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Welcome to 3rd Grade! My name is Kristina Hamada-Wong and this will be my nineteenth year of teaching. I am excited to be returning to Rocklin Academy Gateway this year and looking forward to seeing your child grow into a responsible, respectful, and resourceful student!

I was born and raised in San Francisco (Go Giants! Go Warriors!), where I earned my BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University. I received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a CLAD certificate from the University of San Francisco and recently earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I began teaching in the Jefferson Unified School District, primarily second and third grades, for ten years. In 2007, I moved to Roseville with my husband and two children, Colin and Ashlyn, where I taught Kindergarten, first, third, and fourth grade in the Sacramento area before teaching first and now third grade at Rocklin Academy Gateway.

In my spare time, I am chauffeuring Colin and Ashlyn to their various sports/after school activities with a Starbucks beverage in my hand. When I am able to grab a moment to myself, I like to read, watch movies or a Giants/Warriors game, travel and visit my family in the Bay Area.

I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year!



Recent Posts

PE Tomorrow!

Hello there!
Just wanted to remind you that we have our first PE day tomorrow. Please have your kiddo were appropriate shoes and has a water bottle. Thanks!

Weekly Update 8/22/16

Dear Super Stars Families,

What a fantastic week of learning we had at school last week. We spent a great deal of time establishing rules and expectations in the classroom and across the school. We have been building community in the classroom and discussing topics like friendship, responsibility, respect, resourcefulness, and celebrating our own unique selves. We will continue to reinforce all of these important social/emotional topics throughout the year, but are now ready to dive into curriculum!

 This week, we are learning…..


We will continue working in our Eureka math books this week. Module 1 mainly focuses on the basics of multiplication and division. We have now been introduced to the concepts of: repeated addition as multiplication, how to build and read an array, and are using academic terminology like factors and products. We will continue to review and reinforce these skills this week, as well as begin consistent practice on fact fluency. 

Each night this week your kiddo will have a math lesson as homework (Monday-Thursday). They will NOThave Friday homework. The homework comes directly from their math book, which means math books will need to go home and be returned completed each night. Always refer to the Problem Set, in the math book, as a guide to completing homework correctly. Here is the link to Eureka Math's Website for added support.


This week we are excited to begin our Literature Unit: Classic Tales. Student's will be listening to an excerpt from The Wind and the Willows. They will be reminded of the parts of a story: beginning, middle, end, characters, setting, plot and begin learning about themes in a story. We will be focusing on 4 big themes: responsibility, irresponsibility, friendship/loyalty, and hospitality. As we read and discuss the story, we will be making connections to these themes on a daily basis. This unit also has students differentiating between narration and dialogue in a text. Please help your kiddo remember that narration is the telling of the story and dialogue is when characters are speaking as it uses quotation marks.

In our skills reader, we will be focusing on a story set that your students were reading in 2nd grade called "Sir Gus". This entertaining story is where we will begin reviewing the basics of reading comprehension and emphasizing the importance of responding to questions in complete sentences, using the text as evidence and/or proof.



Please have your child spend time daily practicing their typing/word processing skills: is a great link to check out. :)


We will not be administering any assessments this week. 

Important Dates:

  • Back to School Night (PM TK and 5-8 Grades): For those families that have students in those listed grade levels.
  • NO SCHOOL -- Monday, September 5th (Holiday)
  • NO SCHOOL -- Monday, September 12th (Staff Prof. Dev.)


Misc. Information:




As it was mentioned in the Math section, homework will begin this week. Your kiddo will be responsible for his/her Math book, typing and reading log. Please note that your child will be reading an additional 20 minutes every night and then asking you for your signature upon completion. As the weeks move on, we will be adding language art review worksheets and other items that are needed for review. As always, if you have questions about homework, please feel free to contact me!


Art Docent/Room Parent/Historian/Technology/Take Home Project Volunteers


...ARE STILL NEEDED! While I have one Art Docent and one Music Docent already signed up (THANK YOU Grishma and Nico's parents!), I would love it if I could have one more of each docent! I've found that in the past, it has been wonderful having two docents for Art and Music to assist each other and also taking turns in teaching the lesson if needed. 


We still are in need of a Historian! It's a great volunteering position to have since this position is responsible for taking pictures of our class events as well as submitting pictures to our school's yearbook highlighting our class! Please email me if you are interested. 


Regarding Room Parent, I have one person who has volunteered to help (THANK YOU Kyla's mom!), I still need a "lead" Room Parent. Please email me privately if you are interested. In our class, the Room Parent will be in charge of helping me plan themed parties, teacher appreciation week and the end of year celebration. 


At home project.....I have one more workbook box left needing to be torn out. If you are able, please email me as well.


Finally, if you are at ease with iPad technology, then we need you! Please let me know if you are available to come in during the week to help upload apps, sync iPads or making sure all passwords work for the iPads.


Thanking you all in advance for volunteering in our classroom! I know the kiddos as well as myself appreciate any time you may have!


Ordering Hot Lunch

There are 2 great ways to do so this year!

  1. Visit the website and click Departments then Food Services on the right is the menu.  We have August and September up.
  2. The other is to use the app on your phone click more and then Food menus the order forms come right up.

**NOTE** The cut off day is Tuesday a week prior so Chef is able to place the order with our vendors.



Field Trip Information (from the front office)


Dear Parents:


It has been a great first week of school for our students and we are looking forward to an amazing year!  One of the many things that make our Core Knowledge curriculum and connect to what your student is learning are our field trips. Grade level teachers have identified some wonderful learning experiences tied to our Core Knowledge curriculum. Attached is a form with a list of the field trips and the cost for those trips.  We are asking parents to contribute towards the cost of their child’s field trips.  On the form you will see that there are two ways to contribute, online with a credit or debit card or with a check that can be dropped off in the office.  Payments may be made in full, or you may pay in three installments which are spread out over the first two trimesters. 


If you would like to pay online please click here.


Thank you for your support!


**Note from Mrs. Wong: Please let me know when you have submitted your field trip contribution so that I am able to help the office keep track as well. I appreciate you assisting in your kiddo's enrichment at our school!**


Looking Ahead...


We will continue working through Module 1, of our Eureka  math curriculum next week, still focusing on the basics on multiplication and division.

We will continue moving through Domain and Unit 1 of our CKLA curriculum. We will begin introducing new grammar skills this week and begin reading short excerpts from Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland. 

**More to come next week!! Please let me know if you have any questions! :)

Meet the Teacher Day - August 16th, 2-3pm

I cannot wait to me your kiddo and your family! If you have your school supplies and your kiddo's pencil box, please feel free to bring these items during this time. Your kiddo will be able to place his/her pencil box on their desk and get acquainted with me and our classroom! See you on the 16th!
Mrs. Wong

1st Grade-Weekly Newsletter 10/31

Hello Spencer Super Star Families!
Thank you to the parents that came in today to assist in our Pumpkin Celebration! Also thank you to those families that donated all the goodies, from treats to mini pumpkins, to help make this a fun celebration!
Our iPads are FINALLY here! I'm excited, as well as our kiddos, to begin using these devices in our classroom. However, I have noticed that only half our kiddos have brought in their own personal ear buds and these CANNOT be shared! If you have not had your child bring his/her ear buds in a zip lock bag with their name labeled on the bag yet, please do so starting next week. I plan on introducing the rules/consequences of the iPads, how to handle the iPads and how to be digital citizens next week. 
In the attached newsletter, I've indicated that we are preparing for our next field trip to the planetarium in the Discovery Museum. If you would like to drive, please sign up through the Volunteer Spot website, the link is notated in the newsletter. As a reminder, you MUST be cleared by the office to drive your child and other students as well as being able to stay with us at the designated field trip location. If you haven't been cleared, you have about two weeks to complete the paperwork and get fingerprinted.
On that note, please know that our field trips would not be possible without the funding from our Board of Directors. Currently, all three of the Rocklin Academy campus (Turnstone, Meyers and Gateway) are in the middle of their Giving Campaign. This campaign has been set up as a one time donation versus participating in several fundraisers throughout the year. Gateway's personal goal is to reach $221,600 in order to be able to continue funding field trips, the Art  and Music Docent Program and the 1-to-1 iPad program that we have! If you have not yet donated, please access our school website and consider what amount you would be comfortable in donating! Our PSP Board has mentioned they would like to reach half of the $221,600 ($110,500) by January. If we make this goal, we will be able to avoid having a fundraisers. However, if we fall short of this goal, there may be a few fundraiser activities conducted to help supplement our ultimate goal of $221,600. Total that Gateway has raised so far is $40,712. We only have $69,788 to meet our half way mark! Please click on the following link to find our more about this campaign. 
Finally, Scholastic Book Fliers were sent home yesterday with your child. If you would like to order books, the due date will be Friday, November 14th. Please click on this link: to order!
Thank you for reading this long email! Have a fun Halloween evening and weekend!
Kristina Hamada-Wong
1st Grade Teacher
Rocklin Academy Gateway
(916) 778-4550

Weekly Newsletter 10/3 & Other Information!

Hi Spencer's Super Stars Families!
Happy Friday! 
Our kiddos had a VERY active week with our first field trip, winning the Golden Lunch Box Award (ask you kiddos what that is!) and having our first assembly! They took everything in stride and still were able to focus during learning time and have fun too!
These past two Early Release Days, the 1st grade team meet and developed our Collaborative Inquiry (CI Goal) for the next three weeks. As a team, we decided to focus on writing (Capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and the correct punctuation at the end) and have been working with our students to reach the goal of 100% proficiency in writing a sentence correctly! Based on classroom data, our kiddos have been placed into three groups: students already proficient in the standard, students who need some practice and instruction, and students who will likely need intensive support to master the standard. The 1st Grade Team have developed Core Lessons (Whole Class Instruction) as well as station learning games to assist ALL our students to proficiency. Tuesdays homework will include a writing prompt in which you can assist your child in helping us meet our CI Goal. 
On Friday, September 26th, we held our first Golden Gator Awards! These awards are designed to recognize students for individual academic achievements or character traits that are noteworthy and cause for celebration. The following students were recognized in front of the school, and received a certificate, a gator pin, and the opportunity to sit at a festive, special table for lunch. Great job,to our Gators!
Bardia Beheshti – Integrity (Doing the Right Thing)
Donovan Kuwazaki – Follows classroom rules
I've set up a volunteering schedule on
We are in need of volunteers next week to assist in completing our first MAP (Measures of Academic Practice) data collection testing. Please use this link: to view all the volunteering opportunities.
I've set up our Scholastic Book Club account and plan on placing an order this upcoming Friday, 10/10. If you are interested in ordering and helping us build our class library, check the website and enter our class Activation Code. Please read the information below on what the Scholastic Book is.
One-Time Class Activation Code: NK7K7

Dear Families,

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

With Scholastic Reading Club: 
- Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library 
- You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
- You'll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me. 

I'd also love some help growing our classroom Reading Club. If you'd like to help out, please let me know! I'm excited to get our class reading! 

Thank you for your support!

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:
- ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
- SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
- SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
- All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!
Thank you for reading this long email! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me! Happy Weekend!

9/5 Newsletter

Dear Families of Spencer's Super Stars,

Our first three days of school are DONE! Thank you all so much for the loads of school supplies, well wishes and support thus far! You've made Gateway feel like home to me and I'm always excited to come to work! Your child has been a joy too and I cannot wait to see what this school year is going to bring
Monday, September 8th is a minimum day (dismissal at 11:40) and our first ever Back to School night (6:30-8:00)! This is a parent only event and I am looking forward to seeing you and to provide you with an in depth look into your child's classroom "life" that evening.  
We will also be starting homework on Monday as well. Homework will consist of a Reading Log (20 minutes of reading), Math and Language Art page. Your child will be required to complete and return their homework every day. Homework should not take more than 20 minutes to complete, not including the 20 minutes of reading, a night. If your child takes more than 20 minutes, please inform me immediately and we can discuss this issue. 
I am looking forward to seeing you all on Monday evening.
 Kristina Hamada-Wong
1st Grade Teacher
Rocklin Academy Gateway
(916) 778-4550

Thank You!

Hello Monkey Family!

It was wonderful to meet a few of you and your kiddos today! I'm also glad the kiddos had a chance to become somewhat familiar with each other too!
If you were not able to attend today I will see you on the 2nd at our Meet the Teacher Day!
Have a wonderful day,
Kristina Hamada-Wong
(Mrs. Wong)

(Informal) Playdate With Mrs. Wong's Class

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27th, we will be meeting at Kathy Lund Park, 10am for an informal playdate. I've sent an email to you today regarding this event. I will try to be there, but if I'm unable to make it, have fun!

Kid President - Teachers

Thought you'd like to show your kiddo this inspirational video before we start school next week!

1st Grade Welcome Parent Letter

Hello Monkey Families!

Attached please find my welcome letter for you and your child to read together. 

I know you are anxious, as am I, awaiting the opening of our new school. Mrs. Antoon sent the teachers some pictures of the interior of the building and it's BEAUTIFUL! I cannot wait to "show off" the school as well as our classroom on our "Meet the Teacher" day on Tuesday, September 2nd.

I hope you are all relaxing a bit more before our year gets on it's way. If you have any questions, feel free to email me and I will respond to you within 24 hours. Have a wonderful weekend and welcome again to our 1st Grade Monkey Class!!



Kristina Hamada-Wong

1st Grade Teacher

Rocklin Academy Gateway