Teacher Introduction

A little about Sra. Abbate:
I am originally from Michigan and went to school at Oakland University earning my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I relocated to Raleigh a little over five years ago and spent time teaching younger children all the way up through 4th and 5th graders.

I got married in August to my husband Daniel, and on Valentine’s Day we will be closing on our new house in Northeast Raleigh!  In my free time, I love taking my two dogs Lucy and Mandi out for walks, doing Zumba and yoga, and anything crafty!

A little about Sra. Leon:
My name is Amparo Leon Paredes, and I am so proud to be part of this amazing family at Casa Esperanza. More importantly, I am so excited to be partnering with Ms. Robinette in your child’s classroom for this coming school year! This is going to be a wonderful year full of opportunities for your child to continue learning and building knowledge.

I was born in Peru, and have two daughters and two granddaughters. I came to the United States in 2006. At that time, I was living and working in Virginia. Then I moved to North Carolina in 2011. I have been working with young children for 10 years, which lead me to study at Wake Technical Community College. Currently, I am working towards my Associate degree.

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Wish List

We are always looking for classroom materials to help us through the end of the school year.  We are currently in need of cups, trash bags, and tissues.  However any donations are certainly welcome and appreciated.

Snack Sign-up

Even though the majority of these spots have been filled, we are currently low on snack donations (for children who either forget to bring a snack or lunch for the day.  Any non-perishable foods that are relatively healthy are welcomed and appreciated.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

We appreciate all the volunteering that parents have done so far for our UE classroom.  Thank you for your continued support!


This is where you can go to pay for any upcoming field trips, the technology fee for our 1:1 technology plan, and any other school associated costs).

Important Info and Dates

Email and contact info:

Nicole Robinette – Teacher
Amparo Leon Paredes – Paraprofessional

Hola Families!

During quarter 3, we will be focusing on work quality vs. work quantity in our classroom.  By now, your child should have a firm grasp on what a day in UE3 looks and feels like,  should be able to plan and carry out their works, and finally always putting their best foot forward to be a model Casa citizen!

Here are a few helpful tips so that we can continue to work as a team to ensure your child’s success here at Casa:

  • Check in with your child on Mondays.   They should be able to tell you what their social studies and Words Their Way quiz grades were from the previous Friday when they took them.
  • Around Wednesday or Thursday, check in with your child to see how they are doing with their weekly works.  Remember, every Monday I send out an e-mail with a picture of the agenda board and a picture of what lessons we are doing each day along with what the daily homework assignment will be.  You should be able to use that to cross reference your child’s agenda to see how they are coming along!
  • Keep an eye out and maybe note on a home calendar when class projects are due!  This quarter, your child will be expected to primarily conduct experiments and do research at home, then have class time to put their projects together at school.
  • Remember the 3 day re-do time period your child has so they can achieve a higher grade on assignments and quizzes that are graded!  If your child doesn’t get a 75% or above (proficient score), they have 3 days to re-do it for up to a 75%.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Wednesday, January 22nd 4:00-6:00 pm- join us and Srta. Hill in our classroom for a technology deployment meeting.  We will be explaining the 1:1 technology deployment plan (for the new Chromebooks your child will be receiving), and answering any questions that you may have.

Now-March 19th: Open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year!  Sign up here: http://www.cemcs.org/admissions/charter/

***Starting this Friday, January 17th- Clubs will be starting and take place every Friday from 12:40-1:40!

Now-Until Not Available- Help lower the cost of your child’s 4th and 5th grade overnight fieldtrips by purchasing a Casa T-Shirt designed by one of our students!  Contact dcolon@cemcs.org if you are interested!

Monday, January 20th: No school, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thursday, February 6th- 6:00-7:30- STEM technology night!

***Starting now: check out our approved calendar for the 2020-2021 school year!

Wednesday, February 19th: Don Lee chaperone meeting (time TBA) for anyone who is interested in chaperoning the 5th grade Don Lee trip!

The Haw River field trip chaperone meeting will be announced soon!

And finally… project due dates:

4th grade: social studies- Wednesday, February 5th, science- Wednesday, March 11th

5th grade: social studies (level c- Friday, February 7th, level b- Friday, February 21st)

science (level c- Friday January 31st, level b-Friday, February 28th)


Developing a positive attitude toward learning
Most learning activities are individualized. Each child engages in learning tasks that appeal to them and they find the activities geared to their needs and level of readiness. Each child works at their own rate, repeating tasks often, if they like, and experiencing achievements! In this way, each child naturally builds a positive attitude toward learning itself.

Developing self confidence
New tasks will be built upon what the child has already mastered. A carefully planned series of successes builds upon inner confidence in children. It assures them that they can learn by themselves. Confidence-building activities contribute to the child’s healthy emotional development.

Building a habit of concentration
Effective learning presupposes the ability to listen carefully and to attend to what is said or demonstrated. Through a series of absorbing experiences, children form habits of extended attention, thus increasing their ability to concentrate.

Fostering an abiding curiosity
A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity is a prerequisite for creative learning. By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, curiosity is developed and an essential element in creative learning has been established.

Developing habits of initiative and persistence
By surrounding children with appealing materials and learning activities geared to their inner needs, they becomes accustomed to engaging in activities on their own. Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative which is an essential quality of leadership. “Ground rules” call for completing a task once begun and gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. This “completion expectation” gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance.

Fostering inner security and sense of order
Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, the child’s need for order and security is intensely satisfied. This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child. Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the “ground rules” call for everything in its place, the child’s inner need for order is directly satisfied.


Quarter 3 standards: 4th grade- science (energy & food and nutrition), ELA (word analysis, informative writing), math (fractions, decimal notation, story problems), social studies (key historical events, cultural groups, & symbols of North Carolina); 5th grade- science (weather & organisms), ELA (informative writing & stories, word analysis), math (fractions, decimals, measurement units, read & interpret data), social studies (key events, figures, human activity in the U.S., analyzing a democratic republic)
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