Week of November 13th

The Scholastic Book Fair is going on this week in the Media Center.  Family Night is tonight!  Don’t forget there is also an online version of the book fair, if you can’t make it in.  There are also more books available online.  Please see the link in the post below, if you want to check that out.  Unfortunately, the book fair is not accepting checks this year.  There have been too many problems with this in the past.  You can pay with cash or credit card. 

If you signed up to donate items to the Thanksgiving baskets, please be sure to send them in by Wednesday this week.  Thank you to everyone that has donated!

Part of the homework this week is a study guide about the historical figures we have been learning about.  This was a lot of information, so please be sure to review it with your child.  There are a couple of parts to the test.  We will take part of it on Thursday and the rest on Friday.

Please be sure to let me know if your child is not going to be at school on Friday.  That way I can give them the second part of the historical figures test early.  I don’t want them to have to wait until after the Thanksgiving break to take the test. 

Wednesday morning we will have a short presentation about the Cherokee.

On Friday, we will be doing some Thanksgiving rotations in the morning with 2 other second grade classes. 

What are we learning this week?

Reading: We are working a little bit with main idea and supporting details, but we are also trying to read some Thanksgiving themed books too!

Writing: We are continuing to work on our informational books.  We will practice using special vocabulary and will try to give examples in our writing.

Social Studies: We are learning about Tomochichi and Mary Musgrove this week.  We will also review the character traits of Sequoyah, James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove.

Math:  Now that we have learned a variety of different strategies to add and subtract, we will work this week on finding the best strategy for each student to use. 

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Friday and Book Fair!

Tomorrow morning we will be watching the parade honoring veterans.  This will be outside, so please be sure your child has a coat.  Also, try to wear red, white, and blue!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Media Center next week!  Our class will visit it at 1:35 on Monday.  You are welcome to meet us there to purchase books with your child.  

There is also an online version for the book fair.  You can use the link below to shop for books as well!

Online Book Fair 

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Thursday and STEM Donations

The Science Fair is tomorrow!  It will be in the cafeteria all day.  That means we will be eating lunch in our classroom at a slightly different time. 

We have another STEM Day coming up on November 29th.  We are looking for donations of some supplies for our STEM activity.  If you have any of the items below, please send them in by November 27th.

  • Cardboard
  • Corks
  • Acorns
  • Small plastic figurines (Example:  Polly Pockets or Army Man) (new or used)
  • Matchbox cars (new or used)

Thank You!

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Week of November 6th

Don’t forget tomorrow is a teacher workday, so there will not be school. 

We have begun our Thanksgiving Baskets collection.  It looks like we have someone signed up for almost all of our items already.  Last time I checked, we were still looking for Kroger gift card donations.  The baskets have already been sent in, so please begin sending in your donations.

Our Lost and Found is going to be cleaned out at the end of the week.  Please remind your child to check it if they are missing any items.  All remaining items will be donated on Friday.

The November challenge board, writing calendar, and spelling choices should have come home today.  Don’t forget that our spelling tests are now on Thursday.  Please be sure your child practices their words before then.

FYI – Our Holiday Party has been scheduled for December 20th from 8:30 – 9:30.  This is an early release day also.  All parents are invited to attend the party, so mark your calendars!

What are we doing this week?

Reading: We are discussing main idea and supporting details.  We will practice picking out the supporting details that match a specific main idea.  

Spelling: We are learning about the 3 different sounds the suffix -ed can make at the end of words.  It can sound like a d, t, and of course ed.

Writing:  We are working hard on our informational books.  We are trying to remember to start each page with a topic sentence, use 3 facts/supporting details, and a closing sentence.

Social Studies: This week we are learning about Sequoyah, James Oglethorpe, and Tomochichi.

Math: We have just a couple more strategies to learn this week.  We are learning about expanded form and partial sums.  These strategies tend to become a favorite of many students.  

 

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Lunch Change and Book Donations

Due to Ellis Island for 5th grade on Friday, we will have an earlier lunch.  Our lunch time will be 11:55 – 12:25.

East Side Elementary is proud to support the Kiwanis Circle K Club of Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands Paulding Campus to promote the America Reads program this year.  America Reads Initiative is a federal program that allows KSU and GHC work study students to tutor elementary and middle school students in Paulding and surrounding counties who are in need.  Please consider donating a gently used or new book, but please don’t put your child’s name in it.  A note of encouragement about the joys of reading that is slipped between the pages of a book is most welcome.  The book drive will run until November 30th.  Boxes are placed by the cafeteria and gym doors.

 

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Week of October 30th

We are learning a few different strategies to add and subtract 2-digit numbers.  These various strategies helps build a better foundation for addition and subtraction than simply memorizing the standard algorithm.  Please encourage your child to solve addition and subtraction problems using strategies similar to the ones posted below. 

Strategies for Addition

Strategies for Subtraction

Tuesday will be a busy day.  We will have a Wellstar lesson called Poison Patrol in the morning before specials.  After lunch, we will have our fall centers.  We will be finding out which candy sinks and which candy floats, creating monsters, making monster slime, and playing games!

We are still looking for someone to help with an Adventures in Art lesson on Wednesday from 9:30 – 10:55 while I am at a meeting.  Please let me know if you can help out.  

What are we learning about this week?

Reading: We are learning to look at diagrams of life cycles and connect it with the words in the text to determine the stages of a life cycle. 

Spelling: We are working with one more set of glued sounds this week.  The glued sounds are -old, -olt, -ind, -ost, and -ild.

Writing:  We are finally getting started with our new writing unit.  We will be working with informational writing.  The students will practice starting with a topic sentence, giving at least 3 details (facts), and end with a closing sentence. 

Social Studies: We will be comparing and contrasting the life of the Creek and Cherokee to our lives. 

Math: We will be learning the decomposing strategy this week. 

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Reminders

We are still looking for one more volunteer to come and help Katelyn’s mom teach an Adventures in Art lesson on Wednesday, November 1st.  You would be an extra set of hands to assist with the lesson.  You would be in the classroom from 9:30 – 10:55.  If you are interested, please sign up on the class Shutterfly page. 

Jackets, Jackets, Jackets!  As the weather gets chillier, please be sure your child has a jacket at school.  We go out to recess at 10:30 in the morning.  Even if the high is in the 60s for the day, it is still quite chilly during our recess time. 

Don’t forget to have your child check the lost and found, if they are missing anything.

 

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Week of October 23rd

This week is Red Ribbon Week.  We have special dress-up days all week.

Tuesday – Peace out to bullies! – wear peace signs or Tye-dye

Wednesday – Team up against bullying! – wear your favorite team shirt

Thursday – Use your head and make good choices – wear a hat or crazy hair

Friday – Promote good character – dress up as your favorite superhero

We had fun at our Creek in-house field trip today!  They got to see what life was like for the Creek! 

We are going to try to change our spelling test day to Thursday instead of Friday.  We have several students leave for Target on Fridays, and it has been too difficult to get everyone’s spelling test in before they leave.  Please be sure your child is ready on Thursday this week!

I will be out of the classroom on Wednesday.  Please be sure you are sending in notes for any transportation changes.  That way the sub will see them. 

Our class shirts should be coming home tomorrow! 🙂

Volunteers

Thank you to those of you that volunteered to send in something to help with our Fall Centers next week!  Please be sure those items are sent in by Monday, October 30th at the latest.  If you can send them in earlier, that would be great!

We are looking for one more volunteer to help with an Adventures in Art lesson on Wednesday, November 1st.  We already have someone signed up to teach the lesson.  They will just need a person to help while they are here.  You would need to be with the class from 9:30 – 10:55.  Please sign up on Shutterfly, if you can help.

What are we learning about this week?

Spelling – We are working with some more glued sounds this week.  We will be spelling words that have these glued sounds: -ing, -ink, -ong, -onk, -ung, -unk.

Reading – We are learning about time lines, life cycles, and procedures that we find in nonfiction texts.

Writing – We are working with apostrophes.  We will learn to use them in contractions and with possessive nouns. 

Social Studies – We are learning about the Cherokee Native Americans this week.  We will talk about where they lived in Georgia, their clothing, food, and jobs. 

Math – We are working on 2-digit addition and subtraction for the next couple of weeks.  This week we will begin by focusing on using base ten blocks to help us add and subtract.  We will visually decompose and compose the base ten blocks to help us add and subtract.  We will see the connection with the funny numbers we learned about in place value.

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Information for Next Week

On Monday, we will have our in-house Creek field trip.  This is a hands-on activity that is done outside.  Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather on Monday to be outside from 8:15-9:15.  If it is raining, we will still probably be outside, but under a covered area. 

Next week is Red Ribbon Week.  We have special dress-up days all week.

Monday – School Spirit – wear your favorite school shirt or school colors

Tuesday – Peace out to bullies! – wear peace signs or Tye-dye

Wednesday – Team up against bullying! – wear your favorite team shirt

Thursday – Use your head and make good choices – wear a hat or crazy hair

Friday – Promote good character – dress up as your favorite superhero

 

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Week of October 16th

It’s conference week.  Please remember there are not any after school enrichment activities (BEST Clubs) this week, due to the early release.  Be sure to send in a note to let me know how your child should go home, if they are not going to their BEST club like normal.  We still have ASP, it starts right after dismissal. 

We began sharing the pumpkins today.  They look great!  We will work on sharing everyone’s pumpkin throughout the week.  They will be sent back home on Friday. 

Next Monday, we will have another in-house field trip.  This one will be about the Creek Native Americans.  It will be first thing in the morning again. Please be sure your child is on-time that day, so they don’t miss out on the fun!

What’s going on this week?

Reading: We are wrapping up asking and answering questions with our nonfiction books.

Writing: We are working on some grammar this week for writing time.  We finished up reflexive pronouns and will also work on contractions.

Social Studies: We will finish up talking about trading and bartering.  Then we will try to begin learning a little bit about the Creek and Cherokee Native Americans.

Math: We will be finishing up place value this week.  We are skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s. 

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