3L Weekly News

Week Ending January 29, 2016

Birthday Invitations

I am thrilled to hear and see that each child wants to include his/her peers in his/her birthday celebrations. We ask that all students (in our class) are invited if invitations are given out at school. Please know that we prefer that invitations are sent out separately and are not provided to students during school. We’d be happy to lend a school directory to access students' addresses.

Room Mom Information

The class Valentine's Day party is right around the corner on Friday, February 12th from 2pm - 3pm. We've created a list of food and craft items that we will need to make the party great. There are also spaces for a few volunteers.

The sign-up sheet is accessible here:


This week in...


  • We completed Dig Deeps and took our Vocabulary and Comprehension Assessment for Jump!

  • We began to read a realistic fiction story titled The Science Fair written by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by Susanna Natti. The story is about a student entering a science fair and describes her experience before, during, and after the fair. During this story, we reviewed vocabulary terms and worked on the target skill: story structure and the strategy: visualize. Please continue to reinforce the concept of story structure with your child. We discussed all components of story structure such as: characters, setting, problem, events, climax, and solution (resolution).

  • I participated in a Professional Development on Tuesday hosted by the Language Arts Specialists from all three elementary schools. They taught us about Close Reading strategies.

  • I brought this into our classroom on Friday. We watched a short clip from the movie Up! and analyzed two characters by looking through the lens of close reading. We focused on the actions and dialogue to identify character traits. The students took it a step further and compared the characters based on their traits.

  • We will NOT be testing on the story: The Science Fair.


  • We wrapped up Unit 3 by completing stations and an assessment.
  • We began our Geometry unit by identifying and naming line segments, lines, and rays.
  • We also learned about intersecting and parallel lines, line segments, and rays.
  • Students completed a Geometry Hunt using the iPads. They went around the classroom to identify parallel and intersecting line segments. They videoed each other explaining why something is parallel or intersecting.
  • We created foldables to help organize our Geometry knowledge and vocabulary. Students are able to bring these home to help with homework. Please remind your child to repack the foldable, so they can refer to it during class!


  • We began writing essays we will work on for the rest of the unit.

  • We recorded evidence we had for our opinions speeches. Then planned how we would go about researching additional information.

  • We organized and categorized all of our evidence by reviewing our drafts to determine where we needed to include more information.

Word Study:

  • The next Word Study Assessment will be on Wednesday, February 3rd (Day 6)

Social Studies:

  • We continued to work on our Me on the Map activity from last week.

Vocabulary Strategy:

  • We learned about the suffix -ous, -y, and -ly.


  • We learned the cursive u.

Habit of the Month: Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

This month we will focus on Habit 5: Think First to Understand, Then to be Understood. We are focusing on the skill of listening (especially during tough times or times when we don’t necessarily agree!).

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

— Listen Before You Talk

— I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Mrs. Simkus encourages your child to nominate him/herself when they have successfully used this skill. She also encourages you to nominate your child or another Central School student.

Students will be learning more about this in their classrooms.

**Please refer to Shannon's e-mail from Wednesday, 1/27/16 for the nomination slips.


Scholastic Book Orders: Orders will be due Friday February 5th.

Multiplication: 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.

Absences/Late: Always include csattendanceoffice@haddonfield.k12.nj.us on all emails regarding absence, early dismissal or late arrival. This email is checked frequently throughout the day.

Vocabulary: Vocabulary for each story in Journeys can be found on my eBoard under the Language Arts tab. The red tabs are sectioned by lesson (example: L1 is Lesson 1 etc.). Vocabulary can also be found in the Journeys textbook or online textbook (before the reading selection).

Strings Make Up Work: Please keep in mind that your child will be missing instructional time when he or she attends strings. Any work that he or she miss will be expected to be made up.

Birthdays: If your child would like to celebrate his/her birthday, please contact me so we can set up a date to celebrate! See my eBoard for more details.

Student Logins: If students forget their Journeys Textbook click this link for the website. Students have logins and passwords in the front of their Agendas. EDM Home Links can be accessed on the website. The login information is also in the front of your child's planner book. My eBoard has additional information on logging in under the Language Arts and Math tabs.

Check This Out!

**My eBoard has loads of resources on it under the Math Tab. Be sure to check it out! We're studying Geometry (Unit 6) currently.

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

  • The link can be found on my eBoard under the PARCC/Teach tab.

2. Multiplication

3. Chemistry:

  • check out my eBoard under the Science Tab.

4. Geography:


Friday, June 10th, 2pm

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

Back up date: Monday, June 13, 2015 @ 2:00

Student Council Activities

Thank you for all of your donations to the Student Council Toy Drive!

Central Events: January and February

Central Events: February

Friday, February 5

  • 8:00am Spirit Day

Monday, February 8

  • 9:00am Book Fair
  • 3:30pm Interim Report Cards Available Online Grades 1-5

Tuesday, February 9

  • Book Fair

Wednesday, February 10

  • Book Fair

Thursday, February 11

  • Book Fair

Friday, February 12

  • 3:00pm Book Fair
  • 2:00pm Valentine's Day Parties

Monday, February 15

  • Presidents' Day
  • 8:00am School Closed

Thursday, February 25

  • 3:30pm 5th Grade Talent Show
  • 7:30pm 5th Grade Talent Show

Monday, February 29

  • 8:30am Read Across America

Specials This Week

Monday is a Day 4:

  • Strings and Spanish

Tuesday is a Day 5:

  • Library

Wednesday is a Day 6:

  • Art

Thursday is a Day 1:

  • Spanish and Gym

Friday is a Day 2:

  • Music

Guest Read Aloud Schedule


  • Jennifer Cittadini Wednesday, October 14 @ 2:40 (completed)
  • Beth Wassall Wednesday, October 21 @ 2:40 (completed)
  • Nicole Ventrella Tuesday, October 27 @ 2:40 (completed)


  • Emmie Goldenbaum-Cook Thursday, November 12 @ 2:40 (completed)
  • Mia Levine or Eric Huebl: Friday, November 20 @ 2:40 (completed)
  • Jennifer Barker Monday, November 23 @ 2:40 (completed)


  • Stefanie Kist: Wednesday, December 2 @ 2:40 (completed)
  • Dana Mower: Monday, December 7 @ 2:40 (completed)


  • Jeff Tucker Tuesday, January 5 @ 2:40 (completed)
  • Susan Gordon: Tuesday, January 12 @ 2:40 (completed)
  • Jennifer Grega : Friday, January 22 @ 2:40


  • Robin Landis: Friday, February 5 @ 2:40
  • Dori Shields: Monday, February 22 @2:40
  • Barbara Cavacini: Thursday, February 25 @ 2:40


  • Heather Tucker: Friday, March 4 @ 2:40
  • Debbie Wolschina: Friday, March 11 @ 2:40
  • Shannon Simkus: Tuesday, March 29 @ 2:40


  • Sara Blackburn: Tuesday, April 5 @ 2:40
  • Sharon Dominco: Wednesday, April 13 @ 2:40


  • Mary Beth Smith: Tuesday,May 10 @ 2:40


  • Carol Cox: Friday, June 10 @ 2:40

Star of the Week Schedule

Student and Date:

1. Natalie Sept. 28-Oct.2 (completed)

2. Diego October 5-9 (completed)

3. Katie October 12-16 (completed)

4. Isaiah October 26-30 (completed)

5. Blair November 9-13 (completed)

6. Caden November 16-20 (completed)

7. Nathan November 30-Dec. 4 (completed)

8. Eliza January 4-8 (completed)

9. Caroline January 11-15 (completed)

10. Bryson January 25-29 (completed)

11. Vienna February 1-5

12. Dayne February 22-26

13. Libby February 29-Mar.4

14. Derrick March 7-11

15. Lindsey March 14-18

16. Diana March 29- April 1

17. Molly April 4-8

18. Liam April 11-15

19. Elena April 25-29

20. William May 2-6

21. Joey May 16-20

22. Christopher June 6-10

Poet of the Week Schedule

Student and Date:

1. Libby Friday, October 2 (completed)

2. Liam Friday, October 9 (completed)

3. Diana Friday, October 16 (completed)

4. Vienna Friday, October 30 (completed)

5. Lindsey Friday, November 13 (completed)

6. Derrick Friday, November 20

7. Molly Friday, December 4 (completed)

8. Elena Friday, December 11 (completed)

9. Natalie Friday, January 8 (completed)

10. Joey Friday, January 15 (completed)

11. William Friday, January 29 (completed)

12. Isaiah Friday, February 12

13. Katie Friday, February 19

14. Christopher Friday, February 26

15. Blair Friday, March 4

16. Diego Friday, March 18

17. Caden Friday, April 1

18. Nathan Friday, April 15

19. Eliza Friday, May 6

20. Caroline Friday, May 13

21. Bryson Friday, May 27

22. Dayne Friday, June 10