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Weekly Updates

6/5  

Math: We are doing some practice with data analysis and graphing as well as some review of geometry and time.

Grammar: We are going to be doing some review of compound words and sentences

Writing/Reading: We are going to continue writing poetry as well as analyzing it. The students seem to really be enjoying poetry!

End of Year Party: Don’t forget! Our end of year ice cream party is Thursday from 1-3. We will have some ice cream, yearbook signing, a paper airplane competition, and end of year awards. If you signed up to send something in and it is nonperishable, you may send them in any time this week or bring them in on Thursday.

Friday: Friday we will be writing letters to next years 2nd graders as well as cleaning out desks, papers, the room, etc and then ending the year with a movie! If you know your child will be leaving early that day or will not be here at all please let me know so I can make sure they get all of their stuff before they leave.

Yearbooks: There are still yearbooks for sale in the office. They are $20. So, if you’d like your child to have a yearbook please send in the money and I will send them down to get it.

Parent Survey: If you have not taken the parent survey yet, please do so! It only takes a few short minutes. It greatly helps us prepare for next year to make sure we do what we can to improve the school!  http://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/20940/33600

 

Reminders:

6/6: Science EOG

6/8: End of Year Ice cream Social

6/9: Report Cards go home

6/9: Last day of school for students

6/12-6/14: Teacher Work days


3/20  

Reading: We are reading a book called That’s What Leprechauns Do and working on story elements, sequencing, and beginning, middle, end.

Math: We are continuing our unit on money. Today we started working on counting mixed coins. The students really seemed to be getting it, but extra help is always best! Have the students count the change in your purse or in a jar in the house. Practice makes perfect!

Letterland: We are in unit 12 now. We are focusing on r controlled vowels. I have attached the list of words for the unit.

Cursive: This week are learning letters n, m, v, and x.

Social Studies: This week we are discussing landforms including mountains, plains, valley, hills, and plateaus.

Don’t Forget! Early Release on Thursday: There is an early release on Thursday. Students will be dismissed at 12:20. If this changes any transportation, please let me know as soon as possible.

Field Trip Permission Slip: Field Trip permission slips are due next Monday along with the $11 fee.

 

Reminders:

3/13-3/31: Yankee Candle Fundraiser

3/23: Early Release *12:20

3/27: Field Trip Permission slips due

3/30: End of Grading Period

4/6: Report Cards go home

4/10-4/14: Spring Break


3/27  

Reading: We are working on visualization this week and picturing the story as we read it. This really does help a lot with comprehension, so have your child try it at home!

Math: We are finishing up our money unit this week. We are working on word problems and how 100 cents equals $1. We will do some review next week and then take our test so we will be done before Spring Break.

Social Studies: We are finishing up our maps unit this week. We will be discussing rural, suburban, and urban and then doing a quick review of everything we have learned.

Letterland: We are finishing unit 12 this week. Their test will be Wednesday. I have attached the word list.

Writing: Students will be working on an independent opinion writing from now until Spring Break. It will follow the same model of what we did with our pet writings, except it will be less structured in terms of what the students are writing.

Cursive: We are working on letters r, p, and s

Yankee Candle Fundraiser: Fundraiser materials are due no later than this Friday, March 31.

CHEW Peanut Butter drive: See announcement below about our CHEW peanut butter drive. We have already collected 5 jars for our class!

This week March 27 -March 31, Stateside will be collecting peanut butter for the CHEW program.  We are asking that each class try and collect at least 30 jars of peanut butter.

 

There are currently 5000 children in Onslow County that have been identified as in need of food.  The CHEW program serves 498 students in Onslow County schools and 101 are served through Stateside/Richlands.

Reminders:

3/15-3/31: Yankee Candle Fundraiser

3/27-3/31: CHEW peanut butter drive

3/30: End of Grading Period

4/6: Report Cards go home

4/10-4/14: Spring Break

4/21: Simply Natural Creamery Field Trip

4/27: OCS Chess Tournament 2nd & 3rd Grade


3/6  

Math: We are reviewing adding and subtracting with regrouping. Their test will be on Thursday. For the most part, students seem to be doing really well with this. Sometimes they just get confused on whether they are adding and subtracting.

Cursive: We are continuing to work on cursive. This week we are practicing letters e, l, h, and k.

Writing: This week we are starting opinion writings. We will be writing about what our favorite pet is and why. We will be working on this through next week.

Social Studies: We are continuing our work on maps. This week we will be discussing compass rose and grids.

Reading: We are beginning our discussion on sequencing. We will be working on putting events in order as well as beginning, middle, and end. We will be using the book Crankenstein along with Jack and the Beanstalk.

 

Field Trip Form: Friday I sent home a green field trip form. We will be attending Simply Natural Creamery in April. The cost of the field trip is $11. Please have the permission slip filled out and money turned in by March 27. The 2 chaperone spots have been taken, however, if you would still like to come you may drive and follow the buses. Please note on your child’s permission slip if you will be attending so we can give the creamery a total count. Thanks!

Picture Day: Picture day will be next week Wednesday 3/15, and Thursday 3/16. I will send home more information when I get it.

Yearbook Order Forms: Last week students got yearbook order forms. If you would like to purchase a yearbook, they are $20. You can send in the money or order online. If you need another form please let me know, I do have a few extras.

IMPORTANT FOR BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB: Boys and Girls club will be closed this Friday, March 10. Please let me know how your child will be getting home that day if they attend.

 

Reminders:

3/13: Yankee Candle Fundraiser starts

3/15-3/16: Picture Day

3/23: Early Release *12:20

3/27: Field Trip Permission Slips due

3/30: End of Grading Period

4/6: Report Cards go home


4/17  

Math: We are working on measurement. We are sticking to inches, feet, and yards this week.

Science: We are starting our unit on Sound this week.

Letterland: We are starting unit 13, focusing on –ir and –ur. I have attached the word list.

Writing: We are doing our 3rd quarter writing assessment this week.

Reading: We are focusing on inferencing this week since this is a huge area students struggle with when it comes to answering questions about a book. These are the “in between the lines” types of questions.

Grammar: We are starting to learn about how to use a dictionary properly.

Renaissance Night: Our 2nd Grade Renaissance night will be next Thursday, April 27 from 6-7. Our students will be reading stories they wrote or give a monologue about their medieval character they are. Students are expected to be there the entire time. Parents will be able to walk around and see their child along with many other second grade students.

FIELD TRIP: Our creamery field trip is THIS FRIDAY! Students need to make sure they are at school on time. We will be leaving at 8:45. We will not be waiting for tardy students, so please make sure your child arrives on time. Also, please make sure your child brings their lunch if you marked so on their permission slips. I will remind the students on Thursday.

Month of the Military Child Spirit Week: This week will be a spirit week to celebrate our military children. Tuesday- wear red, white, and blue. Wednesday- Wear any camouflage. Thursday- Wear anything to represent any branch of service. Friday- wear purple. We are excited to support our military children!

K-2 Dance: We will be having a K-2 dance on Tuesday April 25 after school from 3:30-4:30. Permission slips will be coming home this week. Money and permission slips are due on Friday April 21.

 

Reminders:

4/18-4/21: Spirit Week

4/21: Field Trip

4/25: K-2 dance 3:30-4:30

4/27: Renaissance Night 6-7

5/1-5/19: End of Year Benchmarking

5/9: Interims


4/24  

Math: We are continuing to work on our measurement unit. Homework this week does involve measuring things around the house. I have attached a paper ruler if you do not have one at home. If you do not have the object at home, then the student can measure something else around the house.

Letterland: We are finishing up unit 13. The test will be on Wednesday. I have attached the word list.

Grammar: We are continuing to discuss how to use the dictionary. Students had a hard time last week using the guide words to figure out how to find the word. We will be doing extra practice with that this week.

Science: We are continuing our unit on Sound. We will be doing some fun mini experiments this week to help students understand sound concepts.

Cursive: Students will be learning how to write a capital letter for their first name.

Reading: We are continuing to work on inferencing. We are also working very hard on written comprehension. Students forgot a little over spring break so we are reviewing every day this week to get them ready for benchmarking which starts next Monday. Please read at home with your child every day this week and ask some of the “between the lines” questions. We want to make sure they are prepared as possible for their end of year benchmark test.

Renaissance Night: Don’t forget! Renaissance night is this Thursday from 6-7pm. A letter will be coming home today with some information as well as a way for you to let me know if your child will be able to attend the night so we can get a general head count.

A Message from Makerspace: 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.

Thanks,
Mr. Marriott

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are in! They will be coming home in the next week or so. If you have not purchased one and would like to, there are some for sale in the office. They are first come, first serve.

Spring Pictures: Most of the spring pictures have arrived. Once they are all in, we will be sending them home with the students.

Reminders:

4/25: K-2 Dance 3:30-4:30

4/27: Renaissance Night 6-7

5/1-5/19: Benchmark Window

5/9: Interims

5/29: No School


4/3  

Reading: We are doing another week of working on visualizing. The students seem to be really understanding it and having a good time “playing a movie in their minds.”

Math: We are reviewing this week and the students will be having their money math test on Thursday. They need to be able to recognize the coins, know their value, be able to find different ways to make a certain amount of money(i.e. give me 3 ways to make $0.67), and be able to do addition and subtraction math word problems.

Cursive: We are learning the rest of the lowercase letters this week: o, y, and z

Grammar: We are doing some adjectives review as this ties in well with visualizing.

Writing: We are finishing up our opinion writing.

Report Cards: Report Cards will be coming home on Thursday. Please sign the envelope and return it as soon as possible.

Homework: Homework will be due on Thursday this week instead of Friday.

Reminders:

4/6: Report Cards go home

4/10-4/14: Spring Break

4/21: Creamery Field Trip

4/27: 2nd/3rd grade Chess Tournament

5/1-5/19: End of Year Benchmarking


5/1  

Math: We are finishing up our unit on measurement. We will be reviewing on Thursday and their test will be on Friday. The biggest thing I have noticed is students not paying attention to the unit of measure they are supposed to be measuring and looking to make sure it makes sense. A great way to work on it at home is to have the students measure something in inches, feet, yards, centimeters, and meters that way they can get used to focusing on what unit of measure to be working on.

Science: We are finishing up our unit on Sound this week.

Letterland: We are starting unit 14 this week. I have attached the word list.

Writing: We are reviewing bold beginnings and mighty middles in preparation for a narrative writing we will be doing.

Grammar: We are working on identifying suffixes and what they mean.

Reading: We are starting to learn about how to identify the lesson of a story. We are using the books: A Salt in His Shoes and Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday.

End of Year Benchmarking: End of Year benchmarking has begun! The students and I got very excited this morning to show off their reading skills and how far they have come. All benchmarks will be done by May 19. Shortly after you will receive your home connect letter detailing how your child has done.

 

Reminders:

5/1-5/19: Benchmarking

5/1-5/5: Teacher Appreciation Week

5/8: Interims go home

5/26: Global Fair

5/29: No School


5/15  

Math: We are finishing up time this week. Today we are working on identifying AM and PM. The kids get it for the most part, they just get stuck when it comes to figuring out when AM starts and when PM starts. We are then doing a BUNCH of practice. They will be having their test this Friday.

Letterland: We are working on our LAST letterland unit this week and into next. I have attached the list of words.

Writing: We are finishing up our narrative writing that we have been working on the past few weeks.

Science: We are starting our unit on life cycles. Students have already been observing a life cycle as our caterpillars are now in their chrysalis changing into butterflies!

Reading: This week we are comparing and contrasting folk tales as well as identifying the lesson in them. We will be doing Rough Faced Girl/Cinderella and The Three Javelinas/3 Little Pigs.

Benchmarking: This is the last week of benchmarking! If you know your child will be out for a portion of the week please let me know so I can make sure they get finished. I will hold conferences starting next week if you have anything you’d like to discuss. I will send out a separate email with a link to sign up for one.

Reminders:

5/18, 5/19: “We are Monsters” student play at STES

5/26: Global Fair and Field Day

5/29: No School

5/30, 5/31: EOGs

6/6: EOG

6/9: Last day of School, Report Cards


5/22  

Math: We are starting our last unit this week on Geometry. This will take us right up until the end of the school year. We are also starting our end of year math assessment. We will be doing 1 or 2 questions a day this week and into next week.

Letterland: We are finishing up unit 15 this week. Their test will be tomorrow. I have attached the list of words. This is our last unit test!

Writing: We are working on our 4th quarter writing assessment today and tomorrow.

Science: We are continuing our unit on Life Cycles, learning about frogs and butterflies this week.

PSI: We will also be taking our end of year spelling inventory this week (not the same day we do our writing assessment).

Reading: We are reviewing main idea. We will be reading Miss Nelson is Missing and a few other fiction books to identify the main idea of the story.

Kona Ice: Last week I sent home a blue piece of paper regarding purchasing Kona Ice. They will be coming tomorrow! If you would like your child to be able to purchase Kona Ice please send in the money. They range from $2-$5 (the exact size and money is on the blue sheet).

2nd Grade Musical Performance: Our students will be performing a Memorial Day Performance this Thursday May 25th. They need to be at school at 5:50 to get ready and the show starts at 6:30. The students are excited and will be practicing all week!

Global Fair and Field Day: Is this Friday! See below for information regarding the Global Fair and Field Day.

Stateside will be having our World's Fair and field day activities this Friday May 26.  We will be having a parade beginning around 9am (that should last about an hour) and then Field Day at the times listed below. Students need to bring a change of clothes, beach towel and water. There are water activities they will be participating in. Your child will also need sunscreen applied to them BEFORE coming to school since we will be outside over an hour in the afternoon.  Tents will be provided for shade and extra water will be available to refill water bottles.

10:15-11:35   4th and 5th grade

12:00-1:20     K and 1st grade

1:30-2:50       2nd and 3rd grade

The country our class will be representing in the parade will be Chile. Students have been learning about Chile this year with Mrs. Comstock during WAVE. I would like the class dress in black and white to resemble penguins. We will be making penguin hats/masks in class this week. Penguins are one of the many interesting animals that live in Chile! Please don’t feel like you need to go out and purchase items for our costumes! Whatever you have at home will be perfectly fine.

 

Conference: Here is the link to sign up for end of year conferences.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4baeae2da5ff2-endofyear

 

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Reminders:

5/25: 2nd grade Music Performance 6:30

5/26: Global Fair and Field day

5/29: No School

5/30, 5/31, 6/6: EOGs

6/9: Report Cards go home

6/9: Last day of School

6/12-6/14: Teacher Workdays


5/30  

Math: We are finishing up our county assessment. The students have been working very hard on it! We are also finishing up our unit on Geometry.

Science: We are continuing our unit on Life Cycles.

Writing/Reading: We are starting a unit on poetry which will be both our writing time and our reading time. They will be learning to analyze poetry as well as write it themselves.

EOG days: Our classrooms are being used during EOG testing, so we will be in the art room the majority of the day these 2 days. If your student is late, please remind them to go to the art room. Under no circumstances are we allowed in our room during EOG testing.

End of Year Ice Cream Party: I sent out an email yesterday regarding our End of Year Ice Cream party. I have also added the link to the SignUp Genius below if you are able to contribute to our party. Thank you to all those that have already signed up!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4baeae2da5ff2-endofschool

Reading Camp: If your child received an invitation to reading camp, please be advised that they are due to me this Thursday! Please sign and return them as soon as possible. They were sent home last week in your child’s homework folder.

Conferences: If you would like a conference, please make sure to sign up as soon as possible. We are down to just a few more days of school left. Below is the link to sign up. If none of these times work, please let me know so we can work something out.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4baeae2da5ff2-endofyear

 

Reminders:

5/31, 6/1, 6/6: EOGs

6/1: Reading Camp letters due

6/8: EOY Ice Cream Party

6/9: Last day of School for students

6/9: Report Cards go home

6/12-6/14: Teacher Work days


5/8  

Math: We are beginning our unit on time. Students will be able to tell time up to the 5 minute mark as well as identify A.M. and P.M.

Science: Due to the 2 hour delay on Friday, we have a few things to finish up for our Sound unit. As we begin our Life Cycles unit, we have added some furry friends to our classroom to watch grow into butterflies!

Letterland: We are finishing unit 14 this week. Their test will be on Friday. I have attached the list of words.

Writing: We are discussing excellent endings to our narrative writings. Students will be adding their endings and then moving on through the writing process to revising and editing.

Grammar: We will be identifying and creating common contractions.

Reading: We will be using context clues to identify unknown words in the story to help with comprehension as well as to help when inferencing.

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are still for sale in the office if your child would like to purchase one. They are $20.

Book Fair: The book fair is this week! Come one down to the library to check out the awesome books they have for sale. They will be open Monday through Friday this week from 8-5.

Makerspace bottles: Mr. Marriot will be extending the students’ bottle rocket project. If your child did not bring in either a 20 oz bottle or a 2 Liter bottle for the project, they may still bring them in. They need to be name brand (Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, etc) and EMPTY!

Interims: Interims go home today! Please sign and return them as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress please let me know. I will be holding conferences after our end of the year benchmarking is over.

Reminders:

5/8: Interims

5/8-5/12: Book Fair

5/26: Global Fair and Field Day

5/29: No School

5/30, 5/31, 6/6: EOGs

6/9: Report cards go home

6/9: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!


2/6  

Good Afternoon,

 

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Here is what we are doing in class this week.

 

Reading: We are reading the book A Bad Case of Stripes and discussing cause and effect as well as reviewing characteristics of the main character.

Science: We are continuing our discussion on matter. We are discussing volume and how solids take up more volume than liquids.

Writing: We are starting our how-to writings today. We will be drawing a snowman and then writing to explain how to draw the snowman.

Math: We will be taking our unit test on Place Value tomorrow. Students did very good on their review today. Next we will be combining chapters 6 and 7. These chapters cover adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers. These chapters go hand in hand and it is easier to learn them together versus separately.

Valentine’s Day: Today students are getting a letter about Valentine’s Day in their homework folders. We will be exchanging Valentine’s Day at the end of the day during our snack time. We will not be having a party, but if you would like to send in snacks for that time you are more than welcome to. The list of all the students’ names is on the letter.

Candy Grams: The diplomats are selling Candy Grams this week. They are 50 cents. Students can buy them to send to their friends, siblings, teachers, principals, etc. throughout the school. They will purchase them this week in the main lobby in the mornings. The diplomats will be sending them out to people Monday and Tuesday next week.

Food Drive: We are 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.

 

As always, any questions or concerns please let me know.

Have a wonderful week!


1/30  

Reading: We are working on identifying the mood of a writing. We will be using the book Henry’s Freedom Box along with some nonfiction texts. This book and the nonfiction will also help introduce Black History Month.

Science: We are continuing our unit on matter, discussing how things can change from one state of matter to another. We will be doing some fun experiments with this too!

Grammar: We are discussing collective nouns this week.

Math: We are finishing our chapter on place value. Their test will be next week. The students are getting better at it, but we still have a little ways to go. The math homework is place value practice so if you are concerned, go over it with your student and help them work through it.

Benchmarks: Wednesday will be the last day of the benchmark window and just about everyone is done! You will be receiving a homeconnect letter detailing how your child did. As soon as I get them, I will send them home (next week probably).

Conferences: I will start conferences next week if you would like to meet with me to discuss how your child is doing so far this year. If you are unable to come to one of the times I have listed, please let me know and we can work something out. I will be sending out a separate email with the signup genius link for you to sign up for a time.

Report Cards: Report Cards will be coming home tomorrow. Please sign the outside of the envelope and return it as soon as possible.

 

Please make sure you get a chance to look over your child’s homework before they turn it in on Friday. Many students are starting to rush through their work and are not doing their best effort. This is a great way to practice the skills we have been working on in class and it gives you an idea about how they are doing. I check all the homework and send it home the next week so you are able to see if they need to improve on anything. I will be sending home last weeks homework today.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know!

 

Reminders:

1/31: Report Cards go home

2/16: Early Release *12:20

2/17: Teacher Workday *No School for students

2/28: Interims go home


1/23  

Reading: We are focusing on nonfiction and fact and opinion using the book Akiak and information on the Iditarod.

Math: We are continuing to work on Place Value. Students seem to get it when it is the same type of patter (identifying hundreds, tens, and ones), but struggle more when having to put numbers into the correct place value and identifying its value.

Science: We are working on our matter unit. This week we are discussing solids, liquids, and gases.

Writing: We are finishing up our animal research project and then on Thursday and Friday we will be doing their quarterly writing assessment.

Homework: Reminder… Homework this week is a continuation of the packet of homework from last week. It will all be due this Friday.

Middle of Year Benchmark: Benchmarking is continuing this week and into next week.

 

**Please make sure you are signing your child’s homework calendar nightly and that students are reading for at least 15 minutes every night. Please write down what they are reading and for how long on the back of the homework calendar.**

 

Reminders:

1/24: Teacher Workday *No School for students

1/31: Report Cards go home

2/16: Early Release @ 12:20

2/17: Teacher Workday *No School for students

2/28: Interims go home


2/20  

Reading: We are focusing on a book this week called Looking at Lincoln. We will be using this book to discuss author’s purpose. We will also be reading about President’s Day and the many presidents it honors.

Math: We are continuing our chapter 6 and 7 units. Students have been working on regrouping ones, tens, and hundreds in addition and subtraction problems. We will now be doing all at the same time, versus working on mastering one area and then moving on. This will be tricky for the students as it is a lot of steps in order to get their answer, so please make sure they are practicing with their math homework as this will help them review the steps.

Social Studies: We are starting our unit on maps this week. We will be focusing on parts of a map.

Grammar: We will be reviewing capitalization this week as this still continues to be an area many students struggle in.

Cursive: We are starting cursive this week. We will be focusing on letters a, c, d, q, and g as these all follow the same general pattern.

Letterland: We are starting our next Unit in letterland. I have attached a copy of our letterland words so students can be practicing them at home as well as at school. The test will more than likely be towards the end of next week.

Read Across America Week: Next week is Read Across America Week. We will be doing a lot of fun things with reading and Dr. Seuss. I have attached a copy under Announcements.

 

Unit 10 Letterland Words:

Focus: ai, ay, oa, ow

Train, Coach, Know, Grow, Explain, Okay, Tray, Toast, Wait, Way, Unload, Below, Once


2/27  

Reading: We are continuing to work on author’s purpose using the book Fireflies. We will also be reviewing cause and effect using nonfiction texts.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on maps. We are discussing the parts of a map that help us read it like map keys, scale, and compass rose.

Cursive: We are continuing to learn our lowercase cursive letters. We are working on I, u, w, and t.

Math: We are finishing up our unit on addition and subtraction with regrouping. At the end of the week we will be reviewing. Their test will be the beginning of next week.

Letterland: We are finishing up unit 10. The test will be Wednesday this week. I have attached the word list again.

Read Across America Week: Don’t forget this is our spirit week in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Tomorrow will be to wear clothes with words! I have attached a copy of the spirit days for the rest of the week.

Interims: Interims are coming home today. Please sign and return them as soon as possible. There is also an attachment letter from our data manager and nurse. Please make sure you read it.

Reminders:

2/27: Interims

2/27-3/3: Read Across America Week

3/23: Early Release for students *12:20

3/30: End of grading period

4/6: Report Cards go home

4/10-4/14: Spring Break


2/13  

Robotics: starting today, every other week the students will get a chance to work with robots. We will be practicing addition and subtraction while using the robots to help create number sentences. The students are very excited about it!

Reading: This week we are reading the book Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch and discussing point of view as well as how a character changes from the beginning of the book to the end.

Math: We are continuing with adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers.

Science: We are finishing up our unit on matter this week. We will be discussing evaporation as well as doing an experiment with Oobleck!

Writing: Students will be finishing up their how-to writings this week.

Valentine’s Exchange: Our Valentine’s Exchange will be tomorrow. I sent out a separate email earlier this morning with another copy of the class list and a few reminders.

Early Release: Thursday is an early release day. Students will be getting out at 12:20. If this changes any dismissal plans please let me know as soon as possible.

Teacher Workday Friday: Friday will be a teacher workday, so no school for the students!

Reminders:

2/14: Valentine’s Exchange

2/16: ERPD *12:20 dismissal

2/17: Teacher Workday, No School for students

2/28: Interims go home


1/17  

Math: We are doing some review in math and then taking our Middle of Year math assessment.

Grammar: We are working on past tense and future tense verbs, especially those irregular verbs!

Writing: We are starting an animal expository writing piece. We have done some research and now we are going to put it into a 5 paragraph writing.

Reading: We are working on finding key events and details in a nonfiction story. We are using Martin Luther King, Jr. readings to help us. We are also continuing to work on our written comprehension especially since we are in the middle of Middle of the Year benchmarking. So far I have seen good progress!

Next Week: This is a reminder that Monday and Tuesday next week are teacher workdays so students will not have school.

 

Reminders:

1/20: End of Grading Period

1/23-1/24: No School

2/1: Report Cards go home

2/16: Early Release *12:20*

2/17: Teacher Workday, no school for students

 

I will offer conferences starting in February after we have finished benchmarking.


10/23  

Good Morning Parents,

 

Math: We are focusing on even and odd for the first few days, doing a day of review, and then students will have their Chapter 2 test on Thursday. Any review they do not finish in class on Wednesday I will send home with them to practice if they want.

Science: We are finishing up our discussion of Meteorologists by discussing weather tools and creating a few of our own!

Writing: We will be starting a spooky writing at the beginning of the week, focusing on bold beginnings. We will then be doing our 1st 9 Weeks narrative writing prompt on Wednesday and Thursday.

Reading: We are continuing our discussion of character traits and how characters effect the plot. We will also be doing another day of practice for our writing comprehension.

WAVE day: is on Friday this week.

Red Ribbon Week: Don't forget about our Spirit Week this week! Tomorrow is red day so wear as much red as you can. There is a class contest to see which class has the most spirit! I have attached the red ribbon week flyer for the rest of the spirit week.

Field Trip Permission Slips: Field trip permission slips came home last Monday in your child's homework folder. Please sign and return them even if your child is not able to go. If you child is going, please make sure you include the $7 field trip fee. All permission slips and money are due by next Monday (1 week!).

Final Conference Reminder: If you have not signed up for a conference please do so as soon as possible.  I added a few days into next week to make sure everyone has a chance to come in. I will not be scheduling anything after next Friday as I am not sure when my last day will be.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4baeae2da5ff2-1stsemester/

Reminders:

10/24-10/28: Red Ribbon Spirit Week

10/26: Makeup Pictures

10/31: End of Grading Period

10/31: Field Trip Permission Slips due

11/10: Early Release *12:20

11/10: Veteran's Day Celebration

11/11: No School


9/26  

Reading: We are starting to discuss story elements including character, setting, problem, and solution. We are also starting to work on a new technique to help with answering written comprehension questions. Throughout our benchmark testing, this is the area that we noticed students struggled with the most and caused them to drop in their reading level. We hope that this new technique will make answering their written questions much easier and help get them progress further in their reading. I will send home a sort of "guide" to what we are doing if this is something you want to work with your child on at home when they answer their written comprehension questions for homework. We do not expect them to have this down for a couple of weeks since it is a difficult concept.

Science: We are starting our weather unit this week focusing on types of precipitation.

Letterland: We are moving into our first unit of Letterland this week.

Writing: We are working on narratives and focusing in on small moments. This will be our main focus this 9 weeks.

Grammar: This week our focus is on verbs.

Math: This week we are working on mental math subtraction strategies very similar to the addition ones we worked on last week. The point of this is to have students work on not using their fingers or pictures. This will prove beneficial as we move into higher digit addition and subtraction.

Reminders:

9/29: Interims

10/3: Fundraiser Ends

10/14: Fall festival *5:30-8

10/17: Literacy Night

10/17-10/21: Book Fair

10/20: Early Release *12:20


1/2  

Here is what we are doing this week:

 Reading: We are shifting our focus to nonfiction text features in preparation for middle of the year benchmarking.

Grammar: Our focus will be on capitalization (beyond just the beginning of a sentence) and punctuation.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on economics, focusing on supply and demand.

Math: We are reviewing regrouping with subtraction today and tomorrow and they will be tested on it on Wednesday. I did give them some review today. Many of them took it home to practice, but not all. Tomorrow I will have all students put it in their homework folder if you would like your child to practice a little more. After Wednesday, we will start the unit leading up to fractions.

Homework: Because of the chaos of me returning and the students getting back into the swing of things, I have decided not to give them homework this week. However, I do expect students to still be reading at least 15 minutes every night. This is vital to help them continue to grow in their reading!


11/6  

This will be my last weekly update until after Winter Break. I will be giving you all of the information you will need regarding the substitute in this email as well as what is going on this week.

Reading: We will be reading the book Grace for President and working on connections as well as relating it to the election this week.

Writing: We will be finishing up the middle of our Halloween stories.

Science: We will be finishing up severe weather this week which will end our science unit.

Math: We will continue working on addition regrouping problems. Students are really starting to get the hang of this, which I love seeing! This is a very tricky concept at first and they are doing great.

Veteran's Day and Early Release: Thursday is an early release day so students will be leaving at 12:20. It is also our day to celebrate Veteran's Day. We will have a parade for the Veteran's first thing in the morning. Students will then go back to their classroom to complete Veteran's day activities. Then after lunch (11:05) students will go out for the static display to see some of the vehicles that the military uses and to get to talk to some Marines. Then the Patriot Guard will led the buses out at dismissal. We also have Senator Brown coming in the morning along with a few other special guests. It is going to be a busy and fun-filled day!

WAVE Day: Is tomorrow!

No School: Students will not have school on Friday, November 11 due to it being Veteran's day.

Report Cards: Are coming home on Monday. Please sign and return them as soon as possible.

 

Substitute Info:

- Monday is going to be my last day. I will be here in the morning and then will be taking a half day and starting my maternity leave. I told the students this on Friday so they know. Ms. Orr will be taking over on Tuesday.

- Weekly Updates: You will still be getting weekly updates so you know what is going on in the classroom. You will be getting these from Mrs. Mowell, another second grade teacher. If you have any questions regarding SCHOOL activities, she is the best person to ask. Please do not email her about any issues, questions, or concerns about what is going on in my class in particular because she will not know.

- Ms. Orr's email: I do not have an email for Ms. Orr yet. As soon as I get one, either I or Mrs. Mowell will send it out to everyone. If you have an issue, question, or concern about something in the classroom and do not have Ms. Orr's email yet, please let Mrs. Helt or Mr. Strope know and they can relay the information to Ms. Orr.  For the time being, sending in notes in the student's homework folder is probably the best form of communication.

- Everything else will continue as normal including homework.

- I am planning on coming in for the students' Holiday party before Winter Break so I hope to see some of you there!

- I have a wonderful class full of wonderful students so I do not see this transition to be a problem. Ms. Orr is a fantastic teacher and will do a great job with the students!

I hope you all enjoy the holidays coming up and I look forward to seeing how far the students have come when I return in January. Also, I wanted to say thank you for all the support I have received this year. You all are wonderful parents and I truly appreciate everything you do.

 

Reminders:

11/7: Report Cards go home

11/10: Veteran's day activities

11/10: Early Release *12:20

11/11: No School

11/17: Field Trip

11/23-11/25: Thanksgiving Break

12/19-1/1: Winter Break


10/31  

Here is what we are doing this week.

Math: We are starting our next chapter. We are starting to add with 2- digit numbers.

Science: We are discussing types of severe weather

Writing: We are learning about how to write strong middles and then adding to our Halloween writing we started last week.

Reading: We are working on a few more CAFE strategies and finishing up our discussion on characters and story elements.

Field Trip Money: As long as I have the permission slip today, students can send in the $7 for the field trip by Wednesday. After Wednesday I will no longer be able to accept permission slips or money.

Report Cards: Report cards will go home on Monday, November 7.

If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to call or email me!

Reminders:

10/31: Halloween Costume Day ($1 donation)

10/31: End of 9 weeks

11/7: Report Cards go home

11/10: Veteran's Day Celebrations

11/10: Early Release *12:20

11/11: No School

11/17: Ballet Field Trip

11/23-11/25: Thanksgiving Break


10/16  

Math: We are working on problem solving with addition and then moving into repeated addition.

Writing: We are working on having bold beginnings when doing our writing, something to catch our reader's attention to make them want to keep reading!

Reading: We are continuing to discuss characterization. We are working on thinking critically about the characters and understanding how they change throughout the story.

Science: We are continuing our unit on weather, focusing on meteorologists and the tools they use to predict the weather.

Field Trip: We are excited about our first field trip of the year! We will be going to Northwoods High School to watch the Richmond Ballet perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream."  Permission slips will be coming home tomorrow and are due on Monday, October 31. We do not normally take chaperones on these trips as it is right down the road at the high school.

WAVE day: Our WAVE day is on Wednesday. In the afternoon we are going to be going to the Patriot Store so make sure your little patriot has all of their patriot dollars with them.

Literacy Night: Tomorrow is literacy night and we would love for you to come out and visit us from 5-7! It is pirate themed and we can't wait to search for buried reading treasure! It is also a great time to browse the bookfair and make a few purchases.  Don't forget to dress up as a pirate!

Early Release: We have early release on Thursday. If this changes any transportation plans please let me know as soon as possible. Students will be dismissed at 12:20.

Reminders:

10/17: Literacy Night *5-7

10/17-10/21: Book Fair

10/20: Early Release at 12:20

10/24-10/28: Red Ribbon Week

10/26: Makeup Pictures

10/31: End of Grading Period

11/10: Early Release at 12:20

11/11: Veteran's Day *No School

11/16: Ballet Field Trip


10/12  

Reading: We are continuing to focus on story elements with an emphasis on characters this week. We will also continue to work on our written comprehension practice.

Math: We are starting Chapter 2 of math this week. This weeks focus is on skip counting 2s, 5s, and 10s

Science: We are continuing our discussion of weather, which has proven to be an awesome unit to go along with all the weather we have been experiencing the past couple of weeks!

Grammar: We are working on sentence structure and making sure our sentences have at least 7 words in them with adjectives and adverbs to make our writing even better and more detailed.

Homework: This week since our week is a little crazy, I am giving the students 3 math worksheets, and 3 reading worksheets. They will have until NEXT Friday to complete this.

Boys/Girls Club: Will be closed on Friday due to Fall Festival. Please let me know how your child will be getting home that day.

Conferences: Please sign up for a conference time. If none of the conference times work for you, please call or email me so we can schedule something that fits both of our schedules. The link is below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4baeae2da5ff2-1stsemester/

As always, any questions or concerns please let me know!

Reminders:

10/10-10/14: Fire Safety Week

10/14: Fall Festival *5:30-8:00

10/17: Literacy Night *5:00-7:00

10/17-10/21: Book Fair

10/20: Early Release *12:20

10/26: Make up Picture Day

10/24-10/28: Red Ribbon Week

10/31: End of Grading Period


10/3  

Math: We are finishing up our mental math strategies. We will do some review practice on Thursday and the students will have their first test on Friday.

Science: We are continuing our unit on Weather, learning about "weather words".

Writing: We are finishing up our discussion of small moments in narrative writing.

Letterland: We are starting Unit 2 this week.

Grammar: This week we will focus on Adverbs.

Reading: We are continuing to work on our written comprehension and practicing our strategies to write detailed responses. We are also continuing our discussion of story elements, focusing more on the characters.

PICTURE DAY!: 2nd grade picture day is this Wednesday 10/5. Sibling pictures will be on Thursday 10/6. These are the yearbook photos! Students received a packet last week regarding purchasing pictures. I have a few extra if anyone needs one. You can send in the money and order forms as soon as you would like. I am keeping hold of them.

Conferences: Please make sure you are signing up for a conference. I would really like to meet with every parent. I have about half of the class signed up now. The link to sign up is: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4baeae2da5ff2-1stsemester

Fundraiser: Fundraisers are due TODAY! If you forgot to send it in with your child, please make sure to send it in tomorrow.

Inteirms: If you have not signed your child's interim, please do so as soon as possible. It came home in their homework folders on Thursday.

Reminders:

10/3: Fundraiser Due

10/5: 2nd Grade Picture Day

10/6: Sibling Picture Day

10/10-10/14: Fire Safety Week

10/14: Fall Festival *5:30-8

10/17: Literacy Night *5-7

10/17-10/21: Book Fair

10/20: Early Release *12:20


9/19  

Reading: We are continuing to learn our CAFE strategies. Also, by the end of the week we will have our Daily 5 up and running (hopefully smoothly!)

Writing: This week in writing we are focusing on small moments. These are small things that happen in our "big stories" that the students like to write. We are focusing on detail and helping the reader get a great visual movie playing in their minds when they read.

Math: We took a quick assessment today to see how the students grasped their addition mental math strategies. We are now moving into subtraction strategies.

Grammar: This week we are going to focus on adjectives and how they help out our nouns.

WAVE day: Is on Friday this week! Make sure students wear tennis shoes and appropriate clothing.

**Don't Forget**: Thursday is an early release day. Students will be getting out at 12:20. If this causes any transportation issues please let me know through email or by sending in a note in the students' homework folder. If I don't hear anything, I will be assuming they are going home as per usual.

Reminder: Please make sure you are checking your child's homework calendar each night and initialing. This lets me know you are aware of their homework as well as their behavior for the day. The nights that students have a math worksheet, they should also be reading for 15 minutes. What they read should be filled out on the back under Reading Log. Practicing reading is the only way for the students to get better at it so it is vital they read both at school and at home.

Classroom Needs: If anyone has any old or single socks they are willing to part with, please send them in. They make great erasers for when we use dry erase markers in the classroom. We can use as many as we can get.

Enjoy your week!

Reminders:

9/22: Early Release *12:20

9/29: Interims go home

10/3: Charleston Wraps fundraiser ends

10/14: Fall Festival *5:30-8:30

10/17: Literacy Night *5-7

10/17-10/21: Book Fair

10/20: Early Release *12:20


9/12  

Math: We are continuing working on addition strategies. We are trying to move away from counting on fingers and using more mental math. We will then be moving these strategies into word problems using a strategy called CUBES.

Social Studies/Science: This week in Social Studies we did a small 9/11 activity focusing on heroes. On Friday we will be doing an activity that goes along with Constitution Day.  In Science we are starting to discuss the steps of the scientific method and will be doing a lab that involves eggs!

Letterland: We are starting letterland this week. This will be a great tool to help students with sounding out parts of words, decoding words they do not know, and spelling words correctly.

Grammar: We are starting with the basic parts of speech, nouns and adjectives as a review.

Reading: We are continuing to work on reading strategies to help with comprehension. These are all part of our Reading model CAFE. We are also continuing to work on getting used to expectations during Daily 5.

Assessments: We are continuing with assessments this week!

Classroom Request: If anyone has an old pair of socks or any socks without a pair I would really appreciate it if we could use them this school year. They are great eraser substitutes for when we do work on our white boards (and a lot less wasteful than using paper towels or tissues!)

Lollipop Week: This week is lollipop week so if your child would like a lollipop, please send in 50 cents by Thursday (we cannot accept any on Friday!).

Reminders:

9/22: Early Release for students at 12:20

10/14: Fall Festival 5:30-8:30

10/20: Early Release for students at 12:20


9/6  

Here is what is coming up this week:

Math: We are starting to review key words for addition and the commulative and identity properties. We are also reviewing how to use a number line to count on when adding.

Writing: We will be setting up our writer's notebooks and writing folders tomorrow. Then we will start working on generating ideas when we write, discussing why we write, and how to grow on our ideas. Friday we will start moving into beginning our Writer's Workshop. This will boil over into next week too.

Reading: We are continuing setting up our Daily 5 and Cafe in the classroom. This needs constant practice to make sure students truly understand what they are supposed to be doing and how to effectively use their strategies.

Social Studies: We are continuing discussing how to be a good citizen

Assessments: We are beginning our Beginning of the Year assessments tomorrow. These assessments allow me to effectively instruct students on their current reading level and help them progress throughout the year.

Homework: Students received their first homework this week. I will be giving the students a packet of work on Mondays and it is due on Friday. I will not check it every day so students are able to complete it when they have time. It is 2 reading days and 2 math days. On the math days, students should also be reading for 15 minutes and filling this out on the reading log on the back of their homework wkst. Please make sure you are initialing next to each day.

Food Fridays: Our food Fridays start this week. Each Friday students have the chance to get popcorn, lollipops, or goldfish. This week it is popcorn. It is 50 cents per item (1 bag of popcorn/goldfish, 1 lollipop). All money is due by Thursday, no exceptions..

Reminders:

9/20: PTO Meeting at 5:30

9/22: Early Release 12:20

10/14: Fall festival 5:30-8:30


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