Weekly News ~ Fall Break Coming!

Dear Families,

Fall Break has crept up on us, and we’ll finish all our testing before we can have some fun and relaxation! We’ll finish up on Wednesday. The children have done fairly well testing from about 8 a.m. to between 9:30 and 10. That’s a long time to be still, quiet and focused for 3rd graders!

Our thanks goes to families of Finn, Grayson, Ryan, and Kaya for the snacks and post test treats, erasers and pencils! It’s nice to be able to give the children a reward for their hard work and concentration.

In 3rd grade, we will not have spelling and homework this next week. Nightly reading is always required. I am sending home login information for Moby Max. Children may practice their math facts each night. Moby Max will give your child a placement test and have them work at the appropriate level. You are able to see your child’s progress, and I can, too! The children like earning badges and game time.

We are continuing our American Indian Unit, multiplication and division concepts, and narrative writing. This last 2 weeks before the end of the 9 weeks, we’ll be doing various assessments for the report card which will be given to you the week of October 16th at parent/teacher conferences.

Happy birthday, Jonathan!



Kim Pennington




Post Hurricane Weekly News

Dear Families,

I hope you’ve all stayed safely tucked away while waiting for Irma to pass through. It seems that the worst didn’t come to be in this area, but of course our hearts go out to the many victims of hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

In school, we’ll just pick up where we left off. IOWA testing for our students has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 through Tuesday, September 19th. As a reminder, please see that your child arrives to school well-rested and well-fed on test days because the testing takes up a good portion of each morning and requires stamina.

There will be no homework and spelling for this week or next. Daily reading is still encouraged! By the way, please help your child keep up with a home reading log as there are rewards for ones completed. 🙂

Thank you to all volunteers who donated test snacks! We could also use some donations of treasure box items (toys, erasers, pencils, lolly-pops, etc.).

When we’re not testing, we’ll be learning about American Indians, multiplication/division, reading comprehension strategies, and narrative writing.

Happy birthday,


See you tomorrow!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

Labor Day Week News

Dear Families,

I hope you all have a nice three day weekend and have some fun and relaxation. Our school week will be a busy one, so please make sure your child is well rested.

COGAT testing begins Wednesday and goes through Friday. It’s under an hour of testing each morning. There is no need for you to prepare for it other than insuring your child has a solid night’s sleep and a full breakfast for fuel for the test. The IOWA testing begins the following week and takes up about 2 hours each morning.

We’ll still be keeping to as normal a routine as possible. Lucky for us, third grade is beginning the American Indian unit and it will be so engaging! We’re also working on multiplication which excites the children! Lots of interactive, hands on activities will be welcome after each morning of testing.

Here’s the learning plan:

  • Math – Multiplication and division with arrays, ants & cookies
  • Reading – Asking/answering questions, character traits, American Indian folktales
  • Writing – Publishing, storyteller voice, editing
  • Lang. Arts – Synonyms, spelling
  • Social Studies – American Indians in Southeast & Northeast
  • Read Aloud – Because of Winn Dixie

Let me know if you need the Seesaw login information. Your child’s writing is going to be published to it. Just think how nice it will be to get an alert in the middle of the day and be able to read your child’s first published story of the year! Some of the children have been enjoying the commenting feature. I’ve talked to them about what kinds of things they should say in their comments. If it doesn’t meet the criteria, it doesn’t get posted because everything has to be approved by me.

Why the hamster photo? We are wanting to earn a hamster, but are three compliments short. I want to encourage all the children to do their best to impress (as a class) and earn compliments from other adults in the building.


Mrs. Pennington