Friday, December 18, 2015

Winter Break News 12-18-15

Hello Second Grade Families,

Wow! We made it to winter break! I always say at the end of summer that it feels like we blink and suddenly it is Christmas. This year has been no different, I'm not sure how time passes so quickly. What a wonderful first half of second grade we've had this year. We have such a great group of students working together to create a really special experience. I look forward to the rest and relaxation in the days ahead to prepare us for the second half of the year. I hope you have a great break and soak up the extra family time while you make new memories.

Thank you to all of the parents who helped make yesterday's class party such a fun event! 

Thank you very much for your generous class gift. I am so fortunate to have the privilege to teach your children and get to know your families this year. Check your child's folder for a thank you letter from me. 

Look in your child's folder for information about reading and math challenges your child can participate in during break. Your child will have the opportunity to earn a prize for returning the winter break marshmallow reading log as well as for completing an hour (or more) of IXL practice. A reminder of IXL login info:
user: firstlast676
pass: math

See the videos posted below to hear a clip of each song the kids performed at yesterday's holiday concert. We have some lovely voices in this group!


Enjoy some pictures from this week


Social Studies:
Budgeting $10 to spend wisely.

Being a good shopper at our class store.

Holiday Party:
Playing the "who am I?" game

Having fun at the party!

Cam-Rudolph 


Photo Booth Fun!
Merry Christmas!
Library:

Library Visit

Finding the perfect book!



Have a great break and I look forward to seeing you in 2016!!!


Fondly,
Stacey Goodman
Merry Christmas!

My Favorite Things

Somewhere in my Memory

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Holiday Activities Tomorrow!

Hello Second Grade Families,

Please join us tomorrow for our classroom holiday party from 1-2pm.



Immediately following, we will participate in the holiday concert in Pioneer Auditorium beginning at 2:20 pm. 
We look forward to celebrating with you!

Take care,
Stacey Goodman

Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekend News 12-11-15

We had a great visit with some of the residents of Clark Home this morning. Thank you to the parents who joined us!
We have a special relationship with the residents of this facility and enjoyed getting to know them today.
Pictures of our visit:
Welcome to Clark Home!
Students were paired with a resident...
Meeting new friends.
Sharing a story

Thank you Adrienne's grandma for bringing therapy puppy Finn! 
Working together!
Interviewing the residents...
Sharing a story.
Sharing cards and stories.
We got to know each other!

Second graders read to the residents.
We delivered hand made cards.
What's your favorite holiday song?
Favorite movie...

Such a beautiful morning for a walk...2 years ago it was -4 degrees on our first walk to Clark!
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This afternoon we participated in an Hour of Code. Students in our class actually wrote their own code and created their own games with the Star Wars themed program. Super engaging and fun!

Find more information on this cool program at the link below.
https://hourofcode.com/us

The Star Wars program (we did this in math class today)
https://code.org/starwars

Minecraft ( I know we have some big fans in our class!)
https://code.org/mc

Frozen code
https://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1


Thank you to Olivia's mom for being our mystery reader today!



Hour of Code!

Students:
Please click the link below to begin the hour of code...

https://studio.code.org/s/starwarsblocks/stage/1/puzzle/1

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Quick Reminders!

Thursday December 10th

  • We have our first swimming session at the Wealthy pool, from 12:20-1:20. Please send in bathing suit, towel, and a baggie labeled with your child's name.
  • Following swimming, we will be walking to the gym to visit the annual Flea Market. Students are encouraged to bring UP TO $5 in quarters to shop from the older students.

Friday December 11th

  • We will be walking to Clark Retirement Home to read with the residents. We will leave Wealthy around 9:40 and return before lunch. I would love to have a few parents walk with us. Please let me know if you are able!
  • Book order due!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Weekend News 12-4-15

Hello Second Grade Families,

Can you believe it is already December? Where has this year gone? We have been having such a great time in second grade! I've added an "Important Links" gadget to the top right side of this blog (not available from the mobile site unless you scroll to the bottom and select "view web version"). This will be a place where you can easily access the sign up options for our class. We currently have a sign up for Mystery Reader, Classroom Volunteers, Swim Helper, and Computer Lab. 
We had fun a fun TEAM celebration with our reading buddies today!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks.

The December Scholastic Book Order is due on December 11th. 

Thursday December 10th

  • We have our first swimming session at the Wealthy pool, from 12:20-1:20. We are in need of more parent chaperones (as of now- we have no male volunteers) for the locker room and swimming time. If you are available, please sign up HERE.
  • Following swimming, we will be walking to the gym to visit the annual Flea Market. Students are encouraged to bring UP TO $5 in quarters to shop from the older students.

Friday December 11th

  • We will be walking to Clark Retirement Home to read with the residents. We will leave Wealthy around 9:40 and return before lunch. I would love to have a few parents walk with us. Please let me know if you are able!
  • Book order due!
Thursday December 17th
  • Class holiday party 1-2 pm
  • Holiday assembly 2:20 pm
Friday December 18th
  • 2nd grade PJ day!
  • Afternoon assembly

This week in second grade:

 In reading we began an author study of Chris VanAllsburg. Mrs. Sarjeant and I had the pleasure of meeting this East Grand Rapids author last year. We will be studying his works for the next few weeks! Ask your child to share his or her favorite book we've read so far.

In writing we wrote opinion letters about the books we've read. Ask your second grader which books he/she is writing about. We have learned how to write our opinion on characters, favorite parts, pictures, and titles. 

In math we continued to practice strategies for 2-digit addition. We will take the Chapter 4 math assessment next week. Remember you can always access the test review by clicking this link...

In social studies we learned about goods to prepare ourselves to shop at the upcoming flea market. We created our own good (clown game) by working in an assembly line like factory workers. Ask your child what his or her job was in the assembly line. 

Following directions was VERY important for this activity.
The Skittles working in an assembly line.
The finished product!