Monthly Archives: January 2019


I hope everyone is staying warm inside today!

Because of the short days and the day off today, students will NOT have a math test on Friday. The spelling test WILL still be given on Friday. Study them today!

Reminder to wear RED on Friday, Feb. 1 to help support the efforts of the American Heart Association.

Because of today’s snow day, school will now be in session on Friday, February 15. I updated a few things to the “Important Dates” page on this blog. Be sure to check it out and write those things on your calendar at home. Thank you!

This week!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s almost February!

In Math this week, we plan to complete the material covered in chapter 9. Students should have 2 days of review (Wednesday and Thursday) and be prepared for the test on Friday!

Spelling lesson 16 will be this week. The test will also be on Friday.

We are beginning Unit 4 in Language Arts this week. We are going back to FICTION texts!

For writing, the 4-Sz kids are having fun working on cursive handwriting, as well as putting on the finishing touches to their NIE papers. We will work on a personal piece in writing this week.

Monday marks the beginning of a new “E/I” session. It’s been a long time since we had groups (before Christmas!).

A Chemistry unit with Mr. Showalter continues in Science. Mrs. Groff and Mrs. Rios continue to work with the students on geography in Social Studies.

The American Heart Association’s National WEAR RED day is on Friday. Let’s see how many of our 4-Szentesy kids will participate! (aiming for 100%).

Report cards will come home this Friday as well. Please review the contents with your child. Sign the envelope and return to school the following week. Thank you!

Let’s end January being the best leaders we can. Strive to live those 7 habits daily!


Friday is CRAZY HAIR day! We will start the day with an assembly, with our kick-off for the “Jump Rope for Heart” program.

4-Szentesy will have a spelling test Friday!

Early Dismissal Friday at 1:30.

Math this week: Chapter 9 began this week and will hopefully conclude next Friday. Great work with fractions!

In reading we are reviewing the parts of a great TDA, writing one together, and then writing one independently (Friday).

Students are enjoying writing in cursive for a few minutes each day and also working on their papers for the Lancaster Newspaper in Education contest.

For science, we started a Chemistry unit with Mr. Showalter.

Reminder that report cards will come home NEXT Friday (Feb. 1). If you still have your gold envelope at home, we would greatly appreciate you returning it with your child soon!

Thank you!

This week

The boys and girls in 4-Sz worked very hard this week on many “end of the semester” assessments. I am proud of their work, as they should be too!

-Enjoy the 4-day weekend!
-Complete any Math Test corrections.
-Have fun in the potential snow!
-Fill out labels with addresses for our big fundraiser “Race for Education!”

See you on Tuesday!!!

Know a great educator/staff member?

Penn Manor School District is seeking nominations for the 2018-2019 Outstanding Employee and Outstanding Educator Awards. Parents/guardians, students and school employees may nominate an employee and/or educator for an award based on his or her exceptional service to the school community, commitment to the quality of our educational programs and positive relationships within the school community. All nominees must be employed by the school district during the 2018-2019 school year.  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 22, 2019, and recipients will be honored in the spring.

This week and next

This has been a great week in 4-Szentesy! The students have worked hard getting back into the routine of a full week. I have been impressed with their ability to synergize this week, especially during math. A few students grasped the concepts in our fractions unit and wanted to help other students. What a great opportunity to showcase our leadership skills in the classroom! Learning from each other is an effective way to help grow our minds and strengthen our skills. Great work!

Next week highlights:
Math: We will complete the chapter work on Tuesday, review on Wednesday, and take the Chapter 8 test on Thursday (last one before the end of the marking period. Last chance to get those grades where you want them to be!)

Reading: We completed work on unit 3 (nonfiction). The next few days have review sessions and the final test will be next Wednesday and Thursday.

Science: The unit is complete! 4-Rios will take the test on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 4-Szentesy will take the test on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Lots of work “wrapping up” at the end of the marking period! The boys and girls are excited to write their pieces for Lancaster Newspapers’ NIE week. They are taking ownership of the story and will be typing them up on their laptops soon.

We are finishing up our time with Mr. Andrew and Applied Engineering. 🙁 Next semester (beginning Jan. 22), we will have Library Instruction. We will miss having Mr. Andrew, but we are excited to have Mrs. Ashworth back at Hambright soon!

A few students completed a book talk in our Recording Studio. They will be uploaded soon. Stay tuned!

For parents:
Wednesday: Book orders for January are due
Thursday: End of the marking period. All-school Closing. Look for “Race for Education” papers to come home!!!
Friday: No school
Monday, Jan. 21: No School

January Updates

Happy 2019! The 3 days of school we had last week went well. Students had a few “end of the marking period” type assignments/assessments to complete. They are doing a great job. It’s hard to believe that next week is the half-way mark of fourth grade!

This week:
-We are plugging away at Chapter 8 in math, dealing with fractions.

-Spelling lists resume this week, lesson 14 will come home today.

-Non-fiction reading continues with a test coming next week. Students will begin recording their book talks this week!

-Science (physics) will complete this week, with a review day and a testing day next week.

-E.I. groups and AST groups will not be seen until the end of the month.

-Book Exchange will take place this Friday, January 11.

-Be sure to check the “Important Dates” tab at the top of this page!

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. The boys and girls are working hard with some new year goals. I am excited to see how they progress this 2019 year!