Conference Slip Reminder & PTO News

Please return your conference slip- thank you!

*****News from our Hambright PTO:
Hambright Family Fun Movie Night–DATE CHANGE
The Hambright Family Fun Movie Night is being moved to Friday, November 15th due to a conflict with homecoming for the original date. Hambright students and their immediate family members (i.e. parents and siblings only) are welcome.
Again, the movie night will now be held on November 15th. Doors will open at 6:30. The movie will begin at 7:00 pm. Entrance is FREE!
There will be more details about the evening coming home in November.
Fyi…we will not be allowed to communicate over the blog, website, or Facebook which movie will be playing as the licensing company restricts public communication of the movie title and production company. HOWEVER, closer to the date we will send home a flyer with your child and communicate over announcements which movie will be playing.

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October Dates


Oct 4- Day C / Phys. Ed. / Math TEST Ch. 3 / Spelling TEST #5
Oct 7- Day D / Music / L #6 Spelling sent home / Settlers & William Penn REVIEW in class and sent home
Oct 8- Day A / Applied Engineering / Settlers & William Penn REVIEW in class
Oct 9- Day B / Art / Settlers & William Penn TEST
Oct 10- Day C / Phys Ed
Oct 11- Day D / Music / Spelling TEST #6
Oct 14- NO SCHOOL
Oct 15- Day A / Applied Engineering / Library Books Due / L #7 sent home
Oct 16- Day B / Art
Oct 17- Day C / Phys Ed
Oct 18- Day D / Music / Spelling TEST #7 / Math TEST Ch. 4 (tentative date)
Oct 21- Day A / Applied Engineering / L #8 Spelling sent home
Oct 22- Day B / Art
Oct 23- Day C / Phys Ed
Oct 24- Day D / Music
Oct 25- Day A / Applied Engineering / Library Books Due / Spelling TEST #8 / 1:30 Early Dismissal
Oct 28- Day B / Art / L#9 Spelling sent home
Oct 29- Day C / Phys Ed
Oct 30- Day D / Music
Oct 31- Day A / Applied Engineering / Spelling TEST #9
Nov 1- NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS

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End of September/Beginning of October Schedules

*Book Orders DUE tomorrow, Thursday the 19th
*Native American Study Guides go home today, Wednesday the 18th
*PM Fun Run Manor Middle- September 29th @ 2:00


Sept 20- Day A / Applied Engineering / Library Books DUE / Spelling Test #3 / Ch. 2 Math TEST / PICTURE DAY
Sept 23- Day B / Art / L #4 Spelling sent home
Sept 24- Day C / Phys. Ed. / Native American TEST
Sept 25- Day D / Music
Sept 26- Day A / Applied Engineering / 4th Grade Teachers Training
Sept 27- Day B / Art / Spelling TEST #4 / 1:30 Early Dismissal
Sept 30- Day C / Phys. Ed. / L #5 Spelling sent home / PTO Meeting 6:30
Oct 1- Day D / Music
Oct 2- Day A / Applied Engineering / Library Books Due
Oct 3- Day B / Art
Oct 4- Day C / Phys. Ed. / Math TEST Ch. 3 (tentative date)
Oct 7- Day D / Music / L #6 Spelling sent home
Oct 8- Day A / Applied Engineering
Oct 9- Day B / Art
Oct 10- Day C / Phys Ed
Oct 11- Day D / Music / Spelling TEST #6
Oct 14- NO SCHOOL
Oct 15- Day A / Applied Engineering / Library Books Due / L #7 sent home
Oct 16- Day B / Art
Oct 17- Day C / Phys Ed
Oct 18- Day D / Music / Spelling TEST #7

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VR Tour and Schedule!

We had the opportunity to experience a Virtual Reality Tour with the VR Expedition Kit that was purchased by the PTO. The VR Tour was reminding us how we can leave our MARK here at Hambright! Thank you to the PTO for this opportunity!



Sept. 16- Day A / Music / L #3 Spelling sent home / Scholastic Book Orders will come home
Sept 17- Day B / Art
Sept 18- Day C / Phys. Ed.
Sept 19- Day D / Music / Scholastic Book Orders DUE
Sept 20- Day A / Applied Engineering / Library Books DUE / Spelling Test #3 / Ch. 2 Math TEST / PICTURE DAY
Sept 23- Day B / Art / L #4 Spelling sent home
Sept 24- Day C / Phys. Ed.
Sept 25- Day D / Music
Sept 26- Day A / Applied Engineering
Sept 27- Day B / Art / Spelling TEST #4 / 1:30 Early Dismissal
Sept 30- Day C / Phys. Ed. / L #5 Spelling sent home / PTO Meeting 6:30

Saturday, September 29th- Penn Manor FUN RUN at Manor Middle 2:00- Take your permission slip with you to the event!

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Penn Manor Fun Run Info!

Here is the form for the Penn Manor Elementary Fun Run! If you are interested in participating, you will need to bring the form to Manor Middle School on the day of the race which is Sunday, Sept. 29th, at 2:00.

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Schedule and Jobs!

Congrats on being HIRED for a JOB/LEADERSHIP Position in 4-Groff!!

You're Hired!

You’re Hired!

Sept 6- Day C / Phys. Ed. / Ch. 1 Math TEST / Spelling TEST #1
Sept 9- Day D / Music / L #2 Spelling sent home
Sept 10- Day A / Applied Engineering / Library Books DUE (this is a change from my previous post)
Sept 11- Day B / Art
Sept 12- Day C / Phys. Ed.
Sept 13- Day D / Music / Spelling TEST #2
Sept. 16- Day A / Music / L #3 Spelling sent home
Sept 17- Day B / Art
Sept 18- Day C / Phys. Ed.
Sept 19- Day D / Music
Sept 20- Day A / Applied Engineering / Library Books DUE / Spelling Test #3 / Ch. 2 Math TEST (If this changes, I will let you know) / PICTURE DAY
Sept 23- Day B / Art / L #4 Spelling sent home
Sept 24- Day C / Phys. Ed.
Sept 25- Day D / Music
Sept 26- Day A / Applied Engineering
Sept 27- Day B / Art / Spelling TEST #4 / 1:30 Early Dismissal
Sept 30- Day C / Phys. Ed. / L #5 Spelling sent home / PTO Meeting 6:30

Saturday, September 29th- Penn Manor FUN RUN at Manor Middle 2:00- Take your permission slip with you to the event!

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Important Dates / PBIS, Assembly, and Sawyer Pictures!

I would like to thank all of the parents who were able to make it to Meet the Teacher/Open House Wednesday evening.  I really enjoyed meeting all of you, and I appreciate your kindness and support.  The students and I expect to have a wonderful year in 4th grade and we hope to share our exciting experiences with you throughout the year.  I am fortunate to have such a nice group of 4th graders- thank you!  

Math– We are currently working on Ch. 1-Place Value.  Our test will be on Friday, September 6th.  Wow, thanks to those students who have been consistently turning in homework- great effort kids!  Remember, this is a rigorous math program…when helping your child at home with his/her homework throughout the year, please do what works best for you and your child.  It’s OK to show the students how to do math in different ways. It’s OK to do the work on another sheet and attach it to the homework.  We will get through it together, thanks for your support!!

Spelling– Our first spelling TEST will be on Friday, the 6th.  This list will come home on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Please look for your child’s spelling lists and future tests in their Take Home/Homework Folders.

Content– Students will be learning about the PA Early Years/History in Social Studies and the Scientific Process/Method in their Science class.  We will be staying organized with a Content Folder that will keep all of our important papers in it.

Leadership Roles/Jobs- Leadership Jobs will be assigned next week. I am looking forward to our hired students to begin working hard on their new job positions!  Great job, kids!  Thanks for helping to keep our room clean, running smoothly, and organized!

Reading in School– Here are some of the skills that we learned about so far in class, and will be learning about soon: character traits and motivations, story structure, realistic fiction and biography characteristics, and important vocabulary, as well as types of sentences (declarative, imperative, exclamatory, interrogative), interjections, and subjects & predicates.

Reading at Home– On Tuesday, September 3rd, we will be starting our Reading At Home calendars. Please see the blue parent letter coming home today, Thursday, explaining our 4th grade requirements.  How do students become better readers? READ, READ, READ, READ, READ, READ, READ, READ, READ, READ!

Pass It On– We viewed several short, inspirational video clips emphasizing character qualities and values.  After looking at some posters too, we then brainstormed values that we each could each pass on to others.  Our very own Pass It On posters will be hanging in our hallway soon! Way to go, Leaders! Way to leave your MARK!

Here’s a link for a video made by Dr. Mealy that was shown at our PBIS kick-off assembly…
“How do people we know use MARK”…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K83QWM8uy8&feature=youtu.be

Sept 3- Day D / Music / List #1 Spelling sent home / Content begins
Sept 4- Day A / Applied Engineering
Sept 5- Day B / Art / Ch. 1 Math Review / Rita’s Night 6:00-8:00 (Mrs. Groff 6-6:30)
Sept 6- Day C / Phys. Ed. / Ch. 1 Math TEST / Spelling TEST #1
Sept 9- Day D / Music / L #2 Spelling sent home
Sept 10- Day A / Applied Engineering
Sept 11- Day B / Art
Sept 12- Day C / Phys. Ed.
Sept 13- Day D / Music / Spelling TEST #2

*Please note: We will be getting library books on Wednesday, the 4th, and they will be due on Monday, the 16th.

PTO Meeting Dates / 6:30-7:30 Hambright Library
Sept 30, Nov 11, Jan 6, Feb 10, March 9, April 6

Have a nice Labor Day weekend!
~Mrs. Kelley Groff

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Back to School Info!

Welcome to 4th grade and a new school year! We’ve had a very busy couple days, and are off to a GREAT start this year!! Here are just some of the things we are… already doing, will be soon doing, already learning about, will be learning about, and all excited about…
Chromebooks for each student, listening to our read aloud-Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, a Detective Scavenger Hunt of our classroom, Job Applications, Getting to Know Each Other Activities, PBIS Activities & Lessons, Back to School Assembly, Pass It On Posters, Meeting Sawyer (our school’s facility dog), and much more!

Students will be bringing home their PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support) folder on Friday. In the folder, please see the parent letter introducing this school-wide program, as well as other items that your student has learned about.

Important dates:

*Wednesday, August 28th– Hambright’s Open House 4:00-6:00 / Book Fair 4:30-6:30

*Thursday, August 29th– 1:30 Early Dismissal

** No School- August. 30th & September 2nd **

*Thursday, September 5th– Rita’s Night 6-8:00 pm (I will be there from 6:00-6:30!)

*Friday, September 20th- Picture Day

*Friday, September 27th– 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Monday, September 30th– PTO Meeting 6:30

*Our Phys Ed days for…
August: 23rd / 29th
September:  6th / 12th / 18th / 24th /30th

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Welcome 2019-2020 Parents/Guardians! Please subscribe to our BLOG so that you can receive notifications throughout the school year. (*2018-2019 parents/guardians, you may want to unsubscribe.)

Here is the Welcome to 4-Groff Newsletter that you will be seeing
in your mail…

Have you had a great summer?  I sure hope so!  I have had a busy summer with my family.  Let me introduce them to you.  My husband Matt is a Firefighter/EMT for the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Dept. in Virginia.  We have two sons, Collin (serving in the United States Marine Corps) and Harrison (in college), and two dogs named Will and Chael.  We live in Millersville and both my husband and I graduated from Penn Manor High School and Millersville University.  This will be my 28th year teaching at Hambright.

Are you ready for a super school year in our BEAUTIFUL building?  We are all still so excited to be in our building!  Fourth grade is a year full of fun and exciting activities!  This is a very important year because you are making the transition from a primary student to an intermediate student.  Your school responsibilities will grow, as well as your knowledge!  Be ready to have a great year!  See you soon!

                        Mrs. Kelley Groff

Mrs. Groff’s 4th Grade Schedule
Day A- Applied Engineering/Library Instr.
Day B-  Art

Day C-  Phys. Ed.
Day D-  Music
*Please note that we follow a 4 day cycle. We call these days A, B, C, and D.  Our book exchange dates will be announced throughout the school year. 

Have you done your school shopping yet?  Please know that our classroom supplies may be limited this year.  If you would like to have your own supplies, here is a list of frequently used items in our classroom:

* a pencil pouch/bag (not a pencil box)

* a Homework Folder

* earbuds for our laptops

* pencils and pens (a few)

* glue stick, scissors, a ruler, dry erase marker, small whiteboard for your desk

* crayons, colored pencils, a pencil sharpener   

* Please note:  NO 3 ring binders this year!  Students will be provided with laptops, and we simply do NOT have the room for them in our desks. You may bring folders if you like. Also, please remember to write your name on anything that you are able to.  Thanks! 

*Donations needed:  tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, bags of snacks, school supplies…THANKS!

If you would like to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments…

  1. My email address (this is the easiest & fastest way to contact me): kelley.groff@pennmanor.net   
  2. Send in a note
  3. Call Hambright @ 872-9503 ext 3726

Students, I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 21st!  Look for signs for our 4th grade wing.  I will be standing outside our room to greet you~ our room is at the very end of the hallway, on the left. Don’t forget to bring your smile and positive attitude!

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June 6th- Summer is Here!

Greider Park

I would like to THANK YOU ALL for your kindness and support this school year! The school year flew by, and it’s hard to believe summer is here and your children are heading into 5th grade!! I hope you all have a SAFE, FUN, & GREAT summer and BEST of LUCK to everyone next year!

Students, come back to say HI next year! 🙂

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