Weekly News for October 23

Dear Families,

It was good to meet with all the families this past week. I learn so much from each of you and it enables us to partner up to do the best for your child!

We’re beginning multiplication facts this next week. We’ll learn strategies for each of the facts in a particular order. We’ll begin with doubles, fives, and zeroes and ones. Speed is not the priority right now—just an efficient mental strategy.

Please encourage your child to take at least two AR quizzes per week. We’re going to have an AR Party for every child who achieves his or her goal by the end of this quarter!

Just about everyone is on SeeSaw now so I’ll begin publishing the spelling words to this blog AND SeeSaw every Friday. Plus, I’ll be training the students to post more of their work during the week.

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Congratulations to Finn for being elected classroom representative on student council! Emma, the alternate representative, will fill in for him if ever needed.

What we’re learning this week:

  • Math ~ Multiplication area models and facts
  • Reading ~ Nonfiction reading strategies
  • Writing ~ Informative writing, drafting chapters
  • Language Arts ~ Spelling (prefixes & suffixes), verbs
  • Science ~ Soil, erosion and weathering

Homework Reminder:

  1. Homework packet and spelling notebook go home Monday and are due Friday.
  2. Nightly reading is highly encouraged (beware: nighttime screen time can disturb sleep. Better to read old fashioned print)
  3. Multiplication practice is encouraged daily (flashcards, Moby Max, apps, games, etc.)

Spelling –

List 1:
subtitle subheading undone inactive disapprove
subway underlined unable inability disconnect
List 2:
inexperienced independent subcontinent disagreement
indefinitely incredible submerse disqualify

Happy birthday, Jacob & Tara!

Have a lovely weekend —it’s supposed to be fabulous!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington


October 9 Weekly News

Dear Families,

We’re beginning a new quarter this week, and there are lots of exciting things to look forward to. We’re starting informational writing, and a mystery animal study in reading. Then we’re finishing up our American Indian unit with some fun crafts at the end of the week. We’ll also do some goal setting.

Here’s the plan:

  • Math ~ Multiplication and division
  • Reading ~ Nonfiction
  • Writing ~ Informational
  • Social Studies ~ Productive resources, American Indians

I’m preparing report cards, which you will get at conferences. Be sure to confirm your conference time if you haven’t done so already. I’m really looking forward to meeting with each of you!

Thank you to Finn and Ryan’s moms for the snacks.:-) They went fast, so we still need more. Graham crackers and goldfish are always good to keep in the class and don’t need to be prepackaged. We have little paper cups that our snack helper can pass out. And thank you to Kaya’s mom, our room mother, who does so much copying for us!

Looks like we might have some indoor recess this week with the predicted rain!


Mrs. Pennington

Happy Fall!

Dear Families,

I hope you had a great Fall break! I’m looking forward to getting back into the groove…and to seeing you all for the parent conferences coming up in 2 weeks!

We’ll have spelling words and homework packets coming home this week. Also, look for your scheduled conference time notification. Send me a note either confirming the time or needing another. We’ll work out a good time for our meeting.

This is the last week of the 9 week period, so we’ll have some assessments this week in preparation for report cards. We are finishing up our American Indian poster projects this week. The children will present to their classmates, and evaluate their teamwork skills. We’ll also have some fun with American Indians handicrafts.

This is the plan this week:

  • Reading – Using text evidence to evaluate a character
  • Writing – Excellent endings in narrative
  • Math – Multiplication/division concepts
  • Social Studies – American Indians
  • Read Aloud – Peter Pan

Happy birthday, Valery!

We are in need of snacks. Thank you ahead of time!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ Fall Break Coming!

Dear Families,

Fall Break has crept up on us, and we’ll finish all our testing before we can have some fun and relaxation! We’ll finish up on Wednesday. The children have done fairly well testing from about 8 a.m. to between 9:30 and 10. That’s a long time to be still, quiet and focused for 3rd graders!

Our thanks goes to families of Finn, Grayson, Ryan, and Kaya for the snacks and post test treats, erasers and pencils! It’s nice to be able to give the children a reward for their hard work and concentration.

In 3rd grade, we will not have spelling and homework this next week. Nightly reading is always required. I am sending home login information for Moby Max. Children may practice their math facts each night. Moby Max will give your child a placement test and have them work at the appropriate level. You are able to see your child’s progress, and I can, too! The children like earning badges and game time.

We are continuing our American Indian Unit, multiplication and division concepts, and narrative writing. This last 2 weeks before the end of the 9 weeks, we’ll be doing various assessments for the report card which will be given to you the week of October 16th at parent/teacher conferences.

Happy birthday, Jonathan!



Kim Pennington




Post Hurricane Weekly News

Dear Families,

I hope you’ve all stayed safely tucked away while waiting for Irma to pass through. It seems that the worst didn’t come to be in this area, but of course our hearts go out to the many victims of hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

In school, we’ll just pick up where we left off. IOWA testing for our students has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 through Tuesday, September 19th. As a reminder, please see that your child arrives to school well-rested and well-fed on test days because the testing takes up a good portion of each morning and requires stamina.

There will be no homework and spelling for this week or next. Daily reading is still encouraged! By the way, please help your child keep up with a home reading log as there are rewards for ones completed. 🙂

Thank you to all volunteers who donated test snacks! We could also use some donations of treasure box items (toys, erasers, pencils, lolly-pops, etc.).

When we’re not testing, we’ll be learning about American Indians, multiplication/division, reading comprehension strategies, and narrative writing.

Happy birthday,


See you tomorrow!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

Labor Day Week News

Dear Families,

I hope you all have a nice three day weekend and have some fun and relaxation. Our school week will be a busy one, so please make sure your child is well rested.

COGAT testing begins Wednesday and goes through Friday. It’s under an hour of testing each morning. There is no need for you to prepare for it other than insuring your child has a solid night’s sleep and a full breakfast for fuel for the test. The IOWA testing begins the following week and takes up about 2 hours each morning.

We’ll still be keeping to as normal a routine as possible. Lucky for us, third grade is beginning the American Indian unit and it will be so engaging! We’re also working on multiplication which excites the children! Lots of interactive, hands on activities will be welcome after each morning of testing.

Here’s the learning plan:

  • Math – Multiplication and division with arrays, ants & cookies
  • Reading – Asking/answering questions, character traits, American Indian folktales
  • Writing – Publishing, storyteller voice, editing
  • Lang. Arts – Synonyms, spelling
  • Social Studies – American Indians in Southeast & Northeast
  • Read Aloud – Because of Winn Dixie

Let me know if you need the Seesaw login information. Your child’s writing is going to be published to it. Just think how nice it will be to get an alert in the middle of the day and be able to read your child’s first published story of the year! Some of the children have been enjoying the commenting feature. I’ve talked to them about what kinds of things they should say in their comments. If it doesn’t meet the criteria, it doesn’t get posted because everything has to be approved by me.

Why the hamster photo? We are wanting to earn a hamster, but are three compliments short. I want to encourage all the children to do their best to impress (as a class) and earn compliments from other adults in the building.


Mrs. Pennington


Weekly News ~ August 28

Dear Families,

Our eclipse day was quite a day, and I hope one that is memorable for a lifetime! We were lucky to have one pair of approved glasses, and a perfect backdoor location for a peek out of it.

Wednesday is an early release day, and is also picture day. If you’d like to purchase pictures, please get the envelope to me by that day.

Our testing days are coming up in September. The COGAT is Sep. 6-9, and the Iowa is the following week, Sep. 11-15. We’ll talk more when we get closer to the date about preparedness.

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math-Multiplication concepts
  • Reading-Character traits, asking &answering questions
  • Writing-Revision & editing
  • Lang. Arts-Synonyms, possessive nouns
  • Science-Rocks and Soil
  • Read Aloud-Peter Pan

Spelling words: rocket, pocket, hold, told, often, grow, throne, so, sew, most, almost, both, coach, open, also

Thank you to Grayson’s family for providing a class basketball!

We can use some snack donations as the cupboard is bare. 🙂

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you at the picnic!

Mrs. Pennington




Weekly News ~ August 14

Dear Families,

It seems like we’ve been back in school a month after such a busy 2 weeks. We’ve eased into our routines, taken a variety of pre-assessments, and are beginning to roll out the content of 3rd grade!

This week, we’ll begin sending home the spelling notebook. The children are to choose spelling activities from the menu of choices throughout the week. The aim is to master the quiz on all the spelling words each Friday. If you have a spelling app that is particularly successful for your child, you’re may include it as your child’s weekly practice. Your child should study the spelling words in a way that is effective for his or her’s unique learning style. All homework is due on Friday.

Your child will need to bring in one rock for our science lab on Tuesday.  They should find a cool rock, bigger than their thumb but not bigger than the palm of their hand.  Their rocks will be returned. Your child should be able to explain where the rock came from.

Please read the information going home on the eclipse. Your child must have a signed permission form to view it. We’re very excited about it! It is a rare and fabulous learning experience—it better not be cloudy! With a serious discussion on eye safety from you and those of us here at the school, I am confident the children will participate safely.

Here’s what we’re working our third week of school:

  • Reading: Characters, summarizing
  • Writing: Gathering ideas & drafting a narrative
  • Math: Addition and subtraction w/in 1000
  • Social Studies: Maps, rivers and mountains
  • Science: Rocks and Minerals
  • Lang. Arts: Spelling, nouns
  • Read Aloud: Stone Fox

Information will come home on how to connect to SeeSaw, your child’s online portfolio. You will get a QR code to scan on your phone or tablet. Let me know if you’d rather connect through a computer and I will get you the directions for it. If you connect via your smartphone, you’ll enjoy getting notifications in real time!

Also, we are in need of a basketball, since we have a new Kincaid court. If you’d like to donate one, you can be sure it’ll get lots of use!

Have a good weekend!

Kim Pennington

First Week of 3rd Grade for Pennington’s Pups

Dear Families,

We’ve had a terrific first week and things are moving along smoothly in the classroom! I appreciate the children being here each morning ready to learn! They’ve been troopers through all the beginning assessments, and I can see these children are hard workers.

Next week, we’ll have the reading and math inventory tests which will give me a good baseline assessment of where your child is at the beginning of 3rd grade. We’ll look for lots of growth through the year.


🙂 Please have paperwork and supplies in Monday if at all possible.

🙂 Continue to send in water and a snack daily.

🙂 Send the green folder with your child each morning.


We’ll begin homework this week. A packet will go home Monday. It should be completed and returned on Fridays. I welcome your feedback on homework. Too hard, too easy, too long, too short, too boring, too involved? A reading log will be placed in the green folder. I give prizes for evidence of lots of reading, so make sure your child gets the completed log back to me! A spelling and vocabulary journal will go home next week. We’ll work through the words this week together in class.

This is what we’re learning this next week:

  • Writing-  Writing workshop habits & procedures
  • Lang. Arts- Nouns, Compound words
  • Reading– Characters
  • Math– Numbers and operations in base 10
  • Social Studies– Map skills, rivers and mountains
  • Read Aloud– Class vote

Be on the lookout for a Seesaw invitation!Image result for seesawThis is an app that enables you to see what your child is doing in the classroom (projects, writing, math work, etc). You’ll get a notification on your smart phone/device, and then be able to view something your child and/or I want to share with you. You’ll LOVE it!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Pennington



Welcome 3rd Grade Class of 2017-18!

Dear Families,

It was so nice to meet so many students and their families yesterday at Kincaid’s open house. If you were unable to come, no worries! We’ll get you caught up in no time. Lots of information will start being sent home Monday. Please try to have paperwork completed and returned on Friday. Try to have school supplies in this week also. Scroll down to see the list.

Parents, please send me a written note on Monday morning if you didn’t talk with me about your child’s transportation plans for the week. It is a hectic week, but I will personally see to it that your child gets to where they need to go.

Homework this week will be light for the children…we’ll ease into it. All homework is normally due on Fridays. Please help your child remember to return the green “home to school folder” each day. Check inside for a monthly calendar that lets you know how your child’s day went.

Here is the specials’ schedule for the week:

  • Mon: PE
  • Tues: STEM
  • Wed: PE
  • Thur: Music
  • Fri: PE

We’ll spend this first week establishing our new routines and expectations, getting to know one another, and building community. We’ll also do some assessing because we’ll want to measure your child’s growth from the start to the end of 3rd grade. In math, we’ll begin with place value and rounding 3-digit numbers.

A nutritious (non-messy) snack that can be eaten quickly should be sent in daily. Good choices include crackers, granola bars, fruit, veggies, and your child will also love keeping a water bottle here at school on these hot summer days

We’ll get our new class picture up on the blog very soon! Please check back weekly for news and highlights. I’m so excited to see the children early Monday morning!

Hope you can can fit in some fun and rest this last weekend before school begins!

🙂 Mrs. Pennington

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!


Third Grade School Supply List



1 – 4 Pack Wide Rule Spiral Notebooks (Blue, Red, Green Yellow, 70 ct.)

1 – 4 Pack Poly Folders with Prong (Blue, Red, Green, Yellow)

2- Filler Paper, Wide Rule, 10.5” x 8” (120 pk.)

1 – Chisel Low Odor Dry Erase Markers (4 pk.)

1 – Plastic Pencil Box (8.25” x 5.25” x 2”)

1 – Crayola Crayons Tuck Box (24 ct.)

1 – Colored 7” Sharpened Pencils (12 ct.)

1 – Scotties Hypo-Allergenic Facial Tissues (200 ct.)

8 – Elmer’s Washable Purple Dries Clear Glue Sticks (.77 oz)

1 – Pointed Tip Latex Free 5” Scissors

3 – #2 Ticonderoga Unsharpened All Wood Pencils (12 ct.)

2 – Marble Cover Wide Rule Composition Books (100 sheets)

1 – small pencil sharpener

2 – black sharpie markers

1 – Boise X-9 20 lb. 92 Bright White Ream of Paper