week of 10/14-10/18

I have asked all students to please have their own ear buds or headphones to use in class when we use our computers. The Dollar Store is a great place to pick them up. Thank you for your support!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – No School for Columbus Day

*Tuesday – Your child’s ELA Unit 1 Assessment will come home in your child’s Monday folder today. Please sign the folder AND the Unit Assessment and return both no later than Thursday. Thank you!

*Friday – The Blue Rock Fire Company will be visiting Central Manor today!

Looking Ahead…

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

*October 25 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*November 1 – October Reading Log Due (240 minutes)

What are we learning this week?

Math with Mr. Jones:   Students began Chapter 4 which is multiplying larger numbers.

ELA with Mrs. Wiggins: The students did an amazing job on their Unit 1 Assessment, and I am extremely proud of them! Please look over, sign, and then kindly return your child’s assessment that will be found in their Monday folder. We will begin our next unit on Tuesday with the focus on Main Idea and supporting details. In grammar we will be practicing writing and identifying compound and simple sentences (or independent clauses).

Word Study with Mr. Jones:   Please check your child’s planner for a menu item due date, and an upcoming word study test.

Science: We will be taking a break for now to focus on social studies.

Social Studies: The students are excited to begin learning about the Pennsylvania Native Americans! Please be on the look out for a Native American project slip that will be coming home in the near future.

 

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week of 10/7-10/11

Thank you to everyone for supporting our Race for Education this past Friday! Whether you donated your time or your money, we GREATLY appreciate it. The students had a blast, and it was a HUGE success thanks to you!!!

White conference papers were sent home this past Friday. Please fill out the form and return it on Monday or as soon as possible, thank you!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Please return white conference papers. Monday folders will come home, and today is the last day for Box Tops!

*Monday – Chapter 3 math test for Mr. Jones

*Wednesday – Unit #1 Test in ELA

*Friday – District Pink Out day

Looking Ahead…

*October 14 – No School (Columbus Day)

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

*October 25 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*November 1 – October Reading Log Due (240 minutes)

What are we learning this week?

Math with Mr. Jones:   Students will be taking their Chapter 3 math test on Monday.

ELA with Mrs. Wiggins: This week we will be wrapping up our unit on the 5 story elements and taking our Unit #1 Assessment on Wednesday. Our next unit will focus on Main Idea and supporting details. In grammar we will be begin to introduce compound and simple sentences (or independent clauses).

Word Study with Mr. Jones:   Please check your child’s homework folder for new word study words this week.

Science: This week in science we will discuss digestion and respiration, and begin to wrap up our biology unit.

Social Studies: Our first unit will be on Native Americans!

 

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week of 9/30-10/4

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Monday folders will come home today.

*Tuesday – Menu Item for Word Study due for Mr. Jones

*Tuesday – September Reading logs are due today. Your child should have a total of 240 minutes read for the month of September and a parent signature for their log. Thank you for your support at home for this very important skill! A new reading log for October will also come home today.

*Friday – Race for Education – 4th grade will walk/run from 1:00-2:00

Looking Ahead…

*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!

*October 11 – District wide Pink Out Day

*October 14 – No School (Columbus Day)

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

What are we learning this week?

Math with Mr. Jones:   Students began Chapter 3 in math on multiplication and division. Please continue to check your child’s planner for daily homework and updates.

ELA with Mrs. Wiggins: This coming week in ELA, we will be practicing more with theme and characterization. Your children are also doing a fabulous job with practicing how to restate a TDA question and begin to learn how to answer a prompt. In grammar we will be practicing the complete/simple subject and predicate of sentences, and begin to introduce compound and simple sentences (or an independent clause).

Word Study with Mr. Jones:   On Tuesday, the students will have their second menu item due for word study. Please continue to check your child’s planner for menu item due dates and their word study test date.

Science: This week in science we will begin to talk about fossils, and animal/plant adaptations.

Social Studies: Our first unit will be on Native Americans!

 

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week of 9/23-9/27

*A lot of important papers came home on Friday. Please check your child’s homework folder for more information on Race for Education, and an envelope containing PSSA scores and information from 3rd grade.

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Monday folders will come home today. Also one menu item for word study is due, and their chapter 2 math test is today.

*Tuesday – Picture Day!

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

*October 1 – September Reading Log due (240 minutes) Also, keep working towards your 40 book challenge!

*October 4 – Race For Education (4th grade walks/runs from 1:00-2:00)

*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!

*October 11 – District wide Pink Out Day

*October 14 – No School (Columbus Day)

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

What are we learning this week?

Math with Mr. Jones:   Students will be taking their chapter 2 math test on Monday. A study guide was sent home on Friday.

ELA with Mrs. Wiggins: This past week in ELA, we spent a great deal of time discussing how to read and begin to answer a TDA prompt. We also talked about what every great paragraph should have. This week we will be writing our own paragraphs, and we will also dig deeper into our last of the 5 story elements…Theme. In grammar we will be practicing the complete subject and predicate of sentences, and also introduce the simple subject and predicate.

Word Study with Mr. Jones:  The students were introduced to word study, and received their words last week. On Monday, their first menu item is due. Their first test is scheduled for next week. Please continue to check your child’s planner for menu item due dates and their word study test date.

Science: We spent the last week discussing ecosystems. We talked about terms such as biotic, abiotic, lentic, and lotic. This week we will be discussing plant functions and how they work.

Social Studies: Our first unit will be on Native Americans!

 

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week of 9/16-9/20

* Here’s a great opportunity to get out there and do something fun with your family AND increase our chance of receiving a School Garden Grant from The Edible Classroom! Click the link for more information! https://centralmanor.pennmanor.net/edible-classroom-watermelon-blaster-5k/

*An important ORANGE 1/2 sheet was sent home with your child last Thursday. Our school will no longer be using the REMIND texting service. This 1/2 sheet explains the new way for you to “sign up” to receive important school information.

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Monday folders will come home today.

*Tuesday – Book Exchange

*Tuesday – Jackie Mitchell Anthology test (students are welcome to bring their Storytown books home to read the story again)

*Wednesday – School wide security drill (a paper was sent home on Friday re: this drill)

Looking Ahead…

*September 24 – Picture Day

*September 27 – Early Dismissal

*October 1 – September Reading Log due

*October 4 – Race For Education

*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!

*October 11 – District wide Pink Out Day

*October 14 – No School (Columbus Day)

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

What are we learning this week?

Math with Mr. Jones:   Students will continue to work through addition and subtraction of larger numbers this week.

ELA with Mrs. Wiggins: This week during ELA, we will be wrapping up our story on Jackie Mitchell, and all the great examples of direct and indirect characterization that we were able to “spy with our eye” in the story. We will also be learning about what a Text Dependent Analysis is, or TDA, and getting into some paragraph writing. In grammar we will be moving on to the subject and predicate of sentences.

Word Study with Mr. Jones:  Last week, students were introduced to word study. Please check your son/daughters planner for homework and test dates as a typical word study lesson does not run Monday-Friday.

Science: The entire class did a FANTASTIC job on their scientific process quiz, way to go 4W! We will be moving on to Ecosystems on Tuesday.

Social Studies: We will be taking a short break as we dive deeper into our science unit.

 

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week of 9/9-9/13

Special Reminders:

*Monday – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

*Wednesday – Chapter 1 math tests signed and returned no later than today (test corrections are optional)

Looking Ahead…

*September 24 – Picture Day

*September 27 – Early Dismissal

*October 1 – September Reading Log due

*October 4 – Race For Education at 9:15

*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!

*October 11 – District wide Pink Out Day

*October 14 – No School (Columbus Day)

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

What are we learning this week?

Math with Mr. Jones:   Chapter 1 math tests will be coming home on Monday. Although test corrections are OPTIONAL, students must get their test signed (and any test corrections made) and returned to school no later than this Wednesday. Students will be moving on to addition and subtraction of larger numbers this week.

ELA with Mrs. Wiggins: This week during ELA, the students will be reading a short biography titled, “Jackie Mitchell the Strike Out Queen”. We will continue to apply our knowledge of the 5 story elements, and direct vs. indirect characterization. In grammar we will continue to talk about the 4 types of sentences (declarative, imperative, exclamatory, interrogative).

Word Study with Mr. Jones:  Students will be introduced to word study this week. Mr. Jones will be taking time in class to walk the students through the process of what a typical lesson will look like. Please check your son/daughters planner for homework and test dates as a typical word study lesson does not run Monday-Friday.

Science: This week we will be wrapping up our scientific process lessons and moving on to Ecosystems later in the week.

Social Studies: We will be taking a short break as we dive deeper into our science unit.

 

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week of 9/2-9/6

It was so nice to meet everyone during our “Meet the Teacher Night” this past weeek. I look forward to a great year working with you and your children.

Race for Education Information:

From our PTO: On Wednesday or Thursday, two important papers should have been sent home with your child. The white page is an overall info sheet about the race day, schedule, incentives, the mailer and how to find the students online donation link. To find this go to http://www.race4ed.com/cme There sponsors can search for students by first and last name and make online donations. It’s very simple! The green paper is the mailer. This can be used to send to a sponsor and have them enclose a check and mail it back. Unlike previous years we will not be mailing these out for families. Instructions on how to use this mailer are on the back of the white sheet. They are a special grade of paper specifically for using through the USPS system so it’s important that families do not just copy the paper if they would like to send out more than one. There are extra mailers in the office available at a first come, first serve basis. Your support for this fundraiser is appreciated!!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – No School, Enjoy your Labor Day!

*Tuesday – “Monday folders” will come home every Monday (or Tuesday if we off on a Monday). Please look through this weekly folder, remove and keep all papers, then kindly sign and return the empty folder.

Looking Ahead…

*Monday, September 9 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

*October 1 – September Reading Log due

*October 4 – Race For Education at 9:15

*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

What are we learning this week?

Math with Mr. Jones:   The students were off to a great start in math! They have been working through Chapter 1 (Place Value) in class while also signing in and learning about some great math websites that they will be using regularly in class.

ELA with Mrs. Wiggins: In ELA we will be focusing on the five story elements of fiction (characters, setting, plot, problem/solution, and theme). This week we will talk about making annotations while we read, and we will also dig deeper into the topic of characterization. Characterization refers to how an author introduces a character either directly or indirectly in a story. In grammar we will begin learning about the 4 types of sentences (declarative, imperative, exclamatory, interrogative).

Word Study with Mr. Jones:  Please check your child’s planner as he begins to roll out this area with your children this week.

Science: This week we will be learning about the scientific process while completing some fun experiments along the way!

Social Studies: We will be taking a short break as we dive deeper into our science unit.

 

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instrument sign-up information

Attention 4th grade students and parents:If you are interested in learning more about the Penn Manor Instrumental Music Program, then please read PM Elementary Instrumental Music blog and specifically Beginner Information. Here is the link to the online registration form. Registrations will be accepted through August 31. Lessons will begin as soon as schedules can be developed and shared with families and teachers at each school. Please contact your child’s classroom music teacher or Ms. Almoney with questions. (All 4th graders will receive the “Do you want to play an instrument?” paper which includes instructions for those who do not have internet access.)

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week of 8/26-8/30

We are off to a great start in fourth grade with learning new routines and making new friends. I am excited and honored to be your child’s teacher, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful school year! Every week I will post my BLOG which will include updates, assignments, tests, and happenings that will be taking place in the classroom. However, please stay tuned to your child’s planner for homework and upcoming events as well.

This Wednesday, August 28th is our Back to School Night from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. This is a drop-in event. However, during the evening I will also be offering short informational sessions (15 minutes) at both 4:30 and 5:15 if you would like to hear more details about our classroom. You are more than welcome to join us for those sessions, or you can just simply drop in when you are available. I look forward to meeting you!

If your child read over the summer and filled in their calendar, please don’t forget to hand it in no later than this Monday. Students who have already submitted their reading calendars received a permission form that must be signed to participate in the food portion of this event. If we do not receive a signed permission form by Tuesday, your son/daughter may not enjoy the snack during the carnival.

PM Food Service & Meal Assistance

School is here, but it’s not too late to get ready. You and your family may be eligible under a federal program for Child Nutrition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cnp/fr-032019

We encourage you to review the links below and submit an application.  Even kindergarten students can qualify for meals; which is certainly helpful if you plan to send them to breakfast or for the days when they have a chance to eat lunch at school with the older students.  Please contact Brian Malek for more details.  All information is confidential.  Many families are unaware that they qualify for this meal assistance program. 

Eligibility for 2019-20

Online application

PM Food Services

*Special Reminders:

*Wednesday – Meet the Teacher Open House from 4-6

*Thursday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Thursday – Penn Manor Fall Athletic Kick Off Classic at Comet Field

*Friday – No School

Looking Ahead…

*Monday, September 2 – Happy Labor Day!  (No School)

*Monday, September 9 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

*October 4 – Race For Education at 9:15

*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

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Welcome to 4th grade!

Welcome 4W Students and Families!

Hello 4W  Families! I hope that you have had a relaxing and fun-filled summer!  I’m looking forward to our school year together, and I can’t wait to see you shortly. If you’re watching the back to school ads (or visiting the dollar store…) and in the process of buying school supplies, here are a few things that you may want to consider.

  • lots of dry erase markers (We use these a lot!)
  • 1 or 2 inch binder (this will be used to “house” your planner and homework folder)
  • #2 pencils
  • several glue sticks (We use these a lot!)
  • crayons (16 or 24 pack)
  • highlighters
  • colored pencils (We use them a lot!)
  • Post-It Notes
  • an old sock (to use as a dry eraser)
  • a pencil box that will fit in your desk
  • child-safe scissors
  • small stapler
  • a hand held pencil sharpener

**I will be supplying you with a folder for each subject area and a homework folder.

**Please be sure to subscribe to this blog.  I will update it weekly when school begins!

**Save the date: Meet the Teacher night is August 28th from 4:00-6:00

I will be sending a back to school letter very shortly!  In the meantime, enjoy these last few summer days!

🙂

Mrs. Wiggins 

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