Happy Thanksgiving

We had a great short week before Thanksgiving. We learned all about the first Thanksgiving and we got to weave place-mats with out 5th grade buddies. We also enjoyed making pumpkin pie in a cup! We had our own feast in classroom and enjoyed sitting at long tables. 

Enjoy your 5 day weekend. School starts back up on Tuesday!

November 5

Reminders for this week

Early Dismissals: We have early dismissals Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for parent-teacher conferences.

Book Fair: We will be going to the Book Fair tomorrow from 2:40-3:25. You are welcome to join us or send in money with your child. Please make sure money is in an envelope or baggy with your child’s name. The book fair will be open during conferences as well.

We had a lot of fun last week working with pumpkins. See some pictures below!

October 23

We had a lot of fun with our Scrabble letters today! We worked together to unscramble our sentence. They all got a letter and had to figure out the words and then they had to create a sentence. Our sentence was : Mrs. D’s class is super awesome! We also used different letters to make our spelling words!

We had a really fun assembly this afternoon. The presenter did some awesome magic tricks that go along with different books. They loved it!!


Wednesday: Pajama Day for the whole school. Students may bring in slippers or socks to wear around the classroom. Please have them wear regular shoes to school. 

Thursday: Wear your favorite sports jersey

Friday: Wear pink! 

Friday: We will be turning our classroom into a bat cave. Please bring in a flashlight. We will be using them for different activities. I will have extra. 

October 20

Next week is Spirit Week:

  • Monday: 10/22- Favorite Penn Manor Shirt/jersey – or wear blue/gold
  • Wednesday: 10/24-Pajama Day
  • Thursday:  10/25-Wear your favorite sports jersey
  • Friday:  10/26- DistrictPink Out! Wear pink

Pumpkin Donations:

I am looking for 4-5 pumpkins for an activity on the 31st. If you would be willing to donate a pumpkin to the class please let me know. I really appreciate it!!

Reading Assessments:

I completed reading assessments this week. I will be happy to share this information during our parent-teacher conferences. If you would like more information on your child’s current reading level before then, please let me know!

We had the opportunity to attend a “Wellness Fair” given by Millersville University students. We learned about germs, brushing our teeth, yoga, healthy eating, and so much more.

Our Start Student this past week was Violet!

Spelling Tests

Beginning with Friday’s spelling test, words with letters that are reversed or that are formed incorrectly will be marked wrong. For example, if the word is tall and the t stops at the dotted line, then it will be marked wrong. Students have an alphabet chart on their desks to use and are reminded to double check their letters throughout the test. We have been working really hard to use nice handwriting these past few weeks. As students practice their words at home, please make sure they are forming their letters correctly and fixing any reversals. 

Thank you for your help!

October 15

Reading Calendar: Please initial your child’s reading calendar whenever they read at home. They should be reading at least 40 minutes per week for their homework.

Math Flash Cards: Students took their first timed test for their addition facts. If they earned a 90% or more then they should have brought home the next level of flashcards. We will work our way from +1s all the way to +10s. Flashcards should come back to school every day in their home folder.

Challenge Spelling Lists: Students are able to be on the challenge list if they get 100% on the regular spelling list. The challenge list follows the same phonics pattern with more difficult words. Students have the choice to be on the challenge list or not.

Looking Ahead for October:

  • 10/15- PTO Meeting- 6:30 PM Library
  • 10/19- K-12 Early Dismissal 1:30 PM- PM KDG in session
  • 10/22-10/26- Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • 10/26- District Pink Out
  • 10/28- PTO Designer Bag Bingo- Manor Church
  • 10/31- End of 1st Marking Period

We had a blast playing spelling basketball to review our spelling words! It was the perfect time to practice teamwork.

Students had a lot of fun learning about rocks and soil. They loved getting their hands dirty!!

Thank you to our mystery readers for coming in and reading to the class!

Jocelyn and James were our star students over the past two weeks.

September 30

Reading Baggies: Your child has a reading baggy that goes home and comes back to school every day. They should be reading the books in their bag as part of their 10 minutes of reading homework. It is important for students to reread the same books several times to build up their fluency and accuracy. Students will also have a karate belt of sight words in their baggies. Please practice these words at home.

Spelling Test: We will have our spelling test on Friday. Our test will be on the words they brought home last Monday. Please let me know if you need another copy of the list.

Mystery readers: We had our first two mystery readers of the year! We enjoyed listening to Mr. Malek and Mrs. Transue read to us!

Start Students: Seeanah was our Start Student last week and Eli was our Star Student from the previous week!

Apple Week: We did a lot of fun apple activities to celebrate Apple Week. We did an apple taste test, made homemade applesauce, made “applecanos” erupt, completed an apple investigation with our 5th grade buddies, and made apple slime. It was a wonderful week with a lot of great hands-on activities.

Virtual Reality

We had the most amazing opportunity today. We had a chance to look through virtual reality goggles on a Google Expeditions. We had a chance to visit a volcano and the Grand Canyon. We saw gorillas in the jungle and elephants in Africa. We went into the ocean and learned about sharks. It was a lot of fun!

September 17

We have been focusing on kindness this month. If your child is showing kindness at home please let me know! I would love to give them a shout-out in our classroom for showing kindness at home- especially with siblings!!  🙂

We practiced our new spelling words this week. We learned fun ways to remember how to spell our bonus words (weather and Wednesday). Ask your child to show you the special way to spell those words! ** We did this at 10:00 this morning so they might not remember. Some students were very excited to try to stump their parents and older siblings with spelling these two words! 

September 16

Mystery Readers: Are you interested in being a mystery reader? Mystery readers come in and read a book to the class. I will give the students clues to try to guess the reader. Shhh- don’t tell your child when you are planning to come in and be our reader, they’ll love the surprise! If you signed up at Meet the Teacher Night I will send you a confirmation e-mail the week before you are scheduled to come and read!

We are looking for mystery readers for the following dates:

Friday, October 5

Friday, November 30

Friday, December 7

Friday, December 14

If Fridays do not work for your schedule please send me an e-mail and we can find a date that works! Please spread the word to grandparents, older siblings, aunts/uncles. We love having any family member come to read to the class!

Parent Volunteers: If you would like to be a regular parent volunteer in the classroom and did not fill out a form at Meet the Teacher Night, please send me an e-mail. I’m hoping to finish the volunteer schedule early this week! I will send out e-mails before special events if you would like to come in and help out for those events.

Remind: I will be using the Remind App this year to enhance home-school communication. It allows me to send out reminders via text messages. It also allows me to send one-on-one messages to you and it allows you to reply back one-on-one. I think this is a simple and easy way for us to communicate.

**If you would like to participate please text the message @mrsdevenbu to the number 81010. You will receive a confirmation text.Please let me know if you have any questions!