Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reminder to PG Families!

Come join us this Saturday for the Pine Glen Carnival!!  Festivities start 9am and continue until 2pm

Games!  Inflatables!  Prizes!  Cake Walk!  Raffle!

The RE/MAX balloon will be at the school from 9am - 11am (weather permitting)

Silent Auction - Boston Red Sox Package -- 4 tickets, 5/3, New York Yankees, credentials to batting practice, run the bases, personal visit with Wally the Green Monster and more!!

Class Baskets include --- "Kid Zone", "Family Fun", "Keep Active", "Diva For A Day", "Run & Build", Legos - Boy, Legos - Girl, Lottery Tickets, Fitness, Scooters and much, MUCH more!  Thanks to all classes & teachers that participated!
For more information check out pineglencarnival.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Test-taking Strategies

Hi PG parents!

I know our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are 3 days into their first round of PARCC testing for this year. Around testing time, students can start to feel some stress or anxiety over what will be on the test or what is expected of them. Of course, we want them to do their best, but we also want them to be AT their best so they can put in an optimal performance.

I was lucky enough to do test-taking Bingo in Mrs. Lynch's 3rd grade classroom. Bingo is always an enjoyable game and when we can tie a lesson or strategy into it at the same time, everybody wins! This particular version of Test-taking Bingo was purchased from Teachers Pay Teachers and gave a variety of strategies for students to consider when taking a subject area test or a larger state assessment such as the PARCC.

Some of the strategies we discussed from the game are listed below:

1. Eat a good breakfast.
2. Don't rush!
3. Answer all of the questions.
4. Reread your answer.
5. Read all the directions carefully.
6. Skip hard questions until the end.
7. Keep track of important dates.
8. Wear comfy clothes!
9. Take 3 deep breaths,
10. Get a good night's sleep.
11. Create a study routine.
12. Stay organized.
13. See your teacher for extra help.

There were many more we discussed and learned about but those were some of the most helpful we discussed! What do you do to help prepare your child for a testing situation? Are there any key pieces of advice you share with your children?

Good luck, PG students!