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Ms. Park!
Ms. Park!

Ms. Park's Interests

  • Creativity and Imagination
  • "Outside the Box" Thinking
  • International Travel
  • Using Power Tools
  • Reading Bks of Various Genres
  • Learning New Skills
  • Exploring the Great Outdoors
  • Music
  • Love and Compassion
  • Seeking Knowledge
  • Taking Meaningful Risks
  • My Family
  • MY STUDENTS! Yay!

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B.A. in Philosophy

M.A. in Education

Email Address

Elaine Park Locker

Elaine Park

"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."  :) 

The Little Prince

Introductory Letter

Dear Parents of Rm.4,

 

As your child's fifth grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year, I'd like to begin our parent/teacher relationship by taking the opportunity to introduce myself. (For returning parents, welcome back!) My name is Elaine Park, and I have spent my years at Overland teaching in the upper grade (5th, 4/5, and 4th). By my involvement in the field of elementary education, I feel extremely fortunate to be situated in a position that allows me to develop in both myself and my students what I consider to me essential traits in a person's life: the challenging pursuit of knowledge and a humanitarian heart. I feel that it is positive and empowering for every student to have a solid foundation of of knowledge, both deep and wide, that continually develops in order for him/her to think independently and thoughtfully before making decisions in life. A heart that is truly moved to do what is beneficial for people as a whole also serves, in my opinion, as a guide in applying the knowledge into meaningful action. Therefore, it is the combination of these to elements that I believe progressively leads the individual towards wisdom.

 

Possessing this philosophy as the foundation of my teaching goals, I find it necessary to make it my personal goal to ensure that each student in my classroom is challenged academically and emotionally through a growth mindset; given the tools grow and flourish, thinks independently in order to develop his/her own ideas and beliefs; builds his/her self-confidence and self-esteem; is given the freedom to be himself/herself, and feels responsible, as a member of a world community, to exercise values that improve the quality of life in others. In addition, I emphasize the importance of imagination, which encourages creativity and innovation throughout the process of learning (....and a little humor doesn't hurt either! :D). I must also add that I truly love children and cherish every moment that I spend with my students. I want them to be happy children who feel positive and enthusiastic about their experiences at school.

 

I am excited about establishing mutually rewarding relationships with my students. I know that each child will have his/her special qualities to contribute to the Rm.4 community. I hope, that in order to implement a productive learning environment, I will also establish strong ties with you, the parents, as well. I welcome you to contact me whenever you would like to discuss your child or would simply like to introduce yourselves to me. You may reach me through the school office, by visiting me after school hours, or my emailing me at esp3871@lausd.net. Having solid communication with the parents allows for a more comfortable, enjoyable, and successful school year.

 

Sincerely,

Elaine Park

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2017 5th Grade Culmination Day
2017 5th Grade Culmination Day
I experience the deepest joy by being their teacher.
I experience the deepest joy by being their teacher.
A group of children that possess the most meaningful qualities that one can experience in people. What a joy to be their teacher....
These students embody the very best of what you experience in people....
Student Council candidates gave their wonderful speeches today. Congratulations to all of you for your courage, heart, and great effort!
Student Council candidates gave their wonderful speeches today. Congratulations 
to all of you for your courage, heart, and great effort!
First Day of School: A Collaborative Community Begins! :)
First Day of School: A Collaborative Community Begins! :)
We will miss you, Mattia! Australia is lucky to have you there!
We will miss you, Mattia! Australia is lucky to have you there!
Hand Casts Finished! Yay!
Hand Casts Finished! Yay!
Field Trip to the Huntington Library! (4th grade)
Field Trip to the Huntington Library! (4th grade)
Music Center Field Trip! (Acrobatic Dance Ensemble Performance)
Music Center Field Trip! (Acrobatic Dance Ensemble Performance)
Colonial Day! (5th grade)
Colonial Day! (5th grade)
Harvest Time for Fourth Graders!
Harvest Time for Fourth Graders!
Everything is Larger Than Life in Rm.4! :D
Everything is Larger Than Life in Rm.4! :D
Halloween 2014!
Halloween 2014!
Rm.4 Meets Amulet Series Author, Kazu Kibuishi!
Rm.4 Meets Amulet Series Author, Kazu Kibuishi!
Rm.4's 2013-2014 Fifth Graders!
Rm.4's 2013-2014 Fifth Graders!
Rm.4's 2012-2013 Fifth Graders! Yay! :D
Rm.4's 2012-2013 Fifth Graders! Yay!  :D
Footloose!!!!
Footloose!!!!

The students of Rm.4 impressed and inspired all the parents, friends, and teacher (me!) with their absolutely wonderful performance of "Footloose". They truly worked as a team and gave it their all today. The picture above is of the students waiting quietly in place, moments before the curtains opened for their first scene. I had to capture it because, although it was not part of the actual play, it was my favorite moment.  I was so moved to be behind stage with my students and listening to them give each other last-minute whispers of encouragement and advice. Their words to each other were so positive and focused on working as a team.

Overland Fifth Grade Run/Walk!
Overland Fifth Grade Run/Walk!
Griffith Observatory Field Trip!
Griffith Observatory Field Trip!

Students worked in pairs, or individually, to create a fantastically-inspired theme store to open for business in Rm. 4's Creative Classroom Mall. Each theme store had to be divided into at least three categories related to the theme, with a minimum of four products in each category. No product could exceed $100, including sales tax (8.75%), since each student shopper would have a starting balance of $100.00 in their Ms. Park Credit Union account for purchasing the wonderfully imaginative products for sale.

On the day of business, student store owners filled out receipts by calculating the subtotal, sales tax (8.75%, rounding to the nearest cent), and final total for each customer's purchases. each shopper wrote out checks for each of their store purchases and deducted the amounts from his/her balance. Afterwards, store owners calculated the total amount made from their respective stores and graphed quantities of each product sold. It was definitely the most unusual and interesting shopping experience! Fun, fun, fun!

CREATIVE CLASSROOM STORE DIRECTORY:

Disasters 101

Mushroom Pets

Devon & Caden’s Mutant Pet Shop

J & E Diseases and Cures

The Dream Makeover

Mythic Pet Shop

Creative Creations

FUUU Mart

Bubble Pop

JB’s Pranks

Gonzo’s Bean Tower

The Impossible Store

Pets Roar and More

M & E Wizard Wee

Welcome back, Kai! We missed you!
Welcome back, Kai! We missed you!
Fifth Grade Parents at the Staff Appreciation Brunch!
Fifth Grade Parents at the Staff Appreciation Brunch!

Thank you, fifth grade parents, for your incredible generosity and efforts in making the first "Teacher/Staff Appreciation" brunch of the year so lovely and laden with delicious entrees and decadent treats. The special poem and thoughtful words shared meant so much. I left the teachers' lounge overstuffed, content, and feeling so appreciated. Gamsa hapnida (감사합니다 ) !

After the Mile Run Practice and a Little "Rain"....
After the Mile Run Practice and a Little
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The Pajama Game!

The students did such an incredible job of working together to give a solid performance. They truly reflected what it means to be an ensemble cast. I loved watching them putting their hearts into it. If you saw the performance today, you know just what I mean!

Science Camp: Quotable Quotes!

Tuesday:

Conversation overheard at the beach...

Belle: If I died, would you still be my friend?

Zoe: Why would I stop being your friend just because you're dead?

 

At the Beach....

Arrow: "I found a rock. It's igneous."

Ms. Park: "What's his name?"

Arrow:" It's an igneous rock named 'Igneous'."

Ms. Park: "Are you going to take him home with you?"

Arrow: "I'm going to keep him until he goes to college."

 

During the Creek Hike...

Jacob and Kevin: "We went nature potty in the poison oak! (Kevin) Yay!"

 

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Wednesday:

On top of Ice Cream Mountain....

Kevin, as soon as he reaches the top of Ice Cream Mountain and looks out towards the ocean: "It's so freaky. You just think about how big the ocean and world really are."

Miss Park:  "When I was a kid, I would imagine sticking a finger into the ocean and being freaked out at the thought of being connected to everything in the ocean and other continents."

 

On the way up Ice Cream Mountain....

Arrow: "Do snakes poop? They don't have butts. Does the poop just melt inside?"

 

In Cabin 30...

Rebecca: "I'm sorry Mr. Brimble, but I'm going to have to spit in your sink."

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Thursday:

In the infirmary....

Vincent: "Daniel, he was standing on a rock and he bent over, and a wave, (giggling) just went right over him. He got soaking wet! AH HA HA HA HA HA!" (Daniel, not quite so amused, watches Vincent unable to contain his laughter.)

  

In Girl Cabin 10, getting ready for bed....

All the Girls: "We want to meet Bob the Barnacle!"

Science Camp Update!

Students are having a fantastic time in Malibu learning about standards-based science in the beautiful outdoors! They are going on hikes along the creek, up Ice Cream Mountain, and to the beach. Trail time is productively spent integrating exercise; interacting with nature; and being engaged in comprehensive science lessons. All-day lessons and hikes, as well as fun evening programs, have been keeping the students quite busy! Watching students being excited about learning and spending time together in this way has been absolutely wonderful.

The cabin counselors have been amazing as well. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and responsible counselors here to help make science school so successful. Mr. Brimble and I are VERY pleased with them.

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READING "THE LITTLE PRINCE"

We have spent the past couple of weeks reading The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery. This special story has generated thoughtful discussions and deeper insights through the central theme, life lessons, and symbolism presented throughout the story. Students have shared so many meaningful connections and discoveries, which has made our time reading it so "essential".  

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Welcome Letter to Parents 2017-2018

Dear Parents of Rm.4,

 

My name is Elaine Park and, as your child's fifth grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year at Overland, I'd like to begin our parent/teacher relationship by taking this opportunity to welcome you and share a little about myself. I have taught  both fifth and fourth grade at Overland, and I am looking forward to another year! By my involvement in the field of elementary education, I feel extremely fortunate to be situated in a position that allows me to develop in both myself and my students what I consider to be essential traits in a person's life: a knowledgeable mind, an active imagination, and a humanitarian heart. I feel that it is positive and empowering for every student to have a solid foundation of knowledge, both deep and wide, that continually develops, with curiosity and perseverance, in order for him/her to think independently, critically, and thoughtfully before making decisions in life. An active imagination enables exploration of ideas without limits and inspires creativity and innovation throughout the process of growth and learning. A heart that is truly moved to do what is beneficial for people as a whole serves, in my opinion, as a guide in applying knowledge into meaningful action. Therefore, it is a combination of these factors that I believe progressively leads the individual towards wisdom.

 

Possessing this philosophy as the foundation of my teaching goals, I want each student in my classroom to be challenged academically; to utilize the tools that allow his/her talents to flourish; to think independently and critically in order to develop his/her ideas and beliefs; to build his/her confidence and self-esteem; to be given the freedom to be himself/herself; and to feel responsible, as a member of a world community, to exercise values that improve the quality of life for others. I must also add that I truly love children and cherish every moment that I spend with my students. I want them to be happy children who feel inspired and enthusiastic about their experiences in school.

 

As a student at Overland, your child can anticipate a well-balanced academic program. Areas of study will include: reading various genres of literature; actively engaging in and improving upon different thinking processes; developing writing skills for various purposes; exploring and extending grade-level scientific concepts (life/earth/physical sciences); investigating mathematical concepts and applying them to problem solving situations; learning about U.S. history, while also examining the viewpoints of peoples that are often omitted or not specifically addressed in some textbooks; actively participating in music and art-related lessons/projects; and developing technology-based skills. Homework will be based on lessons during the academic day. In addition to the homework, I will be assigning long-term projects on various topics throughout the school year.

 

I am excited about establishing mutually rewarding relationships with my students. I know that each child will have his/her special qualities to contribute to the dynamics of Rm.4. I hope that, in order to implement a productive learning environment for your child, I will also establish strong ties with you, the parents, as well. Therefore, I welcome you to contact m whenever you'd like to discuss your child or would simply like to introduce yourselves to me. You may reach me through the school office; by visiting me after school hours; or by emailing me at esp3871@lausd.net. Having solid communication with the parents allows for a more comfortable, enjoyable and successful school year.

 

Sincerely,

Elaine Park

 

 

 

 

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Orange Shmeishglobe on the lookout for Decepticons....
Orange Shmeishglobe on the lookout for Decepticons....
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