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May 18, 2018: Newsletter

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Hi wonderful families!
As I write this final newsletter, I am reflecting on how MUCH your children have grown this year!! They arrived as little ones and are now leaving as confident, knowledgeable students…ready for third grade!!! Thank you so much for all of the support you have shown our class this year. Below, in each area, please consider some of the ideas you can implement with your child over the summer to keep skills sharp. Having confidence when starting a new school year is a gift to your child!

READING: Your child will benefit from carrying on with NIGHTLY READING!! Not only will it help with a routine, it will keep comprehension and vocabulary skills active. Advanced readers need to be reading LOTS of non-fiction!! I can not stress this enough. I encourage you to take your child to the public library and allow your child to sign for their own library card if you have not yet. EVERY child has an account to the Cobb County Public Library System through Library Pass located in Cobb Digital Library!  West Cobb library has fabulous fiction/nonfiction resources: books, audio books (for travel), and digital resources as well. When you get your child’s report card, you will see the latest Reading Inventory which will explain how to encourage reading on your child’s Lexile level…this is important for growth. READ READ READ!!!
WRITING: We have worked all year on personal narratives, informational, and persuasive writing. Your child should be able to write many ideas with details about a topic including topic and concluding sentences. Encourage writing that is FUN! Friendly letters are a must in the classroom. Feel free to share my email address with your child and introduce them to writing email letters. I do check it in the summer! I would LOVE to hear all about your summer adventures! Journaling about summer plans and trips is also a favorite.
MATH: Please encourage your child to keep practicing Math basic facts for fluency. Being fluent in basic Math facts will increase confidence in third grade. We have studied basic facts in addition and subtraction to 20 in second grade. When they are fluent (can answer in less than 3 seconds), move on to multiplication facts. Your child should be using the strategies taught this year to transition smoothly to third grade. Encourage solving of WORD PROBLEMS…especially 2 step problems within 100. Practicing these will keep Math comprehension, place value sense, and reasoning skills sharp.
SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES/STEM: Introducing your child to real places rich in science and history is the best way to keep an active interest. Integrate these outings with a letter or journal writing upon returning. Allowing your child to simply PLAY outside and with others (board games, card games, sewing kits, building models, forts, exploring the yard and making a garden, etc.) increases problem solving skills, engineering skills, and promotes curiosity and IMAGINATION . We have discussed goods/services, consumers/producers this week…. planning and implementing a service learning project is a great way to help others and build LEADERSHIP skills.

These are just a few things to try…based on your well rounded, smart children…I know you already have done a lot more!!! I hope you all have a WONDERFUL summer. Always remember, my door is always open to you and your precious child. It has been an honor and a privilege teaching your child this year. THANK YOU for entrusting your most special gift to me.  I am SO PROUD of all my students…They have definitely REACHED for the STARS!

Linda Campisi

 

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May 4, 2018: Newsletter

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Hi everyone! We had a busy and full week of learning this week! Students did a fabulous job presenting their life cycle projects last week. We all learned about some interesting and lesser known animals! My hopes are that your child learned not only about the animal’s life cycle, but also learned about valuable planning of a project and had fun! As we start to wind down to our last few weeks of school, please be aware that this is the time of year when we are giving lots of post assessments to measure your child’s progress this quarter and year. Please make sure your child is at school each day unless they are sick. Thank you!!

We enjoyed learning more about Joseph Reidenbach as our final star student! Thanks for your patience, Joseph;) Happy birthday wishes go to Jonah Hurley!!  We will be celebrating all summer birthdays during the next two weeks. All summer birthday parents have received an orange note in your child’s agenda with the schedule. Please remember to read the important reminders below…

Monday, May 7:  BOOK BUDDY CANDY BARS DUE!

Tuesday, May 8: 2nd grade Field Day (9:00-12:00): Students need to wear their red class t-shirt and tennis shoes. Please apply sunscreen BEFORE school and send a WATER BOTTLE! It should be a pretty, HOT day! Students will eat sack lunches if they buy from the cafeteria.
Friday, May 11: ALL Learning Commons books are due for the year and must be returned!
Thursday, May 17: Book Buddy fun!
Monday, May 21: 2nd grade End of Year Ice Cream Social (1-1:30) at the back school yard picnic tables: ALL are welcome!
Tuesday, May 22: 2nd Grade Year Book Signing

Tuesday, May 22, Wednesday, May 23: Early Release Days (12:30)

Wednesday, May 23:  Last Day of School (No book bags, water bottles, or lunch boxes)

This week we learned
READING: Our focus last week  and this week included a review of Main Idea. We have been reviewing supporting details located throughout text.  Next week we will be focusing on comparing and contrasting two stories of the same topic: fiction and non-fiction. Students have been working very hard and consistently to locate text evidence that supports comprehension and context clues. Reading assessments will be given for the next two weeks to determine comprehension and reading levels.

PHONICS/SPELLING: The past few spelling units have focused on word endings: -y and -ly.  This week we reviewed the prefix -un.  This week was our final phonics unit that will be tested using a weekly spelling test.  Assessments to measure accuracy of high frequency words and previous spelling patterns will be given in class for the next two weeks.

WRITING: Last week students revisited personal narrative writing. They chose a topic from their “heart” and wrote about it. This week students have been given a topic to share their opinion about:  Should we have homework the last 2 weeks of school?  Why or Why not?  Final drafts will be assessed for independent writing, spelling, and grammar skills.

MATH: For the past few weeks we have been diving into GEOMETRY! Students have identified shapes (2D and 3D) and their attributes: angles, sides, faces, vertices, etc. This week we focused on partitioning shapes into equal parts/shares: halves, thirds, and fourths. The children LOVED “eating” their math as we partitioned a Hershey bar! Students have been assessed on these concepts last week and this week. For the next 2 weeks we are reviewing solving 1 and 2 step word problems using money.

S.T.E.M.: Students enjoyed the PBL (Problem Based Learning) we did this week about saving the Monarch population. If you’d like to learn more see our Broadcast! We tied this into our science standards about insect life cycles. Thank you for your support as students bring their desire to let our community know what they can do to help this decreasing population! We have uploaded all of our class projects into Seesaw.  Check out your child’s awesome effort:).  PLEASE design and plant a garden together if you can. This would be a great way to kick off the summer and bridge a school/home/community connection.
We also enjoyed observing the start of a chick’s life cycle…meeting the new baby chicks that were hatched this week. Students learned about the bird’s life cycle in a hands-on way!
Have a great weekend!

Sunspot and Oreo
(students named:)

 

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April 13, 2018: Newsletter

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Congratulations to our star student of the past, Sloan Bruce and  our current Star Student, Carson Seagraves!  Happy Birthday wishes go to Sloan Bruce, Dallas Curry, Parker Perkins, and Caroline Perkins!

A look ahead…
April 21: Community Service Day at Ford…Come help clean out gardens and spruce up our school grounds!

April 25:  Life Cycle Projects due!
May 1: Evening in the Garden: time: 6-8 pm (7pm: 2nd graders perform) Wear red class t-shirts!
May 8: Field Day (K-2)
May 14: Swinging for STEM Golf Tournament
May 21: 2nd Grade Ice Cream Social: ALL are welcome! 1:00-1:30
May 22, 23: Early Release
May 23: Last Day of School

What have we been learning?
READING:  Last week and this week we have been learning how to identify different types of context clues within texts to understand the meaning of words.  Some include:  definitions, examples, antonyms, and synonyms.  Next week we will continue to use context clues as we learn to infer to aid in comprehension.  Students have also been working on our Café strategies of expanding vocabulary with our study of context clues and word of the day exercises!
PHONICS/SPELLING: Our spelling pattern this week included words ending in er or est:  comparatives and superlatives.  Students learned the difference and the rules that apply to spelling these words.  Next week we study words with -y endings.  Thank you for encouraging the correct use of our spelling patterns and high frequency words throughout everyday writing as well as starting all sentences and proper nouns with capital letters!

WRITING: Students integrated Social Studies with a review of informational writing as they researched and wrote about the life and contributions of our 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter.  Stories have been assessed and are coming home this week.  Enjoy reading what our awesome authors wrote!
MATH: This week our focus was on reviewing our second grade 3 digit addition and subtraction strategies.  Next week we will learn all about arrays and the process of using repeated addition to understand multiplication!
SCIENCE:  We have been enjoying our study of life cycles:  plants, birds, mammals, amphibians, and insects.  Students learned about the parts of plants and purposes of the parts last week.  We explored a plant’s life cycle.  We continue experiments with our potato plants and lima beans.  This week our class was so excited to receive fertilized chicken eggs!  We are incubating the eggs and are enjoying learning about a  chicken’s life cycle. In about 20 days we will watch the hatching of our baby chicks!!  We have also compared and contrasted a bird’s life cycle to a mammal’s (specifically our dwarf hamster).  Next week we explore insects and the life cycle of a butterfly as we focus on our yearlong PBL of the Monarch butterflies!

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March 23, 2018: Newsletter

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Welcome Spring!!  Last week we started our 4th nine weeks together with this awesome class!  Thank you to parents who promptly returned your child’s signed report card envelopes.  If you have not had the chance to send in a self addressed letter sized stamped envelope, please do so as soon as possible.  This will be used to mail your child’s 4th quarter report and other important information to you this summer!  

Congratulations to our star students of the past:  Brian Luczynski and Addison Largen!  We loved learning more about you!  We are excited to celebrate Sloan Bruce next week!  Happy Birthday wishes go to Lauren Welborn!

A look ahead…

April 21:  Community Service Day at Ford…Come help clean out gardens and spruce up our school grounds

May 1:  Evening in the Garden:  time: tbd

May 8:  Field Day (K-2)

May 14: Swinging for STEM Golf Tournament

May 21:  2nd Grade Ice Cream Social:  ALL are welcome!  1:00-1:30

May 22, 23:  Early Release

May 23:  Last Day of School

 

What have we been learning?

READING: Non-fiction, Non-fiction, Non-fiction!!!! We are knee deep in applying non-fiction comprehension skills and fluency. Social Studies and Reading have been integrated as we have been reading the biography of and researching Jimmy Carter. Students are encouraged to read non-fiction books and materials on their level to further comprehension  and vocabulary skills. Upcoming topics of interest may include plant, animal, insect, and amphibian life cycles! Students are being taught and assessed in small groups according to level: finding text evidence to support non-fiction comprehension and new vocabulary. This will be ongoing through the end of the quarter.
PHONICS/SPELLING: Our spelling pattern last week included a review of collective nouns.  This week we learned about past and present tense verbs spelled with -ed and -ing endings.  Next week we study words with -er and -or endings.  Students will have lists to study over the spring break. Thank you for encouraging the correct use of our spelling patterns and high frequency words throughout everyday writing as well as starting all sentences and proper nouns with capital letters!
GRAMMAR:  This week we revisited what verbs are and learned how to use past tense verbs in our speaking, reading, and writing.  Our focus was on past tense verbs, especially irregular past tense verbs that do not simply end in -ed.
MATH: Students have been practicing money counting by earning weekly wages for doing our class jobs.  We are now counting past $1.00.  Last week students were assessed on how well they solved word problems involving money…using the money symbols correctly.  This week we kicked off a review of place value to 1,000!  We focused on writing numbers three ways and skip counting.  Next week our focus will be on the value of digits as well as comparing numbers to 1,000 using the symbols: <, >, and =.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We are enjoying learning about Jimmy Carter, his origins in Georgia, and his contributions to civil and human rights.
STEM: Students loved listening to Mr. Dennis Krusac today!  Mr. Krusac has worked with the US Forestry Service for over 38 years and comes to Ford each year to educate our students about pollinators, plants, and the importance of preservation and planting new habitats in our environment.  Next week we look forward to kicking off our study of life cycles starting with plants!
Yearlong STEM: Join us as we continue tracking the monarch butterflies on their journey north! Students are observing via the Journey North website. Next month we will have a cuminating STEM/Problem Based lesson answering the questions, “Why are the Monarchs decreasing in number, and what can we do about it?”

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March 2, 2018: Newsletter

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WELCOME MARCH! Happy birthday wishes go to Madison Krol!  We look forward to learning more about Ava Russell, our Star Student for next week!

Upcoming Reminders:

March 14:  End of third nine week period; Early Release: 12:30 pm

March 21:  Report cards go home (Keep report.  Sign envelope and return.)

April 2-6: Spring Break:  No school

This week students saw an excellent performing arts show about Rosalyn Carter and her Monarch butterfly trails. This was a great reintroduction to these great creatures.  We also talked about how our Monarch pollinator gardens here at Ford are official/certified weigh stations on the Rosalyn Carter Butterfly Trail that extends through the nation!  Next week we will observe where the Monarchs are now in their journey north from Mexico.  Follow the link in the bookmarks section of this blog to observe at home with us!

What have we been learning?
READING: Last week we continued our study of different characters’ points of view.  This week we dove into FAIRY TALES!  We are reading different versions of fairy tales: traditional and ones with new twists.  The students are enjoying comparing and contrasting the characters, settings, and plots in each.  Next week we will continue this study and students will be assessed at the end of the week.
PHONICS/SPELLING: We have reviewed the spelling patterns found in compound words. Next week we will have a REVIEW of contractions.  Students are expected to apply these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.
GRAMMAR: Students learned what adverbs were last week and how we use them in complete sentences to modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. This week we learned about adjectives and the nouns they modify.  Next week we will learn how to choose between adjectives and adverbs in reading and writing.
WRITING: This week students continued opinion writing as they responded to the book Cat Vs. Dog…Would you rather live with cat or dog from the story? Organizers were set up that will aid in writing rough drafts next week.
MATH: Last week we jumped right into a review of 2 step word problems within 100 using the addition and subtraction strategies. This is a review from quarters 1 and 2.  This week students integrated our STEM study of measuring time with math as we learned to tell time on an analog and digital clock to the hour, half hour, quarter hour, and to the 5 minute intervals.  Next week we will continue counting money as students review pennies, nickels, and dimes.  We will extend to quarters, half dollars, and dollars.

SCIENCE/S.T.E.M.: This month we are connecting the Earth, sun, and stars! Students loved participating in our 4th STEM lesson this week integrating what we know about the sun and shadows. They followed the engineer design process as we asked the essential question, “How can we measure time using the sun?”. Students brainstormed ideas to create devices that would measure the sun. In cooperative pairs, students collaborated to come up with a final plan to build a sundial. Friday, students created their sundials.  These plans and projects are published in your child’s Seesaw account. Check them out!  Next week, we will begin testing and recording shadow measurements…keep your fingers crossed for a few sunny days!

Enjoy a beautiful weekend!

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February 15, 2018: Newsletter

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It has been a fantastic week in second grade!  Thanks so much for all the sweet Valentines you prepared for our class!  Congratulations to our past and present Star Students:  Parker Perkins and Nash Jarl.  We enjoyed learning more about these great students.  Happy birthday wishes go to Carson Seagraves and Joseph Reidenbach!

Thanks so much to our fabulous Earth parents who taught us about the changing seasons last week!  Students observed different plants and recorded their winter observations.

What have we been learning?

READING:  Last week and this week we focused on the point of view of various characters in a story.  We compared and contrasted the wolf and the pigs in the True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  Students focused on each character’s point of view and then used the evidence from the story to write an opinion paper about the point of view they most believed.  We continue to discover points of view in guided reading groups as well.
PHONICS/SPELLING: We have learned the spelling patterns of  -le, -al, and -el at the end of words. Next week we explore compound words.  Students are expected to apply these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.
GRAMMAR: Students learned what adverbs are this week and how we use them in complete sentences to modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Next week we will learn about adjectives and how we choose between adjectives and adverbs when reading and writing.
WRITING:  This week students used what they knew about opinion story organization to organize and write an opinion story as a literature response.  Next week students will continue opinion writing as they respond to the book Cat Vs. Dog…Would you rather live with cat or dog from the story?
MATH: Last week we learned how to use place value strategies to subtract 2 numbers within 1000. This week we are jumping right in to a review of 2 step word problems within 100 using the same strategies.  This is a review from quarters 1 and 2.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Last week we wrapped up our study of Juliet Gordon Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scouts.  Our next famous Georgian to learn about in quarter 4 will be Jimmy Carter!
STEM/SCIENCE: Last week we studied the attributes of our closest star, the sun.  Students had a great time creating an interactive sun in the hall with all its parts and facts.  This week we are learning about other stars and their attributes as well as constellations.  We will compare and contrast our sun to other stars as a final assessment.

This week we had an amazing STEM focus day! Students were able to Skype with astronaut, Don Thomas. Mr. Thomas shared his personal photos and experiences of his Columbia space shuttle missions! To learn more about Mr. Thomas, visit his website at http://ohioastronaut.com/. This was a fascinating way to encourage our future astronauts and connect  what we have learned about the Earth, sun, and stars!

Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in the nightly homework of observing and recording our moon phases. Check out the website stardate.org for some fun facts and a current moon calendar (only for those cloudy nights!!).
Have a great weekend!!

 

 

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Newsletter: February 2, 2018

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We had a great 2 weeks together…back in school and working hard!  Congratulations to our star students last week and this week:  Darcy Austin and Sofia Xavier.  We loved learning more about and celebrating these great students!  Thanks so much for all the prompt support for our Great American Mail Race project.  The students have completed their letters, and we have sent our envelopes…hopefully we will get responses and some new pen pals around our nation and beyond!

Please welcome Sir Digs-A-Lot, our new class dwarf hamster!  We appreciate the Welborn family who is letting us use their hamster condo!  Several of our students did some fabulous research on the living habits of these cute and interesting little mammals…way to go!

Calendar:
February 7: Performing Arts Field Trip to the Cobb Energy Center: Ballet (No chaperones needed) WEAR RED CLASS T-SHIRTS!

February 9: Jump Rope For Heart, School Dance 6:30-8

February 14:  Valentine Holder CREATIONS due!  Please see the class list on the pages section of our blog for names!

February 19-23: Winter Break: No school

What have we been learning?

READING: Last week and this week we have been reviewing key details in nonfiction text by reading about Georgians, Jackie Robinson and Juliette Gordon Low.  We have also kicked off a fun unit of reading and comprehending folktales and fables!  We explored folktales from Japan and Africa and are learning about the central message or morals in Aesop’s fables.  Next week we will start to have fun with fairy tales as we discover character point of view.

PHONICS/SPELLING: We have learned the spelling patterns of  -aw, -au, -a, and -o. Next week we explore the patterns that spell soft c and soft g. Students are expected to apply these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.

GRAMMAR:  Students learned what verbs are this week and how we use them in complete sentences.  Next week we will learn about closely related verbs and how we use them in our reading and writing!

WRITING: Students completed friendly letter writing this week and were assessed on their usage of commas and revising writing with guidance.

MATH: Last week we learned how to use place value strategies to add up to 4 2-digit numbers.  This week we are using the same strategies to add numbers to 1,000.  Next week we will review subtraction place value strategies as we subtract numbers within 1,000.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We have learned who Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson were and their contributions to civil rights as well as how they were influenced by their environment.  This week we also learned about the character traits and contributions of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of America.  We are proud to call these great people Georgia natives!

STEM/SCIENCE:  Next week we look forward to learning all about our sun and its attributes!  Students have already been taught about the Earth’s relationship with the sun when we had our amazing solar eclipse earlier in the year and in STEM class.  We will revisit this and more as we explore the sun and stars!  Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in the nightly homework of observing and recording our moon phases.  Check out the website stardate.org for some fun facts and a current moon calendar (only for those cloudy nights!!).

Have a great weekend!!

 

 

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January 10, 2018: Newsletter

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Welcome 2018!  Happy new year!  Although our schedule has been varied, this class has not missed a beat!  Thanks so much for reviewing your child’s quarter 2 report card and promptly sending back the signed envelopes.  Congratulations go to our past and current star students, Summer Leclair and Joshua Lawson!  We loved learning more about you.  Please check out our January/February reminders below:

January 11:  Publix Math Night: 6:30-8pm:  Come and join us for some hands-on, real life math problem solving at our Brookstone Publix!

January 25:  100th Day of School

February 7:  Performing Arts Field Trip to the Cobb Energy Center: Ballet (No chaperones needed)

February 9:  Jump Rope For Heart, School Dance 6:30-8

February 19-23:  Winter Break:  No school

READING: In quarter 3 we dive even deeper into nonfiction text!  We are continuing to review key details in passages.  Readers are also understanding the main idea and details that support the main idea.  We are integrating our Social Studies and our Reading as we read biographies and other nonfiction resources about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..  Next week we will focus on the life and contributions of Jackie Robinson.
PHONICS/SPELLING: We have learned the spelling patterns of -oo, -ew, -ou, and -ue. Next week we explore the patterns that spell short /oo/ as in “book”. Students are expected to apply these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.
GRAMMAR:  As we learn the parts of a friendly letter, we are focusing this week on where commas go in the greeting and closing of letters.  Next week we learn about simple and compound sentences and how we can use these in our reading and writing.
WRITING:  Students are enjoying learning how to write correct friendly letters.  We are learning the parts of  a friendly letter and extending to other types of letters!  We are learning the difference between a fact and an opinion that author’s write.  This will lead into our study of opinion stories coming up soon.
MATH: Before the break, students had a great time working in collaborative groups to make inch and centimeter snowmen together!  Check out our measurement winter wonderland in the hallways at Ford.  This week we have reviewed place value concepts of numbers to 1,000.  Students are learning how to compare numbers to 1,000 using correct symbols: <, >, and =.  Next week we learn how to add up to 4 2-digit numbers using place value strategies.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We have learned who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and his contributions to civil rights as well as how he was affected by his environment.  Students learned why we celebrate his birthday as well as his character traits.   Next week we will learn about Jackie Robinson and his contributions.   We are really enjoying learning about Georgia’s important people! Using a great app called Padlet, students responded to the question…”What is your dream for our world?”  Check out their answers below!

Have a great holiday weekend!

 

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Open House 2nd Grade Power Point

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Campisi Second Grade Open House Presentation 17-18-1u61hj6

 

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