Sep 07

Get to know Mrs. O!

My name is Mrs. Oettinger. I have been teaching at Harley for eight years. I taught in Nursery Yellow for three years and have been teaching Third Grade for four years. My favorite subject to teach is reading and I also love geography. I have a passion for poetry, and I also love getting kids excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). My favorite part of Harley is Halloween and Elf Day.

I live in Ontario, NY with my husband, Phil. We have two daughters named Addison (she is in Primary C) and Elise (she is two and a half). We also have the world’s naughtiest dog named Ronin and two very lazy kitties.

When I’m not at Harley, I love to read, garden, snowboard, run…well…sometimes, bake, and chase my kids all over the house! I try to be outside as much as possible. I can be a bit of a neat freak and my favorite food is steak and spaghetti. Yum! I am also a coffee and tea fanatic! I enjoy cheering on the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and women’s soccer (Go Abby!).

I am looking forward to getting to know all of my 3rd graders and their families. The best part of Harley is the community we create! (That and the lunches).

I can’t wait to start blogging with all of you! What an adventure we will have!
- Mrs. Oettinger


This is Addison and Elise!


My family – our trip to Hershey Park



Ronin – our crazy Shiba Inu.


Halloween 2012 – I love the parade at Harley!


I don’t get to snowboard as often as I should, but it sure is fun!

Mar 28

Last day of Focus Week pics!

Mar 22

First Day of Focus Week – the Official Kick Off!

Today we learned all about the Erie Canal from 4th grade.  Had a Train Conductor (Mr. Rzepka) from CSX come and teach us all about what it is like to drive a train.  He is a long time friend of Mrs.  Oettinger, and we were so happy to have him volunteer his time on his day off.  We also had an excellent model train demonstration from Mr.  Shifty.  He has so many trains  that we have been studying.

Mar 21

Transcontinental Railroad Game

Games were held in each homeroom.  Each Team – Union Pacific or the Central Pacific had to complete a set of challenges (Math, facts, Physical) and race to the finish line.  We celebrated by placing the Golden Spike and having a special Transcontintial Railroad orange juice drink. 

Mar 05

Steam Engine with Mr. Hartman

Yesterday, in Social Studies, Mr.  Hartman brought in some materials to show us how steam engines work.  He used a propane torch to heat up water and created steam.  The pressure makes the stream engine move forward.  Here are some videos. 


Eric and Mrs. Oettinger

Feb 28

3a Reader’s Theater

The Prince Frog

Feb 28

Reader’s Theater

The pig who cried wolf

Feb 27

Stem Videos

Feb 27

3a Readers Theater

The Frog Prince

Feb 27

3a Reader’s Theater

The Pig Who Cried Wolf

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