Week of Dec 9 – 13

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We are down to 2 weeks left before our Winter Break! Here are the updates for our upcoming week 🙂

Tuesday: We will have our Staff Party at 11:15. If you have signed up to come in for TPV for that day please don’t forget! Check our Shutter Fly site if you have forgotten. The Giving Bags will be put together and collected on Tuesday. If you have things to send in please send them in by Tuesday morning. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated items! Our bag is really full and it will be a fabulous gift to a family in need 🙂

Wednesday: I will be out all of Wednesday. I am taking my sister to chemo treatment so that she is not alone. Please help me out Tuesday night and Wednesday morning by reminding the students to be helpful and kind to the sub! Thank you for helping make it a great day!

Upcoming dates to keep in mind:

12/16 Class Party from 12:15 – 1:00 Everyone is welcome to attend. Please check the ShutterFly account to see if we still need help with stations or food items! Please remember that we can’t have any other siblings come to the party. I look forward to seeing everyone!

12/19 Early Release

12/20 Early Release

12/23 – 1/5 Winter Break

1/6 Come back to school!

As always please email me with any questions or concerns! Have a great week everyone 🙂

Field trip tomorrow

Hi everyone! We will be going to see the Nutcracker tomorrow. Here are a few reminders:

  • Dress: Please have your child wear appropriate clothing for seeing a play (think church clothes). They will NOT need to wear their green field trip shirt. We will not have time to change before going to specials so please do not pack a change of clothes. They don’t need to be super fancy just look nice 🙂
  • Lunch: We will be coming back to school to eat lunch. If you signed up to pack your child’s lunch you can pack it in their normal lunch box.
  • Snack: We will not be eating lunch until 12 when we return to school. Please pack a snack for them to eat in the morning so that they aren’t starving by the time we get back.

Thank you so much for your help with this! It’s going to be a great experience for the students 🙂

Week of December 2 – 6

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of great food and amazing memories with family and loved ones! We have 3 weeks before we break again for Christmas break. Here are the updates for the following week:

Monday: Giving bag collection begins. Please send in items for our bag that will be put together next Tuesday. Thank you all so much for helping us give to a family in need!

Tuesday: No Target. Please remember that Target is done until after the holidays. I will let you know when it is going to begin again!

Friday: Nutcracker Ballet field trip. Please do not send students in their normal green field trip shirt. The county is pushing for us to treat this field trip as a normal visit to the ballet where more formal attire is expected. Students should wear nice jeans or pants along with a nice shirt. Girls can wear dresses or skirts if they want. Think church clothes 🙂

Dates to jot down:

12/16 (Monday) we will have our Class Party from 12:15-1:00. Please check our class Shutterfly site to see volunteer opportunities to help during the party. Everyone is welcome to attend during our scheduled time, but please do not bring any younger siblings.

12/19 (Thursday) and 12/20 (Friday) both of these days will be early release days. Please plan to have your child home two hours early!

If you have any questions or concerns please email me! I hope everyone has a great week 🙂

Week of Nov 18-22

I hope everyone had a great weekend and were able to get out and enjoy the weather before it turns cold and gross again!  We have one more week until Thanksgiving Break. Here are the updates for the week.

**We will have STEM day on Friday. Students are allowed to use toilet paper or paper towel rolls. If you have any extra laying around please send our way during the week! Thank you for any you can contribute 🙂

Tuesday: Target will get pulled for half a day. Please make sure students come with everything they need. This will be our last Target day until after X-Mas break.

Friday: STEM Day. Our class will participate in a school wide STEM activity making an arcade game completely out of recycled material. Don’t forget to send in extra toilet paper or paper towel rolls!

November 25 – 29 will be Thanksgiving Break. We will not have school at all that week. Enjoy time with your families!

Have a wonderful week and please email me with any questions or concerns 🙂

Week of Nov 11

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here are the updates for our coming week 🙂

Monday: Happy Veteran’s Day to everyone who is a veteran and thank you so much for your service! I am so excited for Mt. Bethel’s first veteran’s day breakfast. 2nd grade will be singing at the end of the breakfast. Please make sure the kids wear RED, WHITE and BLUE and are at school on time! We need to be lined up and heading to the cafeteria by 7:45. If your child is late, they will have to stand in the back with me and miss the opportunity to sing in front of our veterans.

Tuesday: Target Day. Please make sure students bring everything they need for Target.

Please make sure you send students with at least a sweater to school everyday. The temps are supposed to drop this week and we still want to be able to go outside and get fresh air! Thank you for your help with this 🙂

I hope everyone has a great week. Please email me with any questions or concerns you have!

Field Trip Lunch Choice

Hi everyone! Our ballet field trip snuck up on us! I need you to fill out the attached lunch form by this FRIDAY. Just click the link and then fill out all responses. We will be going to the ballet on December 6th to see the Nutcracker 🙂

Please email me with any questions.

Here is the link, again please fill it out by this FRIDAY!


Week of Nov 4 – Nov 8

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here are the updates for this week.

Patron Drive: Our Patron Drive has officially ended. Thank you so much to everyone who donated during the drive. I can’t wait to see what our final numbers are and if we earned the yogurt party! Thank you again so much for being so generous and helping keep Mt. Bethel at the top in Cobb County!

Lice and Sickness: 2nd grade has already been hit hard by lice and sickness. Please let me know if your child gets treated for lice. We move all over our room constantly so I need to know if things need to be treated. I also need to let everyone else know so that we can get all hair up in ponytails and checked out before it spreads.

If your child is home sick, please let me know what they get diagnosed with. We clean with Clorox wipes every afternoon and I spray Lysol once a week but if it’s a major sickness I need to know so we can up the cleaning and hopefully keep everyone else healthy! Just a reminder, if your child throws up or has a fever, they need to be 24 hours clear of all symptoms before returning to school. I know it’s frustrating at times to find care or miss work but you put everyone else at risk of getting sick by sending them back to school to early. Thank you so much for your help in keeping everyone safe and healthy!

Monday: Native American Day. Please make sure students wear their lime green field trip shirt to school. All of 2nd grade will rotate around to each room and experience a different activity to demonstrate life as a Native American. If you signed up to pack a lunch please make sure you do so! We are staying at school so lunches can be packed in regular lunch boxes like normal 🙂

It’s going to be a great day! Make sure you check out our Shutterfly class website for pictures.

If you don’t want to cook dinner, head over to Tijuana Joe’s for our PTA Spirit Night!

Tuesday: Election Day and No school. Enjoy your day off!

Friday: Breakfast with Dad at 6:30 am! Enjoy those Chick-Fil-A biscuits.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns. I hope everyone has a great week!


Week of 10/28 – 11/1

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are getting out and enjoying this sunshine after yesterdays gloomy day. It’s hard to believe but we are in our last week of October and heading towards the busy holiday season.

Patron Drive: We are in the final week for our Patron Drive to support our amazing teachers and students. New class percentages came out on Friday and we are SO close to having 80% participation. If we achieve our 80% goal, our entire class will get a frozen yogurt party and extra recess (the kids are dying to get this!). I will also be able to wear jeans any day I want with my Patron shirt. It seems silly but jeans are much needed on some days 🙂 Please please consider donating ANY amount you are comfortable with. Everything helps!

On a great note…2nd grade is currently in the lead for overall participation! My inner competitive drive is doing a happy dance right now! Thank you so much to the families that have already been super generous and donated. Please consider clicking the following link and donating if you haven’t already done so. Thank you all so much for supporting us and helping us keep Mt. Bethel one of the best schools in Cobb County!


Here are the updates for the last week of October:

Tuesday: Target Day. Please make sure students bring everything they need for Target.

Wednesday: Walton Cluster Family Night…go out and enjoy a night with the family without having to worry about homework for the night.

Thursday: Happy Halloween! Please remember students CAN NOT wear costumes to school. Please send me pictures of trick or treating through Remind! I love to see them all dressed up 🙂

Last day of the Patron Drive!

Saturday: PTA Fun Run. Don’t forget to register through the PTA in order to participate in the Fun Run. I’ll be there during the first part so look for me and come say hi!

I hope everyone has a great week. Please email me with any questions or concerns!

Week of October 21 – 25

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are back to a normal week this week.

Thank you to everyone for coming out for conferences last week. I know that can mess with schedules and I really appreciate everyone being super flexible. I enjoyed getting to sit down with everyone and talk about your child’s progress so far this year. We are off to a great start and we are going to continue this momentum going into the 2nd quarter!

I need 4-5 volunteers who would be willing to cut shirts for our upcoming Native American Day. I will send them home with your child on Monday and I would need them back no later than Friday. If you have time this week please email me and let me know!

I will also need 3-4 volunteers to come into school NEXT WEEK on Wednesday the 30th and help us bead our shirts. I would need you to come in for an hour from 12-1. Please email me if you are interested in helping us out! Thank you 🙂

Updates for this week:

Tuesday: Target Day. Please make sure students bring everything they need for Target.

STEM Fair is Tuesday night from 5:30 – 7. I can’t wait to see what the students have come up with! If your child is participating in the STEM Fair, their badge and directions will come home with them on Monday.

We are heading into the last two weeks of our Foundation Patron Drive! If you haven’t already, please consider donating any amount you can to help our Foundation support our teachers and our students. Our Foundation is amazing in supporting at home connections with things like SeeSaw which allows students to post work they are proud of and parents can see it right away.

Academic Updates:

We are officially in 2nd quarter which means we are going to start introducing new standards and building on our standards mastered in 1st quarter. Please continue to have students read every night for 20 minutes and talk with them about what they are reading. Comprehension is going to be a huge focus for us in 2nd quarter!

Math: We are moving into telling time on an analog clock. Students will need to be able to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes. They will also use vocabulary words such as quarter to, quarter past and half past. This is typically a tough skill for kids to understand because so many clocks are digital now. If you have an analog clock, start seeing if your child can identify the hands and begin reading the time.

Reading: We are moving into working with nonfiction text. During this unit, students will understand how to read nonfiction text for information. They will focus on reading all parts of the text (text features, pictures, index, glossary etc) and not just the words in order to gain information. Eventually we will work into comparing multiple texts on the same subject to see what information each book gives us. At the end of our unit, we will begin a research project lead by student interest.

Writing: We will also be moving into writing informative text. Students will begin with what they are an expert on (dog walking, playing sports, cooking etc) and begin with simple How To books. We will move from those types of books, into actually researching something and writing what information we learned. They will learn how to structure their books into chapters and adding different text features that help give their reader more information.

Social Studies: We are continuing our study of Georgia by looking at the first people who lived in Georgia. Students will learn all about the Creek and Cherokee Native Americans. They will need to describe how they lived and then compare that with how we live now. This will set us up perfectly for Native American Day (Nov 4) where students will experience the life of a Native American.

I’m excited to be back to our normal schedule and to be moving into our 2nd quarter standards. Please email me with any questions or concerns you have! Have a wonderful week 🙂

Weekly Update 10/14 – 10/18

I hope everyone had a great weekend and loved our first taste of Fall weather! Make sure you read the entire blog so you know what is going on this week. Quick reminder, we have finally made it to conference week. Everyday will be an EARLY RELEASE! Please make sure you know your child’s transportation and plan for the week. This is a great opportunity to get in some play dates! ASP will run as normal (until 6) if you need it. There will also be NO FACT CLUBS for the entire week. Students who normally stay for FACT Club will go home their normal way.

**If a transportation change is needed, please send a written note that morning!

Patron Drive: The Patron Drive is continuing all of October so there is still plenty of time to donate and help support our teachers and students through the Foundation. I sent home a lot of magnets over the week so thank you so much to all the families who have already donated! You all are amazing 🙂 In November, 2nd grade will be getting our own lap top cart complete with 25 lap tops! This means we will no longer have to fight with the rest of the school to access technology (thank you Foundation!). Our students are constantly researching for Social Studies and creating posters to show what they learned. With our new cart, we will be able to create our posters using technology and allow students to get comfortable doing presentations using Power Point or Prezzi. Please consider donating and help Mt. Bethel continue to be one of the top schools in all of Cobb County.

Report Cards: Report Cards were finalized and printed on Friday. We will go through the report card during conferences so that you know how to read it the rest of the year. One quick note, the grading system in 2nd grade is still 1, 2, 3. A 1 is performing below grade level, a 2 is progressing towards mastery and a 3 is mastered independently. The big change from 1st to 2nd grade is the key word independent. In order to have truly mastered most of our standards, students need to show the mastery completely independently. This means that they complete the task or test on their own with no help or no walking through from me. This is a huge change from 1st grade.

Conferences: Conferences will be happening everyday this week. We are scheduled for 20 minutes for each conference with a 5 minute window in between for me to prepare for the next conference. Please arrive at your conference on time because there is no wiggle room in the schedule and I want us to have our full 20 minutes together. I will send a reminder note home the day before your conference in case you forget the time or day. I totally understand that life happens and you might not be able to make it. Please let me know as soon as you can if something comes up and you just can’t make it. I will try to fit you in later in the week when we both have time.

Email me with any specific questions you have the day before your conference. If you’ve already sent me your questions (on the conference form) then you are good and I’ve already pulled stuff to talk about!

I can’t wait to meet with all of you and talk about your child’s progress so far in 2nd grade 🙂



Target Day. Please make sure students come with everything they need for Target.




Scholastic Book Orders will be placed Friday afternoon around 4. If you are planning on getting books through Scholastic please place your order online by Friday afternoon. Our class code is MJW7F in case you have lost the magazine. Here is the link to order! They’ve got some really great Fall books and some great prices on chapter books 🙂


Again, I can’t wait to meet with all of you this week. Please email me with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!