Happy Holidays!

*Excitement is in the air!  Central Manor is having a holiday spirit week this week!  Please see the days below!

*Thank you for all of the donations for our holiday fun!  We could still use some volunteers and a few supplies!  Please click the Sign Up Genius link to help!  Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4fa8ac2ba13-holiday

*Please send donations in as soon as you have them, but no later than Tuesday!  This will allow me to purchase anything that is still needed for the project.  Thank you again!

*I want to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season!  Thank you for sending the gift of your child to school each day!  We love that he/she is a part of our class!  

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Central Manners Monday!  Dress your best for a formal luncheon!  By the way, students are really using their manners in the lunch line.  I smile my way through the line because of all of the nice manners being used.

*Tuesday –  Tacky Sweater Tuesday 

*Wednesday – Holiday Snack (Please send donations in as soon as you have them, but no later than Tuesday!  Thank you!)

*Wednesday – Wear red and green

*Thursday – Wear your PJs!

*Friday – 10:30 Shine Time and Carol Sing

*Friday – Holiday Hats!

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 24 – January 1 – Holiday Break

Week of December 10, 2018

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

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

*Tuesday – Atom Quiz (Notes are in homework folders)

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

Looking Ahead…

*December 21 – Holiday Shine Time at 10:30

*December 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 24 – January 1 – Holiday Break

What are we learning this week?

Math:  There will be a Check My Progress quiz grade coming home in Monday folders.  Great job Everyone!  Our math chapter will continue to focus on using patterns and sequences in a variety of ways.  

Word Study:  Please see test dates above.  This will probably be the last list and test before the holiday vacation.  

Science:  We will continue to learn more about how atoms are the building blocks of matter and about elements, molecules and the states of matter.  

Week of December 3, 2018

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Happy December Everyone!  It is one of the most exciting times of the year to be in an elementary school!  I love the pure joy and excitement that is in the air!

*Did you get to hear about our visit with our 2nd grade buddy class?  The students LOVED this leadership opportunity.  Hopefully, we will meet again soon!

*Our December Character Education Theme is Courtesy/Good Manners!  This a great month to spotlight these skills in school and in real life.  

Special Reminders:

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

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

*Tuesday – CM Holiday Concert (Grade 3/Chorus/Band) at 7:00 PM

Looking Ahead…

*December 21 – Holiday Shine Time at 10:30

*December 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 24 – January 1 – Holiday Break

What are we learning this week?

Math:  Chapter 6 math tests will be coming home on Monday.  Our next chapter focuses on patterns, tables and problem-solving.  Homework continues to be a spiral review of skills.  This spiral review is such an important piece of fluency and continued practice with skills.  Just a reminder, if there are basic addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems, those problems should be done using area models (multiplication) or algorithm/abstract (addition, subtraction, multiplication for those not using area models, and division).  Calculators should be used for finding factors, multiples, word problems and everything else.  Many students are working really hard on using inverse operations to be flexible in their problem solving skills.  This flexible thinking is such an important skill when it comes to math and quite frankly, real life!  The kids are doing an amazing job of working to grow this skill and in knowing that showing effort is learning from mistakes.  I love this growth mindset!  

Word Study:  Tests and signature sheets are due on Monday (4P) and Tuesday (4N).  Just a reminder, the homograph group should also know the definitions of each version of the word!

Social Studies:  William Penn tests will come home Monday!  Next up, atoms in science!

Week of November 26, 2018

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!

*I’ve moved the word study tests…please see the new dates below.

Special Reminders:

*Monday – No School 

*Thursday – William Penn Test (Study guides in homework folders)

*Friday – Scrips gift card orders due today!

*Monday, December 3rd – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

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

Looking Ahead…

*December 4 – CM Holiday Concert (Grade 3/Chorus/Band) at 7:00 PM

*December 21 – Holiday Shine Time at 10:30

*December 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 24 – January 1 – Holiday Break

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We will continue to practice long division this week with problem solving and multi-step word problems.  Our test is scheduled for Friday.  Please continue to encourage your child to practice his/her math facts.  Many students are having a harder time learning new concepts, because math facts are not known.

Word Study:  There are new word study test dates listed above.  The group that has homographs this week will not have to sort the words according to the features (first stress, second stress of syllables), however students must be able to know the definitions of the words so that they are spelling the correct word with the correct meaning as it is used in a sentence during the test.

Social Studies:  Our William Penn test is scheduled for Thursday.  Do you know who Pennsylvania is named after and do you know what Sylvania means?  Notes can be found in your child’s homework folder.

Week of November 19, 2018

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be your child’s teacher this year!  

*Monday – Wear Patriotic Colors for our Patriotic Shine Time

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

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

*Wednesday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Thursday – Monday – Thanksgiving Break

Looking Ahead…

*Monday, November 26 – No School

*Thursday, November 29 – William Penn Test (A stapled study guide is in your child’s homework folder.)

*November 30 – Scripps gift card orders due (This is a great gift!)

*December 4 – CM Holiday Concert (Grade 3/Chorus/Band) at 7:00 PM

*December 21 – Holiday Shine Time at 10:30

*December 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*December 24 – January 1 – Holiday Break

What are we learning this week?

Math:  Perseverance, stamina and flexible thinking…yep, it’s the long division unit!  We have been using the CRA approach to learning long division.  Long division looks VERY different than when you and I learned it in school.  We divide across using a Base 10 approach.  

Word Study:  Word study dates are listed above!  Keep studying!

Social Studies:  The students seem to be enjoying the story of Pennsylvania’s history during the time of William Penn.  Students have a stapled study guide that should “live” in their homework folders throughout this unit.  We will add to the study guide throughout the unit.  Our test is scheduled for Thursday, November 29th.

Week of November 12, 2018

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Thank you for coming in for Parent Teacher Conferences!  I loved having a chance to talk with you!  These kids are amazing and I love working with each and every one of them!

*The PA Native American projects were amazing!  The students really enjoyed showcasing their projects for other classes!  Thank you for your support at home with this project!  

Special Reminders

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

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

*Tuesday – Picture Retake Day (Please send in your original packet.  Students that were absent on the first picture day will also have their pictures taken.)

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

*Tuesday – PA Native American Test

*Thursday – 4th grade has a special speaker coming in today!  Please be sure to ask your child about our surprise guest!  It’s exciting!

*Friday – Spirit wear online store closes (https://stores.inksoft.com/central_manor_elementary/shop/home

*November 16 – Scrips gift card order forms will come home today!  This is a great gift idea!

Looking Ahead…

*November 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*November 22-26 Happy Thanksgiving (No School)

*November 30 – Scrips gift card orders due today!

What are we learning this week?

Math:  The Chapter 5 Math Test will be coming home in Monday brown folders.  All test corrections are due Wednesday.  We will begin long division this week.  Please keep encouraging your child to practice his/her math facts.  We are working on building our stamina as we progress into new and longer math skills and concepts.  We continue to use the CRA approach when learning new skills.

Word Study:  Studying the features of each word will make learning the spelling of the words more meaningful and manageable.  Test dates are listed above.

Social Studies:  We will take our PA Native Americans Test on Tuesday.  We will begin to learn more about our state’s history as we study William Penn and the Quakers.

Week of November 5, 2018

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*It’s Conference Week!  I’m looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!  I’m so proud of everyone and the progress that everyone is making!

*4th Grade is collecting canned sweet potatoes for the food drive.  Thank you for helping to provide some families with a Thanksgiving Meal.

*Due to the early dismissals, the Word Study Tests for both classes are moved!  Please see the new dates below.

Special Reminders

*Monday – PA Native American Projects due

*Tuesday – PA Native American Exhibit (Feel free to park in the side gym parking lot, sign in at the office and stop by anytime between 2:40-3:10.)

*Wednesday – Fall Book Fair (The Book Fair will be open during conferences on Wednesday afternoon and evening.)

*Wednesday – Sub Sale Pick up

*Wednesday and Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences (I’m looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!)

*Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal Days

*Thursday – Our class will be visiting the book fair today!  If your child is choosing to purchase books, he/she should bring money today.  

Looking Ahead…

*Monday, November 12 – PTO Meeting (6:30 PM in the CM Library)

*Monday, November 12 – 4P Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Tuesday, November 13 – 4N Word Study Test and Parent Signature Sheet due

*Tuesday, November 13 – PA Native American Test

*Tuesday, November 13 – Picture Retake Day (Please send in your original packet.  Students that were absent on the first picture day will also have their pictures taken.)

*November 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*November 22-26 Happy Thanksgiving (No School)

What are we learning this week?

Math:  We continue to use the CRA Approach for learning the multiplication of larger numbers.  Please continue to encourage your child to master his/her math facts.  Our test is scheduled for Thursday.

Word Study:  Please see above for the new dates for the next word study test.

Social Studies:  We are so excited for the PA Native American Exhibit on Tuesday.  Projects are due Monday.  We will have a test on Tuesday, November 13th.  Your child can prepare for this test by studying the yellow shutter book and the papers in it.  

Week of October 29, 2018

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*4th Grade is collecting canned sweet potatoes for the food drive.  Thank you for your help in providing some families with a Thanksgiving Meal.

*If you’d like to order books, I’ve extended the Scholastic Book Order date to October 31st.  Our class online code is GQTJ9.

Special Reminders

*Wednesday – Chapter 4 Math Test Corrections Due (colored pencil corrections)

*Friday – No School (In-Service Day)

Looking Ahead…

*Monday, November 5 – PA Native American Projects due

*Tuesday, November 6 – Word Study Test for 4P and Signature Sheet Due

*Tuesday, November 6 – PA Native American Exhibit

*Wednesday, November 7 – Word Study Test for 4N and Signature Sheet Due

*November 5 – 9 – Fall Book Fair (The Book Fair will be open during conferences on Wednesday afternoon and evening.)

*Wednesday, November 7 – Sub Sale Pick up

*Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (I’m looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!)

*November 7, 8 and 9 – 1:30 Early Dismissal Days

*Monday, November 12 – PTO Meeting (6:30 PM in the CM Library)

*Tuesday, November 13 – Picture Retake Day (Please send in your original packet.  Students that were absent on the first picture day will also have their pictures taken.)

*November 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*November 22-26 Happy Thanksgiving (No School)

What are we learning this week?

Math:  The Chapter 4 Math Test will be coming home on Monday.  The multi-step problems made this test a challenging one.  I strongly encourage math test corrections.  The math test corrections can be done in colored pencil directly on the test.  We will be moving to double-digit multiplication next.  I’m asking for your help in encouraging your child to practice his/her math facts.  Knowing math facts makes learning new skills much more manageable and meaningful.

Word Study:  I love that students are using word study skills to take a closer look at how words are spelled.  Our next test dates for both classes are listed above.  Thank you for your help in encouraging your child to prepare for these assessments.

Social Studies:  The students are so excited to learn about PA Native Americans each day!  Two graded assignments are coming home in Monday’s brown folder.  PA Native American Projects are due next Monday, November 5th.  The project is to be completed at home, however we will work on the mini-report in class.  We can’t wait to see them!  

Week of October 22, 2018

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Your child’s conference confirmation paper listing the date and time of your child’s conference will come home on Monday.  Please sign and return the bottom portion of this form!  I look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!  Thank you!

*If your child hasn’t returned his PA Native American Project paper, please return it by Monday!  Thank you to those of you that have already turned signed and returned the project slips.  The kids are really excited about these projects.  Projects are due Monday, November 5th.

*PTO is looking for Designer Bag Bingo Volunteers and Donations.  If you can help, please click here.  

*It’s Teamwork Spirit Week!  

Monday:   Favorite Penn Manor Shirt/jersey – or wear blue/gold

Tuesday:   “Scrabble” – Attach a letter to your shirt.  Can you find other students and make some robust vocabulary?

Wednesday:  PJ Day – Teamwork Makes the DREAM work

Thursday:     Favorite sports jersey (sports teamwork)

Friday:  Penn Manor DISTRICT WIDE “PINK OUT!” 

Special Reminders:

*Thursday – Word Study Test for 4N (Please study the sort and spelling).

*Thursday – Word Study Homework Signature Sheet due for 4N

*Friday – Word Study Test for 4P (Please study the sort and spelling).

*Friday – Word Study Homework Signature Sheet due for 4P

*Friday – Chapter 4 Math Test

*Sunday – PTO Designer Bag Bingo at Manor Church

Looking Ahead…

*October 28 – PTO Designer Bag Bingo at Manor Church

*November 2 – No School (In-Service Day)

*November 5 – PA Native American Projects due

*November 5 – 9 – Fall Book Fair

*November 6 – PA Native American Exhibit

*November 7 – Sub Sale Pick up

*November 7 and November 8 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (I’m looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!)

*November 7, 8 and 9 – Early Dismissal Days

*November 13 – Picture Retake Day (Please send in your original packet.  Students that were absent on the first picture day will also have their pictures taken.)

What are we learning this week?

Math: The students are doing a fantastic job with CRA (concrete – representation – abstract) and math stations!  We will continue to practice multiplication and problem solving skills this week.  It’s amazing to see students demonstrate all of the different ways that they can use to multiply numbers.  This week, we will add the Distributive Property to the list of ways!  The math test is tentatively scheduled for Friday.

Social Studies:  Have you seen your child’s study guide?  The choral reading is a great study tool as well!  Projects are due Monday, November 5th.