Have a Terrific Summer!

Dear Families,

Thank you, thank you, thank you…thank you for the gift card! Thank you to our room mom, Ms. Cazzola, who held it altogether while taking on a new job at the same time! Thank you to the Wilsons for hosting a festive year end party! The children had an especially exciting last day. And thank you for entrusting me with your children!

Remember to have your child read A LOT over the summer to prevent that “summer slide” in reading achievement! Goodwill has a treasure trove of books right now at ridiculously low prices. And then there’s online reading at sites like pbskids and funbrain.

And these amazing sites that your child will love…

Roald Dahl official site

Jan Brett official site

The Toy Maker

Stop by and see me in August. I’ll be in the same room, but I’ll be team teaching with Mrs. Mann! Remind your child that everyone who finishes a math workbook, can stop by for a special surprise in August!:-)

There’s an option to print out your child’s portfolio on SeeSaw. You might want to copy it in print or digitally as a reminder of the highlights of your child’s 3rd grade year!

Hope your summer is filled with everything you want! We’ll be back in 9 weeks or so, and refreshed for a new school year. Be safe and have fun!

Love, Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ May 21

Dear Families,

The year has gone too fast! Only 3 days to go!

We had our last market day Friday. It was fun to see the entrepreneurial spirit in the children. We had a lively auction on some high dollar items. I hope you will notice your child making better money decisions.

Here’s our plan for the last 3 days:

  • Monday: 3rd grade yearbook and memory book signing, Kincaid kickball game
  • Tuesday: Early Release day –  Multiplication challenge, classroom awards,
  • Wed: Early Release day – (no backpacks today) – Year end celebration

Of course, I’ll be throwing in some final little assessments in preparation for report cards. 🙂

Please be sure to have your child empty out his/her bookbag each day. Lots of stuff is coming home! Be on the lookout for math workbooks, and a writing notebook. Please find a special place for the writing notebook because there are precious entries (most are rough drafts so don’t be alarmed by the imperfections). You’ll want to keep this forever. 🙂

I hope you were able to enjoy SeeSaw as much as the children and I have. It was quite exciting to share our classroom activities and artifacts in real time delivered straight to your device! You can print off everything your child has done this year and add it to a scrapbook, paper or digital.

Have a wonderful summer! Read a lot!  Use your imagination —run around, explore, build things, make a new friend, learn something new, start a new collection, create! The next school year will begin before we know it.

love, Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ May 14

Dear Families,

The week ahead will be filled with final assessments, the talent show, science lab, field day, Pentopia Market Day, and AR and writing celebrations. It’s a special time of the year where we reflect on the past year, and anticipate the next year. I’ll begin to send things home so the children aren’t overloaded next week.

Please have your child wear athletic shoes and sunscreen on field day.. You may send in a water bottle of you like. Your child may bring a change of clothes if you think “wetness” will make him or her uncomfortable.

Fondly,

Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ May 7

Dear Families,

I can’t believe how time has flown and how we are in the frenzy of the last 13 days of school! We still have so much to do, and each moment will be packed!

Here’s the learning plan:

  • Math ~ Hamster measurement and problem solving
  • Reading ~ Because of Winn Dixie, AR Reading Marathon
  • Writing ~ Mother’s Day project
  • Language Arts ~ Parts of speech, editing, cursive
  • Science ~ Heat
  • Social Studies ~ Branches of government

Homework ~ Keep up reading and practicing multiplication and division facts. Highly recommended practice apps/sites include Sushi Math, KenKen, Math Center, ABCya, MobyMax and IXL.

We’re starting a “Fill a Bucket” routine where the children will be encouraged to say and do kind deeds to keep fellow classmates happy.http://www.bucketfillers101.com/have-you-filled-a-bucket-today.php Children “test” each other this time of the year, and I want to keep our last days together in 3rd grade as happy as can be. 🙂

Pentopia and Peewee and Picture It

The children will have 2 more Fridays of the Pentopia Markey Day. The hit products this week were Rafael’s Brazilian cheese bread, Mason’s beaded bracelets, and Ryan’s Shrinky Dink pins. The country went broke so I had to collect taxes again, so there was some unhappiness!

Peewee is acclimating himself well in the classroom. The children work hard to earn time to sit with him. I’m able to attach lots of academic learning to the little guy. It’s just more fun figuring out area and perimeter when we’re designing a dream hamster enclosure.

Our Picture It Project is in full swing. We are sending out our 23 pieces of art to classrooms all over the country (Canada, too) this week. We’re beginning to  receive pictures from our pen pals. We’ll plot their locations on a map of North America. When all the artwork arrives, we’ll put it all together to reveal the big design. I’ll SeeSaw the results to you.

Help Needed….

We need a box of graham crackers, Hershey chocolate bars and a bag of marshmallows for our solar ovens. Please let me know if you can help. Thank you!

Happy birthday,

Eduardo, Ayani and Angela!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms!

Fondly,

Kim Pennington