Monthly Archives: January 2020

Week of Feb. 3, 2020

Mrs. Piatt’s Weekly Newsletter

*This week’s spelling list includes singular and plural possessives. The words can be challenging in the fact that students have to know the meanings of the words and how to spell them correctly as used in sentences. In order to help with studying at home, I’ve sent a typed list of sentences that go with each spelling word along with the regular lists. Thank you for your support in helping your child to prepare for these tests!

*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:

*Tuesday – Kindergarten Information Night (held at Hambright Elementary)

*Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*Friday – Spelling Test

*Saturday – Sweetheart Dance (for those who signed up)

Looking Ahead…

*Friday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Exchange

*Monday, February 17 – Presidents’ Day (No School)

*Monday, February 19 – Central Manor Career Day

*Friday, February 25 – Kids at Work Day

*Monday, March 9 – PTO Meeting (6:30 in the CM Library)

*Friday, March 13 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

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

*Friday, March 27 – Weather Make-up Day

What are we learning this week?

English Language Arts (ELA): Everyone really did such a fantastic job with “Because of Winn-Dixie” last week. Comprehension tests and TDAs will be coming home! Please be sure to see ALL of your child’s hard work! This week, we’ll practice summarizing skills and dig deeper into the compare/contrast text structure.

Math: The Chapter 9 math tests will be coming home! The students did an outstanding job with fraction concepts. We’re headed into a unit on decimals next. We’ll learn more about how decimals are part of the Base 10 number system in so many ways.

Social Studies: We are hard at work on our travel brochures. We’ll also spend some time learning about natural resources and renewable/non-renewable resources.

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.