Weekly News ~ September 17

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Dear Families,

Only two days left of testing. Then we’ll all be rewarded at the end of the week with the September break!

This next week we’ll observe Constitution Day on Monday and the International Day of Peace on Friday. We’ll continue our study of soil, multiplication and division concepts, narrative writing and character study in reading.

For homework, look for a math packet on Monday (due on Friday). Please help your child keep up with the reading log and work on Education Galaxy. Also, please send in a small sample (small baggie) of soil by next Wednesday. 🙂

Most of the inclement weather forms have been returned. If you haven’t sent your in yet, please return it Monday morning. We hope to not need them for Hurricane Florence!

Next Friday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace. Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace. To celebrate this wonderful day, Kincaid staff and students are participating in several activities. Students and staff are encouraged to wear “Peace” themed clothes to school. Break out your tye-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world. Ms. Rausch will create “Pinwheels for Peace” with all students to display outside on the front lawn. These pinwheels will be put out on the afternoon of September 20th. You’re invited to view the display on the evening of September 20th or on September 21st.

Thank you again for sharing your children with Mrs. Mann and I. They’re truly a joy to teach!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Pennington




Weekly News ~ September 10th

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Dear Families,

We were happy to complete the CogAt testing today, and will have 3 normal days next week before we begin ITBS testing on Thursday. The Iowa Test of Basic Skills will continue through the following Tuesday before our September break. The children were focused and hardworking! Mrs. Mann and I can’t say enough good things about this class!

The students enjoyed building rock collections! They’ll be sent home early in the week. If your child would like to complete an extra credit rocks and minerals project, it will be due the following Friday.

We are going to begin a new project, The Symbolic Monarch Migration, where we will send and receive paper butterflies to/from children all over North America! The children are always excited to learn about the fascinating adaptations of the Monarch, their incredible journey they make every year, and LOVE having pen pals from across America, Mexico, and Canada.

We’re happy to have Cristy Moreira as our new room mother! She’ll be contacting you soon about what is being planned for the children in the days ahead.

Here’s our learning plan for the week:

  • Math~ Multiplication/division, equal groups & skipcounting
  • Reading~ Characters
  • Writing~ Narrative, paragraphing and elaboration
  • Science~ Rocks and Minerals, Soil
  • Language Arts~ Singular and plural nouns

Remember to help your child keep up with the reading log and Education Galaxy skills practice. We appreciate everything you do!

Hope to see you at the Fall Festival on Friday!

Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ September 4th

Dear Families,

We hope you all had a great 3-day weekend!

Happy birthday, Riley!

Cogat testing takes place Wednesday through Friday mornings. Have your child to school on time with a full tummy and a night’s worth of good sleep for the best performance. Thanks so much!

Look for math homework and the home reading log for the week. 🙂

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math~ Introduction to multiplication and division
  • Reading~ Characters
  • Writing~ Narrative writing (going to the next level)
  • Science~ Rocks and minerals
  • Language Arts~ Types of nouns

Please have your child bring in an egg carton and any rocks and minerals they might like to make a rock collection case by Friday. We’ll have extra rocks to choose from in the class. Thank you for helping your child become a “rock hound”. Here’s a link to a website for your budding geologist: http://www.rockhoundkids.com/

Congratulations go to Carter and Chloe for being our Cougars for responsibility and respect!

Have a good week.

Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann

Weekly News ~ August 26th

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in school about 4 weeks. The children are doing beautifully! Mrs. Mann and I just got most of the students set up in their new classroom jobs. The children earned their first “Special Treat” by earning compliments and stars in the halls and the cafeteria. Good things are happening.

The highlights for this next week include science lab on Moday, picture day and early release on Wednesday, and a National Park Service presentation on rocks on Thursday!

We visit the media center every Wednesday, so please help your child remember to bring back library books so that a new one can be checked out. That being said, the children have 2 opportunities every day to visit the library to check out new books. 🙂

We’re sending home a new reading log this week. We would like parents to sign it so that the children get into the good routine of logging their reading and know that caretakers and teachers are counting on them to document their reading work. We’re so pleased to see that the children are enthusiastic about Education Galaxy, and are turning in their folders and homework on time.

Here’s our learning plan ~

  • Math ~ 3 digit addition and subtraction
  • Reading ~ Character analysis with Stone Fox (Willy, Grandpa, Searchlight, Stone Fox)
  • Writing ~ Editing and publishing narrative writing piece
  • Language Arts ~ Mentor sentence, nouns and vivid verbs
  • Science ~ Rocks and minerals
  • Other ~ We’ll sprinkle in a bit of test practice

Thank you SO MUCH for all the donations of table wipes, snacks, sticky notes and sanitizer! The cupboards are full! It means so much to us to know that the classroom needs will be taken care of!

Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Pennington



Weekly News ~ August 20th

Dear Families,

It was so nice to see many of you at the orientation! If you were unable to come, we’re happy to answer your questions and address concerns via email and/or at conference time. Mrs. Mann and I are always available! 🙂

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math ~ Addition strategies
  • Reading ~ Comprehension strategies, character traits
  • Writing ~ Drafting, revising and editing our first personal narrative
  • Language Arts ~ Plural nouns, mentor sentence
  • Social Studies ~ Civics
  • Science ~ Rocks
  • Read Alouds ~ Stone Fox, Harry Potter

Highlights this week include a Wellstar health presentation and the media center orientation. We’re also getting the children set up on Education Galaxy and having them complete a math pretest to get them started on the “just right” level of practice. Also, clubs start this week! P.E. is on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Pennington


Weekly News ~ August 13

Dear families,

What a fabulous 8 days! The children earned a gold star in the lunchroom for their behavior and were even complimented by Mrs. Blake! Mrs. Mann had the class store set up Friday morning and the children went shopping with their earned tickets!

We look forward to our parent/teacher open house this Thursday evening. Mrs. Mann and I will have a short presentation covering important information and will then open the floor to address your unanswered questions.

Here’s our learning plan…

  • Math – Rounding to nearest 10/100, addition properties
  • Reading – Establishing reader’s workshop, building reading stamina & choosing books
  • Writing – Establishing writer’s workshop, collecting ideas & drafting a narrative
  • Grammar – Abstract nouns, examining sentences
  • Social Studies – Maps (latitude, longitude, Equator, Prime Meridian) and citizenship
  • Science – Establishing expectations/procedures for the science lab

This last week, Mrs. Weitnauer came to visit our class. The children learned about her job as our school counselor. Mrs. Weitnauer will be visiting every three weeks. Lesson topics include friendship, conflict resolution, study skills, responsibility, career awareness and safety skills. Please contact [email protected] (phone (770) 578-7238) if you ever need to discuss your student with her.

Thank you to Chloe and Bria’s moms for sorting things at home for us. We’re so happy to have lots of parents signed up to volunteer for the class!

Hope to see you all Thursday!

Mrs. Pennington

P.S. Photos of children working on their writing notebooks! 🙂


August 6th Weekly News

Dear Families,

Our first three days together were terrific! When students are so hardworking, attentive and kind, lots of good things follow! Mrs. Mann and I are looking forward to an outstanding year!

This is our learning plan this week:

  • Math ~ Comparing & rounding 4-digit numbers using place value
  • Reading~ Workshop routines to establish independent reading, choosing “just right” books & using the classroom library
  • Writing~ Workshop routines, generating ideas for writing & capturing those ideas in notebooks
  • Language Arts ~ Nouns, sentences (examining, revising, & rewriting sentences)
  • Social Studies ~ Maps

SeeSaw information will go home this week! What is SeeSaw, you ask? Click on this link to find out. https://web.seesaw.me/families/ It’s AWESOME and you’ll LOVE it!

Homework: Look for it in the green folder. Homework is due on Fridays.

🙂 Mrs. Pennington



First Week of Third Grade

Dear Families,

We enjoyed meeting all of you at Meet & Greet, and are looking forward to a marvelous year!

A few reminders for the children:

Get a good night’s sleep.
Bring a snack.
Remind parents to complete paperwork.
Be ready for some learning fun!

We’ll be setting the stage this short week. Much time will be spent organizing our materials, learning and practicing new routines and procedures, creating rules, and getting to know each other. Teamwork is a major focus so we’ll do some fun team-building activities.

If you haven’t already brought in supplies, please do so within the first week so we can get busy using them. And remember to have your child bring in a snack daily so that hunger doesn’t get in the way of learning.

Send in a note letting us know any transportation changes.

No homework for children this week. 🙂

Mrs. Pennington & Mrs. Mann

Welcome New Cougar Cubs!

Dear Families,

We are so excited to meet our new students on Monday! We’ve been busy preparing the room and making plans for our first days together.

Some of you are probably shopping for school supplies, which was one of my favorite things as a child. If you’ve already purchased your supplies, you may ignore the following list. 🙂

Supply List

o Pencil sharpener
o 4 spiral notebooks (blue, red, green, yellow)
o 4 2-pocket folders (blue, red, green, yellow)
o 2 black Sharpies, fine point
o 1 pack EXPO dry erase markers
o 1 pencil box
o 2 boxes 24 ct. Crayons
o 1 box colored pencils
o 1 box colored markers, wide tipped
o 1 Fiskars child-sized scissors
o 2 highlighters
o 1 pack Ticonderoga pencils
o 1 Pink Pearl eraser
o 2 composition books, wide-ruled
o 2 boxes tissues
o Hand sanitizer

Optional Wish List:

o Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes
o Ziploc freezer bags – large
o Super Sticky Post-It popup notes

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We can’t wait to see you for “Meet and Greet” Monday, and/or the first day of school on Wednesday!

Mrs. Pennington and Mrs. Mann