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!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weekend News 11-10-16

The Hello Second Grade Families,

Thank you for meeting with me during parent/teacher conferences. It is never enough time to chat, but I love having a touch point with each family to celebrate the hard work and success that each child is experiencing in second grade. Because of conferences, there will be no school tomorrow. Enjoy the long weekend with your child!

Next Tuesday, November 15, we will be walking to Clark Home for our first visit with the residents. I would love to have a few parents join us on our walk.  If you are available, please let me know! We will leave Wealthy at 9:40 and return around 11:15. 

I will be submitting the November Scholastic Book Order on Thursday November 17th. Please have orders turned in by that morning. Thank you!

Congratulations on creating a beautiful display of feathers for Turkey Tom. He looks lovely and happy:)

There will be no school on November 23-27 due to Thanksgiving break.

This week in second grade:

In reading we began reading nonfiction and learning strategies to help grow knowledge. We learned that we can read everything around us! We read maps, globes, and even pennies! 

In writing we completed our narrative unit and produced a complete story. I will save these for when the students visit the Wizarding Press (publishing center) in a few weeks.

In math we completed Chapter 3. We will be taking the test on Monday. Please take a few moments this weekend to go over the chapter review to make sure your child is prepared for the assessment. Thank you!

In social studies we learned about maps and grids. We enjoyed playing directional games and looking at many different kinds of maps. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Weekend News 11-4-16

Happy Weekend!

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Thank you to the parents who met with me this week during conferences. I look forward to meeting with the rest of you next week. 

Next week we will have a Veteran's Day assembly at 10:15 on Thursday morning. It is a wonderful program and I encourage anyone available to join us. There will be no school for students on Friday Nov. 11th. 

On Tuesday November 15th we will walk as a class to Clark Home to meet and read with the residents. I'd love to have a few parents join us on our walk. If you're able, please let me know. We will leave Wealthy around 9:40 and return around 11:15.

Thank you for taking a few moments to work as a family on the feather that was sent home last week. Please return these by Monday so we can complete Turkey Tom!

This week in second grade:

In reading this week we participated in shared reading and worked to build our reading fluency.

In writing this week we fixed up and fancied up our personal narrative stories.

In  math this week we learned addition and subtraction strategies and practiced basic facts. Have your child teach you rock, paper, scissors, math this weekend. It is also important to 

In social studies this week we began to learn about map skills. Show your child the type of map you use this weekend!

We LOVED hearing about the latest and the greatest in children's books from a KDL librarian this week. Visit the library this weekend to check them out!

Thank you to Reuben's big sister for being our Mystery Reader this morning! We loved hearing you read!

Rock, paper, scissors, MATH!