Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-16-18

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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As the weather gets cooler, please remember to label your child’s jackets and sweaters. Thank you!  

Related imageThank you! Thank you! Thank you! for sending in donations for the class Thanksgiving basket. We appreciate your generosity. 

Related imageWe are stressing the importance of doing our personal best work. This includes handwriting, illustrating, writing complete sentences with punctuation, and paying attention to details when answering questions. 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 imagePlease 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. 

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Diphthong ew, oo

Grammar:  Contractions

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 determining the main idea of a text and providing text evidence details that support our reason.

Writing:  Writing the steps in a lab report; research & informational writing.

Math:  Double digit subtraction strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form).  I have placed addition strategy cards inside your child’s binder for reference when doing homework; 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 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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November 16:  Progress Reports go home

Thanksgiving Break:  November 19 – 23

Barter Day Items Due:  November 28

2nd Grade Barter Day:  November 29

Kids’ Heart Challenge in the Gym (K-2):  December 13

Class Holiday Party:  December 17

Early Release Days:  December 20 & 21

Holiday Break:  December 24 – Jan 4

Have a Wonderful Break!

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Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-9-18

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

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I hope to see you all on Tuesday, November 13th for the Thanksgiving Feast. Our lunch time on Tuesday will be from 11:05-11:45. Reminders:  It will expedite the line if you have money in your child’s lunch account prior to their feast day.  An adult meal is $3.50.  Also, the café does not take debit or credit cards.  

November 13: 2nd and 5th grades

November 14:  1st and 3rd grades

November 15: K and 4th grades

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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!

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We have a new student in our class. Welcome AJ! We are so excited he will be a part of our class family!!

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A BIG thank you to Paula Cadavid for helping us Dojo shop on Friday!

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Diphthong ou, ow

Grammar:  Contractions

Reading: This week we will focused on becoming fluent readers. We will practiced pausing for punctuation at the end of sentences. Have your child read aloud during nightly reading and have them notice for appropriate and inappropriate pauses. They read aloud during a reader’s theater on Friday to show how fluently they can read.

Writing:  Writing the steps in a lab report; informational turkey writing.

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

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 13:  Thanksgiving Feast for K & 5. Our lunch time is 11:05-11:45

November 14:  Thanksgiving Feast for 1 & 3

November 15:  Thanksgiving Feast for K & 4

November 16:  Progress Reports go home

Thanksgiving Break:  November 19 – 23

Barter Day Items Due:  November 28

2nd Grade Barter Day:  November 29

Kids’ Heart Challenge in the Gym (K-2):  December 13

Class Holiday Party:  December 17

Early Release Days:  December 20 & 21

Holiday Break:  December 24 – Jan 4

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-2-18

Calling All Scientists!

There will be an informal Science Fair info session on Thursday, November 8th at 6:00 pm in the Frey cafeteria. A letter went home on Thursday with more information regarding this event.

Science Fair Guidelines:

  • Projects are due Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Projects must be experimental in nature, instead of research oriented
  • Science Fair awards and event – Thursday, January 24           
  • Students in grades K – 5 may participate
  • Ribbons presented to top 3 projects in each grade
  • Top 2 projects in grades 3-5 will move on to the county science fair – Saturday, February 9th at Lovinggood Middle School

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Mark your calendars…Our Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for November 13th for 2 & 5; November 14th for 1 & 3; November 15th for K & 4. Our lunch time for the feast is from 11:05-11:45 (Annex 5/6). I hope you all can join us!

A few pictures from Wednesday…

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Diphthong oi, oy

Grammar:  Reflexive pronouns; contractions

Reading:  We continue to practice sequencing in procedural texts; 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 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; reading and understanding sequencing in procedural texts.

Writing:  Writing the steps in a lab report.   

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

Science:  Stars

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Important Dates

Fall Festival:  Friday, November 2  6-8:30 pm

Fiction & Nonfiction Book Tasting in the Learning Commons:  November 5

  Kids’ Heart Challenge in the Gym (K-2):  December 13

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-26-18

Our 5th Annual Frey Day on a Saturday clean-up day will be this Saturday, October 27th from 9:00-noon. We hope to have an abundance of volunteers to help beautify our school campus. Please click on the link below to sign up and share any resources!

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On Tuesday, October 31st, students can dress up with a $1 donation to Relay for Life. Please no masks, no scary costumes, and no weapons.

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Our Fall Festival will be Friday, November 2nd from 6:00-8:30 pm. I hope to see you all there. It should be a great time for the whole family!

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Mark your calendars…Our Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for November 13th for 2 & 5;  November 14th for 1 & 3; November 15th for K & 4. We hope you all can join us!

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled a syllable pattern words.

Grammar:  Reflexive pronouns

Reading:  Reading and understanding sequencing in procedural texts. 

Writing:  This nine weeks we are focusing on informational writing. This week we worked on writing the steps in a lab report.   

Math:  Addition & subtraction strategies within 20 (doubles, doubles +1, making a ten, counting on, and fact families).

At Home:  In addition to practicing the math facts in their math folders, your child should also be practicing addition and subtraction facts to 20 every night for a couple of minutes as part of their homework routine. You can use flash cards or visit the Sweet Shop Math Links page on the blog. Sheppardsoftware.com has some fun addition & subtraction games to play for practice.

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

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A few fun pictures from the week…

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Important Dates

Frey Day on a Saturday:  October 27

Dress Up Day for RFL $1:  October 31

Fall Festival:  Friday, November 2  6-8:30 pm

Fiction & Nonfiction Book Tasting in the Learning Commons:  November 5

  Kids’ Heart Challenge in the Gym (K-2):  December 13

Have a Wonderful Week Ahead!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-21-18

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!

Image result for pencil clipartAs 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 non-fiction 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!

Image result for pencil clipartImportant Dates

Frey Day on a Saturday:  October 27

Dress Up Day for RFL $1:  October 31

Fall Festival:  Friday, November 2  6-8:30 pm

Have a Wonderful Week Ahead!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-14-18

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 next 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 12:15. 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 11:04-11:29.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshowA BIG thank you to Paula Cadavid for sending the ingredients for our Root Beer & Coke floats. 

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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:  Long U Digraph Syllable Pattern Words:  iu, ew, ue. 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:  Two step word problems within 20; identifying and counting coins to determine the amount. 

Science:  Matter

Image result for fall clipartImportant Dates

Conference Week/Career Week/Red Ribbon Week/Scholastic Book Fair:  October 15th-19th

Movie Night hosted by PTSA:  October 19

Frey Day on a Saturday:  October 27

Dress Up Day for RFL $1:  October 31

Fall Festival:  Friday, November 2  6-8:30 pm

Have a Wonderful Week Ahead!

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-6-18

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe conference week is just around the corner. I look forward to seeing you and sharing your child’s successes!

Thursday, October 11 is an Early Release Day. School will be dismissed 2 hours early at 12:15. 

Conference week is October 15 – 19.  If you have not already signed up on the SignUp Genius link that went home last week, please be sure to email me a time that works best for you. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes.  I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss your child’s progress.

Literacy Day:  We will celebrate Literacy Day on Thursday, October 11th. 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! Students will take part in different activities throughout the day to celebrate our love of reading.

We are participating in the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. This month, read 15-20 minutes at home and color a pumpkin each time your child reads. Once your child completes the page, please return the form to school and your child will receive a pizza coupon (October-March). Please click on the BOOK IT! page on our blog for more information. 

Conference Week Reminders…

* During Conference Week, school will be released 2 hours early. Our early release time is 12:15. Please let me know if there will be any changes to your child’s regular transportation schedule.  

* You do not need to send in a snack during Conference Week due to our shortened day.  

* Our lunch time during Conference Week will be from 11:04-11:29.

Allatoona Trunk or Treat Information…

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 Happy Birthday!

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Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Long I pattern words: ie and igh.

Reading:  Looking for keywords and using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word in a text.  

Writing:  We are continuing to work on narrative writing. Students should be able to include a beginning, middle, and end to their story and use descriptive language to describe thoughts, feelings, and actions. 

Grammar:  Irregular plural nouns

Math: Two step word problems within 20; identifying and counting coins to determine the amount.

Science:  States of Matter:  Solids, Liquids, & Gases Oh My!  

Image result for pumpkin clipart  Important Dates

Picture Retake Day:  October 5

Science Fair Family Workshop Night:  October 8  6:30

Reflections Celebration:  October 9  6:30 pm

End of the First 9 Weeks:  October 10

Early Release Day:  October 11  12:15 Dismissal

Literacy Day:  October 11…Bring a flashlight and towel for some reading fun

Q1 House Celebration:  October 12…Wear your House shirts/colors

Conference Week/Career Week/Red Ribbon Week/Scholastic Book Fair:  October 15th-19th

Movie Night hosted by PTSA:  October 19

Frey Day on a Saturday:  October 27

Dress Up Day for RFL $1:  October 31

Fall Festival:  Friday, November 2  6-8:30 pm

Have a Wonderful Week Ahead!

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-1-18

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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Fall Conferences: It’s time to sign up for Fall Conferences which will take place October 15-19. 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 5th. 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!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084EA4A723A02-2017

 

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 9-23-18

Image result for happy fall yall clipartI hope you are enjoying your time with your children this week for our Fall Break. I will see everyone back on Monday, October 1st!

October 11 is an Early Release Day. Students will be released at 12:30.

Picture Retake Day is on October 5.

Our Fall Festival is scheduled for Friday. November 2. It will be a fun time for the whole family!

Parent/Teacher Conference Week is October 15-19. Be on the look out for a SignUp Genius conference request that will come home via email after the break. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes. You will receive your child’s report card at our conference. I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss your child’s progress.  

A BIG thank you to Paula Cadavid for being an awesome Production Parent this week.

Another BIG thank you to Vivian Gamra for bringing in treats for the kiddos on Thursday. 

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Long A pattern words:  ay, ai, ei. We have been discussing homophones as we create our spelling lists. Some words sound the same but have different meanings and possible spellings.

Reading:   We continue to look at story elements, character traits, and asking and answering questions (who, what, where, when, why, how) when we read stories together and independently. Please practice this at home when you are reading with your child. Have your child form questions about the book before, during, and after they read. For example, have them look at the front cover and come up with questions they have about the book just by looking at the cover. Then see if he/she can find the answers as they read. They can also ask questions about the characters, setting, problem, solution, etc. as they read. Forming questions can be more challenging then answering them. We also worked on looking for keywords and using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word in a text.  

Writing:  We have learned the steps that great writers take when completing a piece of writing.  Students have been working on adding descriptive language to describe thoughts, feelings, and actions in their small moment stories. 

Grammar:  Collective Nouns; Common & Proper Nouns.  Up Next:  Irregular plural nouns. 

Math:  Skip counting forward and backward by 5’s, 10’s, & 100’s to 1,000.

At Home:  Practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s. In the car ask your child to finish the pattern (for example: 345, 445, 545) (257, 267, 277) (345, 350, 355).  

Image result for math facts clipartPlease be sure to have your child practice their math facts with flash cards, apps, or verbally.  Students take weekly tests to monitor their individual progress. This is an extremely important skill to master by the end of second grade.

Social Studies:  We finished up our Government Unit. 

Health:  Nutrition                                                         

    Important Dates

Fall Break:  Monday September 25- Friday September 29 ~ No School

Reflections Entries Due:  October 2

Picture Retake Day:  October 5

Science Fair Family Workshop Night:  October 8  6:30

Reflections Celebration:  October 9  6:30 pm

End of the First 9 Weeks:  October 10

Early Release Day:  October 11  12:30 Dismissal

Q1 House Celebration:  October 12…Wear your House shirts/colors

Conference Week/Career Week/Red Ribbon Week/Scholastic Book Fair:  October 15th-19th

Movie Night hosted by PTSA:  October 19

Frey Day on a Saturday:  October 27

Dress Up Day for RFL $1:  October 31

Fall Festival:  Friday, November 2  6-8:30 pm

Have a Wonderful Break!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 9-15-2018

Dear Families, 

We had another busy and funfilled week of learning! Take a peek below to see what we were up to…

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Phonics/Spelling Vowel teams: oa, ow, oe.

Grammar:  We learned that collective nouns are nouns that describe a group or collection of people or things. 

Reading:  Asking questions to comprehend text. We are  learning the key ideas in a story (who? What? Where? When? Why?) We are learning about which of these questions readers ask at the beginning, middle, and end of a story to help us understand it better.  Up Next: Context Clues

Writing:  Writing personal narratives about small moments.  

Math:  Skip counting by 5’s, 10’s, 100’s. 

**At Home:  Continue to practice skip counting by 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s to 1,000. For example, 330, 340, 350, 360. Don’t forget to practice addition & subtraction facts to 20. These facts are so important to learn and will be very helpful as we move into double and triple digit addition & subtraction later.

Social Studies:  We kicked off our government unit. Students are learning about our 3 types of government: local, state, and national. We are learning about the leaders at each level: President Donald Trump, Governor Nathan Deal, and Mayor Tommy Allegood, their duties, and work places! 

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Important Dates

WellStar “Just Eat It” Nutrition Program:  Thursday, September 20th  

Learning Commons Book Checkout:  Friday, September 21

Fall Holiday:  September 24th-28th

Conferences:  October 15th-19th

 Have a Wonderful Week Ahead!