Scaturro’s Scoop for 1-12-18

Go Falcons!

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a fantastic extra day off at the beginning of the week. We sure did as we relaxed and enjoyed not doing much of anything. We have another long weekend with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday. Students return to school on Tuesday.

Attention All Scientists!

The 2018 Frey Science Fair is scheduled for January 19th at 5:45 pm. Go to https://www.freyspark.org/sciencefair to download the 2018 Exhibitor Handbook. Flyers with more information went home this week in your child’s binder.Image result for mittens clipartA BIG thank you to Shannon Shareef for being an awesome Production Parent this week. Image result for mittens clipart

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  Over the course of the nine weeks, we will explore fairy tales, fables, and even some tall tales. This week we worked on making our reading more fluent in the following ways: rereading aloud and in our heads; scooping words into longer phrases; talking like the charaters; and reading with a ‘just right’ pace.

Writing:  In writing this nine weeks, we are working on stating an opinion with supporting details. Second grade kiddos…they have opinions, RIGHT? The students learned about OREO to help them stretch their ideas when writing an opinion piece. O-state your opinion, R-state your reason, E-examples/evidence/details that support how you feel, O-restate your opinion. Students will need to list 3 reasons for their opinions. Of course…they are encouraged to go above and beyond and list more than 3 reasons! 🙂

Take a look at our “judges.” The students judged their collections of objects and then began an opinion piece about which item was their favorite…

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Grammar:  Adjectives; using Commas with dates, adjectives, and lists.

Phonics:  au, aw  

Math:  Fluently adding & subtracting within 20 using mental math strategies (doubles, doubles + 1, making a ten, counting on, 

At Home:  Practice counting by 5’s, 10’s, 100’s to 1,000. 

Social Studies:  We began our unit on Martin Luther King, Jr. We discussed the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and why he was so important in America’s history.Image result for mittens clipart

Important Dates

January 15:  No school for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 19:  Science Fair Entries Due

January 23:  2nd Grade PTSA Performance – arrive at 5:45 pm/6:00 pm program starts

January 26Crazy Sock Day for for RFL $1 

January 30:  Zaxby’s Night

February 1:  Fernbank Field Trip Permission Slips go Home

February 8:  Atlanta Ballet Field Trip ~ Students Only…Dress in your Sunday Best

February 16:  Fernbank Permission Slips Due

February 19-23:  Winter Break ~ No School!

March 27:  Fernbank Field Trip ~ Parents Welcome

Have a Wonderful Weekend! 

Scaturro’s Scoop for the New Year

Dear Families,

Happy 2018! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed the break with my children and I hope you did too. We enjoyed just getting up late and spending time together. I hope your holiday was as great as ours…I am looking forward to hearing all about your vacations and staycations. 

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A BIG thank you to our amazing Room Moms for organizing and planning the holiday party…we appreciate all you do for our class!! I would also like to thank everyone for the cards, gifts and treats I received. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with your wonderful children every day. Take a peek at our pictures…

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We have a new student in our classroom. Welcome Ethan! We are so excited he will be a part of our class family!!Image result for snow clipart

Your child’s second report card will go home on Friday. Please sign the signature card inside and return it along with the envelope as soon as possible. We ask that you do not seal the envelope, as we will use them again next quarter. Please remember, the criteria for the standards increases each nine weeks. If your child has a 3 now, they need to continue to work hard to maintain a 3 next time. If your child has a 2 now, they might need extra help and practice to earn a 3 next time. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way.Image result for snow clipart

January BOOK IT! forms and behavior calendars will go home on Thursday. Homework will resume on Monday, January 8.

Image result for snow clipartMark your calendars for Tuesday, January 23. Second grade will be performing their PTSA singing program. The program will begin at 6:00 pm. in the cafeteria. Image result for snow clipart

Please send in the following supplies for the New Year: 

*1 box of 24 crayons   *2 glue sticks   * I box of Gallon size Ziploc bags 

Thank you in advance for your help with this!  

Happy New Year!

See you on Thursday!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 12-15-17

Next week is a 3 day week! We will read lots of great holiday picture books and do some holiday themed science experiments. We will also complete math word problems and finish up our math centers.

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Just a reminder…Tuesday & Wednesday are early release days. School will release 2 hours early at 12:15. 

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Our class holiday party is this Monday, December 20th from 1:10-2:00. Our room moms have planned some holiday fun for our kiddos. I hope everyone can join us! 

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Frey will welcome the winter season on Wednesday, December 20th by having a Silent Night Welcome Winter Pajama DayYour child can wear PJs and bring slippers to wear in the classroom. Please be sure to wear tennis shoes to school for recess and lunch. Your child may also wear hat for a donation of $1 for our RFL charity. 

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December reading logs are due next week. 

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Mark your calendars...our second grade singing performance is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd at 6pm.   

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Variant short vowel /oo/ pattern words; Suffixes (-ed, -ing, -y, -s/-es, -less, -er)

Reading:  Using timelines to make connections with historical events; comprehending and following written directions.

DRA Reading Assessments were conducted on students who were not on a level K (DRA 20) last nine weeks. Students must be on a level K (DRA 20) to receive a “3” on the 2nd quarter report card.

Writing:  Research and informational writing

Math:  Measurement word problems within 100 using place value strategies; review of 2 step word problems.

At Home:  Practice skip counting within 1,000. Please encourage your child to practice this concept at home starting at odd numbers such as counting by 5s:  121, 126, 131, 136…this will help when using strategies to add and subtract within 100! 

Science:  We wrapped up our forces & motion unit. Next week we will conduct some fun force and motion holiday themed science experiments. 

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Important Dates

Monday, December 18:  Class Holiday Party 1:10-2:00. Everyone is Welcome!

Tuesday, December 19:  Early Release Day. Students are released 2 hours early at 12:15.

Wednesday, December 20:  Early Release Day. Students are released 2 hours early at 12:15; Silent Night Pajama Day; RFL Hat Day for $1

December 21-January 3 Holiday Break

Tuesday, January 23rd:  2nd Grade Performance 6pm  

Have a Wonderful Week & Holiday Break!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 12-8-17

Brrr…I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and stayed warm. The kiddos were sooo excited about the snow on Friday. I hope everyone got a chance to play in the snow. We are getting into the holiday spirit at my house. The countdown is on! 

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Target Students:  Due to Target testing, Target students will not meet again until Friday, December 15. They will meet for half a day on the 15th.

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Frey will welcome the winter season on Wednesday, December 20th by having a Silent Night Welcome Winter Pajama Day. Your child can wear PJs and bring slippers to wear in the classroom. Please be sure to wear tennis shoes to school for recess and specials. Be on the lookout for a letter coming home with more information about this. 

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Variant long vowel /oo/

Reading:  Using text evidence to comprehend text features (table of contents, glossary, index, captions, headings, subheadings, etc.).

Next week we will shift our focus to comprehending and following written directions. We will also use timelines to make connections with historical events.

DRA Reading Assessments will also be conducted on students who were not on a level K (DRA 20) last nine weeks. Students must be on a level K (DRA 20) to receive a “3” on the 2nd quarter report card.

Writing:  Research and informational writing

Grammar:  Reflexive pronouns; adverbs

Math:  Measurement word problems within 100; using different tools to measure given objects. Students will need to be able to identify the most appropriate tool to use to measure given objects, as well as measure objects with these tools.

*Please make sure your child is practicing their math facts to 20 at home. It is crucial that they learn the basic facts to 20. It will make math so much easier for them!

Science:  Forces & motion unit 

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Important Dates

Friday, December 15:  Stem Lab…Wear your Frey or House Shirts!

Monday, December 18:  Class Holiday Party 1:10-2:00. Everyone is Welcome!

Tuesday, December 19:  Early Release Day. Students are released 2 hours early at 12:15.

Wednesday, December 20:  Early Release Day. Students are released 2 hours early at 12:15; Silent Night Pajama Day; RFL Hat Day for $1

December 21-January 3:  Holiday Break

Tuesday, January 23rd:  2nd Grade Performance 6pm  

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 12-2-17

Dear Families, 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the break and I hope you did too. These next couple of weeks will be full of fun learning activities. I will also be finishing up assessments for the 2nd nine weeks report card. Make sure you have practiced the skills we talked about during conferences and those conveyed to you on the progress report and via the blog. We have a lot to cover before the end of the nine weeks!

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December BOOK IT! form and December calendar went home on Friday. Please make sure your child is reading every night. The BOOK IT! program is a great way to get your reading in while earning a pizza coupon!

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Please make sure that your child returns work that was not completed in class the following day. These assignments will usually have a green note attached to them. Thank you for your help with this.

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Congratulations to Madison Magnus for being the Reveur Student of the Month!

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Please return your child’s signed Progress Report at your earliest convenience.

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Target Students:  Due to Target testing, Target students will not meet again until Friday, December 15. They will meet for half a day on the 15th.

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Frey will welcome the winter season on Wednesday, December 20th by having a Silent Night Welcome Winter Pajama Day. Your child can wear PJs and bring slippers to wear in the classroom. Please be sure to wear tennis shoes to school for recess and specials. Be on the lookout for a letter coming home with more information about this. 

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Diphthong ou, ow

Reading:  We are looking at how nonfiction texts are set up to help us learn. We are focusing on noticing details and thinking about how to put together knowledge about a topic and asking and answering questions about topics as we read. We are also working on looking for keywords and using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word.

Writing:  Research and informational writing

Grammar:  Possessive nouns

Math:  Measurement word problems within 100; using different tools to measure given objects. Students will need to be able to identify the most appropriate tool to use to measure given objects, as well as measure objects with these tools.

Social Studies:  Tomochichi, Mary Musgrove, and James Ogelthorpe.  Up Next:  Forces & motion unit in science.

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Important Dates

Friday, December 8:  Stem Lab…Wear your Frey or House Shirts!

Friday, December 15:  Stem Lab…Wear your Frey or House Shirts!

Monday, December 18:  Class Holiday Party 1:10-2:00. Everyone is Welcome!

Tuesday, December 19:  Early Release Day. Students are released 2 hours early at 12:15.

Wednesday, December 20:  Early Release Day. Students are released 2 hours early at 12:15; Silent Night Pajama Day; RFL Hat Day for $1

December 21-January 3:  Holiday Break

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-17-17

Dear Families,

It was great to see everyone for our Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday. We have an amazing group of students and parents and I feel blessed everyday to be able to work with your kiddos! Over the break, I hope that you all enjoy a week full of family, friends, fun, and lots of food!! Thank you for all you do to support us here at school.

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Congratulations to Stacy Maina for being the Altruismo Student of the Month!

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Please return your child’s signed Progress Report at your earliest convenience.

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Diphthong oi, oy

Reading:  We are looking at how nonfiction texts are set up to help us learn. We are focusing on noticing details and thinking about how to put together knowledge about a topic and asking and answering questions about topics as we read. We are also working on looking for keywords and using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word.

Writing:  Research and informational writing

Grammar:  Identifying and using contractions; possessive nouns

Math:  Double digit subtraction strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form); solving word problems within 100 using the addition and subtraction strategies we have learned; 2 step word problems with single digit numbers.

Check out this great math website for fun over the break…

https://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html

Social Studies:  We learned about how Tomochichi, Mary Musgrove, and James Ogelthorpe all played a major role in the founding of Georgia. 

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Important Dates

Thanksgiving Break:  November 20th-24th

Have a Wonderful Break!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-12-17

I hope all the of the amazing veterans out there had a Happy Veterans Day on Saturday. We stayed very busy learning this past week. Take a peek below…

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I hope to see you all on Tuesday, November 14th for the Thanksgiving Feast. Our lunch time on Tuesday will be from 11:05-11:45.

November 14: 2nd and 5th grades

November 15:  1st and 3rd grades

November 16: K and 4th grades

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled /ar/ Syllable Pattern words (sounds of “air”). Students are expected to use these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.

Reading:  Students are exploring nonfiction text features such as headings, captions, glossary, index, and photographs. We are looking at how nonfiction texts are set up to help us learn. We are finding text evidence to answer comprehension questions related to key ideas in informational text. We are focusing on noticing details and thinking about how to put together knowledge about a topic and asking and answering questions about topics as we read.

Writing:  Research and informational writing.

Grammar:  Identifying and using contractions

Math:  Double digit subtraction strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form). I have placed addition & subtraction strategy cards inside your child’s binder for reference when doing homework.

Check out this great math website for fun over the break…

https://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html

Social Studies:  We started our unit studying Georgia’s Native Americans: The Creek & Cherokee. We are learning about where the Creek & Cherokee lived in Georgia and the resources they used from Georgia’s rivers to build homes, gardens, and villages.  We used our reading strategy of using text evidence to learn more about the Creek & Cherokee. 

Important Dates

Thanksgiving Feast:  November 14  2 & 5; November 15  1 & 3; November 16  K & 4

Progress Reports Go Home:  November 16

STEM Can Challenge Judging Day:  November 16

STEM Lab:  November 17…Wear your STEM or Frey shirts

Thanksgiving Break:  November 20th-24th

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-3-17

Dear Families,

A BIG thank you to our Room Moms, Kristin Chandler & Kelly Evans for planning and organizing our amazing Fall Centers. The kiddos had fun rotating through several learning centers. Take a peek…

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I have been stressing the importance of doing our personal best work with class assignments. This includes taking our time to turn in work that exhibits neat handwriting, illustrating, cutting, coloring, and writing complete sentences with punctuation and capital letters. Please talk to your child about the work that they bring home and encourage them to take pride in their work and do their best. It makes such a big difference!

Related imageThe fourth annual Frey Day on a Saturday clean-up day will be November 4th from 8:00-11:30 A.M. We hope to have an abundance of volunteers to help beautify our school campus. 

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Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled -er, -ir, -ur, -ear syllable pattern words

Reading:  Elements of Poetry (alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition); Using text evidence to answer informational questions.

Writing:  Research and informational writing.

Grammar:  Contractions

Math:  Double digit addition strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form).  Up Next:  Double digit subtraction strategies

Social Studies:  Georgia Regions (Appalachain Plateau, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont Region, Coastal Plains, Ridge and Valley, Barrier Islands) and the Georgia Rivers.

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Frey Day on a Saturday:  November 4

Election Day/No School:  Tuesday, November 7

RFL Hat Day:  November 10  $1 to Wear Your Favorite Hat

Thanksgiving Feast:  November 14  2 & 5; November 15  1 & 3; November 16  K & 4

Progress Reports Go Home:  November 16

STEM Can Challenge Judging Day:  November 16

Thanksgiving Break:  November 20th-24th

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10/29/17

Dear Families,

The fourth annual Frey Day on a Saturday clean-up day will be November 4th from 8:00-11:30 A.M. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. We hope to have an abundance of volunteers to help beautify our school campus. Please click the link below to sign-up. Thank you for AIMING HIGH! 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e44a8a72da64-frey4

Image result for halloween candy clipartKeep sending in your cans for our STEM Can Challenge. We will be creating our design and begin building next week. Thank you for your donations!

Image result for halloween candy clipartOn Tuesday, October 31st, students can dress up as their favorite character with a $5 donation to Relay for Life. Please no masks, no scary costumes, and no weapons.Image result for halloween candy clipart

A BIG thank you to Kelly Evans for being an awesome Production Parent.

Image result for halloween candy clipartMark your calendars...Our Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for November 14th for 2 & 5;  November 15th for 1 & 3; November 16th for K & 4. We hope you all can join us!

Image result for halloween candy clipartTake a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled o syllable pattern words

Reading:  Elements of Poetry (alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition)

Writing:  Research and informational writing.

Math:  Double digit addition strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form).  

Social Studies:  Georgia Regions (Appalachain Plateau, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont Region, Coastal Plains, Ridge and Valley, and the Barrier Islands).

Science:  Seasonal Changes in the STEM Lab. Take a look at the fun we had this week…

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Important Dates

Fall Centers/Character Dress Up $5:  October 31

Frey Day on a Saturday:  November 4

Election Day/No School:  Tuesday, November 7

RFL Hat Day:  $1 to Wear Your Favorite Hat

Thanksgiving Feast:  November 14  2 & 5; November 15  1 & 3; November 16  K & 4

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-20-17

Image result for candy corn cupcake clipartDear Families,

I enjoyed meeting with each one of you this past week during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Although this is our only formal conference this year, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns anytime throughout the year. Thank you for taking the time to come and see the accomplishments your child is making. I am so proud of my class and their hard work this nine weeks. Thank you for supporting and reinforcing the work we are doing in class ~ it makes a huge difference in your child’s education!

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We would love to have emergency class snack donations. We always appreciate having extra snacks in the classroom just in case someone forgets their snack!  

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Frey Foundation STEM Can Help Others Challenge is just around the corner…This is a Can Goods Food Drive with a STEM Challenge bonus! The can drive will run Monday, October 16th – Thursday, November 16th with ALL cans being donated to Must Ministries. The STEM Can Challenge is a competition among the classrooms to create a display by using donated cans and The Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. We are asking 3-5 cans per student. The more cans, the more design options!

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Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey to let the state know how we are doing. Your feedback is an important part of our CCRPI score. Thanks so much!

http://gshs.gadoe.org/Lists/Parents/NewForm.aspx

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled a syllable pattern words

Reading:  Elements of Poetry (alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition)

Writing:  We finished our White House narrative writing. Up Next:  Research and informational writing.

Math:  Double digit addition strategies within 100 without regrouping. This week we focused on using the hundreds chart and base ten strategies. 

Social Studies:  Georgia Regions (Appalachain Plateau, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont Region, Coastal Plains, Ridge and Valley, and the Barrier Islands).

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Important Dates

Nonfiction “Book Tasting” in the Learning Commons:  Wednesday, October 25

STEM Lab Visit:  Friday, October 27…Wear your Frey or Stem Shirt!

Fall Centers/Character Dress Up $5:  October 31

Frey Day on a Saturday:  November 4

Election Day/No School:  Tuesday, November 7

Have a Wonderful Week!