Monday, September 10, 2018

I hope you had a great weekend and were able to stay dry. This morning we shared about our weekend and despite the gloomy weather, we all had something fun to share!    We did a fun activity where we worked on focusing our attention on the speaker while we shared. See if your child can remember some of the activities students in our class shared. ( some examples are: Andy went to church, Bradley lost a tooth Farrah went to Barnes and Nobles. . . . )

Here is our week of learning at a glance: 

Reading Workshop-This week we will look at story elements while reading. We will focus on characters, setting, problem, and solution.  We will also focus on key events that happen at the beginning, middle, and end of a story. 

Writing Workshop-   We will continue to focus on writing our personal narratives and we will begin writing with our writing partner. 

Science/ Social Studies-     This week we will focus on physical properties in science.  We will discuss physical properties and use physical properties to complete various experiments. 

Math-   This week we will wrap up our unit on the hundreds chart and focus on ordering numbers on a number line. We will also discuss greater than, less than, and equal.  

Important News:   If you have extra earbuds or earphones for your child to use at school, please send them in.  We only have 8 headsets in our class and we have many apps that involve sound. We will keep the earphones in a bag labeled with your child's name.   

Thanks for sending in STEAM supplies.  Please keep the supplies coming since we will do a STEAM activity  every Friday. We are in need of 3M blue painter's, toilet paper rolls, and paper towel rolls. THANKS for your help!

Class Celebrations:    We want to wish Kysen  a very Happy Birthday!  He celebrates his birthday on Wednesday!  We want to say congratulations to Bradley!  He lost a tooth this weekend!
 Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


It's hard to believe we will begin our year of learning together!  I hope you had a great summer and you are as excited about this school year as I am!  I just wanted to send a few reminders to help make tomorrow successful.

*  I will meet your child in the hallway tomorrow morning between 7:15 and 7:30.  We will enter our  class together to begin our day.

  * Our class is split for specials so I will not have your child's exact PE days until next week. To be safe, please have your child wear tennis shoes  the first week  of school.  This will help  as we transition to new routines and procedures.   

   *   We are implementing a new dismissal procedure this year so please be patient as we fine tune things the first few weeks of school.  If your child is a car rider, please make sure you have your car tag before dismissal tomorrow or you will need to drive to the front and meet your child in the office.  You can get as many tags as you need from our wonderful office staff. 

  *  If your child is a bus rider,  please make sure your child knows their bus number. If you have not given it to me yet, please just send me a quick e-mail so I can get your child home safely. 

* We do have nut allergies in our classroom so please make sure you pack a healthy nut free snack and lunch.  We Thanks for your help in this!  We want this year to be a safe learning environment for everyone!  

  *  Please have your child return their Meet the Student  page tomorrow or Friday.  Thanks for helping build our class community!

I look forward to getting to know your child!  Have a great night and get plenty of rest!

Friday, May 4, 2018


 We had a wonderful week of learning!  We are still going full speed ahead as we try to get in as much learning as we can for  our last few weeks together. Today your child is bringing home a bird house they made as part of our STEAM project along with a bag of seeds.  If you hang it on a branch, please send me pictures so I can share the picture with the the class.  We also released our butterflies today so please make sure you log in to SeeSaw to see our video. 

Here is our week of learning at a glance:

Reading/ Writing Workshop- We have begin our animal research project.  We will use the next few weeks to research our animal and then put together a final project to display all the information we have learned. 

Math-    This week we will finish our unit on multiplication and begin our unit on division or equal shares.  In second grade, we do not memorize multiplication facts.  We begin to understand the concept of equal groups, or arrays, and relate these to repeated addition.  

Science/ Social Studies- This week we will use our science time to research our animal. I am hoping to have our projects finished by our conferences.  

Important News:  

We are still in need of toilet paper rolls so please keep sending those in! We also need craft sticks please! I sent our e-mails about conferences so please make sure you sign up!  If those dates do not work for you, please let me know and we will work together to find a date!

Just a few dates to remember:  

May 18- Field day- It was rescheduled due to the weather. 
May 29- Our last day together and our party will begin at 1:00

Class Brighteners

We want to say Congratulations to Ryan !  He was our  Star of the Week last week!  This week we are super excited to see Ella's poster since she is our new Star of the Week! The students love the handwriting award and Natalie and Arial were the winners last week! Being able to write with smelly markers is pretty cool!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2018

I hope you had a wonderful week! We sure have been busy and today was no different. The school carnival had everyone VERY excited today.  I plan on being here around 7:00 so I hope I can run into some of you at the carnival.  

It's hard to believe how fast this school year is flying by.  We still are introducing new concepts every week so it's very important to encourage your child to follow our school rules and class expectations.  I am having to stop many times during a lesson these days due to interruptions or friends not staying on task.  I know it feels like summer but we still have so much to cover!

Here is our week of learning at a glance:

Reading/ Writing Workshop- We will wrap up  our unit on poetry.   We will publish our haiku poems and write poems based on personification.  Then we will finally choose an animal to begin our animal research project!

Math-    This week we will take our second grade Math Benchmark.  We will review on Monday and Tuesday and then take the test on Wednesday and Thursday.  I am excited to see your child's progress this year and the benchmark is a great way to see if your child has mastered second grade math concepts. 

Science/ Social Studies- This week we will focus on birds and fish.We got a little side tracked when our caterpillars arrived this week. We learned about insects and we have been observing their growth in our butterfly journal. Today we made a stop motion video of an insects life cycle so make sure you check SeeSaw. 

Important News:  

We are still in need of toilet paper rolls so please keep sending those in!

Just a few dates to remember:  

April 27- Science Day- we will spend our day in science rotations
May 4- Field Day- We go in the morning

Class Brighteners

We want to say Congratulations to Kaydence !  She is our  Star of the Week!  We can't wait to share her poster! !    We want to wish Sophie  a very Happy Birthday!  We hope your day was special! 

Monday, February 5, 2018


I hope you had a fabulous weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather yesterday!

Here is our week of learning at a glance:

Reading Workshop- We will begin our unit on folktales. This week we will focus on Cinderella stories from around the world.  We will compare and contrast the various versions.  

Writing Workshop-  This week we will begin writing our  biography about one of our peers!  We will take this piece of writing through the writing process. I can't wait to share the finished product!
Math-   We will focus on three digit place value. We will focus on different ways to write a number:   standard form (245), word form ( two hundred forty-five), expanded form ( 200+40+5)  and using our base 10 blocks. 

Science/ Social Studies- This week we will continue our unit on objects in the sky and then we will move to social studies.  We will focus on urban, rural, and suburban communities. 

Class Brighteners-   We are close to earning 5 compliments so please keep encouraging great behavior.  Demi and Hudson were nominated for the Incredible Shot!  The were chosen for working towards their best all across the curriculum!  We are super proud of their hard work!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Wow!  What a busy, short week!   I was excited to hear all the wonderful things they had to share about their holiday.   It was a great way to start off the New Year!

I sent home their new homework today.  It will need to be turned in Friday, January 19.   In third grade, homework is included in their overall grade average.  This is a great time to start teaching about responsibility. 

Here is our week of learning at a glance:

Reading Workshop- We will focus on biographies.  This week we will focus on finding specific information in biographies such as special achievements/ important versus interesting facts, and reading timelines to understand a person's life.

Writing Workshop-  We wrote letters to our pen pals and they were super excited!  Ask your child about their pen pal!  This week in writing we will focus on writing and publishing a personal narrative.  
Math-   We will focus on area this week.  We will learn that area is measured in square units and we can find the area of  squares and rectangles.   

Science- This week we will continue to focus on identifying and comparing  natural and man made resources.  We will also discuss seasons towards the end of the week.   

Class Brigheners-  We would like to say Congratulations to Bradley! He is our Star of the Week!  We also want to say Congratulations to Sophie, Zaiden, and AJ!  They all lost a tooth over the holiday! We wanted to wish Ella  a  Happy Birthday!  We hope your day was special!

I hope you have a great three day weekend!