Monthly Archives: January 2017

The week of 1/30…

See you later January, HELLO FEBRUARY!

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…

In Math…we are wrapping up our Chapter 7 objectives with our problem solving lesson and learning how to graph patterns on coordinate planes. On Wednesday we will review for our Chapter 7 test and use Thursday and Friday to complete our test. We will be moving on to Chapter 8 next week!

In Social Studies…we will continue our unit on the Revolutionary War and will be covering the second continental congress, the battle at Bunker Hill, and the winter at Valley Forge this week. We will have a quiz towards the end of the week on the information we have learned so far.

In Spelling…we we will be working on Lesson 17 this week. Packets are due on Friday 2/3  Our test will be on Friday 2/3 as well. Please remind your child that in addition to completing their spelling packets, they should also be studying their words each night. The spelling lists are becoming more and more challenging each week! If your child is looking for additional practice, please visit https://www.spellingcity.com/mrsodonnell007/ for fun spelling games for our Lesson 17 list.

Our words for this week are (same as last week)…accountant, applicant, attendant, defiant, volunteer, expectant, hesitant, quadrant, resistant, servant, dependent, indulgent, insistent, urgent, auctioneer, accompanist, artist, cellist, technician, pioneer

In Reading…we will continue with Lesson 17 this week “Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street”. We will be beginning and completing our text dependent analysis for this story, learning more about making inferences, taking our comprehension and focus skill assessments, and completing a lesson on Appositives in Grammar this week.

Reminders:

2/10: PTO Movie Night featuring “Trolls” doors open at 5:30pm. This is not a drop off event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free!! (Snacks can be purchased)

2/14-Students in my class voted and they are all interested in passing out Valentines to each other on 2/14 (Tuesday).  Your child does not have to participate if they do not want to. <3 <3 <3 <3 I will send a newsletter home at the beginning of next week.

“Kids at Work Day” is on 2/22!!

Dear Penn Manor Families,

As a way to promote career exploration and awareness with our elementary students, Penn Manor elementary schools are planning a special day across the district.

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 students will be invited to wear clothing that would represent a career that they may be interested in exploring as an adult. For example, your child may come dressed as a construction worker, doctor, teacher, etc. Please make sure that your child’s clothing is appropriate for a day of learning and wouldn’t distract other students in his/her classroom.

As an added component to the “Kids at Work” day, teachers and staff will be wearing their college, military, trade-school, or past/present career attire.

Our hope is that “Kids at Work” day will be a great way to start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chose a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.  To help facilitate discussion at home regarding career development, please see the reverse side of this letter/attachments for some fun, age-appropriate career development activities.

Some local statistics show that at Penn Manor High School, about 65% of our students go on to 2 or 4 year college. 44% go to 4-year college and 21% go to 2-year college. About 7% of our students go directly into the military, and about 10% go on to a one-year certificate or training program. Fifteen percent go directly into the workforce. About 22% attend the CTC each year to gain a year of Technical Education during their senior year of high school to study fields such as: Residential Carpentry, Childcare, Culinary Arts, Medical Assisting, Diesel Mechanics, Automotive Mechanics, Heating and Air Conditioning, Large Animal Science, Dental Assisting, Plumbing and much more.

The Penn Manor Elementary School Counselors would like to thank you in advance for your support for “Kids at Work” Day. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s counselor.

Sincerely,

The Elementary School Counselors

The Week of 1/23…

SNOW BALL FIGHT!!!

                   

Starting Monday 1/23 through 1/27, Central Manor is having  a snow ball fight!! Students can purchase small “snowballs” for 10 cents or large “snowballs” for 25 cents during lunch recess and “throw” them onto other grade level doors. The grade level with the LEAST amount of snowballs on their door, WINS EXTRA RECESS! The best part: all proceeds go to the Water for Sudan Relief. What a creative and fun way to raise money for charity!

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom this week…

In Math…students will continue with Chapter 7 by learning how to use numbers and operation symbols to write verbal phrases as numerical expressions. They will identify and extend patterns and sequences. Students will plot points on a grid to solve real world problems. They will graph points on a coordinate plane to solve real world and mathematical problems and they will graph ordered pairs on a coordinate plane to solve problems involving two numerical patterns.  Busy week ahead! *Also this week, E/I will be an extension of the math objectives we are reviewing this week FOR ALL 5TH GRADE STUDENTS.

In Social Studies…we will be continuing our discussion on The First Continental Congress and learning about the Battle of Lexington and Concord through a web quest. Students will learn the specifics of the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. We will begin to discuss the details about Bunker Hill as well this week.

In Spelling…we will be working on Lesson 17 this week. Packets are due on Friday 2/3 (We will have an additional week with these words). Our test will be on Friday 2/3 as well. Please remind your child that in addition to completing their spelling packets, they should also be studying their words each night. The spelling lists are becoming more and more challenging each week! If your child is looking for additional practice, please visit https://www.spellingcity.com/mrsodonnell007/ for fun spelling games for our Lesson 17 list.

Our words for the next 2 weeks are…accountant, applicant, attendant, defiant, volunteer, expectant, hesitant, quadrant, resistant, servant, dependent, indulgent, insistent, urgent, auctioneer, accompanist, artist, cellist, technician, pioneer

In Reading…we will be taking a pronoun quiz on Tuesday. Students will reading “Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street” on Monday and complete a Reader’s Guide the following day with a partner. We will be taking our Vocab test on Thursday of this week and continue working on our focus skill: making inferences.  We will be introduced to our text dependent analysis prompt this week and begin our writing next week for this story. Students will continue in their guided reading groups at the end of each day.

Reminders:

  • Shine Time: Wednesday 1/25 at 9:05am (Jump Rope for Heart)
  • Report cards will be sent home on Friday 1/27

The Week of 1/17…

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Let’s all take a moment to reflect the impact this man had on America…

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom this week…

In Math…we will be finishing up our Chapter 6 test and benchmark test. Towards the end of the week we will be starting lessons in Chapter 7 which will mainly focus on Order of Operations (PEMDAS!!)  Remember, if your child forgets to bring their math homework home or would like to get additional practice with a particular concept, our entire math book is accessible online at https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com. All students have a username and password. (If I am not your student’s homeroom teacher, please email their teacher for more information.)  *My homeroom students have their usernames and passwords written inside their assignment books.*

In Social Studies…we are  starting our Revolutionary War unit this week (with my homeroom). We are focusing on the reasons why the colonists wanted freedom from the British (no taxation without representation), The Boston Tea Party, and the First Continental Congress.

In Spelling…we will be working on Lesson 16 this week. Packets are due on Friday 1/20. Our test will be on Friday 1/20 as well. Please remind your child that in addition to completing their spelling packets, they should also be studying their words each night. The spelling lists are becoming more and more challenging each week! If your child is looking for additional practice, please visit https://www.spellingcity.com/mrsodonnell007/ for fun spelling games for our Lesson 16 list.

Our spelling words this week are…inactive, inaccurate, irregular, irrelevant, ineffective, imbalance, immature, impatient, imperfect, impossible, illegal, illiterate, illegible, inaction, independent, invalid, indefinite, injustice, irreplaceable, impolite

In Reading….we will be finishing up our Lesson 14 text dependent analysis on “A Drop of Water” and moving on to Lesson 17 in our story town curriculum. Lesson 17 will be a 12 day cycle. The students will be introduced to a new set of vocab words this week as well a new focus skill. Our focus skill for our story is learning how to make interference with the information given. Our story we will be reading is a realistic fiction story called “Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street”.

Reminders:

1/19– Dress Rehearsal for CM Talent Show

1/20– Talent Show @ 6:30pm

1/27– Report Cards sent home

The Week of 1/9…

Winter is definitely here! As the snowy season begins, be sure to subscribe to our Central Manor Community Remind App for up to date texts about delays or school closings.

Text @cmcomm to 81010.

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom this week…

*This is the last week of Marking Period 2*

In Math… this week we will be reviewing for our chapter 6 test. We will take the first half of our test on Tuesday (multiplying decimals) and the second half of our test on Thursday (dividing decimals). On Friday, we will begin our benchmark #2 for the marking period.

In Social Studies…this is my last week with Mrs. Purzycki’s class. We will be learning more about the slave trade and the Middle Passage and reviewing for our test. Our test will be on Thursday 1/12. (No content on Friday due to early dismissal). Next week, my homeroom will transition back to my class and we will begin The Revolutionary War to start marking period 3.

*We do not have spelling this week* We are one week ahead so we will resume with spelling next week. On Friday, we will take our lesson 15 PRETEST and I will hand out spelling packets. They will be due January 20th.

In Reading…we will continue with Lesson 14 “A Drop of Water”.  Our vocabulary test will be on Tuesday. We will start our text dependent analysis for this lesson on Tuesday as well. We will continue with the focus skill: Cause and Effect.

In Grammar…we will work on identifying run on/fragment sentences and introduce pronouns this week.

*Reminders*

1/13– Marking Period 2 ENDS

1/13– early dismissal (1:30pm)

1/16– NO SCHOOL

1/19– Dress Rehearsal for CM Talent Show

1/20– Talent Show @ 6:30pm

1/27– Report Cards sent home

The Week of 1/3…

Welcome to the NEW YEAR! I am so excited for 2017! Can you believe we are almost half way through the school year? I hope everyone had a holiday break that was relaxing, fun, and filled with memories. I am eager to get back into the swing of things in our classroom!

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom this week…

In Math…we will be continuing on with Chapter 6 (doing a little refresher on Tuesday of what we learned last week.) This week we will also be learning how to estimate decimals within division equations, divide decimals by whole numbers, divide decimals by decimals, and divide decimals using the power of tens. Busy week of new material! We will have our Chapter 6 test next week.

In Social Studies… Mrs. Purzycki’s students will finish up their poster projects on the 3 regions of the 13 colonies. They will also learn the differences between slaves and indentured servants in the 1700’s this week.

In Spelling…we will take our pretest for lesson 14 on Tuesday. Spelling packets will be due on Friday and our lesson 14 test will be given on Friday. Because it is a shortened week and the students will not receive the packets until Tuesday, it will be a reduced packet this week. Please have your children visit my spelling city website for extra practice on these words.  https://www.spellingcity.com/mrsodonnell007/

Our spelling words this week are…. barrel, cannon, capital, civil, clever, discover, frozen, general, hidden, inventor, mayor, pepper, polar, proper, sandal, saucer, original, theater, tutor, musical

In Reading…we will be starting Lesson 14 in our Storytown curriculum this week. This story is an expository nonfiction called “A Drop of Water”. Our focus skill for this text is Cause and Effect. We will be learning how to identify cause and effect information from non fiction text. Toward the end of the week we will be comparing “A Drop of Water” with three different poems.  We will continue to review vocabulary from lesson 13 and 14 this week through interactive activities. Students will be introduced to their text dependent analysis prompt at the end of the week.  As always, guided reading will continue at the end of each day (except for Fridays due to spelling).

Reminders:

  • PTO Meeting: 1/9 @ 6:30 pm in CM Library
  • Early Dismissal: 1/13 (1:30pm)
  • No School:  1/16 (Monday)