Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why Superheroes for the theme?  The answer is simple:  DEDICATION, SERVICE AND SELFLESSNESS!   We were going to have a "Construction" type theme this year due to all the construction going on, but changed our mind when a really special person passed away right before we had to come back to school.  His name was Jonathan Vela, better known as Aquaman!  I met him four years ago when I was with a group of women starting out as a social/service member.  When I met him we became friends instantly, which was the case with mostly everybody he met.  It was as if we had known each other for many years.  We saw each other a couple of times more throughout the years, but mostly kept in touch through Facebook.  I always admired his dedication towards causes such as Alzheimers, Autism, Heart Disease, etc. He would go visit terminally ill children dressed up as Aquaman and read comic books to them. His group would also donate comic books to children in hospitals.  I contacted him last year because I wanted Student Council to join him in his cause but Life got in the way and I was never able to include Bonham with that service!  I was extremely saddened when I heard the news of Jonathan's passing and the first thing that crossed my mind was the post he had made earlier about how excited and happy he was that he would be a first year teacher as he was hired to teach Social Studies!  I knew instantly that he would be everyone's favorite teacher and he would definitely make it interesting and fun!  Unfortunately he passed away before he had the chance to experience the pleasures, rewards and even challenges of being a teacher.  When I told the teachers at Bonham they were all on board for dedicating their year of teaching to Jonathan.  We would like to tell the kids about service and selflessness and maybe even do several projects throughout the year which were near and dear to Jonathan's heart.  I hope you also join me in supporting us this year with this endeavor, we are all looking forward to it!  Jonathan was a true hero to many and his legacy lives on!  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Classroom Set Up

Here are a few pictures that I took of the before and after of the classroom!  I always have so much fun setting up the room and decorating it with the theme for the year!  I hope the kids will love it!  Friday was Meet the Teacher Day at Bonham and I had a wonderful time meeting my students!  I am excited for what this new year has to offer and I can't wait to get started. I'd like to thank my wonderful son who gave me so many ideas and my student teachers as well for all of their help!  :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Hello and welcome to Ms. Madrid's 4th grade web page. Our theme this year is Fantastic 4th Grade/Super Students Work Hard Achieve More! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful summer and are ready for a very exciting school year.  I look forward to working with my new students in a year that is sure to be amazing.

This page will have a lot of the information about our classroom that you may find useful.  Please check on this website often for updates about classroom happenings.