Ms. Foster - Special Education Grades 3-5

Contact information:
Jeanne Foster
Ms. Foster's Bio:

I received my Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Eastern Washington University; and received my Special Education Endorsement from Seattle Pacific University. I have previously taught in Seaside, Oregon, where I raised my daughter Madison, who recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in Global Development, and is currently working at World Vision in Seattle.   My husband, Mark Gehring, is a  power lineman for Potelco in Seattle, where he fulfills the role of safety coordinator for the company.   

I have been with the Castle Rock School District since the start of the 2012 school year, and I am looking forward to another exciting year in the intermediate school serving students in 3rd through 5th grade.

If at any time you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 501-2910, or by email at


Happenings in Room 309

Something New:
Home and School Connection

Build map skills:

This version of hide-and-seek lets your youngster practice finding places on a grid. They’ll have fun working on map skills and spatial reasoning. 

1. Draw a grid. Have your child make a grid with 5 rows (labeled A, B, C, D, and E) and 5 columns (labeled 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). The grid will represent a room in your home. 

2. Add pictures. Next, your youngster should draw furniture or other items in the boxes to indicate their locations in the room. Say your couch is centered along the front wall of the living room. They could draw a couch on the grid across boxes A2, A3, and A4. 

3. Hide an object. Take turns closing your eyes while the other person hides something (perhaps a toy car) in the actual room. Then, place a penny on the grid to show where you hid the item. If you put the penny on A3, your child might figure out that the toy is under the center of the couch.

Upcoming Dates 

Learning Targets
As all children that are served by special services have varied goals for their academic needs, the common core standards/learning targets are also varied within the resource room.  Areas of instruction and related learning targets may include:

sight words
phonics practice
reading fluency
reading comprehension


math fluency
word problems
place value
telling time
currency calculation

Upcoming Events

As I come across websites or workshops that may be beneficial to parents, I will post them on my webpage.  If you happen to come across websites and workshops that other parents may be interested in, please email me the information, and I will be happy to post it to my webpage.

Helpful Websites

Child Development Institute (
This website is designed to provide the information and tools parents need to understand their unique child/children and to enable them to help each child develop into the successful human being they were meant to be.

LD OnLine (http://www.ldonline.orgh)
LD is the world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers and other professionals each month.

Other Online Tools (courtesy of UW Autism Center)

My Next Steps: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Autism

A video presentation from the UW Autism Center to help parents navigate the first steps after an autism diagnosis.

Autism Speaks 
The world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.

Autism Speaks – First 100 Days Kit (pdf)
Downloadable information for families during the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis.

Autism Speaks Video Glossary (free login account required)
Web-based training tool for parents and professionals.

CDC – Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones (pdf)
Your child’s early development is a journey. Use this map of milestones to know what to look for along the way. For parents of children from birth to 4 years

CDC – Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.

Autism Internet Modules
Presented by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. Web-based training modules for people working with individuals with ASD (logon required
 to view the modules).