Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter Break News!

Hello Second Grade Families,

I can't believe we're already at the last post of 2016. This year has flown! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break with family. Enjoy the rest and relaxation as you make memories together.

The second graders did a great job performing in the Holiday Concert.

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

Thank you to all of the parents who worked so hard to give our class a fun holiday party. I am grateful for your dedication to the students of Wealthy. A fun time was had by all:) 

Second graders who complete 1 hour or more of IXL math practice over break will receive a special prize when we return to school in January!
Areas to focus on:
Subtraction 1 digit- Section F
Subtraction 2 digits- Section H
Addition review- Section E, G, and I
Basic Facts- 1st grade section
Addition- B.10, B.12, B.14 Subtraction- D.10, D.11, D.13

(this may seem too easy but trust me, we all need to practice these and become fluent)

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

This week in second grade:

In reading we completed our Chris Van Allsburg author study. Ask your child which books they liked best. My favorites are The Sweetest Fig and Jumanji. We loved having the conductor of the Polar Express (aka Marie's dad) come in and read to us on Tuesday morning. What a special treat!

 In writing we wrote creative stories to go with the pictures in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Our 4th grade reading buddies helped us type these on a google doc!

In math we reviewed addition strategies and played fun math games. Please make sure to work on the IXL challenge over break!

In social studies we practiced being a good shopper at the annual Wealthy Flea Market. We also had a fun pretend shopping experience in our classroom.

Thank you to all of our Mystery Readers this week!

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Weekend News 12-9-16

Happy Weekend!
I hope you've all had a great week! We had a great time in room 201. If you haven't yet sent in the YELLOW Kids Have Rights survey, please do by next week! We had a blast watching the High School Holiday Concert yesterday. They put on a great show!
Bella Voce

A wintry walk!
The rockin' jazz band!

We worked together with TEAM 2 to create breakfast bundles for Kids Food Basket. Thank you for sending in the food for this worthy cause.
Kids helping kids!
We have some important things coming up next week before the holiday break.

Dates to Remember:

  • Flea Market- Tuesday Dec. 13th @ 12:45, please send in $5 in quarters and a baggie to hold all of the new goodies!
  • Class Party- Thursday Dec. 15th @ 12:30 pm
  • Wealthy Holiday Concert- Thursday Dec. 15th @ 2:00pm
  • PJ Day- Friday Dec. 16th 

Mystery Reader- 
Thank you to Fisher's mom for reading to us and bringing us goodies! We love Mystery Readers! If you would like to sign up to visit us in the new year, we'd love to have you!

 This week in second grade: 

In reading  we began our Chris Van Allsburg author study and LOVED reading his books. We will continue with this study next week. Ask your second grader which book was their favorite this week! I was lucky enough to get to meet Mr. VanAllsburg (with Mrs. Sarjeant) two years ago when he visited EGR!

In writing we worked on adding text features to our books. We also squeezed our brains to add more details for our readers.

In math we completed unit 4 and will continue reviewing addition strategies next week. 

In social studies we learned about some ways that we can be a good consumer. We will practice being good shoppers next week at the Flea Market. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Oh What Fun!

We had the perfect first snow recess yesterday. It looked like a snowman building competition in the field! 
I will be sending in the December Scholastic Book Order tomorrow morning. Please have orders in by then. Have a wonderful week!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekend News 12-2-16

Hello Second Grade Families! 

I hope you've all had a nice week. I can't believe it is already December! We have two short weeks between now and winter break. Luckily, we have a lot of fun events planned in that time. Thank you to Addie's mom and Gabe's dad for being our swimming chaperones this week. It was a fun way to end the day. 

Dates to Remember:

December 8th- High school holiday performance @ 1:00pm
December 13th- Flea Market @ 12:45, please send in $5 in QUARTERS.
December 15th- Class Holiday Party @ 12:30, Holiday Concert @ 2:00.
December 16th- PJ day! Tony Reynolds Assembly @ 10:35am
December 19- January 2- Winter Break!

This week in second grade:
We enjoyed our November TEAM celebration with our 4th grade reading buddies. We had some good old fashioned parachute fun. 
Working together
Two classes are in here!
So much fun!
We read text sets with our reading partners.
We shared knowledge with our classmates.
We created a game by working in an assembly line with our groups.

We added 2-digit numbers.

Kids Food Basket!
Our Student Leadership Team has organized a school-wide service learning project. Together as a school, we are creating Supper Packs for Kid’s Food Basket. These packs are passed out to area schools to ensure that every child goes home to a nutritious dinner. In Addition to the Supper Pack, a fresh fruit, vegetable and protein source are included in each Sack Supper. We are asking each child to donate one of the following items:  individual fruit cups, juice boxes (100% juice, please), small boxes of raisins, granola bars, or  plastic bags. I may follow up with further requests depending on the number of bags we are able to fill and the remaining items.  There will be a designated spot in our classroom to collect these items, so feel free to send them in anytime. Our last collection day will be Thursday, December 8. Thank you for your support!
If your last name begins with…

    • A through B- Quart size plastic Ziploc bags
    • C through H – Small raisin boxes
    • K through N – 100% juice juice boxes  (7 oz. or less)
    • P through S- Individual fruit cup
    • T through W- Granola bars

Thank you to Alex's grandma for being our Mystery Reader today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Second Grade Families,
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families. Enjoy the extra time to rest and relax. Yesterday I sent home a Thanksgiving interview. This is something you can choose to do (or not do) with a family member during the long weekend. If you already sent it back to school, that's okay too! The goal is to get the second graders asking questions and having conversations with relatives during the holiday. It is always powerful to gain perspective and think about how others lived.

This week we talked about things that we are thankful for. We all are so fortunate! I am thankful for all of you and your wonderful children. Have a fantastic break!

Thankful Pie.
We read Arthur's Thanksgiving and learned how to draw Arthur.
Magic 10!
Mrs. Sarjeant's class taught us a math magic trick.
Have your second grader teach you this trick over the weekend!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Updates and Mystery Readers!

We have had an exciting week with two Mystery Readers already! Please feel free to contact me if the normal time doesn't work for you, we can always make time to listen to you read!

We have been learning some fun games in math that require the use of a deck of cards. If you have any extra playing cards around the house, consider donating them to our class to use to play the games. Thank you! 
Image result for deck of cards
We had a delightful visit with some of the residents of Clark Home on Tuesday. THANK YOU to the parents who joined us!

I will be submitting the November Book Order tomorrow morning, please have your orders in by then! I'd love to deliver books as holiday gifts. Please jot a note with your order if you'd like me to hold back items and give directly to you.

Thanks to all who've already sent in an item for the Team 2 Thanksgiving Share. It is going to be a fun afternoon. If you didn't receive the note, I have copied and pasted below.

Team 2 Thanksgiving Fun!

orange1.pngTo reinforce our discussions on sharing and giving thanks during the Thanksgiving season, will be having a Team 2 Thanksgiving Read and Share! We are asking you to help us with the “share” part of our celebration by sending in a snack to contribute to our big snack bowl on Tuesday, November 22nd.  Following is a list of snack ideas (please be sure to send peanut/tree nut free items).

Thanks for making this a fun experience for the second graders!
Team 2 Teachers
Goldfish Crackers
Chex cereal
Chocolate chips
Popcorn (pre-popped)
Cheese-it crackers
Teddy grahams
Jelly bellies

(If your child has special dietary needs, please send along something appropriate for them to eat during this time.  Thank you!)

Enjoy your week!