A week or two ago, students brought home a half-sheet of paper from the PTO (reminder: they are always on neon green paper). This included special dress-up days for Hambright Leaders. We call them Spirit Days.
This Friday (early dismissal day, as well as a school-wide assembly) is “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character” day. Can’t wait to see some simple creativity. Please do not feel pressure to go out and purchase a special outfit to wear this Friday.
The following week, the Hambright community will celebrate being Drug Free!
Please see this link for special days the last week of October (How is that even possible? The last week of October!?!?!?!?!?!)
We spent our Friday “reading day” outside, since the weather was so gorgeous!
Reminders: The sheet with your preferred conference time was due on Friday. If you still have one at home, please send it in soon. We will plan the times this week and get information to you the week of October 21. Thank you!
No School on Monday!
From this week: Students are working hard on Chapter 4 in math, learning many strategies to help them multiply 2-digit numbers. We are TENTATIVELY thinking the test will be October 22.
Reading Unit 1 is complete! Great work learning about characters, story elements, and theme. We are beginning Unit 2: Getting the Main Idea and reading non-fiction.
Spelling Lesson 7 will be tested on Oct. 18, on Fridays, as usual.
The boys and girls are learning how to write a PERFECT paragraph!
This week we will also complete the first unit in Grammar. Wow!
The students worked to clean out their desks/wipe down the top surfaces. I wish you could smell the clean classroom we have now. Thanks for the help Szentesy Squad!
The Hambright Family Fun Movie Night is being moved to Friday, November 15th due to a conflict with homecoming for the original date. Hambright students and their immediate family members (i.e. parents and siblings only) are welcome.
Again, the movie night will now be held on November 15th. Doors will open at 6:30. The movie will begin at 7:00 pm. Entrance is FREE!
There will be more details about the evening coming home in November.
In today’s folders, children are bringing home a few important items for parents: 1. A schedule for conferences. We are half-way through the first marking period so the teachers are ALREADY beginning to plan for the conferences in November. Please mark a time that best suits you so that we can try to plan accordingly. Thank you for understanding as we attempt to please everyone.
2. A mid-semester “progress report” is also attached. The grades were printed a week ago, so some scores have already improved! yay!
3. School pictures came home!
For next week: We will take a Benchmark test on the first three chapters in math. Then we will begin Unit 4.
Students performed well on the Spelling review list this week. We will start a new list next week with lesson 6.
Next week begins our E/I time. This stands for “Enrichment/Intervention.” Each day will have a different focus. Tuesday and Friday will be “Reading days.” We have found that too often, we run out of time to allow students the opportunity to read on their own, on a topic of their choosing. For many students, this will just be a time to sit and enjoy reading for pleasure. They are to be prepared on these days for some reading! Yay!
Our first reading Unit in ELA (English/Language Arts) has gone very well. We completed the first unit and will review the skills and strategies next week. The Unit test will take place on Tuesday.
The students completed their science unit with Mr. Showalter. They were given a study guide (and their paper planes!) today. The test will be given on Wednesday of next week.
Wednesday 10/09 will begin a Social Studies unit!! Mrs. Groff and Mrs. Rios will get to know these awesome students then!
Due to some schedule changes, we will have Book Exchange next Thursday again! Yahoo!
Reminder that book orders are due next Friday 10/11.
….that we collect used eyeglasses here to donate to the Lions Club? If you have any old glasses, Mrs. Long will take care of getting them to the Lions club. In past years, we have donated at least 2 grocery bags of glasses with 40+ in each. Let’s keep it up. Thanks!
The Szentesy Squad had another busy, productive, fun week!
Students smiled beautifully for their pictures today and received GLOWING compliments on their behavior while waiting for pictures, and while waiting after the pictures were taken. Way to go! We are all so proud of you for the kind, respectful choices you make!
Today the students in my math class took their chapter 2 test. Tests will come home on Monday and students are STRONGLY encouraged to look over the test for mistakes. Test corrections will be due by Wednesday. Great opportunity to raise the score and show us what you REALLY know! This week we’ll begin Multiplication and Division in Chapter 3!
Reading tests for the 2nd lesson came home this week. We started our third lesson, with the test (vocabulary, Theme, synonyms/antonyms) being given on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Spelling continues with the lesson 4 pretest on Monday, the test on Friday, Sept. 27.
We wrapped up our unit on Biology! Their test will be next Wednesday. Students will begin a unit with Mr. Showalter on Monday, but will have a few more days to study their biology notes/study guide before the test is given for Biology.
OTHER REMINDERS: *Tuesday we have Book Exchange! *Wednesday afternoon the students will have a substitute for a little bit, while we attend meetings. *Thursday I will miss the entire day of school (boo hoo!). I will be attending a training for the fourth grade teachers. Mrs. Glassmyer will be teaching and I can’t WAIT to hear about all of the awesome ways my students chose to leave a MARK in my absence! *Friday will be an Early Dismissal at 1:30, but first….an All-School Opening (just basically an assembly). *Sunday Sept. 29 is the Elementary Fun Run. Hope you can make it!
PHEW! Lots going on, but it’s all grrrrrreat stuff!
The first “full five-day” week ended well! Despite being a full moon, Friday the 13th, all that “scary stuff,” I’m proud of the focus many students displayed this week!
Coming up this week:
Monday and Tuesday we will again put Science “on hold” in order to complete our Math CDTs. I’m excited to see the students progress throughout the year. This early test gives us a benchmark to know where the students are currently, and the areas in which they have the most need.
Reading: This Wednesday will be our next Vocabulary test (fluke, muttered, glared, stunned, etc.), along with the weekly lesson test. Students are learning more about characterization, both direct and indirect. What’s the difference?
Friday will be another Spelling test (Lesson 3 comes home on Monday), another Math test (Chapter 2), and it’s Picture Day! Be sure to bring your best smile!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Let’s leave our MARK this week showing our LEADER skills!
Although students JUST checked out books last week, we already have a SECOND chance to have Book Exchange. Thursday, students can return their books, OR renew the books. Many students told me this week “I’m not finished yet!” I believe they’ll be able to check out a second book. Students in fourth grade may sign out one fiction book and one non-fiction book each time.
Thanks for reminding your student to have the book at school Thursday!
Math: We finished chapter one already!! Any student who takes math with Miss Szentesy should be bringing the test home to show you. Test corrections can be made over the weekend, and are due by next Wednesday. The student is to put the problem’s number in the small box, and show their work with the new answer in the square. They were reminded to not change answers on the original test . Both the test correction sheet and the test must come back to school for some partial credit. What a great way to learn and to improve your grade at the same time!
Reading: In our first lesson, the students reviewed the 5 elements of a short story (they loved the Flocabulary video to remember “the 5 things that you’re gonna be needing….”). They also learned how to show evidence in a text to support their answers to comprehension questions, find the theme in a text, synonym/antonym practice, and learn 6 vocabulary words. They will be tested on these Monday. They are ready!
Spelling tests will come home on Monday. The new list will be pre-tested on Monday, and the packet will be due by Friday again. Great job today, keep it up for next week!
Today was our first Book Exchange of the year. Students were permitted to check out one library book. Next time they can choose TWO books, one fiction and one non-fiction book! Thank you Mrs. Etzweiler!
If you are ordering any books from the Scholastic order, they are due by next Friday, September 13.
This is a GREAT class, I’m really enjoying our first few weeks together. Have a great weekend!
Check out the link below if you are interested in the Elementary Fun Run!