Week of October 14, 2019


Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*I will be scheduling your child’s parent-teacher conferences this week. I will do my best to accommodate your requested time. Later next week, you will receive a paper that informs you of your scheduled time. I’m looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you.

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Columbus Day (No School)

*Friday – Native American Test

*Friday – Spelling Test

*Friday – We will welcome the Blue Rock Fire Company here today!

Looking Ahead…

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

*October 25 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): 

Wow! The students amazed me yet again with how well they did on our first ELA unit test! This test was a cold read with some thought-provoking questions. Although your child’s test won’t be coming home for another week or so, his/her grade can be seen in Sapphire. This week, we’ll participate in some activities that will have us identifying main ideas and supporting details.

Math:

The chapter 3 math tests can be found in this week’s brown folders…they are AMAZING! Please be sure to see ALL of the fantastic work that your child has completed on this assessment. We’ve started multiplying larger numbers by one-digit numbers. We are using the CRA approach to learn concepts. The students are doing a fantastic job with station rotations.

Social Studies:

The students are enjoying learning about PA Native Americans. Your child has a yellow study guide to look over each night in preparation for next Friday’s test. PA Native American project papers will be coming home one day next week.

Science:

We are taking a break right now.

Week of October 7, 2019


Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Our Race For Education was so much fun! Thank you for supporting this important PTO fundraiser!

*A white paper was sent home last week regarding Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please return this paper tomorrow!

*Box Tops are due Monday! Please send them in today!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Box Tops due today!

*Monday – White conference papers due

*Friday – District “Pink Out”

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*October 14 – Columbus Day (No School)

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

*October 25 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): 

We will take our first unit assessment this week! Our next unit will focus on main ideas and supporting details. We’ll spend a lot of time reading non-fiction passages that will help us with Close Reading and “think note,” or annotation practice.

Math:

We’ll take our Chapter 3 math test on multiplication and division concepts early in the week. We’ll also take our first benchmark test on Chapters 1-3. Our next math unit focuses on the multiplication of larger numbers. We will be using the CRA (concrete to representational to abstract) to learn these concepts.

Social Studies:

We will begin a social studies unit on PA Native Americans this week!

Science:

We’ll take a break from science while we learn some social studies.


Week of Sept. 30, 2019


Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Just like that, here we are at the end of September already! I absolutely love spending my school days with your children! Thank you for your support!

*Thank you for sending in Race For Education donations! We are getting closer to reaching our school goal!

*We are collecting BoxTops from now until October 7th!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – September Reading Logs due today (a minimum of 240 minutes)

*Thursday – Biology Test

*Friday – Spelling Test

*Friday – Race For Education

Looking Ahead…

*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!

*October 14 – Columbus Day (No School)

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): 

We will continue to dig deeper into learning about theme and indirect characterization. Last week, we learned about subjects and predicates. This week, we’ll take a look at compound sentences. Everyone is doing a fantastic job with their “Hot/Cold Readings.” This fluency practice is a quick, but important part of our school day!

Math:

Chapter 3 on multiplication and division is going well! We will continue to work on the concept of multiplication as a comparison. Math stations have been a great way to practice these skills. The students are also doing a fantastic job with mastering Rocket Math levels!

Science:

We’ll finish our biology unit this week with a test on Thursday. Our final topic focuses on fossils.

Social Studies:

We will begin a social studies unit on PA Native Americans soon!

Week of Sept. 23, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*We are inching our way toward meeting our school goal for the Race For Education. Two papers were sent home last week. Thank you for continuing to work on getting your child sponsors for the Race for Education. We will be participating in the race on October 4th.

*If your child took the 3rd grade PSSA at Central Manor last year, an envelope containing their scores was sent home on Friday.

*We are collecting BoxTops from now until October 7th!

Special Reminders:

*Tuesday – Picture Day Today!

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*September 30 – September Reading Log due (a minimum of 240 minutes)

*October 4 – Race For Education

*October 7 – BoxTops are due for PTO today!

*October 14 – Columbus Day (No School)

*October 21 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): 

We will continue to dig deeper into direct/indirect characterization and theme. This class is a group of writers! Have you heard about our paragraph and indent dances? Reading logs (240 minutes) are due September 30th. Have you seen your child’s 40 Book Challenge paper lately?

Math:

Chapter 2 Math Tests with corrections are coming home in Monday brown folders. Please take a close look at ALL of the AMAZING work that your child completed on this test. I’m so proud of the “think notes” and test taking strategies that the students are using! Way to go 4P! Rocket Math is moving along! I love that many students are taking home Rocket Math to practice the night before the test. We are headed to multiplication and division next!

Science:

Last week, we had a visit to the garden where we were able to get a closer look at how plants use their structural and behavioral adaptations to meet their basic needs. The students really enjoyed bringing in their stuffed animals to learn about animal adaptations.

Social Studies:

We will begin a social studies unit on PA Native Americans soon!

Week of Sept. 16, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*Thank you for all of the donations for the “Ecosystems in a Pan!” The students LOVED making them!

* Here’s a great opportunity to get out there and do something fun with your family AND increase our chance of receiving a School Garden Grant from The Edible Classroom! Click the link for more information! https://centralmanor.pennmanor.net/edible-classroom-watermelon-blaster-5k/

*Thank you for continuing to work on getting your child sponsors for the Race for Education. It is scheduled for October 4th.

*An important ORANGE 1/2 sheet was sent home with your child last Thursday. Our school will no longer be using the REMIND texting service. This 1/2 sheet explains the new way for you to “sign up” to receive important school information.

*We are collecting BoxTops from now until October 7th!

Special Reminders:

*Friday – Bring a stuffed animal today (The most realistic looking animal that you have at home.)

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*September 24 – Picture Day

*September 27 – Early Dismissal

*September 30 – September Reading Log due (a minimum of 240 minutes)

*October 4 – Race For Education

*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): 

This week, we’ll continue to learn more about direct/indirect characterization. We will also spend some time exploring text-dependent analysis prompts. Finally, we will be working on some paragraph writing. Be sure to ask about our “Paragraph Dance.” We will be learning this on Thursday!

Math:

Many students are moving along with their Rocket Math math facts! This is great news, because knowing math facts will make learning new math concepts much more meaningful and manageable. Students can earn a “Clip up” if they practice their rocket page at home! I’m thrilled that many students are taking advantage of this “Win-Win” opportunity! We will finish our chapter on the addition and subtraction of larger numbers next week.

Science:

We will be learning more about biology as we take a closer look at plants and plant/animal adaptations this week. We have a fun activity planned for Friday. Please have your child bring the most realistic looking stuffed animal that he/she has at home. Thank you!

Social Studies:

We will begin a social studies unit soon!

Week of Sept. 9, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*We will be making “Ecosystems in a Pan” this week! We are looking for disposable tin pans and craft supplies that can be used to simulate those things found in an ecosystem. Thank you for your help!

*We are collecting BoxTops from now until October 7th!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*September 24 – Picture Day

*September 27 – Early Dismissal

*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’ll continue to learn more about story elements this week. We’ll also take a deeper look into both direct and indirect characterization.

Math:

Math tests with corrections will be coming home in brown folders. We’ll continue our chapter on the addition and subtraction of larger numbers.

Science:

We’ll begin our biology unit this week! We need your help with a project, please see above.

Social Studies:

We will begin a Social Studies unit later in the marking period.

Week of Sept. 2, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*It was so nice to see so many of you at the Meet the Teacher Open House! It truly is a pleasure to have your child in our class this year!

*Your child’s first Monday brown folder will come home on Tuesday of this week. Brown folders will be sent home (on Mondays) with 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.

*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!

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Happy Labor Day!  (No School)

*Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead…

*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’ll dig deeper into learning about characters, setting, plot with conflict/resolution and theme this week. We’ll be reading an inspiring story about Jackie Mitchell. We’ll also learn more about Close Reading and “Think Notes (annotations)” and how both strategies can help us with our reading comprehension. Reading logs look like they are off to a great start! 240 minutes are due September 30th!

Math:

We’ll take our first math test on place value this week! The students are doing a fantastic job with understanding and verbalizing the concepts.

Science:

We’ll be doing some fun experiments this week that will have us learning more about how scientists use the Scientific Method.

Social Studies:

We will begin a Social Studies unit later in the marking period.

Week of August 26, 2019

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!

Special Reminders:

*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

Looking Ahead…

*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!

Math:

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.

Science:

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. 

Social Studies:

We will begin a Social Studies unit later in the marking period.

Welcome!

Hello 4P Students and Families! I hope that you are having a safe and fun-filled summer!  I’m looking forward to our school year together!  I’ve noticed that school supplies are starting to appear in ads and in the stores.  If you’re watching the back to school ads (or visiting the dollar store) and in the process of buying school supplies, here are a few things that you may want to consider. We use the following:

  • lots of dry erase markers (We use these a lot!)
  • a hand-held pencil sharpener
  • a fun pen
  • #2 pencils or lead pencils
  • several glue sticks (We use these a lot!)
  • crayons (16 or 24 pack)
  • a highlighter
  • colored pencils (We use them a lot!)
  • Post-It Notes (3 x 3 size is best)
  • an old sock (to use as a dry eraser)
  • erasers
  • a pencil box that will fit in your desk
  • a spiral notebook
  • child-safe scissors
  • lined notebook paper
  • small stapler

**I will be supplying you with a folder for each subject area and for homework. You won’t need a binder this year!

**Thank you if you have subscribed to this blog.  I will update it weekly when school begins!

I will be sending a back to school letter sometime in August!  In the meantime, enjoy these fun summer days!  🙂

Week of June 3, 2019

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

**I cannot believe that this is my last blog post for the school year!  This year has flown by! This is always a bittersweet time for me as I say, “Goodbye!” to your child, but at the same time celebrate all that we have accomplished as a school family.  I want to thank you for sharing your child with us and with me this past school year.  It has truly been an honor to be your child’s teacher this year!  Each personality made our class one special group of kids!  I also want to thank you for partnering with me to help your child grow and for your ongoing support all year!  I wish you all a fun-filled summer with lots of happy memories, a lot of family time, relaxation and many laughs and smiles!  I will miss you all!  🙂

**Please have your child bring an old rag and a backpack and/or bag to school tomorrow. We will be cleaning out our desks at the end of the day tomorrow and wiping everything down.

**Monday’s lunch will be burgers and Munchables, Tuesday’s lunch will be pizza and Munchables.

Special Reminders:

*Monday – Xtra Recess and Yearbook signing with 4th grade! If your child doesn’t have a yearbook, I have an autograph packet available.

*Monday – Bring an old rag to wipe things down and your backpack and/or a bag to school.

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

*Tuesday – It’s “Y Day” today! Bring 5 things to share about YOU!!

*Wednesday – Report Cards Come Home Today!

*Wednesday – Zoom into Summer!  Last Day of School (No breakfast or lunch served, 11:30 Early Dismissal)