Week of April 22, 2019

*In last week’s post, I mentioned that it was PSSA time and our time to shine bright, and let me tell you, these kids did exactly that! I was so proud of the perseverance and stamina that these 4th graders showed. This week, it’s our time to shine bright with the Math PSSA on Wednesday and Thursday!

*Please remind your child that he/she may want to bring a water bottle to school each day. Please write your child’s name on the water bottle, particularly if he/she is bringing in a disposable water bottle! Thank you!

*4th Grade has decided to continue our PSSA Spirit on our testing days. See below for testing theme days!

*Due to PSSA testing, there will be no word study this week!

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – No School

*Wednesday – Math PSSA and Crazy Sock Day! We are crazy about doing our best!

*Thursday – Math PSSA and Favorite T-shirt Day! We have T-esting down to a T!

Looking Ahead…

*April 30 – Science PSSA and Neon Day! Our Future is Bright!

*May 1 – Science PSSA and Wear Penn Manor Gear and/or colors! Penn Manor Proud of our Hard Work and Perseverance!

*May 10 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*May 29 – 4th Grade Field Trip

*May 30 – School Picnic from 5:30-7:30

Week of April 15, 2019

*PSSA testing begins this week! It is our time to shine bright! Thank you for all of the snack, hard candy and snack donations! If you would still like to send something in, we could use some Tootsie Pops and/or Peppermint Patties! We appreciate your support!

*Please remind your child that he/she may want to bring a water bottle to school each day. Please write your child’s name on the water bottle, particularly if he/she is bringing in a disposable water bottle! Thank you!

*4th Grade has decided to continue our PSSA Spirit on our testing days. See below for testing theme days!

*Due to ELA testing, there will be no word study this week!

*Math homework may look different this week!

*Brown folders will be full of graded work on Monday!

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – PTO Meeting – 6:30 PM in the library

*Monday- ELA PSSA and Wear Red! We are “Red-y” for the PSSA!

*Tuesday- ELA PSSA and Team Jersey Day or PM Team Shirt! We are a great 4th grade team!

*Wednesday- ELA PSSA and Wear Sweats! Don’t sweat your test!

*Thursday – We ARE in school today! It is a snow make-up day!

*Friday – No School

Looking Ahead…

*April 22 – No School

*April 24 – Math PSSA and Crazy Sock Day! We are crazy about doing our best!

*April 25 – Math PSSA and Favorite T-shirt Day! We have T-esting down to a T!

*April 30 – Science PSSA and Neon Day! Our Future is Bright!

*May 1 – Science PSSA and Wear Penn Manor Gear and/or colors! Penn Manor Proud of our Hard Work and Perseverance!

*May 10 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*May 29 – 4th Grade Field Trip

*May 30 – School Picnic from 5:30-7:30

Week of April 8, 2019

*PSSA Testing is coming! It’s such a special treat for the students to have snacks, gum, Peppermint Patties, lollipops, hard candy and other mints. If you would like to donate any of the above, we would LOVE it! Thank you!

PSSA Spirit Week This Week:

Monday- CM Proud Wear Blue and Gold

Tuesday- Wild about PSSA- Wear your brightest craziest outfit

Wednesday- Show your Super Smarts- Dress like Superhero

Thursday- Put on your thinking caps- wear your favorite hat

Friday- Relax, We Can Do It- Wear Pj’s

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – Report Cards come home today! Please keep the report card but send back the brown signed envelope and the white parent-teacher comment sheet.

*Tuesday – Spring Concert at CM 7:00 PM

*Thursday – We will be visiting the “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” Book Fair TODAY! (Students that are choosing to purchase books should bring money today.)

*Friday – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Friday – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

Looking Ahead…

*April 15 – PTO Meeting – 6:30 PM in the library

**PSSA ELA Tests – April 14, 15, 16

*April 19 – No School

*April 22 – No School

**PSSA Math Tests – April 24, 25

**PSSA Science Tests – April 30, May 1

*May 10 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*May 29 – 4th Grade Field Trip

*May 30 – School Picnic from 5:30-7:30

What are we learning this week?

Math: We are busy with geoboards, protractors and interactive websites as we explore geometry concepts. This is our last official chapter in the 4th grade math book.

Word Study: Word Study tests and parent signature sheets are due for both classes on Friday! New lists were sent home on Friday.

Science: We will learn about some Pennsylvania pests and create our own pest reports.

Week of April 1, 2019

*All PSSA cards with envelopes are due Monday! This was the white envelope that was sent home last Monday. Thank you for your help with this surprise! The kids truly LOVE it!

*Thank you for all of the animal cracker donations for PSSA snacks! The kids really enjoy the special treats!

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – PSSA envelopes with index cards due today! Thank you for helping us with this fun surprise! The kids love it!

*Wednesday – Gertrude Hawk candy sale pick up today! CM lobby from 4:30-6:30!

*Friday – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Friday – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

Looking Ahead…

*April 8 – Report Cards Distributed

*April 8 – We will be visiting the “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” Book Fair

*April 9 – Spring Concert at CM 7:00 PM

**PSSA ELA Tests – April 14, 15, 16

**PSSA Math Tests – April 24, 25

**PSSA Science Tests – April 30, May 1

*May 30 – School Picnic from 5:30-7:30

What are we learning this week?

Math: The students have been working really hard to learn about perimeter and area. We used area models to help us see that finding area has so many connections to what we’ve learned earlier in the year with multiplication. These kids truly amaze me with the math that they apply each day. It is not easy to keep the pace that we are expected to keep and so many students take on the challenge with full efforts every day! What a great life skill! We will take our test on Monday.

Word Study: Word Study tests and parent signature sheets are due for both classes on Friday! New lists were sent home on Friday.

Science: We will learn more about food chains and food webs this week.

Week of March 25, 2019

**The 4th grade teachers are looking for some help! We need approximately 100 PSSA letters and cards put together in envelopes. If you would like to help, please email me! We really appreciate your help!

Special Reminders for this week:

*Tuesday – End of the 3rd Marking Period

*Friday – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Friday – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Friday – We ARE in school today! This is a snow make up day!

Looking Ahead…

*April 8 – Report Cards Distributed

*April 8 – We will be visiting the “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” Book Fair

**PSSA ELA Tests – April 14, 15, 16

**PSSA Math Tests – April 24, 25

**PSSA Science Tests – April 30, May 1

What are we learning this week?

Math: We jump started the Chapter 12 math test on Friday and will finish it on Monday. The students are doing a fantastic job with the metric system. Our next chapter on area and perimeter is another short one!

Word Study: Word Study tests and parent signature sheets are due for both classes on Friday! New lists were sent home on Friday. Due to the early dismissal, we did not have time to go over the new word features, however students can get a jump start on studying the spelling of the words. We will go over the features next week.

Science: The students really enjoyed sharing their “real life” type stuffed animals last week. We used these stuffed animals to begin talking about animal adaptations. We will continue to learn more about animal adaptations this week.

Week of March 18, 2019

*Thank you so much for all of the disinfectant wipes, tissues and for all of the ecosystem donations! I’ve been disinfecting desks a couple of times a week, so I really appreciate your donations! The students had a wonderful time on Friday afternoon making their “Ecosystems in a Pan,” so again, thank you for your generous donations! We will be sharing these on Monday!

*PSSA dates are listed below! We test in the mornings, if that helps for scheduling appointments.

**PSSA ELA Tests – April 14, 15, 16

**PSSA Math Tests – April 24, 25

**PSSA Science Tests – April 30, May 1

Special Reminders for this week:

*Friday – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Friday – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

*March 26 – End of the 3rd Marking Period

*March 29 – We ARE in school today! This is a snow make up day!

*April 8 – Report Cards Distributed

What are we learning this week?

Math: Chapter 11 math tests will come home on Monday! I was pleased with so many of the skills that students were able to show on the tests. Think notes looked great too. Using think notes really helps students to slow down and interact with the language of the problems. Please take a close look at your child’s test, there were a lot of skills being tested in each question. All math test corrections are due on Tuesday. In 4th grade, we spend quite a bit of time finding elapsed time. I have noticed that many students were able to find success in finding elapsed time, however reading and telling the time has been a challenge for some students. This is a quick and easy skill to practice in real life. Thank you for your support in helping your child learn what quarter after, quarter til, half past, ten after, twenty minutes after, twenty minutes before and ten minutes before the hour mean. We will move on to Metric Measurement this week. This is a very short chapter!

Word Study: Word Study tests and parent signature sheets are due for both classes on Friday!

Science: We will continue to learn more about ecosystems this week and the impact that we have on our environment. We will also discuss how we use and rely on the land and resources around us.

Update

Hi Everyone! We are rapidly going through disinfectant wipes and tissues! If you are able to donate some, that would be fabulous! Also, we will be making our “Wetlands in a Pan” on Friday. We are still looking for disposable pans and craft items. Thank you for your help! Finally, tomorrow is the last day to turn in yearbook orders. Have a great night!

Week of March 11, 2019

*We will be creating “Ecosystems in a Pan” later in the week and need your help! If you happen to have disposable pie pans, clay, Play-Doh, and/or any other craft items (things that could be used to create trees, plants, items in various ecosystems) that you wouldn’t mind donating for this project, we would appreciate it!

*A white stapled letter was sent home on Friday regarding PSSA Testing. Our PSSA Testing dates are listed below.

**PSSA ELA Tests – April 14, 15, 16

**PSSA Math Tests – April 24, 25

**PSSA Science Tests – April 30, May 1

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday, – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Monday – Electricity Test

*Monday – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM in the CM Library

*Tuesday – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Thursday – Boys Bounce Around Night at Sky Zone at 6:00 pm

Looking Ahead…

*March 26 – End of the 3rd Marking Period

*March 22 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*March 29 – We ARE in school today!

*April 8 – Report Cards Distributed

What are we learning this week?

Math: I was thrilled with the amount of students that earned math extra credit last week! Wow! We will take our test on Customary Measurement later in the week.

Word Study: Word study features are listed on your child’s parent signature sheets. Thank you for helping your child to prepare for his/her test.

Science: We will take our electricity test on Monday. Following this test, we will explore ecosystems. We need your help with a project. Please see above for the details!

Week of March 4, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

Happy March Everyone! I hope that you are all having a wonderful weekend!

*For scheduling purposes, our PSSA dates are listed below.

**PSSA ELA Tests – April 14, 15, 16

**PSSA Math Tests – April 24, 25

**PSSA Science Tests – April 30, May 1

Special Reminders for this week:

*Monday – Gertrude Hawk fundraiser due

*Friday – CM PTO Movie Night at 5:30

*Next Monday, March 11 – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Next Monday, March 11 – Electricity Test

*Next Tuesday, March 12 – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

Looking Ahead…

*March 11 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM in the CM Library

March 14 – Boys Bounce Around Night at Sky Zone at 6:00 pm

*March 26 – End of the 3rd Marking Period

*March 22 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*March 29 – We ARE in school today!

*April 8 – Report Cards Distributed

What are we learning this week?

Math: This unit of Customary (American) Measurement has us learning about the appropriate tools to use when measuring items, we are also doing conversions. The students are doing a great job with this unit so far! There are many extra credit and enrichment opportunities available!

Word Study: Word Study tests are early next week. Dates are listed above and on the parent signature sheet. New words will be sent home on this Monday.

Science: We will build series and parallel circuits this week. The students are loving this science.

Week of Feb. 25, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

Special Reminders for this week:

*Friday – BOTH classes will have a word study test today! Parent signature sheets are also due!

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

*March 11 – PTO Meeting

*March 22 – End of the 3rd Marking Period

*March 22 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*March 29 – We ARE in school today!

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We will take our Chapter 10 math test and a math benchmark test this week. The students are doing a fantastic job with thinking flexibly in math! Again, a lot of our math tests involve a lot of reading comprehension so using interactive “think notes” really helps students to apply the math that they know with the word problems. Homework continues to include a few basis addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems where students must show work. These are non-calculator problems. Otherwise, students are permitted to use calculators on the remainder of the spiral review questions.

Word Study:  Word study tests will be coming home in Monday folders. Our next test is scheduled for Friday. Students have their features written in at the top of their parent signature sheets.

Science: We will continue to learn about electromagnets and begin to explore types of energy!