September Terrific Tigers
October's PAWS-itive Character Trait Is...
Principal for a Day
FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF 14,629 TIGER POINTS SO FAR THIS SCHOOL YEAR! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, MES!
2021-2022 PBiS Goal
Did you know that as of October 8, 2021 98% of our students have one or fewer behavior referrals? 437 out of our 444 students have received one or fewer behavior referrals for discipline thanks to our school-wide support and commitment to PBiS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports)! Our students are making great choices and learning quickly to avoid repeating bad ones!
Our overall goal is to have 82% or more of our kids receive one or fewer minor/major behavior referrals this school year. We are on track to meet that ambitious and worthwhile goal!
- Turn in pumpkins Oct. 21-28 to tables in the hall by the office. The earlier the better, so the kids can enjoy them longer.
- PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS NOT A CONTEST. This is a project to get kids excited about books.
- Attach card OR write on the bottom or back with a Sharpie: Name, Grade, Teacher.
- Look for characters with simple shapes and pick a fruit that’s similar. Think about Arthur – he looks just like a butternut squash!
- Pick Details! For the most part you won’t be able to fit an entire character and every feature of that character. Pick a few details to get it juuuuuussst right. Think of Olivia’s triangular nostrils, the striped pattern in “A Bad Case of Stripes.”
- Use Accessories! Captain Underpants with REAL UNDIES, a raised Play-Doh scar for Harry Potter, a crown for Mercy Watson “Princess in Disguise.
- WARNING -Pumpkins that are punctured, ooze and rot quickly! Please avoid, and stick with glue and tape!
- There are a ton of possibilities -HAVE FUN!
Fire Safety Day
AG Encounter (Grade 5)
Crawford County Career & Technical Center Assembly (Grade 5)
Grade Level News
Third Grade has been busy working on personal narratives in writing class. They are learning how to take a small moment and develop it through the entire writing process. We look forward to seeing the published pieces by early November.
In Math, the students reviewed addition, subtraction, and rounding skills in September. We are currently working on Organizing Data and interpreting different types of graphs. As we move forward into fall, we will be starting Multiplication Strategies.
Reading time has been very exciting for Third Grade because we just finished up our first unit called, Building a Reading Life. This unit provided the students with the skills needed to develop good, independent reading skills. During this unit, we also enjoyed the novel, Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. We utilized many of the skills we learned during our unit while reading this book. The students thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of Little Willy. Our next unit in reading will be Non-fiction.
During Word Study, we have been focusing on long and short vowel sounds in words. Each week the students have had a specific vowel that they have studied and practiced words using the given vowel sounds.
We always end our day in third-grade with our Second Step lessons. We all have learned about becoming respectful learners during the month of September. The students have practiced their listening skill, focusing their attention and how to use self-talk when needed. They also have practiced how to become assertive in a polite manner and how to get ready to learn! In the upcoming weeks, we will be working on empathy, identifying others' feelings and dealing with conflicts.
Fourth grade is living in the world of fiction! In writing, students are working through the process of writing a Realistic Fiction story. They are brainstorming ideas, developing believable characters, working to describe a setting, and using "show, don't tell" to bring their readers into the world of their story.
In reading, students are working to grow big ideas about their reading. Understanding that authors make purposeful decisions about what they include in a text, and it is the readers job to take the clues and put them together to construct meaning. We are learning to think more, notice more, and read intensely to help us grow big ideas!
We have been busy working on mastering the concepts of place value to the 100,000's place. This is crucial to all of the work that we do in math class so I like to take our time and build a solid foundation to support us as the year goes on.
Next, we will be reviewing the addition and subtraction of numbers up to the 100,000 place with regrouping. The students have all be doing a fabulous job embracing the 4th-grade expectations and rising to this more challenging level of work.
In Social Studies we will be studying the Five Themes of Geography. Students will collect pictures and we will create collages based on each theme.
Hello Maplewood Families! I'm so happy to be able to help you and your students connect to the art department through their Artsonia portfolios!
I've gotten a couple messages from families that weren't able to connect to sign in to their students' accounts. If you were having trouble, or that particular code on the pink paper isn't working for you now, don't lose hope!
You can try this link to take you there:
Message me at Swalton@penncrest.org
and I will send you a personal code to access your student(s) artwork.
The link code is a new addition to their system this year, so I am still working out some bugs, figuring out the new process, and connecting you through it.
Thank you for your patience. The kids get SO EXCITED when they see parents, family and family friends commenting on their work. It really makes them feel special!
Your friendly neighborhood art teacher,
Arts & Bots After School Club
Arts and Bots is recruiting new members this year. Arts and Bots is a student organization focused on building their knowledge in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines. The students will be working as a team to immerse themselves into projects with these themes.
We are looking for students from 3rd and 4th grade who are motivated, reliable, mature, and respectful. These attributes will be built upon as the year goes on. The students will be part of a team that will be putting these new skills and knowledge to use in student competitions and showcases if (or when) they become available throughout the year.
We will be meeting on scheduled Wednesdays after school from 3:00 - 4:15.
Students will receive a schedule when the permission slip is returned. Students will need to arrange reliable transportation in advance for any after school events.
Picture re-takes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
Students do not have school on Friday, October 29, 2021. It is a professional development days for teachers.
End of Q1
The first nine weeks ends on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Report cards will be sent home with students the week of November 15.
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