Monthly Archives: February 2020

Sorry for the delay!

The Szentesy Squad was dressed for success last Friday. I apologize for the delay in the picture posting. Some students chose to not be photographed (completely fine!). There were great discussions on future professions, including bakers, police officers, baristas, athletes, coaches, artists, T-mobile workers, spies, and more!

Teachers shared a bit about how they each got to the profession. Miss Szentesy first attended Lycoming College, then Millersville University, several classes/certifications with Wilkes University, and some courses through the University of Pennsylvania.

The future is BRIGHT for these Hambright students!

Kids at Work 2020 edition

This week

This week the students will really be stretching their minds and building some strong brains! The math concepts in chapter 11 include measuring length, capacity, time, weight, line plots, and more! When converting capacity, many students find using the “Big G” or the “Kingdom of Gallon” to help them. We will work more on this throughout the unit, with the use of calculators!

Spelling Lesson 21 came home today. As always, packets are due Friday, when the test will also be administered.

We have an assembly on Tuesday (2/25) and this Friday is “Bling Day!”

***A reminder that address labels for the Race for Education are due next week. As of today, the Szentesy Squad has turned in 51 labels. Let’s synergize to bring in more labels. The more labels we have, the more letters we will send, and the more potential donations we will receive!

Mid-week announcements

A few reminders for the week/month:

Thursday we will review/take a practice test for the material covered in chapter 10, Decimals. The test will be given on Friday. I am proud of the effort and perseverance the students are putting into this chapter. Can’t wait to see their work on Friday!

We are completing Unit 4 in ELA. The girls and boys are working to determine point-of-view (and WHY they are using that point of view), to make inferences, and to draw conclusions. The unit assessment will be next Thursday and Friday. The kids are writing more in their TDAs, including the “Analysis” section of the organizer. We are ready to start putting the information into essay form!

This week’s spelling words are a doozie. Keep listening to the sentence to determine which form to use (plural, possessive, or plural-possessive!)

Social Studies lessons with Mrs. Rios and Mrs. Groff are going well. Students are working on some different regions and geographical features of our area.

Some students will receive mid-marking period reports to take home this week. Parents can always check their child’s grades online, but I’ll send home a few special notes this week.

Race for Education: We would like to have many address labels for the students to mail letters. The labels students bring will be placed on letters to send to family and friends. If each student in fourth grade can bring in an average of 6 labels, we’ll have a special afternoon this spring!

Valentines can be brought to school this week. We will have a small classroom celebration to share kindness and friendships. The Szentesy Squad shows that each day, but we’ll still honor the national holiday on the 14th!

BEST OF LUCK to our FOURTH GRADE MATH BOWL participants in the district math bowl tomorrow! Szentesy Squad members Hunter and Lucas will represent Hambright well!

Kids at Work!

Kids at Work Day is on Friday, February 21, 2020!

As a way to promote career exploration and awareness with our elementary students, the Penn Manor elementary schools are planning another special day across the district.

On Friday, February 21, 2020 students are invited to wear clothing that represents careers they may be interested in exploring as an adult. Adults in the building are encouraged to wear college/military/post secondary clothing. Adults  may also choose to dress up in clothing that represents a career. 

Our hope is that Kids at Work Day will start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chooses a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.


It’s hard for me to believe this is already our first day of February. The weather outside sure felt more like the first day of May!!

This week’s reminders:
Math: Tuesday, Feb. 4: Chapter 9 Math Test! We will then move into Chapter 10: Decimals.

Reading: Students performed well last week on the first test of the new unit. We are focusing on fiction again in Unit 4. Last week was “Because of Winn-Dixie” while today we learned a fun saying/lingo for writing a fiction summary (Somebody Wanted But So Then). We will learn more about summarizing and also learn to Draw Conclusions this week.

Spelling: This week we work on prefixes with our words in Lesson 18. The girls and boys did a wonderful job on the pretest today.

Grammar: We continue our Unit on Verbs. This week will be “future tense” verbs.

Content: Students completed the science unit with Mr. Showalter (tests were returned today). Tuesday the boys and girls will begin a new social studies unit with Mrs. Groff.

Hambright: This month we will focus on kindness. How can you show the tiniest act of kindness each day?

Other reminders:
Library Books are due Tuesday!
Friday is an Early Dismissal!

Book Orders for February will come home this week. You can order at any time online with Scholastic.

Valentine Lists will come home as well!

Keep reading every night!!