Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter
We are off to a fabulous start! I’m so proud of everyone for working hard to learn new routines, make new friends and for doing a great job transitioning from summer to back to school! Thank you for sharing your son/daughter with our class! It’s an honor to be his/her teacher! I’m excited to meet you at our Meet the Teacher Open House on Wednesday (Drop in between 4 – 6 PM)!
*This is the first of weekly updates (This post is a bit longer than normal.) that you’ll receive from me! These updates will list important dates and give you a glimpse into what we’re doing in school each week. Please also stay tuned to your child’s planner for important dates and events as well!
*I will be sending home a weekly Monday (beginning next week) folder that includes graded assignments, tests, quizzes and things that we’ve completed in school. Please sign and return the folder. You may keep the contents of the folder at home.
*Is your child interested in play an instrument? Please see the following information… Attention 4th grade students and parents:If you are interested in learning more about the Penn Manor Instrumental Music Program, then please read PM Elementary Instrumental Music blog and specifically Beginner Information. Here is the link to the online registration form. Registrations will be accepted through August 31. Lessons will begin as soon as schedules can be developed and shared with families and teachers at each school. Please contact your child’s classroom music teacher or Ms. Almoney with questions. (All 4th graders will receive the “Do you want to play an instrument?” paper which includes instructions for those who do not have internet access.)
*We strongly encourage you to obtain a Sapphire account to review student grades, attendance, etc. Simply click on the link below and follow the directions to obtain this account. If you have previously obtained a Sapphire account, there is NO NEED to submit the documentation again. Your username, password and pin # are all still valid. https://www.pennmanor.net/parents/sapphirehelp/
*We are collecting BoxTops from now until October 7th!
*Wednesday – Meet the Teacher Open House from 4-6 (I’m looking forward to meeting you! Stop in anytime between 4-6 PM! Your child is welcome to come along!)
*Thursday – Spelling Test
*Thursday – 1:30 Early Dismissal
*Thursday – Penn Manor Fall Athletic Kick Off Classic at Comet Field
*Friday – No School
*Monday, September 2 – Happy Labor Day! (No School)
*Friday, September 6 – Spelling Test
*Monday, September 9 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM
*September 30 – September Reading Log due (a minimum of 240 minutes)
*October 4 – Race For Education at 9:15
*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!
*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM
What are we learning this week?
English Language Arts (ELA):
We will be learning about and practicing a reading strategy called “Visualize and Verbalize” this week. We’ll also begin a unit on “Main Characters and Theme.” Spelling lists were handed out on Friday. Students may choose to study as many of the challenge words that they’d like each week. This can vary from week to week. The test is scheduled for Thursday. We will be participating in the 40 Book Challenge this year. Your child has a 40 Book Challenge recording sheet in his/her homework folder that will allow him/her to track the titles and genres that he/she is reading. In order to help structure some of your child’s reading, he/she has a reading log. By the end of each month, your child should have read at least 240 minutes (60 minutes a week). Logs will need a parent signature and of course, we love if your child would like to read and record more than the required 240 minutes. Thank you for your help and support!
We will be using the CRA approach (concrete to representational to abstract) in math this year. It is very hands-on and will provide your child with a much deeper understanding of the Base 10 Number System. Your child will be receiving a spiral review math homework for the first time Monday evening. Math homework is given every night, with the exception of Fridays. This first chapter focuses on Place Value skills. We will begin to work in flexible math groups for our math lessons soon. Our first math test will be coming up quickly. Math extra credit is available every night.
We will be learning about the Scientific Method/Process to start the year! Please be sure to encourage your child to tell you about the hands-on experiments that we will be doing in class.
We will begin a Social Studies unit later in the marking period.