May
20

Third Grade Butterfly Garden

Third grade has recently wrapped up our study on Monarch butterflies.  During Module 6 students were asked to complete the following performance task:

Monarch Migration– Monarch butterflies travel south to warmer locations such as Mexico and Baja, California so they can survive the cold winters. The migration trip is what helps them survive and feed their families. But, as the human population increases along these migration routes, there are new challenges for these butterflies. There are actions that communities can do that will help to make sure that monarch butterflies can continue to migrate. Our third graders will pretend to naturalists who study animals, such as insects, in their homes or habitats.  Many naturalists are worried that the habitats of monarch butterflies are changing and therefore the butterflies then disappearing. Our goal is to inform people about the monarch butterfly life cycles and migration habits and give our opinion or make an argument to convince them about the best actions the public can take to ensure monarch butterflies survive. People who live in the towns or cities that are located along the flight path need to know more about what they can do to make sure the monarch butterfly can survive their journey.

This learning inspired our students to plant our very own Butterfly Garden at Brecknock.  The Butterfly Garden is located in the Memorial Garden courtyard underneath the third grade classroom windows.  It includes a variety of annual flowers which will provide nectar to adult butterflies. Each student planted one. We also scattered seeds to grow perennials including milkweed (a necessity for Monarch caterpillars). The students in Mrs. Muhr’s Language Arts class also created some informational fact cards to help inform visitors about Monarch butterflies. We hope you’ll stop by the garden and check it out!

Mrs. Muhr’s Language Arts Class

Mrs. Blankley’s Language Arts Class






Students researched information on their butterfly topic.

Fact Cards provide information about butterflies.

May
10

Because Brecknock Cares Annual Day of Service

This year for our annual Day of Service, each student painted a rock that will beautify the front entrance of the school.  We also collected food for the Northeastern Lancaster County Food Bank. Check out the rocks next time you are at school!







May
10

ELANCO Mini Relay For Life

On May 1st we had a guest appearance by two high school students (Olivia Mundorf and Abby Good–both former students of Mrs. Muhr) who are on the Health Council. They came to spread the word about the ELANCO Mini Relay which will take place on May 21st. Every student was given a plastic bottle to try to collect coins for the American Cancer Society.  Filled bottles can be emptied into the larger jugs in our school office. Every elementary building will be collecting as much change as they can to help in the fight against cancer.  Please consider helping your child donate.  Students also colored signs which will be hanging during the Mini Relay.

Abby and Olivia

Please donate!



May
10

April S.T.A.R. Party

We celebrated excellent student behavior in the month of April with monthly Star party. Each day our Students are Taking Academic Responsibility by making good choices at school. They start the day with 4 stars and try to keep them all day or even earn an extra star for excellent behavior. Teachers kept track of student scores all month and averaged them to see who was invited to celebrate good behavior at our S.T.A.R. Party. Any student that averaged 3.5  stars or higher was invited to our Game Day and was able to play board games and card games with friends at a designated time.  Students who averaged 4 stars or higher were “Rock Stars” and were given snack bags to eat.  Now we’ll begin working on making good behavior choices for May!




Apr
06

PSSA Pizza Party!

Today we celebrated the hard work and preparation of our third grade students with a pizza party!  Any student that returned 80% of their at-home PSSA preparation packets got to join us for a special lunch in the art lobby.  Students enjoyed pizza, veggies, juice boxes and cupcakes.  I was so excited that 17 students from our homeroom were able to attend!! They were PROUD and PREPARED for our upcoming testing!



Apr
06

Family Math Game Night

Date: Thursday, April 26

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

Where: Brecknock Gymnasium

Who: Students of all grades and parents/guardians

What:

  • Learn some fun ways to practice math skills and concepts at home.
  • Play grade level math games with dice and cards.
  • Check out a grade above or below to have more fun games to practice math skills all summer long.

Take home a packet of the game directions, two dice and a deck of playing cards (Courtesy of Supervalu: Proud supplier of Redner’s, Weaver’s Market, and Shady Maple)

Please RSVP to help us prepare for the evening.

Mar
30

March STAR Party

On Wednesday, 3/28,  we celebrated excellent student behavior with our monthly Star party. Each day our Students are Taking Academic Responsibility by making good choices at school. They start the day with 4 stars and try to keep them all day or even earn an extra star for excellent behavior. Teachers kept track of student scores all month and averaged them to see who was invited to celebrate good behavior at our S.T.A.R. Party. Any student that averaged 3.5  stars or higher was invited to make Candy Catapults! Students who averaged 4 stars or higher were “Rock Stars” and were given bags of Easter candy to enjoy.  After working together with a group to construct their catapult, each student was given the chance to launch 3 jellybeans toward our point containers.  The students who earned the highest points won candy prizes as well.  Now we’ll begin working on making good behavior choices for April!

Here is the direction page in case you’d like to build a catapult at home.

Students were given a bag of building supplies and a direction sheet. They had to work together to build, practice, and tweak their catapult.






Mar
30

Weather Reporters

This week we wrapped up our learning for Language Arts Module 4.  We studied aspects of the weather and had the task of educating our school community about the weather and how to prepare as well as safety procedures.  Each day we had a student weather reporter who prepared and practiced a weather report to share the high and low temperature, wind speed, precipitation and sky conditions.  The reporter read the report to our class and then updated a weather map and temperature chart. 

Reading groups also read books which focused on a specific type of severe weather. They created a poster to share safety precautions with our school.  These posters were shared with our class and are hanging in the hallway near the bathrooms so all Brecknock students and adults can be warned about severe weather.

Purple group researched Blizzards.

Green group researched Tornadoes.

Blue group researched Flash Floods.

Not pictured: Red group researched Lightning.

 

Mar
05

Raffle Basket Donations Needed

The PTO will be having a basket raffle at the Spaghetti Dinner.  3rd grade is collecting items for a Summer Fun Basket. We need your help to fill the basket!

Some ideas are outdoor toys, sunscreen, pool toys, bubbles, chalk, etc. Feel free to be creative! If you do not have time to shop or would rather donate money, please send in your cash in a sealed envelope marked attention Shannon Boozer.

Please have all items sent into the classroom by March 19th.

If your family or buisness would like to donate its own basket or large item, please contact Sharon Hicks, Raffle Coordinator at 717-575-4930 or by email at slhicks1@ptd.net.  The Brecknock PTO does have a non-for profit tax number.

Mar
05

Spaghetti Dinner Donations Needed!

The PTO Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled for March 23rd from 4:30-7:30.

Food donations are needed and can be brought to school and placed on the cart in the main lobby.

-Parmesan Cheese

-Pasta sauce

-Salad dressing (Italian and Ranch)

-Spaghetti Noodles

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