3L Weekly News

Week Ending May 29, 2015


This past week was the Central School Spring Concert. Congratulations to Sebastien, Matty, Eva , Charlotte, Daniel, Kathryn, Holden, and Justin. They did a wonderful job and all of their hard work paid off with a wonderful concert! Bravo!

This week in...

Reading: we read a fantasy story titled Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg. This story is about two ants who learn that living in a human’s home is not pleasant. During this story, we reviewed vocabulary terms and worked on the target skill: story structure and the strategy: monitor/clarify. Please continue to reinforce the concept of story structure with your child. In class, we discussed that the story structure is comprised of characters, setting, and the plot. The plot includes the problem (conflict), events, and solution (resolution). We also spent time monitoring and clarifying our reading. We practiced both of these skills with our anthology, guided reading, and in our independent readings selections. At home, encourage your child to identify the components of story structure in their personal readings. We'll continue working with this story next week.

Math: we worked on telling time and calculating elapsed time. Additionally, we reviewed how to create bar graphs based on data by creating a scale to represent the data and titles for the x/y axis. We calculated the mean, median, mode, and range for sets of data and created frequency tables for sets of data. Finally, we reviewed interpreting pictographs.

Writing: we began our newest adaptation and planned out how to make this writing the best it could be. We did this by learning that writers independently plan both their stories but their writing process. We continued working on our writing and made our fairy tales sound like fairy tales by using special language called refrains. Refrains are the repetition in fairy tales that we know by heart. An example is "Little pig, little pig, let me come in." "No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin." "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in…" Another example is "mirror, mirror, on the wall…."

Social Studies: we reflected on our activities from last week by thinking about items Native Americans can use from another tribe. We thought about which items could have been traded (fairly) between the tribes to make their lives easier.

Science: we blasted deeper into our science unit by brainstorming everything we know about the Solar System. Additionally, we viewed a video of a space ship taking off. All of the students were in awe of how large and the amount of force needed to lift the shuttle off the ground!!

Cursive: we learned letters m and n. Then we learned how to connect these letters to other letters like c,a,d,g,h,t,p,e,l,f, u, y, i, j, k, r, s, o, w, v, b, and v.

Shelebration: we began to prepare for Shelebration by learning the song and dance we will perform! We also practiced our group poems by choral reading.


Friday, June 12th, 2pm

Room 216 Central Elementary School, Haddonfield, NJ, United States

We will be hosting a poetry performance titled Shelebration celebrating Shel Silverstein. Performances will include poetry read by each child and class poetry. Children will be responsible for bringing in prop materials or props from home. Please keep an eye out for any information regarding your child's poem in your child's planner.

Check This Out!

1. Philadelphia Museum of Art comes to Haddonfield

2. Trees

3. Twitter:

  • I have recently started tweeting on Twitter! You can find our pictures via #centralschoolpride, @mlipski1, or @CentralES1 (Mrs. Simkus' Central page)
  • https://twitter.com

4. Moby Max: This is a great enrichment tool for Math and Language Arts.

5. Typing Agent: **This is a GREAT tool to help your child with his/her typing skills!

6. Multiplication



  • We will have our assessment on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.


  • It is important that students are studying their multiplication facts each night. It not only helps build good study habits, but also builds stamina and quick recall! While it is great students are using strategies such as repeated addition and drawing pictures, these facts must be known by heart. Students can check out my eBoard for additional practice with this skill.


  • Please continue to assist your child in packing up all homework in order to ensure it comes back to school. A great strategy is to have your child check off each assignment after it is completed and placed back in his/her Take Home Folder.

Important Dates for 3L

Happy Birthday to:

  • Owen, Sean, Mia, Megan, Kiley, Matthew D, and Daniel. They will be celebrating their summer birthdays, with our class, in June.
  • Please check our eBoard and contact me if your child would like to celebrate his/her birthday in school.

Poet of the Week:
  • Owen: Monday, June 1
  • Kathryn: Friday, June 5
  • Poems must be submitted for teacher approval before a student presents!!

Star of the Week:

  • Justin: Monday, June 1st
  • *Posters will come home one week before your child's scheduled date.

Guest Reader:

  • Eva Feldhake's family: Thursday, June 4th at 2:45
  • Beth Moscatelli: Thursday, June 11th at 8:40
  • Angela D'Amato: Monday, June 15th at 10:30
  • Schedule is attached to my eBoard under Guest Read Aloud

*Click the link below to my eBoard for additional details!


Central Events

June 2015

June 4 PTA Information Night

June 5 K End of Year Program

June 5 CS SPIRIT DAY Wear your gear!

June 8-12 Spirit Week

June 11 5th Grade Remembrance 6:00 pm APR

June 12 Awards Assembly

June 12 Shelebration

June 12 Spring Social

June 17 Field Day

June 17 5th Grade Swim Party (Rain Day June 18)

June 17-19 Half Days for Students 12:30 Dismissal

June 19 Last Day of the 14-15 School Year

Important Documents

None at this time.

Specials This Week:

Monday is a Day 5:

  • Health

Tuesday is a Day 6:

  • Gym

Wednesday is a Day 1:

  • Spanish
  • Music

Thursday is a Day 2:

  • Field Trip to Greenfield Hall
  • Library

Friday is a Day 3:

  • Art

A Word from Third

None at this time.