As a third grader, your child will be taking the PSSA tests for the first time. At Conestoga, students will be taking the English Language Arts tests Monday, April 15th thru Wednesday, April 17th. Students will be taking the Math tests Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th. The results of the tests will be reported to you by letter in the mail, and this usually arrives sometime in September or early October. Their scores do not affect their report card grades or grade placement for next year.
Your children have been working hard all
year and should not be feeling worried about the tests! On test days, it is important that your
children get enough sleep the night before in order to allow them to feel ready
to do their best. Please do your best to have your children to school on time
during these days. Late arriving students are not allowed to enter the
classroom once testing has already started for the morning. If at all possible, have students avoid
missing school during test. Those that are absent will need to make up the
tests at a later date.
Tell your child to take a deep breath,
relax, and work hard to do his/her best. It’s just another way for your child
to show what he/she has learned this year. I’ll be here to encourage them along
the way. No worries! J
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Friday, March 22nd) is an early dismissal. Students will be dismissed at 1:30pm.
School is in session on Friday, March 29th to make up for one of the snow days we had this winter.
Students enjoyed using their physics knowledge about potential and kinetic energy to build roller coasters this week. Working in small teams, students were presented with three challenges: 1. Build a straight piece of track from one side of the box to the other. 2. Add a turn to their track. 3. Add a loop to their track in which the marble will need to travel upside-down. Even though some didn’t make it through all of the challenges, a lot of learning was taking place about how to utilize energy transfers in order to get the marble to travel through the coaster. I am proud of how well the students worked together!
The students had a great time last Friday as they participated in various culture activites. From designing their own Amish quilt square to learning an African dance, students were able to have a taste of some different cultures. Speaking of taste, thank you to all of the parents that donated food items as we all enjoyed sampling foods of different cultures at the conclusion of the afternoon.
Friday, February 15th is going to be a special afternoon to culminate our unit on cultures. In order to expose the students to aspects of some of the cultures found here in Lancaster County, we’ll be incorporating dance, music, language, clothing, crafts, and food at various stations.
While children are at the food station, we’d like them to try foods that represent some of the cultures with the largest populations in our community. We’re looking for donations of foods that are listed. If your family has another traditional food item that represents your cultural background and you want to share it with us, please let us know and we’ll be happy to include that in the sampling of different foods.
In order to do this successfully, we need your help! Please check out the Sign Up Genius to see what is needed:
Mark your calendars! Here are some important events that are coming up. Be sure to make a note so as not to forget them 🙂
Friday, February 1st – Wear RED in support of the American Heart Association
Friday, February 1st – Report Cards will be sent home. Please be on the lookout as I will need you to sign the report card envelope as well as make any comments on the comment sheet if necessary and return the envelope with your child to school.
Friday, February 1st – PTO Movie Night: PTO will be showing the movie Smallfoot beginning at 6:30pm.
Tuesday, February 5th – Kdg. Information Night at Hambright 6:15 to 8:15 (2/6 is the snowdate)
Friday, February 8th- Freaky Friday – Kids dress as adults and adults dress as kids. This is to help promote the high school’s spring musical 🙂
Friday, February 22, 2019 – Kids At Work Day: As a way to promote career exploration and awareness with our elementary students, the Penn Manor elementary schools are planning a special day across the district. On Friday, February 22, students are invited to wear clothing that represents careers they may be interested in exploring as an adult. Our hope is that Kids at Work Day is a great way to start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chooses a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.
Just realized that I never shared these pictures from making our fruit salad before Winter Break. The students had an excellent time helping to prepare the fruit salad as much as they enjoyed eating it. Thank you to the parents that came in to help make this activity a success!
I just added the following website to our class Moodle page. It has a TON of questions that you can use to practice the skills that we have already learned in third grade as well as the skills we are currently working on 🙂 Happy practicing!!!
To celebrate the students’ hard work, we would like to give them time to decorate cookies while enjoying some conversation with their classmates. In order for this to be a success, we need your help. We appreciate any donations that you are willing and able to provide. Click the link below to be taken to the SignUp Genius form. Please send all donations to school by Wednesday, Dec 19th. Thank you for your generosity!!!