December 2-6

Welcome back to school and welcome December! I hope everyone had a nice, restful Thanksgiving break and had the opportunity to discuss, as a family, the many things you are thankful for.

A few reminders..

*Friday, Dec. 6 we will be attending the Nutcracker at the Cobb County Civic Center. We will be leaving at 9:00 and returning around 12:00. We will eat upon returning (I will sent out a reminder of your child’s lunch choice before Friday). Since it is a ballet, please have your child wear their “Sunday best,” something they might wear to church/Synagogue/place of worship.

*Spirit of Giving bags-MBES is thrilled to continue our community outreach Spirit of Giving Bags tradition again this year. Many families attending our sister schools rely heavily on school provided breakfast and lunch, when schools break for holidays these families lack the food and necessities needed on a daily basis. During the December 10 TPV, each classroom will prepare a Giving Bag, complete with such necessities. A list of what is most important for these families can be found on our class Shutterfly webpage. Please allow your child to participate in purchasing these special items or take time to explain WHY they are bringing in these items to me! 🙂 We still have items available for purchase!

*PTA’s Honoring our Heroes Essay contest kicks off this month! It is a writing contest designed for students to write about real-life heroes and role models. It is a chance for your child to recognize someone who has made a personal impact in their life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, friend or teacher. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 17, 2020. If you think your child would be interested in this writing activity, let me know and I will send home a copy of the entry form and the directions

UPCOMING DATES:

December 6-Nutcracker Field Trip/LAST Day of FACT Clubs
December 16-Second Grade Holiday Party 12:15-1:00
December 19-20- Early Release
December 21-January 5-Winter Holidays-NO SCHOOL

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?

WRITING-Nonfiction writing continues! Students will continue working on teaching their reader something using a variety of text features to capture their reader’s attention.

ELA/OG-We will finish reviewing special patterns from last week (-old, -ost, -ind, -ild, and -olt). We will also be learning about reflexive pronouns (myself, itself, herself, himself, ourselves, & themselves) this week.

MATH-Measurement begins! We’ll measure with inches, centimeters, feet, yard and meters this week as well as discuss the best measuring tool to use in different situations.

READING-This week, we will be discussing the author’s purpose (main idea) and what points the author makes to prove that main idea. Students will also continue working on their fluency during independent reading.

UNIT STUDY-We have some work to do on special holiday items this week…

 

 

November 18-22

A few reminders…

*STEM Day is Friday!

*Please let me know if your child will be leaving early Friday or will not be here. I’m planning a few assessments for the end of the week and I need to know for planning purposes. Thank you!

UPCOMING DATES:

November 22-Foundation STEM Day!

November 25-29 Thanksgiving Holiday Break-NO SCHOOL

December 6-LAST Day of FACT Clubs

December 16-Second Grade Holiday Party 12:15-1:00

December 19-20- Early Release

December 21-January 5-Winter Holidays-NO SCHOOL

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?

WRITING-Students will continue working on their informational books. They will learn to set goals during their writing time. They will also work on elaboration for each part of their book. Text features within writing will continue to be a focus as well.

ELA/OG-We will discuss special patterns of -old, -ost, -ind, -ild, and -olt. These special patterns change the sound of the vowel.  Ex: most, child, bold, etc. We will also wrap up our study on singular and plural possessive nouns. NO new trick words this week.

MATH-This week students will choose their favorite strategy to use when solving addition and subtraction equations. We will also assess at the end of the week.

UNIT STUDY-We will continue our study on some important Georgia figures who helped shape our state; Tomochichi, James Oglethorpe, and Mary Musgrove.

 

 

IMPORTANT reminders…

I have several IMPORTANT reminders for this week…

*Tomorrow, November 14, is Diabetes Awareness Day! In order to honor, as well as bring awareness to this disease, students can wear BLUE. Let’s show our support! 

*Friday is Pajama Day to support the Cobb County Youth Association (CCYA). The CCYA provides a safe place for homeless Cobb County youth. Students need to bring in $1 (or more) to participate Friday.

*Today your child will be bringing home a Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Log. Please read and follow the directions to register your child. This is a fun incentive to build reading fluency at home. Your child will have the opportunity to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket! Happy Reading!

November 11-15

Reminders this week…

*Monday is Veteran’s Day and our second graders are performing for the Veterans. Please have your child wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE. Also, we are expected to have the students lined up ready to go by 7:45. Please make sure your child is on-time Monday, otherwise they might miss the opportunity to perform. Riding the bus is a guaranteed early arrival! 😉

*LICE-Second grade has been hit with lice! Please let me know if your child gets treated for lice. We move around the room constantly and I need to know if jackets needs to be separated, as well as bookbags. Girls might want to wear their hair in a ponytail for prevention! There is also lice prevention spray available at local stores.

*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!

UPCOMING DATES:
November 11 – Veteran’s Day celebration

November 13 – Parents’ Guide Series 9 AM  Understanding and Helping your Child Manage Anxiety

November 22 – Foundation STEM DAY!

November 25 – November 29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING???

MATH-This week we will focus on using the number line and expanded form as strategies to solve addition and subtraction equations within 100. Students will also continue working on mastering addition and subtraction facts within 20 using mental math strategies.

ELA/OG–We will review Magic e with “g” and “c”. Magic “e” can make the “g” and the “c” say their soft sounds as in stage, mice & huge. We will also review the use of apostrophes in possessives and contractions. NO new trick words for the week.

WRITING-Students will continue working on their informational books. They will learn to set goals during their writing time. They will also work on elaboration for each part of their book. Text features within writing will continue to be a focus as well.

READING-Nonfiction books will continue to be our independent reading focus. Students will begin to “talk the talk.” They will learn how to look for important key vocabulary words in their text and read like an expert!

UNIT STUDY– Native American Day was quite a success! The students learned what life might have been like as a Native American child! Our journey into the history of Georgia continues. Students will “meet” some important Georgia heroes that helped shape our state; James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, and Tomochichi.

A few reminders…

*Second graders will be taking a field trip to see the performance of the Nutcracker Ballet at the Cobb Civic Center on December 6. We will be having lunch upon our return to Mount Bethel at noon. Please indicate your child’s lunch choice by completing this survey by TOMORROW!

*LICE-Second grade has been hit with lice! Please let me know if your child gets treated for lice. We move around the room constantly and I need to know if jackets needs to be separated, as well as bookbags. Girls might want to wear their hair in a ponytail for prevention! There is also lice prevention spray available at local stores. 😉

*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!

COMING SOON…Nutcracker Field Trip

Second graders will be taking a field trip to see the performance of the Nutcracker Ballet at the Cobb Civic Center on December 6. We will be having lunch upon our return to Mount Bethel at noon. Please indicate your child’s lunch choice by completing this survey. Thank you!

November 4-8

I hope everyone had a nice weekend together as a family.
A few reminders:
*Native American Day is MONDAY! Please have your child wear their yellow field trip t-shirt. They will add their Native American shirt and wampum belts to complete their outfit for the day! Also, if you signed up for food donations, please send them in Monday morning.
*TUESDAY is Election Day and there is NO SCHOOL

UPCOMING DATES:
November 4 – Native American Day for 2nd grade!
November 5 – Election day – No school – Teacher In-service day
November 8 – Breakfast with Dad
November 11 Veteran’s Day celebration!
November 22 – Foundation STEM DAY!
November 25 – November 29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING???

MATH-We will wrap up our focus on two-step word problems. We will begin exploring the various strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems within 100. Students will also continuing mastering how to tell time. Please have your child practice reading analog clocks at home to help master this skill!

ELA/OG–We will look at Magic e with “g” and “c”. Magic “e” can make the “g” and the “c” say their soft sounds as in stage, mice & huge. We will also look at the use of apostrophes in possessives. Our new trick words for the week:

house    school     ready      also

WRITING-Our informational writing continues! Students have been very excited to research and write about their favorite animals, sports, and even people!

READING-Nonfiction books will continue to be our independent reading focus. Students will begin to “talk the talk.” They will learn how to look for important key vocabulary words in their text and read like an expert!

UNIT STUDY– We will wrap up our Native American unit through our Native American Day celebration Monday!

October 28-November 1

Welcome back to another exciting week in second grade! Monday will be an exceptionally exciting day as we welcome a new student to our class! I know everyone will welcome her and help her adjust to Mt. Bethel, it’s a great place to be! 🙂

A few reminders:
*The Patron Drive ends this week! We are at 48% participation. A few things to consider:

EVERY iPad and its maintenance has been purchased through the Foundation. We have three EXTRA, incredible instructors thanks to the Foundation. We have OG phonics training, OG Math training, Kagan training and materials from all the trainings thanks to the Foundation! We have the Seesaw APP so that you can see examples of your child’s work thanks to the Foundation! We have a fabulous TURF field thanks to the Foundation! We have more copiers and nice rugs in our rooms thanks to the Foundation! PLEASE consider donating to this supportive organization that only wants the best for YOUR child!

*Native American Day is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4. We will be beading and decorating our shirts this week. Shirts will REMAIN at school. Students will put them on Monday morning before Native American Day begins, we want to ensure no shirts are left at home! 🙂

UPCOMING DATES:
October 31- Foundation Patron Drive ends
October 31- Happy Halloween!
November 2 – PTA Fun Run!
November 4 – Native American Day for 2nd grade!
November 5 – Election day – No school – Teacher In-service day
November 8 – Breakfast with Dad
November 11 Veteran’s Day celebration!
November 22 – Foundation STEM DAY!
November 25 – November 29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING???
MATH-This week we will continue looking at two-step word problems. We will also continue reviewing telling time during our small group in math rotations.

ELA/OG–This week we’ll focus on “reptile words”. They are karate chop words (VCCV) where the second syllable ends with a magic “e”. Ex: inside, reptile, bedtime No new trick words this week, we will continue practice using the apostrophe in contractions.

I’m   you’re   don’t   couldn’t   wouldn’t   shouldn’t

WRITING-Informational writing will continue this week. Students have been looking through nonfiction books for text features. We will learn how to add text features to our own informational books.

READING-Nonfiction books will continue to be our independent reading focus. Students will begin to recogonize the importance of “reading to learn” not “learning to read” this quarter.

UNIT STUDY– We’ll continue our study of Georgia’s first occupants by studying the Creek and Cherokee Native Americans. After that we will move to discussing a very special Cherokee Native American – Sequoyah! We will even have a visit from Sequoyah Friday!!

October 21-25

First off, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to come in for conferences! Education is a partnership and I appreciate all of your support. I’m proud of my students for all of their hard work. Below is the link for the book finder I mentioned during conferences. It is a great resource to find leveled books for your child. I have also added the link at the bottom of my blog.

Lexile Book Finder

A few reminders:
*We’re getting closer to the end of the Patron Drive. Please consider donating today!

*FACT clubs resume this week

UPCOMING DATES:
October 22 – STEM Fair 5:30pm
October 31 – Foundation Patron Drive ends

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING???

MATH-We will continue working on telling time. Our focus will be on the hour, half-hour, quarter hour, as well as to the 5 minute mark. Students will learn the terms “half past,” “quarter past,” and “quarter ’til.” Please have your child practice reading the clock at home and using the terms. We will also begin solving two-step word problems within 20.

ELA/OG–Our focus this week will be on reviewing Magic E words (magic e jumps over ONE consonant to help the vowel say its name). We will also look at the apostrophe and how it used in contractions. Our new trick words for the week will be:

I’m   you’re   don’t   couldn’t   wouldn’t   shouldn’t 

WRITING-Our Lucy Calkins informational writing begins!! We’ll start by brainstorming things we already know a lot about. Students will have the opportunity to write on their “expert” topics.

READING-We will continue looking at non-fiction text features. Students will also begin choosing informational books to read during our independent reading time. They will look for non-fiction text features in their texts and share with their reading partners.

UNIT STUDY– We will begin examining the life of the Creek and Cherokee Native Americans. We will learn how they used the landforms and rivers in our regions to live.

Lego Build Competition

Please read below for a fun opportunity!

Students 2nd grade through high school are invited to participate in the Lego Build Competition. Students are given Lego Mixel sets and then build for speed and accuracy; many prizes awarded! $10 entry fee supports Cobb STEM. Registration will open soon and be available on www.stemcobb.com. This engaging event is sponsored by Cobb EMC.