Dec. 2 – 6

Happy Thanksgiving week! Have a wonderful time with family and friends! We are so thankful for the amazing and thoughtful families and children that we have been blessed with this year!! This is a good week to have fun, play outside, read, practice math facts, play games, work on Raz-kids and Moby Max.  🙂

We are sending home a new Scholastic Book order. It’s a quick turn around with the due date being this Wednesday. If you’d like to order a few books for holiday surprises, send me a note and I’ll hold onto your books until you are able to pick them up. 😊

Friday we will be seeing the Nutcracker at the Cobb County Civic Center as part of  Cobb County’s Performing Arts Program! We will be gone from 9 – 12 on Friday and having lunch when we return. Please send your child to school in a nice outfit (something you might wear to Church or Synagogue) since we are going to see the ballet. 🙂

What a great STEM day we had on Friday!  Each team was charged with creating a spinning arcade game and they all did a fabulous job meeting the requirements (spinning smoothly, at least 5 total positive and negative “sections”, has a theme, etc…). We put a video on Seesaw of the groups working together! Check it out!! Thank you Foundation for our AWESOME STEM teachers and all the supplies!

SPIRIT OF GIVING  – Items remain on our SPIRIT OF GIVING list to help needy families!!  Not sure what we are talking about?  The PTA is putting together a beautiful program to aid about 20+ super needy families in our sister school communities!  After Thanksgiving, the children will have the opportunity to help create caring bags by bringing in specific donations and writing cards and letters for these families.  How can you help? Look at our class’ Shutterfly site      https://cabralscoolkids.shutterfly.com/signup#signupSheetTab:tab=96 ,  you and your child pick out a few items you’d like to donate, take your child to the store to grab those items (they could even practice counting out their money to pay for the items)  and then send your child to school with those items.  🙂  I think when the children get to be a part of the entire process it makes a bigger impact than mom or dad just handing them a bag of supplies and telling them to give the bag to Mrs. Cabral and Mrs. Sigmund.  🙂  So excited for this fabulous opportunity to give back to our neighboring communities! If all the items are signed-up, you can always purchase a $5 or $10 gift card to Walmart or Kroger (and your child can help with that as well!). Thank you PTA for encouraging us to help others!!

We’ll be learning…

Math –Measurement begins! We’ll measure with inches, centimeters, feet, yard and meters this week as well as discuss the best measuring tool to use in different situations.  

Reading –We’ll continue with discussing the author’s point and finding evidence of that point in the readings. We’ll also be looking at various holiday poems to see how the author uses rhyme and pattern in the poem.

Writing – Our non-fiction unit continues!  We are editing our work and revising our paragraphs to make sure that we have good, detailed chapters for our informational book.  We are looking for a main idea/ opening sentence that hooks our reader for each chapter. We’ll then give attention to the last sentence to make sure that we are closing each chapter with a good, strong closing sentence.  Once the editing and revising stage is complete, we’ll look at NTSSWTSW (No Two Sentences Start With The Same Word) and practice rearranging our sentences so that our paragraphs are more interesting for our reader. Next, we’ll move on to making a plan for all the non-fiction text features we want to include (bold words, glossary page, table of contents, pictures with captions or labels). They are working so hard!

ELA/OG – suffixes – es, s, & ing. We will also be learning about reflexive pronouns (myself, itself, herself, himself, ourselves, & themselves)

Trick Words to memorize: been, slow, winter, summer

Unit –We’ll work on some holiday surprises! 😊

Upcoming dates

11/25 – 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holidays – Happy Thanksgiving!!

12/6 – LAST day of FACT Clubs

12/6 – Nutcracker Field trip 9 – 12

12/16 – 2nd grade Holiday Parties 12:15 – 1:00pm

12/19 & 12/20 – Early Release TWO hours early

12/21 – 1/5 – Winter Holidays!

Thank you…

*to all of our amazing families for your constant help and support!

Have a fantastic week! Thank you for sharing your beautiful children with us!!  We are thankful for each and every one of you!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Nov. 18 – 22

We began the week with our Veteran’s Day celebration, which was so much fun to honor all the veterans who came for breakfast. And then, we ended the week on another high note with our school wide PJ day and collecting over $2500 for CCYA!  Amazing!! Thank you for your help on both days!

PTA’s Honoring our Heroes Essay contest kicks off this month!  It is a student – writing contest designed for students to write about real-life heroes and role models. It is a chance for your child to recognize someone who has made a personal impact in their life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, friend or teacher. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 17, 2020.  If you think your child would be interested in this writing activity, let me know and I will send home a copy of the entry form and the directions.  😊

If you plan to leave early for the Thanksgiving break, please let us know since we’ve got a few assessments we want to complete before the break. 🙂

We’ll be learning…

Math –Learning various strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems within 100 continues this week.   We’ll work on subtracting with expanded notation and then review all our strategies before we assess towards the end of the week.

Reading – This week, we will be discussing the author’s purpose (main idea) and what points the author makes to prove that main idea. In our small groups, we’ll continue working on our fluency.

Writing – Our non-fiction unit continues!  We are editing our work, making plans to add features to our non-fiction books that other authors use, creating glossary pages, and then, when ready, starting on new books.

ELA/OG – Special patterns of -am, -all and -an will be discussed this week. Those special patterns change the sound of the vowel so that it is not a short or a long sound.  Ex: fall, ham, plan, etc.  

Trick words: few, high, family, often

Unit  – We will continue our research projects on a Ga Founder of our choice (Tomochichi, Mary Musgrove or James Oglethorpe) to discover his or her part in the founding of Georgia. We hope to present on Friday with our Who Am I project. 😊

Upcoming Dates:

11/22 – Foundation STEM DAY!

11/25 – 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holidays – Happy Thanksgiving!!

12/6 – LAST day of FACT Clubs

12/16 – 2nd grade Holiday Parties 12:15 – 1:00pm

12/19 & 12/20 – Early Release TWO hours early

12/21 – 1/5 – Winter Holidays!

Thank you…

*to Molly’s mom for being our Mystery Reader this week!

*to everyone for filling out the Nutcracker lunch form so quickly!

*for everyone’s help in remembering to wear RED on Monday and PJ’s on Friday this past week!

Have a fantastic week! Thank you for sharing your fabulous children with us!!

Nov. 11 – 15

What a GREAT Native American day we had!! The children received lots of praise and compliments for their amazing manners and their knowledge of the Creek people! The children had the opportunity to grind corn and play games with corn cobs, touch real animal skins and furs, practice weaving on looms, play with various Native American instruments, make a Native American necklace and a NA game, and so much more!!

We are so excited to be singing for our Veterans on Monday! PLEASE make sure your child gets to school BEFORE 7:30am. If your child rides the bus, they will be FINE and they will NOT be late for the performance. We wish we could invite you all to the performance, but our dining room is small and we want our special guests to be comfortable. We recorded the practice and put the videos on Seesaw (thank you Foundation!). 😊 Please make sure your child wears RED, WHITE and BLUE or their  RED class t-shirt.

PLEASE fill out this lunch choice form for our December 6th field trip to the Nutcracker. We need 5 more families to fill it out! 

Our 5th graders are working on Acts of Kindness and are including the entire school in their endeavor to raise money for children in homeless shelters. The children are encouraged to bring at least a $1 so they can wear PJ pants (or complete PJs…tops and bottoms) on Friday, Nov. 15!

If you plan to leave early for the Thanksgiving break, please let us know since we’ve got a few assessments we want to complete before the break. 🙂

We’ll be learning…

Math –Learning various strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems within 100 begins this week.   We’ll work with the strategies of the open number line, our OG blocks and expanded notation this week.

Reading –We’ll be looking at the rhyme and rhythm that an author uses in a story and discuss the reasons why an author may use them in a story.   In our small groups, we’ll also be working on our fluency, looking at the author’s purpose and then finding points the author makes so that we can prove that purpose.

Writing – Our non-fiction unit continues!  We are setting goals for our writing, editing our work, adding features to our non-fiction books that other authors use, and starting on new books.

ELA/OG – Special patterns of -old, -ost, ind, -ild, and -olt will be discussed this week. Those special patterns change the sound of the vowel.  Ex: most, child, bold, etc.  Trick words: under, little their, begin

Unit  -– Discovering Georgia’s Founders begins this week! We will learn the story of how James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi and Mary Musgrove worked together to help found Georgia.  The children will then begin working with partners on their research of their chosen founder.

Upcoming Dates:

11/11 – Veteran’s Day celebration!

11/13-  Parents’ Guide Series (Understanding and helping your child manage anxiety)

11/15 – Bring a $1 to wear your PJ’s

11/15 Full STEAM Friday 5 – 8pm

11/22 – Foundation STEM DAY!

11/25 – 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

12/6 – LAST day of FACT Clubs

Thank you…

*to Arya’s mom, Hailey’s mom and Bennett’s mom for helping us out with our Native Americans day activities!  

*to Aidan’s mom and Ella’s mom for being our Native American photographers!

*to all the parents who sent in supplies and treats for NA Day!

Have a wonderful week! Thank you for sharing your sweet children with us!!

Need a lunch response please!

Hi Parents!

Please fill out this lunch response ASAP so that we will know what your child is doing for lunch on Dec. 6 when we attend the Nutcracker Ballet. More information is on the link. PLEASE mark your calendars!

Thanks a bunch!!

LUNCH form HERE

 

Nov. 4 – 8

We are looking forward to a GREAT Native American day on Monday! Please have your child wear jeans/pants and their RED class t-shirt to wear under their NA shirt. We’ve been holding on to the shirts so they will be ready on Monday. We’ll have our large group presentation first, then move to our activities!  Next, we’ll then enjoy lunch in the room and then head outside for a fun NA activity. Finally, we will enjoy some Native American treats (beef/turkey jerky, berries, popcorn, etc…). It’s going to be a great day!

Thank you to all of those who donated to our Foundation’s Patron drive!!  You have made a HUGE difference in your child’s education!! Didn’t get the chance to send your donation in yet? No worries!! You can still contribute! 🙂

Tuesday is Election Day. It’s a student holiday and a teacher workday. Enjoy the day off! 😊

We’ll be learning…

Math – We’ll finish up with one and two step word problems and assess on Friday. Please keep practicing those math facts! We are noticing lots of careless errors on computation. The kiddos are working so hard on solving the two step problems that they have let their math facts slip just a bit. No worries! Consistent practice will take care of that in no time. 😊

Reading – We continue with our Lucy Calkins’ non–fiction unit by noticing the key words in a book and then using the non-fiction text features to help us figure out those key words. Over the next few weeks, we’ll also be looking at the author’s purpose and then finding points the author makes so that we can prove that purpose. Asking and answering questions about what we read will also continue.

Writing – Our non-fiction unit continues!  We are busy writing what we know about, and now we are learning from non-fiction writers to see what features they put in their books so that we can add those things as well!

ELA/OG – Contractions and possessives (singular and plural) are our focus.   For OG, we are finishing up magic e with “g” and “c” and then moving on to special patterns such as -old, -ost and -ild and how they change the vowel’s sound.

Unit  – We bring our units on the Creek & Cherokee  to a close as we participate in our culminating event, Native American Day!

Upcoming dates

11/2 – PTA Fun Run!

11/2 – Turn clocks back one hour – extra sleep!!

11/4 – Native American Day for 2nd grade! Wear RED class t-shirt.

11/4 –  Tijuana Joe’s Spirit Night

11/5 – Election day – No school – Teacher In-service day

11/7 – PTA Meeting and Principal’s Chat

11/8 – Breakfast with Dad

11/11 – Veteran’s Day celebration!

11/22 – Foundation STEM DAY!

11/25 – 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

Thank you…

*to Leah’s family and Hailey’s family for preparing Halloween treats for the class!

*to Quentin’s family for sending in Native American Day supplies!

*to all our families who donated to the Foundation!!

Have a wonderful week! Thank you for sharing your sweet children with us!!

No one, and I mean no one…

chooses to be at Mt. Bethel by accident. As parents, we want the very BEST for our children and that’s why we (myself included) all chose to purchase a home in the Mt. Bethel school district.  Mt. Bethel has a tradition of having a loving and caring staff AND a supportive and generous community.  The combination of these two groups makes Mt. Bethel…  “Mt. Special” and can truly not be found anywhere else. The support from our families involved in the PTA and the Foundation is unprecedented and is what makes our school so unique and so very special. Let’s continue this tradition of EXCELLENCE where every child has the opportunity to be Enriched, to be Empowered and to Excel! Let’s go ALL IN!

The Foundation’s Patron Drive ends tomorrow.  Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to help enrich your child’s education! Just check out all the amazing things the Foundation does for us! Click HERE to donate. We THANK YOU!!! 🙂

Thank you for all your support and for donating to the Foundation!!

The Turf Field…

is AWESOME!! It is so great to be able to go outside right after a rainy day and play on the turf  without dragging a bunch of mud into the school or getting our shoes and clothes all muddy!  YUCK!     YOUR generous donations helped the FOUNDATION purchase this fabulous field for us!! THANK YOU FOUNDATION and THANK YOU parents! We give it a double thumbs up! 🙂

Haven’t donated yet? There’s still time! Click HERE and thank you!!  🙂

Did I tell you about…

..how the Foundation provided the funds to send the 2nd grade teachers to OG Math training! WE LOVE using the dots drawings and the blocks so that the children can really see what each number looks like. It It makes the abstract concrete! Thank you Foundation and thank you parents! Haven’t donated yet? There’s still time!! Donate HERE

Patrick and Leah playing “WAR” with their OG dot cards.

 

 

The Voyage…

…continues tomorrow as we introduce a new way to practice perseverance (our word of the month). We’ve been practicing perseverance by not giving up when things get tough and trying to look at problems or situations in a new way.  Thank you Foundation for this fabulous character education program!  Please donate today! We need at least THREE more families!! Donate HERE

 

October 28 – Nov. 1

Happy almost Halloween!!

Just a few days until the Foundation Drive ends!! Please consider donating to this organization that provides so much to our school!

We need at least THREE more families to donate/pledge so that we can be at 80% participation. What does that mean?

Classes with 80% or higher participation:

  • Entire class to attend a frozen yogurt party AND extra recess time on the Turf
  • Classroom teacher can wear jeans any day while accompanied with provided Foundation t-shirt
  • Class is entered in a drawing to name the Mt. Bethel street sign

Cabral 23 (# of students)  16 (# of families who have donated)   69.6%   We are in 4th place for 2nd grade. PLEASE consider donating/pledging TODAY!

EVERY iPad and its maintenance has been purchased through the Foundation. We have three EXTRA, incredible instructors thanks to the Foundation. We have OG phonics training, OG Math training, Kagan training and materials from all the trainings thanks to the Foundation! We have the Seesaw APP so that you can see examples of your child’s work thanks to the Foundation! We have a fabulous TURF field thanks to the Foundation! We have more copiers and nice rugs in our rooms thanks to the Foundation! PLEASE consider donating to this supportive organization that only wants the best for YOUR child!

Since the children have had such great manners this week, they may wear their PJs on Friday, November 1st as their reward.

Native American day – It is Monday,  Nov. 4th. We’ll keep the children’s  shirts here, since we need to finish decorating them.  Please make sure your child wears a t-shirt and pants/jeans on November 4th that they can wear under their shirt.

Congratulations again to Laura, Ella, Hailey & Arya for going above and beyond and participating in the Foundation’s Stem Fair! We really enjoyed hearing each friend present their projects and having them answer our questions on their projects! Way to go!!

We enjoyed listening to Halloween stories and decorating cookies with our Book Buddies on Thursday!

What we are learning…

*Math – We are using our knowledge of addition and subtraction within 20 to do 2 step word problems within 20. Ex: Foster had 18 pieces of Halloween candy. He gave 7 pieces of candy to Reed and then Mrs. Sigmund gave Foster 5 pieces of candy. How many pieces of candy does Foster have now? 

*Reading  – Our Lucy Calkins unit continues with non-fiction and practicing the new idea of “reading to learn”.

*Writing – We are writing about what we know and then adding non-fiction text features to our writing!

*Unit – We’ll continue our study of Georgia’s first occupants by studying the Creek Native Americans. After that we will move to discussing a very special Cherokee Native American – Sequoyah!

*Word Work/OG – Magic e with “g” and “c”. Magic “e” can make the “g” and the “c” say their soft sounds as in stage, mice & huge

***Trick words to memorize: house, school, also, ready

Upcoming dates…

10/31 – Foundation Patron Drive ends

10/31 Happy Halloween!

11/2 – PTA Fun Run!

11/4 – Native American Day for 2nd grade!

11/5 – Election day – No school – Teacher In-service day

11/8 – Breakfast with Dad

11/11 Veteran’s Day celebration!

11/22 – Foundation STEM DAY!

11/25 – 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

Thank you…

*to Arya’s dad for being our Mystery Reader last week!

*to everyone who has donated to our FOUNDATION!!  The drive ends on Thursday!! Please help them meet their goal so we can continue our BLUE RIBBON EXCELLENCE at Mt. Bethel!!

*to Aidan’s mom and Faith and Hope’s mom for organizing our Halloween goodies!

It’s going to be a fun week!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us!