2nd grade

Ms. Lipinski’s Second Grade Class

Well, March certainly has come in “like a lion”! Brrrrrrrrrrr… a very cold start to March! This cold weather is the appropriate climate for our new reading selection in our reading series called Penguin Chick. Students are learning about the Emperor Penguin goes from egg to adult. This selection talks about the family unit of penguins. Ask your student about it! Next week we will continue learning about other penguins such as where they live, what they eat, and many other interesting facts.

In math, we are finishing up our units on 3 digit addition and subtraction along with word problems. Students have been introduced to Bar Models. Bar Models are a strategy that uses pictorial representations of problems that can be used for addition and subtraction. They can help the students visualize the story problems. The students have done quite well with 3 digit addition and subtraction. After Spring Break, we are moving into multiplication and division. They are very excited to learn about both operations.

I cannot believe the school year only has one more quarter left and that Spring Break is a week away. The fourth quarter is a busy one filled with fun events such as our field day and field trip. I would like to say that I have enjoyed the school year and getting to know each and every student. I have seen so much progress in each of them. They are becoming third graders before my eyes. Again, I would like to take a moment to thank all of my wonderful parents for their fabulous support. I know that they are working with their student at home by reading every night, going over math facts, and studying spelling words. Please keep it up through the fourth quarter.

I hope everyone enjoys their Spring Break!

Amy Lipinski

book fair

The Spring Book Fair is Coming!!!

When: March 25th through March 29th

Where: Waynesville Elementary Media Center


Students will visit the fair during their regular library times except for the preschool, young-fives and kindergarten classes who will be assigned specific times.


FAMILY NIGHT will be March 28th from 4:00-7:00pm

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Fun in First 

First graders have had some exciting weeks. Students got an amazing hands on experience when we had a STEM day. First graders were visited by Ms. Emma Wilhelmus, from Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, and learned about the importance of engineering. After reading Rosie Revere Engineer students were given a challenge. The task for each small group was to build a functional chair with newspaper. We would like to thank; Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, the WES staff, Cincinnati Enquirer, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Mr. Brandon Freeman from Aiken High School, and the Wilhelmus Family for donating all the newspaper to make our challenge possible. Some groups succeeded and created a chair that held their teachers. Special thanks to Emma Wilhelmus for planning and presenting fun STEM activities for our first graders. Ms. Wilhelmus put together take home bags for students too so that STEM projects could be shared with families. 

Students recently celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Students enjoyed partner reading with students in other first grade classes. Student also enjoyed having special guest readers each day. Special thanks to all our guest readers for taking time out of their day to read and share the importance of reading. Students ended the week dressing up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character and receiving a book from PTO. First graders have enjoyed fun weeks of reading and hands on STEM activities. We look forward to learning about farm animals this week. 

We enjoyed our visit with local author, Katie Weyler. Ms. Weyler read her book Charlie Tractor and Pickles. Ms. Weyler, along with her sister, Carrie Weyler have written two books in the Charlie Tractor series.

First graders should continue to read at home and work on math facts. Students should fluently know math facts to ten. Students are currently learning two digit addition and knowing these facts helps. Please help your child with this skill at home, if you need more paper flash cards please let us know. A great strategy when working with flash cards is to put problems correct and problems missed in separate piles. Then show students a fact they have been struggling with and mix it in with ones they know and are confident with. For example if a student is struggling to learn 5+4 give them one or two facts they know then sneak in 5+4, or a difficult fact. Then give them another fact they know then bring back 5+4. With more repetition the difficult fact will become a fact they know! This strategy can also be used with sight words.

Another skill students need to master is recognizing and spelling all sight words. First graders should be able to read and spell all fifty words on the sight word list. Please practice this skill at home too. Each week students have a dictation sentence on their spelling tests to practice sight words too. Students are not only responsible for spelling all words correctly but also correct capitalization and punctuation.

Thank you for your continued support if you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher. 

Mrs. Beckett

Mrs. Gaver

Mrs. Janusik

Mrs. Muterspaw

Mrs. Turner

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3rd  grade

Economics with Mrs. Becker- Third Grade

Our next unit of study will be Economics. We will be watching an exciting video series titled Econ and Me. In the videos “Econ” is an invisible friend who helps children solve their economic problems. Students will watch five 15-minute video segments designed to help them think their way through economic problems, and increase their understanding of economics. They will learn the meaning of Scarcity, Opportunity Cost, Consumption, Production and Interdependence. We will be doing classroom activities daily that will help them with the understanding of the economic vocabulary. Some of our activities will include using a Decision Tree to make good economic choices. Students will learn about how factories use Division of labor and Specialization to make a product. They will get some hands on experience when we turn our classroom into a Waynesville’s Box Factory.

As we work through Econ and Me, ask your child about our classroom activities in economics.

Econ and Me will make economics fun for your child to learn. At the same time, this will enrich skills in math, language arts, reading, and problem solving. I look forward to working with your children as we learn about economics.

Peggy Becker

Third Grade

Science and Social Studies


Mrs. Franz’s Kindergarten Class


In math, students are learning number facts to 10, combining sets, composing and decomposing numbers to 20 and counting on.  Combining sets, composing and decomposing, as well as counting on all play a part in familiarizing the child with number facts.  They also form the background for addition and subtraction. 


The students are now expected to write at least two sentences during our writer’s workshop.  Students should be able to use correct letter formation and place the letters correctly on lined paper. The sentences should also have correct spacing, punctuation, and capitalization.  The sight word list continues to grow.  There will be 89 words on the list at the end of the year.  Please continue to practice these words at home.


We are concentrating on reading strategies during our guided reading groups.  Please continue to listen to your child read the mini-books we send home and visit the library to find more stories with simple repetitive sentences.  Before reading these books, take a picture walk and ask questions to help your child make connections.  During reading, if they come to a word they don’t know, ask them to use two or more strategies before they ask for help.  (These strategies were in the handouts from the presentation in September and/or in their report card folders.) After reading, ask your child to retell the story from beginning to end, giving as many details as possible, including the names of the characters.


Please remember to complete the activities on your child’s homework calendar.  This shows your child that you value education and it is time well spent bonding with your child. 


Mrs. Franz

3rd grade


Third quarter is off to a great start!  The beginning of the quarter was spent reading many different selections from a variety of genres.  The second half of the quarter will be no different!  The students just finished reading an exciting informational piece titled Life on the Ice.   This nonfiction selection has stunning photography and is a wealth of information about life in the coldest places on Earth, the Arctic and Antarctica.  The students really enjoyed this selection!  Their favorite activity was the Web-Quest!  Many of the students spent time researching the Arctic and Antarctica on the computer.  They used their research to complete a short opinion writing piece. 

The students seemed very interested in these cold places on Earth.  Please ask your child what they learned about these extreme areas.  In addition, consider exploring these areas with your child.  Research some of the wildlife that is able to survive in the extreme cold.  One example to get them started is the Arctic Fox.  Another piece of interesting research is to look up information about Ernest Shackleton and his ship, Endurance, that became trapped in the ice near Antarctica in 1915.  Students are sure to enjoy learning about this true-life adventure!  If they are interested, have them explore the following books:

  • Sea of Ice:  The Wreck of the Endurance, by Monica Kulling

  • Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, by Jennifer Armstrong 

In addition to reading some exciting reading selections we have also been working hard to become better writers.  The students have been working on opinion and expository/informational writing pieces. The third grade students have also been looking at and analyzing examples of writing using the Ohio rubric for third grade writing.  They are starting to understand the key components of their written work and how to improve their writing. 

Just a reminder that our State ELA Testing will be on April 2nd and April 3rd.  If at all possible, please refrain from scheduling appointments on this day. It is important that students are at school and that they are on time.  Thank you for your cooperation!

As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Mrs. Beth Pendergraff



2nd grade

Mrs. Smith’s 2nd Grade

Students are excited to celebrate Read Across America, where they will enjoy a short assembly and receive a free book! Students will learn about Dr. Seuss through books, activities, and online resources. On Friday, all second graders will be wearing as many colors as possible to school in correlation with the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish story.

In math, students are working hard to become proficient problem solvers. We are using a variety of strategies such as looking for key words and drawing bar models to represent the missing whole or missing part of a problem. Students are using prior knowledge from past chapters to solve the three-digit addition or subtraction problems and label their answers.

In reading, students will begin a unit on penguins and polar bears after reading the Penguin Chick story in their basal. Students are improving their reading strategies such as identifying main idea/details and cause/effect every week.

Students have learned and read about many famous individuals during Black History month, such as Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Mae Jemison, and Jackie Robinson.

Also, we have learned almost all of the cursive lowercase letters and will begin uppercase letters next week. Students are very eager to be able to write their names in cursive!

Mrs. Smith