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Principal's Messages

  • 5.17.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 5/17/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    We had an excellent Field Day today! I am so proud of all of the students for doing a great job!  Thank you to Mr. C., the staff, and all volunteers for organizing and running such a fun event. 

    Upcoming Events

                                                            

    May 20 – Kindergarten field trip to Farmstead Estates

    May 21 -  Author visit – Jerry Pallotta – p.m.  small gym

    May 22 – Public Library Summer Reading Assemblies                   

                     Poppy Walk for Veterans – 1:45 p.m.

                     Sports Night at MPE – 6:45 p.m.

    May 23 - District Art Show – Livingston Mall – 6:00 p.m.

    May 27 – School closed for Memorial Day

    May 29 – 4th Grade “24” Competition from 2:40PM – 4:00PM

    in the Media Center

    May 30 – Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. MPM Auditorium

     

    In the classrooms…

     

    Kindergarten students continued to learn so much about their ducklings!  Students had a great time taking turns being “lucky” ducks and caring for the ducklings.  They also loved participating in Field Day!  They worked so well together and had a great time!

     

    This week the first graders entertained the residents of Inglemoore Rehabilitation Center by performing a Reader's Theater Performance of Frog and Toad "Spring" by Arnold Lobel. A good time was had by all. The frog theme continued as students kept a journal in class of the changes they noticed in their tadpole tank. Classes just received more tadpoles last week and a few them already have their back legs! During writing workshop, students wrote about all that they had researched and learned in their “All About Frogs” books. In math, students used what they learned about addition and subtraction concepts and number patterns to complete input and output charts and tables. 

     

    In second grade, students continued the writing process by revising and editing their fairy tales as well as adding illustrations to enhance the reader's experience of their story.  In math, students moved into using non-standard measurements (cubes, paperclips, etc.) to measure and compare objects.  In science, the butterfly larva have arrived!  Students have been excitedly observing this caterpillar stage and taking notes like a scientist about what they see happening.   

     

    This week third graders continued to work on their measurement unit by solving elapsed time word problems. During social studies, students learned about how Daniel Boone and the pioneers blazed a trail westward. In science, students learned about food chains and food webs. In reading, third graders started reading Stone Fox and answered comprehension questions to deepen their understanding of the text. In writing, students began their realistic fiction unit. 

     

    Fourth grade students had the opportunity to watch the fifth grade as they competed in their annual “Battle of the Books” this week. Students had fun and were excited to participate in the event next year!  In reading, the students participated in book clubs. Each group read a different realistic fiction novel and came prepared each day to discuss their questions, predictions and anything they thought was important. This is a great way to review all of the important reading strategies learned throughout the year.  During writing, fourth graders began their unit on “research”. Students conducted research on a topic important to their school and found ways to improve some aspect of their daily routines. The students went through the steps of writing questions, researching and turning their research into a written piece. During social studies, students toured the Southeast and learned all about the land, culture and music of this diverse area.  During science, students began to create their roller coasters! The students had so much fun learning about force and energy and applying this to their own roller coaster creation!

     

    During science, fifth grade students finished working on their biosphere in the Earth Systems Unit.   Students worked in centers making, researching, and exploring fossils.   Students also learned about the parts of a microscope and that microscopes are used to observe cellular structures of life forms by exploring different slides.  During social studies, students learned about how the colonies moved toward forming a new nation independent from Great Britain.  They also learned more about the events that led to the approving of the Declaration of Independence. 

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • 5.10.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 5/10/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    This week, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week at MPE.  I want to thank the MPE PTA for providing our staff with treats throughout the week.  I also want to thank each and every staff member at MPE for providing students with care and kindness throughout the school year.  The staff here are tremendous and care deeply for each child.  Thank you for helping to support them!

     

    Upcoming Events

                                                            

    May 10 – PTA Spring Plant Sale

                     Spirit Day – wear MPE Apparel or blue and white

    May 14 – Gr 1 Field trip to Inglemoor                  

    May 15 -  PTA General Meeting – 7:30 p.m. – Media Center

    May 16 –  Gr. 5 Battle of the Books – 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  – Small Gym

    May 17 – Field Day – 8:45 – 11:05 a.m.

    May 20 – Kindergarten field trip to Farmstead Estates

                     Author visit – Jerry Pallotta – p.m.  small gym

    May 22 – Public Library Summer Reading Assemblies                   

                     Poppy Walk for Veterans – 1:45 p.m.

                     Sports Night at MPE – 7:00 p.m.

    May 23 – Field Day Raindate #1                  

                     Sports Night Raindate – 7:00 p.m.

                     District Art Show – Livingston Mall – 6:00 p.m.

    May 24 –  Field Day Raindate #2

    May 27 – School closed for Memorial Day

    May 30 – Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. MPM Auditorium

     

    In the classrooms…

     

    This week the kindergarteners welcomed new friends to their kindergarten family!  They have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their ducklings. Some children had the opportunity to be the Lucky Duck for the day during the incubation stage, while others were the Lucky Duck caring for the ducklings.  The children took their responsibilities very seriously, whether it was recording information or making sure that the ducklings had food and water daily. All the children participated in preparing the brooding box for their ducklings.  They related this activity to how moms and dads need to prepare for the arrival of a new baby.  The ducklings will be with each class until they set them free on the class trip to the farm.  Kindergarten students will be sad to see them go but understand that they need to join their new friends out in the world!

    First graders enjoyed working with their book clubs this week! Students continued to work on discussing story elements with their small groups. In writing, students learned about writing book reviews and in math, they began learning about time to the hour and half hour. Fact families were also a concept that students started to learn about this week. Students look forward to their field trip to Inglemoor Rehabilitation and Care Center next week where they will be performing a play called "Spring"! 

     

    Second graders continued to work on their fairy tales during writing. They are each preparing unique adaptations of The Three Little Pigs, which they look forward to presenting to parents at an upcoming Fairy Tale Writing Celebration! In math, students are finishing up a data analysis group project, in which they came up with a survey question of interest and planned the best way to display the data using the types of graphs they have studied. During science, they continued to observe and journal about their plants’ growth through the life cycle, and they also began learning about the Painted Lady (Butterfly) life cycle to prepare for observing this phenomenon in person!  

     

    The third grade finished up their unit on fractions this week and will begin their study of measurement. The classes continued their study of opinion reading and opinion writing.  They focused on supporting their reasoning with opinions learned in articles based on the same topics. During social studies, the third graders continued to learn about the original colonies and westward expansion. Finally, during science, the classes learned about ecosystems to begin their unit on vertebrates!

     

    Fourth graders had a fun theme week while taking the NJSLA!  A few of their top choices have been wearing their favorite hats, crazy socks, and of course they loved a relaxing pajama day to finish off their testing.  In addition, there has been a lot of excitement building as they have entered into a STEAM project on rollercoasters.  Students have researched about different coasters and learned what makes them unique.  Students finished off this part of their forces and energy unit by creating their own rollercoasters.  Lots of fun was had by all!  During math, students neared the end of their decimal unit and enjoyed playing some review games to sharpen up on their skills.  Students are coming towards the end of reading their story, Hatchet, a whole class novel, where they learned all about survival skills.  Lastly, students finished their study of population density during social studies with a map making project. 

     

    During English Language Arts, fifth grade students finished their comparative literary essays and submitted them to their Schoology accounts.   Students are also busy preparing for their upcoming study of nonfiction.

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • 5.3.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 5/3/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    Thank you to the PTA for a wonderful Multicultural Night.  The student performers were phenomenal and I loved seeing the huge crowd that came out to enjoy the night. 

     

    Please see the attached letter about subscription busing for the 2019-2020 School Year and the weekly update from the MPE PTA.

     

    Please read below to learn more about what your child learned this week!

     

    Upcoming Events

                                                            

    May 10 – PTA Spring Plant Sale

                     Spirit Day – wear MPE Apparel or blue and white

    May 14 – Gr 1 Field trip to Inglemoor                  

    May 15 -  PTA General Meeting – 7:30 p.m. – Media Center

    May 16 –  Gr. 5 Battle of the Books – 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  – Small Gym

    May 17 – Field Day – 8:45 – 11:05 a.m.

    May 20 – Kindergarten field trip to Farmstead Estates

                     Author visit – Jerry Pallotta – p.m.  small gym

    May 22 – Public Library Summer Reading Assemblies                   

                     Poppy Walk for Veterans – 1:45 p.m.

                     Sports Night at MPE – 7:00 p.m.

    May 23 – Field Day Raindate #1                  

                     Sports Night Raindate – 7:00 p.m.

                     District Art Show – Livingston Mall – 6:00 p.m.

    May 24 –  Field Day Raindate #2

    May 27 – School closed for Memorial Day

    May 30 – Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. MPM Auditorium

     

    In the classrooms…

     

    Kindergarten students welcomed their grownups and eagerly shared all the wonderful writing they’ve been doing throughout the year. Students will continue to be writers as they work on stories about their feelings. To help them become more independent, the teachers have added a new routine called the Daily 5. The Kindergarteners rotate through 5 activities that include: reading alone, reading with a partner, reading with the teacher, learning sight words, and word work. In math, students continue to be problem solvers. Their tasks involved addition but they soon realized that there are many ways to solve a problem!  Students also continue to learn about the development of duckling eggs and hope that in less than 10 days they will have some good news to share with you!

     

    First grade students started working in book clubs during reading workshop.  They learned how to make predictions, discuss characters in the story, describe the plot, setting, character traits, and also how to provide supporting information from the text about these points.  During writing, students worked on creating book reviews.   Finally, during math, they learned different subtraction strategies.

     

    This week second graders continued learning about different types of graphs in math. They learned how to create bar graphs, tables, and line plots. They also learned how to analyze data found on each type of graph. In science, students were able to plant different types of seeds in cups! They learned the different parts of a plant, and look forward to watching them grow in the classroom.

     

    This week, third graders have been busy finishing up their Opinion Writing Unit by editing their work with their writing partners.  During reading, students determined the author’s perspective in non-fiction opinion articles and collected evidence from the text.   During social studies, students learned about the benefits of colonies and the hardships and adaptations the early settlers encountered.  As students finished their science unit on simple machines, they look forward to starting their Vertebrate Unit shortly!

    This week, the fourth grade mathematicians continued learning about decimals through games and real-world applications.  In reading, most classes continued the grade-level novel, Hatchet.  Students focused on summarizing, character development, and the theme of survival as they read. In writing, students continued their work on literary essays as they compared characters from two different texts. The super scientists experimented with force this week as they learned about friction, pushes and pulls, and gravity. They are excited to build their own roller coasters soon! In social studies, students continued exploring population density and the Southeast Region. Thank you so much for ALL of the postcards! We have received A LOT of mail here at MPE from our classes from all around the USA (and the world)!  

    Fifth grade students finished NJSLA and they are now ready to take on the stock market!  Students are busy researching companies and tracking how their stocks are performing.  Over the next few weeks, students will collect data on their company and create a poster with background information and line graphs.  Students will present their posters to their classes in hopes that their stock is chosen as the one to invest in!

     

    A message from Mrs. Piccoli…

    The Battle of the Books is coming soon!  5th Grade parents are invited to attend the in-class Battles for Battle of the Books These will take place in the media center on the following days. Please remember to check in with the office.

    Mrs. Nikirk’s Class ~ 9:00 - 9:45 ~ May 3rd & May 13th

    Mr. Darst's Class ~ 9:00 - 9:45 ~ May 6th & May 14th

    Mrs. Perry's Class ~ 9:00 - 9:45 ~ May 7th & May 15th 

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • 4.26.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 4/26/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    We had a great first week back!  Please see below for upcoming events.  Attached to this email is the PTA Weekly Update and information about the new summer academy that is begin offered for rising first and second grade students.  Have a great weekend!

     

    Upcoming Events

                                                            

    May 1 – K Writing Celebrations with parents – in classrooms 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

                   Multicultural Night   - 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  – outdoors and MPM Auditorium

    May 10 – PTA Spring Plant Sale

                     Spirit Day – wear MPE Apparel or blue and white

    May 14 – Gr 1 Field trip to Inglemoor                  

    May 15 -  PTA General Meeting – 7:30 p.m. – Media Center

    May 16 –  Gr. 5 Battle of the Books – 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  – Small Gym

    May 17 – Field Day – 8:45 – 11:05 a.m.

    May 20 – Kindergarten field trip to Farmstead Estates

                     Author visit – Jerry Pallotta – p.m.  small gym

    May 22 – Public Library Summer Reading Assemblies                   

                     Poppy Walk for Veterans – 1:45 p.m.

                     Sports Night at MPE – 7:00 p.m.

    May 23 – Field Day Raindate #1                  

                     Sports Night Raindate – 7:00 p.m.

                     District Art Show – Livingston Mall – 6:00 p.m.

    May 24 –  Field Day Raindate #2

    May 27 – School closed for Memorial Day

    May 30 – Spring Concert – 7:00 p.m. MPM Auditorium

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • 4.12.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 4/12/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    Thank you to Mrs. Barbag and Mrs. Szostak for their presentation on how to help your child develop study skills at Tuesday night’s PTA Meeting.  Additionally, the Genesis Parent Portal will open at 3PM today for you to check your child’s report cards (for students in grades 1-5). 

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    4/15 – 4/19 – Schools Closed, Spring Break

    4/23 – Spring ASE Begins

    4/26 – Spirit Day – Wear Blue and White or MPE Apparel

    5/1 Multicultural Night, 5/2 Rain Date for Multicultural Night

     

    In the classrooms:

     

    Kindergarten readers learned that non-fiction books are like taking a trip.  Reading about a penguin?  It’s like being in the Antarctic.  Reading about stars?  It’s like being in space.  During writing, students wrote non-fiction books about animals.  Students wrote at least two sentences about an animal and then illustrated it with lots of details.  They figured out the new pattern on the April calendar, which featured 3-D shapes.  During math, students learned about capacity.  How many scoops of rice fit into a container?  They then chose another container and made a new prediction about how many scoops would fit into it.  We discussed why their estimates changed, depending on the size and width of the containers.  Students are also busy preparing for a very special science delivery…

     

    This week the first graders used what they learned about character traits to complete their character projects using a book of their choice. During writing, the first graders worked hard on their persuasive letters to try to convince readers to agree to give them something that they really want. During math, students are completing their place value unit so they can start learning subtraction strategies after break. In science, students were busy researching the life cycle of frogs and prepared to take care of their tadpoles when they arrive after break!

    In second grade, students were very excited to use what they learned about the economy to sell their goods or services on Market Day!  Each student or group planned a good or service to sell, made an advertisement for their product, and determined a good market price for their products.  In math, students finished up their unit on time by reviewing concepts in math centers.  In language arts, students delved deeper into fairy tales and compared story structures to prepare to write their own fractured fairy tale. 

    This week in third grade, students finished up their fraction unit by learning about fractions on a number line and comparing two fractions using models. In science, students continued to learn about simple machines and how they make work easier. In social studies, students learned about Jamestown and John Smith. In reading and writing, students explored different opinion texts and supported their opinions with reasons. 

    Fourth graders finished their fraction unit with a test this week. Students will move into decimals next! Students have some fun games and activities prepared for this unit. In reading, all classes are now reading Hatchet. While reading this book, students will respond in their journals as well as make connections, inferences and predictions to the text. Students will also use this book as a starting point for learning how to write a literary essay. During science, the classes will move into their Forces and Motions Unit this week. They will do lots of hands on learning in this unit! Students finished up their study of the Northeast and will move into a “tour” of the Southeast soon!

     

    During science this week, fifth grade students finished up discussing the geosphere lessons in the Earth Systems Unit.  Students will analyze how the eruption of Mount St. Helens was both a constructive and destructive force that affected the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere of the Earth. The students will identify both the short-term and long-term effects and include a model or illustration to support their analysis. During social studies this week, fifth grade students discussed the tension between the colonies and Great Britain through a jig-saw strategy.  When the activity is completed, each group will make a Kahoot! to review each section. 

     

    Enjoy the vacation!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • 4.5.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 4/5/2019
     
       

    Dear MPE Families,




     

    We had another great week at MPE!

     

    The MPE Student Council is busy collecting supplies for the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter from April 5th – April 12th. 

    Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is in need of supplies! We are going to purchase items from their Amazon Wish list. You can send in…

    1. Cash (please label envelope to Student Council)

    Or send in….

    1. Paper Towels
    2. Sponges
    3. Puppy Training Pads
    4. New or used blankets, towels, sheets, or pillowcases
    5. New or used leashes

    Upcoming Events:

     

    April 8 – Jenkinson’s Penguin Assembly – K-3

    April 9 – 5th grade group picture taken for yearbook

              PTA General Meeting - MPE Media Center, 7:30PM

    Mrs. Barbag and Mrs. Szostak will be presenting on how to develop study skills and organizational habits with your child. 

    April 11 - Rain date for 5th grade group picture

    April 12 – Gr. 1-5 MP2 grades on Parent Portal after 3:00 p.m.

    April 15 – 19 – Schools closed for Spring Break

    April 28 – Livingston Pickup Day – see attached flyer

     

     

    Meanwhile, in the classrooms…

     

    This week the kindergarteners were busy completing STEM activities during science.  Each day, the children rotated to a new center where they were asked to imagine a plan to try and improve something or solve a problem.  The children worked together to come up with a plan.  They learned that working  as a team helps to get a job done.  During writing workshop, the children learned how to gather accurate information about an animal they may know a lot about.  This will be their first piece of nonfiction writing.  They welcomed the new month with their April song during shared reading.  During reading workshop, the children compared fiction and nonfiction books.  One thing the children noticed is that nonfiction books give true information. 

     

    This week, first graders began reading the novel Henry and Mudge The First Book! Students learned how to look closely at the characters, Henry and Mudge, to better understand how characters change in stories. During writing, students started to write and plan out a persuasive letter that they wanted to write to someone. They worked on writing to convince their reader to understand their point of view! During math, students focused on comparing numbers and learned how to use the greater than, less than and equal to symbols to make number sentences true. In science, students were so excited to begin learning about life cycles in preparation for their tadpoles that will be arriving in a few weeks! 

     

    Second graders were excited to start their new reading and writing units this week with an introduction to fairy tales! They explored many different traditional fairy tales, as well as “fractured,” or reimagined, versions of these tales (Think, “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” or “Chickerella”). After actively investigating on their own, students came together to devise a list of common elements often found in fairy tales. During math, students continued practicing reading and writing time on both analog and digital clocks, and in social studies they continued learning about the economy through various read-aloud books.

     

    In the third grade, students continued their study of traditional literature, focusing on tall tales this week. Students also began their study of opinion essays in writing, as well as, fractions in math. During social studies, the students learned about Christopher Columbus and Henry Hudson. They specifically learned about their sponsors, hardships, and motivations for exploring. During science, students learned more about simple machines and studied examples of them in their daily lives and how each machine helps make lives easier.

     

    Fourth graders had a blast during science where they finished up their body system unit.  They participated in really interesting respiratory stations where they learned all about their pulse and how it can change with activity.  They really enjoyed visits from Dr. Narang, a pediatric hematologist as well as Dr. Baskies, an orthopedic surgeon.  During social studies, students finished up their unit on government with a project of their choice.  Students look forward to seeing slideshows on the Bill of Rights, mobiles on the branches of government, timelines of past presidents, plus many other choices.  During math, students are getting close to the end of their fractions unit.  Students have learned how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers and even how to multiply fractions!  During reading, students finished up their historical fiction book clubs and were busy drafting their historical fiction stories in writing as well. 

     

    This week in fifth grade, the students continued to think, talk, and write about common themes across different texts. They also continued to draft their comparative literary essays.  They are hard at work creating well thought out and carefully crafted writing passages.

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • 3.29.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 3/29/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    The month of April is World Autism Month.  Throughout the month, students will participate in activities and discussions regarding acceptance and inclusion in the classroom.  This year, MPE will “light it up” blue to raise our awareness for autism.  Please send your child to school wearing blue on Tuesday, April 2nd.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    April 1 – Deadline to purchase yearbooks. 

    To order, visit ybpay.lifetouch.com and use yearbook ID 2050819.

    Grade 5 presentation by Holocaust survivor

    April 2 – Lifetouch Spring Picture Day – Individual Photos Only

    April 5 – PTA Used Book Sale – all books $1.00

    April 8 – Jenkinson’s Penguin Assembly – K-3

    April 9 – 5th grade group picture taken for yearbook

    April 11 - Rain date for 5th grade group picture

    April 12 – Gr. 1-5 MP2 grades on Parent Portal after 3:00 p.m.

    April 15 – 19 – Schools closed for Spring Break

     

    In the classrooms…

    Kindergarten students furthered their study about weather by learning about wind. They discovered that wind is moving air. As engineers, they planned and designed wind tracks which they then blew a puff ball through. During math, students did a round of math rotations that involved using teen numbers. They practiced counting, writing and reviewing the concept that a teen number is 10 + _.  During reading workshop, students worked on the concept of retelling. Remembering all the important parts of a book and using key words like first, then, next and last helped them to understand the books they read.

     

    First grade students read stories by Kevin Henkes to identify story elements, characters, setting, problems and solutions.  During writing, they worked on persuasive writing and learned how to expand upon their writing using more details.  During math, students worked on 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less, and greater than or less than.  Finally, during social studies, students continued their study on famous women throughout history. 

    This week in second grade, students started their new unit in math: time! Students learned the parts of a clock, as well as how to tell time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour, and nearest five minutes. In social studies, students began their new unit on economics. First, students were able to identify needs and wants within their own lives. Then, they learned all about goods, services, consumers, and producers.

     

    Third grade students were busy learning all about area and perimeter during math class.  Students continued their study of Native Americans.  They made Navajo sand paintings on Monday and had their “Day in Clay” assembly on Tuesday.  Thank you to the MPE PTA for hosting such a fun and educational event.  During science, students learned all about friction and are looking forward to learning about simple machines.  During reading, students learned about “tall tales” and had fun discussing the exaggeration of the events in these tales.  Finally, during writing, students continued to practice responding to different writing prompts such as essay prompts and story prompts.                        

     

    This week, the fourth graders had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Baskies, an orthopedic surgeon. This presentation on bones was a great way to end their unit on human bodies. During math, students continued to learn about adding and subtracting fractions as well as mixed numbers.  In reading, most classes began the grade-level novel, Hatchet.  Students focused on summarizing, character development, and the theme of survival as they read.  During writing, students published their historical fiction writing. In social studies, some classes are working on the final portion of the government unit while others continued the train tour of the Northeast by studying population.

     

    Fifth grade students were busy working with decimals. Students practiced adding, subtracting and rounding decimals which allowed them to successfully plan out a shopping trip and keep within their budget. Students also really enjoyed their trip to BiZTown where they were able to simulate the economics of a town and the businesses located there. They have a new appreciation for what their parents do on a daily basis! 

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • 3.22.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 3/22/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    We had a great week at MPE.  Please read below for information about what your child learned this week.  Thank you to the MPE PTA for a wonderful PTA Bash on Thursday night which helped to raise funding to improve the MPE Playground.

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    March 25 – Gr 5 Trip to Biztown

    March 26 – Gr 3 Day in Clay

    March 28 – Gr 2 Trip to Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

    March 29 – Spirit Day

     

    Change of Date: April 9th - PTA General Meeting - MPE Media Center, 7:30PM

    Mrs. Barbag and Mrs. Szostak will be presenting on how to develop study skills and organizational habits with your child. 

     

    The 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony and Clap-out will take place on Wednesday, June 19th

     

    Meanwhile, in the classrooms…

     

    The kindergarteners learned about weather and spring!  They read a poem called “Welcome to Spring” and another poem called “Good-bye and Hello”.  They brainstormed things they knew about the changes happening outside, and talked about how their clothing is changing to reflect the temperature.  Kindergarteners learned a song called, “What’s the Weather Like Today?” and then painted a weather picture to reflect one of the weather types featured in the song.  In math, students completed their teen number books.  They practiced showing how many items you have to add to a set of 10 to get a new teen number.  During handwriting, students learned what letters fit in their new double-lined paper.  Many lower case letters fit, but upper case letters never fit!

     

    The first graders continued their character study unit during reading workshop. This week, students focused on how characters change from the beginning, middle and end of the story and how to locate text evidence to support their ideas. During writing, students focused on their book of persuasive reviews and elaborated on details to support their claims. During math, students learned how to use place value to solve place value puzzles to find numbers one more or less, and ten more or less than a given number. During social studies, students continued to study famous women for Women’s History Month and explained what accomplishments they made and how it influenced others. 

     

    Second grade students continued their work in series book clubs.  Students eagerly took notes, and discussed and elaborated upon their ideas about characters, problems, and the author's message in their books.  In writing, students moved from the planning stage to drafting and revising/editing their opinions about their "Little Ant".  By week's end, students will have gone through the whole writing process for this piece!  During math, students solidified their ability to count and use money by playing review games and working in differentiated centers with small groups and partnerships.  

     

    This week, third graders began a math unit on area and perimeter. In writing, students continued to write for different purposes by carefully reading various prompts. During reading, third graders continued with their traditional unit by looking at the different point of views of characters in fables. During social studies, students learned about the Navajo Tribe and their use of sand paintings. In science, students worked on understanding friction and force before starting to learn about simple machines. 

     

    This week, the fourth graders had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Narang, who shared with students how their blood works. This was one of their culminating activities for the end of their body systems unit. It was so interesting! The students also created brochures of one of the amazing systems of their bodies to share!  During math, students moved into adding and subtracting fractions and will soon learn some new games to help them review these skills.  Book clubs are wrapping up and class novels are beginning! Students focused on summarizing, character development and the theme of survival as they read their class novel. In writing, students typed their final drafts of their historical fiction writing.  In social studies, students finished up their unit on the United States Government, culminating with a final project. Students were given the option of choosing one of many different final projects. Some wrote books, others made slideshows and some even created timelines of all of the presidents! Finally, all classes enjoyed their trip to Jockey Hollow. It was great to see where Washington’s Troops stayed during the American Revolution.

     

    This week in fifth grade science, students created a convection current, and demonstrated their understanding by diagramming and acting out what happened in the model. Students learned that scientists believe convection currents in the mantle cause the movement of Earth’s plates. Next, the students discussed tectonic plate movement/Continental Drift Theory.  Students also created their own tectonic plates using graham crackers and shaving cream. 

     

    In fifth grade social studies, students analyzed and responded to three dilemmas faced by Africans during enslavement: trading slaves for guns in West Africa, surviving the Middle Passage, and living as a slave in the colonies.

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

     

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  • 3.15.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 3/15/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    Thank you to all of the staff and families for great parent/teacher conferences.  Please read below to learn more about what your child learned during class this week!

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    March 15 – Used Book Collection ends

    March 20 – Gr 4 Trip to Jockey Hollow – 4B and 4T

    March 21 – PTA fundraiser “The Bash”  7:00 p.m.

    March 22 – Gr 4 Trip to Jockey Hollow – 4A and 4S

    March 25 – Gr 5 Trip to Biztown

    March 26 – Gr 3 Day in Clay

    March 28 – Gr 2 Trip to Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

    March 29 – Spirit Day

     

    Change of Date: April 9th - PTA General Meeting - MPE Media Center, 7:30PM

    Mrs. Barbag and Mrs. Szostak will be presenting on how to develop study skills and organizational habits with your child.  

     

    In the classrooms…

     

    This week kindergarten students were so excited to complete their first three page story during writing workshop.  The children had to write what they like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They were also given the choice to add an extra page to write about their favorite dessert.  Students learned that before they are ready to “fancy up” their story, they need to edit their work.  They were taught how to use a checklist to see if their writing contained the following: spaces, capital and lowercase letters, and punctuation.  Once editing was complete, they  were ready to fancy their writing up!   Nutrition has also been a theme this past week.  During interactive writing, students worked together to add foods they know, to the four food groups.  During English Language Arts, the children were able to draw, label, and list  the healthy foods in their belly.  Students talked about the importance of eating a well-balanced meal which includes: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, dairy and meat.  Kindergarten decided that pizza has all the food groups and makes for a well-balanced  meal!  What do you think?

     

    First graders learned about different characters like Chrysanthemum and Lily from Lily's Purple Plastic Purse during reading! Students looked closely at various character traits and located evidence in the stories to support their thinking. During writing, students learned how to write to persuade their audience, by having an opinion about topics and naming three reasons to support their beliefs. During math, students began their Place Value Unit. Students explored famous women in history during social studies. Students had a great week! 

     

    Second graders did a wonderful job writing their persuasive letters and have now started brainstorming ideas for a new opinion piece. After reading the book Hey, Little Ant, they came up with reasons for whether the ant in the story should be squished or saved! Keep an eye on second grade’s hallway displays to learn more about your student’s opinion. In science, students have been investigating rapid and slow changes to our Earth. In math, students have been learning all about money, including counting groups of coins, finding different ways to make a total value, and learning how to make change from a purchase. Maybe they can help you make small purchases in stores now!

     

    The third grade continued their investigation of traditional literature. Students read more types of fables to understand the moral of the story and character traits that lead to the outcome of the fable. Students also learned how to write for a purpose. The classes learned how to brainstorm ideas quickly and how to write for a specific task (finish a story, writing a letter, etc.) During math, the third grade learned the properties of multiplication that will help them in solving number sentences with larger numbers. During social studies, the classes finished up their study of the Cheyenne Tribe, while in science, the classes ended their study of magnets and will soon begin to discuss work, force and friction!  

     

    Fourth grade math was all about fractions!  Students learned how to simplify, build to higher terms, compare them, and convert them!  During reading, students enjoyed their historical fiction book clubs.  They learned how to think deeply and critically about these amazing books, and loved participating in class discussions about their read aloud, Number the Stars.  During writing, students began to write historical fiction stories.  With so much background from their reading, this will help make the task easier.  Fourth grade students really enjoyed getting to cycle to the different classes to learn about the body systems.  Whether it was making skeletons to learn the names of the bones, making model brains or lungs, or hands-on experiments with digestion, they had a blast learning the information!  They are looking forward to working on a brochure as a final project for this unit.

     

    During English Language Arts, fifth graders spent time working through Interpretation Stations (Write Around Station, Photograph Station, Song Lyrics Station, Timeline Station, Statistics Station).  These stations taught them how to better analyze themes across the texts within each station, and then to analyze themes across the stations.

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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  • 3.8.19

    Posted by Emily Sortino on 3/8/2019

    Dear MPE Families,

     

    Please see below for the list of upcoming events at MPE.  We look forward to our upcoming parent/teacher conferences next week!

     

    We had a very successful week at MPE celebrating Read Across America.  Students and staff participated in a variety of events to celebrate their love of reading.  Attached are pictures from our campfire reading.  Students also competed  in the Seuss Olympics where they participated in different fun activities!

     

    Thank you to Mrs. Goeller, The Read Across America Committee, and all of our MPE Staff for organizing and participating in these events! 

     

    Upcoming

     

    March 13, 14 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences 12:15 p.m. dismissal

                                      PTA ½ day activities – 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

    March 14 – PTA Playground Meeting – 7:30  P.M. in the MPE Media Center – All are welcome to attend

    March 15 – Used Book Collection ends

    March 20 – Gr 4 Trip to Jockey Hollow – 4B and 4T

    March 21 – PTA fundraiser “The Bash”  7:00 p.m.

    March 22 – Gr 4 Trip to Jockey Hollow – 4A and 4S

    March 25 – Gr 5 Trip to Biztown

    March 26 – Gr 3 Day in Clay

    March 28 – Gr 2 Trip to Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

    March 29 – Spirit Day

     

    Change of Date: April 9th - PTA General Meeting - MPE Media Center, 7:30PM

    Mrs. Barbag and Mrs. Szostak will be presenting on how to develop study skills and organizational habits with your child.  

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily Sortino, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

     

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