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About Me

With enthusiasm I join Global Village Academy in its mission to prepare this generation for a rapidly shrinking global community. I am excited for our students experiencing other cultures and languages, preparing them for a world community. As a team member, I look forward to providing my first grade students a strong foundation to reading, writing, and speaking English.
 
As a child I remember playing school and wanting to become a teacher. Teaching runs in my family with my brother, mother, and grandparents having been teachers. This lead to my earning a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Bethany College, Kansas and Master’s in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. I have taught in a variety of capacities from preschool, to kindergarten, and middle school special education. As an adult, I can think of nothing more rewarding than watching students grow educationally, emotionally, and physically!
 
Personally, I love to learn about different cultures and have visited eleven countries in Eastern and Western Europe. I also participated in four mission trips within the America’s. In addition to traveling, I enjoy family time with my two nephews, Robert and Hunter. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking my lab/boxer mix Babe, and scrapbooking.
 
I am looking forward to the school year ahead!
 

Recent Posts

February 21, 2020

This week we learned about words having magic e in them, worked on opinion writing, started to understand the different ed sounds at the end of words, and did some work with recognizing b, d, p, and q.

Spirit Night- 3 Full Days @ Chicken Shack! February 24-26th

Remember to get your butter braids on Wednesday, February 26th.  Just so you are aware the school does not have enough space to store them.

Our morning class is so excited about our South Korean International Day on February 28th.  Please be aware of an email previously sent with costume and treat details.

There will be an opportunity for families to shop from China Sprouts in February! This time inventory will be available for purchase and families can take home books immediately. We will have set-up on the afternoon of Thursday, February 27 and on Friday, February 28 in conjunction with International Day. 

Classroom Auction Basket Our class is collecting items for a Lego basket.  If you have any questions please contact PIC or Laura Widhalm. These donations do count towards volunteer hours with a receipt and can be a tax write off.   Please copy/paste the following link to make your donation https://tinyurl.com/r5zy6nu.

The early bird auction tickets have gone on sale.

February 13, 2020

This week we learned about words having magic e in them, started opinion writing, learned a little about Lincoln and Washington, and reviewed place value.

Reminder there is no school Monday, February 17 in honor of President’s Day.

Report cards for my PM class are being sent home today in green folders.

Scholastic Book orders will be sent home in green folders today.  Orders will be due next Friday, February 21, 2020.

Butter Braid forms are being sent home in Friday Folders.

  • Order forms with money will be due to PM teachers on February 19.
  • This year we are also taking online orders. Orders can be placed by searching for a child's first or last name at bit.ly/butterbraids2020.
  • Butter Braids will be delivered to school on February 26th and pickup must be arranged by the families. Butter Braids come frozen and we cannot store them beyond the delivery day.
  • The highest individual seller will be awarded a pass to Boondocks. The highest selling average PM classroom will get an ice cream party during the week of March 2nd (exact time TBD).
Thanks,
Ms. Folkestad

This week we learned about words having bossy ur in them, worked on writing non-fiction, understanding non-fiction text features, verb tenses, reviewed adjectives, and place value.

Our morning class is collecting BOX TOPS and competing for a school prize. Please send them in.

Butter Braid forms are being sent home in Friday Folders.

  • Order forms with money will be due to PM teachers on February 19.
  • This year we are also taking online orders. Orders can be placed by searching for a child's first or last name at bit.ly/butterbraids2020.
  • Butter Braids will be delivered to school on February 26th and pickup must be arranged by the families. Butter Braids come frozen and we cannot store them beyond the delivery day.
  • The highest individual seller will be awarded a pass to Boondocks. The highest selling average PM classroom will get an ice cream party during the week of March 2nd (exact time TBD).

Candygram This is being organized by Mrs. Conder's 5/6th grade class to fundraise towards the Outdoor Ed trip. Order forms will be due in Mrs. Conder's box by Feb 10th. Delivery will be Feb 13th. This is a cash-only fundraiser.

Scholastic I made a mistake in my announcement yesterday.  Due to the weather flyers will go home next Friday and book orders will be due February 21st.

Classroom Auction Basket Our class is collecting items for a Lego basket.  If you have any questions please contact PIC or Laura Widhalm. These donations do count towards volunteer hours with a receipt and can be a tax write off.

Our morning class has started practicing for International Day on February 28th.  If you are available to help and need volunteer hours, please let me know and in what capacity.  It is really helpful to have someone to assist me on the day of the presentation.

There will be an opportunity for families to shop with China Sprouts in February! This time inventory will be available for purchase and families can take home books immediately. We will have set-up on the afternoon of Thursday, February 27 and on Friday, February 28 in conjunction with International Day. More information will be shared closer to the date.

Thanks,

Ms. Folkestad

 

Tomorrow Friday 7th

Hi Families,
 
Tomorrow many different things are taking place.
1. Jeans for Dreams- Students can pay a dollar to their AM teacher and wear jeans.  They have been encouraged to do something around the house to earn the dollar.  Money goes towards building our sister school in Liberia.
2. If you have been collecting Box Tops they are due to your AM teacher.  the winning class gets a free dress day on February 21st.
3. If you are interested Scholastic Book orders are also due online.
 
The usual Friday message will be done soon.  Additional dates and information will be included.
 
Thanks,
Ms. Folkestad
 

February 1, 2020

This week we learned about words having bossy ir in them, worked on writing a class chapter book, worked with writing and finding main ideas, verb tenses, and time.

I updated READ plans for the middle of the year benchmark and they were sent home in folders.

Our morning class is collecting BOX TOPS and competing for a school prize. Please send them in.

Work from the past month was sent home in folders.  Please empty and check out what we have been learning.

Butter Braid forms are being sent home in Friday Folders.

  • Order forms with money will be due to PM teachers on February 19. Please do not count or reorganize any funds. Place all forms & monies as they are into the classroom envelope. Classroom envelopes are to be turned into the office. (Late order forms with money can be turned into the office through the 21st.)
  • This year we are also taking online orders. Orders can be placed by searching for a child's first or last name at bit.ly/butterbraids2020. Please share this link in your classroom newsletters.
  • Butter Braids will be delivered to school on February 26th and pickup must be arranged by the families. Butter Braids come frozen and we cannot store them beyond the delivery day.
  • The highest individual seller will be awarded a pass to Boondocks. The highest selling average PM classroom will get an ice cream party during the week of March 2nd (exact time TBD).

Candygram This is being organized by Mrs. Conder's 5/6th grade class to fundraise towards the Outdoor Ed trip. Order forms will be due in Mrs. Conder's box by Feb 10th. Delivery will be Feb 13th. This is a cash-only fundraiser.

Our morning class has started practicing for International Day on February 28th.  If you are available to help and need volunteer hours, please let me know and in what capacity.

Thanks,

AM Classroom Auction Baskets

Dear Parents,

"April in Paris" is GVA-DC's second silent auction and gala taking place on April 18th! We have once again teamed up classrooms to create beautiful gift baskets to be featured and bid on at the event. 

Your classroom basket is a "Legos” themed basket.

To sign up, click here https://tinyurl.com/r5zy6nu

All donations are tax-deductible. Donations should be dropped off in the office's Auction box during school hours.  Please mark your donations with the AM teacher's name and estimated value so it can be put in the appropriate basket. Items must be in by March 11th. If you need an extension, please email Laura Widhalm and let her know. 

We look forward to working with you and having a successful 2nd auction and gala for our school!

If you have questions, please email laurawidhalm@gmail.com or pic.gva@gmail.com .

Thank you so much for supporting GVA-DC! All funds raised from the auction will go to support technology at GVA-DC!

Laurian Horowitz, President 
Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
Global Village Academy - Douglas County (Parker)

January 24, 2020

This week we learned about words having bossy er in them, wrote using facts, started talking about main idea and details, went over an open number line for math, and read/ discussed Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks.

January 31st is an early release day at 12 PM.

Our morning class has started practicing for International Day on February 28th.  If you are available to help and need volunteer hours please let me know.

January 17, 2020

This week we learned about words having bossy or in them, wrote using how-to steps, read a story looking for feeling and senses, went over graphing and data vocabulary for math, and read/ discussed Harriet Tubman.

Book orders are due by tonight if interested.

There is no school on Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. day.

Spirit night is Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 4-8PM at Volcano Chinese –Sushi.  You can dine in or do take out.  Just remember to tell them you are from GVA.

January 31st is an early release day at 12PM.

Early bird tickets for the silent auction night start February 10-March 10.  The deal is 1 ticket and drink ticket for $40 and 2 tickets and two drink tickets for $80.  March 11 the price goes up to $45 a ticket with no drink ticket.  The auction is in April.

Our morning class has started practicing for International Day on February 28th.  If you are available to help and need volunteer hours please let me know and in what capacity.

January 10, 2020

This week we learned about how to use commas in a list, put the parts of the book Sneezy the Snowman back in order, bossy r with ar, time, and reviewed classroom expectations.

Book orders are going home today and will be placed next Friday.

On January 21, 2020, we will have a spirit night at Volcano Chinese and Sushi from 4-8 PM.  A flyer is going home today.

The morning class will be involved with the South Korea International Day in February.

In April we will have our second GVA auction night.  Soon I will be sending more information and asking for specific types of donations for our basket.

December 20, 2019

This week we reviewed ch and sh digraphs, started talking about place value, started talking about main idea and details, finished talking about needs and wants, talked a little about holidays around the world, worked on our factual chapter books, and read Sneezy the Snowman and did a fun project.

Dibles and Maps test scores went home in Friday folders yesterday.  There are five students who missed tests due to absences.  These students did take the tests on Wednesday, but scores were not ready to print.  I will send them after the break.

I have processed three book orders and one of them was delivered and books sent home.  I put through two additional book orders over the past week and they have not been delivered yet.   They also should be ready to send after break.

Thanks to everyone who brought something last minute for our winter party on Wednesday.   The students appeared to have a great time!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe break!

December 13, 2019

This week was a little different due to MAPS and Dibles testing.   I plan to send results next Thursday.  There were a few absences and makeups will most likely take place sometime after the break.  Grades will also be completed by next Friday.   With Dibles sometimes the score will go down because it is the first time we actually test reading instead of pre-reading skills.  Please remember to read nightly with your children.  When we partner your child will grow more.  If scores have gone up please continue to do what you are doing and if scores have gone down significantly I urge you to read.  Thank you for your assistance.

This week we did learn about digraph wh, continued writing our factual books, did more with commas, talked about consumer and producer, and talked a little more about shapes.

I plan to put through another book order tomorrow if you are at all interested.

Next Wednesday my afternoon class will have a party.  I will give more details soon, most likely it will start at 2:30 PM. If you are interested in coming please send me an email so I can tell the front office.  If you are interested in bringing food I plan to set up the SIgnUp Genius sometime this weekend.

Remember next Thursday is a half-day due to International Day and Friday is no school for students.

I wish you all a wonderful break and time to spend with your family.

December 6, 2019

This week we learned about digraph sh, started learning basic economics, continued learning about coins, finished reviewing shapes, finished the first bend of informational writing and started learning about commas.

I am going to place a Scholastic order tonight due to trying to get the books before we leave on winter break.  It typically takes a week to get books once ordered, but I want to give as much time as possible.

We have had a few confirmed cases of lice eggs.  In an effort to keep spreading to a minimum I am cleaning all classroom pillows and earphones for the computer area.  These will return after winter break.

Reminder Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  If you are interested in donating to GVA please see the flyer going home today in Friday Folders.  The other side of the flyer tells information about a holiday bake sale on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

November 22, 2019

This week we learned about diagraph th, did more with shades of meaning, discussed what it was like being on the Mayflower, continued to talk about defining shapes, started talking about telling time, continued working on informational writing, and did an adjective activity. 

Enjoy your break, stay safe, and enjoy family time.  Please remember to take some time for reading!

When we come back:

Monday, December 2, 2019, is the first day of school after Thanksgiving break.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, is Spirit Night at Colonna’s from 4-8 PM. 

November 15, 2019

I am excited to announce we collected over $22,000 for our Fun Run.  If you donated or were involved in helping this event take place thank you.

This week we learned about digraph ch, starting to learn about “the H Brothers”, defining shapes, shades of meaning, and writing using informational writing. 

Please remember to set aside at least twenty minutes daily to read.  Try to pick books of interest or go to the library.  For variety, students can read to you, they can do RazKids online, you can read to them, or they can listen to books on cd.

Next Friday, November 22, 2019, is a teacher workday followed by Thanksgiving break the next week.  Please enjoy the time with family! 

A few families I sent home handwriting packets.  Please remember those are due the week after we get back from Thanksgiving break.  Also, some families have been reading bags in books I sent home.  Remember to send them back when you are ready for the next level.

Coming from the school,l we are still in need of some parents who would be interested in shoveling on snowy days before school.  We also need of a King Soopers Lead to keep the advertising going and thirdly a research assistant who can help lookup information from home.