Weekly News ~ August 28

Dear Families,

Our eclipse day was quite a day, and I hope one that is memorable for a lifetime! We were lucky to have one pair of approved glasses, and a perfect backdoor location for a peek out of it.

Wednesday is an early release day, and is also picture day. If you’d like to purchase pictures, please get the envelope to me by that day.

Our testing days are coming up in September. The COGAT is Sep. 6-9, and the Iowa is the following week, Sep. 11-15. We’ll talk more when we get closer to the date about preparedness.

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math-Multiplication concepts
  • Reading-Character traits, asking &answering questions
  • Writing-Revision & editing
  • Lang. Arts-Synonyms, possessive nouns
  • Science-Rocks and Soil
  • Read Aloud-Peter Pan

Spelling words: rocket, pocket, hold, told, often, grow, throne, so, sew, most, almost, both, coach, open, also

Thank you to Grayson’s family for providing a class basketball!

We can use some snack donations as the cupboard is bare. 🙂

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you at the picnic!

Mrs. Pennington




Weekly News ~ August 14

Dear Families,

It seems like we’ve been back in school a month after such a busy 2 weeks. We’ve eased into our routines, taken a variety of pre-assessments, and are beginning to roll out the content of 3rd grade!

This week, we’ll begin sending home the spelling notebook. The children are to choose spelling activities from the menu of choices throughout the week. The aim is to master the quiz on all the spelling words each Friday. If you have a spelling app that is particularly successful for your child, you’re may include it as your child’s weekly practice. Your child should study the spelling words in a way that is effective for his or her’s unique learning style. All homework is due on Friday.

Your child will need to bring in one rock for our science lab on Tuesday.  They should find a cool rock, bigger than their thumb but not bigger than the palm of their hand.  Their rocks will be returned. Your child should be able to explain where the rock came from.

Please read the information going home on the eclipse. Your child must have a signed permission form to view it. We’re very excited about it! It is a rare and fabulous learning experience—it better not be cloudy! With a serious discussion on eye safety from you and those of us here at the school, I am confident the children will participate safely.

Here’s what we’re working our third week of school:

  • Reading: Characters, summarizing
  • Writing: Gathering ideas & drafting a narrative
  • Math: Addition and subtraction w/in 1000
  • Social Studies: Maps, rivers and mountains
  • Science: Rocks and Minerals
  • Lang. Arts: Spelling, nouns
  • Read Aloud: Stone Fox

Information will come home on how to connect to SeeSaw, your child’s online portfolio. You will get a QR code to scan on your phone or tablet. Let me know if you’d rather connect through a computer and I will get you the directions for it. If you connect via your smartphone, you’ll enjoy getting notifications in real time!

Also, we are in need of a basketball, since we have a new Kincaid court. If you’d like to donate one, you can be sure it’ll get lots of use!

Have a good weekend!

Kim Pennington

First Week of 3rd Grade for Pennington’s Pups

Dear Families,

We’ve had a terrific first week and things are moving along smoothly in the classroom! I appreciate the children being here each morning ready to learn! They’ve been troopers through all the beginning assessments, and I can see these children are hard workers.

Next week, we’ll have the reading and math inventory tests which will give me a good baseline assessment of where your child is at the beginning of 3rd grade. We’ll look for lots of growth through the year.


🙂 Please have paperwork and supplies in Monday if at all possible.

🙂 Continue to send in water and a snack daily.

🙂 Send the green folder with your child each morning.


We’ll begin homework this week. A packet will go home Monday. It should be completed and returned on Fridays. I welcome your feedback on homework. Too hard, too easy, too long, too short, too boring, too involved? A reading log will be placed in the green folder. I give prizes for evidence of lots of reading, so make sure your child gets the completed log back to me! A spelling and vocabulary journal will go home next week. We’ll work through the words this week together in class.

This is what we’re learning this next week:

  • Writing-  Writing workshop habits & procedures
  • Lang. Arts- Nouns, Compound words
  • Reading– Characters
  • Math– Numbers and operations in base 10
  • Social Studies– Map skills, rivers and mountains
  • Read Aloud– Class vote

Be on the lookout for a Seesaw invitation!Image result for seesawThis is an app that enables you to see what your child is doing in the classroom (projects, writing, math work, etc). You’ll get a notification on your smart phone/device, and then be able to view something your child and/or I want to share with you. You’ll LOVE it!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Pennington