Class News ~ October 21

Dear Families,

We so enjoyed meeting with our parents this week. Your input helps us so much in moving your child forward! Thank you again for everything you do!

Our learning plan:

  • Math ~ Multiplication (zeroes, ones, fives, tens, twos facts)
  • Reading ~ Written responses to nonfiction
  • Writing ~ Personal “expert” stories
  • Language Arts ~ Action verbs, noun/verb agreement
  • Science ~ Weathering and erosion


  • 20 minutes of reading
  • 10 minutes of Prodigy
  • Multiplication facts practice (flashcards, apps, etc)




Oct 21st-Oct 25th

The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to emphasize the importance of a drug-free lifestyle and making safe, healthy choices. The theme for Red Ribbon Week this year is I BELIEVE IN ME…HAPPY, HEALTHY, and DRUG-FREE! To celebrate the week, we will have several theme days and activities:

Monday, October 21: WEAR RED DAY! (Wear RED to show your support of being drug free)

  • Trivia: Morning announcement to kick off Red Ribbon Week, daily trivia contest. Each day this week, the counselors will do morning announcements about Red Ribbon week and a daily trivia question.
  • K-5 “Color My World Drug Free” Coloring contest begins: K-5 students will have a chance to color a Red Ribbon Week Coloring sheet. There will be a winner chosen for each grade level that will receive some cool coloring supplies!

Tuesday, October 22: TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS DAY!  (Wear sports jerseys or Kincaid shirts)

Wednesday, October 23: MY DREAMS MEAN THE WORLD TO ME, THAT’S WHY I’M DRUG FREE! (Wear school-appropriate pajamas to school)

Thursday, October 24: TOO BRIGHT TO DO DRUGS!  (Wear bright or neon colors to school)

Friday, October 25: SAY BOO TO DRUGS DAY! (Celebrate Foundation Friday Costume Day)

In addition, the counselors will be teaching classroom lessons on healthy choices, peer pressure, and refusal skills.  See below links for more information on talking to your children about drug/alcohol use at this age and as they grow older:

Fact sheet on e-cigarettes for parents:

Have a great weekend.


Mrs. P & Mrs. M


Class News ~ October 14

Dear Families,

We look forward to seeing you this week for conferences.

Congratulations go to our 2019-20 class representative, Guillermo! The alternate is Maxene! We are proud of them, and all our nominees.👏

Our learning focus:

  • Math ~ Multiplying by multiples of ten
  • Reading ~ Nonfiction, asking and answering questions
  • Writing ~ Expert stories

Your can help this week by talking with your child about what they’re an expert at. Kicking a soccer ball? Listening to a storybook? Building a fort? Doing a cartwheel? Drawing a puppy? The children will select a topic to begin writing this week. Thank you!

The children visited the book fair and made wish lists. This year, there are no toys—just books. There’s a nice selection of old and new favorites.

Keep up with the Spooktacular Reading Challenge on Biblionasium. The Link is right here And on the Link Menu to the right.👌


Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann


Class News ~ October 7

Dear Families,

Happy fall! It finally feels like it! Hope you were able to enjoy the Fall Festival Friday! Our parents worked hard to make it so special and fun!

Our class representative speeches will be given Monday and our election will be held Tuesday the 8th. Good luck to our nominees!

Our learning plan for the week:

  • Math ~ Problem solving
  • Reading ~ Text evidence, comprehension strategies
  • Writing ~ Powerful endings, revision, editing
  • Science ~ Rocks and soil
  • Read Alouds ~ Harry Potter, Thank You Mr. Falker

👻🎃🦇Spooktacular 500 Minute Reading Challenge👻🎃🦇

We challenged the children to log 500 minutes of reading on Biblionasium by October 31st! When the challenge is met, we will have a special class reward (to be announced this week). Children can log minutes at home and in the classroom.

We’re so happy to announce that we are close to 1:1 technology access with our abundance of laptops and iPads!  I am so grateful for Ms. Mann’s grant writing expertise and Ms. Blake’s commitment to our Kincaid children!

For conference week this year, which will take place next week, the Kincaid Library Learning Commons is hosting a Bedford Falls Book Fair. The focus will be on building literacy and providing our students with a greater choice of high quality books to read. Students will preview the fair Thursday the 10th, Friday the 11th and Monday the 14th. Sale days and hours are:

• Monday, Oct. 14 7:15-4:00
• Tuesday, Oct. 15 7:15-4:00
• Wednesday, Oct. 16 7:15-4:00 / Family Late Night 4:00-6:00
• Thursday, Oct. 17 7:15-4:00
• Friday, Oct 18 7:15-11:00

See you next week for conferences.


Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann

Class News ~ September 30

Dear Families,

We hope your break is a good one! It finally feels like autumn might be coming!

Happy birthday, Asher!

Come Join the Fun AND Support the Kincaid Foundation and PTA at This Year’s FALL FESTIVAL on Friday, October 4 from 6:00pm-8:00pm!

Entry to the festival is FREE!
🎟$10 unlimited activity wristbands ($12 at the door), if purchased by September 30. Wristband includes bounce houses, carnival games and hayride.
$20 per family max, pre-order only.

🍕Pre-order dinner by September 30–Save time and money!
Whole Pepperoni and Cheese Pizzas $12
Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches $4

🍗Dinner and Concessions Onsite
*Limited Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches ($4.50) and pizza by the slice ($2) available.
*2 Cotton Candy Stations this year!
*Baked goods, candy, drinks and other concessions available onsite.

🎃New this year >> Carve Your Own Jack-O-Lantern! Carve your pumpkin at home, name it and bring it to the festival, no later than 6:15pm. Awards for Cutest, Scariest, Funniest and Most Creative!

For more info and to download pre-order form go to

Sign up to Volunteer >>

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math ~ Multiplication/division problem solving strategies
  • Reading ~ Close reading, text evidence, character study
  • Writing ~ Narrative writing strategies (actions, dialogue, sensory details, imagery)
  • Language Arts ~ Abstract nouns
  • Science ~ Rocks
  • Social Studies ~ Class representative campaign and speeches

We’re happy to announce that our 2019 class representative nominees are Zaid, Guillermo, Maxene, Gus, Asher, and Taylor! Voting will take place October 8.

See you in 9 days!


Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann


Class News ~ September 16

Dear Families,

We’re so happy to have testing completed and to get back to what school’s all about! One week until a nice September break!

Our learning plan for the week:

  • Math ~ Multiplication & division concepts
  • Reading ~ Close reading, determining the main message  & important details
  • Writing ~ Narrative writing, small moment stories
  • Language Arts ~ Abstract nouns
  • Science ~ Rocks, exploring attributes


  • Reading, 20 minutes
  • Prodigy, 10 minutes

Have a nice week!

Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann


Class News ~ September 9

cairn during day

Dear Families,

The children were real troopers during testing this last week! Thank you for all the snack donations – hugs to the families of Taylor and Eli.

This week is an exciting week for 3rd graders. We’ll spend a large portion of the morning with ITBS testing, but the remainder of the day will be spent exploring rocks and minerals, getting ready for a mystery reading theme, and diving into multiplication and division! Reading groups will also begin. We’ll meet with children to work on goals in either comprehension, responses, accuracy, fluency or text features. We’ll also work on a S.T.E.A.M. activity, so look out for a SeeSaw alert!

Learning Plan:

  • Math ~ Concepts of multiplication and division
  • Reading ~ Asking and answering questions
  • Science ~ Rocks and minerals

🎈Happy birthday, Eli and Maxene!🎈


  • Prodigy ~ 10 minutes (remember to work independently)
  • Reading ~ Optional reading log in folder. A completed log earns a special prize. 😃


  • Ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and a filling breakfast on testing days especially.
  • Wear red and black for Falcon’s Friday.
  • Turn in Heart donations on Wednesday.
  • Donate to Foundation – Any donation is welcome! We’ll earn a pizza party if we have 100% participation.

It’s going to a be a great week!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann


Class News ~ September 2

Hi Families,

We’ll have Cogat testing Wednesday and Thursday, so our schedule will be shortened. Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math ~ Addition and subtraction strategies
  • Reading ~ Fluency and comprehension
  • Writing ~ Going deeper into personal narrative writing
  • Social Studies ~ Three branches of government

The weather is changing and our heating and air is unpredictable so you might want to send in a sweatshirt/sweater with your child. It can be kept in the classroom if you like.

Thank you to Taylor’s family for the frisbees!

We are in need of some animal crackers for an emergency snack.

Hope you have a lovely 3 day weekend!


Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann

August 23 ~ Classroom News

Dear Families,

It’ll be a busy week! Wednesday is early release day…and picture day. So practice smiling for a camera.:-)

Our learning plan for the week:

  • Math ~ Addition and subtraction within 1000, strategies 
  • Reading ~ Comprehension, retelling
  • Writing ~ Revision of first personal narrative
  • Social Studies ~ Three branches of the government, separation of powers

The week after Labor Day weekend, we will have testing, so we will familiarize the students with the testing format and items.

Thanks to Ava’s family for the sidewalk chalk, Ben’s family for the balls and jump ropes, and Guillermo’s family for the Legos! We’re so fortunate to have Ms. Zogby and Ms. Brown as our room mothers!

We’re so excited that Mrs. Mann is the recipient of a grant that is bringing more iPads into our classroom! Among other things, we’ll use them for speech to text capabilities in writing, exploring Google Earth in mapping, and communicating with pen pals in online projects. We could use more headphones and earbuds. If you’d like to send a pair in with your child, he/she can store it for use throughout the year.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann

Foundation Fundraiser Kick Off!

The Kincaid Foundation is kicking off the school-wide Family Investment Campaign this week.  All donations go directly to our school and classrooms.  Last year, funds donated were used to purchase an iPad cart for the school and books for classroom libraries.  This year, Kincaid will get a new laptop cart (30 laptops!) and iPads for every classroom. In addition, the Foundation is funding reading and writing resources for teachers and Raz Kids for our primary students.

Every donation is important! The goal is to get 100% family participation, so even if your family is unable to donate the suggested amount, please send in a one time donation that works for your family.  You can also donate online at

Weekly News ~ August 19

Dear Families,

We’re getting into the groove and putting good effort into all the new routines and learning of 3rd grade!

Our library day is every Tuesday, so please help your child remember to turn in old books and check out new ones (although the children can visit the library on their own any day of the week). A reading log will come home with your child this week. Every completed log earns a prize!

Learning Plan:

  • Math ~ Addition and subtraction properties & strategies
  • Reading ~ Comprehension and vocabulary
  • Language Arts ~ Plural nouns
  • Writing ~ Drafting and revising a personal narrative
  • Social Studies ~ The 3 branches of the government


  • 20 minutes of reading (note on reading log)
  • 10 minutes of Prodigy

Please send a note if you’re having any difficulty logging onto SeeSaw and Prodigy at home. 🙂 Prodigy is a very engaging math website that is individualized for each student. We put up assignments and can view how much progress students are making. SeeSaw is like a window into your child’s school day. We use it to share videos and pictures of your child’s work and activities, and then you get real time notifications.

Thank you to Ben’s family for graciously donating playground equipment and Maxene’s family for helping us keep our classroom clean with table wipes! Last but not least, we welcome Eli and Liberty’s mothers as our room moms!


Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann