Kids at Work Day

Penn Manor is celebrating Kids at Work Day tomorrow!  Earlier this week we talked about different jobs and watched a video that highlighted a few jobs they may not have known much about.  Tomorrow students are invited to dress up to show off a career they would like to have.  We will take a few minutes to go around the room and talk about why everyone chose that job and what sounds fun about it.  Costumes don’t have to be elaborate but are just meant to get them thinking about their future.  Thanks for your support!

Thank You!

I wanted to send out a special thank you to all of the families who donated fruits and veggies to our party on Valentine’s Day.  The kids loved them and ate a ton of heathy snacks!  I even heard some of them say, “I never had that but, I’ll try it!” Of course I loved hearing that!  It was a fun little party and I am so thankful to all of you who helped to make it special!

Valentine’s Day

I hope you are staying dry on this very wet and soggy snow day.  Snow days should be much more fun than this one.  I wanted to send out some information on Valentine’s day next week.  I will be sending home a letter with name on it tomorrow but just in case here is a list of student names.  We will be having a party next Wednesday.  My room always has a Valentine Veggie and February Fruits party.  This means we do not have any candy, cookies or sweets.  We will have pink fruit and purple veggie dip fruits and veggies as well as an assortment of cut up fruit and vegetables.  I will be sending home a sheet with information tomorrow.  If you would like to volunteer to send in washed and cut fruit or veggies it would be appreciated but not necessary.

We will also be exchanging valentines.  We will make bags in class.  Students can start bringing in cards Tuesday.  Candy may be attached to cards but it will all be sent home with students to enjoy.  Please make sure that if your child chooses to hand out cards he or she has one for everyone.

Class list:

Shalina, Elaine, Tyler, Chloe, Miles, Christian, Ny’Asia, Kaylahni, Shamira, Hannah, Joseph, Katie, Trinity, Ryan, Noah R., Dwayne, Noah T., Christopher, Ian


Schedule update…again

Does anyone remember the good old days when we went to school five days a week?  Me neither!  Hopefully, even though winter isn’t over the snow days are!  The class and I talked about the schedule over the next few months.  What I told them is that we will work very hard and it will feel long and boring and even a little bit hard that we will get through it together.

In order to keep up with the original schedule we are moving through reading lesson 15 in two days!  That’s right – 2.  Today we reviewed the focus skills plot and author’s purpose.  We had worked on these skills for several weeks and will take the test tomorrow.  We will skip the spelling and vocab test.  On Monday, we will begin lesson 16 and (hopefully) everything will be back to normal.

Today we also began our new science unit.  Students will learn about life cycles for the next several lessons.  There will be a test in the next 2 weeks and then we will move onto habitats and adaptations of animals.

Thanks for your continued support!

Brandy Smith

Snow days and our new schedule

Good Morning families,

I hope you had a chance to enjoy the extra time off last week.  I wanted to update you on the schedule.  Here is a list of some new dates for the next few weeks. In talking to the other 3rd grade teachers we have decided to spend a little extra time covering lesson 14 and add in some additional content time in order to finish our units before the end of the marking period.   Hope it helps!

Monday 1/8-  Welcome back!  It’s been a while 🙂

Tuesday 1/9 – Spelling and vocab tests for lesson 14.  Homework will be due today.

Wednesday 1/10 -Continue to work on the Anthology Story One Small Place in a Tree for our comprehension test on Friday.

Thursday 1/11 – Students will review for social studies.

Friday 1/12 – We WILL have school today.  Last day of Marking Period 2.  Students will take their social studies today!

Monday 1/15 – No School – Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday 1//16 – Teacher In-service day – No school for students today!

Wednesday 1/17 –  We will begin lesson 15.  This is a review unit so we will not have a comprehension test.  We will review skills and take skill tests at the end of the lesson.


If you have questions, please ask!

Holiday Assembly and Elf Fun

Tomorrow will be the annual Hambright Holiday Assembly.  The third grade classes will be singing a song that they have learned to perform in sign language.  The assembly begins at 9:15 and we expect to perform sometime around 10 if you would like to come watch.  I will also post a video here if you can’t make it.  The assembly is long so please don’t feel that you need to stay for the whole thing.  We are typically short on seats so someone will appreciate if you have to sneak out 🙂

Today we got to go to Mrs. Kirchner’s kindergarten class to do some very special reading.  Our kindergarten buddies got letters all the way from The North Pole!  They needed some help reading them and we were happy to share in the magic!  Ask your child about his or her elf name!

Students reading letters

Library books and a spelling test tomorrow!

I was not in school today because my son hurt his knee.  We will both be going back to school tomorrow.  I am hoping that students remember that they need library books tomorrow.  We will be getting new books on Monday but the library has asked that we return them early this week.

Hopefully you have heard all about Ag in the Classroom this week.  Students got to meet lots of cute farm animals and learn all about farming in Lancaster County.  If you haven’t heard about it, please ask your son or daughter!

Just a reminder we only have school Monday and Tuesday next week.  It will be a busy two days but a lot of fun!

Family Turkey Project!

Are you looking for a great way to have some family fun? The Family Turkey Project is the answer! Sit down as a family and decorate the turkey that your child brought home today. Be as creative as you can be! You can use anything. In the past, families have used spices, seeds, markers, and even fake fur. The more wild the better! The turkeys will hang in the hall and be judged by other teachers to find the most creative and well done projects.

Please return your turkey on or before Nov. 20 so that teachers have time to do the judging!

So, sit down, put on your artist caps, and clean out your spice rack!

Gobble, gobble,

Mrs. Smith

November Updates

Hello families!  I can’t believe it is already the beginning of the second marking period.  Time is flying by.  I wanted to give you a few updates about t things that are coming up.  As always, if you have questions, please ask!

Conferences – I am looking forward to meeting with all of you this week during conferences.  I am including the schedule with student initials in case you need a reminder.  You will notice that most of mine are back to back and only 15 minutes.  Please understand that I will be setting a timer or my schedule will quickly fall apart.  Please try to be prompt so we can get everyone where they need to be on time.  Report cards will be handed out at conferences.


1:45 – HM

2:00 – TE

2:15 – KM

3:15 – MF

4:15 – IW

4:30 – JM

5:00 – NR

5:15 – KL

5:30 – SB

5:45 – CV

6:00 – TP

6:15 – CH

6:30 – ED

6:45 – DR

7:00 – RP

7:15 – NH


8:15 – SM

1:45 – CE

2:00 – NT

Early Dismissals – Just a reminder that we will have 1:30 dismissals Wed.-Fri. this week.  We will still stick with our regular testing/homework schedule this week but we will not have content or E/I.

Book Exchange – This Wednesday!

Thanksgiving Break – No school from Wednesday, Nov.22-Monday Nov.27.  The first day back, Nov. 28 will be a day D.

See you this week!

Mrs. Brandy Smith

Say Cheese!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is picture day.  If you are interested in buying pictures please make sure to send the money in with your child tomorrow or purchase the package you would like online.  Our picture time is in the morning.  Students who are absent can do picture makeups in a few weeks.  Please remember that pictures are not full body.  Students should wear shoes that they can comfortably wear all day and play in at recess.  Thanks!