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Week 36  

Only 3 more weeks of school.... holy moly!!

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: finish up context clues

Writing/ grammar: narrative writing (4th nine weeks writing assessment will begin on Wednesday.), compound words

Science: Life cycles (Our furry friends now have wings! We released our butterflies Friday afternoon!) Check our Classdojo for pictures of our beautiful butterflies.

 Math: Chapter 10 (time) Chapter 10 test will be given on Tuesday.

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: STEM lab

Tuesday: Kona ice will be here.

Wednesday: WAVE

Thursday: Snack money is due, Music Concert at 6:30 p.m.

Friday: Global Fair and Field day (Information about each is below.) 

- Now that reading assessments are over, I can finally say that we all have made so much growth and the kids rocked it! I am proud of each and every one of them! An email went out last week from signupgenius.com to sign up for our last conference of the year. If you did not receive the email, please let me know. Please sign up for a time that works best for you. If a phone conference or another time works better, please do not hesitate to contact me via email to set it up.

- For math homework this week, the students will have 3 worksheets from their workbook. Each will be a review of chapter 10 (time). 

The second grade students will be presenting a musical tribute for Memorial Day on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 pm in the multi-purpose room. Students will meet in the cafeteria at 5:50 to prepare for the performance. The attire for the performance will be Red, White, and Blue! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Copeland at janae.copeland@onslow.k12.nc.us or call the school at 910-478-3460. The second grade students are looking forward to sharing their music with you honoring those who have served through music! 

- Many yearbooks are still left and on sale. If your child would like to purchase one, they can pick it up in the office for $20.

If you have not picked up your Yankee Candle fundraiser items please do so as soon as possible. Items are in the office.

- It is important for all students to continue completing their homework for the rest of the school year. The homework is a great tool for them to freshen up their knowledge to score very well on their end of the year tests. Please encourage your child to continue to complete their homework and read every night. 

- Kona Ice will be here on Tuesday, May 23rd. Please send in money with your child if he/ she would like to purchase some yummy ice!

Stateside will be having our World's Fair and field day activities on Friday May 26th. Information about both events are below:

 

           World's Fair: We will be having a parade starting when the bell rings for the World's Fair, which should last about an hour. We will be creating our attire in class next week, so you do not have to worry about that.

 

           Field day: Field day will from 1:30- 2:50. Students need to bring a change of clothes, beach towel and water. Your child will also need sunscreen applied to them before coming to school since we will be outside for over an hour in the afternoon. Tents will be provided for shade and extra water will be available to refill water bottles.  

 

Have a great week! 3 more weeks and we will be on Summer vacation!


Week 35  

Reading assessments are almost over. Please continue to read with your child every night to keep their growth going! I am very proud of all of them!

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Context clues

Writing/ grammar: narrative writing/ review prefixes and suffixes

Letterland: Unit 14 (er, ear, o) Spelling words went home last Friday. Test will be this Friday (5/19).

Science: Life cycles (We have some furry friends in our classroom. Ask your child about our caterpillars.)

Math: Chapter 10 (time)

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting

Tuesday: WAVE day

Thursday: Snack money is due

Friday: Makerspace

- If you have not returned your signed interim, please review it with your child, sign it, and return it as soon as you can.

- End of the year reading assessments will be completed this week.  Once the assessment window closes and all testing is complete, I will be scheduling conferences to discuss your child's data. Please be on the lookout for an email from Signupgenius.com to sign up for a conference.

- Yearbooks are still on sale. If your child would like to purchase one, they can pick it up in the office for $20.

Reminder:The students will be performing in a Memorial Day concert on Thursday, May 25th.

- It is important for all students to continue completing their homework for the rest of the school year. Now that all of the end of the year testing has begun, the homework is a great tool for them to freshen up their knowledge to score very well on their tests. Last week, we had many students not turn in their homework or only do half. Please encourage your child to continue to complete their homework and read every night. 

-Information and prices about Kona Ice will be coming home on Monday. They will be coming to Stateside on May 23rd. 

 

Have a great week!

 


Week 34  

The kids have been rockin' and rollin' on their reading assessments. From what they have completed thus far, I am beyond proud of their growth. Please continue to read with your child at home to keep their growth going!

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Main idea using the text Miss Nelson is Missing

Writing/ grammar: Narrative writing, contractions, cursive

Letterland: Unit 14 (er, ear, o) Spelling list will be going home on Friday. Test will be next week.

Science: Finishing up sound

Math: begin chapter 10 (time)

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting, WAVE day

Thursday: Makerspace, Snack money is due

Friday: STEM lab

**Book fair will be going on all week

- Interim reports will be going home on Monday. Please review it with your child, sign, and return it to school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

- End of the year reading assessments are still in the process of completing and will be until May 19th.  Once the assessment window closes and all testing is complete, I will be scheduling conferences to discuss your child's data. Please be on the lookout for an email from Signupgenius.com to sign up for a conference.

May Scholastic order forms went home last week. If you would like to order your child any books, please do so by Friday, May 12th. I will be placing the order that afternoon. 

- Yearbooks are still on sale. If your child would like to purchase one, they can pick it up in the office for $20.

- Thank you to everyone who provided extra soda bottles for our class. I was happy to see EVERYONE going to Makerspace last week with a bottle. The children appreciated everyone's help!

- Looking ahead.... The students will be performing in a Memorial Day concert on Thursday, May 25th. More information will follow. 

 

Have a great week!


Week 33  

Thank you to all that came out to the Renaissance night! All of their hard work and dedication over the past couple months paid off. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: lesson/ moral, review previous skills to prepare for the end of the year assessments

Writing/ grammar: prefixes and suffixes, cursive writing, narrative writing

Letterland: Unit 13 test will be given on Tuesday. 

Science: Sound

Math: finishing up Chapter 11 (measurement) Chapter 11 test will be given on Friday.

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: End of year assessment window opens

Wednesday: Makerspace

Thursday: STEM lab, snack money is due

- Monday starts the end of the year reading assessments. Please keep encouraging your child to read at home and add details to their writing when they are completing their reading homework. They are very motivated to do their best, and I am anxious to see how much they grew this year! I am very proud of them thus far. Once the assessment window closes and all testing is complete, I will be scheduling conferences to discuss your child's data. Please be on the lookout for an email to sign up for a conference when the window closes May 19th. 

- The math homework this week will be on measurement again. It is asking the students to measure items in centimeters. I will be providing each of the students a paper ruler to use for this activity. 

-Starting May 5th,  2nd grade will begin their last Makerspace project for the year-  BLAST OFF! For this project each student will need to bring in either a 20 oz. or full 2 liter sized coke bottle. It needs to be a major brand- Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper, ect. To ensure the bottle neck and wall thickness will withstand our pressurized launch system. Some store brands and others use thinner bottles that will burst when pressurized or who necks will not create a solid seal with our launch system.  We have not received any for our class yet. 

- Yearbooks will be going home on Monday to those that purchased them. 

- May Scholastic order forms will be going home on Monday. If you would like to order your child any books, please do so by Friday, May 14th. I will be placing the order that afternoon. We did not get any orders for the month of April, so we did not earn any books for our classroom library :(

- April reading logs are due on Monday.

 

Have a great week!


Week 32  

We had an amazing time on our field trip and had great weather! I took many pictures of their smiling faces. Their favorite part was the delicious ice cream!!! 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: finish up inferencing, start lesson/ moral of a story

Writing/ grammar: review narrative writing (bold beginnings)

Letterland: Unit 13 (ir, ur) Spelling lists will be going home on Tuesday. Test will be the following week.

Science: beginning our Sound unit

Math: Chapter 11 (measurement)

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting

Tuesday: Makerspace, K-2 Dance (3:30- 4:30)

Wednesday: STEM lab

Thursday: Snack money is due, Renaissance Night (6:00-7:00)

Friday: WAVE day

- This weeks math homework will be on measurement. It is asking the students to measure items that could be found in your home. I will be providing each of the students a paper ruler to use for this activity. 

- As the school year slowly starts winding down, it is very important to continue reading with your child at home. The reading end of the year testing will begin May 1st and end May 19th. They have been working extremely hard everyday to become better readers and writers. Thank you for your continued support at home.

- An email was sent out earlier last week regarding a parent survey. Please take some time to complete this survey to help Onslow County with their improvement process. 

Starting May 5th,  2nd grade will begin their last Makerspace project for the year-  BLAST OFF! For this project each student will need to bring in either a 20 oz. or full 2 liter sized coke bottle. It needs to be a major brand- Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper, ect. To ensure the bottle neck and wall thickness will withstand our pressurized launch system. Some store brands and others use thinner bottles that will burst when pressurized or who necks will not create a solid seal with our launch system.

Renaissance Night is this Thursday the 27th from 6:00- 7:00. The students have been working extremely hard practicing their narratives and plays. A note will be coming home on Monday asking if your child is going to attend or not. Please make sure you return this as soon as you can. This is a way for the second grade team to help us plan for the night. Remember, if your child is in a play, please try your hardest to attend. Each play needs all members. Each student should arrive at 5:30 to prepare for their night. 

- If you would still like to order a yearbook for your child, it is not too late. They are $20 each. You may pay cash or check (made out to Strawbridge). You can order online as well! If you would like to order online, the link can be found in the Stateside Scoop. The online order code is 110241.

 - Thank you to all who participated in last weeks Spirit Week!

 

Have a great week!

 


Week 31  

I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring break and had a great Easter. We sure had the best weather this past week. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: inferencing

Writing/ grammar: narrative writing/ dictionary skills, cursive

Social Studies: completing our unit of Maps

Math: starting Chapter 11 (measurement)

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting, 0 Day

Tuesday: STEM lab to continue working on IMPACT project (We are typing our narrative stories and plays. The kids are really loving this typing component!)

Thursday: WAVE day

Friday: Field trip to Ayden - Simple Creamery

- April and Spring Scholastic book order forms were sent home before break. If you would like to order books, please do so by this Monday the 17th. I will be placing the order after school. Remember, the more books you order.... the more we earn for our classroom library! I have not received any order yet, but it is not too late!

-Friday is our field trip to the creamery! I will be sending reminders home regarding lunch toward the end of the week. Please make sure you look for this in your child's daily homework folder. Also, please make sure your child arrives on time to school this day.

We would like to invite you to our Second Grade Renaissance Night April 27th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For our third nine weeks IMPACT project, your child learned about the Medieval era. They created armor in Makerspace, and we have been working on creative narrative writing to go along with their armor. Students will need to arrive in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. to prepare for their night.  There will be student created plays performed as well as monologues and creative writing presented. 

 

Have a great week!


Second Grade Renaissance Night  

Second Grade Parents,

 

We would like to invite you to our Second Grade Renaissance Night April 27th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For our third nine weeks IMPACT project, your child learned about the Medieval era. They created armor in Makerspace, and we have been working on creative narrative writing to go along with their armor. Students will need to arrive in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. to prepare for their night.  There will be student created plays performed as well as monologues and creative writing presented. We are looking forward to this exciting event!

 

The Second Grade Team


Week 30  

Another weekend of Spring! I am loving this beautiful weather!

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: continue visualization

Writing/ grammar: opinion writing, dictionary skills (We will start the 3rd nine weeks writing assessment on Thursday.)

Letterland: Unit 12 (-ar, -or) Spelling test will be given on Thursday. Keep practicing the words at home.

Social Studies: Maps

Math: Chapter 8 (Money) Chapter 8 assessment will be on Friday.

 

Announcements this week:

Tuesday: WAVE day

Thursday: FLEX grouping, Snack money is due

Friday: Makerspace

**Spring break will be next week.

- Report cards will be going home on Wednesday. Please review it with your child and sign the envelope. You may keep the report card, but please return the signed envelope. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

- Thank you to all who participated in the CHEW challenge and brought in jars of peanut butter. I was very happy to see so many jars brought in.

- April and Spring Scholastic book order forms will be going home on Tuesday. If you would like to order books, please do so by Monday, April 17th. I will be placing the order after school on the 17th. Remember, the more books you order.... the more we earn for our classroom library!

- If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year, early registration will be 4/4 and 4/5. More information can be found in the Stateside Scoop. 

- Keep reading at home! March reading logs will be due on Monday. 

 

Spring break will be April 10th - April 14th. Enjoy the week off! I will see everyone back on that following Monday (April 17th).

Hop! Hop!

 

Have a great week!


Week 29  

I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring weather this weekend.

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Visualization 

Writing/ grammar: opinion writing, cursive

Letterland: Unit 12 (-ar, -or) Spelling words will go home on Thursday.

Social Studies: Maps, medieval times 

Math: Chapter 8 (money) 

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting, WAVE Day

Thursday: Makerspace, Snack money is due

Friday: STEM lab

Jump Rope for Heart will be tomorrow (Monday).  All donations are due by Friday.  

 - Stateside will be participating in the CHEW Challenge this week. Please send in a jar of peanut butter for CHEW if you are able. All donations benefit students at Stateside and the Richlands area. If possible we would like all classes to collect at least 30 containers of peanut butter. Thank you in advance for your help and assistance with this project.

 - The end of the grading period is Wednesday. Report cards will be coming home next Wednesday, April 5th. 

 

Have a great week.


Week 28  

I hope everyone enjoyed their St. Patrick's Day weekend! 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Beginning, middle, and end using the book called That's What Leprechauns Do

Writing/ grammar: opinion writing, reviewing collective nouns and stronger adjectives, cursive

Letterland: Unit 11 (kn, mb, igh, wr) Spelling test will be given on Thursday.

Social Studies: Maps, medieval times 

 Math: starting Chapter 8 (money) 

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting, Flex grouping

Tuesday: Makerspace

Wednesday: STEM lab to continue IMPACT project

Thursday: Early Release (Students are dismissed at 12:20. It is a 0 Day.), snack money is due

- Field trip money is due soon! (Monday, March 27th) If you have not turned in your field trip form along with the money, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you to those who have returned them already. 

- Keep selling the Yankee Candles! The fundraiser information and forms went home last week. If you have any questions about the fundraiser, do not hesitate to ask. 

- Math chapter 6 and 7 assessments went home on Friday. Please take some time and review it with your child. We will continue to work on word problems and identifying key words to help us know if we need to add or subtract. Please continue to practice this at home as well. 

- I just want to say how proud I am of all of my 2nd graders! They have been working extremely hard everyday becoming better readers and writers. I have seen tremendous growth in all of them so far. (And they are beginning to love reading and writing!!!) I am very anxious to see where they will be at when the end of the year comes. Also, I want to say thank you for being a great support team to help your child grow. Please continue to read and write with your child at home because the end of the year is quickly approaching. It will be here before we know it. 

 

Have a great week!


Week 27  

I hope everyone stayed warm this weekend. I am seeing my first snowflakes here in NC! 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Beginning, middle, and end with a book called Stellaluna

Writing/ grammar: Opinion writing, strong verbs

Letterland: Unit 11 (kn, mb, igh, wr) Spelling words will be going home on Tuesday. Spelling test will be given the following week.

Social Studies: Maps

Math: Chapter 6 and 7 (three digit addition and subtraction) Chapter 6 and 7 assessments will be given on Wednesday.

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting, Makerspace

Tuesday: STEM LAB for Medieval times research for IMPACT project

Wednesday: Spring pictures

Thursday: WAVE day, snack money is due

Friday: St. Patrick's Day!

- Spring pictures will be on Wednesday. Order forms will be going home on Monday with more information. 

- Field trip forms went home with information regarding our next field trip. We will be going to Ayden District Park and Simply Natural Creamery and Jersey Farm in Ayden, NC on April 21st. The cost of the trip is $11.00 which is due back with the signed form no later than Monday, March 27th. Please let me know if you need another copy of the field trip form. 

If you have not returned your child's signed interim report please do so as soon as possible.

- Please remember to send in a snack with your child daily.

- Please continue to work with your child on making their writing stronger. We are continuing to work on capitalization, punctuation, and adding details when we are writing. They should be practicing these skills on their homework as well. 

 

Have a great week!


Week 26  

Thank you to all that participated in READ ACROSS AMERICA. We sure had fun dressing up especially Friday. I loved seeing all of the kids in their "what I want to be when I grow up" attire.

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Beginning, middle, and end using the book called Crankenstein

Writing/ grammar: moving onto opinion writing, shades of meaning

Letterland: none this week

Social Studies: Maps and studying the Medieval time period for our IMPACT project

Math: Chapter 6 and 7 (three digit addition and subtraction) Chapter 6 and 7 assessments will be the following week. 

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: STEM lab to work on IMPACT project

Wednesday: WAVE day

Thursday: Snack money is due

Friday: FLEX groups

- FIELD TRIP TIME!!!!!! Field trip forms went home on Friday with information regarding our next field trip. We will be going to Ayden District Park and Simply Natural Creamery and Jersey Farm in Ayden, NC on April 21st. The cost of the trip is $11.00 which is due back with the signed form no later than Monday, March 27th. 

- The Scholastic book order was placed on Friday afternoon. Again, we earned some books for our classroom library!

- Your child's latest writing piece will be going home on Monday. Please take some time to read it over with your child. We worked very hard on "how- to" build a snowman. I noted some skills that your child should be working on in order for their writing to become stronger for the next writing assessment for the 3rd nine weeks. Your child should be able to tell you what they are working on as well. 

 

Have a great week!

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Week 25  

Happy READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK!!!!!!

Please encourage your child to participate each day! 

Monday: I LOVE READING: Dress like your favorite book character

Tuesday: I CAN READ WITH MY EYES SHUT: Wear a shirt with words

Wednesday: STRIPES DAY: Wear as many stripes as you can

Thursday: I LOVE DR. SEUSS: Bring your favorite Dr. Seuss book to school to read

Friday: OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO: Dress up as what you want to be when you grow up. Have fun with this one! 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Author's purpose

Writing/ grammar: finish up our "how-to" writing piece, starting opinion writing/ cursive

Letterland: Unit 10 (ai, ay, oa, ow) Test will be given on Wednesday.

Social Studies: starting our next unit which is Maps, studying the Medieval time period for our IMPACT project

Math: Chapter 6 and 7 (three digit addition and subtraction)

 

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting

Tuesday: WAVE Day

Thursday: FLEX grouping, snack money is due

Friday: Makerspace

- I will be submitting the Scholastic book orders on Friday afternoon. If you would like to order your child books, please do so before 3:30 on Friday. 

- Interim reports will be going home on Monday. Please review it with your child, sign on the bottom, and return it to school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

- Please encourage your child to be answering the reading homework questions in complete sentences with capital letters where needed and putting punctuation where needed.  Also, we have been working on restating the question within our answer. We have been working very hard in class on these skills in order to be ready for 3rd grade. They should be practicing these skills at home as well. 

- Thank you to everyone who donated canned goods for the Onslow Community Outreach program. It all was greatly appreciated. 

 

Have a great week! 

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Week 24  

I hope everyone is feeling better that has been out sick this past week. We have been using tons of hand sanitizer everyday and washing our hands a lot. Please encourage your child to keep washing their hands at home too, so we can stay as healthy as possible.

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Point of View and reviewing cause and effect using a book called Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Writing/ grammar:  finishing up "how- to" writing, cursive writing

Letterland: Unit 10 (ai, ay, oa, ow) Spelling words will be going home on Tuesday. Test will be given the following week.

Science: finishing up matter with an exciting experiment!

Math: Chapter 6 and 7 (three digit addition and subtraction)

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: WAVE day

Tuesday: Robotics lesson in the morning. The students will be practicing addition and subtraction while using the robots to help them create number sentences. 

Wednesday: FLEX grouping

Thursday: Makerspace, snack money is due

Friday: STEM lab 

- Homework this week will consist of the normal reading passage with questions and 3 math worksheets. We are moving onto three digit addition and subtraction. It is just one more step than 2 digit addition and subtraction, which they did very well with. They should be able to complete these sheets independently. 

- Scholastic book order forms will be going home on Wednesday. If you would like to order books for your child, please submit your order by Friday, March 3rd. I will be placing the order that Friday afternoon. Remember if you order books for your child, we earn more books to build our classroom library! 

- Stateside is still doing the food drive to support the Onslow Community Outreach program so keep sending them in. Thank you to those who have donated some already. You can donate canned goods, non-perishables, as well as shampoo, bar soap, etc. Please do not send in any glass containers. 

If your child is out sick and has a fever, they can not come back to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication. That yucky bug is still going around the school, and we are trying to be as healthy as possible. If you choose to keep your child home because they are sick, please email me and remember to send in a note when they return. 

 Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather today. 

Have a great week!

 

 


Week 23  

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend. We have a short week coming up this week.

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: continuing cause and effect 

Writing/ grammar: "how- to" writing, collective nouns, cursive writing

Letterland: Unit 9 (ee, ea) Spelling test will be on Wednesday.

Science: Matter

Math: finishing up Chapter 5 (place value) Chapter 5 test will be given on Wednesday.

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting, Makerspace

Thursday: Early release at 12:20

Friday: Teacher workday- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

- Due to the short week, there will only be one reading and one math homework sheet due. Since the students do not have school on Friday, homework should be completed and returned on Thursday. 

- We will be having our Valentine's exchange on Tuesday during snack time. A list of names went home last Monday. We will not have a Valentine's Day party, but we will exchange cards in the afternoon. Please keep in mind that we have 24 students in our class. If you misplaced the list of names that went home, please let me know. I could email them as well.

- There will be no snack this week due to the short week. 

- Stateside is doing a food drive to support the Onslow Community Outreach program. You can donate canned goods, non-perishables, as well as shampoo, bar soap, etc. Please do not send in any glass containers.

- ** If your child is out sick and has a fever, they can not come back to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication. There has been a yucky flu bug going around the school, and we are trying to be as healthy as possible. If you choose to keep your child home because they are sick, please remember to send in a note when they return. 

 

Have a great week!


Week 22  

Reading assessments are complete! All of the students worked very hard to get to where they are now and it is evident! I am very proud!

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: cause and effect using the text: A Bad Case of Stripes

Writing/ grammar: "how- to" writing, cursive writing

Letterland: Unit 9 (ea, ee) Spelling lists will go home on Monday. Please continue to encourage your child to practice our spelling words at home. 

Science: Matter

Math: Chapter 5 (place value)

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: Monday Morning Meeting, STEM Lab 

Wednesday: WAVE Day 

Thursday: Snack money is due

- Report cards went home last week. If you have not done so already, please review it with your child, sign the envelope, and return the envelope in your child's homework folder. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

- Now that reading assessments are complete, homeconnect letters will be going home on Wednesday. Again, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

- A list of names will be going home on Monday so you can prepare Valentine cards if you choose to do so. We will not have a Valentine's Day party, but we will exchange cards during snack time on Tuesday, February 14th. Please keep in mind that we have 24 students in our class. 

- The Scholastic book order was submitted on Friday. If you ordered books, they will be coming in within the next couple of weeks. Thank you to those who ordered. We got more books for our class library! 

- Important dates ahead: Early Release on February 16th. The students will be dismissed at 12:20.

February 17th is a teacher workday. No school for students.

 

Have a great week! 


Week 21  

Reading assessments are almost complete! Not only am I proud of their growth from the beginning of the year, the students are proud of themselves! We have been working very hard to get to where we are now. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: continuing nonfiction using a book called Akiak

Writing/ grammar: "how- to" writing

Letterland: Unit 8: -tch, -cket (Spelling test will be given on Wednesday.)

Science: Matter

Math: finishing up the county math assessment and then continuing with Chapter 5 (place value)

 

Announcements this week:

Tuesday: WAVE day

Friday: Makerspace

- Report cards will be going home 2/1 (Wednesday). Please make sure you review it with your child, sign the envelope, and return the envelope in your child's homework folder. 

- Once we finish the reading assessments, the homeconnect letters will be sent home. I will be setting up conferences to discuss each child's data along with their report card grades. 

- Snack money is due on Thursday.

- I will be placing the Scholastic order on Friday 2/3. If you would like to buy some books for your child, please make sure you do so by Friday afternoon. 

 

 

Have a great week!


Week 20  

What we will learn this week:

Reading: nonfiction using the book called Akiak

Writing/ grammar: animal research (expository writing)/ past tense verbs

Letterland: Unit 8 (Spelling lists will be sent home on Wednesday.)

Science: Matter

Math: Chapter 5 (place value)

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: No school for students

Tuesday: No school for students

Thursday: Makerspace

Friday: STEM lab

- We are still working on our MOY reading assessments. The students have been doing GREAT! I am very proud of the growth I have seen thus far. Please continue to read nonfiction books with your child and be asking them questions about the text.

- Due to the short week, the homework will be different. There will be 1 math worksheet and 1 reading passage with questions. 

- Snack money is due on Thursday.

- For those of you who ordered Scholastic books, they should be coming in this week.

- A new Scholastic order form was sent home last week. If you would like to order books, please do so by 2/3 (next Friday). I will be placing the class order next Friday. 

- Looking ahead: Report cards will be going home on 2/1. 

 

Have a great week!

 


Week 19  

We will continue to work on our MOY reading assessments this week. The students are truly excited and motivated to do their best and succeed! I am seeing a lot of growth so far, so I am very proud. Please continue to read nonfiction books with your child at home and be asking them questions as they read. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: nonfiction (Martin Luther King Jr. text)

Writing/ grammar: animal research (expository writing)/ past tense verbs

Letterland: review unit 7 (We will not start a new unit this week.) 

Science: Matter

Math: Chapter 5 (place value)

 

Announcements this week:

Monday: No school 

Tuesday: STEM lab (continue working on our animal research project)

Thursday: WAVE day (Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for P.E.)

- Snack money is due every Thursday. 

- Reading homework will look slightly different this week. As I finish up more reading assessments, you will notice some changes because their reading levels have changed. If you notice your child is struggling with their reading homework, please do not hesitate to let me know. I am trying to challenge each child.

- Thank you to those who placed a book order from Scholastic! I submitted the order this past Friday, and we got 5 new books for our classroom library! 

- Looking ahead: No school for students on January 23rd and 24th 

 

Have a great week!


Week 18  

I hope everyone had a safe and warm weekend. Once again, I was traveling this weekend and the roads up north were bad, so I am happy to be back home today. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Nonfiction (using a book titled: Sharks by Anne Schreiber)

Writing/ Grammar: Expository writing (animal research)/ past tense verbs

Letterland: Unit 7 (-ed) Spelling test will be given on Wednesday.

Science: Matter

Math: begin Chapter 5- place value

 

Announcements this week:

- Monday Morning Meeting

- Tuesday: WAVE day

- Thursday: Snack money is due

- Makerspace: Friday

The MOY (Middle of Year) assessment window will open Monday, and we will be assessing nonfiction. They will be the same as the beginning of the year, but just nonfiction this time. As soon as the assessments are completed, we will be having conferences once again to go over assessment data. Please continue to read nonfiction books at home every night with your child to help boost their confidence for this test! They all will do great!

- Now that the weather is really getting cold, please send your child to school with a winter jacket. A zip up or pull over sweatshirt will not keep your child warm for recess.

- Scholastic book order forms were sent home last week. If you would like to order your child books, please do so online or by filling out the form and returning it to school along with the money. I will be placing the order this Friday. Please make sure you order before Friday if you would like books. I already have a couple orders. Reminder: The class earns money for every book that is purchased. We use this money to order books for our classroom library! 

 

 

Have a great week!


 


week 17  

I hope everyone enjoyed their long break. I sure did! I got to travel up to Pennsylvania and Ohio to be with my family whom I did not see in a couple months. The break went by very quickly, and I cannot believe it is 2017 already. We will be jumping right back into the swing of things this week while reviewing the expectations a little bit each day. 

**Thank you to all who contributed to our holiday party that we had before break. We sure did get a ton of generous donations of food! I appreciated it.

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: finish up nonfiction text features

Writing/ grammar: expository writing (start animal research)

Letterland: Unit 7 (Spelling words will be sent home on Monday.) (Test will not be until next week.)

SS: finish economics

Math: Chapter 4- Two digit subtraction with regrouping (Test will be given on Friday.)

 

Announcements this week:

- Monday Morning Meeting 

- We will not have WAVE day this week.

- Thursday we will have Makerspace.

- We will be going to the STEM lab on Friday.

- December reading logs are due on Monday. Remember, the students earn Patriot bucks when the log is complete.

- The Winter Break homework packet will be due on Monday as well. A special treat will be given to the students who turn it in. For those students who did not receive it before break, I will allow them to work on it and return it on 1/9 if they choose to do so.

- Middle of the Year reading assessments will begin next Monday the 9th. I will be assessing nonfiction this time. The students have been working very hard on their reading accuracy and comprehension (oral and written). I am very anxious to see their growth next week. Please continue to help your child grow at home by encouraging them to read each night. 

 

Have a great week!

 


week 16  

The students are really enjoying Snowflake every day. She sure is getting sillier and sillier to entertain the kids! 

 

Thank you to all who participated in the canned food drive! It was greatly appreciated and the school received alot of cans this year. 

 

What we will learn this week:

 Reading and Writing: Practicing comprehension skills and creative writing with two holiday texts

Letterland: Finishing up unit 6. The students needed a couple extra days to practice the new concept (- ge,  -dge). Spelling test will be given on Tuesday.

SS: Economics (wants and needs)

Math: Chapter 4- Two digit subtraction with regrouping

 

Announcements this week:

- Teacher gift to students this week: No homework!

- Full school Monday Morning Meeting 

- Makerspace is on Tuesday.

- We will be finishing up our Egypt research in the STEM lab on Wednesday. The students will then compare it to their holiday traditions at home.  

Our classroom holiday party will be on Thursday. We will be doing some holiday crafts starting at 12:30. At 2:00, we will enjoy some treats. If you would like to donate treats, a letter will be coming home Monday where you can fill out what you would like to send in. Please keep in mind we have 23 students in our class. 

- Our annual sing along will be on Friday (last day before break) at 1:30. 

- An optional Winter break homework packet will be going home with the students on Friday. It is not mandatory, but I highly encourage your child to complete it so they are reviewing some material over the holiday break. It will be due back on Monday, January 2, and the students who turn it in will get a special treat.

- No school for students: 12/19- 1/1. Enjoy the holidays! 

 

I want to wish everyone happy holidays and safe travels for those who may be traveling to be with family.

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 15  

We had a visitor this week! An elf arrived in our classroom and has been spending the day with us. We named her Snowflake and she sure does some silly things. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Nonfiction text features

Writing/ grammar: Informative/ Explanatory writing 

Letterland: Unit 6 (-dge, -ge) Spelling test will be given on Thursday. 

SS: Economics

Math: Chapter 4- Two digit subtraction with regrouping

 

Announcements this week:

- We will have Makerspace on Monday.

- Interims will be going home on Tuesday. 

- We will be going to the STEM lab on Tuesday.

- Snack money is due on Thursday.

- A little switch in our schedule...we will have WAVE Day on Friday this week. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for P.E.

- Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure your child is wearing a winter jacket. Since we have an early recess time (10:30 a.m.), it is still quite cold out and some students have not had jackets. Also, please make sure your child is wearing warmer clothes to school. Many students are still wearing short sleeves and get really cold during the day.

- I have noticed many students are beginning to not complete the weekly homework. Remember, the homework should be a review and additional practice for your child. Your child should be able to do it independently without any trouble. If you see your child struggling to complete the homework, please do not hesitate to email me. We can work something out! Completing the homework is important for their academic progress. Thank you for your support at home!

- All of the students have been working very hard becoming better readers and writers. I am beginning to see major improvements. I am very proud of each of them!

- We will have a holiday party December 15th. Details will be coming once it is closer. 

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Week 14  

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and got to spend some quality time with family. I traveled up to Pennsylvania to see my family, but now I am back in North Carolina. I am so glad to have the warmer weather back. It sure was cold there! Happy December! 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Nonfiction

Writing/ grammar: Informative/ Explanatory writing and capital letters

Letterland: Unit 6 (-dge, -ge) Spelling words will go home on Tuesday.

SS: Economics

Math: Begin Chapter 4 (Two digit subtraction)

 

 

Announcements this week:

- K-2 Monday Morning Meeting

- We will start a project on Monday in the STEM lab. The students are going to be learning about Egypt.

- The last day to turn in the reading log is Thursday since a December one will be going home. Please make sure your child's log is complete and turned in. This will give them extra Patriot bucks!

- Wednesday is WAVE day. Please make sure your child is dressed and ready for P.E.

- All snack money is due on Thursday. 

- FLEX grouping will be Friday afternoon. 

- We will be going to the Patriot Store on Friday!

You may notice your child's reading homework might be slightly different starting this week. After doing a lot of progress monitoring, the students reading levels have gone up! Due to their progress, their reading passage may be more challenging.

- Also, since we were reviewing math skills last week, you will see one of the math homework sheets is a little different. One of them will not be from their workbook. It is called addition pyramid, and it should be a review for them. They completed one in class last week. Please make sure they show their work either on the back or a separate sheet of paper. Thank you for your support at home.

 

Have a great week and a great start to December!

 

 


Week 13  

The students had so much fun on our field trip to the Northside High School to see the ballet! One of our friends even got to go up on stage and perform with them! 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: nonfiction text 

Writing/ grammar: Informative/ Explanatory writing

 Letterland: Unit 5 (long i and a with magic e, -ce) Spelling test will be given on Tuesday.

 SS/ Science: Sun's energy (We will be conducting an experiment on Monday!)

 Math: introduction to new double digit addition (regrouping/ carrying) activities for our Math Daily 3

 

Announcements this week:

- The Charleston Wraps fundraiser items are here. The boxes can be picked up in the front office on Monday from 7:45 until 5:30 or Tuesday until 4:30.  We thank you for your help with this very successful fundraiser. 

- Due to the 2 day week, the students will not be given homework.

- Please remember to have your child read every day and record it on their reading log in their homework folder. They should be working on completing their reading log over the Thanksgiving break. We have switched over to nonfiction text in class, so please try to read nonfiction books with your child at home. 

- Tuesday we will have Makerspace. 

- No school on 11/23, 11/24, 11/25 for Thanksgiving. 

 

 

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and gets to spend lots of time with family! 

Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble! Gobble!


Week 12  

I hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend and Veterans Day! 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: nonfiction text 

Writing/ grammar: complete and incomplete sentences, Informative/ Explanatory writing

Letterland: Unit 5 (Spelling lists will be sent home on Tuesday. The spelling test will be given next Tuesday.)

SS/ Science: Sun's energy

Math: Chapter 3- double digit addition (regrouping/ carrying) Chapter 3 test will be given on Friday. 

Announcements this week:

- Monday: Makerspace

- Wednesday will be our WAVE Day (We switched WAVE day due to our field trip.) Please make sure your child is appropriately dressed for WAVE day. 

 - Thursday is the field trip! Make sure your child is on time to school this day. If you indicated on the form that your child will bring their lunch, please remember to do so. I will send home a reminder on Wednesday for each child.

- Snack money is due on Thursday. Please place your child's money in a zip lock bag or envelope with your child's name on it.

- Please encourage your child to be reading every night, as it is very important for their reading growth. There is a reading log behind your child's homework calendar in their folder. By the end of the month, it should be filled up, so they can earn a Patriot buck. If your child is reading and not recording it, please make sure you do so. 

 

Have a great week!


Week 11  

Thank you to all parents for returning the field trip form and money. I received 100% back!

The students are looking forward to the trip on 11/17. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Comprehension skills using the book: Grace for President while discussing the president's roles 

Writing/ Grammar: complete/ incomplete sentences

Letterland: Review Unit 4 (will not be starting a new unit due to the shorter week) We will begin unit 5 next Monday. 

SS/ Science: Veterans Day, matter

Math: Chapter 3- double digit addition (regrouping/ carrying)

 

Announcements this week:

- Monday will be WAVE Day. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for P.E. 

- Report cards will be going home Monday 11/7.

- Thursday is an early release for the students. They will be dismissed at 12:20. If there are any changes to your child's afternoon transportation, please email or call me before Thursday. Thursday will be No day due to the early release. 

 

- Come join us this Thursday for our Veteran's Day Celebration at Stateside!

 

We are looking forward to a fantastic and BUSY day this Thursday, November 10th at Stateside as we honor our Veteran's and celebrate our nations service men and women. The Patriot Guard Riders will have flags set up in the front of the building for the day. What a beautiful site it is to see as we arrive throughout the day.

 

8:30-8:45

  • Grades 3-5 will move students to the multipurpose room
  • Grades 1-2 will move students to the hallways near the multipurpose room
  • Kinder students and flag team prepare for parade

8:45

  • Kindergartners and Flag team will escort veterans to the multipurpose room - the starting point is the lobby

9:00

  • Presentation of Colors by the STES Honor Guard, Pledge, National Anthem, Veterans will be recognized and thanked, then led to the cafeteria for presentation / breakfast served by NEHS and Encore team

9:00 (outdoor activities)

  • Second grade students will visit Marine Corps static display in the front after lunch (11:00)

The removable wall between the cafeteria and multipurpose room will be removed for this event. All visitors will be in the cafeteria area in order to be able to view the presentation.

9:10-9:30

  • Grades 3-5 students and Veterans will take part in a presentation from Senator Harry Brown and a few other honored visitors to our campus

9:40-12:00

  • Rotation of Veteran’s Day activities in all classrooms
  • (Outdoor activities) Grades 3-5 students will visit Marine Corps static display

12:20

  • dismissal led by the Patriot Guard on motorcycles

Veterans are welcome to stay for lunch with their Patriot. Lunch times for each class will be an hour prior to their regularly scheduled time.

 

- No school on Friday for students or staff. 

- Please be checking your child's homework that comes home every Monday from the previous week. I write little notes on the homework for your child to remember to work on for the following week. 

- Even though it is a shorter week, homework will still be given. It will be due on Thursday instead of Friday since we do not have school on Friday. If you have any trouble completing it by Thursday, please do not hesitate to contact me. We can work something out! 

- Over the three day weekend, please encourage your child to read and add their reading to their reading log. Patriot bucks are earned when the log is complete. 

 

Have a great week and enjoy the 3 day weekend!

 

 

 


Week 10  

Thank you to everyone who participated in Red Ribbon Week! The students loved it, and it was a great way to show their creativity. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: making connections to our text using the book: Grace for President

Writing/ grammar: complete/ incomplete sentences

Letterland: Unit 4- long a and long i with magic e.... Spelling list will be sent home on Monday. Spelling test will be given on Friday.

SS/ Science: matter

Math: Begin Chapter 3- double digit addition

 

Announcements this week:

- Monday will be the last day for Red Ribbon Week. The theme is Don’t Be Tricked. Drugs are NO Treat. The students may wear a costume (no masks, no unpleasant/scary costumes, and/or fake bloody visuals…(keep it clean and keep it fun)

*Donate $1.00 to wear a costume

*Supports NEHS

 *NEHS officers will collect money from classroom

- Field trip forms and money are due on Monday. If you received another form on Friday, please make sure it is returned along with the $7.00 on Monday so your child can attend the field trip with his/ her peers.

- Our "Halloween Spooktacular" will be Monday at 2:15 where we will enjoy some Halloween treats. You are more than welcome to send some treats in for your child to share with the class. Please keep in mind we have 24 students. Also, if you would like to share a treat, the policy is that we need to see the ingredients of the treats. It needs to be individually wrapped.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

- 2nd grade will be doing Flex grouping in the afternoon on Tuesday.

- Wednesday is Makerspace.

- The students will be going to the Patriot Store on Wednesday. 

- Thursday, we will be finishing up our Patriotism project. We are turning our Patriot trading cards into a book for our classroom library.

- We do not have WAVE day this week. Our next WAVE day will be on the following Monday (11/7).

- The first nine week report cards will be coming home on 11/7.

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 


Week 9  

I hope all families enjoyed their time at Literacy Night last Monday and got to take a look through the Book Fair. The 2nd grade team loved seeing all our pirates writing! ARGHHHHH!

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: diving deeper into story elements

Writing/ grammar: continue to learn about the writing process

Letterland: continue unit 3 (-ng, -ff, -ll, -ss, -ing) Unit 3 assessment will be given on Wednesday. Unit 4 will start the following Monday: 10/31. 

SS/ Science: severe weather

Math: finish up Chapter 2 (arrays, odd and even numbers, sum of equal numbers) Chapter 2 assessment will be given on Thursday. 

 

 

Announcements this week:

Spirit Week Days: Red Ribbon Week

Dress Up Day:

Monday- 10/24

Red Ribbon Day: Wear Red *CONTEST*

 Tuesday- 10/25

"We’re TOO Bright for Drugs” (Accessory Day): Accessories – sunglasses, fun hats, neon color shirts, fun necklaces, and/or fun hair accessories

 Wednesday- 10/26

 Drug Free is the Way To Be (STES Spirit Day): Wear Red, Blue, and White

 Thursday- 10/27

 Team Up Against Drugs Day (Sports Day): Wear a college team or professional team shirt/jersey

Friday- 10/28

 Put A Sock on Drugs: Wear your silliest socks (make sure they are visible)

 Monday- 10/31

 Don’t Be Tricked. Drugs are NO Treat: Wear a costume (no masks, no unpleasant/scary costumes, and/or fake bloody visuals…(keep it clean and keep it fun)

*Donate $1.00 to wear a costume

*Supports NEHS

 *NEHS officers will collect money from classroom

 

- Monday Morning Meeting will be Monday

- Tuesday will be Makerspace 

- Wednesday is Make up School pictures (students may change into their Spirit Week clothes after if they choose)

- Wednesday we will go to the STEM lab to finish up our Patriotism project

- Snack money is due on Thursday. 70% of sales goes back to our classroom to purchase items for us to use in our classroom. I appreciate your support!

- Friday is WAVE day

- Field trip money and forms are due 10/31. Please try to send in the money (in a baggie or an envelope) with the form so it comes together. Thank you!

- I will continue to have conferences this week before and after school.

- Please encourage your child to be reading every night, as it is very important for their reading growth. There is a reading log behind your child's homework calendar in their folder. By the end of the month, it should be filled up, so they can earn a Patriot buck. As we are approaching the end of the month, students should be getting close to a full log. If it fills up before the end, I will give the student a patriot buck early. It will allow them a chance to earn another one if they can fill it up twice. If your child is reading and not recording it, please make sure you do so. 


Week 8  

I was extremely pleased to see so many families from our class at the Fall Festival. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did and got to play each game, especially the "Pick the Nose"! We had a great turn out!

What we will learn this week:

Reading: continue story elements (diving deeper into character traits)

Writing/ grammar: writing process

Letterland: finish up Unit 2. Unit 2 spelling test will be given on Tuesday. We will start Unit 3 on Wednesday, so the spelling words will go home on Wednesday. I will be adding new things for the students to do at home to help study their words if you requested it. 

SS/ Science: severe weather

Math: Chapter 2- number patterns (skip counting, arrays, even and odd numbers)

Announcements this week:

- We have our Monday Morning Meeting this week. 

- On Monday, we will be going to the STEM lab to do our Patriotism Project.

- Monday night is Literacy night! Students are encouraged to come to school and to the night event wearing their best First Mate / Pirate costumes.  Please leave any play weapons at home. Hope to see everyone there.  It will be a great event. 

- Wednesday will be WAVE day. 

- Thursday is an early release day. The students will be getting out at 12:20. Please email or call me with any dismissal changes before Thursday. 

- Snack money is due on Thursday. 

- October Scholastic order is due on Friday the 21st. I will be submitting the order on Friday. Remember when you purchase books... our classroom library grows!

- Conferences are still going on. If you have not signed up for a conference, please do so. I am willing to do phone conferences as well. I am very flexible with dates and times. 

 

Have a great week!


Week 7  

I hope everyone was able to stay safe during this crazy hurricane. I finally got my power back late last night, so this is why you are receiving this today. I deeply apologize. If we have school tomorrow, we will continue with our normal schedule. It will be 2 Day, which is our WAVE day. Stay tuned for a further decision about tomorrow (Tuesday, October 11th).

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: continue story elements (Flat and round characters), introduction to Read to Someone (should be in the full swing of Daily 5 by the end of this week)

Writing/ grammar: Review of nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs

Letterland: begin Unit 2- long a, i, u and review open and closed syllables (slight change because of the early release on Friday and no school 10/10) Unit 2 assessment will be given next week.

SS/ Science: continue weather

Math: Begin Chapter 2- number patterns

 

Announcements this week:

- This week is Fire Prevention Week.

- Tuesday is WAVE Day.

- Wednesday we will have a visit from the fire trucks.

- Snack money is due on Thursday. There has been a few changes to the snacks due to the early dismissal on Friday. I believe this week the snack is popcorn. If I am incorrect, I will let you know. 

- Friday is Makerspace.

- Fall Festival is Friday from 5:30- 8:00. Information regarding the Fall Festival was sent home on Friday. 

-Thank you to those who ordered from Scholastic Book for September. We were able to get a class set of coupons for any future order, and I was able to pick out some new books for our library. Those new books are already a hot pick during read to self which makes me very excited! The kids are beginning to love reading in our classroom!

-  The October Scholastic magazine will be coming home on Wednesday along with the coupon for your order. You may send in a check with your child's book order or you may do it all online. Our class code is QFNRL. If the code does not work, you can search my name. The order is due by Friday, October 21st. I will send out a reminder when it gets closer. Please continue to build our classroom library!

- Monday, October 17th is Literacy Night from 5:00- 7:00. 

- Please encourage your child to be reading every night, as it is very important for their reading growth. There is a reading log behind your child's homework calendar in their folder. By the end of the month, it should be filled up, so they can earn a Patriot buck. I noticed many logs have not been started for the month of October. If your child is reading and not recording it, please make sure you do so. 

- If you have not signed up for a conference, please return the conference form as soon as possible. I will be contacting parents who had a conference scheduled for today (Monday) to reschedule. Remember, if the county closes school for the students, I will not be doing conferences that day.

 

Hopefully we will not have any more bad weather! Enjoy your week!

 

 

 

 

 


Week 6  

We had a very busy week last week. We worked so hard on becoming better writers and writing about what we read. We began to practice using our highlighters when we write. It is very important when writing to use one fact from your brain (yellow) and at least two details from the book/text (blue). As you are working with your child on completing their homework, please remind them of this structure. I anticipate their writings becoming a lot better, as I have already noticed. I am very proud of everyone's hard work this past week. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: Introduction to the last 2 components of Daily 5 (Read to Someone and Word Work), continuing story elements

Writing/ grammar: adverbs, writers workshop

Letterland: Unit 1 spelling test will be given Tuesday. Unit 2 will start Wednesday. We will begin long a, i, u and review open and closed syllables

SS/ Science: continue weather, begin our Patriotism project

Math: strategies for subtraction

 

Announcements this week:

- Monday is WAVE Day

- We will be going to the Patriot Store on Monday for the students to cash in their patriot bucks from September. 

- Fall pictures will be Wednesday, October 5th. Please return your picture form and money by Wednesday. 

- Thursday is Makerspace

- We will be going to the STEM lab on Friday to start our Patriotism project.

- Please encourage your child to be reading every night. There is a reading log behind your child's homework calendar in their folder. By the end of the month, it should be filled up. I noticed many students' logs were not complete, and Friday was the last day. If your child is reading and not recording it, please make sure you do so for the month of October. 

- Now that interims were sent home, I will be sending home a letter for you to sign up for a conference. Please return these as soon as possible with your first and second choice. I will confirm your date and time with a follow- up notice. Look for the sign up letter in your child's folder on Monday. I am willing to do phone conferences as well. Please let me know if none of the slots are convenient for you.

- Please don’t forget to send in a snack each day for your child. Many students are not bringing one in.  It is very helpful if you put your child's name on the bag or snack to help the students recognize their snack when it comes time. 

 

- Fall Festival is Friday, October 14 from 5:30-8:30

 

- Literacy Night is Monday, October 17 from 5:00-7:00

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 


Week 5  

We are almost done with Reading assessments! We will be finishing up the last couple sections Monday and Tuesday this week. Please make sure your child is in school on these days as it is very important these beginning of the year assessments are complete. You will receive your child's reading levels from these Mclass assessments when interim report go home which is Thursday. The interim reports are for the first nine weeks. 

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: We have learned 3 out of the 5 Daily 5 components. We will begin Read to Someone and Word Work towards the end of this week and hopefully we will be in full swing of the Daily 5 next week! We will concentrate on flat and round characters this week, lessons that characters learn in fiction stories, as well as practicing a strategy for answering written comprehension questions after we read. This is when we will be using our blue and yellow highlighers. 

Writing/ grammar: We will be zooming in on small moments in our writing and using details through out the writing process.

Letterland: Long e and long o- Unit 1 (spelling words will be sent home Monday to those students and parents who asked for the words each week) Test will not be until next Monday 10/3. 

SS/Science: Weather

Math: continuing with addition, starting subtraction

 

Announcements this week: 

**Federal cards will be coming home on Monday. I created a baggie for each student with directions, the card, and a pencil. Please use the pencil that is provided in your child's bag. Return as soon as possible! These cards NEED to be returned. 

 

- If anyone would still like to place an order for Scholastic, please make sure you do so before Tuesday. The Scholastic form was sent home two weeks ago. You may order using the form or by going online. If you choose to go online, you need to use our class code (QFNRL) or by searching my last name (McGarry). We are very close to earning free books for our classroom and earning a class set of coupons for a future order. So, please order some books for your child, so we can build our classroom library! I will be placing the order online Tuesday evening. 

 

- Monday we will have a K-2 Monday Morning Meeting.

 

- Wednesday we will have Makerspace.

 

- Thursday we will go to the STEM Lab to continue exploring Reading Eggs. Please help your child learn how to sign into Reading Eggs at home. We have been practicing at school, but we are still taking a very long time signing in which decreases their amount of time on the program. 

 

- This week's snack will be popcorn. Bags are 50 cents each and money needs to be turned in by Thursday. Please place your child's money in a zip lock bag or envelope with your child's name on it.

 

- There will be no WAVE day this week. Our next WAVE day will be the following Monday.

 

- Fall Festival this year is scheduled for 10/14 from 5:30 - 8:30. I hope to see everyone there!

 

 


Week 4  

As we approach the fourth week of 2nd grade, I am happy and proud to say we have had a great start. Our Reading assessments are going great, and we will continue to work on them until September 27th. Each week, we are getting better and better at the classroom, playground, hallway, and cafeteria expectations. This coming week, we are going to mainly focus on our voice level in the classroom. Every week, we set a goal of one area we will work on to make better.

I have had several inquires about volunteering in the classroom. I am thrilled to have so much parental involvement and support! Please give us a few more weeks to get routines and behavioral management expectations going good, and then I will be more than happy to have you come in. I would love for you to work in small groups with the students. I expected to need more help while I do Reading assessments, but the students are doing a great job staying on task and doing what is expected. An email will be sent out when I am ready for my volunteers. I look forward to working with each volunteer!

 

What we will learn this week:

Reading: continue introduction to Daily 5, Mclass Reading assessments, finishing CAFE introduction

Writing/ grammar: practice nouns and adjectives, writers workshop

Letterland: short vowels

SS/ Science: finish Scientific method, conduct an experiment 

Math: Doubles and Nearly Doubles addition, problem solving

** Due to a short week (early release on Thursday and WAVE day on Friday), we will be reviewing and practicing most of last weeks content while completing Reading assessments.

Announcements this week:

- The Letterland spelling test will be on Wednesday. A note went home last week with information on Letterland. If you still would like a list of your child's spelling words each week, please email me. I would be glad to send them home with your child every Day 1. 

- The Math homework will begin to look a little different starting this week. We started working in our Math workbooks. Their two Math homework pages will be pages from their workbook. The skills should be a review from the previous week, so your child should not have trouble completing either sheets. 

- Thursday is an early release day. The students will eat lunch at 10:40- 11:10. Dismissal will be at 12:20. Please email, call, message me on Class Dojo, or send in a note if your child's dismissal information will change due to the early release. Make sure you let me know before Thursday if there is a change. 

- Friday is WAVE day. Don't forget to be dressed and ready for P.E.

- A letter was sent home on Friday with information about classroom supplies. Each child would like to have an extra notebook for their Daily 5 writing. We are in need of highlighters as well. We will soon be diving into a new strategies for the students to write about what they had read. Each student needs 3 blue and 3 yellow highlighters. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unable to purchase these supplies. 

- Please don’t forget to send in a snack each day for your child. Many students are not bringing one in. Due to allergies, I try to refrain from sharing snacks. It is very helpful if you put your child's name on the bag or snack to help the students recognize their snack when it comes time. 

- Make sure you are checking your child's homework folder daily. Anything that is in the Stay at Home pocket should be emptied every night. It makes it hard for the student to fill the pocket the next day if it was not emptied the previous night. 

- Weekly school snacks began. The snacks so far have been popcorn and goldfish. The snack is 50 cents a bag and all money is due by Thursday. Snacks will be distributed after lunch on Friday. 70% of sales goes back to our classroom to purchase items for us to use in our classroom. I appreciate your support!

- Remember to pay your child's fees. It is $6.00 for instructional and art supplies. Please send in your fees ASAP. We will accept cash or check. If you use a check, please make it payable to Stateside Elementary School. If you need a fee waiver form, please do not hesitate to contact me or Melissa Whaley in the main office. 

- Be on the lookout for information sent home this week regarding Reading Eggs. It will contain your child's login name and password. This is a program your child will be using in Daily 5, at the STEM lab, and possibly at home to help boost his/ her reading level. It is a new program the school purchased and a great way for the students to have fun while reading and practice different skills. 

 


Week 3  

All of the children are really getting into the swing of 2nd grade! As we enter into our third week of the school year, we will continue to review and practice our rules and expectations. Even after the recess time change, we are starting to get the routine down everyday. I was extremely pleased with the amount of homework that was returned on Friday. It makes me very proud that the children are practicing more at home. Remember, the homework calendar is just a guide. You do not need to follow it exactly, but it is always due on Fridays.

I began mclass reading assessments last week and will continue to do them until the end of September. As soon as assessments are complete, and we get the green light to send home results, I will do so and begin to set up beginning of the year conferences. With that being said, please understand the importance of your child coming to school every day. These assessments are very important because they will help me understand your child's reading level and will help me plan daily instruction for your child. 

 

What we will be learning this week:

Reading: continuing introduction to Daily 5, mclass assessments, CAFE introduction

Writing/ Grammar: nouns and adjectives, writers workshop

SS: Patriots Day and Constitution Day

Science: Scientific Method

Math: Commutative Property, Identity Property, Counting on, Doubles and Nearly Doubles addition, introduction to Math Daily 3 

Announcements this week:

- Wednesday is our second WAVE day. Students have specials every “2 Day” from 9:25-2:10. Lunch will remain at 11:40. Don’t forget to come ready for PE!

- Weekly school snacks began last week with popcorn. Popcorn is 50 cents a bag and all money is due by Thursday. Snacks will be distributed after lunch on Friday. 70% of sales goes back to our classroom to purchase items for us to use in our classroom. I appreciate your support!

- Please don’t forget to send in a snack each day for your child. It is very helpful if you put your child's name on the bag or snack to help the students recognize their snack when it comes time. 

- Remember to pay your child's fees. It is $6.00 for instructional and art supplies. Please send in your fees ASAP. We will accept cash or check. If you use a check, please make it payable to Stateside Elementary School. If you need a fee waiver form, please do not hesitate to contact me or Melissa Whaley in the main office. 

 


Week 2  

I took this past week to explain my expectations in our classroom, on the playground, in the cafeteria, in the hallways, and in the bathrooms. I am happy to say we all are starting to settle into the new expectations and procedures. This week we will begin to dive into some content while still reviewing our expectations. 

This past week, we began labeling our 5 notebooks ( ELA, Math, SS/ Science, Makerspace, Letterland) and 3 folders (Homework, Writing, Work in Progress). This year, I will be helping the children create an interactive notebook for each subject. An interactive notebook helps children be creative, independent thinkers and writers. They are used for class notes as well as for other activities where the student will be asked to express his/her own ideas and process the information presented in class. It will be a great way for the students to recall/ review content we learned.

This year we will be using a new online learning platform called Edmentum. This is a program that will be used county wide. As soon as I get log-ins for the children, I will be sending them home. In the front cover of the Stateside handbook is a spot for you to write down user names and passwords in one location. Please be on the lookout for these log ins!

 

Announcements this week:

- Please remember to look at your child's homework folder daily for important papers. Also, remember to look at what color day he/ she had and initial next to the color. Homework will be begin Tuesday, September 6th. 

- If you have not signed up for Class Dojo, please do so as soon as you can. A paper was sent home last week with your child's code to sign up. If you need another copy of your log in, please let me know. Class Dojo is one of the ways I will communicate with parents in addition to emails.

- Please take time to check out our daily schedule which you may find on my page. There was a slight change in our recess time which altered some other times for us. 

- Return all Open House paperwork as soon as possible.

- We will have snack every afternoon. Please send in a snack for your child daily.

 

After this past week, I am more than excited to spend the year with this amazing group of children!


Beginning of Year  

 Welcome back to the 2016-17 school year! I cannot wait to meet the 2nd grade Patriots!

 

Open house will be Thursday, August 25th from 3pm-7pm. Feel free to bring school supplies with you.  The first day of school is August 29, 2016. Can't wait to meet all my new 2nd graders!

  

2016 - 17 Supply List  

 

4 plastic folders with pockets and prongs

7 compositon notebooks (no spiral bound)

1 pack of loose leaf wide-ruled paper

pencil box

1 pair of child scissors

16 glue sticks

2 bottles of Elmer's glue

3 boxes of 24 crayons

3 boxes of #2 yellow pencils (no mechanical)

1 box of pencil top erasers

 

Wish list

  • kleenex  
  • baby wipes
  • quart sized Ziploc bags
  • gallon sized Ziploc bags
  • ream of computer paper
  • colored printer paper
  • extra glue sticks and pencils

Maker Space Wish List:

* Hot glue sticks (large and small widths)

 **We will be utilizing the classroom computers for listening to reading along with various other activites.  A pair of ear buds/ headphones labeled with your child's name  for their personal use would be very useful **

  Any extra donations of all listed supplies would be GREATLY appreciated!!


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