Soaring Higher in 4th Grade

Welcome to our blog where we will be soaring higher with Mrs. Ramsey AND Mr. Brinkman.  We are looking forward to a fabulous 4th grade year!

Parents and students, please be patient with us this year as we are trying our best to switch over from our old MacBooks to our new Dells.  It’s been a busy and yes, sometimes, frustrating couple of weeks,  but we promise to persevere!!  Just a reminder that we may not be checking emails during the school day, as we will be busy teaching your child.  However, we will check emails daily afterschool and will respond in about 24 hours.  Also, please check your emails at least every Friday, along with this Blog site, and your child’s Friday Folders (Blue) for weekly communications.  Thank you for your patience, respect, and trust!

I am your language arts (reading and word study) and science teacher this year. In case you haven’t already heard, we have a treadmill, 2 stationary bikes, 3 pedal bikes, and stability seats in our classroom which help us exercise our brain and our body.  Check out my “Read and Ride” program at this link to see how we will be staying FIT!

Read and Ride

We will also be using a valuable resource called “My Portal” often.  Please browse these folders and bookmark this link on your home computer now!  What’s your favorite site?

Mrs. Ramsey’s Portal

You are superstars!  Visit our website where your videos from the school year will be posted.

Vimeo Videos


Guidance – November 20th  Thank you, Mrs. Game, for a beautiful Fall wreath which is now hanging outside our classroom door!  Tis the season!

Giving Tree – Please give your child permission to choose an eagle off of our giving tree in the school’s front foyer and follow the directions sent by Mrs. James this week.  As the holidays approach, it is a time to reflect and be thankful.  At Rivers Edge Elementary, we want to be sure all our families can celebrate the season this year.  In addition, we are stressing the character trait of Service this quarter, so giving back to our community fits in well with our message to our students.


Rivers Edge will host the first REES Giving Tree for families in need in our HCPS community.  We have partnered with Three Chopt Elementary to provide some of their families with some holiday cheer.  Our Giving Tree is similar to the Angel Tree program seen at the malls.


The tree will be located in our main hallway staring Thursday, November 20.  Please stop by and take one of the requests off of the tree.  There will be large boxes in the hallway for the gifts that are purchased.  Please wrap the gifts and attach the request to the package.  The last day to turn in any Giving Tree gifts will be Thursday, December 11.

Our students are already knocking it out of the park as we practice service this grading period!  Many of them are wanting to take ornaments from the tree as they walk in to start their day.  If a parent sends in a note giving permission for the child to take an ornament, they are welcome to do so.  Parents are also welcome to come and choose an ornament with their child so that they can gauge the cost of their commitment!  Thank you for your role in providing these gifts for those less fortunate than our student body.   It’s an important lesson!

This is such a wonderful way to show our children the true meaning of “service!”

Recycle for Cash – Don’t forget about our recycling bin in the REES parking lot.  This is where you can place gently used clothes, coats, blankets, etc. which no longer fit, so that we can earn cash for our school while providing another service for the community.

Scholastic – Thank you to those many parents who have placed an order online using the tab/link on my Blog already!  There are many wonderful and inexpensive books your child can use for Read –n- Ride, Book Reports, etc.  These make great gifts during this holiday season!  I will be submitting my first classroom order at 2:15 on Friday, November 21st.  But you can always place orders throughout the year at any time, please don’t forget to email me.  I will submit orders approximately once a month and will let you know ahead of time before doing so.

Box Tops – When you get your child’s baggie in his/her Friday folder, please label it with his/her full name and teacher’s name and begin saving those box tops!  Another great service to help our school earn $$$$!!!!

Winter Weather – Please dress your child appropriately for the weather each day.  We go outside for recess daily unless the temperature is below 32 degrees.

Extended AbsencesParents should send written notification (for absences over a week) to the office at least 2 weeks prior for approval.  It should include beginning date, ending date, and reason for absence.

Make-Up Work – It’s that time of year when the germs spread like wildfire!  Please keep your child at home when he/she feels sick or especially if running a fever.  Remind your child the importance of hand washing regularly, coughing in his/her elbow, and using a tissue when necessary.  Also, if your child is not at school, please either have a neighbor/friend to call for an “agenda check” or to send work home with, or email me so that I can send any work to the office for you to pick up asap.  Much of our classwork is done in groups, on the promethean board, class discussions, etc. so it’s difficult to make up.  We will do our best to keep your child from getting behind, but need your help.  Stay healthy!

Jamestown – Please read carefully the paper copy with specific directions coming home in your child’s Friday folder.  (This is also attached to the email.)