Weekly Newsletter ~ January 16

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Dear Families,

I hope you enjoy your long weekend in honor of Dr. King! And stay well with the flu going around!

We are in need of the following, and will appreciate any donations!

  • table wipes (germ killing)
  • snack
  • treasure box donations

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math~ Introduction to fractions, partitioning
  • Writing~ Opinion writing
  • Reading~ Compare and contrast
  • Language Arts~ Spelling, adjectives, handwriting
  • Science~ Georgia habitats, plant and animal adaptations
  • Read Aloud~ Harry Potter

Spelling Sort 17 Review inflected endings
double+ ing e- drop + ing +ing +ing
cutting moving adding talking
stopping living spelling snowing
humming coming floating working
begging taking chewing pushing

Congratulations to our AR Queen Angela and King Finn!

Our Moby Max Ninja Master award goes to Mason!

We’ve moved on to the study of the multiplication facts sixes through nines! Five students have mastered all their facts! The goal is to master them by the end of 3rd grade, so practice, practice, practice! Practice through Moby Max, flash cards, apps, etc. are all acceptable. Whatever gets your child to practice consistently is the best method.

Cursive handwriting is going along beautifully. Curiously, some of the children are actually better at cursive than printing.

The children had a blast writing a story in the “graphic novel” way this week. Some of the children want to take them home to complete them since we’re moving on. The next 5 weeks we’ll work on opinion writing. You’ll enjoy reading their pieces!

Thanks for everything you do!

Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ January 8

Dear Families,

Wear red and black on Monday to support UGA football (unless you’re an Alabama fan)! Go Dawgs!

Our learning plan:

  • Reading – Patricia Polacco comprehension (predictions, character changes, theme)
  • Writing – Graphic novel style writing
  • Math – 2-step problem solving with all operations
  • Language Arts – Spelling & Cursive
  • Science – Georgia geographical regions animal/plant adaptations, Science Lab

Homework reminders: I’ll send out spelling words as soon as they are available. Keep up with daily reading and Moby Max practice. I’ll send home the homework packet on Monday. It will include math and handwriting this week. It is due on Friday. A new behavior calendar will be included.

We’re in need of snacks and table wipes, and greatly appreciate any donations.

Happy birthday, Adrian!

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Pennington

~~~~HAPPY NEW YEAR~~~~

 

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Dear Families!

Happy 2018! I hope you all had the kind of break that puts a big smile on your face. If you’re like me, you might just want to get back to normal for a while and get the kids back to school.If only the mornings didn’t come so early!

Thank you all so much for making the holiday so special for the children, and myself. We had a lovely time at our holiday party eating sweets and pizza, making cards and paintings, and playing games. Thank you to the families of Kaya, Emma, Finn, Grayson, Brendz, Tobi and Angela for cooking, buying, gathering, supervising and cleaning. And thank you for making my birthday a very special one with my goodie basket, gift cards, candy, flowers and other such thoughtful gifts!

We’ll use the following 2 days setting learning goals (resolutions :-)), learning about animal adaptations, taking a math pretest and finding unknowns in multiplication and division equasions, brainstorming writing ideas from moments over our breaks, and getting ourselves psyched for reading more good literature!

Report cards go home Friday. Please sign and return the white signature card and the envelope. Email me if you have any questions.

We’ll also announce our AR Queen and King…and our new recognition for the Moby Max Ninja!

Just a reminder of how well a good night’s sleep and a satisfying breakfast and midmorning snack go towards an ideal learning day. Also, please have your child wear a heavy winter coat or lots of layers (hat and gloves, too) on these cold frigid days, or recess may not be an option.

Thanks for all you do!

Kim Pennington

Snow Days!

Dear Families,

Can you believe that snow? It was the stuff of a child’s dreams! Hopefully, it didn’t cause you any troubles. We’ll have to play catch up with our assessments and projects, but we’ll get it done.

Math homework is assigned, but there is no spelling this week. We’ll begin practicing  cursive this week. The children will take both the reading inventory and math inventory this week. I look forward to seeing the growth, and I’ll share it with you!

Our learning plan:

Math ~ Multiplication problem solving

Reading ~ Patricia Polacco stories, literal from non-literal language

Writing ~ Holiday traditions around the world informational brochure

Science ~ Fossils, evidence of the past

Our Wellstar health presentation with Ms. Julie was Thursday, and here are some things she taught the children: sleep 9 to 10 hours each night, snack on foods that have sugars in the single digits, and get lots of movement. The children always enjoy our Wellstar presentations!

Fondly,

Mrs. Pennington

Happy December!

Dear Families,

We have an exciting week ahead with special activities in store. We have a Wellstar nutrition presentation, science lab, a media center lesson, guidance, and the Thursday night Grinch PTA performance. Holiday project making will start, and there is a rumor that an elf has been sent by Santa to keep an eye on our room. I won’t believe it until I see it!

The students found a Carolina Preying Mantis on the playground, and “Pearl” is now our class pet! We’ll be observing all her marvelous adaptations, and if we’re lucky, she’ll produce an egg case, and we’ll study her offspring in a few months. By the way, we’ll welcome a new hamster after the winter break.

Here’s what we’re learning this week:

  • Math– Distributive property of multiplication, problem solving
  • Reading– Central message of fiction
  • Science– Fossils
  • Writing – Informational brochure on favorite winter holiday
  • Read Alouds – A Hundred Dresses, Silver Packages, Patricia Polacco stories, Poems

Spelling

List 1:
washable returnable enjoyable agreeable
leader painter actor director

List 2:
predictable dependable affordable conductor
tourist novelist journalist inventor

Fondly,

Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ November 27

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready to be back to school! These upcoming weeks of the school year are some of the very best. We have a number of projects coming up, so be on the look out for information coming home.

Thanks so much for the moms of Finn, Daxton and Ryan for sending in yummy treats last Friday. We ate lunch in the room and watched Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. Our study of explorers helped the children appreciate this holiday more than they might of without it.

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Reading: Comprehension, Written Responses
  • Writing: Publishing nonfiction pieces
  • Language Arts: Spelling, Mentor Sentences
  • Math: Multiplication, Distributive Property
  • Social Studies: Explorers
  • Science: Fossils
  • Read Aloud: A Hundred Dresses

Spelling List 1:
careful careless meaningless hopeless forgiveness
harmful harmless spotless darkness sickness
Spelling List 2:
poisonous delightful peaceful refreshment
dangerous successful punishment movement

Fondly,

Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News – Thanksgiving is Near!

Dear Families,

Happy week before Thanksgiving break! It just seems the time flies. The children have decorated the room nicely with beautiful and fun turkeys. We’ll have a special pumpkin treat on Friday.

Please speak with your child about behavior in the classroom. It’s always important to be kind, work hard, listen and follow directions. We always expect extra silliness around the holidays, but we’re looking to the children to try hard to do the right thing. We can definately have fun and learn at the same time!

Spelling Words

List 1:
swimming swam getting coming came
having doing ended happened happening
started joked received smiled smiling

List 2:
dividing divided multiplying multiplied imagining
imagined believing believed remembering remembered

Learning Plan

  • Math – Multiplication, area concepts
  • Writing – Revision, editing, publishing
  • Reading – Nonfiction, text evidence
  • Language Arts – Spelling, mentor sentences
  • Social Studies – Explorers Hudson, Balboa, de Soto, Cartier

Happy birthday, Tobi and Sydney!

I’m sorry to report our little hamster is sickly and had to be returned to the pet store for medical attention. We’ll have to wait and see if Leopold can return to the classroom, but if he can’t, we’ll find a new little hamster friend.

with gratitude,

Mrs. Pennington

 

 

 

November 6 ~ Weekly News

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Dear Families,

Thank you so much to all our moms of Grayson, Finn, Angela, Ryan, and Kaya for working to make the Halloween snack so AWESOME! The children really enjoyed their treats and skeleton bracelets! It was a zany start to the week, but we got back to almost normal on Friday. Now we’ll have the time change this weekend and a student day off on Tuesday, so maybe we’ll have to wait a bit longer for normal to return!

We welcomed a new student, Mason, on Monday! We’re so happy to have him. We also welcomed a new hamster, Leopold! Mason and his classmates are working on multiplication and reading and math, while Leopold is working on hiding places for his food and pull ups on the side of the cage. 🙂

Much thanks goes to Grayson’s family who donated 4 new yoga balls for our classroom! The children take turns reading and working on them. They are greatly enjoyed, and a nice reward for hard work!

Happy birthday, Emma and Rafael!

Here’s what we’re learning this week:

  • Math – Area, Multiplication (nines and squares)
  • Reading – Nonfiction, main idea and details (frogs and toads focus)
  • Writing – Revision strategies
  • Language Arts – Spelling and vocabulary
  • Social Studies – John Cabot
  • Read Aloud – Peter Pan

Use your child’s vocabulary words in conversation this week to provide an extra boost!

attract, crew, dangle, drift, event, launch, opposite, reverse, signal, steer

Have a lovely Autumn weekend and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

P.S. I’ll Seesaw the spelling words as soon as I get them. 🙂

 

Halloween Weekly News

Dear Families,

It’s going to be an especially exciting week what with Halloween, a new classmate, and a new hamster! We’re going to have to practice some deep breathing exercises!

Here’s the learning plan:

  • Reading: Rereading nonfiction for important details
  • Writing: Revision, elaborating on our nonfiction topics
  • Math: Area concepts, multiplication
  • Language Arts: Spelling, Vocabulary
  • Social Studies: Christopher Columbus
  • Read Aloud: Peter Pan

Spelling Words

List 1:
prepay preview misplaced overjoy
preschool misunderstood mismatch oversize

List 2:
overloaded overeager mispronounce precooked
overcrowded overactive misbehave prerecorded

Please consider using the following vocabulary words in your conversations this week:

cylinder, examine, fatal, feature, grasp, jet, marine, scar, tentacle, vessel


Please keep your child away from Halloween candy in the morning before the school day begins! Trust me…a little candy can wreak havoc in a classroom! 🙂

Now that the weather has turned chilly, be sure your child comes to school with a warm jacket. We go out for recess every day, unless it is rainy.

ITBS test scores went home with your child Friday, so look in your child’s folder if you haven’t see it yet.

Have a fun week!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

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