More News from Haiti…

Ms. Cheung’s class sent over $50 to “Children’s Hope” this week.  The children continue to send  thoughts of hope to the Haitian people.   Here is another excerpt from Leisa’s journal:

…”We distributed all the medical supplies we carried, are home now for just one week, and will return next Thursday with a team of ten and over a thousand pounds of medicine and supplies. Please remember to keep pledging…or just encourage someone you know to make their own pledge. We are in this recovery for the long haul…there is much work to do…but as the Haitian saying goes, “many hands make the burden lighter.”

 If you want to see some of the images from our January trip into Haiti, please take a moment to look over these images by Paul Taggart (for AARP).

Leisa Faulkner, Executive Director

Children’s Hope

News from Children’s Hope in Haiti

We have collected over $40 to send  to Haiti through Children’s Hope, an organization led by Leisa Faulkner.  She sends regular updates on the progress they are making in restoring Haiti and the lives of the people there.  Here is an excerpt from one of her recent journal entries:

2010 Haiti Journal #4        January 17, 2010

We … were reminded of one of the beautiful things about Haiti, their endless spirit and courage…as we shared soup and bagels, I heard such a story…

 The woman to my left held out a small bill and said she had a story to tell…we grew quiet as her moist eyes signaled we should. She said she was given this money by a woman who had suffered a bad foot injury, and without treatment was now expected to die of gangrene. She had lost her home and her husband, but not her spirit. She told my new friend that this was the last of her money, and asked her to take it, and writing her name on a small bit of paper, along with those of her children, asked my friend to find her children. She was kind and gentle…

 Peace, always and all ways,


Reaching Out to Help Others in Need

As we learn about the plight of the Haitian people after the earthquake, we think about how fortunate we are and how we can help others.  The students decided to help the Haitian people by collecting money which will be sent through a local organization called “Children’s Hope.” 

You can learn more about “Children’s Hope” by visiting their website at


Peace on Earth Begins Right Here…

The students in P4 at David Reese Elementary continue to think about peace and how they can make the world a better place for all people.  Here are more of the students’ writing about peace…

“Peace and a rose are alike in so many ways…it is good.  Peace is also colorful when a flower blooms you have a beautiful flower.  When I am around peace I feel like a rose in the sun.  I love peace! ” -Ashley

“Peace is in my neighborhood.  It is quiet in my neighborhood and it is lovely.  And I feel like I am listening to music and it makes me fall asleep…it is so quiet.  -Melody

Winter break begins December 24 and will continue through January 3rd.   Have a happy healthy new year!

Peacemakers at David Reese

The students in Ms. Cheung’s class continue to think about the importance of peace in the world.  The students have been writing about peace and would like to share their thoughts with you:

“Peace is important because the world needs it.  All the wars are horrible…If there was peace there would be no wars.”    Sherries

 “Peace is love…I like how people make the world a better place…I like how people help other people… ” Caleb

“There is peace in our classroom.  My teacher’s friend knew we didn’t have that much school supplies, so they helped out…I hope there are more people that bring peace to people.”  Jacqueline

“Peace is being nice and kind.”  Cristian

“At my house peace is kindness.  My dad comes home from work and cooks for my whole family…He shows love in my family.”  Rosemary

International Day of Peace

We started our week with the video “Peace Today” in celebration of UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2009.  The students are writing stories and poems about peace, and will begin artwork  as well.  We continue our on going discussion about peace and how we can make contributions and become peacemakers in our homes, neighborhoods, classroom, school, and ultimately the world. 

If you wish to view the movie, log onto

Week of August 31, 2009

As we enter our third week of school, the students wrote letters to Ms. Campos as we say “good-bye” and wish her the best. 

We are adding more activities to our list of homework assignments.  The “story map” is our latest addition.  Soon, student will write their own paragraph summaries. 

Students will be bringing home a packet of important information about many topics discussed at Back-to-School Night.  This includes topics such as homework policies, weekly reports, and supplies.  Weekly Reports will be distributed this Friday and every Friday.  Students are expected to take the report home and discuss it with parents/guardians.  Parents/guardians should send the signed form back to school with your child on Monday. 

Thank you for sending healthy snacks to school for your child.  Your support is much appreciated!

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to fourth grade!  My name is Ms. Cheung and I am excited to be your teacher for the 2009-2010 school year.  As we  jump into a new year, we will be learning many new concepts in math, expanding our reading and writing skills, and learning about the world around us through Social Studies and Science. 

This is a critical year for learning organizational skills, which the students will need for the rest of their lives.

Back-to-School Night will be this Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 6-7 pm.  I hope to see the students and meet parents. 

Parents, students, family, and friends…please feel free to use this site as a means to learn what  is happening  in our classroom.  Feel free to post a comment if you wish!

I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing!


We are reading a story about the first African-American woman astronaut, Mae Jemison.  At the same time, we are keeping a watchful eye on Jose Hernandez, the first Mexican-American astronaut from the Stockton area, who is scheduled to take off for space this week.  To find out more about Hernandez, go to

To find out more about 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar launch, go to