Monthly Archives: January 2021

Week of February 1, 2021

Hi 4P Families! Happy Snowy Sunday! It’s so hard to believe that we are headed into February! As you know from the message that Penn Manor sent out on Friday, please stay tuned to any weather updates for Monday and/or Tuesday. Here’s a look at our week ahead and some other important information.

Math – We will take our Chapter 8 math test this week! The students are doing a great job with fractions!

ELA – Your child’s latest two column notes and five paragraph essays are coming home this week! They are FABULOUS! I sit and grade these essays and am simply amazed at the evidence, inferences and analysis that is being put into these writing prompts. These 4th graders continue to grow and grow! We will dig deeper into drawing conclusions and inferences this week with some mentor texts.

Content – We will learn about energy this week!

*Valentine’s Day Exchange – We are excited to announce that we will be exchanging valentines this year. If your 4th grader chooses to exchange valentines, he or she must give a valentine to every student in our classroom. For the safety of all students in 4th grade, any food or candy item included with the valentines must be store bought and individually wrapped.  Other non-edible items may also be attached to the valentines. Examples include pencils, erasers, sticker books, etc. All valentines must be brought to school by Tuesday, February 9th.  Any valentines that are received after that day will be delivered the following week. We will open valentines at the end of the day on Friday, 2/12. If your 4th grader is choosing to exchange valentines, I’m encouraging students to bring the valentines in as soon as possible. The earlier, the better! All treats will be coming home, I will provide a treat that the students can enjoy in school that day. I also have extra valentine packs, please have your 4th grader email or see me if he/she needs a pack of cards to hand out.

*Yearbook Photos – The Central Manor yearbook committee needs your help! If you have any pictures that you have taken of your 4th grader from this school year that you would be willing to have included in the yearbook, the committee is asking parents to sent pictures to the following email address: centralmanorphotos@gmail.com. Pictures could include artwork/projects that your 4th grader has made, he/she completing homework, sitting at the computer, playing in the snow, and so on.

*Supplies – Many students are running low or have exhausted their supply of glue sticks and dry erase markers. We use these things daily! If you are able to check in with your 4th grader to see if he/she could use some replacements, that would be fabulous! Thank you for your help!

This week:

Friday – Spelling Test

Friday – Report Cards Come Home Today!!

Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, February 9 – Valentines and/or store-bought treats due (optional)

Friday, Feb. 12 – Valentine’s Day Exchange (Please look through and approve any treats that your child will be bringing home from our exchange.)

Monday, Feb. 15 – Presidents’ Day (No School)

Friday, March 5 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Friday, March 19th – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Week of January 25, 2021

Hi 4P Families! I hope that you are having a nice weekend! There is a lot of important information below. We are asking for your help with a few things.

*Yearbook Photos – The Central Manor yearbook committee needs your help! If you have any pictures that you have taken of your 4th grader from this school year that you would be willing to have included in the yearbook, the committee is asking parents to sent pictures to the following email address: centralmanorphotos@gmail.com. Pictures could include artwork/projects that your 4th grader has made, he/she completing homework, sitting at the computer, playing in the snow, and so on.

*Valentine’s Day Exchange – We are excited to announce that we will be exchanging valentines this year. If your 4th grader chooses to exchange valentines, he or she must give a valentine to every student in our classroom. For the safety of all students in 4th grade, any food or candy item included with the valentines must be store bought and individually wrapped.  Other non-edible items may also be attached to the valentines. Examples include pencils, erasers, sticker books, etc. All valentines must be brought to school by Tuesday, February 9th.  Any valentines that are received after that day will be delivered the following week. We will open valentines at the end of the day on Friday, 2/12. If your 4th grader is choosing to exchange valentines, I’m encouraging students to bring the valentines in as soon as possible. The earlier, the better! All treats will be coming home, I will provide a treat that the students can enjoy in school that day. I also have extra valentine packs, please have your 4th grader email or see me if he/she needs a pack of cards to hand out.

*Supplies – Many students are running low or have exhausted their supply of glue sticks and dry erase markers. We use these things daily! If you are able to check in with your 4th grader to see if he/she could use some replacements, that would be fabulous! Thank you for your help!

Math – The students are doing an amazing job with fractions! Using the CRA approach to learning about the concept of equivalent fractions has really helped students to truly understand math concepts. Knowing math facts also is also a HUGE help, students are able to use factors, multiples and know when numbers are prime and composite to help with finding equivalent fractions, compare and order fractions.

ELA – Last week, we spent a lot of time learning about point of view. This week, we’ll apply what we know about point of view as we read, “Because of Winn-Dixie.” We’ll also draft Two Column Notes and an essay response to go with the story. We will begin to dig deeper into adjectives this week in grammar.

Content – We will wrap up our latest Social Studies unit this week by studying PA map skills and learning about PA Regions. Your child will have a PA Regions quiz on Wednesday. Maps were handed out last week. We will begin a unit on Magnets, Energy and Electricity later in the week.

This week:

Wednesday – PA Regions quiz

Friday – Spelling Test

Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Looking Ahead:

Friday, Feb. 5 – Report Cards Today!

Tuesday, February 9 – Valentines and/or store-bought treats due (optional)

Friday, Feb. 12 – Valentine’s Day Exchange (Please look through and approve any treats that your child will be bringing home from our exchange.)

Monday, Feb. 15 – Presidents’ Day (No School)

Friday, March 5 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Friday, March 19th – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Week of January 18, 2021

Hi 4P Families! I hope that you are having a relaxing weekend! Here’s a look at our week ahead.

Math – Everyone did an amazing job on the Chapter 7 math test! Tests were sent home last week. We are officially halfway through 4th grade math! We will begin a unit on fractions this week. We will again use the CRA approach when learning about fractions. Many students are doing an amazing job on math homework!

ELA – The students did a fabulous job on their Unit 3 test! Again, I’m so proud of how hard the students are working on their two column notes. I hope that you had a chance to see your child’s assessment. We will begin a unit on point of view, fiction summaries, inferences and more this week! New spelling lists were handed out on Friday, this test is scheduled for Friday, January 29th.

Content – We will wrap up our latest Social Studies unit this week by studying PA map skills and learning about PA Regions. Your child will have a PA Border States quiz on Thursday. Maps will be handed out on Tuesday, so your child will have two nights to study Pennsylvania’s border states.

This week:

Monday, January 18th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

Thursday – PA Border States Quiz

Thursday, January 21st – End of the 2nd Marking Period

Friday, January 22nd – Teacher In-Service Day (No School)

Looking Ahead:

Friday, January 29th – Spelling Test

Friday, January 29th – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Week of January 11, 2021

Hi 4P Families! We had a great first week back to school! We worked hard on our TDA Two Column notes and essays. These will come home sometime soon! You will be amazed at what your 4th grader can do! Thank you for all that you are doing to support your 4th grader at home too!

Math – The students are doing a fantastic job with our math unit on patterns, input and output tables and problem solving. We will take our test on Friday. We continue to practice prior math concepts through spiral review homework, during E/I time and through the use of Prodigy.

ELA – We will wrap up our unit on non-fiction text features and text structures this week. We will take our Unit 3 test in ELA this week. We’ll also continue to learn more about verbs.

Content – We will continue to learn about map skills.

This week:

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

Monday, January 18th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

Thursday, January 21st – End of the 2nd Marking Period

Friday, January 22nd – Teacher In-Service Day (No School)

Friday, January 29th – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Week of January 4th, 2021

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a fantastic holiday season! It’s hard to believe that as we return to school, we are just a few weeks away from the halfway point in our school year together! We will get back into the swing of things at school this week.

Homework Reminders: This is just a reminder that nightly homework assignments (Monday through Thursday) include a math spiral review page, study for the Friday spelling test, read and record on reading log, and occasionally study for a science or social studies assessment. Your 4th grader has a weekly planner page that can be found in on the cover of his/her blue homework folder. Additionally, if your child is absent, leaves early or comes late for an appointment, he/she will most likely have makeup work.

Math – We will begin a unit on Patterns and Sequences. We will continue to practice division concepts, so that everyone works to master long division concepts. Students should solve the addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division problems on homework without a calculator (These are usually the first few problems on the spiral review page). Calculators may be used on the rest of the page.

ELA – We will dig deeper into cause and effect relationships this week when we read a story called, “Mountains.” We will also use this story to respond to a TDA (text dependent analysis) prompt. Our goal is to get more and more students to get from two column notes to the end result of a five paragraph essay. We will study verbs in grammar.

Content – We will be working on a variety of math skills in social studies.

This week:

Monday – Welcome Back! I’m excited to see everyone! Don’t forget your sneakers for Phys. Ed. class (It may be muddy outside).

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

Monday, January 18th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

Thursday, January 21st – End of the 2nd Marking Period

Friday, January 22nd – Teacher In-Service Day (No School)

Friday, January 29th – 1:30 Early Dismissal