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News for the Week of 4/15/19


We had an awesome time last week at Sparkles! I hope you enjoyed the pictures that I sent you.

This week we will be learning about the following:

READING: We will wrap up our unit on drama, poetry, and prose. Students have been learning about the elements of each of these. They are able to explain major differences between them.

  • Elements of Drama- plot, characters, setting, stage directions, description, dialogue, and theme
  • Elements of Poetry- rhyme, meter, mood, line, stanza, repetition, theme
  • Elements of Prose- characters, setting, dialogue, plot, POV (point if view), mood, theme

Students will have an assessment on knowing elements of each on Wednesday. For the remainder of the week and next week, we will learn how to interpret visually presented information through graphs, charts, data tables, and timelines. Students will be able to identify how this information enhances the text in which it appears.

WRITING: Students are still learning how to analyze a writing prompt and determine the genre (narrative, informational, or persuasive). They are also working on creative writing, and answering constructed responses using the RACE strategy.

GRAMMAR: Consulting reference materials to look up information and clarify pronunciations and meanings of key words and phrases; using a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, almanac, and encyclopedia. 

MATH: We have begun our geometry unit. Students will be learning the following for the next two weeks: points, lines (ray, line segment, parallel lines, intersecting lines, perpendicular lines), angles (right, acute, obtuse), symmetry, and classify 2D figures.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the Civil War.




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News for the Week of 4/8/19


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  • April 8th – Color Run Kick-Off (see information packet in your child’s folder)
  • April 11th – Spirit Night @ Big Pie in the Sky and ZOYO Yogurt
  • April 12th – SPARKLES Field Trip (wear socks)
  • April 25th – STEAM Night 6-8pm
  • May 6th-10th – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 10th – Color Run

TEST DATES FOR the EOG (Milestone)

  • Monday, April 29th – ELA Section 1
  • Tuesday, April 30th – ELA Section 2
  • Wednesday, May 1st – ELA Section 3
  • Monday, May 6th – MATH Section 1
  • Tuesday, May 7th – MATH Section 2
  • Standardized Testing Info.- We have added a Milestone page on the Pitner website for parents and students.  Click on the link below to view details:

A Note from Administration about Lunch Visitors:

Due to our testing schedule, the following days are reserved for eating lunch with your child on Fridays only:

  • April 12th, 19th, and 26th
  • May 3rd and 10th
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New Schedule after Spring Break…


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Due to the End of Grade Assessment, we’ll have a new daily schedule for the rest of the school year.

  • 8:00-9:30 Math
  • 9:30-10:30 Reading
  • 10:30-11:30 Writing/Grammar
  • 11:30-11:50 RECESS
  • 11:55-12:25 LUNCH
  • 12:30-1:15 Specials
  • 1:20-2:10 Science / Social Studies
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News for the week of 3/25/19


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Please sign and return the report card envelope that went home on Friday.

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MATH: We will continue to review multiplying fractions by a whole number. We will also learn the following: how decimals & fractions are related and how to compare decimals.

READING: We will wrap up our unit on compare/contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (good/evil) and pattern of events in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

GRAMMAR / WRITING: This week we’ll conclude our lesson of figurative language. Students have learned about similes, metaphors, idioms, alliteration, personification, hyperboles, etc. Test on Thursday. In writing, we are learning how to analyze a writing prompt- (What is the prompt asking you to do?) We will complete several activities as a class and with a partner in order to practice this writing skill.

SCIENCE: This week, we will conclude our weather unit. Students will create a weather map with symbols and a weather report for their assessment of this unit. This will be done in class.

Here are the NOTES for THURSDAY’S Science QUIZ (PLEASE STUDY!!!!!!):

  1. LOW PRESSURE means rain or storms.
  2. HIGH PRESSURE means fair weather.
  3. Temperature measures in degrees C or degrees F.
  4. Rain & snow are measured in inches.
  5. Wind speed is measured in mph (miles per hour).
  6. Wind is moving air.
  7. Wind direction is measured in north, south, east, and west. 
  8. Data – pieces of information, including words and numbers.
  9. Weather Data- helps study, compare, and understand weather conditions.
  10. Draw the symbols for a warm front, cold front, and stationary front.

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  • Field trip to Sparkles is on April 12th.
  • Sign/return permission slip and send in $14 fee by Friday (this pays for admission & bus).
  • Students must wear SOCKS!!
  • Yes, they may bring their own skates.
  • DO NOT bring money or cell phones!
  • Students will have a STEM lesson on Light & Sound (4th grade standard), skate, eat lunch, and have fun in the playground area. Each 4th grade class will rotate through these areas after the whole group STEM lesson.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Martin for volunteering so quickly to chaperone our class!!!

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NO SCHOOL April 1st – 5th!!!!



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Week of 3/18/19


Today marks the 1st day of the 4th quarter. We have so much more learning to do in order to get ready for 5th grade!

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REPORT CARDS will go home on Friday. Please sign/return the envelope by Monday. Remember to view grades weekly on ParentVue in order to avoid surprises. Remember: You should always be aware of your child’s current averages.


4th Quarter: What We’re Learning…

*Writing: We have been writing short and extended constructed responses to text using the RACE strategy. Students are expected to read a passage or two and answer 1-2 questions in an essay format. They must use the RACE strategy in order to cite evidence in order to support their answers.

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READING: RL.4.9 Students will compare/contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (good/evil) and pattern of events in stories, myths, & traditional literature from different cultures.

GRAMMAR: Students will learn about figurative language (similes, metaphors, hyperbole, idioms, alliteration) and the difference between literal and figurative language.

Math: NF4.a,b Multiplying fractions by a whole number…all students should practice X and division facts using In addition to that, all students should be logging onto to practice the current fraction standards for extra practice. These websites can be used on the days that your child doesn’t have written math homework. These free websites are very beneficial and should be used as much as possible to sharpen math skills. (Your child’s username and password for these sites are glued in their agenda.)

SCIENCE: We have started our weather unit. Students have been learning about weather instruments, weather symbols, clouds, and they’ll learn how to read a weather map.


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News for the Week of 3/4/19


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Important Dates:

  • 3/4-3/8 Scholastic Book Fair
  • 3/5  Fire Safety Officers will visit our class for a lesson
  • 3/7  Bedtime, Books, & Brownies 6-8pm
  • 3/12 Field Trip to the Fire Safety Village
  • 3/15 End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/22 State Fair
  • 3/22 Report Cards

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Standardized Testing Info.- We have added a Milestone page on the Pitner website for parents and students.  Click on the link below to view details:

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News for the Week of 2/25/19


Welcome back! I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Winter Break!

READING: This week we will resume with our regular reading Image result for dear levilogs. All students are expected to read nightly for 2o minutes and fill in their reading log. I will do a log check every Friday; this is a part of their homework.

We will wrap up our whole group reading novel entitled: Dear Levi (social studies integration with our Westward Expansion unit). As we read the novel, we will focus on determining the point of view (1st person/3rd person) and determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in text (context clues). We will also work on these skills during our grammar lessons.

MATH: We are still learning to add and subtract fractions. Today we have also learned about improper fractions and how to turn it into a mixed number. Homework is always practice of the skills taught…we always review the homework to check for understanding.

WRITING: Students will continue to practice informational / explanatory writing.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will conclude our Westward Expansion unit by the end of the week. Students will complete a Westward Expansion Collage for their final grade. This will be done in class. The guidelines for this project was explained and each child will have a copy. Two days will be given to complete this in-class project/assessment.


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A Few Updates Before Winter Break…


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The following field trip is free; please be sure to sign/return your child’s permission slip to attend. Please sign the front/back of form.

3/12/19      Fire Safety Village

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Registration forms were sent home on 2/13/19. Please correct and/or update the form with Image result for school registration forms clipartyour signature and return to school by Friday, 3/8/19. Note: If your child isn’t returning, you may write that across the top and return the form. Do not seal the envelope, we’ll use it to mail your child’s 4th quarter report card. If you’d like for your report card to be mailed over the summer, please attach 3 stamps to the envelope. Envelopes without stamps may be picked up in the front office during the summer.

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Important dates in February


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Mark your calendars…

  • 2/8   Sweetheart Dance 7-9pm
  • 2/14 Valentine Exchange in our classroom; 24 students (11 girls / 13 boys)
  • 2/15  Class & Individual Picture Day
  • 2/18- 2/22 Winter Break – No School

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Note: Please have your child to decorate a box of any kind (shoebox, tissue box, cereal box, etc.) and bring it to school before the 14th. They will keep all the Valentines that they receive in their box.


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News for the Week of 1/28/19

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We are learning about the following:
MATH: NF.1 Students will be able to explain how different fractions name the same amount (equivalent fractions). They will also be able to explain why fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (nxa) / (nxb) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size.
READING: RI.5 Students will be able to identify and describe the overall text structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text (chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution)

Writing/Grammar: W2 Informative/Explanatory writing;  ELACC4L1a. Student will be able to identify and use relative adverbs and relative pronouns.

  • Relative Adverbswhen, where, why, how, whatever, wherever
  • Relative Pronouns: that, which, whom, who, whoever, whomever, whichever

SOCIAL STUDIES: SS4H3 Explain the westward expansion in America. Describe the causes and events of the War of 1812; include the burning of the Capitol and the White House and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

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  • 1/28 – 2/1    The Great Kindness Challenge


Monday CRAZY ABOUT KINDNESS – Crazy sock/hair day

Tuesday SHINE BRIGHT FOR KINDNESS – Bright clothing

Wednesday TEAM KINDNESS – Sports attire

Thursday KINDNESS ROCKS – Rock star attire


Community Service Project

Toiletry Items to bring:

Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Mouthwash

Body Wash, Soap, Face Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner (for all ethnicities)

Deodorant, Body Spray, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Tissues, Napkins

Liquid Dish Soap, Disinfecting Wipes and/or Spray, Hand Sanitizer

(Items donated to SAFE PATH & CCYA)


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  • February 8th- Student & Parent Sweetheart Dance 7:00-9:00pm

Dress in your most festive attire & join us for a night of FAMILY FUN!
 DJ
 Professional Photo Booth
 Dessert Bar
Prepaid Ticket Price: $5.00 per person ($25 per family maximum)
At the Door Ticket Price: $7.00 per person ($30 per family maximum)
*Each ticket includes one trip through the dessert line
*This is a family event for current Pitner students and their parents.
Please no former students who are in middle or high school.
*Students must be accompanied & supervised by parents for entire event. Flyers went home last week. To purchase advance tickets for this event, please complete/return the bottom portion of the flyer.



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