Friday Letter

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a great week this week. In Daily 5 we’ve continued to work on finding the main idea in non-fiction texts. We reviewed capitalization and punctuation and where commas should be placed in a letter. We also took the reading Touchstone this week.

The math Touchstone happened on Tuesday this week. We spent the rest of our math time working on counting money and solving story problems. There are a few of the kids who still don’t recognize the coins or remember their values consistently. This is an easy skill to practice at home. Empty your pocket or your wallet and have your child sort and count the coins. You might offer a reward when they are correct or let your child have the coins for a piggy bank. Saving for some small item that they might want to buy gives them ownership of their money knowledge when they can count to make sure they have saved enough. You will quickly recognize if your child needs additional practice with this skill.

There were a few extra activities that happened this week. We celebrated Max’s birthday on Monday. Happy Birthday, Max! Wednesday we participated in a statewide fire drill. Thursday was a busy Early Release day. We also got to go to the book fair to do a preview. There are lots of good books down there this time. I hope you get a chance to visit this week. I am encouraging the kids to choose things other than just graphic novels. That seems to be all many of them want to read right now.

It looks like a beautiful fall weekend! I hope you get the chance to get out and enjoy it.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Houghlin

Friday Letter

Dear Parents,

It sounds like everyone enjoyed their fall break. Now we are back to the business of learning as we wrap up our last week of the first quarter. In Daily 5 this week we have been reading non-fiction texts and working to determine the main idea. We have sorted words with long and short vowels and looked at vowel teams that spell long vowel sounds. We continued to review and work on capitalizing proper nouns. We also revisited irregular plural nouns.

We learned some strategies for adding and subtracting two digit numbers this week. We practiced using an open number line to count on by tens and ones, we used place value to add the tens and then the ones before combining them. We also rewrote numbers in expanded form to help us with adding tens and ones. Some of the kids have already been taught the traditional algorithm way of adding and subtracting but we will continue to work on the Common Core strategies taught in second grade as well. We started counting money and solving word problems involving money and practiced writing amounts of money correctly using the dollar and cent sign.

In science we have been learning about matter. We did some fun experiments to see if we could change matter. On Wednesday we did a STEM activity where we had to use only the ingredients provided to make environmentally friendly glue. The kids really enjoyed experimenting to see if they could come up with a gluey concoction to hold beans on an index card.

We had a few extra activities this week. Monday was our Super Specials day. On Wednesday we had guidance with Mr. Wilson. At the end of the day we had some candid photos taken for the yearbook. Yesterday we had our first Adventures in Reading. Thanks so much to Mrs. Parker for coming in to share some fun fall books with us and then helping us make a craft for one of our fall holidays. We also celebrated some birthdays this week. Monday was Hannah’s birthday and Tuesday was Matty’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Girls!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Houghlin

Friday Letter

Dear Parents,

We’ve had quite a busy week. We reviewed several of our reading standards from the quarter during Daily 5 this week. We also reviewed capitalization of proper nouns and the rules for making nouns plural. In math we have been working to solve simple word problems by writing an equation that matches the story, and then using some sort of strategy to solve. In social studies we talked about rules and laws and why they are important as well as what might happen if you break them. We started our matter unit in science this week. We learned about the three states of matter and how we can describe them using properties. When we return after fall break we will be doing some experiments with matter and also a STEM activity.

We had a few extra activities this week. Tuesday we had Super Specials and got to go to PE and Music. We also had several special treats this week. Thanks so much to Kennedy’s mom for the apple cider doughnuts she sent in after a visit to one of the North Georgia apple orchards. Today, in celebration of the first day of fall tomorrow, Mihai’s mom sent in a special applesauce treat. Thanks so much to both of you. We also celebrated a birthday this week. Richard celebrated his birthday on Monday with doughnut holes. Happy Birthday, Richard!

It’s hard to believe we are almost to the end of the quarter. I hope you all have a wonderful fall break and I look forward to seeing the kids all back in October.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Houghlin

 

Box Tops 4 Education

 

Timber Ridge Families, it’s time to start collecting Box Tops 4 Education to help earn money for our school! We will soon send home additional information and a collection sheet in Thursday folders to help get you started.

  • Check expiration dates. We cannot accept any expired box tops.
  • You do NOT need to trim the box tops. We must be able to see the expiration date.
  • Don’t want to use the collection sheet – no problem! Gather box tops in an envelope, a sandwich bag, whatever works for you…just get them in! Please try and bundle in packs of 10 or 25.
  • Where? Either send in box tops with your children or you can drop them off in the box in the front office.
  • Download the new Box Tops Bonus App, choose product offers and then scan your receipts.
  • Due date: Please have box tops turned in by Friday, October 20th.

Look on items such as Yoplait® Go-Gurt®, General Mills cereals, boxes of Lara bars™, Nature Valley™ granola bars, certain Annie’s™ snacks, Finish® detergent, Bounce® dryer sheets…and so much more! Ask friends neighbors and relatives to collect, too. Every top helps! Checkout the Box Tops for Education website for a complete list of products, coupons and special offers at www.boxtops4education.com. Contact Sarah Britt at [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for supporting our school! ****We are no longer participating in the Labels for Education program. No need to send these in.***

Friday Letter

Dear Parents,

Since we only had 3 days of school following the inclement weather days, we did not write in our Take Home Journals this week. I did want to provide you with a few reminders though.

  • Logging into Dreambox will only work if you click on the link on the Website Links page in my blog. You can not access the Timber Ridge Dreambox page just by typing Dreambox.com into a browser. We went to the computer lab today to make sure everyone can log in and everyone was able to access and use the site.
  • I am working to add students to a class for the Typing Club site on my blog. I will let students know when that task is complete and they can begin practicing their typing.
  • We will keep the same spelling  words through next Friday the 22nd and have our spelling test then.
  • Tonight is the fall carnival from 5:30 – 7:30. I hope to see all of you there.
  • Please help your child remember to bring a snack that they like to school each day.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Houghlin

Friday Letter

Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. We got a lot done for a four day week. In Daily 5 we have continued to work on going back into a passage to find the answers to questions. We also practiced identifying what happens at the beginning, middle, and end of a story. We reviewed nouns, talked about common and proper nouns, and learned what a collective noun is. Our phonics focus this week was on vowel teams that make the long /a/ sound. We have started doing some editing on our narrative writing pieces. We’ve also looked at some samples of second grade narratives to see how our writing compares.

In math this week we have been reviewing mental strategies for addition and subtraction to help us with our math fact fluency. We did a baseline timed test to see how well we already know our facts and I was pleasantly surprised. We had several friends who scored 100%.

We met our first American Hero in social studies this week. Sequoyah was a Cherokee and invented a syllabary alphabet so that the Cherokee would have a written language. We will continue to learn more about his life next week.

Because it was a short week and testing has been going on for first, third, and fifth grades, we had no extra activities this week other than a visit to the learning commons to check out books.

Enjoy the beautiful weather that is currently forecast for this weekend!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Houghlin

Friday Letter

Dear Parents,

This week in second grade we were very busy in Daily 5. We introduced the last component of Daily 5 which is Read to Someone. The children are having fun reading with a buddy. We practiced going back into a passage to find the answers to questions about that passage. We reviewed what a noun is and practiced sorting words by person, place, or thing. Our phonics lessons were about words with open syllables. We also began working to correct sentences with errors to learn and practice a variety of grammar skills.

In math we are about to put place value to the side for a while and begin working on mental strategies for addition. This week we worked on trading hundreds for tens and built numbers with base ten blocks in various ways. For example, 315 is typically built with 3 hundreds, 1 ten, and 5 ones. After building it the typical was we had to build it using just tens and ones so that we had 31 tens and 5 ones. It is a challenging concept that we will be working on throughout the year.

We continued to learn about the Creek and Cherokee this week in social studies. We worked with several resources to create a graphic organizer of information about these first inhabitants of Georgia.

We had a few extra activities this week. Wednesday we had a counseling lesson with Mr. Wilson. That was also our early release day which made our schedule very different. Today we went back to the Learning Commons to check out new books. We also enjoyed seeing all the team spirit wear today as we gear up for the start of football season.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Houghlin