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"What's the Buzz?"

                                May 23, 2016


School is winding down quickly! There's so much to do in so little time ...

Language Arts: We are wrapping up our Storytown stories this week with "Charlotte's Web" - an all-time favorite of mine. We will be working on looking at how characters CHANGE throughout a story. Vocabulary will be tested on May 31. Our spelling list is being tested on Friday, May 27. The words all have a V/V pattern.  I will introduce one more new list next week and have a final spelling test the first week in June. We also will be enjoying selections in our Storyworks magazines.

 MobyMax: The students have begun working on the MobyMax website during our ELA/Daily 5 time period.  If you would like to see what this is all about, visit my ELA page on this website and click on the link for Moby Max. We will be using this program during Daily 5 to improve ELA skills

  WINWIN has ended for this schoolyear. I hope that the students enjoyed their extra ELA time and will continue to use the skills worked on next year!

   Scholastic Book orders: If you would like to use the on-line method of ordering books know that you only need to log onto and use our access numbers, which is G2863. Nothing to it!!

   Math: We are finishing up our work with Fractions this week. Skills that we are working on are comparing fractions, mixed numbers and adding and subtracting fractions with "like" denominators. Look for a final test on Thursday of this week.   

Science:  Mrs. Hoffman is finishing up the year with 2 units of science. The first is on Simple Machines and the second is on Biomes. Both include fun activities and projects that require the students to research and work in groups to teach their classmates about both concepts! A fun way to wrap up third grade. 

 School attire:  Please remember that the children go outside for recess for 15 minutes every day for some fresh air and exercise.  Please don't send your child to school in flip flops. They cannot go on the equipment at recess, and if they break they will be "shoeless' the rest of the day! Also keeping a sweatshirt in your child's locker might be a good idea since the classrooms are air conditioned.  Thanks for your understanding. 

 Community Service: 

    Schoolwide/PTO Newsletters: If you haven't already signed up to receive e-mail blasts from Shoemaker or our PTO, please do so ASAP. Important information will often be shared with parent via e-mail rather than sending home paper newsletters in the hopes of "going green". You can do this by visiting the Shoemaker website. 

 Vacation forms: Please be aware that if your family is planning a vacation during the schoolyear a vacation form must be filled out and sent in to school 10 days prior to the date you wish to leave on vacation. Vacations will not be approved during PSSA weeks, which are 

  Classroom donations: Thank you so much for all the tissues and Chlorox/Lysol wipes that you have sent in!.As you can imagine, we have gone through all the Chlorox/Lysol wipes and soft tissues already! If you are able, we always appreciate the cube tissue boxes so that we have them for PSSA week, but the large sizes are good too!


1.    Birthdays ~ Due to the increase in food sensitivity and allergies, we are no longer going to allow food birthday treats in our classrooms at Shoemaker. Knowing how important birthdays are to our students, we will continue to recognize student birthdays on our PTO monthly birthday board displayed in the hallway of the lobby area. Additionally, if you are interested, you may send in non-edible "treats" for your child's class on his or her birthday.

2.    Celebrations ~ Other classroom celebrations, dates and healthy food items, will be arranged at the discretion of each classroom teacher. Please pay close attention to communication from your child's teacher regarding those special events.

  Folders: Just a reminder... Please do NOT clean out your child's folders at home. These papers are important for them to keep until a test has been taken on the information. We want them to get into the habit of using all information/graphic organizers to study for tests. WE WILL CLEAN THE FOLDERS OUT HERE AT SCHOOL WHEN WE COMPLETE THE CHAPTER/UNIT!!! Thanks!

 Student "Pick Ups": If you or another family member are planning on picking your child up after school PLEASE send in a written note. It makes for an unhappy child and a chaotic dismissal if all of a sudden a child tells me that he/she is being picked up and I tell him/her that I have to put them on the bus if I can't reach you before 2:45! Thanks so much for your understanding.

Health Concerns: As you have heard through many sources, school districts are working hard to keep children healthy this year. To this end, East Penn asks that you please keep your child home if he/she has a fever for at least 24 hours after the fever breaks/medicine has been given. We are doing everything we can here to keep things germ-free, but it would be in everyone's best interests for us all to stay at home and nurse our illnesses when we are sick rather than try to muddle through feeling yucky!!!

 School recycling project: The students at Shoemaker continue to "go green". Paper is being collected weekly and the community service club is carrying it up to the Abitibi dumpster at the top of the parking lot. Thanks for your support of this worth while project.

Angel Network:  Reminder that our school has an Angel Network  program to help our own families. If you would like to be a giver family, please contact Mrs Ringer or if you, or someone you know needs assistance, please let her know as well. She can be reached at

 From Mrs. Brinckman...

News from Mrs. Brinckman:

In a continued effort to ensure student safety, the district will again be using an automatic call-out system (similar to the phone voice messages that Mrs. Brinckman makes) that will alert you if your child is not in school that day. You can anticipate to receive a phone call around 9:40 on days where your child is recorded absent at school.

 Another reminder...the only way that a child may ride another bus OR be dropped off at a different bus stop riding their normal bus is to pick up a bus pass from the office! Thank you!

 Important Dates:


Wednesday, May 25 - Shoemaker Grill out at lunch - beach blanket to sit on!

Friday,, May 27 - Band and Orchestra demonstration for "rising" fourth graders

Monday, May 30 - No school in observance of Memorial Day

Thursday, June 2 - Third grade picnic/Field Day at the Macungie Park (dress for the weather!)

Monday, June 13 -Last day of school... 12 noon dismissal







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