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News for the Week of 11/5/18


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  • Nov. 6th…NO SCHOOL— Teacher Work Day— Election Day!
  • Nov. 9th…PTSA Movie Night @ 6pm Featuring: INCREDIBLES 2!! Free for PTSA members or $3 at the door.

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Reading: We’ll be reading informational text in guided reading groups and learning to write complete summaries.

ELA and Writing: Students will learn to use a comma before a conjunction in a complete sentence. We will also continue writing opinion pieces. Students will state their opinion on topics/texts and support their point of view with reasons.

Math: Multiplying a whole number up to 4 digits by a one digit number using strategies based on place value. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using rectangular arrays and areas models to solve multiplication.

Science: Ecosystems- We are learning about the differences between producers and consumers. Identify and describe the differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Communicate the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.

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News for the Week of 10/22/18


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I’d like to take this time to thank you all for meeting with me last week to discuss your child’s academic progress. I enjoyed our discussions and I look forward to continuing our working relationship.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Reading: RI2- Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details. We’ll also learn how to summarize nonfictional text during our guided reading groups. We will focus on these reading standards for the next 3 weeks.

Writing: W2- Opinion Essays

Math: OA4 and NBT5 – Students will use multiples and number patterns to multiply. They will determine the difference between prime/composite numbers and factors vs. multiples.

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Your child will be working on their multiplication and division facts using the following website:   Parent letters with directions can be found in your child’s Monday Folder. Also, I have pasted their personal Pin# on the front page of their agenda. Please make sure that your child is practicing their multiplication and division facts daily. I will be checking student usage each week. In addition to using this website, we will also be taking weekly multiplication quizzes. Students will chart their progress on our class Fact Master Chart.

Social Studies: We are wrapping up our unit on the American Revolution. After that, we will begin our unit on the New Nation.

Science: Ecosystems, food webs, and food chain

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October 22-26 is Red Ribbon Week (flyers were sent home)

Monday– Wear RED

Tuesday– Canned Good Drive (canned veggies, soup, dried beans, rice, pasta, canned tuna, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, & instant potatoes)

Wednesday- wear favorite team shirt

Thursday– wear your favorite or crazy hat

Friday– wear Pitner gear; assembly


FILED TRIPS: There are a few students that still need to turn in their signed permission form and fees for next week’s trips; please do so ASAP.




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Week of October 1st


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Welcome back to all! I hope that everyone enjoyed their break. October is going to be a busy month filled with activities, field trips, and parent/teacher conference week.

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CONFERENCES: Conference Week is October 15th-19th – All students will come home with their conference letters on Wednesday. Please sign and return by next week Monday, Oct. 8th. If the assigned time does not work for you, I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.

Note: Report Cards are given during this time.

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  • CEREAL BOX BOOK REPORTS: This project is due next week Monday, Oct. 8th. Late projects will be deducted 10 points each day that it is late. Your child will earn two grades for this project; please scroll down to read the details posted in early September.
  • FALL FESTIVAL & Chili Cook Off: Oct. 6th 11:00am – 3:00pm…Please visit the Pitner website for further details.
  • EARLY RELEASE: Thursday, October 11th
  • Field Trip forms/Money due October 12th


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News the Week of 9/17/18


Science: The Solar System study guide is in your child’s hw folder (on pink paper). The test will be on Thursday. Help your child to study a little each night; waiting until Wednesday night would not be a good idea. I’ve attached the link in case your child has misplaced their guide.

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Field trip: Upcoming trip information can be found in your child’s Monday folder today. The deadline to return the signed form (front/back) along with the $18 will be on Oct. 12.

Absences: If your child is absent, you have 3 days to submit an excuse note. After the 3 days, it becomes an unexcused absence.

ParentVue: Please be sure to obtain your username and password from the front office. ParentVue allows you to view your child’s grades and current averages in all subject areas. You should be accessing this information weekly. Being aware of your child’s current averages will help you to avoid surprises when progress reports/report cards are given.

Remind Text Alerts: Please, Please, Please sign up to receive my text messages. Many parents haven’t signed up and I would love 100% participation. Many of your questions can be answered if you are taking advantage of the text messages and reading our class blog. Click on the link on the orange sticky note to the right of this page and join. It is super easy and free!

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Up Coming Field Trips and Other News


Happy Friday to all! The boys and girls are very excited about working on their 1st quarter book project (Cereal Box Project). Information, guidelines, and rubrics for this project were sent home on Sept. 5th. Please make sure that your child does not wait until the last minute to begin their project. They must read the entire chapter book that was chosen. It is Due on October 8th.

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Fall Break Sept. 24th-28th

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  • Sept. 17th- Trip information will be sent home in Monday folders
  • Oct. 29th- Cobb Youth Museum $15.00
  • Nov. 1st-  Willy Wonka performance @ South Cobb HS $3.00
  • Oct. 12th- DEADLINE for permission slip (signed front/back) and the total $18.00 fee
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Cobb Youth Museum reenactment of the American Revolution


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CEREAL BOX BOOK REPORT is due on Monday, Oct. 8th


Students will be responsible for reading a chapter book on their level in order to complete the Cereal Box Book Report. I will send home the directions and rubrics for the Cereal Box and for the Oral Presentation this week. Your child will earn two summative grades for this project (oral report – ELA & completed cereal box – reading). This project isn’t optional. It is due on Monday, Oct. 8th. Late projects will be deducted 10pts. for each day it is late.

***Please note:

  1. Do not choose books that have been made into a movie.
  2. Do not choose graphic novels (comic book type novels).
  3. Do not choose books that I have read aloud to the class.

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What We’re Learning…


Math: Add/Subtract fluently multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

Reading: Students will envision, predict and make inferences about characters in books they’ve read. They will also use specific details to describe a setting, character, or event in a story. I’ll be using the book entitled: The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo during our mini lessons to engage, model, and activate student thinking.

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Writing: Students will continue to write narratives detailing real or imagined experiences.

Science: Students will be learning the following for the next 3 weeks:

  • planets in our solar system
  • describe how the Earth and its moon interact
  • Moon Phases

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Social Studies: Causes of the American Revolution

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9/5/18  Progress Reports went home today; please sign/return.

9/7/18   Grandparents Day Ice-Cream Social 1-1:30 pm (only RSVP’s may enter)

9/24-9/28  FALL BREAK


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News for the Week of 8/27/18


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  • 8/29/18    EARLY RELEASE
  • 9/7/18       4th grade T-Shirt order form & $6 fee are due
  • 9/7/18       Grandparents Day Ice-Cream Social @ 1:00pm; cash only $1 per ice-cream (don’t forget to send in your slip to RSVP)
  • 10/2/18     Reflections: Heroes Around Me info. and entry forms are due to the Media Center

Homework Reminder:

Please remember to complete homework daily. Several students are not completing it. We go over the hw the next day and discuss any challenges they may have experienced the night before. Also, please keep reading logs in the hw folder. I do a log check every Friday.


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News for the Week of 8/20/18


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Wednesday, August 22nd is Picture Day! This picture will be used for our yearbook!

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Every Monday through Thursday, your child will have the following for homework:

  1. Read for 20 minutes and complete the reading log (logs will be checked on Fridays).
  2. Study your spelling words daily. Please click on the Spelling Word List tab to the right for the lists & test dates. Our first spelling test is this Friday.
  3. Math practice sheet on Mon., Tues., and Wednesday….please complete and return in homework folder. We will go over the homework the following day.

If your child did not pass the compass rose quiz, please have them to study for their make up quiz on Thursday. They must know the cardinal (North, South, East, West) and intermediate directions (NE, SE, NW, SW).

***Your child will have graded work in their Monday folder every week (please empty/return folder the following day).

ParentVue: If you haven’t picked up your ParentVue username and password from the front office, please do so sometime soon. They will only give this information to the parent/guardian that registered the child. It is very important that everyone has this information. It will allow you to view your child’s grades and current averages 24/7. Having access to ParentVue will help you to avoid any surprises when your child’s progress report / report card is distributed. 


What we’re learning:

Math: Uses a number line to round and estimate numbers

Reading: Uses text evidence (specific details) from the story to describe a character and the setting in depth

Writing: Writes narratives detailing real or imagined experiences

Social Studies: Read and use maps to understand the world; identify and locate important physical land features in the US

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What We’re Learning…


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Reading: Describe and identify the character, setting, and events in a text with evidence

Writing: Writes narratives detailing real or imagined experiences

Math: Identify a digit and how it is used in place value; represent the value of numbers in multiple forms such as: standard form, expanded form, word form, and base ten form.

Social Studies: Locate important physical man-made features in the U.S.

Homework News: Your child will have homework written in their agenda starting today. Please read through their assignments and sign for each day. They are to read for 20 minutes and study spelling words each day. I have stapled their pretest to their agenda. Please use it to help them practice the correct spelling of each word. You can click on the Spelling Tab on the right side of this webpage to view spelling lists and test dates. They will have math homework Monday through Wednesday; it is due on Friday. We will go over the math homework every Friday.

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