Update for Tomorrow

Due to the weather forecast for this evening, the annual spring semester high school Parents’ Night originally scheduled for this evening is postponed.  The high school parents’ night will now be held on Thursday, February 5th beginning at 6:45 pm in the high school auditorium.  Additionally, the K-12 early dismissal scheduled for Friday, January 30th is postponed until Friday, February 6th.  All students in kindergarten through 12th grade will now be in school for a regular day tomorrow and will be have an early dismissal next Friday, February 6th. 

Important Information

Thursday’s weather conditions may prompt a change in schedule for the Parents Night planned for Thursday, January 29, at Penn Manor High School and the early dismissal planned for Friday, January 30, for ALL schools.
There is a possibility of a small amount of snow (1 to 2 inches) starting early Thursday evening.  If the forecast continues to hold, we will make a decision regarding postponing Parents Night by 2:00 pm Thursday.  If it is postponed, we will also reschedule the K-12 early dismissal on Friday.
The rescheduled dates would be Thursday, February 5 for Parents’ Night and Friday, February 6, for the K-12 early dismissal. This Friday, January 30, would become a regular attendance day.
Please check the Letort blog for updates.  A text message will also be sent with any changes.


Our Week

Our Week

We are continuing to learn all about fractions in math. We took our Chapter 10 quiz on Friday. Quizzes will be returned on Monday. We also played fraction BINGO and had some fraction fun with Skittles! Fractions really are fun!

Students finished sharing their amazing All About Me posters. It was so much fun learning about all of the students. Students will receive their poster grades on Monday. Thanks again for all you did to help your child with this project.

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In reading, the students will be performing readers’ theaters for Mrs. Wright’s class. This week we assigned roles in the plays and the students began to read through their scripts.

We had our Binkley Bucks store this week. The students collected the Binkley Bucks and gems they earned and then shopped at the store. Our cashier, Kate, did an awesome job!

Ask Your Student

How can you use a diagram to help you solve a fraction word problem?

What is the difference between 1st person point of view and 3rd person point of view?

Next Week


  • Spelling – Thursday (Day 6)
  • Vocabulary – Thursday (Day 6)

On Monday, we will welcome a new student, Anders. I have encouraged the students to create cards and/or welcome notes to put on his desk on Monday.

Looking Ahead

February 5th – Report Cards come home

February 13th – Valentine’s Day Party (I will be sending home the class list on Monday)

February 16th – No School

February 20th – Book Orders due (sent home on Friday)

Have a fun (snowy!) weekend!

Mrs. Binkley 🙂


This Week

Our Week

In Math we finished Chapter 9. Phew! I returned the Chapter 9 tests on Friday. If your child did not bring home a test, he/she either just finished the test on Friday or chose to fix his/her mistakes. These tests will be returned on Tuesday. As with all math tests, all students were given the option to fix mistakes for partial credit.

On Thursday, we started Chapter 10, which covers fractions. So far this has turned out to be a very food filled chapter. On Thursday we practiced fractions by sharing {paper} brownies. On Friday, we made candy {yes…real candy!} pizzas and fraction sundaes {nope…not real ice cream!}.

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This week the students began to share their All About Me Posters. Wow!! I am so impressed with the hard work that was put into these posters. Thank you for all YOU did to help your child with this project. I hope you enjoyed making the poster as much as we are enjoying hearing about them.

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On Friday we discussed Martin Luther King, Jr. and the very important role he played in our country’s history. We will continue to discuss and celebrate Dr. King this coming week.

Ask Your Student

How do animals use a hole in a tree? {This ties in with the Storytown story we read this cycle}

What do you call the top number in a fraction? {numerator} What do you call the bottom number in a fraction? {denominator}

Next Week

Monday – No School

Tuesday – This is a half day {1:30 dismissal} and is a Day 3. The students will have music.

Wednesday – This is a Day 6 and the students will have Library Instruction.


  • Wednesday – Spelling and Reading/Vocab
  • Thursday – Fraction Quiz

Looking Ahead

January 30th – Early Dismissal

February 13th – School IS in session

February 16th – No School

Enjoy this rainy Sunday!

Mrs. Binkley 🙂

Important Dates

Please review the following changes and reminders as a result of the school closing on Monday, January 12, 2015:
  • Friday, January 16, 2015, is NOW a regular school day for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Monday, January 19, 2015 remains a vacation day for students and faculty.
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015, is a cycle day 3 and school is in session for elementary students ONLY.  Secondary students have off on Tuesday, January 20 while the elementary students are in session. The students are dismissed at 1:30 pm on Tuesday. There is no PM Kindergarten.  Please make sure you mark this on your calendar so your student is prepared for music lessons, specials, and other important cycle day related activities.  January 21st will be a DAY 6.
  • School will now be in session on Friday, February 13, 2015.

This Week

We survived our first week back after break! It didn’t take long to get back into our routine. I had an amazing break with my family, but I missed my 3rd graders!

Our Week

In Math, we have been doing ALGEBRA!! I told the kids that I did this kind of math when I was in middle school! I have been impressed with their determination and perseverance. This math is tough, but they have been working hard!

How can you help your child with writing equations and expressions?  I am going to teach the students something called CUBES on Monday.

  • C – Circle numbers and labels in the word problem
  • U – Underline the question
  • B – Box the “action words”. These are the words that indicate which operation(s) you will use:
    • Addition – sum, more, in all, total
    • Subtraction – difference, less than, left, fewer than
    • Multiplication – product, times as many, twice, in each
    • Division – quotient, divide, half, into equal groups
  • E – Eliminate extra information/Evaluate how you will solve the problem
  • S – Solve the problem and check your work

How else can you help?

  • I also encourage the students to draw a picture of what is happening. Sometimes just seeing it like that will help them figure out what operation(s) to use.
  • The equation/expression should use the numbers from the word problem. For example:
    • Amanda buys 7 necklaces for $3 each. She pays with 3 $10 bills. How much change, h, does she receive?
    • The equation would be (3 x $10) – (7 x $3) = h, not $30 x $21 = h
  • An equation has an equals sign. An expression does not have an equals sign. They should know the difference.

Thank you so much for supporting your children at home! I know that the math homework is a big job for not just the kids, but for you as well.

In Reading, we read a story about the life cycle of a tree. We have also been talking about author’s purpose. When reading a book with your child, ask them if they think the author is trying to persuade them to do something, give them information, or entertain them.

In Social Studies, we have been learning about China. Yesterday the students made their own Chinese lanterns to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year.

Ask Your Student

In China, 2015 is the year of the what?

What do we call the symbol that represents the unknown in an equation or expression?

Next Week

The students have the follow tests/quizzes:

  • Math Test – Tuesday (Changed from Monday)
  • Spelling – Friday
  • Vocab/Reading – Friday
  • Quiz on China – Wednesday

Posters are due on Tuesday. There was a typo on the form and it said Monday, January 13th…Tuesday is the 13th.

I have moved the spelling homework due date to Day 4.


Please make sure that your child has enough pencils, erasers, and dry erase markers.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Binkley 🙂