Within the next day or two, you will receive a phone call from a teacher!! We can’t wait to make contact with you! Most of us will make calls from our computers with Google or our personal phones with *67 (so the number is blocked). I just wanted to make you aware of that. I am often hesitant to answer the phone when I do not recognize the caller. We would love to speak directly with the parent/student (both??) soon.
What a crazy time we are currently in! Something that we have never experienced before. I hope you are all doing well, and coping with such a foreign feeling, and staying healthy! I’ve been reading lots, preparing grades for report cards, exercising, cleaning my house, and getting ready to tackle a 1,000 piece puzzle. What are you up to?
I will help to distribute meals with a few other teachers beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18). Perhaps I will see you or your family…..and wave from afar!
Please read this message from Dr. Leichliter:
Penn Manor schools are closed through March 27 in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear whether that status will change or when we may be able to resume normal operations. As we all deal with this unprecedented challenge, we want to let students and parents know that the education of children is on hold as the district evaluates options moving forward. Penn Manor continues to follow direction from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Please understand that teachers will not be instructing students, grading assignments, or corresponding on instructional matters during the current 10-day closure. While teachers may have resources for students such as active Google Classrooms for their lessons, there is no expectation for student attendance or submission of assignments between March 16 and March 30.
Wow! I can’t believe how fast this year is flying. The “Important Dates” tab on this blog was updated last week. Be sure to take note of some upcoming events and add them to your home calendars!
This week the students are completing the lengthy Chapter 11 on measurement. When they slow down, think about the work, and use the resources given to them (the yellow or the PINK helper sheet), they are achieving great success. We look forward to the great performances shown THIS FRIDAY on the chapter 11 test. As always, the day before will be a great review, and a practice test will come home with your fourth grader!
This reading unit is fairly short. The boys and girls are enjoying some non-fiction text and comparing the authors’ claims. The test (non-TDA!) will also take place this week. There is no way to study for this, since it’s a cold-read. The boys and girls need to read the text, identify the author’s claim, and find the evidence/reasons for the claim which the author is making. They are enjoying the unit and working hard!
Remember that Wednesday is picture day!
Please see this letter that will come home with your child on Wednesday. What a great FREE opportunity!!!
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!
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!
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!
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.