Weekly News ~ May 20

 

Dear Families,

The year has gone too fast! Only 3 days to go!

Here’s our loose plan for the last 3 days:

  • Monday: Multiplication challenge, 3rd grade yearbook & memory book signing, Kincaid kickball game, Senior Walk
  • Tuesday: Early Release day – (no backpack today) Year end celebration, summer reading goals
  • Wed: Early Release day – (no backpacks today), teacher report cards ~ Kids grade US!

I’ll be throwing in some final little assessments in preparation for report cards. 🙂

Please be sure to have your child has an empty bookbag on Monday. The writing collection is coming home!  Your child is so excited to share his/her writing! You’ll want to keep these forever.  FYI:

  • Writing Notebook: Ideas
  • Green folder: Unfinished work in progress
  • Yellow folder: Completed work that hasn’t gone through the revision and editing stages
  • Red folder: The finest writing! (all stages of the writing process completed)

I hope you enjoyed SeeSaw!  It is priceless to share our classroom activities and artifacts in real time delivered straight to your device! You can print off everything your child has done this year and add it to a paper or digital scrapbook.

Have a wonderful summer! Read a lot!  Use your imagination —run around, explore, build things, make a new friend, learn something new, start a new collection, create! The next school year will begin before we know it. We’ll miss our students! They are a dream of a class, and such precious individuals!

Love, Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann

P.S. We will post links to summer learning ideas and fun later this week!

 

Weekly News ~ May 13

Dear Families,

We hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day! Thank you so much for making our teachers’ appreciation week so special for us. Your and your children made us feel so loved!

The week ahead will be filled with final assessments, the talent show, field day, possibly another market day, some terrific science projects, the 3rd grade multiplication challenge, and celebrations of all the goals we’ve met. It’s a special time of the year where we reflect on the past year, and anticipate the next year.

We’ll begin to send things home so the children aren’t overloaded next week. Have your child empty the bookbag of those items each night so we can fit it more materials the next day.

Field Day is Wednesday! Please have your child wear athletic shoes and sunscreen. You may send in a water bottle if you like. Your child may bring a change of clothes if you think “wetness” will make him or her uncomfortable.

Fondly,

Mrs. P & Mrs. M.

Weekly News ~ May 6

Dear Families,

Our first market day is Monday, so please remind your student to be prepared with a product and/or service. The children will finetune their business plan and have another market day on Friday. Thank you for your support!

We have final assessments this week, solar ovens to make, multiplication facts to practice, cursive handwriting, and other top secret projects!

It’s getting hot outside on many days, so a water bottle is especially appreciated.

SeeSaw parents can download and/or print everything in a child’s SeeSaw portfolio for a print or electronic scrapbook of 3rd grade. A handful of students are not on SeeSaw yet. Set up information went home today. Please login so that you can see many of the projects your child has been up to this year. We still have more end of the year activities to add!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. P. & Mrs. M.

 

 

Weekly News ~ April 29

Dear Families,

We’re off to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville on Monday! Be sure to pack lunches/drinks from home in disposable containers. If your child brings money for the gift shop, store it in a baggie labeled with his/her name. Visit https://boothmuseum.org/ for a preview. 🙂

Happy birthday, Campbell!

A Message from 5th Grade: We all have those good old books we’ve read. We all have finished a series of books that we never pick up again. When these things happen, we tend to leave these books, and then their only purpose is to collect dust. We want to give these books a better purpose, but we don’t know how. That’s where the Kincaid Book Drive comes into play! With Kincaid’s Incredible Book Drive, you can donate your old books that you don’t read anymore. These books will be sorted and added to classroom libraries throughout the school. The Book Drive goes on from April 29th – May 10th.

We’re also collecting donation for MUST Ministries summer lunch program.

The school year is nearing it’s end, but we still have lots left to do! Be on the look out for a fairy tale “teaser” from your child on SeeSaw!

Fondly,

Mrs. P. & Mrs. M.

Weekly News ~ April 22

 

Dear Families,

Our Monarch butterfly project is culminating with the return of paper butterflies from all over North America. We now will take some time to write short friendly letters to our new pen pals. Ask your child where his or her butterfly is from!

We’re spending time on Earth Day activities this week. We’ll learn what conservation means, address timely problems, and come up with ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle our resources.

The children adjusted well to taking the Milestones on a laptop! We have only 2 more days of testing on Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you to our room mother, Ms. Moriera, for providing test snacks.

The deadline for field trip permission forms is Monday, April 22nd. We are so excited about our big trip to the Booth Museum in Cartersville next Monday!

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math~Review
  • Reading~Compare/contrast, poetry
  • Writing~Fairy tale adaptations: revision, editing, final copy
  • Science~Heat energy

Have a happy week!

Mrs. P. & Mrs. M.

Weekly News ~ April 15

 

Dear Families,

Just in time for Earth Day, our monarch butterflies have arrived from classrooms all over North America! We’ll find out who our new pen pals are this week, and learn more about the real Monarch migration. 

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math ~ Elapsed time, volume and mass
  • Reading ~ Nonfiction text strategies
  • Writing ~ Fairy tale adaptation

Milestone testing schedule:

April 16th, 17th, & 18th (Reading/Writing/ELA)
April 24th & April 25th (Math)

Please help your child by making sure he/she gets plenty of solid sleep and eats a big breakfast. We will begin testing at 8:00 a.m. so it is vital your child to be here on time and ready to begin. It’s important for children to avoid testing stress ~ a little encouragement is all that is needed. Thank you for your help!

Fondly,

Mrs. P. & Mrs. M.

 

Weekly News ~ April 8

Dear Families,

Hope everyone had a good break!

We are in desparate need of tissues! A long cold season depleted our supples, and now the pollen has us sneezing and using lots of tissues. If you would kindly donate a box or two, it’d be greatly appreciated.

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math ~ Elapsed time, review
  • Reading ~ Various strategies for different types of texts
  • Writing ~ Narrative, adapting fairy tales
  • Social Studies ~ Life in the 13 colonies
  • Other ~ Milestones’ practice

Happy birthday, Molly!

Thanks for all you do!

Mrs. P. and Mrs. M.

Weekly News ~ March 24

 

Dear Families,

This is the perfect time to break out favorite fairy and folk tales, in print and video. We are immersing ourselves in the genre in reading and writing.

Here’s the learning plan:

  • Math ~ Geometry, classification of polygons
  • Reading ~ Fairy tales, comparing and contrasting
  • Writing ~ Fairy tale adaptations
  • Social Studies ~ The 13 Colonies
  • Read Alouds ~ Harry Potter #3, The One and Only Ivan

Third grade classes will host a special Thirteen Colonies event on Friday where children will rotate among classes to experience the food, crafts and games of American colonial children! We’re looking forward to an engaging day of hands on, minds on learning!

Homework:

  • Reading, 20 minutes
  • Education Galaxy or ReadWorks, 10 minutes
  • Typing.com

For those of you who are interested in the specifics of the upcoming Milestones testing, here is a link: Milestones Study and Assessment Guide

Have a great week before Spring Break!

Fondly, Mrs. P. & Mrs. M.

Weekly News ~ March 18

Dear Families,

This week winter is over and spring begins! Yippee!

The children had an extraordinary time designing, building, displaying and discussing leprechaun traps. Unfortunately, we were not successful in catching one, but like good engineers, we’ll just try, try again. Thank you to our wonderful room mom for a fun leprechaun snack!

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Reading ~ Fairy and folk tales, story elements, compare/contrast
  • Writing ~ How to write your own tale, gathering ideas
  • Math ~ Geometry, sorting & classifying 2D shapes, MULTIPLICATION
  • Social Studies ~ British Colonial America: The 13 Colonies
  • Mini Milestones test preps

Keep up the daily practice with multiplication facts. The 4th grade teachers will expect the children to walk through the door in August being fluent in their facts! Flashcards, apps, websites, games —practice any way you choose.

Fondly,

Mrs. P. and Mrs. M.

 

Weekly News ~ March 11

 

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Dear Families,

Our second Harry Potter novel was completed. We celebrated by watching the first movie and comparing it to the book. We’re going to read Cinderella tales from around the world this week in preparation for our study of fairy and folktales in the last 9 weeks, and then get back to the third in the Harry Potter series!

We hope you’ll have a good time creating the Leprechaun Trap (due Thursday)! Maybe your child’s clever design will actually work. Leprechauns are tricky little fellows, and 3rd grade has yet to catch one. WEAR GREEN ON FRIDAY!

Here’s what we’re learning:

  • Math ~ Measurement, line plot, 2 step word problems
  • Reading ~ Readers’ theatre, fluency
  • Writing ~ Powerful paragraphs, opinion writing prompt
  • Language Arts ~ Parts of speech review
  • Social Studies ~ Economics, productive resources
  • Lots of assessments in preparation for report cards

Homework:

  1. 20 minutes of reading
  2. 10 minutes Education Galaxy or Readworks

A big thanks go to Prisha and Michael’s families for the donation of books to our classroom library! It’s always exciting to add new books whether they’re old or new favorites.

It’s starting to feel a bit Spring-like! We need it!

Mrs. P. & Mrs. M.