Week of January 27, 2020

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Report Cards will be coming home on MONDAY. Please return the white parent comment page and sign the outside of the brown report card envelope. You may keep the report card.

*Our class will be exchanging valentines on Valentine’s Day. If your child is choosing to exchange valentines, we have 25 students in our class. If your child chooses some sort of valentines with candy or some sort of snack, please be sure to send the store bought package information so that we have the ingredient list. Thank you!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Report Cards sent home today!

*Wednesday – Social Studies Test (see below)

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*Friday, January 31 – January Reading Logs due

*Friday, February 7 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Friday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Exchange

*Wednesday, March 25 – School Wide Art Show from 6-8 PM at CM! Your child’s artwork will be on display!

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): We will review story elements, characterization and respond to a TDA prompt this week after reading “Because of Winn-Dixie.”

Math: We will wrap up our chapter on adding and subtracting fractions, take our math test and begin a new unit on decimals this week.

Social Studies: We will be taking our social studies test on the 5 Themes of Geography, landforms and map skills. Your child has 3 study guides in his/her homework folder. We are also working on a travel brochures for Pennsylvania Regions.

Week of January 20, 2020

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Our class will be exchanging valentines on Valentine’s Day. If your child is choosing to exchange valentines, we have 25 students in our class. If your child chooses some sort of valentines with candy or some sort of snack, please be sure to send the store bought package information so that we have the ingredient list. Thank you!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

*Wednesday – PTO sub order pick up from 5:00-7:00 in the Central Manor cafeteria

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Friday – Report cards sent home

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*Friday, January 31 – January Reading Logs due

*Friday, February 7 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): We will begin to learn more about point of view, verbs and review story elements and characterization.

Math: The students are doing a fabulous job with adding and subtracting fractions. We will continue to add and subtract mixed numbers as well!

Social Studies: We will take a closer look at Pennsylvania and it’s regions this week.

Week of January 13, 2020

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*The students were amazed when I shared with them that we are halfway through the school year on Friday. Many of them said, “How is 4th grade going so fast?” We work hard every day and their strong work ethic and perseverance shines every day! Way to go 4P!

*New spelling lists were handed out on Friday. This is another challenging list! We talked about how to study and practice while also earning extra credit. Thank you for your support in helping your child to prepare for spelling tests each week!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Teacher In-Service (No School)

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

*Wednesday, January 22 – PTO sub order pick up from 5:00-7:00 in the Central Manor cafeteria

*Friday, January 24 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Friday, January 24 – Report cards sent home

*Friday, January 31 – January Reading Logs due

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): Last week, we spent time reading a non-fiction story, “Mountains” and completed two columns on a related prompt. I am amazed each time that we complete these two column notes at just how well the students do with this high level reading and writing task. We will “fine tune” and “dig deeper” into our inferencing and analyzing skills as we move into the second semester. This week, we’ll review non-fiction text features and text structures as we prepare to take our Unit 3 assessment.

Math: We will take our test on fractions, then continue to our next unit on adding and subtracting fractions.

Social Studies: We will continue to learn about map skills and dig deeper into the landforms and map skills related to Pennsylvania.

Happy New Year and Week of January 6, 2020

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear all about your holiday break!

*If your child is interested in taking the Envirothon pretest, please remind them to be ready for this pretest upon our return to school. Study packets were handed out before the break!

*4th grade will be working to determine our math bowl team upon our return to school.

*Please remind your child to bring his/her fully charged laptop to school each day. In addition to using them for class work, we will be using them for mid-year testing quite a bit over the next few weeks. Thank you for your support!

Special Reminders:

*Thursday – Welcome Back!

*Friday – New spelling lists will be handed out

*Monday, January 6 – ELA CDT testing

*Monday, January 6 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM (library)

*Tuesday, January 7 – Math CDT testing

*Friday, January 10 – Spelling Test

*Friday, January 10 – End of the 2nd Marking Period

Looking Ahead…

*Monday, January 13 – Teacher In-Service Day (No School)

*Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

*Friday, January 24 – Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): We will continue to learn about text features and different text structures.

Math: We will continue this week with using the CRA approach to learning more about finding equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering fractions. We’ll also spend time on problem solving with fractions.

Social Studies: We will begin a unit on the 5 Themes of Geography and map skills.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Our Winter Writing Coffee House was so much fun and a great success! Thank you for all of the donations and for a great turnout! Everyone did such an AMAZING job! Also, thank you for the gifts, cards, and for sending me such great students each day!

I wish you all a safe, relaxing, and happy break! See you next year!!

Week of Dec. 16, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Spelling tests looked much better this past week! Thank you for your support in helping your child to prepare for the increased rigor in spelling. We will take a break from spelling until January.

*A food permission slip will be coming home on Monday that requires a signature from you. I will be listing the food that we will be enjoying on Thursday, a candy cane treat that I will be providing to students this week and food that I would like to include in a treat bag that I will be making for students. Students can only enjoy/receive the treats with signed permission from you. Please return all forms by Wednesday. Thank you!

*Just a reminder that our class will begin in our classroom (9:30-9:55) for the Winter Writing Coffee House on Thursday with an opportunity for you to see our writing notebooks up close. We will have some light refreshments for our guests at this time. We will then head to the “Think Lab” around 9:55 for our poetry readings. Presentations will run until approximately 10:25. This will end our Coffee House Presentations. Ending at 10:25 will allow time for the next class to have their poetry readings. Doors will open at 9:15 AM.  Families, for the safety and efficiency of our school, we ask that you not arrive earlier than fifteen minutes before your child’s scheduled event. Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

We will be treating students with some light refreshments in the afternoon on that same day. Please click the link below if you would like to contribute donations for the Coffee House and/or the afternoon treats for the students. Thank you for all of the donations that we are receiving! There are still some open slots if you are able to donate something.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B49ADAB2BA0FD0-fourth

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Wear Red and Green

*Tuesday – Jingle Bells – Wear Your Favorite Holiday Bling

*Wednesday – Signed food permission slips due today!

*Wednesday – Deck the Halls – Wear a Festive Sweater

*Thursday – Winter Coffee House Presentations! We are asking students to please wear their best today! We hope to see you here!

*Friday, December 20 – Home for the Holidays – Wear Your Favorite Holiday Hat

*Friday, December 20 – Students can bring a towel or blanket to sit on during lunch today!

*Friday, December 20 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

*December 23 – January 1- Winter Break

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): We will be learning about text structures and rehearsing for the Coffee House Presentations.

Math: We’ve started our unit on fractions. We will be using the CRA approach to learn more about equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering fractions. Homework will look different this week.

Social Studies: We will begin a unit on the 5 Themes of Geography and map skills upon our return in January.

Winter Coffee House and Donations

Here are a few details regarding next Thursday’s (December 19th) Winter Coffee House event. There is also a link to sign up for donations if you are able to contribute to this fun day for the students.

We are so excited for next week’s Coffee House presentations. Due to the number of guests that have returned RSVP forms and the size of the room, all 4 of our 4th grade classes will be doing our poetry readings by homeroom class. Our class will begin in our classroom (9:30-9:55) with an opportunity for you to see our writing notebooks up close. We will have some light refreshments for our guests at this time. We will then head to the “Think Lab” around 9:55 for our poetry readings. This will run until approximately 10:25. This will end our Coffee House Presentations. This will allow time for the next class to have their poetry readings.

For our 9:30 AM presentation (4N/4P), doors will open at 9:15 AM.  Families, for the safety and efficiency of our school, we ask that you not arrive earlier than fifteen minutes before your child’s scheduled event. Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

We will be treating students with some light refreshments in the afternoon on that same day. Please click the link below if you would like to contribute donations for the Coffee House and/or the afternoon treats for the students. Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B49ADAB2BA0FD0-fourth

Week of Dec. 9, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Save the date for our Winter Coffee House Presentations on December 19th from 9:30-10:30! If you haven’t returned the RSVP yet (1/2 sheet sent last week), please return it Monday. Thank you!

*The Penn Manor Schools are collecting items to support Penn Manor families. 4th grade has been asked to collect shampoo.

*A green 1/2 sheet was sent home on Friday with some upcoming spirit days for the week of December 16th. Please take note to the adjusted dated below for 4th grade’s “Silent Night.” This is due to the fact that we are asking students to wear their best for our Coffee House Presentations on Thursday, December 19th.

Special Reminders:

*Tuesday – Chapter 7 Math Test

*Friday – 4th Grade will have our “Silent Night” spirit day today. Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal!

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*Monday, December 16th – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Wear Red and Green

*Tuesday, December 17th – Jingle Bells – Wear Your Favorite Holiday Bling

*Wednesday, December 18th – Deck the Halls – Wear a Festive Sweater

*Thursday, December 19 – Winter Coffee House Presentations (4P and 4N are scheduled for 9:30-10:30) – Please wear your best today! We hope to see you here!

*Friday, December 20 – Home for the Holidays – Wear Your Favorite Holiday Hat

*Friday, December 20 – Students can bring a towel or blanket to sit on during lunch today!

*Friday, December 20 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 23 – January 1- Winter Break

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): We are hard at work on our Winter Writing Notebook and the kids are loving it! I was absolutely AMAZED at how well the students did with their two-column notes last week. Not only that, we turned our two-column notes into a five paragraph essays. The students were able to see that the completing two column notes makes writing an essay a piece of cake! You will be AMAZED when you see what your child has written! It is impressive! Spelling lists are getting harder! Please keep an eye on spelling test grades, and thank you for supporting your child as they prepare for these more challenging tests.

Math: We will take our math test on patterns and sequences on Tuesday. Believe it or not, we are halfway through our 4th grade math units.

Science: We will finish up our Chemistry unit with an experiment on density this week.

Week of December 2, 1019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*I hope that you all had a restful and relaxing holiday break! I’m excited to see everyone tomorrow!

*Just a reminder that we are asking your child to bring in 2-3 photographs from winter and/or holidays from the past to be included in our winter writing project. We are also asking that your child bring in 2 family recipes (these can be printed from a computer and/or written down) to be included in this project. Photographs and recipes are due FRIDAY.

*Save the date for our Winter Coffee House Presentations on December 19th from 9:30-10:30! You are invited!

*A new spelling list was handed out last Wednesday. Our test is Friday.

*Don’t forget, you can participate in the Scrips fundraiser where every gift card purchased earns money for our school. You can either fill out the green paper that was sent home last week OR submit your order online at www.shopwithscrip.com. Click “Join a program” and enter school code 4367C39F3L821. Create an account to shop. Every gift card purchased earns a rebate percentage that goes to PTO. Thank you!

*Central Manor is participating in a coat drive to help replenish supplies at The Loft at Milllersville Church. We are asking for NEW or GENTLY USED winter coats, gloves, mittens and scarves (children to adult sizes). Your donation will help Penn Manor families. If you choose to donate some items, please send them in a labeled bag with your child. The coat drive will run until mid-December. Thank you!

*The Penn Manor Schools are collecting items to support Penn Manor families. 4th grade has been asked to collect shampoo.

Special Reminders:

*Tuesday – Welcome Back! I’m excited to see everyone!

*Wednesday – Central Manor Holiday Concert

*Friday – Spelling Test

*Friday – Today is the day that your child’s 2 family recipes AND 2-3 photographs that relate to winter and/or holiday memories are due!

Looking Ahead…

*December 19 – Winter Coffee House Presentations (4P and 4N are scheduled for 9:30-10:30) – More information to come, but please mark your calendars…you are invited!

*December 20 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 23 – January 1- Winter Break

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): We will continue to work on our Winter Writing Project by researching a winter holiday from another country. We will also work on drafting two column notes to answer a TDA prompt.

Math: We will continue our unit on patterns and sequences.

Science: We will continue with our Chemistry unit.

Week of Nov. 25, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

*If your child has returned the signed laptop agreement form, laptops will be coming home. More information was sent home on Thursday of last week (3 papers). Laptops should come back to school each day charged and ready to go! Thank you for your support!

*Don’t forget, you can participate in the Scrips fundraiser where every gift card purchased earns money for our school. You can either fill out the green paper that was sent home last week OR submit your order online at www.shopwithscrip.com. Click “Join a program” and enter school code 4367C39F3L821. Create an account to shop. Every gift card purchased earns a rebate percentage that goes to PTO. Thank you!

*Central Manor is participating in a coat drive to help replenish supplies at The Loft at Milllersville Church. We are asking for NEW or GENTLY USED winter coats, gloves, mittens and scarves (children to adult sizes). Your donation will help Penn Manor families. If you choose to donate some items, please send them in a labeled bag with your child. The coat drive will run until mid-December. Thank you!

*We will be working on a Winter Writer’s Project beginning next week. As part of this project, we are asking your child to bring in 2-3 photographs from winter and/or holidays from the past to be included in your child’s project. We are also asking that your child bring in 2 family recipes (these can be printed from a computer and/or written down) to be included in this project. Photographs and recipes are due December 6th.

*Save the date for our Winter Coffee House Presentations on December 19th from 9:30-10:30! Please read below…more information to come!

*No spelling this week. New lists will be handed out on Wednesday! The test will be the following Friday. The rigor of these tests is increasing and will continue to do so.

Special Reminders:

*Wednesday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Wednesday – Monday, December 2 – Thanksgiving Break

Looking Ahead…

*December 2 – Thanksgiving Break

*December 4 – Central Manor Holiday Concert

*December 6 – Spelling Test

*December 6 – Today is the day that your child’s 2 family recipes AND 2-3 photographs that relate to winter and/or holiday memories are due!

*December 19 – Winter Coffee House Presentations (4P and 4N are scheduled for 9:30-10:30) – More information to come, but please mark your calendars…you are invited!

*December 20 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 23 – January 1- Winter Break

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): We will begin our Winter Writer’s Notebook this week! We’ll also practice close reading, nouns, verbs and adjectives and more with some Thanksgiving passages.

Math: The Chapter 6 division tests will come home in Monday folders. As you can see, the rigor of our math tests has increased. There are many multi-step word problems on these tests. We have already started our next unit on Patterns and Sequences. Math homework will look different on Monday and Tuesday night this week!

Science: We will dig deeper into the changing states of water!