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:

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

Reminders for this week…

We loved seeing everyone dressed their best today and celebrating with our special lunch in our Central “Manners” Cafe!

  • Tuesday –  Tacky Sweater Tuesday 
  • Wednesday – Wear red and green
  • Wednesday Winter Wonderland!  We are looking forward to creating a Winter Wonderland Snack Mix, Creating Crafts, and continuing to grow our team building skills. Thank you for your donations! 
  • Thursday – Wear your PJs!
  • Friday – Holiday Hats!
  • Friday – 10:15 Shine Time and Carol Sing
  • Friday – 1:30 Early Dismissal

Looking Ahead…

December 24 – January 1 – Holiday Break

Reading Calendars – Please return signed reading calendars on January 2.  

This week in ELA: We are reviewing text features and text structure.  Text features help readers determine what is important in the text while also helping readers to better comprehend what they are reading. Text structure refers to how the information within a written text is organized.  

This week in Science:  We continue to investigate our study of Chemistry with focus on Atoms and Molecules, as well as, the Properties and States of Matter. 

Winter Wonderland in 4N!

Next week we will be enjoying some Winter Wonderland fun and we would love your help!  Please follow the link to the sign up if you are able to donate items to our class.  We are looking forward to creating a Winter Wonderland Snack Mix, Creating Crafts, and continuing to grow our team building skills.  Please have all donations to school by Monday, December 17, 2018.  Thank you for your help!


Reminder: School Climate Survey

Our PARENT SURVEY ends this Friday.  If you have not taken a moment to complete this survey, we would GREATLY appreciate your support.  This is NOT a new survey.  If you completed this survey earlier in November, we thank you and you do not need to take it again. One survey per family.

When you reach the survey website, please look for the “CLICKING HERE” hyperlink near the top of the web page.

Invitation Code  BYTRD1