Teacher Introduction

A little about Ms. Thuku: I was born and raised in Michigan. In 2003, I graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. After graduating, I moved to Florida and taught 3rd grade there for three years. Next, I moved to North Carolina and taught 1st grade for six years in Durham before coming to Casa in 2013. I completed my lower elementary Montessori training in the spring of 2015. I have a spunky seven year old daughter named Roxy, who is a 2nd grader at Casa this year. I am most peaceful when I am doing family activities, running, or reading a book.

A little about Ms. Denison: I am a rarity in these parts – North Carolina born and bred, and very proud to call this state home! I graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Child Development in 1982 and since then have worked in a day care/private kindergarten, a private Montessori Children’s House, and at Casa, where I have been a faculty member for 13 1/2 years. I have a terrific 22 year old son who enjoyed 5 years at Casa. In my free time I enjoy watercolor painting, making crafts and reading.

~*~ Classroom Wish List ~*~

Our UE1 Wish List for the 2019-2020 school year is online via SignUpGenius. We are also in need of a class set of headphones since we will have one to one devices soon. Please send in a set or two of these with your child if possible. Any extra sets will be used as backup once headsets break. Snug Headphones for Kids on Amazon seem like a sturdy and affordable pair if you don’t have a spare set at home already.

Additional Needs:

Strategy board games- Here are some favorites: Stratego, Clue, Battleship, Mancala

Art Supplies: acrylic paint (all colors), decorative paper, flat and round paintbrushes, 8 x 10 canvases

We have beautiful carpet in our classroom but the corners keep curling up and the students are tripping over it. Do you have any idea how to keep the corners down? We have tried taping them down and we have weighed them down with heavy books but neither way has worked so far. Please help by giving some tips or coming in to show us how to avoid the curling area rug!

Important Info, Dates, & Links

Email and contact info:
Bethany Thuku – Teacher
Allison Denison – Paraprofessional

January 27-31- National School of Choice Week

January 27th- One to One Technology Device Deployment (don’t forget to sign the RUP and pay the $15 fee)

February 5th- PFA meeting and Public Tour

February 14th- Friendship Breakfast (details to come)

February 17th- President’s Day- no school

February 19th- Public Tour

February 19th- Overnight Field Trip Parent/Chaperone Information Sessions

Fifth Grade Don Lee- 4-5pm in UE2

Fourth Grade Haw River- 5-6pm in UE1

February 25- Open House- Evening Public Tour

February 25- Fifth Grade Poe Center Field Trip

February 28- Early Release


In addition to staying up to date with the amazing things we’re doing in our classroom, please read the GET INVOLVED and STUDENT LIFE sections of our website, too. If you have a question, and can’t find the answer on our website, we’d appreciate it if you would be a helpful citizen of our community and let us know! Chances are someone else has had that same question. 🙂  Thank you!


Current Areas of Focus in Our Classroom Community:


Manage our time wisely– As a class we are working to improve the way we are spending our independent work time. Some students are very motivated to do and complete works, however many are more focused on socialization. The socialization is distracting learners from completing work to the best of their ability. After break, we will be working to make our classroom more peaceful and work friendly.

Following directions/expectations- We are working on getting most students on board with focusing on directions given when we ring the chime, and paying attention to the daily details provided in Morning Meeting.


Caring for one another- Our class is full of students who have caring hearts. They love to help other people and look after their classmates when they are hurt or upset.

Respecting Differences- The UE1 community does an amazing job respecting the differences of everyone within the walls of our classroom and beyond. Keep up the good work!

We have started the third quarter strong and have seen a lot of maturity and growth with our students.




5th Grade-
Use equivalent fractions to add and subtract fractions.
Extend knowledge of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions.
4th Grade-
Extend understanding of fractions (equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators).
Weather and Climate
Body Systems
Social Studies-
4th- Our Society/Economy
5th- Westward Expansion
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