A Wonderful Week!

It is an exciting week at Central Manor. I am looking forward to meeting with each family during our Parent-Teacher Conferences!

Our PA Native American projects look great! They will be on display during parent-teacher conferences for all to see. We will share them during our Native American Exhibit Tuesday afternoon at 2:15 when classes visit our “museum” to explore.

Our class will be able to shop the book fair during our Library Instruction time on Thursday afternoon, 1:00-1:30. The Book Fair Breakfast Event, “Dudes and Donuts” is tomorrow morning from 7:30-8:30 am. Families will be able to shop the book fair and enjoy a quick breakfast together. The book fair will also be open during most of the parent-teacher conference times on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Fourth grade is helping to donate food items to our district wide food drive. If you are able, please help support our efforts and 4th grade is asked to donate canned sweet potatoes! For each can of sweet potatoes donated students will earn a ticket for a chance to pie a teacher! A fun way to celebrate working together to support our community.

Helpful Reminders!

We have many exciting activities and events coming up at Central Manor over the next few weeks. We are looking forward to all the fun!

  • Thursday, 10/31 – PJ Day – may bring a small stuffed animal
  • Friday, 11/1 – No School – Teacher In-service
  • Monday, 11/4 – Native American Project due to school
  • Tuesday, 11/5 -Native American School Exhibit
  • Monday, 11/4 -11/8 – Book Fair Week *- our class time Thursday, 11/7 during Library
  • Wednesday, 11/6-11/8 Early Dismissal @ 1:30
  • Parent / Teacher Conferences – scheduled times
  • Monday, 11/11 – PTO Mtg 6:30
  • Tuesday, 11/12 – Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, 11/27 – Early Dismissal @ 1:30
  • Thursday, 11/28 – Monday 12/2 – No School

Central Manor Book Fair Week

The Book Fair will be open during conferences on Wednesday, November 6 most of the afternoon. Our class will also shop the book fair during our Library time on Thursday afternoon. Set up an ewallet for convenient shopping!

Central Manor Fire Prevention Day

Volunteers from Blue Rock Fire Department will join us for a morning of Fire Prevention Fun!  Students will explore the fire truck, meet fire fighters, and learn lessons on fire safety.

This visit will kick off our Boot Drive Coin Collection for the fire department!  Bring in your coins, put them in our “boots” and help give back to our Central Manor Community!  The collection will continue until Friday, October 25th.  Let’s practice teamwork. Imagine the impact our Central Manor students could have on our local community with each of us making a donation and working together to see that grow.

The week ahead…

We had a great first week of school! We are looking forward to next week already!

Wednesday, August 28th is our Back to School Night from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. This is a drop-in event. During the evening I will also be offering short information sessions at 4:30 and 5:15 if you would like to hear more details about our class. Stop in when you are available! We hope to see you!

Thursday, August 29th is an early dismissal at 1:30 PM. Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd there is no school for the holiday weekend!

Summer Reading Carnival

If you worked hard over the summer and tracked your minutes read you are in for a great treat with our Central Manor Summer Reading Carnival! All summer reading calendars are due no later than Monday, August 26. Students who have already submitted their reading calendars to me received a permission form that must be signed to participate in the food portion of this event. If we do not receive a signed permission form by Tuesday your student may not enjoy the snack during the carnival.

Music Lesson Opportunity

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.)

Musically yours, 
Ms. Almoney and Mrs. Repkoe

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Welcome new families! I am excited that school is just around the corner. As we prepare to transition back to school just a few reminders that will help start our school year successfully:

It is very helpful for students to have supplies that will help keep them organized as mentioned in our class Welcome Back to School Letter.

Be sure to sign up for a Parent Sapphire account to review student progress and grades. Follow the information here that is also listed on the Central Manor website. This is a great way for parents to get updates about your child’s progress, growth and strengths.

PM Food Service & Meal Assistance

It’s not too early to start getting ready. You and your family may be eligible under a federal program for Child Nutrition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cnp/fr-032019

Research has shown that good nutrition has a positive impact on a child’s ability to focus and learn. It is important that we provide a nurturing environment for each child, so that individual success as a student can be maximized.  We would encourage you to review the links below and submit an application.  Even kindergarten students can qualify for meals; which is certainly helpful if you plan to send them to breakfast or for the days when they have a chance to eat lunch at school with the older students.  Please contact Brian Malek for more details.  All information is confidential.  Many families are unaware that they qualify for this meal assistance program. 

Eligibility for 2019-20

Online application

PM Food Services

Welcome back…

We had a great transition back to school after our long holiday break. I was excited to see our class full of friends and hear about their holiday adventures. We jumped right back in to our routine here at school.

BOXTOPS! Please clip, save, and send in your BOXTOPS. Our wonderful CM PTO has challenged our students to collect Boxtops and have offered a yummy incentive! I have added to that challenge with our class and am excited to see if 4N will be able to collect the greatest amount. Please send your Boxtops this week!!! This is a great easy way to help earn money for our school!

Don’t forget…If you want to go out for Envirothon, the qualifying test will be given this week. Those of you who requested the study guide were given the information before the holiday break.

What are we learning?

ELA: This week we will continue to apply what we have learned as we continue with our non-fiction text features, text structures, and creating our two-column notes to answer our text dependent analysis questions. Ask your child to share with you our whole brain and movement learning strategies to help us remember the text structures and even our new robust vocabulary words. We will be taking our Unit 3 Assessment early next week. In grammar, we will continue to understand and apply common and proper nouns and also focus on verbs and helping verbs.

Science:   Last week we introduced the concept of the Law of Conservation of Mass which states that you cannot create or destroy matter, you can only change matter into a new form. We enjoyed a fun POPCORN Law of Conservation Investigation. This experiment also lead us right into what we will be focusing on this week as we explore the physical and chemical changes of matter. We will be wrapping up our chemistry unit this week. Look for a study guide to come home to review together with your child. The test date will be in your child’s planner.

Math with Mrs. Piatt: We started to take a look at how to find equivalent fractions using a set based model. We will continue to practice finding equivalent fractions by using a peer coaching activity during guided math group time. Spiral review homework will continue this week. Again, the students are encouraged to use calculators on all problems except basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. I strongly encourage students to write the equation that is being solved for any word problems. Again, using a calculator is encouraged so that students are able to focus on truly understanding the problem.

Word Study with Mrs. Piatt: New word lists were given upon our return to school on Wednesday. I’m seeing huge growth in students accepting responsibility for working to understand the features of words and in taking ownership over studying words. Thank you for your support with helping your child to prepare for these tests.

Looking Ahead…

*January 17 – End of 2nd Marking Period

*January 18 – In-Service Day (No School)

*January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

*January 25 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*February 1 – Report Cards Sent Home