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4th/5th Grade


Mrs. Ruth Marsden / Jennifer Rastein



I love teaching fourth grade! It is an exciting and pivotal year for so many reasons. I grew up in Pacific Palisades and have lived in Malibu for over twenty years. I graduated from Pali Hi, SMC, and California State University Northridge, receiving a Bachelor'ʹs Degree in Art (after minoring in engineering). I received my teaching credential from CSUN as well and was immediately hired to teach fourth grade at Round Meadow Elementary School in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. I taught there for four years, teaching fourth grade and a fourth/fifth combination class. During that time, I received an Award of Merit, Employee of the Month

award, and was nominated for a WHO Award. I was granted a three-year maternity/childcare leave but opted to stay home and did not return to teaching professionally until 2007 when both of my children were in high school. During that time I taught Sunday School, led a Girl Scout Troop, served as a Den Mother for a CubScout Pack, and served as PTA Co-°©‐‑President of Parent Programs at Webster Elementary School. I received the PTA Continuing Service Award in 2002. I am a life long learner, and continued my education, earning supplemental authorizations to teach introductory art, introductory math, and introductory science in grades K-8. I returned to teaching in 2007 as a first-grade teacher at

Webster Elementary School in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. Prior to joining the staff at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Parish School, I taught first grade, Reading Intervention for grades 3-5, and substituted for grades Pre-K -5 and Special Education in both SMMUSD and LVUSD. Teaching is one of the best jobs in the world. Each day, I have the opportunity to find a way to make a lasting difference in a child’s life, especially a child who is struggling in some way. I believe in providing children with a balanced and well-rounded education; inspiring children to achieve their personal best socially, emotionally, and academically;

and equipping them to succeed as responsible, thoughtful, and wise members of our society and the world.

Classroom Notes

Welcome to our class! Here we will post information about what is to come in the school year ahead. Stay tuned for a listing of main projects that we will be doing and links to additional information. If you should need to contact the teacher or the room parents, that information will be posted here as well.


We will also keep you informed of upcoming field trips, a place to find the permission slips and an easy way to check in and find the details of what ahead.


See you in class!

Parent To Do's

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