Weekly News – Thanksgiving is Near!

Dear Families,

Happy week before Thanksgiving break! It just seems the time flies. The children have decorated the room nicely with beautiful and fun turkeys. We’ll have a special pumpkin treat on Friday.

Please speak with your child about behavior in the classroom. It’s always important to be kind, work hard, listen and follow directions. We always expect extra silliness around the holidays, but we’re looking to the children to try hard to do the right thing. We can definately have fun and learn at the same time!

Spelling Words

List 1:
swimming swam getting coming came
having doing ended happened happening
started joked received smiled smiling

List 2:
dividing divided multiplying multiplied imagining
imagined believing believed remembering remembered

Learning Plan

  • Math – Multiplication, area concepts
  • Writing – Revision, editing, publishing
  • Reading – Nonfiction, text evidence
  • Language Arts – Spelling, mentor sentences
  • Social Studies – Explorers Hudson, Balboa, de Soto, Cartier

Happy birthday, Tobi and Sydney!

I’m sorry to report our little hamster is sickly and had to be returned to the pet store for medical attention. We’ll have to wait and see if Leopold can return to the classroom, but if he can’t, we’ll find a new little hamster friend.

with gratitude,

Mrs. Pennington




November 6 ~ Weekly News

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Dear Families,

Thank you so much to all our moms of Grayson, Finn, Angela, Ryan, and Kaya for working to make the Halloween snack so AWESOME! The children really enjoyed their treats and skeleton bracelets! It was a zany start to the week, but we got back to almost normal on Friday. Now we’ll have the time change this weekend and a student day off on Tuesday, so maybe we’ll have to wait a bit longer for normal to return!

We welcomed a new student, Mason, on Monday! We’re so happy to have him. We also welcomed a new hamster, Leopold! Mason and his classmates are working on multiplication and reading and math, while Leopold is working on hiding places for his food and pull ups on the side of the cage. 🙂

Much thanks goes to Grayson’s family who donated 4 new yoga balls for our classroom! The children take turns reading and working on them. They are greatly enjoyed, and a nice reward for hard work!

Happy birthday, Emma and Rafael!

Here’s what we’re learning this week:

  • Math – Area, Multiplication (nines and squares)
  • Reading – Nonfiction, main idea and details (frogs and toads focus)
  • Writing – Revision strategies
  • Language Arts – Spelling and vocabulary
  • Social Studies – John Cabot
  • Read Aloud – Peter Pan

Use your child’s vocabulary words in conversation this week to provide an extra boost!

attract, crew, dangle, drift, event, launch, opposite, reverse, signal, steer

Have a lovely Autumn weekend and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

P.S. I’ll Seesaw the spelling words as soon as I get them. 🙂


Halloween Weekly News

Dear Families,

It’s going to be an especially exciting week what with Halloween, a new classmate, and a new hamster! We’re going to have to practice some deep breathing exercises!

Here’s the learning plan:

  • Reading: Rereading nonfiction for important details
  • Writing: Revision, elaborating on our nonfiction topics
  • Math: Area concepts, multiplication
  • Language Arts: Spelling, Vocabulary
  • Social Studies: Christopher Columbus
  • Read Aloud: Peter Pan

Spelling Words

List 1:
prepay preview misplaced overjoy
preschool misunderstood mismatch oversize

List 2:
overloaded overeager mispronounce precooked
overcrowded overactive misbehave prerecorded

Please consider using the following vocabulary words in your conversations this week:

cylinder, examine, fatal, feature, grasp, jet, marine, scar, tentacle, vessel

Please keep your child away from Halloween candy in the morning before the school day begins! Trust me…a little candy can wreak havoc in a classroom! 🙂

Now that the weather has turned chilly, be sure your child comes to school with a warm jacket. We go out for recess every day, unless it is rainy.

ITBS test scores went home with your child Friday, so look in your child’s folder if you haven’t see it yet.

Have a fun week!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News for October 23

Dear Families,

It was good to meet with all the families this past week. I learn so much from each of you and it enables us to partner up to do the best for your child!

We’re beginning multiplication facts this next week. We’ll learn strategies for each of the facts in a particular order. We’ll begin with doubles, fives, and zeroes and ones. Speed is not the priority right now—just an efficient mental strategy.

Please encourage your child to take at least two AR quizzes per week. We’re going to have an AR Party for every child who achieves his or her goal by the end of this quarter!

Just about everyone is on SeeSaw now so I’ll begin publishing the spelling words to this blog AND SeeSaw every Friday. Plus, I’ll be training the students to post more of their work during the week.

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Congratulations to Finn for being elected classroom representative on student council! Emma, the alternate representative, will fill in for him if ever needed.

What we’re learning this week:

  • Math ~ Multiplication area models and facts
  • Reading ~ Nonfiction reading strategies
  • Writing ~ Informative writing, drafting chapters
  • Language Arts ~ Spelling (prefixes & suffixes), verbs
  • Science ~ Soil, erosion and weathering

Homework Reminder:

  1. Homework packet and spelling notebook go home Monday and are due Friday.
  2. Nightly reading is highly encouraged (beware: nighttime screen time can disturb sleep. Better to read old fashioned print)
  3. Multiplication practice is encouraged daily (flashcards, Moby Max, apps, games, etc.)

Spelling –

List 1:
subtitle subheading undone inactive disapprove
subway underlined unable inability disconnect
List 2:
inexperienced independent subcontinent disagreement
indefinitely incredible submerse disqualify

Happy birthday, Jacob & Tara!

Have a lovely weekend —it’s supposed to be fabulous!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington


October 9 Weekly News

Dear Families,

We’re beginning a new quarter this week, and there are lots of exciting things to look forward to. We’re starting informational writing, and a mystery animal study in reading. Then we’re finishing up our American Indian unit with some fun crafts at the end of the week. We’ll also do some goal setting.

Here’s the plan:

  • Math ~ Multiplication and division
  • Reading ~ Nonfiction
  • Writing ~ Informational
  • Social Studies ~ Productive resources, American Indians

I’m preparing report cards, which you will get at conferences. Be sure to confirm your conference time if you haven’t done so already. I’m really looking forward to meeting with each of you!

Thank you to Finn and Ryan’s moms for the snacks.:-) They went fast, so we still need more. Graham crackers and goldfish are always good to keep in the class and don’t need to be prepackaged. We have little paper cups that our snack helper can pass out. And thank you to Kaya’s mom, our room mother, who does so much copying for us!

Looks like we might have some indoor recess this week with the predicted rain!


Mrs. Pennington

Happy Fall!

Dear Families,

I hope you had a great Fall break! I’m looking forward to getting back into the groove…and to seeing you all for the parent conferences coming up in 2 weeks!

We’ll have spelling words and homework packets coming home this week. Also, look for your scheduled conference time notification. Send me a note either confirming the time or needing another. We’ll work out a good time for our meeting.

This is the last week of the 9 week period, so we’ll have some assessments this week in preparation for report cards. We are finishing up our American Indian poster projects this week. The children will present to their classmates, and evaluate their teamwork skills. We’ll also have some fun with American Indians handicrafts.

This is the plan this week:

  • Reading – Using text evidence to evaluate a character
  • Writing – Excellent endings in narrative
  • Math – Multiplication/division concepts
  • Social Studies – American Indians
  • Read Aloud – Peter Pan

Happy birthday, Valery!

We are in need of snacks. Thank you ahead of time!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

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


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