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 13th birthday (I now have 2 teenagers in my house…Oh My!). 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.
Our first Learning Commons check out will be Friday, August 17. This will be a whole class visit. After that date, we will visit the library weekly on Fridays.
School Picture Day is scheduled for August 22.
We are still in need of a Room Parent. I promise not to keep you too busy. We have a parent who is willing to help out, but we still need a parent who would be willing to organize events throughout the year. Please send me an email if your are interested in volunteering.
Reading Logs are coming home tomorrow: 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.
Spelling: The students can check off their first second grade spelling test…way to go!! Be on the lookout weekly for your child’s spelling list. Please take time to encourage your child to find time to practice their spelling words and the spelling patterns. There will be 2-3 sight words and 7-8 words that fit the spelling pattern for the week on every student’s spelling list. Each student will select words from the list we create together as a class. 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.
Math Facts Folders: Math Facts Folders will come home with students tomorrow. Please practice the facts inside the folder. Your child’s facts were determined by a pre-assessment that I gave all students. Please look inside the yellow Math Facts folder for your child’s pretest and score. As your child masters a group of facts, they will practice and be assessed on the next group of facts the following week. Students will be given a 2 minute timed test on these facts every Friday.
Take a look at what we’ve been learning…
Phonics: This week’s pattern included a review of digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh, ph)
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.
Up Next: We will learn the procedures for Guided Reading to get students ready for working independently during small group reading instruction.
At Home: Please make sure your child is reading for at least 15-20 minutes nightly. Try to fit in listening to your child read aloud from the books they are reading at home.
Writing: Developing ideas for writing. 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 worked with place value of a 3 digit number. We began focusing on a digit’s place and value and representing numbers in different ways (Base ten, word form, expanded form, standard form).
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: Launching Social Studies Unit: What big ideas do we see across history, geography, government, and economics?
First Learning Commons Book Checkout: Friday, August 18
School Picture Day: Wednesday, August 22
Early Release Day: Wednesday, August 29 12:30 pm
Multi-Cultural Night: Thursday, August 30 6:30 pm
Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 3rd
Fall Holiday: September 24th-28th
Conferences: October 15th-19th
You Matter To Me!