Dash has been a little silly in our classroom! Always up to no good.
I had a few parents ask me about the winter concert on Wednesday, December 12th. You are more than welcome to attend but only the 2nd graders, band and chorus members are performing. 1st grade participated last year.
We do have a winter assembly on Friday, December 21st and our kiddos will be performing twice! You are more than welcome to join us. The assembly will start around 9:10 and last until 11 ish. Hope you can make it!
Students have been researching their own special country and now they are starting their poster project. We will be working on the project today, Wednesday and Thursday in class. They will be bringing it home to finish and the project is due Monday. Please use this picture to help your child complete their project. Thanks for your help!
Next Friday we will be doing special activities with candy. We need candy canes small and m and m’s. Also if you would be willing to donate 1 or 2 of your favorite child’s candy bar that would be great.
We are halfwway through marking period 2. Students are working towards using test taking strategies more permanently and using math strategies to multiply and divide. We are looking to add more content and style to our writing.
Any questions? Please email me at email@example.com Thanks for everything you do as parents!
If you are interested and/or willing to supply any crafting items for our Winter Crafts, here is what we need:
The items are needed by December 14th. Please follow this link to sign up to send craft supplies to school. Thank you for your help!
We will also be having a Red and Green Party on Thursday, Dec 20th. Please have your child wear red and/or green, if you are abl. For our party we will need some food donations. If you are willing to send something in, please sign up to do so. Please indicate what you plan to send to avoid duplicates. Your help is greatly appreciated! You may follow this link to sign up…Red and Green Party.
We had a great time on our field trip last Thursday to the Whitaker Science Center in Harrisburg. There were so we many awesome hands on activities that your children explored throughout the day, some of the class favorites were the Lego building room, rock climbing, and car races. We also enjoyed an awesome IMAX movie about outer space and the steps NASA is taking to getting Americans to Mars. Below are a few picture of some of our students having a great time!
Welcome to 6-S! Wednesday is Day D and our special is music (London’s favorite).
Remember to bring your computers back to school , charged and ready to work.
Signed Work Folders are due Wednesday
Upcoming Events: 12/12 – Chorus practice at 8 a.m. is in music/art room. 12/12 – All school assembly for annual Winter Concert at 9:30 to 10:15 (Family and Friends invited, too). 12/20-Trail Mix Party
Writing: We continued our Website project. We will share our finished products on 12/19.
Spelling Packet #15 (Frequently Missed Words): Will be due 12/21. There will be an assessment on that day too. Congrats to our old Password Champions, London and Mr. S. They are truly deserving champions, bless their hearts.
Reading: see Mr. Mattern’s blog
DLR # 15 is due 12/14.
Maths: Today Chapter 5 results were shared. Corrections for Chapter 5 are due Thursday. Tonight, complete the shared homework skill sheet (Chapter 6 Lesson 2 Homework) Did the Empire’s Death Star exterminate your homework? Relax, a copy exists in our Google Drive Share Folder.
Science: Today we took notes on “Really Big Ideas about Science.” Please complete any unfinished work on this shared document, and be sure to have it in your Science folder. This is due Thursday.
We were introduced to our F.O.R. long-range science project. Please don’t hesitate to ask Mr. S. questions about this project. Detailed instructions, as well as a scoring rubric, exist in two places: the blog (Science:Found Object Roller Coaster), and our Google Drive share folder (Physics: Found Object Roller Coaster). This project is due 1/8/19.
RATS: 12/13 Kasey, 12/17 Tina, 12/19 Katyann, 12/21 Brynn, London 1/7, Crabe 1/9, Ava 1/11, Miles 1/15, Bradyn 1/17, Olive 1/23, Lily 1/25
Here’s the blog picture. Please tell Mr. S. via email who or what this is and receive 5 stars! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Below you will find some helpful information about Guided Reading Instruction…
I hope this information is beneficial and helps clarify what will be going on in the classroom, how often your child will be seen for group time, and when to expect to receive new books. Thank you for your help and support with your child’s success at home! Please let me know if you have any other questions or need further clarification about anything. I’d be happy to assist you in any way that I can.
A look at the week of December 10, 2018
Monday, December 10, Day B- Art. Today we will begin Chapter 4 in math. We will begin learning strategies to subtract within 20.
Tuesday, December 11, Day C- We have gym today. We will also take a science quiz on weather and landforms. Mr. Schuck will teach a lesson on diversity today.
Wednesday, December 12, Day D- We have music today. We will take our spelling test on or/ore words. New spelling and high frequency words will come home today. We will begin to work on words with /sh/.
Thursday, December 13, Day A- We have Applied Engineering and Book Exchange today. Mr. Schuck will teach a lesson on diversity.
Friday, December 14, Day B- We have art today. Today is Miss Zook’s last day before her semester break at Millersville. Our class looks forward to seeing her again when she joins us for her second semester from the end of January ’19 to mid May. Students are welcome to bring in cards for her today. We will also take a math quiz today on subtracting using : counting back, a number line, and subtracting using doubles ( ex: 10-5=5) .
Looking Ahead: We have an early dismissal next Friday December 21. Please let the office know if there will be a change in your child’s transportation.
We would like to make a holiday snack and need your help! Please click the link below for more information! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4fa8ac2ba13-holiday
We still need another batch of 24 cookies for next week’s Book Tasting Day or Book Cafe Day!https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0449a8aa283-december
Students have been practicing place value through 1,000 for the past two weeks. Last week we got out the oldie but goodies! These are still two great ways to practice place value. Below we used a folded sentence strip to write a standard number that then turned into an expanded number! Also, below is a system of number stackers to build numbers in such a way that students may see the value of each digit!
Now is a great time to refill your child’s toolbox with some new items. Although most students have done a great job of taking care of the supplies that they have, some have gotten lost along the way. It would be beneficial to give your child a new pack of crayons, a couple of new pencils and a new glue stick.
I hope you all had a great weekend! STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCHING our brains is what we’ll be doing, and making them stronger, as we become involved in the following activities this week. Keep plugging away 5th graders… You’re doing great!!!
Reading: Today in reading, we read, analyzed, and identified the implied main idea from an interview with Jordan Romero. He is the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits. Throughout the remainder of the week, we will mark up a text-dependent analysis prompt and write a well written introductory paragraph to begin our two-column notes, graphic organizer. This prompt will be based on the Romero interview and our expository non-fiction passage from our anthology. We’ll then work together, and in groups, to fill in our two-column notes with three pieces of proof and direct quotes, plus their analysis. If we finish this before the end of the week, we will begin comparing and contrasting two different non-fiction passages to identify how different text features are used that help the reader identify the main idea.
Spelling: Your child received their spelling homework packet today. They are aware that the packet is due on Thursday and that our test is on Friday.
Math: This week in math we needed an extra day to finish up unit 6 on Monday. On Tuesday we will move on to unit 7, which focuses on patterns and mathematical expressions. The first lesson will be about the order of operations, where we will learn all about PEMDAS. Wednesday we will move on to writing numerical expressions when given a word problem. Thursday’s focus will be generating and extending numerical patterns. Friday we will wrap up the week with a quick quiz to show what we learned for Tuesday through Thursday. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!
Thank you for your continuous support and have a wonderful week!
Family and friends are invited to attend LeTort’s Holiday Concert this evening at 6:00 pm. Chorus, Band, and Orchestra students will be performing, as well as the 2nd Grade classes. Students and staff will see a shortened version of the concert during a daytime school assembly, which is not open to the public.
The end of the semester is approaching fast and all Serteen club members need to have 3 events per semester. We have another opportunity for you this Wednesday after school. The National Honor Society is sending members to a Penn Manor home to rake leaves and do various yard work and they can use our help! It is this Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 3:15. For directions to the home, please e-mail that you are interested and I will give exact directions.
Due to the Keystone exam testing there will be no club meeting tomorrow. If any juniors or seniors are able to come in early on Tuesday or Wednesday to work on the banner or to hang posters for the Winter Formal, please let me know and I will have supplies ready for you!
Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent mine with family and friends!
We have been having SO much fun with Dash – our elf. He has been doing some really silly things in our classroom! I will have to post some pictures later of the mischief he has been up to!
Below is the schedule for this week! :)…
Monday, December 10- Day B… We have Applied Engineering
Tuesday, December 11- Day C… We have Art!
Wednesday, December 12- Day D… We have Gym! Don’t forget your sneakers!
Thursday, December 13- Day A… We have music!
Friday, December 14- Day B… We have Applied Engineering!
I hope you have a great week! December is a crazy month but we have been working hard! So thankful for each and every one of your kiddos!
Happenings this week:
Thursday, December 13: AM Library Book Exchange
Although it’s a quiet week for news and information, we have an exciting week of fun filled holiday themed learning to do. And I understand we have several mystery readers popping in to share with our kiddos!! Shhhhh…so exciting!
All slots are full for our Gingerbread Day! Thank you so much! You may send those items in anytime on or before December 19.
| Monday, Dec. 10 Phys. Ed. + School spirit day: ugly sweater or festive clothes|
+ Concert 6:00-7:00 …arrive 5:50 and report to 2W. Students will stay in the classroom until their time to perform
Concert info: Wear festive/holiday clothes or wear just a red shirt +jeans or fancy with a holiday dress (no hats or bells please.) Second graders will perform with Mr. Dutton. The concert will also include the band, chorus and string performances.
|Tuesday, Dec.11 Art|
|Wednesday, Dec.12 Library Instruction + Ch. 5 math test|
|Thursday, Dec. 13 Music PTO Children’s Holiday Shoppe 5:00-8:00|
|Friday, Dec. 14 **Spelling Test Phys. Ed.|
Looking further ahead…
Thurs. Dec. 20~ Second grade holiday party: wear festive clothes!
Fri. Dec. 21~ 1:30Early Dismissal +School spirit day…Holiday Hats!!
No school:Dec.24–Jan. 2
*Some parents are requesting teacher gift items from the wreaths hung in the hallways in the lobby. If you want me to send a “star” item home with your child, please let me know! Thanks for helping supply our classroom with useful items. These are gifts that your child gets to enjoy also and are very much appreciated!
**PM kindergarten has book exchange on Tuesday, 12/11.
***Please remember to send in absence excuses when your child is absent from school for any reason. Also, if you plan a trip, please get a trip request form from the office for prior approval. Thanks!
****Keep working on segmenting words with your child – c-a-t (sounds), practicing sight words, and working on recognizing, counting, and writing the teen numbers. Remind your child to keep following the classroom rules and show extra courtesy to others during this month. Central Manor’s December theme is courtesy and respect. We are squeezing in academics along with some fun holiday themed activities!
The holiday concert was a success! Our 3rd graders did a wonderful job. Thank you, Mrs. Repkoe for putting on another memorable performance. Great job, 3rd graders.
We hope your children are enjoying moving through our multiplication karate! Be sure to ask your child about their progress. 5 minutes a night of basic fact practice will really benefit them!
Please remember to check your child’s planner each night for test dates specific to your class. Thank you for signing your child’s planner each night after checking that all work is completed. We greatly appreciate your support.
December 21- Early Dismissal 1:30 PM- PM KDG in session
December 24- January 1- Holiday Break
January 2 – School begins. Book Brunch-remember your signed and totaled reading calendar and the book you have been reading at home.
We have had a busy week with two busy weeks coming up! We are so excited for our Preschool Book project! Please be sure to see the green paper that came home this past week. I will need you to sign the bottom of the form to give permission for your 4th grader (4-Rios only) to walk over to the Manor Middle School on Thursday, December 20.
Remember, purchase an inexpensive book for a 3-5 year old, wrap it, and send it in with your 4th grader by Monday, December 17. We will take the books over to the preschool, each 4th grader will present their gift to a preschooler, then read it to that child after it is opened.
If you are unable to provide a book, please let me know via email by next Friday, December 14. Thanks!
We are still collecting mittens, hats, scarves and gloves that will be donated to families in need. All sizes from infant to adult will be accepted. Donations must be new and are due by Friday, December 21. Thank you for helping to keep Penn Manor families warm this winter!
Reading: We have been working on reading non-fiction. We’ve been discussing text features and text structures. Ask your favorite fourth grader to tell you more!
Math: Students are continuing Chapter 7 with Mr. Showalter.
Content: We continue our unit, Pennsylvania Geography.
Writing/Language Arts: We are finishing our unit on nouns in grammar.
** Please continue to send boxtops in with your fourth grader anytime! Thanks!
**You may order Hambright School Spiritwear at any time. at: www.imagewiz.biz
This Week’s Schedule
Monday, 12/10 – Day B– Applied Engineering/Book Exchange
Tuesday, 12/11 – Day C– Art
Wednesday, 12/12 – Day D – PE
Thursday, 12/13 – Day A– Music
Friday, 12/14 – Day B – Applied Engineering
Upcoming Dates and Reminders
12/14 – Spelling Test 13 (Last test until January!)
12/20 – Preschool Gift of Reading trip to Manor Middle
12/21 – Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
12/24-1/1 – Winter break
1/2/19 – School resumes
Just a few reminders. . .
Monday is Ugly Sweater Day! Come dressed a little festive!
Wednesday is Mrs. Suydam’s Weather and Cloud Test. Thursday is Mrs. Gwyn’s Weather and Cloud Test in Science. Be sure to be reviewing the purple study guide paper that was sent home a few weeks ago!
Math – Last week we continued to work on our multiplication and division skills. We have now learned all of our facts. Now our goal is to work on memorizing these facts. Practicing for a few minutes every day at home will make a big difference! We will take our Chapter 8 test this coming week.
To practice our facts, we played a game of Math Fact Memory
ELA – We have been focusing on identifying the central message (the lesson) of a story. During this unit we have been reading a lot of reader’s theaters. We will even get to write our own reader’s theaters this coming week! In grammar, we are focusing on verbs. In writing, we are learning how using our 5 senses to describe things makes our writing more interesting.
We looked in magazines to find examples of verbs – turns out verbs are everywhere!
Content – We wrapped up our unit on Lancaster County History. Last week we learned about famous places in Lancaster County, including some that we will visit during our field trip at the end of the year!
I have been introducing a lot of new brain breaks. Here are Kyler and Noah playing one of our new favorites!
Don’t forget to wear your ugly sweater or other holiday apparel tomorrow!
Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter
*Tuesday – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due
*Tuesday – Atom Quiz (Notes are in homework folders)
*Wednesday – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due
*December 21 – Holiday Shine Time at 10:30
*December 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal
*December 24 – January 1 – Holiday Break
What are we learning this week?
Math: There will be a Check My Progress quiz grade coming home in Monday folders. Great job Everyone! Our math chapter will continue to focus on using patterns and sequences in a variety of ways.
Word Study: Please see test dates above. This will probably be the last list and test before the holiday vacation.
Science: We will continue to learn more about how atoms are the building blocks of matter and about elements, molecules and the states of matter.
Dear First Grade Parents/Guardians-
I will be placing our first book order tomorrow after school. Here are the instruction to purchase books online:
1. SIGN UP at www.Scholastic.com/readingclubs. On the parent page, click the “Add Your Child” link, then register for your own username and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code: NBFX2
2. SELECT the books you’d like to order from over the 500 titles available online…..you can also take advantage of online-only specials and discounts.
3. SEND your order to me online by the due date. Books will be delivered directly to our classroom, as always. Of course, you can still order using the form from the printed flyer.
****Our whole class benefits from the FREE books we’ll earn with every parent online order.
Gingerbread week is here and we sure are excited and ready! Thank you for all of the
wonderful donations of candy that came in each day. Your generosity is greatly
appreciated! We will start decorating the houses around 2:45pm in our room (A112)
on Friday. Anyone is welcome to join us. Guests and visitors just need to
check in at the main office upon arrival. We will wrap up designing the
masterpieces by 3:20. Students may go home with you. The office just needs to
have an orange permission note to not go home on the bus. Thank you in advance
for making this event so successful! We hope to see you on Friday!
Another quick note….
The gingerbread houses have been hot glued together ahead of time so they will be for DECORATION ONLY and NOT TO BE EATEN! Rest assured (speaking to the kiddos right now!) you will have some sweets to eat during the decorating and most likely some to take home!!
Our December Character Education Theme is Courtesy/Good Manners!
*Monday – Book Exchange
*Tuesday – Word Study Test for Mr. Jones
*December 21 – Holiday Shine Time at 10:30
*December 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal
*December 24 – January 1 – Holiday Break
What are we learning this week?
Math with Mr. Jones:
The current chapter focuses on patterns, tables and problem-solving. Homework continues to be a spiral review of skills. This spiral review is such an important piece of fluency and continued practice with skills. The students will begin fractions after the holiday break.
ELA with Mrs. Wiggins: This week in ELA we will be introducing text structure. Text structure refers to how the information within a written text is organized. Knowing the text structure of a story will help students to better understand the written text. The five types of text structure are: cause/effect, description, problem/solution, sequence or chronological, and compare and contrast. In grammar this week, we will continue our unit on nouns.
Word Study with Mr. Jones: Don’t forget to study your words and practice your word sort for your test on Tuesday!
Science: This past week, we began to introduce and discuss atoms. Atoms are the basic building blocks of matter, and can join together to form molecules (H2O=2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom). Atoms are made of particles called protons, electrons, and neutrons. This week we will continue our discussion on atoms, the periodic table, and the three forms of matter.
Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…
Math: Students will continue to learn how to multiple and divide decimals this week (Chapter 6). We will have out Chapter 6 test on Friday. This week, we will learn how to divide decimals by whole numbers, divide decimals by decimals, divide decimals by powers of ten, and spend a day reviewing.
ELA: We will continue our comparing and contrast focus skill this week and finish reading “Wading into Marine Biology”. We will be completing a Venn Diagram on the similarities and differences between the different tidal zones within the story. We will also begin a project which focuses on comparing and contrasting animals that live in the ocean. Students will choose an ocean animal and research two different species of that animal. We will be completing a writing activity with the research we conducted. We will work on vocab posters this week and take our Lesson 12 vocab/comprehension/focus skill test on Friday.
Social Studies: Students will go to Mrs. Purzycki’s class to complete their Science Unit for MP 2 starting on Monday of this week.
Spelling: Lesson 13 spelling test will be this Friday. Packets are due on the the 14th as well. Go to https://www.spellingcity.com/users/mrsodonnell007 to practice spelling words from lesson 13. These words are starting to get CHALLENGING! Be sure to encourage your children to study their words every night!
Grammar: We will identify and use commas within sentences this week.
Writing: We will complete a TDA using a short reading passage this week.
READING FAIR PROJECTS: These projects were introduced to your children last week. Their assignment includes reading a book (fictional) of their choice and creating a tri-fold with specific information included. These projects will be due after Christmas Break and the hope (along with the other 5th grade classes) is to present them to the school in a “Reading Fair” in mid January. We will have minimal time (some) to work on these during the school day. The majority of the project should be done at home.
Reminders*- Friday Folders are due every Wednesday
11-Discover Co-Hort Grades 3-4
3- Discover Co-Hort Grades 5-6
21- Shine Time- Holiday School Sing-a-Long- 10:30 AM
21- Early Dismissal 1:30 PM- PM KDG in session
24-1- Holiday Break
Good Afternoon Everyone! I hope everyone had time to relax and enjoy family over the Thanksgiving break. Now, we are trying to stay focused and calm during the month of December. To help your child, please remember the following…
Important items at school…
We’ve got a lot going on the next few weeks!
Monday, December 10 – Winter chorus/band concert. We’ll watch the big kids sing and play their instruments. Book orders are due today. Our special is Music.
Tuesday, December 11 – We’ll have a mystery reader come in today! Our special is Phys. Ed. We do NOT have book exchange today.
Wednesday, December 12 – We have our OR/ORE spelling test. Our special is Art.
Thursday, December 13 – GRINCH DAY! We’ll have many green inspired activities! Feel free to dress the kids in green! Our special is Applied Engineering. New spelling words will come home.
Friday, December 14 – Box Tops are due for the PTO. A mystery reader will come in to read. Our special is Music. A firefighter will be coming in to talk to our class about his job!
Looking Ahead: Eshleman Spirit Week:
12/17 – Wear jammies or jeans
12/18 – Wear a tacky or holiday sweater or shirt
12/19 – Wear a holiday hat or headband
12/20 – Wear some crazy, mismatched or holiday socks
12/21 -1:30 early dismissal. Please contact the office with any transportation changes.
No School December 24-31.
No School January 1, 2019
We’re planning to have a relaxing time for the children to decorate a cookie and sit and talk with their peers in both third grade classes. Please take a look at the sign up genuis to see if you’re able to supply something for this fun activity happening later this month. Just click on the link below:
Also, we’re still in need of regular lightbulbs. We appreciate all donations!
To celebrate the students’ hard work, we would like to give them time to decorate cookies while enjoying some conversation with their classmates. In order for this to be a success, we need your help. We appreciate any donations that you are willing and able to provide. Click the link below to be taken to the SignUp Genius form. Please send all donations to school by Wednesday, Dec 19th. Thank you for your generosity!!!
What a full week!
We were busy this past week learning about Place Value in math. We revisited expanded form, written form, and numbers in standard form. We talked about the value of a digit and compared numbers using greater than and less than! Some of our math groups even read numbers in the hundred thousands! We will have a review day Monday and the math test will be on TUESDAY. I will send home a review on Monday evening.
New spelling words went home today! The optional robust words are recently and housed. Again, these are optional and just count as extra credit!
Our class read 7,280 minutes in the month of November! I can’t wait to see how many minutes we read in December ! Thank you for signing the reading calendar each night.
There are still slots for gingerbread house candy donations! Sign up here! If you can think of other candy that might look neat, send it in!
Also, this coming week we will be starting to learn about Holidays Around the World. We will be doing a little reader’s theater in which each child will have a part (we will practice in school). It will be very educational for all and I look forward to sharing a performance time with you the week of December 17th.
Your child came home with his/her Friday Folder filled with lots of hard work. Please take a look at what’s inside and then return the empty folder on Monday. We did not get to Friday journals this week, so sorry!
Have a great weekend everyone!