Miss Dietrich’s reading and math homework

Hello students and parents!

The school year is in full swing and homework assignments are starting! Here is some information for both subjects to help you have success at home.


Students have reading homework Monday through Thursday. Every student should read for a minimum of 15 minutes a night and record each reading in his/her reading log. The reading log is dated so both students and parents know when there is an assignment.

Reading can occur in the following ways: independently, aloud, or with a partner. Parents, please take interest in the types of books your child is reading and ask questions about the stories. Questions such as, “Who is the main character?, Where is the setting?, What is the plot?” You can also ask your child to summarize what he/she has read so far.


Spelling pretests will be given each Monday. A spelling list will come home with the pretest. The final test will occur on Friday. (In the event that we do not have school on a Monday, the spelling schedule will be pushed back one day.) While I do not assign spelling homework, your child is encouraged to practice spelling the words at home. Refer to the list of ways to practice spelling in your child’s homework folder.

Please note: The first 20 list words follow the named pattern. The last 5 words are challenge words that do not necessarily follow that pattern.


Students have math homework on Wednesday and Thursday only. It is beneficial for students to practice the skill(s) with me in class Monday through Wednesday before asking them to apply what they learned independently. If you notice that your child is having difficulty with a particular assignment or on a portion of an assignment, please write a note on the paper itself so I know exactly what to help your child with. He/she will not lose a yard on his/her D.A.W.G. field for an incomplete assignment.

Xtra math and IXL math are computer programs used daily at school. While they are not homework assignments, your child is more than welcome to login at home for extra practice. Papers were sent home explaining the focus and benefits of each program.

Please feel free to email me at any time with questions! (kimberly_dietrich@elanco.org)


Miss Dietrich

Girls on the Run

The fall 2015 season starts on Monday, September 14 from 3:45pm-5:15pm. Girls should remember to bring the following:

  • athletic attire
  • sneakers
  • a water bottle
  • a healthy snack (ex. fruit, veggies, crackers)
  • a positive attitude

See you then!

**Due to early dismissal on Wednesday, September 16, GOTR will not meet.


T’was the night before school

T’was the night before school started

when all through the town,

the parents were cheering

it was a riotous sound.

By eight the kids were washed

and tucked into bed,

when memories of homework

filled them with dread.

New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too,

New teachers, new friends- their anxiety grew.

The parents just giggled when they learned of this fright.

And shouted upstairs-



Girls on the Run Team

Hello everyone!

I am thrilled to inform you that Blue Ball Elementary’s Girls on the Run team is full for the 2015 fall season! If your daughter was hoping to sign-up, she will have another chance to do so in the spring.

There will be a brief parent/coach meeting on Monday, September 14 at 5:00pm in front of the school. (If it is raining, the meeting will be held in my classroom.) Important information about the program and the season will be shared.

Best of luck to the fall team!

Third graders: Summer, Elise, and Mikayla

Fourth graders: Rayne, Abigail, Bella, Clarissa, and Ella

Fifth graders: Kylie, Cierra, Meredith, Jasmine, Ava, Syanna, and Kyra


Girls On the Run!

Are you a girl in third, fourth, or fifth grade? Would you like to be apart of an amazing after-school group that makes you feel excited and proud to be a girl? Then Girls On the Run is for you!

On-line registration (gotrlancaster.org) starts at noon on Monday, August 3rd and closes on Friday, August 7th at noon. This registration will be in a lottery format. There are a total of 15 spots available. If there are remaining spots in September, girls can register in a paper format. The teacher coaches, Mrs. Herr, Miss Wacther, and myself along with the parent coaches Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Horst are hoping to have a full team. Girls will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-5:15 for ten weeks starting September 14. A culminating activity is a 5K on Saturday, November 14 at Millersville University. Please see any coach with questions.

Girls On the Run is so much fun!!!

First day of school!

The first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year will be on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. The school year will begin with three four-day weeks.

Note: No school on Friday, September 4 and Monday, September 7!

Back-to-School Night

Fourth grade will be holding Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. This is a time for students and parents to meet the teachers and find out what the new school year will hold!