Weekly Newsletter ~ September 28

Dear Families,

I hope you had an enjoyable Fall Break! I had hoped the children might be able to experience the Super Harvest Moon Eclipse Sunday night, but it looks like it will be too cloudy. Oh well, there will be another in 2033. 🙂

On Tuesday, we will begin our CoGAT testing.  Please be sure your child eats a hearty breakfast with plenty of protein to sustain attention and focus during the testing period. Remember the importance of a good night’s sleep, too.

Here’s what we’re working on this week:

  • Math ~ Division concepts
  • Reading ~ Traditional literature
  • Writing ~ Imaginary narrative writing
  • Language Arts ~ Spelling (suffixes), writing quotes with quotation marks and commas
  • Science ~ Fossils



Children will choose activities from a spelling choice menu and practice math each night. We will not do the HRJ during these following 2 weeks of testing.

Important dates:

Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 – Box Tops collection

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 – CogAT Testing

Oct. 1 – School Store

Oct. 2 – Fall Picture Day

Happy October! It’s a lovely time of the year!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington


Weekly News ~ September 14

Dear Families,

We have a special science project Friday and need your help. We greatly appreciate your donations of the following:

Wax paper

Bag of chocolate chips

Bag of white chocolate chips

2 bags of fun size Snickers

2 packages of M&M cookies (to mine for minerals)

1 box of toothpicks (mining tools)

If you are able to send any of these items in, please comment below so others can see and we don’t end up with too much. Thanks so much!!

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 4495 Sandy Plains Rd in Marietta, will again offer free academic tutoring for kindergarten through 5th grade on Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm beginning September 30. We began free tutoring the winter of 2013 and it was so successful we will be starting up in just a couple of weeks.  Our tutors are a team of retired school teachers and gifted students. All have gone through Safe Sanctuary training and submitted to background checks. We meet on the first floor in a large room with lots of windows and natural light. Call the church of you’re interested!

Here’s what we’re working on this week:

  • Math ~ Multiplication & division concepts
  • Reading ~ Guided reading groups kickoff, traditional literature
  • Writing ~ Opinion (argument) writing
  • Language Arts ~ Handwriting, prefixes/suffixes, pronouns (no spelling this week)
  • Science ~ Rocks and minerals

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 15th – Zaxby’s Night
  • Friday, September 18th – Cougar Pride / Gift Wrap Fundraiser ends (You can order online!)
  • September 21 – 25 – Fall Break
  • September 27 – Super Full Harvest Moon Eclipse!

Happy Monday!

Mrs. Pennington


Weekly Newsletter ~ September 8

Dear Families,

Here’s what we’re working on this short week:

  • Math ~ Multiplication & division concepts
  • Reading ~ Guided reading groups kickoff, traditional literature
  • Writing ~ Opinion (argument) writing
  • Language Arts ~ Handwriting, prefixes/suffixes, pronouns (no spelling this week)
  • Social Studies ~ Local & state government
  • Science ~ Rocks and minerals

We’ll also have a library lesson on research ,and “genius hour” work time where we’ll develop ideas for further study.

I’ll send home an AR progress report. We’re going to expect each student in third grade to get at least 7 points this quarter.

FYI – There are no after school clubs this week.

We are in need of class snacks and welcome any donations of a box of cereal, granola bars, crackers, etc. Thanks in advance!

Please encourage your family and friends from around Georgia, the U.S. and the world to visit our classroom blog! The children like to check where our visitors come from. We may write a letter to the research station in Antarctica asking for a visit!

Hope your Labor Day is restful, fun, festive, calm, exciting, adventurous – whatever you like!


Mrs. Pennington