Update 11/17/19


Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:


  • 11/15 Holiday Bazaar Collection – Drop off ongoing 
  • November 15th – November 22nd –Change For Change
  • 11/18/19 Fire Drill
  • 11/19 Farm to Table * This is a Tuesday
  • 11/22/19 Natural Leaders Assembly
  • 11/25 & 11/26 Early release – Parent-Teacher (Student Attended Conferences)
  • Thursday, December 5th 3:45­ -5:30 pm (one time club)  Frozen 2 fan Club
  • Thursday, December 12th 3:45­ -5:30 pm (one time club) Winter Craft Club



  • The Scholastic Book Fair is coming PCCS! Please visit our homepage HERE to learn about the E-Wallet. We also have our volunteer sign up page available to those who are able to help. We’ll see you there!  
  • Change For Change- November 15th – November 22nd. The Mawlid Potluck & Literacy Night was last night, but we’re still embracing the lessons learned. To maintain the charitable spirit we’re collecting Change For Change! During Change For Change, each class will collect as many coins as they can. We’ll be looking for the top collector in the Comstock building and the Carson building for a special prize! The proceeds will be donated to The United Way of Lake County. Change For Change runs from November 15th to November 22nd. Start saving your coins this weekend!
  • Thank you so much for the soup ingredients! The students loved the soup! It was a really fun way to enjoy what we have grown. I have posted the recipe in “links” on the website. 
  • Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I hope you are all healthy and are able to spend time with your family.



Reading and Writing,  

This week we have our normal spelling groups. Students should follow the normal homework schedule. On the week of 11/25 we will not have spelling. Spelling will resume on the week of 12/2.


In writing we are starting a Thanksgiving essay. We will start with a web of ideas of all the things for which we are thankful. Then, students will narrow it down to their top six choices and write details on each idea. Then, students will write a rough draft on a graphic organizer. Last, they will write a final draft onto a thanksgiving designed page with options for illustrations. This project will span until Thanksgiving break.


We are continuing our chapter book studies. The third graders are reading, “The Chocolate Touch” and the fourth graders are reading, “Underworlds, The Battle Begins.” Students will continue working on their chapter packets, section 6/7. Next, we will read chapters 8 and 9 together. Then students will work on the chapter packet for the corresponding chapters. Students will apply comprehension strategies to further their understanding of the story.


In listening center, students will listen to a story about the first Pilgrims. They will then compare and contrast their lives to those of the Pilgrims. Last, they will respond to a writing prompt to ponder what the world might be like if the Pilgrims never came to America. Next week, students will use listening center to hear the story, “The First Thanksgiving.”


3rd grade Math,  

We are continuing Unit 3. Students will be finishing Module 3 which focuses on Estimating to Add & Subtract. This module focuses on rounding and computational estimation. Students use estimating skills to approximate solutions to problems and determine the reasonableness of their answers. Session 1 introduces them to another version of the Round & Add game, this time rounding 3-digit numbers to the nearest hundred and comparing the sum of the rounded numbers to the sum of the actual numbers. Session 2 features a brief review of 3- and 4-digit place value, in preparation for work in the sessions that follow. 


After this, we will start Module 4 which will be finished the week of Dec 2nd. Module 4 focuses on Exploring the Algorithms for Addition & Subtraction. We will introduce the standard algorithms, also known as the regrouping method, or students call it the “old school” method, for addition and subtraction. Students compare the standard algorithms with other methods and strategies they have developed and learned, and consider when they are best deployed. In Session 5, students take the unit post-assessment. The unit 3 post-assessment is planned for Wednesday December 4th.


4th grade math,  

Please see Mrs. Ottaviani’s website for 4th grade math information and updates.


Science/Social Studies,  

Students are working on their science unit for magnets. Students will be using magnetic forces to pull and push car models apart. They will also learn about the earth’s north and south poles and an ancient technique for making a compass out of a needle and cork. Ms. Naomi will also come a do a special lesson on orienteering and how to properly use a compass. The unit will end at the end of this week and the assessment will follow on Monday 11/25. 


We are continuing phenology and solo spots, alternating each week. Please make sure your student is prepared to be outside on a regular basis. 


I hope you have a wonderful week!