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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!!

A few updates

Tomorrow we will celebrate “R” with Rainbow Day – “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” – choose one bright color to wear to make a rainbow effect in each class.

Students in Miss Szentesy’s math class received their Chapter 8 math tests today. Corrections can be done for homework (or some may be completed in class!) and are due by next Monday.

Reading tests for Unit 3 will come home on Friday. We started Unit 4, Fiction texts, today (Thursday!)

Spelling Tests for Lesson 16 will be Friday (the 24th). We also have an early dismissal Friday at 1:30!!

Mr. Showalter’s Chemistry test will be administered next Tuesday. Students received a review/study guide this week, so they should have ample time to prepare for the assessment.

Remember that Report Cards will come home on Monday, January 27. Please review the contents, sign the envelope, and return it to school with your child.

As always, contact me with any questions/concerns. Thank you!

New Semester!

I can’t believe we are starting our third marking period of the school year. The second semester means that we had to say goodbye to Mr. Andrew and Applied Engineering for the year. We are excited to have Mrs. Ashworth teach us Library Instruction on Day C for the remainder of the year!

A few other items to note:
This week, the Scholastic book orders are due on Thursday, January 16.

Spelling lists will be a review this week!

The math test will be pushed back to next week (January 22). Keep working hard. The boys and girls are learning a lot about fractions!

This week in ELA we will write a TDA and complete a practice assessment. The Unit 3 assessment will be given on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (January 21 and 22).

Friday is “Animal Print” day. Wear animal print clothing or bring your favorite stuffed animal to school.

Next Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the day off and make sure to give back to the community this day!

Report cards will come home on January 27. (Reminder to always check the “Important dates” tab on this page)

Thank you!

A few special dress days are coming!!!

MARK theme days: 

  • 1/10 – Mismatch Day – Each leader at Hambright is unique!  Students can also Make us believe they are a favorite TV character.
  • 1/17 – Animal Day – bring in your favorite stuffed animal/wear animal print
  • 1/24 – Rainbow Day – “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” – choose one bright color to wear to make a rainbow effect in each class.
  • 1/31 – Kingdom of Kindness Month – Disney theme day 


Hambright is having a school-wide reward on Wednesday, December 18: Pajama Day! Dress comfy in “school-appropriate” pajamas this day! What a nice comfortable way to take our last math test of the year! (….That is, the 2019 year).

Students are never REQUIRED to participate, but everyone is welcome to join in the comfy fun!


A few reminders for the next two weeks:

Math: We will finish Chapter 7 this week. Next week (16, 17) we will review and prepare for the test to be given, hopefully next Wednesday, December 18. The students are working hard on finding rules and patterns. Remember to keep practicing those basic facts!

Spelling will continue this week with Lesson 13. Next week we will skip spelling.

Reading: Working hard on Unit 3. This week we will read Mimicry and Camouflage with the test on Friday the 13th.

Science is going well with learning Physics (focusing on magnets and electricity!).

Book orders are due this Wednesday, we need to have the order in so the books can arrive before Christmas break!

Thank you for the shampoo donations! They will be collected this Wednesday.

Thursday Miss Szentesy will be out in the afternoon. Students will do their holiday shopping then.

Friday Mrs. Breneman will be teaching again. The Jump Rope for Heart assembly will be held Friday afternoon!

Book Exchange is next Wednesday, December 18.

Friday, December 20 is an early dismissal with “Crazy Holiday Hair” theme!

Another reminder: Hambright is still collecting items for the Mitten Tree!

Mitten Tree

Dear Families,
Our annual Mitten Tree will be set up in the Hambright lobby. Let’s synergize and fill our tree with mittens, hats, scarves, and gloves that will be donated to families in need. All sizes from infant to adult will be accepted. Donations must be new and are due by Thursday, December 19. Thank you for helping to keep Penn Manor families warm this winter!  

While you are Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday shopping, please keep this in mind.  

What a week!

We had a very busy, productive, learning week.

We ended the week with a great All-School Closing. One kiddo reminded me to take a photo of the “Great Outdoors” in my classroom, but it was too late. So sorry!

During the assembly, Szentesy Squad’s very own Adaliah R. was recognized as the Leader of the Month. Way to go! The excitement and cheers from other classmates was the best part. Hearing the congratulations and pride from other members of the Szentesy Squad show the true pride they have in one another. Keep it up!

Morgan M. was also a participant in the Thanksgiving Trivia Contest. While we were not the #1 winners, all contestants displayed good sportsmanship. She even nailed the last question (which came down to the last participant….the teachers didn’t even know the answers. Fantastic!)

Math: The students may have “test corrections” in their planners. Please note….the test will not be returned to the students until Monday. They can work on Test Corrections then! We will also review the Math Benchmark test from Chapters 4-6. The bulk of chapter 7 will be covered in December.

We are continuing the Unit 3 in Reading. Understanding non-fiction and learning the different text structures (like the way a house is built). We will continue this next week.

There will be no spelling words given until December.

If students have/wear glasses, would you please have them for Monday? The nurses will administer the height/weight/VISION screening and we need to ensure that they receive an accurate reading. Thank you!

Next Wednesday is the mid-point of this marking period! How did that happen??

Thank you for all of the donations for the Thanksgiving families!

Reminder that next Wednesday is an early dismissal. Students are dismissed at 1:30. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

November Updates

Thank you to the families who came to school last week. It was uplifting to share your child’s progress and discuss goals for the rest of fourth grade. Together, as a team, the children will succeed!

This week:
Reading: Unit Two focused on Main Idea/Supporting Details of a non-fiction text. The students seemed to enjoy reading some more realistic texts and learning as they read. The practice test seemed to help them culminate the work this week. The assessment will be given on Thursday and Friday. There IS a TDA section and I think the students are prepared to tackle this task!

Math: Wow! “Long Division is tough!” That phrase was heard last week. But if you were in class on Wednesday, you heard “Whoa, this makes sense now!” What a joy. Some students are making use of manipulatives (using base ten rods and blocks to build the numbers and separate them into groups), other classmates are using the algorithm (which many parents remember using to learn long division). The Long Division family helps to remember the steps. They are working very hard on this difficult skill. We are looking to give the test next Thursday, Nov. 21.

Spelling: We are back to regular spelling, with the review Lesson 10 this week. Testing will take place on Friday, as normally occurs.

Special activities:
Monday was a special treat when Mr. Howe shared his experiences in the military, and taught us about the history of the Marines.

Wednesday we had a great Crime Scene Science assembly. Ask your child how to find evidence in solving a case like the one at the Animal Hospital in today’s assembly with Mr. Jeff! (footprints, DNA, fingerprints, etc.).

Friday is the Hambright Family Fun Night – Movie Night!!!

Content: Looking at next week for the Social Studies test (possibly Thursday, the 21st).

Reminder: Thank you for the many donations of Canned Yams (sweet potatoes?). The final day to accept any will be this Friday. Many families in the community are grateful for helping to make their holiday season a bit better.

Kindness: Today we celebrated World Kindness Day. After reading One Smile, the boys and girls on the Szentesy Squad brainstormed many simple ways to show kindness. This is truly a special bunch of fourth graders!

Heads Up: A few items have gone missing from our classroom. Thank you for being on the look-out at home for them!

Weather: We try to get outside as often as possible. Thank you for sending your child dressed appropriately for the weather (layers are best, as it can get warm inside). If you need any assistance in cold-weather gear, we have many resources available who are more than happy to help, sharing kindness in multiple ways.