Weekly Newsletter 9~2


Happy Labor Day!

Here’s what we’re up to this week:

  • Math – Addition strategies, two-step problem solving, and oral and written explanations using mathematical language.
  • Reading – We continue examine the main idea of each chapter of Because of Winn Dixie. I am listening each child read so that we may set goals for reading (comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and word accuracy).
  • Language Arts – Possessive nouns.
  • Spelling – (Will study these for 2 weeks)
    amber – the hardened sap of a tree.fossil – the hardened remains of a plant or animal that lived long ago.

    mold – a type of fossil that takes on the outer shape of a plant or animal.

    extinct – describes a kind of living thing that is no longer found on Earth.

    cast – a type of fossil that takes on the actual shape of an animal or a plant.

    trace – the imprint of an animal or plant left behind.

    organism – a living thing such as a plant or animal.

    petrified – wood that has been turned into a kind of rock fossil.

  • Writing – How writers revise leads and make bold beginnings using ideas from storybook authors. The children are learning to ask “What do I want my listener to feel?”
  • Science – STEM Lab investigation and fossils.

We have some fabulous authors and artists in class, and I’d like to encourage participation in Reflections this year. This year’s theme is “The world would be a better place if…”. Reflections entries are due Friday, September 26. Reflections is a national art contest sponsored by the PTA. Please visit the Kincaid PTA website for more details.

Have a fun and restful 3 day weekend!

Mrs. Pennington & Ms. Schmidt





Weekly Newsletter 8~25

It was a busy learning week punctuated with early morning and afternoon activities and clubs! Ms. Schmidt, our student teacher, joined us Tuesday and will be with us until early December. She is a wonderful addition to the classroom who’s enjoying the children and adjusting nicely to the routines.

This is what we’ll be learning this week:

  • Math – Addition strategies, two-step problem solving.
  • Reading – Character traits, main idea. Our read-aloud is Because of Winn Dixie.
  • Language Arts – Plural and abstract nouns, vocabulary.
  • Writing – How writers make a movie in their minds and build narratives step-by-step.
  • Science – Lab investigations, examining properties, and writing about rocks and minerals.


Happy birthday, Isa and Joshua!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Pennington



Weekly Newsletter 8~18

Ms. Schmidt will join us Tuesday! We’re excited!

This is what we’ll be learning this week:

  • Math – Rounding to the hundreds, addition strategies, problem solving.
  • Reading – Character traits, main idea. Our read-aloud is Because of Winn Dixie.
  • Language Arts – Capitalization, abstract nouns, vocabulary.
  • Writing – Adding details to narratives, “zooming in” (for example-writing about building a sand castle instead of the entire day or week at the beach).
  • Science – Rocks and Minerals!

If your child has a special rock, this is the week to bring it to school! Please place it in a baggie with your child’s name.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Pennington


Weekly Newsletter

We had a wonderful and productive first week of third grade! We ended the week by creating the “Eighth Wonder of the World” with marshmallows, toothpicks and spaghetti. Some of our wonders didn’t survive to the end, and some of the schemes were too grand for our materials and the allotted time! It was a sight to see.

This is what we’re up to this next week:

Math: Use place value knowledge to order, compare and round numbers into the thousands.

Geography: Locate any place on earth using latitude and longitude.

Language Arts: Categorize common and proper nouns. Know the rules for capitalization.

Reading: Examine character traits and recount stories. Build reading stamina.

Writing: Know workshop procedures. Learn strategies for generating ideas.

Vocabulary: Know and spell academic words for Friday quiz.

Homework: The journal goes home each Monday starting this week.

We will be welcoming Arielle Schmidt as a student teacher Tuesday when she comes to introduce herself to the children! Arielle plans to attend the open house so she can meet you. Her first day with us is August 19th and she’ll stay through the winter break. We’re lucky to have an enthusiastic and talented young woman joining us!

See you at open house. Have a terrific week!

Mrs. Pennington

First Week of School

I enjoyed meeting so many of you at Meet & Greet, and am looking forward to a marvelous year!

A few reminders for the children:

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

We’ll be setting the stage this 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. Our first big project is STEM-based and involves spaghetti, toothpicks and marshmallows. I’m not going to tell you what it is—it’s a surprise! Parents, look for pictures of our creations to be posted next weekend.

Hope to see you all at the Kincaid Picnic this coming Friday, August 8th, 5-7pm!