4th Grade

4th graders at Our Lady of the Lake focus on the environment, culminating in our Conservation Citizen Science project that monitors the health of the Thornton Creek Watershed. 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. 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 (see Los Rodeitos).
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 fourth 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 with a focus on Conservation Biology partnering with the Woodland Park Zoo. I also have lived in France, Turkey and now reside here in Seattle with my family.