Since it’s the start of a new month, you will see a new specials calendar and new homework sheets coming home today. Also, be on the lookout for Social Studies Weekly sheets to be coming home over the next 2 weeks. There will be one coming home about Sequoyah today. I will probably send one more home by the end of the week. We have not read through these in the classroom this time, so they would be good to review at home. We will be testing on these four people (Sequoyah, Tomochichi, James Oglethorpe, and Mary Musgrove) at the end of next week.
Don’t forget there is NO SCHOOL on Tuesday (tomorrow) because of election day.
On Friday, we will have another school wide STEM Day.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be here next week. Our class is signed up to visit the book fair on Wednesday the 14th in the morning. If you are planning to let your child purchase books from the book fair, please be sure they have money to spend on Wednesday next week. There will not be times for them to shop before school starts this year, so this will really be their only chance to get to the book fair other than going during recess time maybe. See the information below about using the E-Wallet payment system:
This year, the E-Wallet online payment system will be available for shopping at the Book Fair. Simply load money into your child’s E-Wallet and they can shop without the hassle of cash and credit cards. Visit the Book Fair web page and click on “Get Started” to create an account and add funds. Also, check out the new hours, including extended hours from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Nov. 14.
Please see the letter below regarding our STEM Lab and Maker Space.
Dear Second Grade Parents,
Beginning Monday, November 26, your child will be engaging in the engineering design process and learning about how an assembly line functions. All second grader’s will be working together to design special message tags that spread kind words and thoughts. In addition, students will be working together to assemble treat bags that include special messages and small pieces of candy. If your family chooses to participate, your child will have the opportunity to bring an assembled bag home to share with someone in the community. As safety is our number one priority, we ask that you participate with your child as they share an act of kindness. As a family, you can choose to share kindness with a neighbor, a cashier that is helping you, or with an attendant at the gas station. Imagine brightening someone’s day with a special treat!
Beginning Wednesday, November 7, we will have a large tub outside the Makerspace that labeled, “2nd Grade,” and we are asking for individually wrapped non-peanut candy donations for our message bags. This donation is voluntary, but we are hoping that many of our second grade families will choose to join us in spreading kindness in our community!
Mollie Cushing – Makerspace Teacher
Danny Carlson – STEM Lab Teacher
What are we learning about this week?
Reading: We are studying different text features like charts, diagrams, maps, life cycles, and procedures.
Math: We are continuing to learn different strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems. This week we are working on decomposing and expanded form. All of the strategies that we learn are based in place value and require students to understand and show that our 2-digit numbers are made up of tens and ones. This is why we are not using the standard algorithm (stacking) method this year.
Social Studies: We will be learning about James Oglethorpe and Tomochichi this week. We will find out how they are connected.
Writing: We are finally back into our normal writing routine. We are working on writing informational/expert books. I’ll be working on sending home a picture of your child’s table of contents for the book they are working on. You can use this to talk to them about what they could write about for each chapter.