Mrs. Wiggins' Blog

November 12, 2017

week of 11/13-11/17

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Mrs. Wiggins’ Weekly Newsletter

**It was a pleasure meeting with everyone at Parent-Teacher Conferences!  There are a lot of great things happening in here, and I was excited to share them with you, along with your son/daughter’s progress in 4th grade.  THANK YOU for all that you do to help your child have a successful year in 4th grade, it is greatly appreciated!

Special Reminders For This Week

*Monday – Chapter 5 math test corrections are due

*Tuesday – Picture re-take is today.  Please return your original packet of pictures with all of its contents

*Friday – Spelling test lesson #10 and packet due.  Please study a little bit each night, or go www.spellingcity.com

Looking Ahead   

*November 22- November 27 – Thanksgiving Break

*December 5 – CM Holiday Concert (7:00 PM) For 3rd Grade, Band, and Chorus

*December 22 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 23 – January 1 – Holiday Break

*January 2 – School Resumes

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA):

This week, we’ll continue to dig deeper into identifying an author’s purpose and perspective in our anthology reading.  We’ll continue to tie this into our Close Reading, or “Think Notes”.  This really helps students to interact with the text as they are reading, analyzing and answering questions.  This strategy will be especially helpful this wekk as we read our anthology story titled: “Weaving: A California Tradition”.  In grammar this week we will wrap up our simple, compound, complex, and run-on sentences unit and begin to talk about nouns.

Math:

We will be heading to long division next (chapter 6).  Please, please, please encourage your child to keep working on those math facts, as this will help them to recall their facts faster while working through the long division process.

Science:

We will have a short quiz on the scientific process this Friday.  Your child should review the steps of the scientific process and what each step entails.

Social Studies:

We’ll be heading to the Five Themes of Geography this week.

 

November 10, 2017

Veterans Day

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Wear red, white, and blue today in honor of our Veterans.  Have a great day!

November 8, 2017

School Climate Survey Request

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Research suggests that a positive school climate can support student success.  What is school climate? It is the quality and character of our school as experienced by you, a parent/caregiver and member of our community. So, Central Manor needs your help!
This Wednesday, November 8th, we will have refreshments in the office for you to enjoy while you are here for your parent/teacher conference.  While you’re enjoying your snacks, we are hoping you’ll take time to complete a brief 5 minute survey.  The survey format is completely anonymous.  The questions will be about your personal experiences as a Central Manor parent.  Please take time to stop by the office before or after your child’s conference.
If you’d prefer to take this brief survey at home, the link is below.
The invitation code you will use is: CLU03I     **(the last character is a capital i)**
Anyone who takes the survey, will be entered into a drawing.  Central Manor will be giving away 10 gift cards to Turkey Hill simply for participating.  If you complete the survey at home, please simply send in a brief note stating, “I completed the survey at home,” add your child’s name on the note, and have your child hand it in to the office.
The survey will be open until November 17, 2017.  Thank you so much.  We appreciate your help.

November 5, 2017

week of 11/6/11/10

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Mrs. Wiggins’ Weekly Newsletter

**I’m looking forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences!  There are a lot of great things happening in here, and I can’t wait to share them with you!  If you forget your time, please email or call me.

**4th Grade is collecting canned sweet potatoes for the Thanksgiving food drive.

Special Reminders For This Week

*Wednesday – Our class goes to the book fair at 9:05

*Wednesday and Thursday – Parent/Teacher conferences

*Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Thursday – Chapter 4 math test

*Friday – Spelling test lesson #9 and packet due.  Please study a little bit each night, or go www.spellingcity.com

Looking Ahead   

*November 22- November 27 – Thanksgiving Break

*December 5 – CM Holiday Concert (7:00 PM) For 3rd Grade, Band, and Chorus

*December 22 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 23 – January 1 – Holiday Break

*January 2 – School Resumes

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA):

This week, we’ll dig deeper into identifying an author’s purpose and perspective in our anthology reading.  We’ll also tie this into Close Reading.  The students are doing a fantastic job with using Think Notes (Close Reading strategy) in their reading.  This really helps students to interact with the text as they are reading, analyzing and answering questions.  To see an example of our Think Notes, take a look at the passages “Candy Corn: A Unique Treat” and “An Upset” in this week’s Monday Folder.

Math:

The Chapter 5 math test is scheduled for Thursday.  We will be heading to long division next.  Please, please, please encourage your child to keep working on those math facts, as this will help them to recall their facts faster while working through the long division process.

Science:

Have too many sweet treats in your house?  Looking to down size your stash?  Well you’ve come to the right place.  We will glady accept any leftover candy (that might normally make the trash or be a source of temptation…) by this Tuesday as we put our candy through the final test of the scientific process!

Social Studies:

We’ll be heading to the Five Themes of Geography after our unit on the scientific process.

 

November 1, 2017

4th grade reward tomorrow! (Thursday)

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*Fourth grade will be having a board game reward for tomorrow afternoon.  Please…NO ELECTRONICS, board games only.  So, bring your favorite game to school tomorrow so you can share, and play with your friends in 4th grade.

*This is a reward time for all students in 4th grade who have not missed 3 or more homework assignments for the month of October.  Have a great night!

October 29, 2017

week of 10/30-11/3

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Mrs. Wiggins’ Weekly Newsletter

 

Special Reminders For This Week

*Tuesday – October Reading Logs due (240 minutes) and end of the first marking period

*Tuesday – Chapter 4 math test corrections due

*Thursday – Spelling test #8 and packet due

*Friday – K-12 In Service Day (No School for students)

Looking Ahead   

*November 8, 9 – Parent-Teacher Conferences

*November 8, 9, 10 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*November 22- November 27 – Thanksgiving Break

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA):

We will be wrapping up our two column note taking skills this week.  We will also talk about how this tool will help us to organize our thoughts and prepare us to write a TDA (Text Dependent Analysis writing prompt).  We will wrap up our week by reading a fun story titled, “Cyber Pigs”, while talking more about Author’s Purpose.   This week in grammar we will be looking more deeply into how to use, write, and identify complex sentences.

Math:

Chapter 4 math test corrections are due on Tuesday.  The math tests are truly a test in reading comprehension and higher level math skills.  Corrections are highly recommended and really important in helping your child to master concepts.  Keep working on those math facts, as we are headed to higher multiplication and long division soon.

Science:

We will be using some sweet treats to begin the scientific process this week!

Social Studies:

We’ll be heading to the Five Themes of Geography after our unit on the scientific process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 22, 2017

week of 10/23-10/27

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Mrs. Wiggins’ Weekly Newsletter

 

**Important Note!!  If you are planning to drop off your child’s PA Native American project on Monday morning, please drop it off in the CM office.  Thank you in advance for avoiding the morning car rider line.  You’re welcome to visit our 4th grade exhibit on Tuesday from 2:40-3:15.  Projects will be ready to go home after the exhibit on Tuesday.  If you plan to visit, and a particular departure time is necessary, we highly recommend that you plan to come at the beginning of the exhibit as you may encounter delays in the parking lot due to a high volume of car riders.

**Red Ribbon Week begins Monday!  Spirit days for each day are listed below.

10/23 – Monday: Team Up Against Drugs. Wear your favorite sports team apparel.

10/24 – Tuesday: Orange you glad you don’t do drugs (wear orange).

10/25 – Wednesday: Support Red Ribbon week (wear red)

10/26  – Thursday: Sock it to Drugs (crazy socks)

10/27 – Friday: Be a “Jean-ious” – Don’t Do Drugs (wear jeans)

Special Reminders For This Week

*Monday – PA Native American projects due

*Tuesday – PA Native American exhibit 2:40-3:15

*Wednesday – William Penn Test

*Friday – Chapter 4 math test

*Friday – Spelling test #7 and packet due

*Friday – Central Manor Miles (4th grade will walk/run from 2:15-3:15)  This is a rain or shine event.

*Coin drive for Washington Boro Fire Co.  runs Tuesday, Oct.24th  -Friday, 27th.  Grades K-3 vs 4-6

 

Looking Ahead   

*October 31 – Reading log due (240 minutes for the month of October)

*October 31 – End of the first marking period

*November 3 – K-12 In Service Day (No School for students)

*November 8, 9 – Parent-Teacher Conferences

*November 8, 9, 10 – Early Dismissal

*November 22- November 27 – Thanksgiving Break

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA):

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to on the prairie in the 1800s?  This week, we’ll be using a non-fiction piece called, “Surviving the Prairie” to writing about how hard it really was to survive on the prairie during these times.  We’ll also be introducing two-column notes to help us organize our thoughts when writing.   In grammar we will be looking more deeply into how to use, write, and identify simple and compound sentences.

Math:

We are working hard to continue to go from using Base 10 Blocks, to representational drawings to abstract multiplication.  The students have been practicing the Distributive Property, area models, partial products and more to multiply! Please continue to encourage your child to practice their math facts on Xtramath.

Science:

We will begin a unit on the Scientific Process at the end of October.

Social Studies:

The students are really enjoying the story of William Penn and how he came to the land that we now know as Pennsylvania.  Our William Penn Test is scheduled for this Wednesday.

October 14, 2017

week of 10/16-10/20

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Mrs. Wiggins’ Weekly Newsletter

**We will be scheduling conferences on Tuesday.   We will do our best to accommodate your requested conference time.  I am looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!

**Millersville University has a Study Buddy Program.  Here’s the web address for more information!

http://mustudybuddies.wixsite.com/studybuddies

Special Reminders For This Week

*Monday – PTO meeting (6:30 in the library)

*Wednesday – Super Hero Math Assembly at 10:15

*Thursday – Spelling test lesson #6 and packet due

*Friday – Teacher inservice NO SCHOOL for students

*Monday through Friday – Bus Driver Appreciation Week

 

Looking Ahead   

*October 23 – PA Native American Projects Due (Exhibit is October 24th at 2:40)

*October 26 – Shine Time

*October 27 – Central Manor Miles (rain or shine)

*October 31 – End of the first marking period

*November 3 – K-12 In Service Day (No School for students)

*November 8, 9 – Parent-Teacher Conferences

*November 8, 9, 10 – Early Dismissal

*November 22- November 27 – Thanksgiving Break

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA):

This week, we’ll take a closer look at conflict/resolution in our reading as we read an historical fiction story, “On the Banks of Plum Creek.”    In grammar we will be wrapping up our lessons on fragments, sentences, and run-on sentences and moving on to simple vs. compound sentences.

Math:

Chapter 4 is moving along.  We’ve spent time using Base 10 blocks and showing different representational ways to multiply numbers.  We will continue to build upon these skills this week as we move to the the abstract method of multiplying numbers.  Please continue to encourage your child to practice their math facts on Xtramath.

Science:

We will be taking a break from science to move on to William Penn.

Social Studies:

The students are really enjoying the story of Pennsylvania’s history of William Penn and the many explorers that were sent to Pennsylvania long ago. Also, could you imagine being forced to follow or believe something that you didn’t believe in?  The students are quickly gaining a small insight to the life of William Penn and how he overcame many obstacles by standing up for what he believed in.

October 9, 2017

correction

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Our PA Native American test is October 10, not November 10th.  Thank you for catching my error!

week of 10/9-10/13

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Mrs. Wiggins’ Weekly Newsletter

 

**PA Native American project papers were handed out last Thursday.  See below (under the Social Studies heading) for more information.

**Millersville University has a Study Buddy Program.  Here’s the web address for more information!

http://mustudybuddies.wixsite.com/studybuddies

**No Spelling this week!  Students will be given their Lesson 6 list on Friday, October 13!  The lesson 6 test will be taking on Thursday, October 19th.

Special Reminders For This Week

*Monday – Columbus Day (No School)

*Tuesday – PA Native American Test

*Tuesday – We begin multiplication in math!  Please encourage your child to practice his/her math facts.  Thank you for your support!

*Wednesday – Chapter 3 Math Test Corrections Due

 

Looking Ahead   

*October 16 – PTO Meeting (6:30 PM in the CM library)

*October 16 – 20 – Bus Driver Appreciation Week

*October 18 – Super – Hero Math Assembly at 10:15

*October 20 – Teacher In-Service (No School for students)

*October 23 – PA Native American Projects Due (Exhibit is October 24th at 2:40)

*October 26 – Shine Time

*October 27 – Central Manor Miles (rain or shine)

*October 31 – End of the first marking period

*November 3 – K-12 In Service Day (No School for students)

*November 8, 9 – Parent-Teacher Conferences

*November 8, 9, 10 – Early Dismissal

*November 22- November 27 – Thanksgiving Break

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA):

This week we will be reading a fun, but short story titled, “Raul’s After School Snack”.  This is a great story in our anthology series that fosters a ton of discussions and connections that students are able to make with Raul.   In grammar we will be learning more about fragments vs. sentences, and sentences vs. a run-on sentence.

Math:

We will begin Chapter 4 on Tuesday!  Some students will begin with a new math teacher on Tuesday.  Please be sure to see the half sheet that was sent home Friday informing you of who your child has for math.  This paper also informs you of how these math groups were chosen.  4th grade is grouping a bit differently than the way that your child was grouped in 3rd grade.

Science:

We will be taking a break from science to move on to William Penn.

Social Studies:

Pennsylvania Native American projects are due Monday, October 23rd.  This project is to be completed at home.  We will write the mini report in school.  Our exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th at 2:40.  Projects will be graded based on effort, authenticity and appearance.  Our Native American test is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th.

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