I hope to see everyone on Tuesday, November 14th for the Thanksgiving feast. Please make sure there is already money in your child’s account for your lunch. The line goes much faster when there is already money in the account! Our time is 10:55 – 11:35 AM at tables 3 & 4.

A huge thank you to some very special moms, Mrs. Young, Mrs. Kelley, and Mrs. Kimpel for coming in to our classroom and helping out with our Fall Centers. It was so much fun. The students did a candy corn experiment, measured pumpkins, made a pumpkin transformation, built spider bridges, and completed two math centers. The students were able to dress up in their costumes and make donations to Relay for Life.

This week we will be building our can structure. They will be judged on Thursday, November 16th. Right now, we only have 17 cans. Please send in more cans. After judging and display, all cans will be donated to MUST Ministries.

Thursday, progress reports will be sent home.

There will be no school, November 20 – 24 for Thanksgiving Break.

Please remember to check your student’s binder daily, sign the behavior calendar, and remove and go over with your child any completed work. Students do have spelling and math homework to practice skills that we are working on in class.

What have we been learning?

Spelling/Phonics – Spelling long vowels, this week it will be the long /i/ digraph syllable pattern words. Students are expected to use these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.

Reading – Students are 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 finding text evidence to answer comprehension questions related to key ideas in informational text. 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.

Writing – Research and informational writing. One of the hardest concepts for a 2nd grader to learn is NOT copying directly from a source. I am trying to teach them to write down the most important facts, then put it in their own words when writing the paragraph.

Math – Double digit addition and subtraction strategies within 100 using a hundreds chart and base ten blocks. We will also be learning addition and subtraction with an open number line and expanded form.

Social Studies –  We have been learning about the regions of Georgia and our 7 main rivers. This week we will start our unit studying Georgia’s Native Americans: The Creek & Cherokee. We will learn about where the Creek & Cherokee lived in Georgia and the resources they used from Georgia’s rivers to build homes, gardens, and villages.  We used our reading strategy of using text evidence to learn more about the Creek & Cherokee.

Science – STEM Lab on Friday, November 17th. Please wear your STEM shirt or Frey House shirt.

Have a great week and I hope to see everyone on Tuesday!!!

Week of October 23, 2017

***Parents, thank you all so much for such a great conference week. It was great to connect with everyone, once again to celebrate your child’s successes.

***Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey to let the state know how we are doing. Your feedback is an important part of our CCRPI score. Thanks so much!

http://gshs.gadoe.org/Lists/Parents/NewForm.aspx

***Frey Foundation STEM Can Help Others Challenge is just around the corner…This is a Can Goods Food Drive with a STEM Challenge bonus! The can drive will run Monday, October 16th – Thursday, November 16th with ALL cans being donated to Must Ministries. The STEM Can Challenge is a competition among the classrooms to create a display by using donated cans and The Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. We are asking 3-5 cans per student. The more cans, the more design options!

Look at what we have been learning:

We will begin Spelling word homework this week working on the long /a/ sound spelled ai, ay, and ei. Spelling homework will come home Monday and be due on Friday.

Reading – Non-fiction; learning the characteristics of what makes them non-fiction and compare them to fiction stories. Students are learning facts about the different non-fiction topics and writing the facts they are learning.

Writing – Students will continue writing their narratives, conferencing with me, and completing a final draft.

Math – Adding and subtracting using strategies in word problems.

Social Studies – Georgia Regions (Appalachian Plateau, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont Region, Coastal Plains, Ridge and Valley, and the Barrier Islands) and the rivers of Georgia.

Upcoming dates:

Nonfiction “Book Tasting” in the Learning Commons: Wednesday, October 25

STEM Lab Visit:  Friday, October 27…Wear your Frey or Stem Shirt!

***The FCCLA chapter of Allatoona HS will be hosting Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31st from 6-8 p.m.
We would like to invite your parents and students to join us for this year’s festivities.  Bring your family and join us on October 31st from 6-8 pm in the Founder’s Lot at Allatoona High School!!
Note: The Founder’s Lot is located to the right back corner of the football field. Signs will be posted for your convenience.

Next week, Target will meet on Monday, the 30th instead of Tuesday, the 31st.  Mrs. Pirro’s class will be having Fall Centers on the 31st.

Fall Centers/Character Dress Up $5:  October 31

Frey Day on a Saturday:  November 4 –

The fourth annual Frey Day on a Saturday clean-up day will be November 4th from 8:00-11:30 A.M. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. We hope to have an abundance of volunteers to help beautify our school campus. Please click the link below to sign-up. Thank you for AIMing HIGH!

Election Day/No School:  Tuesday, November 7

Welcome to our classroom, Ja’Marion Jackson. He comes to our classroom from Minnesota. The students are happy to have a new boy in our class and everyone welcomed him.

 

Thank you to all you participated and came to the Fall Festival. A huge thank you to Mrs. Young for all of her hard work making sure the basket and other decor was completed. Thank you to everyone who made donations. A great time was had by all. Mrs. Young recently completed the Class Directory. Be on the lookout for that in your e-mail.

Early Release Day, Thursday, 10/12/2017. Dismissal will be at 12:20.

Next week is conference week. It is also an early release week. Please check your e-mails from me or sign-up genius to schedule your conference. If you do not see a time convenient to your schedule, please send me an e-mail and we will find a time that will work. Our lunch and special time is changed for next week, and your child will be dismissed at 12:20. There will also be a Book Fair in the Media Center and our counselors are scheduling Career Week along with Red Ribbon Week. Report Cards will be distributed during your child’s conference.

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 remember to check your student’s binder daily, sign the behavior calendar, and remove and go over with your child any completed work. Students do have a math packet in their homework pocket to practice skills that we are working on in class.

 

Week of September 4th

Hi families,

I hope everyone is enjoying their three day weekend.

On Tuesday, we will have STEM class in the afternoon. Please try to wear your STEM, House, or Frey shirt.

Wednesday – Progress reports go home. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will be sending home many corrected papers this week. Please go over them with your child. I am really proud of what your child is doing in class. They work very hard everyday!

The Fire Safety Village Field Trip is scheduled for Friday, September 8. If you have not already done so, please return all  homework sheets and waivers on Tuesday, September 5. Students will eat lunch at the village. If your child does not want a school lunch, they need to bring a lunch from home.Please pack lunches from home in a labeled, gallon size Ziploc bag. Please pack a snack for your child to enjoy upon our return. The kiddos are usually hungry in the afternoon. Remind your child to wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. We look forward to a fun trip!

Our PTA Sponsored Movie Night is Friday, September 8 from 6:30-9:30 pm. The students voted and the winner is…Beauty and the Beast! Relay for Life will be selling glowsticks. Come join us for some movie fun!!

What we have been learning……..

Phonics/Spelling – We have been focusing on short vowels sounds, closed syllable words that give the short vowel sound. This week we will begin to look at long vowel digraphs.

Reading – Retelling the characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end of a story. Not only are students retelling orally, but retelling by writing the summary in three paragraphs (in the beginning, in the middle, at the end).

Writing – Personal narratives (an experience that happened to them).

Math – We have been learning about place value and practicing all the different ways to represent numbers. The 4 ways we have been representing numbers are: Standard Form (462),  Base Ten Blocks, Expanded Form/Notation (400 + 60 + 2),  Word Form (four hundred sixty-two). We also worked on comparing 2 three digit numbers using greater than, less than, and equal to. This week, we will continue to compare numbers and begin to count by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s using pennies, nickels and dimes. This will help your child count money using dollars and cents.

Science – Solids, Liquids, & Gases Oh My! We finished up our unit on Matter by rotating to all the second grade classes to explore changing states of matter.  Here are the activities your child participated in on their matter exploration…

* Ice Cream Freezing into a Solid in Ms. Scaturro’s Class

* Matter is Poppin’ Bubble Fun in Mr. Navarra’s Classroom

* Matter isn’t Something to Bark At Melting Matter, Making Chocolate Spoons in Mrs. Pirro’s Class

* The Life Cycle of a Snowman in Mrs. Pinkard’s Class

* Ooey Gooey Slime in Mrs. Farmer’s Class

We will begin our next unit on the Moon, Sun and Shadows. Then, Seasonal Changes.

Parents, please make sure your child is reading and practicing addition and subtraction facts every night.

 

 

 

Open House This Thursday

Hello Parents,
We can’t wait to see you all this Thursday at 6pm for our Open House event.  Please keep in mind that this a parent-only preferred event.  We want you to get the most out of the presentation and be able to have all questions answered without distraction.  You will report directly to the class.  See you all then!

It’s been a great start to the new school year!!!

Hi families,

What a great start to the new school year! Everyone is adjusting well to 2nd grade life as a Star Spangled Student. We have made AIM High booklets and have practiced Frey’s Big 3. Students continue learning to manage themselves and be a good influence to others. We are good students in the hallway, lunchroom, and restroom. The students are settling into the daily routine of our classroom. Our mornings are packed with math, reading, word work (phonics, spelling and grammar), writing, and then after lunch and specials, our content which consists of Science, Social Studies, and Health.

I really enjoyed the Me Bags the students put together the first week of school and it was so much fun listening to the students talk about themselves and learning about each other. In addition to the Me Bags, I will be sending home a poster-sized, All About Me. Students will complete this at home with your help. After Labor Day, I will choose one student to be, The Star Spangled Student of the week. He or she will present their poster, have it hung up in the room, sit at a special desk, and have special privileges for that week. I am looking forward to learning more about my students.

I so appreciate everyone sending in their child’s supplies and paperwork as quickly as you did. In addition to your child’s supplies, many parents sent in additional supplies to be shared and special things that I needed (paper plates, snacks, etc.). Thank you so very much. 🙂

So…we have been here for two weeks. What’s going on in class???

In reading, we looked at the difference between fiction and non-fiction books, and what their characteristics are; we focused on reading quietly by ourselves and building our reading stamina. This week we will begin to review the structure of a fiction book including the characters, setting, problem and solution, and how they all have a beginning, middle and end. 

In math, we worked on building numbers, place value, and the value of the digit in each place. We will continue building numbers using manipulatives and looking at the place and finding the value of that number. Students are also working on their addition and subtraction facts. 

In writing, we are talking about how we take one small moment and turn it into a well developed, narrative story. We will be focusing on using capitals and punctuation.

Science, we will begin our Matter unit. On Friday, as a class, we will make chocolate spoons, and see how a solid can be heated to make a liquid, and then refrigerated to become a solid again. Then we will eat them!!! The following week I will be doing that experiment with each of the other second grade classes and my class will go to a different second grade teacher everyday to do a different experiment.

WHAT’S COMING UP?

This Tuesday (8/15), we will be having our Destiny lesson in the Learning Commons and then we will be able to start checking out books.

Parents are invited to attend Parent Open House on Thursday, August 17th at 6:00 pm. We will discuss 2nd grade procedures and expectations and take a look at our curriculum together. I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!

On Monday, August 21, we will have a late dismissal due to the Solar Eclipse. You will receiving more information as we receive it. We do have a meeting this Tuesday afternoon and hope to have more information for you.

Tuesday, August 22, is School Picture Day.

Wednesday, August 30, is Early Release Day.

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!!!

First of all, I would like to welcome everyone back from the holiday and break. We came back, then the students came back, and then we were off again!!! So after our snow and ice (mostly ice) we are ready to get back into 2017. Hopefully everyone will be back on Wednesday, and we can resume some kind of normalcy.

Your child’s second report card went home Friday. Please remove the report card and parent information from the inside of the envelope, sign the envelope (do not seal it!) and return it as soon as possible. We will the envelopes again next quarter.

The January calendar went home on Friday. It is inside your child’s binder.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 17. Second grade will be performing their PTSA singing program. Please have your child report to the hallway outside the cafeteria in their Sunday best at 5:45. The program will begin at 6:00 pm.

As part of our new writing unit for the third quarter, we will be working on a writing lesson that we need your assistance with. We are asking that you help your child bring in a collection (or a picture of a collection) of 6 objects by Monday, January 9. For example, a collection of cars, Legos, Shopkins, coins, key chains, etc. Collections should be school appropriate and fit into your child’s backpack. Please do not send in electronics or anything of extreme value. Collections will be returned home by the end of the week.  Unfortunately, since we were not in school on Monday or Tuesday, please bring in your collection Wednesday or Thursday! I will be bringing in a collection myself to model opinion writing and how we use reasons to uphold our thinking.

From the Counselors…

#Influence

As motivated, engaged learners, Frey students understand they can influence their peers, family, community, and world with their words and actions. Significant change can begin with just one person’s positive example. We want our students and their families to join the conversation. We are encouraging our students, with the assistance of their parents, to post on social media regarding influence during the month of January.

  • What does influence mean to you?
  • Who has been a positive influence in your life?
  • What moments have been the most influential in your life?
  • How do you and your family positively influence others?
  • How do you and your family show gratitude for those who have influenced your life?

Simply post your story to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #freyflames and #influence. Be sure to include pictures! We will search the hashtags and use some of the stories for discussion with students. As an added incentive, if you include a hashtag with your house name you will receive a house point for your participation! (Please be aware there are limitations with our search capabilities, but we will catch all of the posts we can.)  

Example:

Students have posted inspirational messages through out Frey Elementary! #freyflames #reveur #influence

We look forward to hearing from you!

Last week we reviewed what it means to Foster Leadership Among Motivated Engaged Students (FLAMES),  and AIM HIGH every day (A=attitude; I=ideas; M=management; H=helpfulness; I=influence; G=gratitude; H=hope). We focused on reviewing Frey’s Big 3 Rules: Do Your Best, Be Kind, and Make Good Choices. We also discussed setting goals for ourselves for the new year. We made promises on our new year’s hats and hung them in the hallway to remind us of our goals!

This week we will try to get back to our regular schedule. In Reading, we will explore Fairy Tales, dialogue, shades of meaning (weak vs. strong words).In Grammar, we will look at adjectives and adding commas in a series. In Writing, we will focus on writing opinion pieces. In Math, we will review addition and subtraction strategies and adding and subtracting 10 & 100.In Social Studies, we will learn about Martin Luther King Jr.

Parents and students, Science Fair is coming up. Start thinking about your Science Fair project for this year! The Frey Elementary Science Fair will be held at Frey on Tuesday, February 14, and Wednesday, February 15. More information, including requirements, applications and due dates, will be coming home soon.

Important Dates

January 11: STEM

January 16: Martin Luther King Day – No School

January 17:  2nd Grade PTSA Performance  6:00 pm (Please be here by 5:45) Bingo afterwards

January 23:  Henry’s in Acworth-RFL

March 3:  Stem Pep Rally

March 22:  Fernbank Field Trip/Parents Welcome

March 30:  In-house Fire Safety Program on Campus

 

 

Welcome December!!!

Hi Moms and Dads. Can you believe we are in December???

Please check your child’s binder. The new calendar for December is in the front and read to look at. We have a wide variety of activities coming up and I want you to be aware of each and every one of them.

First:

December 7; we will be attending Performing Arts. We will have lunch at 10:00am, leave for the ballet at 10:45, see the ballet, and return to school. This field trip is for students only. No parents will be attending this field trip with us. I have all of the permission slips and everyone is good to go!

December 9; all “Scientist for a Day” projects and lab reports due.

Week of December 11, “Scientist for a Day” Presentations (listening/speaking grade)

December 15; STEM

December 19; Grinch Day and Holiday Class Party, 10:30-11:30 AM, everyone is welcome.

December 20; Elf Day

December 21; Polar Express Day, PJ Day and Relay for Life Hat Day $1. Last day of school for 2016. Students return on Thursday, January 5th.

December is one busy month full of fun activities. However, we must also continue to concentrate on what we are learning as well.

 Next week in:                                                

Phonics/Spelling: We are finished with Spelling until the new year.

Reading: We are looking at what the author’s message is to the reader. Also, we are looking at the main idea of the passages and stories that we read. I continue to read with students on an individual basis and update their individual DRA levels.

Writing: Students will work on their Scientist for a Day projects at home and turn it in with a completed lab report. In the classroom, we are working on animal research projects using non-fiction text features.

Math: Adding and subtracting two digit numbers.  Two step word problems.

Social Studies: We are learning about the lives, character traits, and contributions of James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, and Tomichichi.

Please remember….                                                                                                             

A Note From the Front office:

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is required for all schools in Georgia. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.  The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.

            Georgia Parent Survey:

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

Please continue to send in canned foods for the canned food drive.

Thank you 🙂

 

Everyday is a Great Day when you’re a Star Spangled Student!!!

Hey Moms and Dads, boys and girls – First of all I want to say that this 2016-2017 year in 2nd grade is off to a great start. I met many of you during Sneak-a-Peek, and then the following Monday was the first day of school, and everybody came!!! I am so happy to be back in 2nd grade. My students are already so awesome. During Open House I was able to share with moms and dads the 2nd grade curriculum and how our day is scheduled. A copy of the schedule and calendar will be put in the front of your child’s Star Spangled Binder this week. I am updating everything!

So what are we doing this week in our class…

Phonics: We started the year reviewing initial blends, final blends, digraphs ch, sh, th, wh, ng, and ck, and finishing that first week of phonics instruction with 3 letter blends (scr, spl, spr, squ, and str). This week we will practice writing and learning words with a closed syllable pattern, meaning the vowel is contained within consonants.

Reading: Lucy Calkins – building our stamina for reading; students read for a certain number of minutes each day; we also build on our lesson from the day before; this week (8/15) we are working on the words and phrases we know in a snap and reading in bigger scoops, stopping to retell a story, and using Post-Its to jot ideas about stories down.

Writing: During our writing time, the students started putting some ideas on paper about something fun he/she did over the summer. Students will choose one of their ideas and put some details about the one fun thing he/she did. Then students will take the idea and the details, and write a narrative piece.

Math: We are starting on place value using tens and hundreds.

Content: We are working on trees in the four seasons. Students are completing a book on what trees look like in each season. We started with summer. the next season will be fall.