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Room 8 in Action


Important Dates

Today: 8/20/17

Stay up to date!

The best way to know what is happening in class is to read my website! I update it weekly to keep you informed of important dates, projects, field trips, etc.

On Fridays your child will come home with a Friday Folder. This blue Rancho Romero folder will contain all their work from the week for your review. Please keep the papers at home and send the folder back to school empty on Monday.

If you need to send me a note, you may do so over email or send a note in with your child.

PE with Mr. Trapani

We go to PE on Mondays and Fridays.

Please wear tennis shoes, appropriate clothing, and bring a water bottle. Kids are expected to participate unless they have a note from home or from the doctor.

Technology with Mr. Graham

We will work with Mr. Graham on Thursdays in the computer lab.

Science Lab with Mrs. Post

We go to lab once a week on Tuesdays with Mrs. Post.


Meet Ms. Harrington

*I have been teaching 3rd grade at Rancho Romero since 2003.

*I went to college at SDSU and graduated with a BS in Psychology.

*I received my multiple subject teaching credential from UOP.

*If I wasn't a teacher, I would be a gardener!

*My daughter, Hanna, also goes to Rancho and is in the 4th grade.

*I have a new puppy named Sunny!




book-Out of Africa

subject-social studies



place to visit-Bend, Oregon




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Fidget Spinners: Is it really what your child needs?

The brain has the magical ability to rewire itself. We live in the world that offers our brains instant gratification, which works just like a drug. The more instant gratification we offer our brains, the more our brains crave it.  

With the best of intentions, we have rewired the brains of this entire generation of children to expect instant gratification, by offering them IPads, videogames, and depriving their brains of opportunities for boredom, responsibilities, and limits. Children come to school emotionally unavailable to learn. Their brains are unable to function under lower levels of stimulation, and expect special effects at all times. Unfortunately, real life can’t offer their brains what we promised; compared to the stimulation offered by the screens, real life is boring. Life requires the brain to work through boredom, which these children can’t tolerate so they become fidgety the moment their brains perceive even minor “boredom”.

With the invention of the spinner fidgets, we take their brains to the next level of instant gratification. Moreover, again and again, we buy our children what they want, the moment they want it, without thinking if it is truly what they need. Now, they bring the spinners into the classroom; continuing to stimulate their brains all day long with high levels of spinning stimulation. The more they stimulate their brains, the more they will crave for it, the less delayed gratification they will have, the less emotionally available for learning they will be (Read more about it here).

There are a few kids that do require fidgets. However, even for these kids, the fidgets are just a quick fix. These children require a much deeper approach to help them concentrate.  In many cases, if a child needs fidgets, it means that his brain is overly stimulated and he actually needs help calming his brain down rather than further stimulating it. Here are some suggestions that will minimize your child’s need for fidgeting:


Teach children that “boredom” is a normal state of human emotions. Help children to recognize the signs of boredom and help them develop functional strategies to deal with it. Don’t take the responsibility of constantly entertaining your kids, as they need to learn to self-regulate through boredom.

  • Put a conscious effort to train your child’s delayed gratification skills. Avoid using technological babysitters in cars and restaurants and train his ability to just sit and wait.  Teach your child to sit at a table until everyone finishes eating.  Limit snacking between meals.
  • Limit your child’s access to technology. In addition, unplug from your phone and share quality time with your child.
  • Offer your child opportunities to spend time outdoors, especially in green space.
  • Provide regular opportunities for high intensity, high duration exercises such as biking, hiking.
  • Bring calmness into their lives by listening to calm music, sitting around a fireplace, having a calming bath, reading a book, drawing, or playing board games.
  • Offer plenty of sleep in technology free bedrooms.
  • Train your child’s ability to complete monotonous work, such as helping with cooking, setting a table, making his/her bed, or folding clothes.
  • If your child truly needs a fidget, provide him/her with a low stimulation fidget, such as a stress ball.

Parents, we are failing our children! Their future is in our hands. Provide children with what is truly and deeply good for them, instead of highly stimulating quick fixes.



Important Dates for your Calendar

May 8-16- CAASP Testing

May 10- Annual School BBQ and Volunteer Brunch

May 18- Open House 6-7 pm

May 22- Author Visit

May 24- Oregon Trail Day 8:30-12:00

May 29-Holiday


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What's New in Room 8

Readers and Writers Workshop:


We are finishing up our unit of study on non-fiction reading and writing. The children pick an animal that they wanted to learn more about, read the informational text, took notes, and created their own non-fiction book. Once they completed all the reading and writing, they built dioramas depicting the animals habitat.




Module 6/7: Graphing and Measurement





Earth Day Celebration is on Wednesday, April 19th from 12:30-1:45.


Social Studies:


We are learning about the Pioneers and the Oregon Trail.





We have started Art with Mrs. Moss. We have art every Friday from 11-11:45. The volunteer sign-up sheet is here on my site.




Music has ended for the year.


The kids love the site http://www.incredibox.com/ to learn about music.





coding using Scratch

Google Docs

Typing Club

Sum Dog

Khan Academy





CAASPP Testing Dates:


3rd Grade 5/8-5/16/17


The Spring session of Run Club begins Wednesday March 1st.  Run Club takes place on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 

7:45-8:15 am on the blacktop behind the classrooms.

  • If your student(s) were signed up in the Fall, they are already registered for Spring as well!  
  • If you would like to sign up a new runner, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM and return it to the office.  Unfortunately, we are out of T-shirts for new runners.
  • Please do not drop off runners before 7:45am as there will be no adult supervision.  
  • Students do not have school on Friday March 3rd so there is no Run Club that day.

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Art News

Here is a link to the art page: Rancho Romero Art Page 

Best ways to reach me...

1. jharrington@srvusd.net


I do not check emails while I am teaching! If you have an immediate need to send a message to your child, please call the office. They will give me the message.


2. Find me on campus after school everyday until 3:30.

Student Safety

Over the last several months the school has worked collaboratively with parents and community members to bring about an increase in safety for students arriving and departing school.  The following procedures are now in effect: Traffic Procedures, Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival (snapshot)
  • Students are welcome at 8:15AM and wait in the main hallway, behind the red line, for the bell to ring.
  • Bikes, scooters and skateboards are parked in the bike racks.
  • Early recess takes place between 8:15AM and 8:30AM.  First and second grade students play on the lower play ground. Third through fifth grade play on the upper playground.
  • School begins at 8:30AM.
Dismissal (snapshot)
  • Students walk up to the front of the school with their class at dismissal. We ask parents to wait at the front of the school rather than walking to their child's class.
  • Students who are picked up by car must wait in their designated grade level location.  Vehicles display a name placard and proceed to their child(ren) location for pick up. 
  • Older siblings wait with younger siblings in the same location. 
  • Crosswalks are to be used at all times at either the entrance or exit points in the driveway.   
Walking/Biking To School (snapshot)
  • Students are to walk between the school and Iron Horse Trail at all times.  Riding bikes, scooters or skateboards is strictly prohibited between school and the trail.  
  • Pedestrians use the sidewalk on the North side of Hemme Ave. between school and the trail. 
  • When crossing the trail, push the button for flashing signal. Wait, look and listen before crossing.
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