October is ending and November will begin this week. The change in temperatures really feel like we’ve moved into Fall. Please remember to send in jackets or coats with your child. When the weather is nice (but cool), the class will still go outside for recess. The students need the time to run and play. It will be very helpful if your child’s name is on any outerwear so that it can be located if lost.
Last week, Pitner celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Thank you so much for all your support in participating in each day’s theme! The class learned about making good choices and how to appropriately deal with any bullying they may encounter. The week ended with a great pep rally/assembly featuring the Kell High School Band and a visit from one of our Partners in Ed, ETO Martial Arts and Fitness of Kennesaw. They saw Dr. Hosey break a board and received some great information on respect.
In class, we continued work on informational writing. Last week, we learned about spiders and this week it was bats and owls! Ask your child what they learned! We also started fall themed projects in math and literacy.
This week is very busy! Remember, we have a rescheduled field trip on Thursday to Petit Creek Farms. If you said you would provide a lunch from home, please remember to send it Thursday morning in a paper bag with your child’s name on it. We will not take lunchboxes on the field trip because they are too bulky to keep track of. Also watch the weather and make sure they are dressed for the temperatures. It will be a great day!
Wednesday is Halloween. Students should not wear costumes to school. We will be emphasizing literacy on that day with Skype lessons of great books from around other educators around the county. In addition, we’d love to have some mystery readers come to class to read to the students. If you would like to surprise the class and read a book, please send in a note and we’ll make schedule your visit! Wednesday is also our Media Center day, so please send in their books so they may check out!
The Fall Book Fair is open all week long. You will receive a flyer on Monday in the student’s folders. It will help you make choices about any purchases you may want to let the kids make. If you are sending in money for the Book Fair, please put it in your child’s folder in a ZipLoc bag or envelope with Book Fair clearly marked. Friday is the last day the Book Fair will be open at school, but there is an online option for a few days after the fair closes at school. You can find out more information and access the interactive book flyer here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=pitnerelementaryschool1. It’s going to be a great week!
Rescheduled conference notes went home last week. If there is any question about when your conference is scheduled for, please let us know and we’ll make sure you have the information you need. If you are looking for a way to support the classroom, Ms. Dobbs could use a ream or two of copy paper as a donation. This time of year is always a difficult time with supplies!
There is also some other news to share. I (Mrs. Parks), will be leaving Pitner this week. I’ve been at Pitner in different positions since it opened in 2003. This fall, an opportunity opened at another school and I will be starting at Kincaid Elementary on November 1st. This was a very difficult decision for me to make. Pitner has been my home and family for a long time, but I had to make the choice to do what’s best for my family. I appreciate SO much your support and trust in letting me be a part of your children’s lives! All of our students are awesome and I see a bright future ahead for each of them! The class is still in fantastic hands with Ms. Dobbs and Ms. Elder, who will be taking my place. I’ll miss interacting with you all. Thank you so much for all the support you’ve given me this year!
Ms. Dobbs and Mrs. Parks