Scaturro’s Scoop for 8-11-19

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a restful weekend. We sure did at my house…we got lots of R&R after a busy week! We also celebrated my daughter’s 14th birthday. The students continue to learn what it means to AIM HIGH every day (A=attitude; I=ideas; M=management; H=helpfulness; I=influence; G=gratitude; H=hope). We are also focusing on demonstrating Frey’s Big 3 each day:  Do Your Best, Be Kind, and Make Good Choices. 

Image result for library clipartOur first Learning Commons check out will be Thursday, August 15. This will be a whole class visit. After that date, we will visit the library weekly on THURSDAYS.

Image result for school picture day  School Picture Day is scheduled for August 22. 

Image result for homework clipart will start this week. Please check your child’s binder nightly for homework. Homework will go home Mondays-Thursdays.

Image result for reading log clipart  Reading Logs went home last week:  Please make sure to have your child color in a picture for every 15-20 minutes they read on the book log that I will send home tomorrow. Book logs are due at the end of every month.

PictureWhat is Project Backpack?

Project backpack is a needs based food donation program provided by Due West Methodist Church. This program is designed to offer food to our students whose families have difficulty providing food on the weekends. Backpacks of food for the weekend are distributed here at school on Fridays.

Project backpack forms for the 2019-2020 school year are coming home on Monday August 12, 2019. Forms are due August 16, 2019.

** Only complete and return this form if your family is in need**
**Food distribution will start Friday September 6, 2019**

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Phonics:  This past week’s pattern included a review of short vowels & digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh)

Spelling:  The students had their first spelling test (for practice) on Friday. Be on the lookout weekly for your child’s spelling list. Please take time to encourage your child to practice their spelling words and the spelling patterns. There will be 2 sight words and 8 words that fit the spelling pattern for the week on every student’s spelling list. Each student will select 8 words from the list we create together as a class. Please keep your child’s spelling list in their binders. We will use them in class daily for practice. I will post a picture of our list every Monday on Remind 101. Please make sure you have signed up for Remind to receive important class messages.

Reading:  We looked at selecting “just right books” and choosing how to read a book (serious, funny, sad, song, etc.). We also worked on building our reading stamina. Next week we will look  at identifying story elements: characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle, and end. When you’re reading at home here are some comprehension questions to ask your child…

  • Who are the characters in the story?
  • What is the setting of the story? Where does it take place?
  • What was the problem in the story?
  • What was the solution in the story?
  • Can you retell the story from beginning to end?Picture

At Home:   Please make sure your child is reading for at least 15-20 minutes nightly. Try to listen to your child read aloud from the books they are reading at home to help with fluency. 

Writing:  Last week we worked on developing ideas for writing. The students were each given a “tiny topics” book to record their story ideas in. The students also worked on a summer writing piece. 

Our focus for this 9 weeks is learning how to stretch a small moment into a story. We will work on elaborating on that moment in order to write a detailed story. We will also focus on making sure that we are writing complete sentences that include a capital letter and appropriate punctuation. 

Math:  This week, the students learned the procedures for math rotations/centers. We will continue to work on writing the different forms of a number: standard, expanded, base ten, money, and word form. We will also start to help students understand that 12 tens is the same as 120 or 13 tens is the same as 130. 

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At Home:  Students should work on being fluent with their addition and subtraction facts through 20 this year. Please make sure your child is practicing their Math Facts at home.

Social Studies:  This past week we Launched our Social Studies Unit:  What big ideas do we see across history, geography, government, and economics?

Up Next: Map skills & Georgia Regions

Students will be able to identify the 5 regions of Georgia and the three main rivers.

  • Regions: Appalachian Plateau, Ridge & Valley, Blue Ridge Region, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain.
  • Rivers: Chattahoochee River, Savannah River, and Flint River

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Important Dates

August 8:  Learning Commons Orientation

August 15:  First book checkout at the Learning Commons

August 12:  Homework & spelling begins

August 22:  Picture Day

August 29:  Learning Commons book checkout

September 2:  Labor Day Holiday…no school

September 13:  National Anthem Day…Wear Red, White, & Blue!

September 20:  Ballet at the Cobb Civic Center (Students Only)

September 23-27:  Fall Holiday

September 30:  Fire Safety Village Visit (Students Only)

October 14-18:  Conference Week

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

Scaturro’s Scoop for 8-4-19

Dear Families,

What a wonderful first (short) week we had in second grade! This week we focused on our AIM HIGH motto and Frey’s Big 3: Do Your Best, Be Kind, Make Good Choices. We spent time getting to know each other, learning classroom routines, and learning how to work together as a classroom community. All of the kiddos seem to be adjusting very well to second grade. This coming week we will continue to learn more about our classmates and classroom, begin our study of narrative writing, work on building our reading stamina, establish procedures for our reading and math centers, and begin our unit on base ten understanding in math. I am so proud of all my students. Please give your child a hug for being great listeners and friends to others this week. We have a group of sweeties!

Thank, thank you, thank you to the parents who have sent in items off our class wish list! I greatly appreciate it!! 

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Curriculum Focus

Coming up during the week of Aug. 5-9… 

Reading We will be going over the format and expectations of Reader’s Workshop. Reader’s Workshop consists of a mini-lesson, independent reading time, and student-teacher conferences or small group instruction. We will also begin covering story elements such as characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end.  

Writing We will introduce Writer’s Workshop to the students. Writer’s Workshop consists of a mini-lesson, independent writing time, and student-teacher conferences or small group instruction. Our first unit is narrative writing. We will kick off the year by encouraging students to brainstorm and write about small moments. 

Math Our first unit is about place value. This week we’ll learn about several ways to write a number: standard form, base ten form, expanded form and word form.  

Social Studies We will launch social studies by examining the “story of our state” using 4 different domains. We will introduce four hats which are used to represent the different domains in social studies: history, geography, government/civics, and economics. We will refer back to these hats/domains throughout the year. 

Homework & spelling will start the week of August 12th.

Important Dates

August 8:  Learning Commons Orientation

August 15:  First book checkout at the Learning Commons

August 12:  Homework & spelling begins

August 22:  Picture Day

August 29:  Learning Commons book checkout

September 2:  Labor Day Holiday…no school

September 20:  Ballet at the Cobb Civic Center (Students Only)

September 23-27:  Fall Holiday

September 30:  Fire Safety Village Visit (Students Only)

October 14-18:  Conference Week

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

Meet & Greet and Open House

Second Grade Meet & Greet and Open House

Tuesday, July 30th

Meet & Greet:  11:00 – 11:30

Open House:   11:30 – 12:00

Click the link below for the Frey Kickoff and Open House Schedule:

http://www.cobbk12.org/Frey/images/FreyKickoff2019.pdf

Schedule for Meet & Greet and Open House

11:00 – 11:30:  Parents and Students will…

* Meet your child’s teacher

* Tour the classroom and school

* Bring school supplies

*If at all possible, please bring your child’s supplies to Meet & Greet. I would like to have your child’s binder and supplies ready for him or her on the first day. Thanks so much for your help with this!

Click the link below to view the 2019-20 Supply List:

http://www.cobbk12.org/Frey/1920supplylists.pdf

11:30 – 12:00:  Parents will…

(students will go to the Learning Commons for an AIM HIGH meeting with adminstration)

* Attend an Open House Presentation

* Learn about Ms. Scaturro’s class

9:00 – 2:00:  Parents and students can…

* Locate your child’s bus number, pick up a car rider tag

* Register for ASP, Afterschool clubs

* Buy spirit wear & Yearbooks

* Sign up for PTA and Frey Foundation

FLAMES of FreyAIM HIGH!