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Welcome to Back to School Night!. About Mrs. Lenahan. Please call me Janet! Elementary Education Degree earned from Gwynedd Mercy College Master’s Degree in progress Seventh Year at Simmons Avid Reader / Loves the beach! Mom of Bobby and Matthew. Meet Mrs. Bellizzie.

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about mrs lenahan
About Mrs. Lenahan
  • Please call me Janet!
  • Elementary Education Degree earned from Gwynedd Mercy College
  • Master’s Degree in progress
  • Seventh Year at Simmons
  • Avid Reader / Loves the beach!
  • Mom of Bobby and Matthew
meet mrs bellizzie
Meet Mrs. Bellizzie
  • Please call me Lindsay!
  • West Chester University Graduate
  • Thirteenth year teaching
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership plus 30 additional credits
  • Avid Reader
  • Mom of Mia, Nicky, Lucas
our goals 2014 2015
Our Goals 2014-2015
  • Create a respectful atmosphere
  • Instill resourcefulness
  • Challenge and encourage at all levels
  • Meet each student’s needs
  • Encourage curiosity and love of learning.
  • Mrs. Bellizzie



Social Studies

  • Mrs. Lenahan





language arts program
Language Arts Program
  • Shared Reading
      • Whole group instruction
      • Focus on 7 reading strategies
      • Discussions/debates
      • Prepare for PSSA
      • Anthology/ Novels
      • Projects (in class)
      • Vocabulary
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Language Arts Program
  • Guided Reading
      • Small group (4-6 students)
      • Students instructional level
      • Continue focus on reading strategies
  • Independent Reading
      • AR (Accelerated Reader)
      • Books of student’s choice

(at student level)

language arts program2
Language Arts Program
  • Writing (Being a Writer)
      • Personal Narrative
      • Informational
      • Fictional
      • Free write (a lot)
        • Student choice for published piece
      • District Assessments
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Language Arts Program
  • Grammar
      • Part of Being a Writer Program
  • Spelling
      • Weekly tests
      • Pretest (Mon.) / Test (Fri.)
      • Activities for homework
social studies
Social Studies
  • Social Studies Alive Program
    • We start off with a broad study of our country’s regions and then focus in on Pennsylvania’s history, economy, geography and government.
  • FOSS Kits
  • Magnets and Electricity Investigations
  • Water Investigations, Watersheds, Wetlands
  • Food Chains
  • Space
  • Experiments
  • Observation Skills

*Science PSSAs this year!!

everyday math program
Everyday Math Program
  • A math curriculum geared to demonstrate various methods to find a solution
  • Introduces content in small increments and frequently revisits those topics
  • Each lesson builds on the previous
  • 4th grade – multiplication and division- very big!
  • First In Math- 2 days/wk

Formative Assessments: (ongoing)

~ Total Participation Model

~ Math Journal and math log

spot checks

~ Teacher Observations

Summative Assessments:

~ Traditional teacher tests and


~ District Assessments

~ Rubric based projects

~ Open ended questions

  • Daily- Math and Reading

~ Practice and promotes responsibility

~Please check over their work

~Reading Calendar (please initial)

  • Consequences

~Homework Slip

(miss 5 minutes of recess)

~Phone call home for repeat


  • Conferences are held in December
  • Be on the lookout for an email from me to sign up for your conference time using Sign-Up Genius
  • Conferences are held with homeroom teacher only
  • Book orders will be online only
  • Use class code located on my website

to place your order

  • Scholastic News – free app available
    • Password is Bellizzie4
odds and ends
Odds and Ends
  • Rough Day Slips- You don’t want to see these!
  • SSR Book- Chapter book
  • Daily snack (healthy)
  • Birthday Treats (no nuts and no cutting or scooping involved please!) Please include napkins for all.
  • Water Bottles- We are encouraging sport-type reusable water bottles as opposed to the plastic bottles that get tossed at the end of the day.
odd and ends take two
Odd and Ends-Take Two
  • Pull-Out Programs – 12:30-1:00. Most supplemental reading groups and speech classes are scheduled during this time.
  • Instrument Day – E Day – Students are responsible for missed classroom work.
  • Assessment Checklists – front sheet needs to be signed and entire packet returned
  • Accordion/ Expandable Folder- Please clean out One Way sectionnightly.
  • Please make note of the PSSA windows on the district calendar.
  • Parent Contact



questions and answers
Questions and Answers

Thank You for Coming!