Scaturro’s Scoop for 12-13-19

We are looking forward to several fun activities next week! We will read lots of great holiday picture books and do some holiday themed math and reading activities. 

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Just a reminder…Thursday, Dec. 19 & Friday, Dec. 20 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 10:00-11:00. Our room mom has planned some holiday fun for our kiddos. I hope everyone can join us!

We will welcome the winter season on Thursday, December 19th by having a Polar Express Pajama Day to support for Technology campaign. Your child can wear PJs to school for a $1 donation. You may also bring slippers to wear in the classroom. Please be sure to wear tennis shoes to school for recess and specials.Related image

December Reading logs are due next Friday, December 20. 

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A BIG thank you to Heather Chilvers & Robyn Gutierrez for being  awesome Production Parents this week. 

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Take a look at what we are learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Reflexive Pronouns

Reading:  Determining the main idea of a text and providing text evidence details that support our reason.

Writing:  Research and informational writing

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.

   

Science:  Forces & motion 

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Important Dates

Monday, December 16:  Class Holiday Party 10:00-11:00. Everyone is Welcome!

Wednesday, December 19:  Polar Express Pajama Day Fundraiser for $1

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

Friday, December 20:  Early Release Day. Students are released 2 hours early at 12:15

December 23 – January 6:  Holiday Break

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 12-6-19

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 conveyed to you on the progress report and via the blog. We have a lot to cover before the end of the nine weeks!

Paws for Pets

Please click on the link below to see how you can donate to Frey’s Annual Holiday Drive for shelter pets.

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Homophones, for example: to, too, two, their, there, they’re. except, accept, weather, whether, etc. Check out this fun GoNoodle video…

Reading:  Elements of Poetry (alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition); using timelines to make connections with historical events. 

Next week:  DRA Reading Assessments will 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

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! Students will be assessed on all the addition and subtraction facts next Friday, December 13. 

Social Studies:  Contributions and character traits of James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, Tomochichi, and Sequoyah. 

Up Next:  Forces & motion 

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Important Dates

December 10:  Holidays Around the World Event

December 12:  Holiday Shoppe open to 2nd Grade, Huey Luey Spirit Night 4-7pm

Monday, December 16:  Class Holiday Party 10:00-11:00. Everyone is Welcome!

Wednesday, December 19:  Pajama Day Fundraiser for $1

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

Friday, December 20:  Early Release Day. Students are released 2 hours early at 12:15

December 23 – January 6:  Holiday Break

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

 

 

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-22-19

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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A BIG thank you to Mrs. Wisherd for sending in snacks for the kiddos on Friday!

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We are so grateful for your contributions during the canned food drive. Frey collected 5,102 cans! Congrats to Mrs. Shumpert’s class who collected 871 cans! We wish them luck in the All-Star Kickball game!

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Please return your November reading logs. December reading logs will be going home after the break. Please make sure your child is reading every night. 🙂

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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 are learning…

Curriculum Focus

Phonics:  We have covered contractions for a couple weeks. We’ve learned how to make them & how to read them in context. Determining where to write the apostrophe can be tricky, so this week we practiced spelling contractions.

Reading:  This week we focused on becoming fluent readers.  The kiddos performed a Native American reader’s theater to practice reading with fluency, expression, and an appropriate volume. Be on the lookout for the recording on Seesaw!

Grammar:  Possessive nouns. It can be tough to determine if a word is a contraction or a possessive noun so we will continue to work on this skill and also try implementing them in our writing.

Writing:  Informational turkey writing.

Math:  This week we worked on two step addition & subtraction word problems with sums/differences of up to 20. Students should still use the C.U.B.E.S. strategy to solve these one step at a time.

Social Studies:  We continued to learn about the Native Americans and how their lives were different than ours today. Up Next:  The contributions and character traits of James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove.  

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Important Dates

November 25-29:  Thanksgiving Break

December 16:  Class Holiday Party 10-11 am

Have a wonderful break!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-16-19

Thank you for all the donations to our canned food drive. I am so proud of my class! We appreciate your generosity. 🙂

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I hope to see you all on Tuesday, November 19th for the Thanksgiving Feast. Our lunch time on Tuesday will be from 11:35-12:15. Reminders:  It will expedite the line if you have money in your child’s lunch account prior to their feast day.  Sack lunch will be served on Wednesday, November 20. 

Please make sure you are reviewing the work in your child’s Graded Work Folder. Please sign the signature sheet to let me know you have viewed the papers inside. Folders go home on Mondays and should be returned signed the following day. Thank you for your help with this. 

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  In phonics this week we worked on identifying words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences. For example, fear and bear have the same spelling pattern but they sound different. Another pair is cost and most. They are spelled the same, but again, sound different. Cost has a short o and most has a long o.

Grammar:  Contractions; Possessive Nouns

Reading:  For the past few weeks our focus has been reading nonfiction text and finding text evidence to answer comprehension questions related to key ideas in informational stories: Who? What? When? Where? What? How? We have been noticing how authors organize nonfiction writing by main ideas and details. 

Writing:  Nonfiction writing pieces; how-to pieces. 

Math:  The students LOVED learning about all the strategies  that we can use to add and subtract 2 two-digit numbers within 100. Now that the students are comfortable with the strategies, we are using them to solve one step word problems within 100. Next week we will move on to two step word problems. 

Social Studies:  We will continue to study the Native Americans once found in Georgia- the Creek & Cherokee tribes. We will have an opportunity to use our non-fiction questioning skills to “interview” the Native Americans about their life back then! Soon we will start to learn about 4 important historical figures from that time period…. Sequoyah, Tomochichi, James Oglethorpe, and Mary Musgrove.

       

Important Dates

November 19:  Thanksgiving Feast

Ms. Scaturro’s Class Time – 11:35-12:15

November 20:  Sack lunch in the classroom; Progress Reports go home; KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

November 25-29:  Thanksgiving Break

December 16:  Class Holiday Party 10-11 am

Have a wonderful weekend!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-9-19

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I hope all the of the amazing veterans out there have a Happy Veterans Day on Monday. 

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Parents,

Please take a moment to click on the link provided to participate in a brief survey regarding our school.  The results of this survey determine our School Climate Rating and are a part of our school’s CCRPI score.  Your participation in this survey is critical to our school.  The survey window opens Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and closes Friday, March 2, 2020.  The survey contains 24 questions and can be completed using your personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.  Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Although the window is open for an extended period of time, we would encourage you to please complete the survey as soon as possible.

Georgia Parent Survey:

https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

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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, attention to detail with written responses, 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!

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Diphthong oi, oy

Grammar:  Contractions; Possessive Nouns

Reading:  We continue to look 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. 

Writing:  We learned how to decorate a pumpkin using the art of Zentangle. We are writing a “How To” writing about the process.

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

Science:  We wrapped up our unit on stars.

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 are using our reading strategy of using text evidence to learn more about the Creek & Cherokee. 

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Important Dates

November 19:  Thanksgiving Feast

Ms. Scaturro’s Class Time – 11:35-12:15

November 20:  Sack lunch in the classroom

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

November 25-29:  Thanksgiving Break

December 16:  Class Holiday Party 10-11 am

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-2-19

Calling all Scientists!

It’s time for the Science Fair!

Science Fair Guidelines:

  • Projects are due Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Projects must be experimental in nature, instead of research oriented
  • Science Fair awards and event – Thursday, January 23rd at 6pm           
  • Students in grades K – 5 may participate

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Fire Safety Village & the Ballet

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Classroom Fun

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A BIG thank you to Robyn Gutierrez for sending in treats and goodie bags for all the kiddos this week and for running our class Dojo store

Canned Food Drive

What are the dates of the canned food drive?  November 4 – 15th  

When will food be collected? We will start collecting food on November 15th

**The class that brings in the most items from the REQUESTED food list will get to play in a kickball game against an ALL STAR Team. 

When is the Kickball game? Friday November 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  If the weather conditions are poor the game will be held in the gym.

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Mark your calendars…Our Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for November 19th for K, 2, & 4 November 20th for 1, 3, & 5. We hope you all can join us! Our class time is from 11:35-12:15.

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Phonics/Spelling:  Diphthong ou, ow spelling pattern words.

Reading:  We are focusing on asking and answering questions about a nonfiction text.

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Writing:  The students have been using a graphic organizer to add details to the beginning, middle, and end of an “Ouch” story.

Grammar:  We are continuing to work on contractions! Fun contracton video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gubPH3WEurg

Math:  Double digit addition strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form. Please look in your child’s binder for this resource ring… 

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Science:  Stars

Important Dates

November 5:  Election Day/Student Holiday/Professional Learning Day

November 19:  Thanksgiving Feast

Ms. Scaturro’s Class Time – 11:35-12:15

November 20:  Sack lunch in the classroom

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

November 25-29:  Thanksgiving Break

December 16:  Class Holiday Party 10-11 am

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-27-19

I want to give a BIG thank you to our Room Mom, Nakkia Edwards for organizing our Fall Festival donations. We soooo appreciate you! Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Fall Festival. We appreciate your generosity.

Another BIG thank you to Robyn Gutierrez for being an awesome Production Parent this week. 

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On Thursday, October 31st, students can dress up with a $5 donation to Relay for Life. Please no masks, no scary costumes, and no weapons.

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Please click the link below to view the 1st annual Frey Elementary McTeacher’s Night supporting Frey Elementary…20% of all sales will go DIRECTLY to our school! Come support us!

October 30  from 4-7 pm

Trunk or Treat_Frey Elementary

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Mark your calendars…Our Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for November 19th for K, 2, & 4 November 20th for 1, 3, & 5. We hope you all can join us! Our class time is from 11:35-12:15.

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Phonics/Spelling:  Au and aw spelling pattern. Examples include saw, yawn, caught, and launch.

Reading:  We are diving into nonfiction resources! This week we worked on identifying 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 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:  Our shift to informational writing this quarter will focus on including how to introduce a topic, using definitions and facts to develop points, and giving a concluding statement. 

Grammar:   We will be learning about contractions for the next week or so. As you come across these in your reading at home, please take the time to ask your child “What two words make up the contraction?” 

Math:  In math we will continue to work with place value as we expand our numbers to include three digit numbers. Next week we will begin to apply the strategies we learned in Quarter 1 to solve addition & subtraction problems with larger numbers.  We also worked on solving two-step word problems. We will continue to practice our basic math facts. This week we practiced our facts on XtraMath. Please make sure you are practicing these facts at home. Students are required to be fluent in their addition and subtraction facts through 20 this year. 

Science:  We began our unit on stars. We learned about the size, brightness, and patterns of stars.

Important Dates

October 30:  Trunk-or-Treat and spirit night at McDonalds at Brookstone

October 31:  Rally Costumes $5 Donation (please remember no masks or scary costumes are aloud for those who participate);  Chick-fil-A biscuit sales 

November 5:  Election Day/Student Holiday/Professional Learning Day

November 19:  Thanksgiving Feast

Ms. Scaturro’s Class Time – 11:35-12:15

November 20:  Sack lunch in the classroom

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

November 25-29:  Thanksgiving Break

December 16:  Class Holiday Party 10-11 am

Have a Great Week!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-20-19

Dear 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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A BIG thank you to Robyn Gutierrez for being an awesome Production Parent this week!

Another BIG thank you to the Hodge family for donating technology to our classroom! We are so excited about our new class iPad. 🙂

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As we begin the second Quarter, I want to share some of the things we will be learning about.

We will be working on non-fiction reading and writing standards and will connect our learning to Science and Social Studies as we apply these skills.

Reading:  As we continue working to ask and answer questions, we will focus on using text features to help us understand nonfiction texts.  We will read about animals and science topics using the text features to gain information.

Writing:  Our writing will also focus on informational writing, We will work to include how to introduce a topic, using definitions and facts to develop points, and giving a concluding statement. 

Science:  In science we will begin our unit on stars.  

Social Studies:  In social studies we will learn about the Creek & Cherokee and contributions and character traits of James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove.  

Math:  In math we will continue to work with place value as we expand our numbers to include three digit numbers, we will begin to apply the strategies we learned in Quarter 1 to solve addition and subtraction problems with larger numbers using place value strategies.  We will also work on solving one-step and two-step word problems. We will continue to practice our basic math facts. Students are required to be fluent in their addition and subtraction facts through 20 this year. 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!

We are off to a great beginning! I am excited about our learning in the second Quarter!

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  October 3-November 21:  Chick-fil-A biscuits on sale

November 1:  Fall Color Run

November 19:  Thanksgiving Feast

Ms. Scaturro’s Class Time – 11:35-12:15

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-12-19

Dear Families,

Fall is finally here! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for this cooler weather. I can’t wait to see you this week for your conference and share your child’s progress with you.

Conference Week Reminders

* During Conference Week, school will be released 2 hours early. Our early release time is 12:30. Please let me know if there will be any changes to your child’s regular transportation schedule.

* Our lunch time during Conference Week will be from 10:46-11:16.

We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week

October 14-18! 

Each morning on the announcements a kid friendly fact about staying healthy will be shared on the morning announcements. We are going to do dress up days as well as a food drive for project backpack.  There will be collection bins by houses in the front hallway.

* Please note that the food collection is on Friday of Red Ribbon Week

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

This week the kiddos worked hard to finish up all the first nine week standards.

Spelling/phonics:  Ui, ew, ue, oo. Students are responsible for applying all high frequency words as well as learned spelling patterns in everyday writing.

Reading:  Our focus has been reading text and locating context clues to determine unknown vocabulary. This is an essential skill to practice to grow as a reader! Now that Quarter 2 is upon us, we will be diving into nonfiction resources! I am encouraging all students to find great nonfiction books as they check out from the class and school library or read from books online. 

Writing:  The Best Part of Me writing. We are wrapping up our first quarter standard of narrative writing. Quarter 2 introduces informational writing.  We will use nonfiction mentor texts to guide our writing!

Grammar:  Irregular plural nouns.

Math:  Identifying and counting coins to determine the amount; word problems with money.

Social Studies:  Government

Important Dates

October 14-18:  Conference Week

October 18:  Fall Festival

November 1:  Fall Color Run

November 7:  Frey PTSA  Bingo Night 6-8pm

November 19:  Thanksgiving Feast

Ms. Scaturro’s Class Time – 11:35-12:15

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-4-19

Welcome Back!

I hope you all enjoyed your Fall Break with your family and friends. It’s hard to believe it is October already. We have a busy month ahead, so please be sure to read the blog to stay up-to-date on all of the events and happenings for our classroom and school.

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It’s time to sign up for Fall Conferences which will take place October 14-18. Please click on the link below to access our Conference SignUp Genius. Please remember to allow transition time if you have more than one child’s conference to attend. The SignUp Genius will close on October 10th. Please understand that I make every effort to accommodate work schedules; however, I also have child care and family obligations to consider and work around as well. I look forward to sharing your child’s successes with you. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Image result for pencil clipartThursday, October 10 is an Early Release Day. School will be dismissed 2 hours early at 12:30. 

Literacy Day:  We will celebrate Literacy Day on Thursday, October 10th. Please have your child bring their books (library books or books from home), flashlights, towels and/or blankets as well as a great attitude to celebrate a day of literacy! 

Our Room Mom sent home a letter/email before the Fall Break about the donations needed for our Fall Festival and our classroom parties and activities. Please be sure to check your child’s binder for notes that come home. We need everyone’s participation to make this a great year for our class! Thank you in advance for your participation and help!!Image result for pencil clipartConference Week Reminders…

* During Conference Week, school will be released 2 hours early. Our early release time is 12:30. Please let me know if there will be any changes to your child’s regular transportation schedule.  

* Our lunch time during Conference Week will be from 10:46-11:16.

* We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 14-18! Each morning on the announcements a kid friendly fact about staying healthy will be shared on the morning announcements. We are going to do dress up days as well as a food drive for project backpack.  There will be collection bins by houses in the front hallway.

* Please note that the food collection is on Friday of Red Ribbon Week*

Red Ribbon Dress Up Days

Monday – Wear Red Day

Tuesday – Don’t Let Drugs Mix You up! Wear Mismatched Clothes. 

Wednesday – Achieve Your Dreams. Wear your favorite college shirt.

Thursday Sock it to Drugs! Wear Crazy Socks.

Friday Team up against Drugs and Hunger! Wear house shirts and bring in donation for backpack program.

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Parents….Please take a moment to click on the link provided to participate in a brief survey regarding our school.  The results of this survey determine our School Climate Rating and are a part of our school’s CCRPI score.  Your participation in this survey is critical to our school.  The survey window opened on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and closes Friday, March 2, 2020.  The survey contains 24 questions and can be completed using your personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.  Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Although the window is open for an extended period of time, we would encourage you to please complete the survey as soon as possible.

Georgia Parent Survey:

https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

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

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Long i spelling patterns such as ie & igh. 

ELAGSE2RF3  Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

*Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.

Grammar:  Irregular Plural Nouns

Reading:  Identifying characters & analyzing how they respond to problems & events in the story. What actions does he/she take?

ELAGSE2RL3  Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Writing:  We continue to work on narrative writing. Our writing should contain proper capitalization and punctuation, details that help our readers create a mental picture, and a strong opening hook.

ELAGSE2W3  Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Math:  We introduced coins (pennies, nickels, and dimes) and began to use them in word problems. For example, “Kate has three dimes and two nickels. How much money does she have in all?”

MGSE2.MD.8  Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and cents symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?  

Social Studies:  We started our unit on government. Here are the standards included:

SS2CG1:  Define the concept of government and the need for rules and laws.

SS2CG2:  Identify the following elected officials of the executive branch and where they work:  

      *President (leader of our nation) and Washington, D.C. – White House

         *Governor (leader of our state) and Atlanta, GA – State Capitol Building

         *Mayor (leader in a city) and city hall

Health:  Nutrition

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  October 3-November 21:  Chick-fil-A biscuits on sale

October 5:  Picture Retakes

October 9:  Reflections Submissions are Due

October 10:  Early Release Day 12:30

October 14-18:  Conference Week

October 18:  Fall Festival

November 1:  Fall Color Run

November 19:  Thanksgiving Feast 

Ms. Scaturro’s Class Time – 11:35-12:15

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

Have a Wonderful Weekend!