will need to pick up at the office. Thank you for your cooperation and reminders to your child.

Egg Drop – We are so excited to start our April science project. As part of our study of the Scientific Method, we will conduct an Egg Drop experiment. Students will work on constructing their “spacecraft” which will help an “astronaut” (egg) to survive a drop from a 6-foot ladder. We will be needing supplies for our annual project by this Friday April 14. Instructions and donation list were sent home Friday. Here is an copy: egg drop parent request letter and our egg drop overview  Thank you for any donations you can send!

AR Goals – We have set our final AR points goal! Our AR assembly is next month, date TBD. The goal for the assembly is 60 points; the cut off date is May 5. We also have our AR Electronics Party May 19. Everyone has their own goal (see your child’s yellow AR Report sent home Fridays). The cut-off date is May 18.

How to Help with AR – Help your child by making sure they read at least 40 min every night and that they are reading their level AR books. Your child should know their level. If not, you can check their AR yellow report or the paper I sent attached to Spring Break packet (you don’t need to sign and send back, keep for your records). Also, encourage your child to take their test everyday for picture books and at least once or twice a week for chapter books. Follow up by asking what score they got on their AR test. Thank you for your help at home! They are so motivated when you are on board!

Achieve Stars – Principal MacGaffey and I are so proud of all the students who have increased their lexile in March. I will be sending their stars home Monday. Keep up the great work. Our weekly class requirement is 3 articles at 75% or higher on First Try and one Thought Question. Remember that students can work on Achieve articles at home as well. Please encourage your child if you see they are not completing their 3 articles a week.

Yearbooks – Order online at www.ybpay.lifetouch.com
with school code 12957117. Only $12 for a standard yearbook! Deadline is April 17. I have extra order forms in class if your child needs one. Yearbooks will be distributed in May. Reserve your copy today!

Upcoming School Events – Egg Drop Day is April 28. Family Dance is April 29.  CAASPP State Tests are in May. Family Campout is May 12-13. More info to come from PTA on the dance and campout.

Happy belated birthday to Raleigh (April 6) and Giani (April 7)!

Have a great week, Panthers! Please email me with any questions. Warmly, Mrs. King 🙂



Read Across America!

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Greetings, Rosebank families! I hope you are all having a good weekend with family. Last week was so much fun with the Book Fair, Morning Announcements, Reading Night, and Movie Night. Thank you for supporting our school PTA with your purchases and participation.

Student-Led Conferences – will be March 9, 10, and 13 for our class from 1:50-3:20. Your child will be leading the conference! Thank you to those who have already signed up. If you haven’t yet, here is the latest schedule. I will update again very soon and also send home confirmation slips Monday. Don’t forget that March 9-17 are all minimum days with dismissal at 1:45. Spring Break will be March 20-31. School resumes April 3.

Read Across America – This week is Dr. Seuss Week! We will celebrate literacy and reading. We will have a Mystery Reader everyday. Classes will also participate in a door-decorating contest Wednesday. On Thursday we will have Drop Everything and Read for 15 minutes across the school – everyone will be reading! On Friday, we will have volunteers read in the classroom. It’s going to be another Panther-rific week!

Volunteers Needed – If you or another family member, are available to read a story to the class this coming Friday March 3 anytime from 9:00-1:15, please email me at arlene.king@cvesd.org. We would love to have you!

AR Electronics Party – The deadline to earn points to be invited to this quarter’s AR Electronics Party is fast approaching! The party will be next Friday March 10. Students have a personal goal they need to reach (see yellow AR report sent home with Weekly Report). Encourage your child to read their AR books and take their tests. Students should be reading 40 minutes nightly and taking at least one test per day. Thank you for your encouragement and monitoring at home!

Yearbook Pre-Order Sales – will begin Monday. The yearbook committee has been hard at work, and this year’s yearbook is going to be awesome! Please look for an order form to be sent home Monday. Orders start at $12. Reserve your copy as soon as possible! Send completed order forms and payment to the office. Thank you for your support!

Thought Exchange – We are currently in first place! Please help our school win $600. If you haven’t taken the survey, please do so today at http://bit.ly/2kjUuKS   You need to enter your email and they will send you the link in an email message, then click on it to complete the survey. Thank you for doing this!

Thank you for your support of the YMCA fundraiser and bringing in loose change. Have a great week, Panthers! ~ Respectfully, Mrs. King 🙂



February is full of learning!


Greetings, Rosebank families! It’s been a while, but I have some time now to post, and I’m feeling better as well. I hope everyone in your family is doing well, too.

Thought Exchange – Please check your email for a link that was sent to answer a quick 3-question survey about our school. The top three schools with surveys complete can win $600 that can go towards books, technology, materials, etc. That would be awesome! Please help us win!

Scholar Dollars – We are collecting loose change and dollar bills for our Scholar Dollars. Please have your child bring coins/bills to put in our classroom jar. The top class will win a pizza party!

Speech Contest – Congratulations to Molly who filled in for Marco to represent us at the Rosebank Speak-off two Fridays ago. She won 3rd place. Congratulations to Carolina Rodriguez from Ms. Jones’s class who won 2nd place and Morgan Murphy from Mrs. Blackford’s class who won 1st place! Morgan will represent our school at the district Speak Off later this month.  Thank you to all students who wrote a speech this year. You guys rock!

Valentine Card Exchange – We will have some Tuesday afternoon for a friendly card exchange. The list of student names was sent home last Friday. Candy may be passed out with the cards and may be taken home to enjoy at parents’ discretion. If your child brings cards, please make sure they bring enough for everyone in the class. Thank you!

Board Meeting – Rosebank will present their annual board report this Wed. Feb. 15 at 6:00. If you can join us at the district office 84 East J St. we would love to have a huge Panther representation that night! Come and support our school!

Presidents’ Holiday Weekend – Remember that this Thurs. Feb. 16 will be a minimum day with 1:45 dismissal. Friday Feb. 17 and Monday Feb. 20 will be holidays – no school, in honor of Presidents Washington and Lincoln.  School will resume Tuesday Feb. 21.

Spring Conferences – Just a heads-up that we will have Student-Led Conferences in March. Please look for a sign-up letter this week. Your child will be leading the conferences. I look forward to seeing everyone again!

Book Fair – Week of Feb. 21-24. PTA is in need of volunteers to work the book fair before school, after school, and during the day! If you are interested, please let me know and I will put you in touch with PTA. Thank you for your support!

Family Reading Night – Feb. 22 from 6:30-7:30. Come join us for a celebration of books and literacy! I will be one of the teachers reading that night. See you there!

February Learnings

Reading – The Lightning Thief, summarizing, idioms

Speaking/Listening – Active Listening, Language Frames, Socratic Seminar

Math – Ch. 9 Relate Fractions and Decimals

Writing – Narratives

Social Studies – Mexican California, Gold Rush

Science – Earth Science, Rocks, Slow Changes to Earth, Rapid Changes to Earth

PE – Wednesday miles, cooperative games

Happy belated birthday to Isaac (2/4) and advance birthday to Adam (2/24)! Best wishes and farewell to our friend Kassandra who is moving to Valle Lindo! We’ll miss you.

Thank you parents for all you do. Have a fantabulous week, Panthers! Respectfully, Mrs. King 🙂

One Week ‘Til Winter Break


Greetings, Panthers! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. Our class had a great week last week. We worked hard on our tests and celebrated AR goal accomplishments with an Electronics Party on Friday. Congratulations to those who made their points goals!

Winter Break – is upon us! Dec. 19-Jan. 9 there is no school. School resumes Tuesday, Jan. 10 which will be a minimum day.

Reader’s Theatre Performance – will be Thursday at 9:00. 4th grade will perform “Casey at Bat.” I hope you can make it! Please have your child wear baseball-related gear if you have them. If not, they can wear a gray/white top and jeans. Hope to see you Thursday!

Winter Party – We will be having a Winter Party to celebrate all our hard work in 2nd quarter. Thank you to those who donated money for pizza: Eric, Marco, and one more student. This is what we have so far for food: Juice Boxes – Conrad and Isaac, Chips – Kassandra, Cookies – Molly and Tupea, Plates – Marco, Napkins – Marco, Forks – Cidnie, Fruit – Molly, Pick up Pizzas – Alejandra. We still need another Chips, Fruit, and Vegetable Tray. Please sign up on the paper or email me. Thank you!

Spirit Day – Friday is Winter Wonderland Day. Wear your festive winter/holiday gear and show your Panther pride!

Report Cards – will be given out Friday. Because of this, there will be no Weekly Report sent home that day. Thank you for your understanding.

Reading – I’m so proud of all the students! They have worked hard. Every single one has improved on their AR and LevelSet!!! Great job, Panthers! You are awesome. Thank you parents for all your help at home. Let’s keep up the great work in 3rd quarter!

3rd Quarter Requirements – We are raising the bar! In 3rd quarter, students will be expected to complete 3 Achieve articles as well as one Thought Question. For ELD group, 1 article and 1 Thought Question. For Stanford group, 3 articles and 2 Thought Questions. In AR, all students will set a goal to advance at least 20 points in quarter 3. If they reach the goal, they may pleasure-read but still only test in books at their levels. You can do it, Panthers! Aim high!

Winter Break Packet – I will send home a little packet over break to encourage reading, practice math, and challenge students. All work is optional but if completed, will be rewarded with Homework Passes.

Field Trip – Looking ahead…Our next trip will be to Indian Hills on Feb. 1. Bus cost donation will be approximately $15. Please plan ahead if needed. Thank you!

Welcome, Leonardo, Abraham, and Cesar to Rosebank! Happy Dec. birthday to Alejandra!

Have a great week, Panthers! Keep on reading and being awesome! ~ Respectfully yours, Mrs. King 🙂

Have a Great Thanksgiving!


Greetings, Rosebank families! I hope you are enjoying the week off. Just a couple of announcements and reminders.

Attendance – Wonderful job on attendance last week! We were at 98%. Let’s keep it up, Panthers!


Cabrillo Trip – We had an awesome time last Wednesday visiting the Cabrillo monument and learning more about Cabrillo’s life as an explorer. Thank you so much to our parent chaperones who stepped up at the last minute: Mr. Castellanos (Giani), Ms. Magana (Adam), Ms. Silvia (Kassandra), Mr. Rodriguez (Alejandra) and his mom Mrs. Rodriguez. We couldn’t have done it without you! Please see our Photos 2016-2017 page for pictures of the trip.

Next Field Trip – Our next trip will be to Indian Hills in Jamul on Feb. 1. We will be learning about geology. The bus cost donation will be approximately $15-$20 since it is a farther place. Please look ahead at your calendar if you are interested in chaperoning. Also, please set aside some money for the cost donation. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Break Homework – Read a chapter book that is worth 2 or more points. Try to read it closer to when we come back so that it is fresh in your mind. If you are not reading chapter books yet, please read 4 or more picture books. Be ready Monday to take your AR test or tests when we return. For math, practice your long division and double digit multiplication so you don’t forget how to do them. You can practice IXL D18 and E8 to 100% mastery. Keep those brains sharp, kiddos!

Happy Thanksgiving, Panthers! I am thankful for all of you. Thank you for all your hard work and support so far this year. You are amazing! See you back at Rosebank on Mon. Nov. 28. ~ Fondly, Mrs. King 🙂



Veteran’s Day Friday ~ No School


Greetings, Rosebank families! I hope you are having a good weekend.

Veteran’s Day – Just a reminder, there is no school this Friday Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day.

Cabrillo Trip – It’s just around the corner! We will go to Cabrillo Monument on Wed. Nov. 16 with Ms. Donahue’s class from 9:00-2:00. Please sign and return the permission slip sent home last week and $10 bus cost donation. Please, no checks or coins. The deadline is this Thurs. Nov. 10. Please don’t forget, as it is a short week! We are so excited to learn more about the life of this famous explorer who came to San Diego Bay!


Nov. Scholastic Book Orders – due this Thursday as well. Please complete order form in the back and return it with cash or check payable to Scholastic. You may also order online at www.scholastic.com with code LHK22. October book orders are on their way now.

Weekend Homework – Please have your child read 35 minutes or more of their AR book(s) and write a summary on their Reading Log. Whatever they read over the weekend, they should take an AR test on, on Monday morning. Also, please sign their Weekly Reports and return Monday morning. If they did not give it to you, please ask for it or check their backpack/folder! Thank you.

Lexile Adjustments – Every month on the first of the month, Achieve sends me a report of any lexile adjustments depending on how students are doing on their articles. These students’ lexiles have gone up! Conrad, Giani, Bryan, Raleigh, Jacob, Adam, Shawn, Evan, Kassandra, Alejandra, Arlez, Tupea, Cidnie, Aiden, and Molly. I’ll send home the lexile stars Monday. They earned a Homework Pass and will also earn Dojo points. We have been trying to take our time to read the articles, highlight important information and take notes in the boxes. I think it’s working! Keep up the good work on Achieve, Panthers!

Attendance – Many students are getting sick! It’s that time of year again. Please keep kids home if they have fever or diarrhea. I hope everyone stays healthy!

Thanksgiving Holiday Week – Nov. 21-25, no school the whole week.

November Learnings

Reading – Text Structures, ACT, Poetry

Writing – Opinion, Compound Sentences, Conventions

Math – Ch. 5 Factors and Multiples, Ch. 6 Fraction Equivalence

Social Studies – Explorers, Missions, Mexican California

Science – Earth Science, Rocks and Minerals

PE – running, Folk Dance, games

Art – Van Gogh

Please email me with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for everything you do to help your child at home. I appreciate your open communication and support. Have a great week, Panthers! Don’t forget to set clocks back one hour tonight before sleeping. ~ Respectfully, Mrs. King 🙂




Happy Halloween and November!


Greetings, Rosebank families! I hope you had a nice weekend. We had a great Red Ribbon Week last week dressing up and showing our spirit everyday. We also had an awesome time doing our owl pellet dissection. The students really enjoyed learning about raptors and having the birds come to visit. Thank you again for sending your donations!

Costumes – Just a reminder that there are no costumes allowed at school today unfortunately. We are hoping to be able to bring costumes and a carnival back next year! Please join PTA so we can bring these ideas into action!

Compliment Party – Our class has earned 20 compliments and will be having a movie party today. Your child may bring a DVD movie to school that is rated G or PG. We can vote in class on which movie to watch. If we finish reading Island of the Blue Dolphins today, we will watch that one! Congratulations, boys and girls!

Weekend Homework – It was to read AR book(s) 35 minutes or more and write a summary on Reading Log. Also, to get Weekly Report and AR report signed. Remember that these are sent home every Friday. Students should be turning them in signed on Mondays, but I give one day leeway. By Tuesday, all reports should be turned in. Please help your child by asking for the reports from them on Friday or over the weekend. Thank you for being proactive!

AR Reports – Please look closely at your child’s yellow AR report. They should be earning 2.0 points per week and should have earned a total of 8 points since Fall Break. Add your child’s weekly points up. Do they equal 8 or more points? Many students are not making their weekly goal. I need your help! Please encourage and remind your child to read at least 35 minutes every night and over the weekend. They may read more if needed to finish their AR book(s). Please ask them questions about their book so they are ready to take a test the next day. Thank you so much!

Attendance – I forgot to announce that, not last week but the week before, our class had the highest attendance out of the upper grade classes! We won the trophy and a certificate for our classroom. It was a great feeling to be recognized at that Friday assembly. Keep it up, Panthers! Keep coming to school on time when you are not sick. Stay healthy so you won’t miss any learning time.

Thank you for all your hard work at home, parents. Please email me if you have any questions. Have a great week, Panthers! Stay safe tonight on Halloween. ~ Respectfully, Mrs. King 🙂