Fourth Grade, Ms. Marisa Rieber

My name is Marisa Rieber and I am very excited to be teaching 4th grade at Holy Cross this year! I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, with a degree in psychology. After college I joined the PACE program through the University of Portland, so I got to spend the last two years teaching fourth grade in Honolulu while returning to Portland in the summers for graduate courses. I graduated with my Master of Arts in Teaching in early August. In my free time I love reading, baking, and swimming. I am thrilled to be joining the Holy Cross community, and I look forward to a year full of learning, laughter, and kindness!


Important Dates

Prayer and Pie - 11/22

No School - 11/23 and 11/24

Lelooska Foundation Field Trip - 11/28

We are the light of the world.

- Matthew 5:13


Service Project: We will be writing to Sister Mary Ryan and the other sisters in the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary! 

What's Coming Up This Month?

Language Arts   

What can we learn from the stories we read, the songs we hear, and the poems we love? (Analyzing themes)

How do we revise writing - isn't that just checking for spelling and punctuation?!


What does multiplication mean?

How is it related to division? 



What are the Ten Commandments and how can we follow them?



How do our brains work with our senses to understand the world? (Why can we make it look like there is a hole in our hands?)


Social Studies

What was Oregon like before white settlers came?


Helpful Websites

Skill Practice

Khan Academy: K-12 interactive exercises and tutorials for a wide array of subjects. Your child will have a custom learning dashboard that lets him or her practice skills based on the individual level. Students can see how they’re doing and also receive fun rewards along the way like badges and points.

NCTM Illuminations: K-12 activities and games for nearly every math topic. Look under "lessons" and select grades 3-5, or explore the challenging brain teasers. 

Fun Educational Games

BrainPOP’s GameUp: highly vetted free educational games for K-12 on a variety of topics. BrainPOP’s collection focuses on higher-level thinking skills and critical thinking include topics such as coding and STEM skills.

Sheppard Software: has top-quality games for every subject spanning PreK-8. Fun and easy to use. There are ads on the site, so be sure to remind your child not to click on anything to the left or right of the game.


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