Week of 9/30-10/4/19

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I hope everyone had a great week off!  I know I really enjoyed spending time with my family up in Pigeon Forge, TN.  It was a great week of rest and relaxation, as well as a chance to do some things we’ve never done before.  Well, now that our break is over, I guess it’s time to let you know what we have on our agendas this week.  It’s going to be a very busy week.  We have several “extra” things going on this week.   Monday begins “Hispanic Heritage Month” and we will be introducing this in class, but please be on the lookout for a “Bingo” board to come home related to this. If you would like to get a “jump start” on the bingo board, please feel free to download it below. 

Friday, October 4th, we will be participating in “Cape Day” to help support Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA).  Bring $1.00 and wear a cape to school!

Saturday, 10/5/19 is our annual Fall Festival.  Please find additional information here.

Also, if your child is interested in participating in the Pitner Creativity Challenges, please feel free to download the PDF below.

Grammar – This week, we will be working with the mentor text When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco.  The focus for this week’s mentor sentence will be on using vivid verbs.  What this means is using verbs to help the reader draw a picture in their minds about what they are reading.  Some examples of vivid verbs are “squealed” rather than “said” or “leap” rather than “jump.”

Writing – we will begin working on fictional narrative writing.  This is similar to the personal narratives that we just finished writing.  The only difference between personal narratives and fictional narratives is that personal narratives are true stories about your personal life and fictional narratives are narratives that can be made up about anything.  It can be completely fictional.

Reading – this week we will begin working on point of view (POV).  The point of view for books and stories are from the view of the narrator.  When the narrator speaks in first person, they use words such as “I,” “me,” “we,” “us,” etc.  If the narrator is speaking in third person, they use words such as “he,” “she,” “they,” “them,” etc.  The point of view is either the narrator is either right there, seeing the scene unfold, or the narrator is looking through a window, so to speak.  The narrator will be looking “through” a window and describing what they see, rather than actually being there.

Social Studies – we are moving from our study on planets and our solar system to social studies and we will be talking about the American Revolution, including the causes, the major battles, as well as the key people related to the American Revolution.  This week, we will also hopefully have a special guest, “Queen Edwards.”  Please know that what goes on with “Queen Edwards” is similar to what the colonists dealt with during the American Revolution by the taxes handed down from King George.  The students will get very upset, but that’s expected.  We want them to really understand what it was like for the colonists and to help them understand why the colonists wanted to break away from the monarchy.

Math – this week, we will continue using our addition and subtraction skills to calculate perimeter.  If you recall, to find the perimeter of a rectangle there is a formula. The formula is P = s + s + s +s.  Therefore, the students will need to add the sides of the rectangles or squares.  We will also be taking a common summative assessment, as well as the CCSD touchstone.


Monday, 9/30/19 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins.  Please see the Bingo board that should be coming home with your child tomorrow.
Tuesday, 10/1/19 – Firemen visit from The Cobb Safety Village
Wednesday, 10/2/19 – Conference Letters coming home – please sign and return asap.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Cape Day to support CHOA for $1.00
Friday, 10/4/19 – Zoo Phonics Parade for Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Visit from WellStar Education – Temper Tamers (in house)
Saturday, 10/5/19 – Pitner’s Fall Festival 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Chili Cook-off 11:30 – 12:00
Tuesday, 10/8/19 – Field Trip to Cobb Safety Village
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:30
Friday, 10/11/19 – End of the first quarter
Monday, 10/14 – Friday, 10/18/19 – Conference Week – report cards will go home during the conference.

Week of 9/16-9/20/19

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Wow!  It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been in school for almost 6 full weeks now!  Just 5 busy days until we’re off on our first week long break of the year.  Hopefully, this week will be a little calmer than last week was.  Whew!  Who knew a slight change in our schedule would make for such a strange week?  Well, hopefully, we’ll be back on a normal schedule this week and it will fly!  Thank you to all who have come out to support the Fall Book Fair.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to pop in, you can continue to come in until Thursday of this week.  The book fair will be closing at 12:00 noon on Thursday.  Please feel free to click the link in the post below to order books.  Also, thank you for all you did for sending out the fundraiser donation links!  We greatly appreciate it!  Please let us know your thoughts on how you think it worked.  Just a quick reminder to be sure and have everything turned in no later than this Friday, 9/20/19!  Don’t forget about our “Awesome 80’s” dress up day on Friday!  Pull out those scrunchies, big bows, and neon to wear to school on 9/20/19!

Grammar – Due to a change in the schedule last week, we will still be working on the mentor text Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, where we are focusing on showing possession.  Remember, when we’re showing something that belongs to one (1) person or thing, we write an apostrophe and add an s to the end of the noun.  If we are talking about something that belongs to more than one (1) person, we just need to add an apostrophe to the end of the word.  We will also be reviewing adjectives.  Remember, adjectives are words that describe the noun.  For example, Mrs. Poulos wore a blue shirt to school today.  The word, “blue” describes which shirt Mrs. Poulos wore.

Writing – This week we will be publishing our final draft on our personal narrative, using Microsoft Word and placing into our Fascinating Fourth Graders Class Notebook.  If you haven’t used Office 365, it’s a great way to do work and access your account from any computer.  Your children will have access to pull up their Office 365 account from any computer or device.  We will be spending lots of time learning how to log-in and upload to the notebook.  Please ask your children to share their writing with you.

Reading – We are continuing our unit on determining the Theme (lesson/moral) that the author is trying to convey with the story.  For example, the theme for this week’s mentor sentence text, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, was to be kind, even if someone isn’t kind to you.  Also, some of the students mentioned, “Lend a helping hand,” “Be Yourself,” “Friendship,” “Care for others,” and “Stand up for yourself.”  With theme, there is not always one right or wrong answer.  We are working toward students determining the theme and then supporting their thinking by using examples from the story.  In your students’ nightly reading, please consider asking them some questions related to the theme.  Even if you have not read the book, your child should be able to tell you what they think the theme is and then have them show or explain to you what made them come up with that idea.

Science – this week, we will be discussing the planets in our solar system and the constellations in our night skies.  We have a special treat this week.  We will have the CCSD star lab coming to Pitner.  Our very own Mrs. Homer has been trained on the Star Lab and we will get the unique opportunity to venture in there and find out where all the various constellations are located in the night sky.  This is one of our favorite things during the entire school year!  We will be testing on planets and the moon on Friday, 9/20.  A study guide should have come home in your child’s graded paper folder on Friday, 9/13.

Math – we are continuing with our unit on addition and subtraction.  The students are doing a great job of regrouping the zeros, when there are no other “units” to regroup.   We are still having some difficulty with the subtraction of larger numbers.  Please continue to encourage your students to work on Xtra Math (www.xtramath.org) at home. I know they love Prodigy, but having those addition, subtraction, and multiplication math facts down will help tremendously as well.  Please be sure to check out the “Math How-To” page for videos that might be helpful in helping your child with this daunting task.


Friday, 9/20/19 – 80’s Dress-up Day!  Wear your favorite 80’s outfit
Monday, 9/23-Friday, 9/27 – Fall Break – No school for students or Staff
Monday, 9/30/19 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins
Friday, 10/4/19 – CHOA Cape Day – Bring $1.00 and wear your favorite cape!  See information link in the blog post below.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Well Star Visit at 12:30 p.m. – Temper Tamers
Saturday, 10/5/19 – Pitner’s Fall Festival
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release – 12:30 dismissal – please know how your child is going home.
Monday, 10/14/19 – Friday, 10/18/19 – Early Release due to Conference week – 12:30 dismissal

Week of 9/9-9/13/19

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We are 10 quick days from our first “break” of the school year.  We have had a great start to the school year!  Students are working hard on learning how to round, all about the moon, adjectives, correct capitalization of proper nouns, as well as several other things.  This week is no different!  We have a very busy couple of weeks these next two.  Please be sure to check back each week for any and all updates.  Here’s what we are working on this week.  On Friday of this week, we’re asking that your students support their favorite college team.  Mrs. Homer and I will have on our college attire.  If your student doesn’t have any of their college attire, that’s okay.  This is not mandatory, just something “fun” to look forward to at the end of the week.

On Thursday, 9/12/19, our Scholastic Book Fair “Arctic Adventure” will begin.  It will run from Thursday, 9/12/19 through Thursday 9/19/19 from 7:15 – 2:45 each day.  Please consider coming and purchasing some books from the media center.  If you aren’t able to attend the book fair, but would like to purchase a book or two, please feel free to use the following link:  Pitner’s Scholastic Fall Book Fair 2019

Grammar – This week’s mentor sentence will come from the book Spaghettin in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy.  We are focusing on punctuating possessives correctly.  When we show possession, we use an apostrophe and a s, or if it the word is already plural, we would just add the apostrophe at the end of the word.  For example, “Have you seen the boy’s backpack?”  Here, we add the apostrophe and the s, because are talking about one boy.  However, if we were talking about more than one boy, we would write “Have you seen the boys’ backpacks?”  Here, we would just add the apostrophe at the end of boys, because we are talking about more than one boy.  We will also need to identify the adjective in the sentence.  An adjective is a word that describes a noun.  For example, Mrs. Poulos wore her red Braves shirt on Sunday.  The words red and Braves would be adjectives that are used to describe the shirt that Mrs. Poulos was wearing.  We will have our “invitation to edit” quiz on Friday, where the students will be expected to identify the adjective in the mentor sentence, then choose the word that correctly fills in the blank (these will be the words that show possession).

Writing – we are continuing to work on our personal narrative. This week, we will finish working on adding sensory details by having a “tasting” session.  Then we will begin working with paragraphs and knowing when to start a new paragraph, how to write a good ending to their story, as well as beginning to edit and publish their writing.  We hope you’ll come by within the next week or so to see their published pieces.

Reading – we are continuing to work on determining the theme of the story, or poem.  This can be a rather difficult task, because it’s generally implied and the author doesn’t come out and tell you what the “lesson” is that they are trying to “teach.”  To determine the theme, you have to infer by using your background knowledge and what you’re reading on the page.  There can be several “themes” within stories/books/poems.  For example, one theme in the story, The Three Little Pigs, someone might say, “the theme of this story is to preserve,” or “hard work pays off.”  The first two pigs didn’t work as hard as the third pig, and they hurried through building their houses.  Well, look what happened to them, they got eaten.  However, the third little pig put forth lots and lots of time and effort to build his house of bricks, and he was able to survive the wolf.  The author didn’t come out and say “the theme of the story of the three little pigs is ‘to persevere,'” but we know by “reading between the lines” and using our background knowledge that his hard work paid off.  We will continue working on determining the theme this week and next.

Science – we will be continuing our unit on the moon and beginning to discuss the planets and stars in our solar system.  We will be continuing to integrate some “STEAM” activities within our unit.  We will be including some information about distances and having the students write some word problems using various distances during Math.

Math – This week, we will begin working on adding and subtracting with larger numbers.  We are going to try something new this year with regrouping.  As you now, there can only be one (1) digit per column in place value.  Therefore, when we have a double digit sum, we would need to “regroup” the extra digit to the next place.  Well, Mrs. Homer and I talked about it and we thought it would be helpful to have the students “regroup” any zeroes (0) to the next place, so that when we get to the point where we have to regroup digits, the students will be in the habit of regrouping.  I know this sounds “different” than the way we learned, but not everyone learns in the same way, or in the same amount of time, so we will be continuing our math groups and working to begin “regrouping” the zeroes, to help us remember to regroup larger digits. 

Monday, 9/9/19 – Step it up Kids Fundraiser Kick-off
Thursday, 9/12/19 – First day of the Fall Book Fair.
Thursday, 9/12/19 – Curriculum Night – come learn about our Literacy and STEAM initiatives

Friday, 9/13 – College Day – wear your favorite college attire!
Wednesday, 9/18 – Friday, 9/20 – the Star Lab will be at Pitner – this is an in school field trip, where we get to go climb into an “igloo” and see the various constellations.
Friday, 9/20 – 80’s Dress-up Day – Wear your best 1980’s outfit!  Bring on the NEON!
Monday, 9/23-Friday, 9/27 – Fall Break – No school for students/teachers
Tuesday, 10/1/19 – Fire Safety Visit from Cobb County Safety Village
Friday, 10/4/19Cape Day for CHOA
Tuesday, 10/8/19 – Field Trip to Cobb County Safety Village
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release – Dismissal begins at 12:30 p.m.