Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me this week. Talking with you about your children is one of my favorite things. As always, if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to reach out. Wow! Thank you for all the books I/we received from the book fair. The kids and I appreciated each one and they make a great addition to our classroom library.
~ Lisa Boland for being Mystery Reader this week
~ for initialing your child’s agenda each day
~ for responding to your child’s take home journal every weekend
~ for checking Dojo for behavior updates
~ for encouraging your child to practice on DreamBox
Typing Practice: It’s never too early to begin sharpening typing skills. See below for some typing practice ideas.
Extra Resources/Challenge Ideas/Standards on Blog: Please be sure to visit our class blog. I have added Quarter 2 standards so you can see what your child will be learning. I have also added some challenge ideas for home, which are optional. Additionally, I have been adding many helpful resources that will serve as extra practice for home. If your child completes any extra work at home, please have them bring it to school so I can see.
Optional Book Report: Students can choose a nonfiction topic and ask 4 questions that they want to learn. Then they will read a nonfiction book to help them answer their questions. After students have finished researching, they can decorate a pumpkin (real or fake). Please don’t have students carve the pumpkins, as they will rot! Students can bring this project to school before the due date if they choose. The project is due October 27th but students can bring it in early if they would like.
Math Facts: Students should be practicing addition/subtraction facts for 10 minutes on the nights indicated in their agendas. Our end of year goal is 90-100% on 100 problems in 6 minutes. When your child masters the 2nd grade goal we will extend and begin working on 3rd grade goals.
What are we learning?
Math – Skip counting with money and working on regular skip counting. Skip count by 5’s, 10’s & 100’s we’re either adding or subtracting by each amount. Review skip counting (ex: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25…) then skip counting at various numbers (ex: 455, 460, 465, 470; 327, 332, 337, 342; 178, 173, 168, 163, 158, 153; 852, 752, 652, 552, etc…) We will also learn strategies to add two 2 digit numbers with and without regrouping.
Writing – We will be participating in the Bert’s Show “Big Thank You.” Just in case you are not familiar with this wonderful activity, each year the Bert Show (a radio station in Atlanta) collects hand written letters of thanks and sends them to our brave troops overseas with hopes that every soldier receives a hand written letter on Thanksgiving Day.
In our informational unit, we will learn to write a topic sentence, use facts to develop points, and a closing sentence on a topic.
Reading – We will learn how to use various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
Grammar/Phonics: We will learn how to use an apostrophe to form contractions.
Science/Social Studies – We will begin studying our 3 heroes who founded GEORGIA – James Oglethorpe, Mary Muscgrove and Tomochichi.
Important Dates to Remember:
October 23rd-27th – Red Ribbon Week – We will have dress-up theme days!
Monday: Wear Red to show that you love yourself and others. Be drug & bully free!
Tuesday: Wear Neon to show that you are too bright to use drugs or bully others!
Wednesday: Wear Tie-Dye/Peace Signs to say “Peace Out” to drugs & bullying!
Thursday: Wear Sweatshirts to show that it’s “No Sweat” to be drug & bully free!
Friday: Wear Team Gear to show that kindness is a team sport – be drug & bully free!
October 23rd-27th – Bus Driver Appreciation Week – make a card for your bus driver thanking them for getting you to and from school safely!
October 26th – Foundation Monster Mash 6:00-7:30 pm