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August 21, 2020

Below is the welcome letter that has been sent home to families and should arrive by the middle of next week (not sure if it made today's mail, so it may not get mailed until Monday. Please send me an email with your preferred email address(es) - as I receive updated information, I will update you via email.

supply list 2020 as of 8_20.docx

welcome back letter 2020.docx

Dear Families,

    Welcome to 4th grade!  I am very excited that you are in my class this year! Hopefully, you have been enjoying your summer.  Mine has been nothing like my normal summers, but I have read lots of books, experimented with new recipes, and watched Hamilton multiple times.

     It’s hard to believe, but in another few weeks, it will be time to go back to school. Although this year will be very different from previous years, you will still be learning exciting new things. In Math, we will be working on fractions and long multiplication and division. Also, we will be doing a lot of reading and writing. 

     There are many aspects of Rhinebeck’s reopening plan that are still getting worked out, so please keep on eye on the Rhinebeck Returns website for updates ( Some things I do know:

  • There will be a phased re-opening to allow for time to train teachers in new procedures and to put them into practice with smaller groups of students –4th grade will start in-person learning on Wednesday 9/16. All of our class will participate in remote learning until then.
  • In-person students have a delayed start to the day – school will begin each day at 10:30 (Detailed information regarding bus and drop-off/pick-up procedures were emailed by Mr. King on 8/20).
  • Our classroom will look very different, as most furniture has been removed to allow for adequate distance between desks.
  • Students will still participate in special classes. The schedule will look different – classes will be shorter and we will rotate specials in a 2 week block (ie. music for 2 weeks, followed by art for 2 weeks, etc).
  • Some exciting news – the district has moved technology around and each student will have a computer to use.
  • For those families who have chosen to participate remotely, look for details for our Google Classroom to come soon.

 Attached is a list of supplies you will need this year.  Please come to school on the first day with these supplies.  A few additional reminders:

  • Water fountains will not be available, so please bring in a water bottle. Please mark the bottle clearly with your child’s name, since they will bring it to recess with them.
  • Masks are required. Students may want to bring an extra, just in case theirs gets sweaty, dirty, etc.
  • If you are planning on sending your child to school with individual bottles of hand sanitizer, due to my personal sensitivity to scents, along with that of some students, I would like to request that any hand sanitizer sent be low scent or unscented. I appreciate your help in this matter and thank you in advance.
  • Students will not be using lockers, so please do not send in any locker decorations. (Instead, students will have a bin next to their desk in which to keep their things.)

    As additional details get worked out, I will do my best to update you. My email is [email protected] – if you send me an email with your preferred email address(es), I will be able to send you email updates.

     Enjoy the rest of your summer.  Have lots of fun and rest up, so that you will be all ready to start learning! 


Erin O’Brien

Welcome to 4th Grade!



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Please visit this page often to find out what is going on in our classroom! I will try to update periodically.


Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Feel free to call (871-5570), email me ([email protected]) or send in a note with your child.  I'm usually available before school and during the children's special from 10:20-11:00.  If I'm not available, please leave me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. You can reach my voicemail using ext. 4352. The classroom ext. 6201 does not have voicemail - if I'm not able to answer, please call back and choose my voicemail extension (please avoid using this during instructional times).


Edited on July 26, 2020