Scaturro’s Scoop for 4-22-18

Dear Families,

We have been super busy this week learning. This year is flying by and I can’t believe the kiddos will be third graders soon! For homework, students should continue to read for 20 minutes every night and practice their math facts. Please make sure your child knows their addition and subtractions facts to 20. If your child comes home with work that was not completed in class, please make sure they complete the work and return it the next day. I will not send homework packets home in May. The week of April 30th will be the last one…happy dance! I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!! 

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Learning Commons Dates to Remember

Please Note:  The last day to check out library books as a class is Friday, April 27. All books are due back to the Media Center on Friday, May 4. Thank you for your help with this.  

Please return any Read Every Day class books and materials that you have at home. Books are due back to class on May 4.

Mark your calendar…Second Grade Field Day & Awards will be held on Monday, May 14th. The students will be participating in many fun and challenging activities. We will begin our activities at 9 am on the field behind the gym. Please dress your child in comfortable clothes. Please wear tennis shoes. Remember to apply sunscreen in the morning and send your child to school with a labeled water bottle. Come out and support our class as we enjoy all the stations. Immediately following the field day events, we will gather as a class to have lunch, present student awards and enjoy ice cream sundaes. I hope you all can join us! 

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  Determining the main idea of individual paragraphs, as well as providing text evidence details that support our reason; context clues. 

Writing:  This 9 weeks we will review the 3 writing genres we have worked on this year: narrative, informational, and opinion. We are currently working on a pirate story that the kiddos are super excited about. I can’t wait to read them!  

Grammar:  Irregular past tense verbs

Phonics/Spelling:  Suffixes -er, -est 

Math:  Geometry Unit: looking at the attributes of 2-D & 3-D shapes.

Social Studies:  The contributions of Jimmy Carter.  

Science:  We will spend the next few weeks learning about life cycles (insects, mammals, birds, amphibians, plants) This week we will look at the life cycle of the butterfly. We are also growing our own frog and butterflies. We are soooo excited about watching the transformations!

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Important Dates

April 27:  Progress Reports & Spring Dance

May 1:  Zaxby’s Spirit Night

May 4:  All library Books & Class Books Due

May 4-10:  AAA Olympics

May 10:  Summer Reading Program

May 11:  Variety Show

Monday, May 14:  K-2 Field Day & Class Awards

       9:00 AM Start Time

       10:30 – 11:00 Break

       12:00 Field Day End Time

*Picnic lunch following field day events

*Class awards & ice cream social immediately following lunch

May 14 & May 15:  Sack lunches

May 15:  K-2 Academic, STEM, Yearbook Day

May 16:  Closing Ceremonies; Overall House Celebration 1:00 

May 22 & May 23:  Early Release days & sack lunches

 

Scaturro’s Scoop fro 4-13-18

Dear Families,

I loved hearing about all the great trips and staycations you all had. It is hard to believe we are already in the last nine weeks of school. It is amazing how much the students have grown this year! We will be focusing on all the skills necessary for your child to be ready for success in third grade. With that in mind, I encourage you to work on reading and writing skills as often as you can with your child. Have your child read out loud to you whenever possible. This will help your child build fluency and become more confident readers and writers. I will begin assessing the students on their final DRA assessments over the next few weeks. Please continue to practice the math facts…with extra focus on those subtraction facts!

Please review the rules and expectations with your child at home (Spring Fever has set in). I told the kiddos that we still have a lot to do! 

Student Information forms for the 2017-18 school year went home with your child last week in a large manila envelope. Please fill this information out and return it to school this week. Thank you for your help with this.

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  Determining the main idea of individual paragraphs, as well as providing text evidence details that support our reason.

Writing:  This 9 weeks we will review the 3 writing genres we have worked on this year: narrative, informational, and opinion. 

Grammar:  Irregular past tense verbs

Phonics/Spelling:  Suffixes -ed, -ing 

Math:  Geometry Unit: looking at the attributes of 2-D & 3-D shapes.

Social Studies:  The contributions of Jimmy Carter.  

Science: Stem Lab: Life Cycles. Take a look at our creations in the slideshow below…

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow 

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Important Dates

April 20:  Movie Night

April 27:  Progress Reports & Spring Dance

May 1:  Zaxby’s Spirit Night

May 4-10:  AAA Olympics

May 10:  Summer Reading Program

May 11:  Variety Show

Monday, May 14:  K-2 Field Day & Class Awards

       9:00 AM Start Time

       10:30 – 11:00 Break

       12:00 Field Day End Time

*Picnic lunch following field day events

*Class awards & ice cream social immediately following lunch

May 14 & May 15:  Sack lunches

May 15:  K-2 Academic, STEM, Yearbook Day

May 16:  Closing Ceremonies; Overall House Celebration 1:00 

May 22 & May 23:  Early Release days & sack lunches

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 4-4-18

Happy Spring Break! I hope everyone is enjoying time with family and making some good memories. I am staying in town and getting some rest and relaxation (and getting caught up at home). There is nothing better than sleeping in and getting good family time!

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Monday Folders will go home on the Monday following the break. Please review the papers inside and return the folder the next day.

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Image result for spring break clipartPlease return your child’s signed report card envelope and the yellow envelope for the final report card if you have not already done so. Please make sure you have addressed it and placed 2 stamps on it. Thank you for your help with this.

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading: Determining the main idea of individual paragraphs, as well as providing text evidence details that support our reason.

Writing:  My Favorite Season writing

Grammar:  Irregular past tense verbs

Phonics/Spelling:  prefixes pre, under, over

Math:  Word problems with money; odd & even numbers

At Home:  Please make sure your child is logging on to FASTT Math to practice their math facts. Please use the link I sent in my email or the link under the Sweets Math Links page on the right of the blog to access the program. I will assess students weekly on all the subtraction facts to 20.

Science:  Seasonal changes and how they affect living things

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Important Dates

April 2-6:  Spring Break

Have a Wonderful Week! 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 3-23-18

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Our Fernbank field trip is this Tuesday, March 27. Please have your child wear their House shirt/color OR a Frey shirt for the field trip. Remember to dress your child in comfortable clothes and shoes. If your child is bringing a lunch from home, please make sure you send it in a disposable gallon size Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it. Thank you for your help with this. We are looking forward to a fun day!

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Please continue to remind your child to turn in important notes, library books, Read Every Day books, and Friday Folders. I give reminders several times each morning, however; many students are forgetting to turn these items in. As we prepare for third grade (Oh my!), I am expecting students to take the initiative to complete these routines independently. Please discuss this and help your child by giving reminders at home. Thank you for your help with this…we make a great team!

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading: Our focus this nine weeks will be the following:

  • Revisit key ideas within text by answering the questions Who? What? When? Where? How? and Why?
  • Determine the main idea of text and individual paragraphs, and provide text evidence details that support our reason
  • Determine what the author’s purpose of writing a text is. 
  • Comparing & contrasting 2 texts on a similar topic.
  • Locate text evidence that supports comprehension and context clues.

Writing:   This final 9 weeks is about reviewing the 3 different genres of writing we have covered (narrative, informational, and opinion). 

Grammar:  Expanding and rearranging sentences

Phonics/Spelling:  prefixes in, dis, un

Math:  Review adding 3 digit numbers using the open number line; 2 step word problems; word problems with money.

At Home:  Please make sure your child is logging on to FASTT Math to practice their math facts. Please use the link I sent in my email or the link under the Sweets Math Links page on the right of the blog to access the program. 

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Important Dates  

March 27:  Fernbank Feld Trip ~ Parents Welcome

April 2-6:  Spring Break

Have a Wonderful Week! 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 3-17-18

Dear Families,

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the STEMtastic campaign. I am so proud of our class! We have earned a popsicle party and free choice time in the Laptop Lab! The campaign has been extended through the weekend. We are so close to meeting our goal of no homework for 2 weeks…we can do it!  Help us raise funds for continued resources in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics instruction at Frey.

Donate Online

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Image result for school picture day clipart Class and Spring Picture Day is Friday, March 23.

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A BIG thank you to Diane Childress and Nicole Hamilton for being awesome Production Parents this week!

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Fernbank Parent Volunteer Information:  If you are planning on volunteering for the Fernbank Field Trip on March 22, you will need to attend a brief meeting at 2:45 pm on Thursday, March 22. Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything at all. Image result for st patrick's day clipart

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  This week we continued to use text evidence to answer important questions about our fairy tales including determining the author’s message. We also used details from the stories to compare and contrast two similar fairy tales and identify character traits based on how the character acts, feels, thinks, and what they say.  The students are enjoying comparing and contrasting the characters, settings, and plots in different versions of these stories. 

Writing:  We are continuing to learn how to support our opinions with reasons during Writer’s Workshop. We are currently finishing up our Wildlife Expedition project based learning project we have been working on for several weeks. Next week we will be writing letters encouraging the “Wildlife International” to hire us as expedition scouts. 

Grammar:  Expanding and rearranging sentences

Phonics/Spelling:  -tion, -sion, -ion

Math:  Adding 3 digit numbers using base ten, expanded form, and the open number line.

Social Studies:  Allocation of  goods and services: we learned about price, command, force, trade/barter, personal characteristics, first come first served, sharing, lottery, and majority rule. We ended the week with a St. Patrick’s Day craft incorporating all of these terms. 

Health:  Dental Health; Safety

Image result for st patrick's day clipartImportant Dates  

March 20:  First Day of Spring

March 21:  Report Cards go home

Fernbank Parent Meeting:  Thursday, March 22 at 2:45

March 21:  Kindergarten Registration

March 23:  Spring Pictures & Class Picture

March 27:  Fernbank Feld Trip ~ Parents Welcome

April 2-6:  Spring Break

Have a Wonderful Week! 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 3-9-18

Dear Families,

We’ve had a busy week in the classroom. Thank you to everyone who has donated to our STEMtastic Campaign! I am super proud of our class. If you have not yet had the chance to donate…it’s not too late! Please check out the information below and click on the link to donate! Take a peek below to see what we learned this week in class.

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Frey Foundation

Join us today in our STEM-tastic Campaign by helping to raise funds for continued resources in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics instruction at Frey.  YOU are the Frey Foundation, and your students need your support! Visit the Foundation link on our website to learn more, and please share the link below with any businesses and/or individuals that might wish to give a tax-free donation on behalf of your student and their teacher!

https://freyfdtn.wordpress.com/donate-online/

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A BIG thank you to Diane Childress for being awesome Production Parent this week!

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Fernbank Parent Volunteer Information:  If you are planning on volunteering for the Fernbank Field Trip on March 22, you will need to attend a brief meeting at 2:45 pm on Thursday, March 22. Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything at all.Image result for st patrick's day clipart

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  This week we continued to use text evidence to answer important questions about our fairy tales including determining the author’s message. We also used details from the stories to compare and contrast two similar fairy tales and identify character traits based on how the character acts, feels, thinks, and what they say. 

Writing:  We are continuing to learn how to support our opinions with reasons during Writer’s Workshop.

Grammar:  Adjectives; shades of meaning (strong vs. weak words); adverbs; sentences.

Phonics/Spelling:  -ight, -ought, -aught

Math:  Adding 3 digit numbers using base ten, expanded form, and the open number line. 

Health:  Dental Health

Important Dates  

March 21:  Report Cards go home

Fernbank Parent Meeting:  Thursday, March 22 at 2:45

March 23:  Spring Pictures & Class Picture

March 27:  Fernbank field trip ~ Parents welcome

Have a Wonderful Week! 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 3-3-18

I hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break. We had a busy week back. Take a peek below…Image result for dr seuss clipart

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our STEM Night. It was a huge success! Please remember to participate on some level with our fundraiser to support all that the Foundation does for our school! Check out the Frey Foundation website or school website for online donations. Thank you in advance for your support.

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We want to extend a BIG congratulations to COLBY! He was a Science Fair winner. We are so proud of him and all the participants!Image result for dr seuss clipart

There are a few changes in our schedule next week: 

Monday – we will do our Egg Drop Experiment during our specials time.

Tuesday – we will have Music instead of PE. Our lunch time will be 12:14-12:39. We also have STEM Lab. Wear your Stem or Frey shirts.

Image result for dr seuss clipartWe are all ready for our Fernbank Field Trip. We received all our permission slips. Thanks so much for your help with this! There will be a parent meeting on March 22 at 2:45 pm for parents who are planning on being a chaperone for our field trip. Please plan on attending if you are able. Be on the lookout for a letter coming home soon to parent volunteers.   

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February Reading Logs are due. Please return your child’s log to receive a pizza coupon!

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

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  Our focus this nine weeks is to recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. We have enjoyed comparing and contrasting different versions of Cinderella, The 3 Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, and Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as, asking and answering questions about them. Students are continuing to practice using text evidence to support their answers in reading. 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:  We are continuing to learn how to support our opinions with reasons during Writer’s Workshop.

Grammar:  Adjectives; shades of meaning (strong vs. weak words); adverbs.

Phonics/Spelling:  Contractions

Math:  Adding 3 digit numbers using base ten and expanded form. Please go to the Math Video Resources page to the right of the blog and click on the links for 3 digit addition and subtraction to view videos explaining the strategies we will be learning for this standard.

Social Studies:  The contributions of Jackie Robinson

Health:  Dental Health

Image result for dr seuss clipartImportant Dates  

March 5:  Egg Drop

March 6:  Stem Lab

March 2:  Stem Pep Rally

March 21:  Report Cards go home

Fernbank Parent Meeting:  Thursday, March 22 at 2:45

March 23:  Spring Pictures & Class Picture

March 27:  Fernbank field trip ~ Parents welcome

Have a Wonderful Week! 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 2-15-18

Dear Families,

Next week is Winter Break. I hope everyone has a wonderful time of rest, relaxation, and lots of fun. Yay for Winter Break!

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A BIG thank you to Kristin Chandler & Nicole Hamilton for being awesome Production Parents this week. They spent 2 days setting up a couple of Escape the Room challenges for the kiddos. 🙂

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Another BIG thank you to Erin Noble for donating the wooden hearts for the Valentine craft & to Kristin Chandler for sending in a special Valentine treat for the students on Wednesday. 

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On Monday March 5, 2018, to kick off our Stemtastic Campaign students will be allowed to test their skills as a scientist by participating in the GREAT EGG DROP. 

Directions are as follows:

Create a disposable container that will hold a raw egg inside. Be creative and use your imagination to build a container that will protect the raw egg from a drop from the roof of the school! We will be placing the raw egg inside the containers on the morning of drop, so please make sure the container has the ability to open and close. The teachers will be dropping the containers from the roof to see which eggs survive the fall. Our hope is that the students enjoy forming a hypothesis, designing a plan, and testing their ideas just like a real scientist!

*** We will have a special guest participant ***

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If your student has not previously been photographed for the yearbook, pictures will be taken on Tuesday, February 27th.  These pictures are for the yearbook only and are not available for purchase.

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 Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  We continued to work on fluency and voice with Fairy Tales as the students began to rehearse and present a Reader’s Theater version of The Three Little Javelinas (based on The Three Little Pigs); reading fables and determining the moral or lesson in them; writing a summary. 

Writing:  We are continuing to learn how to support our opinions with reasons during Writer’s Workshop.

Grammar:  Adjectives; shades of meaning (strong vs. weak words); adverbs.

Phonics:  Review of r-controlled vowel patterns -ar, -er, -ur

Math:  We used the partial sums strategy to add up to 4 two-digit numbers. 

Social Studies:  The contributions of Jackie Robinson

Image result for cupcake clipartImportant Dates  

February 19:  President’s Day

February 19-23:  Winter Break ~ No school!

March 1:  Stem Night 6 p.m.

March 5:  Egg Drop

March 6:  Stem Lab

March 2:  Stem Pep Rally

March 21:  Report Cards go home

Fernbank Parent Meeting:  Thursday, March 22 at 2:45

March 23:  Spring Pictures & Class Picture

March 27:  Fernbank field trip ~ Parents welcome

Have a Wonderful Break! 

Scaturro’s Scoop fro 2-10-18

Dear Families,

We only have 5 days until our next break. We have a lot to do, so let’s make the most of it!

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Progress Reports:   Due to the limited number of days we have had to instruct and assess students this quarter due to inclement weather, we will not be sending home a 4 ½ week progress report at this time.  We will continue to cover the current quarter’s standards and continue assessing.  Report cards will be distributed on March 21.  We will continue to send home classwork and assessments that are completed in class, and we will contact you if we have any concerns with your child’s progress at any time during the quarter.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns at this time.  Thank you for your continued support.

The Second Grade Team

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Don’t forget to send in your Fernbank permission slips by February 16. If you are planning on being a chaperone, please send your money to school with your child’s permission slip. If you wait until you get to Fernbank, you will pay the full cost for admission rather than the discounted group rate.

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This Wednesday, February 14th our class will celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards and enjoying a treat. The students will need to decorate a shoe box/bag with a hole cut in the top large enough to fit cards/treats in. Please feel free to be as creative as you like! Students will also need to send in 22 cards/treats to exchange with their friends. Please have your child sign each card with his/her name before you send them in. Please DO NOT address the cards to individual students. This will make it easier for delivery. Please send in your box and cards/treats on or before February 14.  

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A BIG thank you to Nicole Hamilton for being awesome Production Parent this week.

Image result for valentine clipart Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  This week we worked on comparing and contrasting original and fractured fairy tales. I have been stressing the importance of adding important details to our comparisons. We also continued to review the central message of a story.

Writing:  We are continuing to learn how to support our opinions with reasons during Writer’s Workshop.

Grammar:  Adjectives; shades of meaning (strong vs. weak words); adverbs.

Phonics:  Review of r-controlled vowel patterns -or, -ir

Math:  Adding and subtracting 10 and 100 to a given number; adding 4 two-digit numbers using partial sums. 

At Home:  Practice those math facts. We had another assessment on facts to 20 on Friday. These scores will be coming home on Monday in your child’s Graded Work Folders. The expectation is that your child fluently adds & subtracts facts to 20 with 95 percent accuracy by the end of the second grade year. 

Science:  We concluded our unit on stars. 

Social Studies: Up next:  Jackie Robinson

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Important Dates

February 5:  Fernbank permission slips will go home

February 12:   Miss Nelson is Missing

February 14:  Valentine Exchange…bring your decorated containers

February 16:  Fernbank permission slips due

February 16:  Jump Rope for Heart   

February 19:  President’s Day

February 19-23:  Winter Break ~ No school!

March 1:  Stem Night 6 p.m.

March 2:  Stem Pep Rally

March 27:  Fernbank field trip ~ Parents welcome

Have a Wonderful Weekend! 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 2-2-18

Dear Families,

I want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all of you for the flowers, cards, lunches, special treats, and class supplies for Teacher Appreciation Week. I felt so appreciated by you all! I am so lucky to have such wonderful parents and students. I would also like to thank our Room Moms for organizing all this for me. Thank you for all you do!!

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Don’t forget to return your January Reading Log if you have not already done so.

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Coming soon…Valentine’s exchange. We will exchange Valentine’s Day Cards on February 14th. The students will need to decorate a shoe box/bag with a hole cut in the top large enough to fit cards/treats in. Please feel free to be as creative as you like! Students will also need to send in 22 cards/treats to exchange with their friends. Please have your child sign each card with his/her name before you send them in. Please DO NOT address the cards to individual students. This will make it easier for delivery. Please send in your box and cards/treats on or before February 14. Check your child’s binder for a pink note that went home Friday with this information. 

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We will be attending a performance of Beauty and the Beast on Thursday, February 8 at the Cobb Energy Center. Please have your child dress in their “Sunday best.” We will have lunch around 1:00 when we return to school. Please make sure your child eats a good breakfast and brings a snack to eat before we leave. We will be eating sack lunches at 1:00 when we return. Thank you for your help with this.

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A BIG thank you to Diana Childress for being an awesome Production Parent this week.  

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Coach Callahan will soon be helping our students participate in Jump Rope for Heart This is a national campaign that is hosted by The American Heart Association.  It’s a great event to raise funds and awareness in the fight against heart disease and stroke.  These are the No.1 and No.4 killers in America.  It’s also great to promote heart healthy living in our students. 

Here’s where you come in…Volunteers are needed throughout the week at different times.  Below is a sign up genius.  Please click on the link, check your schedules and see what spots could work for you.  Thank you for being a part of such an amazing community that supports our kids so well!  We hope to see you here. 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054caca623abfa7-jump

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  We are deep into our fairy tale unit and the kiddos have loved the different versions of familiar fairy tales we have been reading. We are determining whose point of view the story is being told and identifying the author’s message.

Writing:  We are continuing to learn how to support our opinions with reasons during Writer’s Workshop.

Grammar:  Adjectives; shades of meaning (strong vs. weak words); adverbs.

Phonics:  Silent letter combinations kn, gn, mb, wr.

Math:  Adding and subtracting 10 and 100 to a given number. 

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

Science:  We began our unit on stars. We learned about the size, brightness, and patterns of stars. Take a peek at our Stem Lab fun…

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Important Dates

February 5:  Fernbank permission slips will go home

February 8:  Atlanta Ballet field trip ~ Students only…dress in your Sunday best

February 12:   Miss Nelson is Missing

February 14:  Valentine Exchange…bring your decorated containers

February 16:  Fernbank permission slips due

February 16:  Jump Rope for Heart   

February 19:  President’s Day

February 19-23:  Winter Break ~ No school!

March 1:  Stem Night 6 p.m.

March 2:  Stem Pep Rally

March 27:  Fernbank field trip ~ Parents welcome

Have a Wonderful Weekend!