Jul
02

Hello Third Graders!

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I just wanted to say hello to my incoming third graders and their families.  I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing and safe summer. As the school year approaches I will be preparing our classroom with fresh bulletin boards, new folders and books, organized school supplies, and plans for lots of fun learning.  I hope you are also preparing for the year.  This summer try to read for at least a few minutes each day.  Practice math facts and concepts such as counting coins, skip counting, and telling time.  Write stories or  journal entries. Get some exercise and play in the sunshine. You can send me an email if you have any questions about our upcoming year.  See you soon!   Mrs. Muhr

Jun
12

Farewell Students!

It’s the last day of school….a day of mixed emotions.  Everyone is so excited about time to relax and vacation plans this summer.  At the same time we’re sad to see the year come to an end.  This year I had a unique opportunity. For the first time in my 19 year teaching career I had the chance to follow a group of students from second grade to third grade.  This gave me the chance to hit the ground running at the start of the year with students I already knew so well.  I was able to continue relationships with students and see them grow an amazing amount over the past two years.  Thank you for a great two years.  Wishing everyone a safe, relaxing, and fun summer! Don’t forget to keep reading, writing, and reviewing math facts and math concepts.  Your body might be on vacation, but don’t let your brain be too!  You’ve learned so much, good luck in 4th grade!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Muhr

Jun
12

Summer Library

The Brecknock Elementary Library will be open this summer. Join us for story times, fun activities and of course, book check out. You may drop-in at any time during Summer Library evenings. Students may check out 5 books per visit!

6:00-8:00 pm

Mondays June 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16

June 18- Fitness Fun– fun fitness activities with Mrs. High

June 25- Awesome Art! Join Mrs. Buckman for some art fun.

July 2- Spectacular Science– Hands-on science with Mrs. Braverman

July 9- Music Mania– Join Mr. Goodman for a musically good time!

July 17- Doggone Good Books– Stories about man’s best friend and a chance to meet our canine visitors.

Tuesday, July 31- Harry Potter’s Birthday Celebration

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.






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