Friday, September 8, 2023

Newsletter: September 8th

 Ms. DesRoches’ Class Newsletter

Friday, September 8, 2023

A Look Ahead

9/13 - Early Release

10/9 -No School

10/11 -Early Release

 Check out our class Instagram page! It is a quick, easy way to engage with our classroom! If you don’t have Instagram, you can still check us out there!

Instagram: @cdesrochesedu

Class Blog:


M: Library & Enrichment

T: PE & Spanish

W: Music

Th: Art


Read Alouds

All are Welcome                             How to Read a Story

The Earth Book                   How to Teach a Slug to Read

I am Empathy                                     The Magical Yet

Don’t Eat Your Classmates!               The Kindness Book

Chrysanthemum                                  The Invisible Boy

During Reader’s Workshop we have been exploring our classroom library, and building up our reading stamina. We are discovering how things are categorized, learning how to take books out and return books, and have been enjoying some quiet reading. We are learning how to find Just Right Books so we can read, read, read!

Class Rules

We take care of ourselves!

We take care of our community!

We take care of our environment!

We always try our best!

We are easing into math by playing multiplication games. We have been playing “Multiple Pathways” and “Pigs in a Pen” with multiples of 2, 5, and 10. We have started Unit 1, which is all about multiplication!

Writer’s Workshop

Today we wrote a Friday Journal entry about the beginning of Fourth Grade. I can’t wait to read everyone’s letters!

We also played Scattergories!

A little about me...

I LOVE to teach! Children are the most amazing things in the world, and I feel privileged to work with them every day. They truly bring me so much joy, and I feel energized by working with this population.

One of my core beliefs in a classroom is using restorative practices and mindfulness. We all walk through the door with stuff going on in our lives. Maybe we had a hard morning at home? Maybe a relative is sick? Maybe we just feel blue today, or have lots of energy! I believe that our hearts need to be happy at school. We need to feel seen and heard in order to do our best work, and to be our best selves. The way that I strive for kids to be seen and heard are through daily circles. These circles can be fun circles, full of games and smiles, they can be problem-solving circles where we work through conflict, and more. There are six rules to our circles, ask your child if they can remember any!

When I speak about mindfulness, I don’t just mean meditating. Being mindful takes practice. It is noticing our mood, how our body feels, and more. Sometimes being mindful can be easy, and sometimes it can feel uncomfortable. We practice being mindful so we can slow down our busy lives, and to bring our attention to where we are today. We practice mindfulness through having quiet time. We breathe, we read, we rest, we draw, and more. We are learning to notice what helps us, and we are learning to be in touch with our thoughts and feelings on a deeper level.

Lastly, I just truly believe in being KIND; kind to ourselves and kind to others. If we are all gentle, open, and carry one another with kindness, the world would be a better place. KINDNESS is at the heart of my classroom, and I hope that this is something we can all learn and grow in this year.

Thank you for sharing your most precious people with me. I am here for you, and I am here for them. I am excited to be on this journey with you, and please never hesitate to reach out if you need anything!

Best, Cathy DesRoches

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Happy Summer!

 Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Dear Fabulous Fourth Grader,

I know that you still have a few more weeks of vacation left to enjoy, but I wanted you to know that I can’t wait to see you on the first day of school! We are going to have an amazing year together full of wonderful learning, joy, and exciting challenges that will help us grow! We’ll spend time developing a growth mindset, practicing mindfulness, empathy and flexibility, and tackling tasks with optimism and persistence!   

To tell you a little bit about myself, I have two children, Anson is almost eight, and Haven is five; you may know them from school! We love hiking, skiing, and kitchen dance parties. This will be my third year in fantastic fourth grade at Richmond Elementary School, and I can’t wait to spend our days growing, making mistakes, and having fun together! Previous to RES I taught at Smilie Memorial School in Bolton, Cambridge Elementary School, and even taught Preschool at Poker Hill School! My goals are always that you feel connected to your community, that you enjoy school, and that you develop a love for learning!

I am so excited for all of the adventures that await us! Here is a list of school supplies that you’ll use throughout the year. I always have extras in the classroom, but if your family is able to supply these items, it would be helpful. Please put your name on all personal items and leave all toys and fidgets at home. I have plenty of fidgets for you to utilize when you need one!

  • Water bottle

  • 1 set of comfortable earbuds/headphones for Chromebook use

  • 1 1” 3-ring binder (no velcro or fancy closures)

  • 1 set of 3-ring binder dividers with tabs

  • 1 durable two-pocket home/school folder (Plastic folders hold up the best!)

  • 3 packs of 3”x3” Post-it notes (standard, NOT Pop-Up/Accordion) 

  • Small pencil bag or box that fits in your desk

  • 1 pack of mechanical pencils with lead with 0.7mm lead

  • 1 or 2 ball point pens 

  • 2 wide-ruled composition notebooks*

  • 1 math notebook (1 cm or ¼ inch grid paper)

*Make sure the lines in your reader’s and writer’s notebooks are a good fit for your handwriting. You should only get college-ruled paper if you like to write very small; otherwise, choose wide-ruled. Before school starts, feel free to decorate your composition notebooks with personal photos, drawings, magazine clippings, or words that inspire you!

You may choose to bring in your own special art supplies like tape, markers, colored pencils, liquid glue and/or scissors. I also have art supplies for everyone to share! 

In addition to personal supplies, you are welcome to donate extras of any of the school items listed above to our classroom, or any of these supplies for class use:  

  • High quality scissors (like Fiskars)

  • Headphones (not earbuds)

  • Transparent tape, ¾ or ½ inch

  • Fun motivational stickers

  • Colorful Duct tape for bookmaking

  • Non-perishable healthy snack items 

  • Nontoxic table wipes

  • Boxes of soft facial tissue

  • Gentle Liquid Hand Soap in pumpable bottles

Our classroom is going to be an exciting and busy place! To keep up our energy for all of this hard work and creativity, we will have a designated snack time everyday. It is important that you eat healthy foods to help refuel your body and charge your brain, so pack something nutritious or opt for a RES snack bag! You should also bring a spill-proof water bottle to keep at your table to stay hydrated throughout the day. (Water only, please). 


We are going to have an awesome year learning, creating, and growing together! Enjoy the rest of your summer! See you on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 30th!  


Ms. DesRoches

Monday, June 5, 2023

MMUUSD 4th Grade Track Meet

What a fun day full of smiles, sportsmanship, and fun! We had a BLAST cheering one another on and trying our best! It was wonderful spending the day playing! 

Friday, March 31, 2023

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

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Mindfulness Videos

 Students have been enjoying using WeVideo to create mindfulness videos to help us relax.

Sebastian's Video

Gunnar's Video

Baylee's St. Patrick's Day Video

Elizabeth's Video

Cyrus' Amp Up Video/Mindful Video

Annie's Video



Thursday, August 25, 2022

Welcome back!


Welcome to Fourth Grade! We will have a great year full of smiles, learning, mistakes, and more! I can't wait to start this journey with all of YOU! See you Wednesday!

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