Spelling: We will bring home our new spelling words tomorrow. We will have our spelling test next Friday, January 10. Starting with this test, students will be given a sentence to write. The sentence will have a few spelling words and some sight words that students should be able to spell correctly at this point in the year. This will be worth 10 points (1 point for each word spelling correctly, 1 point for the capital, 1 point for the punctuation, and 1 point for spaces between words).
I will also be taking points off of tests for capital letters in our spelling words. Students should be taking their time to write their letters on the lines correctly.
Poetry: We will get a new poem next week!
Reading: Students have been working hard during their reading groups to learn different strategies to figure out unknown words. Our goal for this time of year is for students to use those strategies independently. We are also focusing on reading in short phrases rather than word by word. One way to practice this at home is to have your child go back and reread the page if they get stuck on a word. This will help them remember the world and also hear themselves reading fluently. Please make sure your child is reading the books in their reading baggies and practicing their karate belts at home.
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!
We are looking for mystery readers for the following dates:
Friday, January 10
Friday, January 17
Friday, January 31
Friday, February 7
Friday, February 21
Friday, February 28
Friday, March 6
Friday, March 13
Friday, March 20
Friday, March 27
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!
I hope you all enjoy the holiday weekend with your family! I am so thankful for such a great group of students. They make each day fun and always teach me something new. Thank you for always supporting them and our classroom.
Just a few reminders:
*Don’t forget, you can participate in the Scrips fundraiser where every gift card purchased earns money for our school. You can either fill out the green paper that was sent home last week OR submit your order online at www.shopwithscrip.com. Click “Join a program” and enter school code 4367C39F3L821. Create an account to shop. Every gift card purchased earns a rebate percentage that goes to PTO. Thank you!
*Central Manor is participating in a coat drive to help replenish supplies at The Loft at Milllersville Church. We are asking for NEW or GENTLY USED winter coats, gloves, mittens and scarves (children to adult sizes). Your donation will help Penn Manor families. If you choose to donate some items, please send them in a labeled bag with your child. The coat drive will run until mid-December. Thank you!
Yesterday, a few papers went home about Race of Education. The white page is an overall info sheet about the race day, schedule, incentives, the mailer and how to find the students online donation link. To find this go to http://www.race4ed.com/cme there sponsors can search for students by first and last name and make online donations. It’s very simple! The green paper is the mailer, this can be used to send to a sponsor and have them enclose a check and mail it back. Unlike previous years we will not be mailing these out for families. Instructions on how to use this mailer are on the back of the white sheet.
There is now a friendly competition happening among our classes! The class who brings in the highest number of donors/sponsors (not the highest number of donations) will get a pizza party! Can you help us earn that prize? I KNOW our class LOVES pizza! Every donation helps in reaching our goal, even if it’s only $5!
Thank you for your help in supporting our Central Manor PTO!
Spelling: We have been doing a great job with our spelling tests so far! When practicing at home, please help your child remember to write with lower case letters. Next week, I will begin to count words as incorrect if they have capital letters that do no belong there.
This Friday we will be taking our first pre-test in spelling. If students pass ALL of the words on the list for next week on the pre-test, they will get a challenge list of spelling words. These words still follow the same phonics pattern, but will have more challenging spelling combinations.
Reading baggies: Starting next week, your child will be bringing home a reading baggy that contains a book we have read together in our small reading group. These books will be based on your child’s reading level. Please have them read these books as part of their 10 minute reading homework. *Please note, your child may bring the same book home more than one night. Some nights they will not bring a book home because we may have focused on a specific skill in group that day.
Kindness: Our school will be focusing on kindness during the month of September. Ask your child about our kindness challenge! I have already seen a difference and our class is going above and beyond to help one another. I am so proud of them!
Race for Education: Recently, a few papers went home about Race of Education. The white page is an overall info sheet about the race day, schedule, incentives, the mailer and how to find the students online donation link. To find this go to http://www.race4ed.com/cme there sponsors can search for students by first and last name and make online donations. It’s very simple! The green paper is the mailer, this can be used to send to a sponsor and have them enclose a check and mail it back. Unlike previous years we will not be mailing these out for families. Instructions on how to use this mailer are on the back of the white sheet. They are a special grade of paper specifically for using through the USPS system so it’s important that families do not just copy the paper if they would like to send out more than 1. There are a pile of extra mailers in the office available at a first come, first serve basis.
We are off to a great start to the year! I’m so proud of everyone for working hard to learn new routines, make new friends and for doing a great job transitioning from summer to back to school! Thank you for sharing your son/daughter with our class! It’s an honor to be his/her teacher! I’m excited to meet you at our Meet the Teacher Open House on Wednesday (Drop in between 4 – 6 PM)!
On Monday, your child will be bringing home a list of spelling words. This is our first list for the year. We will be taking spelling tests on Fridays. Because this is our first list, and we have two short weeks back to back, we will have extra time to study this list. We will take our very first spelling test on Friday, September 6. Please be sure to practice these words at home with your child.
*Wednesday – Meet the Teacher Open House from 4-6 (I’m looking forward to meeting you! Stop in anytime between 4-6 PM! Your child is welcome to come along!)
*Thursday – 1:30 Early Dismissal
*Thursday – Penn Manor Fall Athletic Kick Off Classic at Comet Field
*Friday – No School
*Monday, September 2 – Happy Labor Day! (No School)
I hope you all are enjoying your summer, can you believe we’ll be in school
together in just two days?! I am so excited to see 23 smiling faces
walk through the door on August 21. Letters should have arrived in your
mailboxes at this point. They have important information about first grade and
our classroom. I can’t wait to work with you and help your child grow this
Here is some helpful information before we start the year!
Did you know you can
create an online account through myschoolbucks for your child’s lunch account?
3. Prepay with your credit, debit or electronic check.
Lunch Choices on Wednesday:
A: Chicken Patty Sandwich B: Egg McComet C: Peanut Butter and Jelly D: Yogurt and String Cheese
Meet the Teacher Night
August 28th – 4:00-6:00 PM.
mark your calendars for your chance to pop into our classroom and see where
your child is spending their days this year! You’ll also get the opportunity to
meet the specials teachers and tour the building with your child. This is a
drop in event, so there is no exact time that you need to stop in!
Manor School District has posted information and links on their website
regarding the steps needed in order to volunteer in any Penn Manor School this
year. You can read the post by clicking on the link below. If you have
questions, you can either call the school office or contact the Human Resources
Director at the Administration Building.
School is right around the corner. 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.