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Week of April 12, 2021

Hi 4P Families! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend! Here is a look at our week ahead! Although the 3rd marking period wrapped up at the end of March, 3rd marking report cards will be sent home on Wednesday! Just a reminder that PSSA dates are listed below. We will be testing in the mornings.

Math – The students did a really nice job on the area and perimeter test last week. The tests were sent home on Friday. We will begin our last official math unit on Geometry this week. This chapter is longer! Following that, we will spiral review math skills from this year with a variety of activities.

ELA – We will finish our unit on Figurative Language this week. We will be working on task cards, Common Lit passages and participating in a few writing activities.

Content – We will finish an animal research project this week. We will also begin a unit on Pennsylvania Government.

This week:

Wednesday – Report Cards sent home

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

Friday, April 23 – Early Dismissal

Tuesday, May 4 – ELA PSSA Testing

Wednesday, May 5 – ELA PSSA Testing

Thursday, May 6 – ELA PSSA Testing

Monday, May 10 – Math PSSA Testing

Tuesday, May 11 – Math PSSA Testing

Wednesday, May 12 – Science PSSA Testing

Thursday, May 13 – Science PSSA Testing

Friday, May 14 – Early Dismissal

Week of April 5, 2021

Hi 4P Families! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! Here is a look at our week ahead! PSSA letters were sent home last week. For scheduling purposes, the dates are listed below. We will be testing in the mornings.

Math – We finished our chapter on the Metric Unit last week and have moved on to a unit on perimeter and area. This is another short chapter!

ELA – We will continue to learn more about figurative language this week. We will work on a short writing passage and learn about homophones.

Content – We will learn about some PA pests, write a pest report and review some science concepts from our blended learning days earlier in the year.

This week:

Monday – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

Wednesday, April 14 – Report Cards distributed

Friday, April 23 – Early Dismissal

Tuesday, May 4 – ELA PSSA Testing

Wednesday, May 5 – ELA PSSA Testing

Thursday, May 6 – ELA PSSA Testing

Monday, May 10 – Math PSSA Testing

Tuesday, May 11 – Math PSSA Testing

Wednesday, May 12 – Science PSSA Testing

Thursday, May 13 – Science PSSA Testing

Friday, May 14 – Early Dismissal

Week of March 29, 2021

Hi 4P Families! I have some exciting news! Our 4th graders raised $376 during our March Gladness coin drive to be donated to The Loft in Millersville. The money will be used to purchase items that will help Penn Manor families!

PTO Spiritwear Fundraiser – Orders are due no later than April 1st!

Math – We are flying through the Metric Unit. The Base 10 number system has helped us to pick up metric conversions quickly. We will take our test midweek, then move to a chapter on area and perimeter.

ELA – We will begin a unit on figurative language. This high interest unit will have us reading some mentor texts that use figurative language and we will write some of our own figurative language. We will continue to practice prefixes, suffixes and learn more about homophones.

Content – We will continues to learn more about weather fronts and patterns this week.

This week:

Monday – End of the 3rd Marking Period

Wednesday – Dress like your favorite book character! (optional)

Thursday – Spelling Test

Thursday – Central Manor PTO Spiritwear Fundraiser orders due!

Thursday – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Friday – No School

Looking Ahead:

Monday, April 5 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Wednesday, April 14 – Report Cards distributed

Week of March 22, 2021

Hi 4P Families! Happy Spring! I hope that you are all able to enjoy the beautiful weather! Here’s a look at our week ahead!

PTO Spiritwear Fundraiser – Order forms were sent home last week. Orders are due no later than April 1st!

4th Grade Coin Drive Update – We had a very special Google Meet with Ms. Mealy, one of Penn Manor’s social workers LIVE from The Loft. The students were able to “see” where their money will go. Our coin drive collection will continue through this Friday. The students are very motivated to help our Penn Manor Community!

Math – Last week, we spent time analyzing line plots and used number lines with hills and mountains for time to find elapsed time. We will take our test on Tuesday, then continue to the Metric Unit.

ELA – We continue to dig deeper into firsthand and secondhand accounts. We will take our Unit 6 ELA assessment this week. We will continues to study suffixes in grammar.

Spelling – Please encourage your 4th grader to look over spelling lists nightly. They are always handed out the Friday before the test. Please be sure to check Sapphire for your 4th grader’s spelling test grade from Friday. Spelling tests were sent home on Friday.

Content – We will continue to learn about clouds, weather patterns and weather instruments.

This week:

Monday – 4th Grade Coin Drive wraps up this week (Friday)

Wednesday – Trivia Today! We will play Kahoot!

Thursday – PTO Candy Pickup 4:30-6:30

Friday – Celebrate our Coin Drive success with team apparel or Penn Manor colors!

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

Monday, March 29 – End of MP3

Wednesday, March 31st – Dress like your favorite book character! (optional)

Thursday, April 1 – Central Manor PTO Spiritwear Fundraiser orders due!

Thursday, April 1 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Friday, April 2 – No School

Monday, April 5 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Week of March 15, 2021

Hi 4P Families! Time continues to fly by as we head into mid-March! Please note that we DO have school on Friday. It is one of our snow make-up days!

PTO Read-A-Thon papers are due Monday (for those that chose to participate)! Prizes will be handed out next Monday!

4th Grade Coin Drive – Our coin collection continues to grow! It is so much fun to watch our collection grow, and the students are super excited about helping our Penn Manor community!

Math – We will continue with learning about Customary Measurement this week. We will also use number lines to help us find elapsed time.

ELA – Unit tests were fantastic! Wow! This week, we’ll continue with Unit 6: Tackling Multiple Texts. We’ve spent time discussing how are world if full of information and that it’s important to read a variety of texts and passages on topics. In grammar, we are learning about prefixes and suffixes.

Spelling – Spelling lists continue to have rigor to them. Please encourage your 4th grader to look over his/her list each evening. This week is definitely a challenge!

Content – We will continue to learn about Earth, the seasonal rotation and move into learning about clouds. We will be making cloud posters this week!

This week:

Monday – Bring a small, safe for school flashlight for some flashlight reading today! (optional)

Wednesday – Happy St. Patrick’s Day (Optional – Wear green or rainbow colors today!)

Friday – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Friday – Wear bright colors! Spring arrives tomorrow! (optional)

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

Monday, March 22 – PTO Read-A-Thon prizes to be handed out!

Thursday, March 25th – PTO Candy Pickup 4:30-6:30

Wednesday, March 31st – Dress like your favorite book character! (optional)

Thursday, April 1 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Friday, April 2 – No School

Monday, April 5 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Week of March 8, 2021

Hi 4P Families! I hope that you are having a fantastic weekend! March Gladness continues this week! Calendars were sent home with your 4th grader last week, I will also list special events below.

Tuesday Desk Decorations – As part of March Gladness, we will be decorating our desks on Tuesday! I’m encouraging students to bring in streamers, tape and other things to decorate the front and sides of their desks.

4th Grade Coin Drive – Although our 4th grade coin drive to benefit The Loft in Millersville doesn’t start for a couple more weeks, our class got a jump start last week! The kids are really excited about helping in our community! We are also looking for some empty plastic containers that we can use for our coins. If you happen to have one that we can keep, we would love to have it! Thank you for your support!

Sapphire – We are moving right along in this 3rd Marking Period. I continue to encourage you to keep an eye on Sapphire grades. This is also a good way to see the grades that your child is receiving on the Google Classroom assignments/assessments that I grade. Sapphire grades are updated as assignments/tests come in each week.

Math – Math tests looked fantastic last week! We started Chapter 11 on Friday and will continue with this chapter on Customary Measurement for the next couple weeks.

ELA – The students seem to really enjoy our unit on Author’s Purpose and Author’s Claim. We have been reading some good articles and are digging deep into analyzing how writer’s sometimes try to persuade us with their claims. We are working on an essay that has us citing evidence from TWO passages that discuss the importance of recycling. On Tuesday, we will take our unit test for this mini-unit. There is no TDA as part of this unit test. Graded tests will come home this week.

Spelling – Spelling lists continue to have rigor to them. Please encourage your 4th grader to look over his/her list each evening.

Content – We will continue to learn more about the planets, Earth, the moon and sun this week. The students seem to enjoy this science unit.

This week:

Monday – 4th Grade Team Spirit (Wear your favorite sports jersey and activity apparel)

Tuesday – Organize Your Home Office Day (Bring things in to decorate your desk!)

Wednesday – Penn Manor Spirit Day Kick Off Spring Sports (Wear Penn Manor colors)

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

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

Thursday, March 25th – PTO Candy Pickup 4:30-6:30

Thursday, April 1 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Friday, April 2 – No School

Monday, April 5 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Week of March 1, 2021

Hi 4P Families! Just like that, we are in March! Time is flying by! 4th Grade will be participating in March Gladness this month! Stay tuned to my weekly blog posts and to your child’s planner page for dates and events!

DUE TOMORROW! PTO Candy Sale Fundraiser – This spring we are going “local” and doing a candy sale from Groff’s Candy. Paper forms are coming home with students but if you’d rather order paperless, visit the link below. When submitting the paper form or the online form, please condense any orders from within your community so there is 1 order per student. This helps us with our book keeping, please submit 1 payment per order also.  We appreciate all of your support! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Sdx8xO7vA78ulhTDEyXK43BsR9MV6mAZt_LR9J5hAgM/

Math – Our decimal unit is moving right along! We will take our test later this week!

ELA – Your child’s ELA unit assessment from last week was either sent home late last week or will come home tomorrow. Many students really shined in showing what they know in reading! All grades are current in Sapphire! This week, we’ll discuss an author’s position vs. an author’s claim. We will read some high interest articles in this unit, it’s a short one! We will continue to learn more about pronouns this week.

Spelling – New spelling lists were handed out on Friday. I have encouraged students to really prepare for this test in advance as these words are a challenge. Thank you for your support!

Content – We will finish up Dr. Madara’s movie lesson early in the week, then we will move to learning about the planets. There will be a planet quiz later in the week. The students simply need to know the order of the planets.

This week:

Monday – PTO Candy orders due (see the Google Form above)

Thursday or Friday – Order of the Planets Quiz

Thursday – Kids at Work Day (Dress up like a future job/career.)

Friday – Cozy Up With a Good Book (Wear PJs & bring your favorite book.)

Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

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

Thursday, March 25th – PTO Candy Pickup 4:30-6:30

Thursday, April 1 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Friday, April 2 – No School

Monday, April 5 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Week of February 22, 2021

Hi 4P Families! We had quite a week last week! Thank you for your support as we shifted our learning last week. The students did an AMAZING job! There are still a few students that could use a fresh supply of dry erase markers and/or glue sticks. We use both of these school tools a lot! Thank you for checking in with your 4th grader!

PTO Candy Sale Fundraiser – This spring we are going “local” and doing a candy sale from Groff’s Candy. Paper forms are coming home with students but if you’d rather order paperless, visit the link below. When submitting the paper form or the online form, please condense any orders from within your community so there is 1 order per student. This helps us with our book keeping, please submit 1 payment per order also.  We appreciate all of your support! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Sdx8xO7vA78ulhTDEyXK43BsR9MV6mAZt_LR9J5hAgM/

Yearbooks – Central Manor Yearbooks are on sale now until Friday, February 26! The full-color yearbook cost is only $12. New this year, yearbook orders will be online only! To order your yearbook online visit: http://www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter code: 53144S. To purchase your yearbook with PayPal and Venmo email: central.manor@yahoo.com. Please include your child’s name, grade and teacher’s name in the comment section.

Math – We will take our Chapter 9 math test this week and begin a unit on decimals.

ELA – We will take our unit assessment this week. Your child’s latest TDA essay is coming home on Monday. They were outstanding! We will be taking ELA CDTs later in the week. This assessment will be a tool to see how students are growing in ELA. This is a review week for spelling.

Content – We will learn about series and parallel circuits. We will also create an electricity project as our end of unit assessment.

This week:

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

Thursday, March 4 – Kids at Work Day

Friday, March 5 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

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

Thursday, April 1 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Friday, April 2 – No School

Monday, April 5 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Week of February 15, 2021

Hi 4P Families! Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that you are all having a nice weekend! Thank you for helping us to have a special treat on Friday with our valentines exchange. The students were SO excited to participate in this fun elementary school tradition! Thank you for my treats as well!

*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!

**Virtual Assembly – Last week, the students watched a virtual assembly on Growth Mindset. Due to the virtual snow day, yo-you sales are being extended to Tuesday. The form is below.

Math – We continue to work on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. Numbers bonds are yet another way to help students take improper fractions and turn them into mixed numbers. This is a short chapter, so we will have our test coming up soon. Many students are doing a fabulous job on their spiral review homework. This homework is so important in the spiral review of skills. While I would expect 4th graders to complete their homework independently, feel free to have your 4th grader share his/her homework with you! It would be great practice for your 4th grader to quickly “talk through” some of the math homework problems.

ELA – We will continue to make inferences and draw conclusions with some practice activities and through our TDA prompt. The students are really growing in their ability to quickly draft two column notes and with turning the two column notes into a five paragraph essay. This unit on inferences has helped students to dig deeper with their inferences and analysis of TDA prompts too!

*The students took their spelling test in Google Classroom on Friday. Your 4th grader can either go to the spelling test assignment itself to see their score or feel free to check Sapphire! I love that so many students choose to complete challenge words. Challenge words can only help grades. Each challenge word is work 1 percentage point.

*I sent some spelling sentences home with spelling words this week. This week’s words include singular and plural possessives. We have learned about both in grammar. I explained to students that they will have to be able to spell and correctly identify which of the spellings to use within the context of a sentence when taking their spelling test on Friday.

Content – We will learn learn about circuits this week!

This week:

Monday – Presidents’ Day (No School)

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

Friday, March 5 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

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

Thursday, April 1 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Monday, April 5 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Week of February 8, 2021

Hi 4P Families! Here we are with another snowy Sunday! It’s Valentine’s Day week! Just a reminder that all valentines should be sent to school no later than Tuesday. Any valentines that come in late will be sent home at a later time after they sit for a couple of days. Valentines and any store bought treats will be coming home with your child on Friday. Please look through and approve any of the treats that your child has brought home. Also, report cards were sent home on Friday!

**Virtual Assembly – On Tuesday, we will have a virtual NED assembly on growth mindset. As part of this assembly, your child will have the opportunity to purchase a NED yo-yo and/or accessories. Click on the form below to learn more about the assembly message and for the order form. Yo-yos will be sold Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Math – Most of the Chapter 8 math tests were sent home on Friday. There are a few that will come home tomorrow after we make test corrections in class. Another great test for so many students!

ELA – We will continue to dig deeper into drawing conclusions and inferences this week with some mentor texts. We will also read a story, “The Stranger” that will have us drawing conclusions. In grammar, we continue to learn about different kinds of adjectives, then we will move on to adverbs.

Content – We will continue to learn about energy and then begin to learn about electricity this week.

This week:

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

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

Friday – Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:

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!)

Thursday, April 1 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

Monday, April 5 – Weather Make-Up Day (School is IN SESSION!)

*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!