Welcome to Kindergarten

  • Welcome to Meadows Elementary! I’m excited to work with your child this year and help them grow as learners and individuals. My assistant Amberley and I are excited to be able to serve your child as their teachers. 

    School is full of new experiences and routines. To prepare your child, please spend time talking about school, practicing your “get-ready-for-school” routine, and reading books about school.

    Recommended books: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems, I am Too Absolutely Small For School by Lauren Child, Little School by Beth Norling; and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin.

    To help your child be successful at school:

    • Tell the teacher about family changes. Changes in family situations (deployment, illness, new sibling, new pet, death, housing, etc.) can be difficult for young children to process and may affect behavior. Please let us know how we can support your child.
    • Encourage your child to talk about kindergarten. I hope to send a weekly newsletter outlining projects, activities, books we read, and special events. Ask specific questions about the school day. For example: What was today’s story about? What songs did you sing? Tell me about something you made. What was your favorite thing about school today? 
    • Send your child dressed for kindergarten. Our activities are often messy—dry erase markers, shaving cream, water, markers, and paint—so please don’t send your child in special clothes. We go outside every day; please, dress your child for the weather.

     Email is the best way to contact me, but I am available by phone before and after school. I may be reached at: aowen@nthurston.k12.wa.us or 360-412-4690.

    About Me 

    Qualifications: I earned a Bachelors’ degree from Grand Canyon University, with a dual major in Elementary and Special Education. I hold endorsements in Special Education and Elementary Education. I am beginning my fifth full year of teaching the here at Meadows. I began my adventure in the middle of the year 2014 when I replaced a teacher at Seven Oaks Elementary. 

    I also have training in PBIS, RTI, CPI, Social Thinking, and the STAR program. I have conducted self guided research in the areas of Autism and similar disabilities. My goal this year is to expand my knowledge in diversification of teaching students who are on polar sides of the learning curve. 

    My Family: My husband, Doug, and I married in 1984. We have twelve children, Charity, Joy, Shalome, Patience, Grace, Daniel, Faith, Michael, Gentile, Esther, Mercy, and Hope. I now have four additional sons and one daughter, six grandchildren plus one on the way (due in March). I love to spend time with my family at home, camping, ocean, traveling, and whatever spontaneous thing we can think of. I love people and I have gained the nickname of “people-collector.”

    During the summers I like to spend time camping with my family and friends! We often gather around a campsite and the Cowlitz river, or the ocean. Spending time with loved ones is very important to me.  

    Randle Camper    Camping in Maple Grove Randle Washington looks like this for me.

    ohanapacosh   Silver Falls, Ohanapocash National Park

    Family My Family without the newest additions (see below for those missing in the picture)

    Ryder and Nana  Ryder and Nana, (he's almost two now)                                                                                                     

    Daniel and Rachel  My Son, Daniel and his wife Rachel

    Elliot and Arianna  My daughter Mercy, and grandchildren Elliot and Arianna

    Great Grandma & Grandpa  My mom and dad with my grandson

    baby  Newest addition 

Newest Grandbaby