Weekly Newsletter 9~29

We have a busy, busy 8th week of school planned!

Here’s a overview of our learning this week.

  • Math –  Foundations of multiplication, area and division.
  • Reading – The folktale unit begins!
  • Language Arts – Subject, predicates and quotation marks.
  • Spelling and Vocabulary– Continue working with vocabulary words from last week.
  • Writing – Begin opinion writing.
  • Social Studies – Ancient Greece and the Olympics. Class democratic election. Character focus: Being gracious in victory and defeat.


Important RemindersMonday: Student Council Speeches and Class Election

Wednesday: Picture Day (everyone will have a yearbook photo taken)

Thursday: Ancient Greek Olympics for Third Grade

Friday: Wellstar Just Eat It Program (be sure to send in permission form)

Mystery Day: Baby hamster will join our class!


Front Office Checkout Change

At 1:45 p.m. each afternoon the office will be closed for checkouts.  Anyone wishing to check out after this time will need to wait until after we dismiss our students to buses and cars.  We will begin check outs again at 2:30 p.m. each afternoon.  We appreciate your support as we strive to make sure all of our students get home safely.

We’ve had lots of illnesses (students and teachers), and rest assured that we’re using this opportunity to learn the powers of washing our hands and sanitizing our classroom to prevent germs from spreading!

Thanks for all you do!

Mrs. Pennington & Ms. Schmidt


Weekly Newsletter 9~22

Here’s a overview of our learning this week.

  • Math –  Foundations of multiplication. Making friendly numbers strategy in addition.
  • Reading – Reading groups will meet to work on individual goals (comprehension, fluency, word accuracy and vocabulary).
  • Language Arts – Subject and predicates.
  • Spelling and Vocabulary– Click on photo to enlarge.IMG_1229
  • Writing – Revising personal narratives with strong endings and editing. Gathering ideas for expository writing.
  • Social Studies – Greek influences on American government and architecture.

We’ve missed Ms. Schmidt this week as she has been out sick, but she expects to be back on the 22nd. Hope you have/had a good Fall break!

Mrs. Pennington



Cougars of the Month

For showing respect, Izzy and Ayshan were awarded Cougars of the Month!


Showing respect for others is one of the most important values in the world.  It means showing care for another person or thing, like the environment. Without respect, everything around you would be less peaceful.  There would be more wars, more problems and less happiness. You show respect in many ways everyday that you may not even realize!  Respect occurs when we:

  • Listen to others
  • Play fair
  • Use good manners
  • Wait your turn
  • Compliment someone
  • Pick up after yourself
  • Treat others fairly

Weekly Newsletter 9~8

We have a busy week of learning planned before our Fall break!

  • Math – Subtraction strategies, two-step problem solving, and oral and written explanations using mathematical language. Introduction to multiplication.
  • Reading – Asking and answering questions. Continuing to set reading goals (comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and word accuracy).
  • Language Arts – Pronouns.
  • Spelling
    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 endings and edit for publication.
  • Science – Fossils
  • Social Studies – Greek influences on American government and architecture.


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.

We’re setting goals and motivating ourselves to meet AR goals. The children will have opportunities each day to take AR quizzes.

I’ll send home a list of extra credit opportunities. These are purely optional.

Our room mothers, Mrs. Sternagle & Mrs. McGhee, are busy helping with the business of our classroom. Their support means so much to the students and myself!

I hope you have a wonderful break. I’m off to Mexico with my daughter, and greatly look forward to climbing an ancient Mayan pyramid! Ms. Schmidt will spend the break with her family in a cabin in lovely Pennsylvania!

Mrs. Pennington