Christmas Family

Third grade will be sponsoring a family for Christmas.  You may wish to purchase something for one of the children. We have a wish list of some items they need and would like for Christmas. You can view a sign up by clicking here to see what items have already been sent in and sign up for something. If you would like to purchase a specific item off the list, please sign up or feel free to send me a quick note and I will reserve that item for you. Please send all items into school unwrapped by Dec. 6th.

Any money that is collected will be compiled to purchase remaining items off their wish lists.  Thank you for helping to make this a merry Christmas for this family and and for allowing our third graders to learn how good it feels to help someone in need.


Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days

This week we celebrated Red Ribbon Week at Brecknock as a way of reminding students to make healthy choices and say no to drugs.  The theme this year was “Life is your journey, travel drug free.”

Monday, 10/22- “Life is a journey,” for you and me.  We had Role Reversal day– students dressed like staff, and staff dressed like students.

A room full of teachers

a few new students

Tuesday, 10/23-Life is a journey,” so live life to the fullest. Students got to “Shine” and wear their bling!  Sorry, I forgot to take pictures.

Wednesday, 10/24- “Life is a journey,” so dream what you could be.  Everyone could dress like someone who they want to be in the future.

2 vets and a teacher


professional athletes

a chef, paleontologist, and realtor

a singer, mechanic, and engineer

a party planner and safari tour guide

Thursday, 10/25- “Life is a journey”, so be safe when feeling silly.  Everyone could dress is something mis-matched.

Friday, 10/26- “Life is a journey,” so fitness is priority.  Staff and students walked around the Brecknock campus before the start of school.

Everyone could wear their favorite sport team’s shirt.



Character Pumpkins

If you visit Brecknock in the next 2 weeks or have a moment on your way to or from your conference, be sure to pause a moment in the lobby and check out the showcase.  Students in each third grade language arts class created pumpkins to represent book characters. They read the book, wrote a character report, and then worked together to plan and create their pumpkin character. My class recorded our reports on Seesaw.  If you haven’t started following your child on Seesaw, check it out!


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please sign up on-line to schedule a parent/teacher conference with your child’s Language Arts teacher.   Here are the links for 3rd grade.

Mrs. Muhr’s Language Arts Class

Mrs. Blankley’s Language Arts Class

Mrs. Miller’s Language Arts Class



Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

My Language Arts Class’s Recycling Program was featured in an article in the Lancaster LNP newspaper on Tuesday.  If you missed it, here’s what it said:

Paper trail leads to Brecknock
Brecknock Elementary School third-graders turned recycling advocates are learning to care for the Earth as part of their language arts studies. They have learned what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle, according to a news release.
Students were disappointed to learn this year that paper is no longer recycled at Brecknock because there is no recycling truck to collect it, the release noted. So Brecknock started its own recycling program. Students learned that Mennonite Central Committee recycles paper and other items to raise funds to cover the costs of shipping relief kits worldwide. They saw an opportunity.
In a letter to Principal Kimberly Anderson, students explained their project and requested permission to get started. They wrote a letter to custodian Maureen Hogan, asking her for six recycling bins and boxes in which they could transport paper for recycling. They also crafted an email for teachers, letting them know about the paper recycling efforts.
Students prepared signs for the recycling bins so people would know what could, and could not be, recycled. Then, student groups prepared and practiced a recycling presentation that they gave in each third-grade homeroom.
Students plan to empty recycling bins weekly and deliver the paper to MCC. There is also a recycling center on a cart in third-grade teacher Julie Muhr’s classroom. After students sort out items that aren’t recyclable, Muhr will transport the filled boxes to MCC.
Other classes at Brecknock are interested in the program, which may soon mean more bins throughout the school.


Fire Prevention Day

Today the Bowmansville Fire Company and Fivepointville Ambulance Company came to Brecknock.  The kids were so excited to go in the smoke trailer.  The firefighters taught us about situations to watch out for in the kitchen like pot holders too close to the stove or what to do with a grease fire.  Next the students went upstairs in the trailer to the “bedroom” while the trailer filled with fake smoke.  They had to crawl down the stairs and outside.  The kids got to see first hand how staying low helps you stay out of the smoke.  The EMTs taught us about CPR and the equipment they use on scene.  We also got to see the inside of the ambulance.  Thank you to the visitors who came to school today to share this important safety information!


Dads and Donuts

donutWhere: Brecknock Elementary School Cafeteria

When: Thursday, Nov. 15th- students last names A-L

Friday, Nov. 16th- students last names M-Z

Time: 8:15-8:45 a.m.

Who: Dads* and Brecknock Students

*If Dad is not available, another guardian (uncle, granddad, etc.) may bring your child.

You and your child can enjoy donuts, milk and juice, along with lively conversation with other Brecknock Dads and friends. You can help your children start their day by walking them to their classroom after 8:45 a.m.

Please complete the RSVP form by Nov. 2. The event is only $1 per family and we need and RSVP in order to get the correct amount of donuts, so be sure you return your form and payment as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please call the school office at 445-8600.


Field Trip

Today we got to enjoy our long awaited, rescheduled Agriculture Awareness Field Trip. Our students rotated through 10 stations to learn from the Garden Spot FFA and Agriculture students. We learned a lot and pet some really cute farm animals!


Golden Palette Winners!


Yesterday it was announced that our class is the Golden Palette Winner for the week! The golden palette is an art award earned by the class who showed the greatest leadership, respect, responsibility, and kindness in the art room.  I’m so proud of our artists of the week!


read aloud

This week our student teacher Miss LaSpina did a guided read aloud activity using this book: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul.

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred. The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change. Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world.

Miss LaSpina lead the class in predicting, discussed some African words, and read the story. Students discussed the message the author was teaching all of us and found details to support this theme in the characters actions.

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