4th Grade

4th graders at Our Lady of the Lake focus on the environment through local watershed, native plant and invasive species studies, the Salmon in the Schools project, and stormwater awareness activities. Throughout the year, students monitor the health of Maple Creek and are part of the Thornton Creek Watershed Citizen Science Project. As our school gardeners, we plan and maintain our school garden. As diverse learners, supported by the strong and research-based Slingerland method for reading and writing, we study units in Religion, Social Studies and Science integrated with Language Arts and Reading. A highlight of the year is the 4th and 5th grade overnight camp on Vashon Island at Camp Sealth (TBD as a result of COVID 19 restrictions). Students become proficient communicators through learning the writing process, craft, and use of voice. We nurture a relationship with students in our parish sister school, Reverendo Miguel Ángel Vásquez School in Los Rodeitos, Nicaragua.
Thank you to all of you that supported out seed sale this year either in donations or by purchasing our seeds. The fourth-grade class raised over $1100 for school supplies for Reverendo Miguel Ángel Vásquez School in Los Rodietos, Nicaragua and for World Vision. Thanks to your generosity the funds will be used to help many children around the world.
Ms. Margaret Portelance
I have been a teacher for over 25 years and have taught a range of subjects and age levels. I was a middle school science teacher and  K-8 science mentor teacher. I am now in my fifth year of teaching fourth grade. I was raised on Vancouver Island, Canada and completed my BA and teacher certification at the University of Washington. Now, I am working on my Master’s in Teaching in the Biological Sciences at Miami University of Ohio and partnering with the Woodland Park Zoo. I will finish my degree this December. I also have lived in France, Turkey and now reside here in Seattle with my family.
I have been an instructional assistant/teacher for 6 years and have had the pleasure of working with a range of age levels.  I was raised in London, England and completed my BA in Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington.  I completed my Master's in Teaching in Elementary Education and teacher certification at Heritage University.  I have lived in Arizona, England, Germany, and Japan.  Now I reside in Lynnwood with my family.