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September 29th- States and Capitals test

October 20th- Jogathon  (our team color is RED)


New District Policy

California law does not allow school districts to charge fees to students for curricular and extracurricular activities.  However, as you are aware, due to state budget cut backs, schools can no longer afford to fund many of these activities.  Therefore, we are requesting voluntary donations from parents to offset the costs of these programs.  Parents are not required to make donations and all students may participate in extracurricular activities regardless of whether their parents make a donation. 

For more information, please visit the district website:


Student Planners!!

This week I am trying to start students with good habits for the whole year, so I am really attempting to emphasize the importance of students writing in their planners accurately each day, and sharing that information with you at home.  

Please make sure that you are reading your child's planner and signing it each night.  This is our main avenue of communication, and I want students to come prepared, knowing that all of their assignments are complete, and that you are also informed.  :)


Welcome to Team Petzold 2017-18.  We are off to a great start, and I am so impressed with their enthusiasm, respect for others, and work habits!  I am looking forward to a wonderful year.  


100% PTA Participation!!  We did it!  Congratulations, Team Petzold for being the first class to reach 100%.  YOU ROCK!!



We will be starting the year with our new English Language Arts series, Benchmark.  Our first unit focuses on why laws change.  We have already done some "Review and Routines" that taught some critical reading strategies such as inference, character analysis, annotating the text, using Thinking Maps, Depth and Complexity Icons, and other critical thinking tools.

These are strategies students will continue to use throughout the year, but gave them a great jump start into the program and what is expected.


We are happy to be using Math Expressions.  This program supports the common core math standards, and provides students with understanding in order to utilize multiple strategies to solve a variety of problems. 

Some weeks students will receive a Math Olympiad.These are meant to help each student develop strategies with the solving of each problem as well as incorporating skills and concepts they've learned.  They are a great way for the students to apply what they know, find mathematical patterns, and solve multi-step problems. We will work on them together in class, and they are meant to be more of a learning experience and not a graded assignment.

It is important, regardless of the content or strategies that students will use, for them to master the basic facts.  Although timed tests and computer assessments will be used occasionally to help students keep their skills sharp, students should practice these facts at home.  Students who struggle with knowing the basic facts are often frustrated with multi-step problems because they require so much time.  Even as few as 5-10 minutes of practice a few times a week can make an enormous difference in the mastery of these facts, and in the confidence of the student!

We will be starting with fractions this year, but the first week or two will be spent on basic skills and place value.  This will serve several purposes, to remind them of some mathematical concepts, but also to give me a chance to assess their basic understanding of place value, numbers, number sense, and foundational skills.

Please make sure you ask to see your child's math journal periodically.  This is where they take notes, do practice problems, and can see examples of what we're doing!

Disneyland Inaugural Half Marathon


This is my 27th year of teaching, and I have taught all elementary grades except for Kindergarten.  I graduated from CSULB with a finance degree, before earning my Teaching Credential and Masters Degree from CSUF.  I became Nationally Board Certified in 2001, and am currently a Teaching Assistant Principal and AAA Coordinator for Wagon Wheel.  I have been married for 12 years this October, and my husband and I enjoy spending time at Disneyland (swing-dancing), and playing with our Bernese Mountain Dog, Lulu, and our little Bernese Mountain Dog "Wannabe", Webster.


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