Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Volunteers Needed!

Rio del Mar Math Festival - Parent Volunteers Needed! 
Tuesday, February 19th

Two possible volunteer sessions: 
First Session: 7:55 - 10:35   
Second Session: 11:35  - 2:10 

Volunteers will be assisting with classes, grade K-6th, as they filter through the MPR to explore math activities and games. 

You do not need to teach any math or know the skills, you will be more of a facilitator at a center - cleaning up materials between each class, helping younger students read the directions, etc.  

If you are interested and can commit to one of the sessions, please email  
Please note that you will not be guaranteed to be volunteering during your own child's class session. 

Alyssa Davis
Academic Coordinator
Rio del Mar Elementary 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Some updates!

Hi all,

Here are a few updates and some information you might be interested in:

  • It is Socktober! If you would like to, we are accepting donations of NEW socks for the homeless. We have quite a few pairs so far, but we could always use some more.
  • This Friday is our first field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! We have five drivers who have volunteered to drive and we are all set. It should be a lot of fun and I hope to share some pictures in the future.
  • The kids have finished writing personal narratives and they should be coming home this Thursday. Please read them with your kids and take a look at the rough drafts and yellow note I attached to get a better idea of the process kids went through to complete the project. Feel free to take a look at the digital versions and make any adjustments, if you like.
  • There has been a lot of interest in science of late and I encourage you all to take a look at the lessons, as I have posted them on the Google Classroom. The links will run out soon so let me know if they are no longer active.
  • Speaking of science, kids will have a science quiz on Thursday of this week, due to the field trip on Friday.
  • We have begin to talk about text structures this week as we begin a non-fiction unit. Take a look at this fun video to review/preview the five different text structures we are studying.
  • The big math skill we are working on right now is double-digit multiplication. Check out the "multiplication and division" section of my math videos for some cool strategies and explanations.
  • Halloween Parade will be 8:30 next Wednesday. You are welcome to attend!

Hope all is well!

Mr. Mc

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hi families - Mr. Mc is revealed!

Dear families,

Thanks to all who were able to make it last night to Back to School Night. It was great seeing you all and it was nice to chat (even if briefly) with many of you.

Here is the presentation for those who missed it or would like to see it again.

For those who came you had a chance to earn some money for your child by correctly identifying me as a fourth grader. I decided to give every child $1 if their child played and $2 to those whose parents guessed correctly!

Here is the answer!

Mr. Mc

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Multiplication Help!

Hi families,

I just want to make sure you are all aware that I have made several math videos through the years and they are on the blog. If you look to the right you will see a link that says "math videos". It will take you to a new page and you can scroll to look for the topic you are interested in.

We are currently studying multiplication so I would focus on those vides. Here is the link  - check them out!

Mr. Mc

Monday, August 27, 2018

Back to School Night!

Hi families,

Just a reminder that Back to School Night is coming! Here is some info:

Hope to see you all there!
Mr. Mc

Monday, August 20, 2018

Hello parents! Are you up for the challenge?

Hello all,

We talked about multiple perspectives today and I shared this challenging math problem. The kids wanted to see if you could all do it! So...good luck!

Here is a fun video that also addresses the fact that kids and adults sometimes look at the world differently...

Brian Regan - Balloons and Wallets

Mr. Mc