Week of September 17

I hope everyone is enjoying this weekend! I enjoyed seeing many of you at the fall festival on Friday! Thank you so much to our Kincaid PTA and Foundation for putting on such a fun event!

We had a great week last week and it is hard to believe that we are beginning to reach the end of quarter 1. Thank you to Mrs. Monish, Aaryan’s mom, for being our mystery reader on Friday! The students loved the stories!

I am beginning to look ahead to conference week and starting to put together my schedule. Please let me know ASAP if there is a day or time during the week of October 15-19 that does not work for you. As always, we will do our absolute best to schedule sibling conferences back to back.

This week in school:

Reading: Our reading focus this week is on identifying the structure of a story and we are focusing specifically on how characters in a story change from the beginning to the end. We will discuss how characters respond to events and challenges in a story.

Writing: Students are writing a personal narrative about a favorite memory with a pet or animal.

Grammar: We are learning about plural nouns and various spelling rules for making nouns plural. We will also be discussing irregular plural nouns such as mice and geese.

Phonics: We are continuing our work with short and long vowel sounds. We are focusing specifically on long vowel teams.

Math: In math we are working on applying our strategies for addition and subtraction to solving word problems. We will also continue place value concepts by discussing how to skip-count by ones, tens, and hundreds, as well as comparing numbers.

Science: Our science unit this quarter is on the three states of matter – solids, liquids, and gases. We will be describing the properties of each as well as learning about how matter can change. The students will be completing a project on the three states of matter that will be due on Friday, October 5. I will send home the project description on Monday if students want to get a head start on it this week.

Important Information:

**Happy Birthday to our star student this week – Alice!!!

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 5 points – Sawyer, Ah’myiah, Ashton, Raphael, Ellie, Eben, Larry, Ansley, Kennedy, Saad; 10 points – Janani, Maxene, Guillermo, Aaryan, Eric; 20 points – Alice

**International Day of Peace: Friday, September 21st 

Next Friday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”).  Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.  To celebrate this wonderful day, Kincaid staff and students are participating in several activities.

*     Teachers will be delivering lessons and activities to promote kindness and acceptance.

*     Students and staff are encouraged to wear “Peace” themed clothes to school. Break out your tye-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world.

*     Ms. Rausch will create “Pinwheels for Peace” with all students to display outside on the front lawn.  These pinwheels will be put out on the afternoon of September 20th. You and your student are welcome to view the display on the evening of September 20th or on September 21st.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

September 18      7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 20      7:15 – 7:45  School Store
1st & 4th Vision Screening
Papa John’s Night
September 21      International Peace Day
5th Grade Heritage Day
September 24 – 28  Fall Break
October 1            Parent Conference Scheduling Letters go home
October 3            Walk on Wednesday
October 3 – 5      1st & 4th Grade Hearing Screening
October 5            Parent Conference Scheduling Letters due back
October 6            Hands On Atlanta
October 9           7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
Chick-fil-A Night
October 10         Walk on Wednesday – National Walk to School Day
October 11       Early Release Day 12:30 Dismissal – No Clubs
October 12         Donuts with Dads
October 15-19    Conference Week – Early Dismissal Week
Book Fair
October 22–26 Red Ribbon Week
October 26         Foundation Friday Costume Day
November   6    NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Week of September 10

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are looking forward to another fun week in second grade!

Just a couple of reminders…students need to bring a healthy snack to school every day. Also, library books are due back on Mondays. We will get two new books every week. The students are working hard on AR tests! Let’s keep up the great work!

This week in school:

Reading: We will continue our discussion of story structure this week, but we will focus on how characters in a story respond to events and challenges.

Writing: We are continuing to discuss elements of a personal narrative as well as how to organize our writing with a bold beginning, mighty middle, and excellent ending. Students will be writing about a favorite pet or animal memory this week.

Grammar: Our grammar focus is on plural nouns.

Phonics: We are continuing to identify words with long vowel teams and we will specifically be focusing on long e vowel teams this week including: ea in team and ee in feet.

Math: Our math focus this week is on renaming numbers. We will learn how to regroup ones to make tens and regroups tens to make hundreds. For example, 5 hundreds, 12 tens, and 6 ones is the number 626. Math homework will go home on Tuesday and Thursday this week and blast off folders are due back on Fridays.

Social Studies: We will wrap up our unit on government and the roles of our leaders – our mayor, governor, and president.

Science: We will begin our unit on the states and properties of matter – solids, liquids, and gases.

Important Information:

**Happy Birthday to our star student this week – Maxene!!!

**Congratulations to the following AR stars! 5 points – Ah’myiah, Ashton, Raphael, Eben, Janani, Larry, Ansley, Kennedy, Maxene, Eric; 10 points – Guillermo, Aaryan; 15 points – Alice

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

September 11       Zaxby Night
September 12      7:30am School Council Meeting
September 13-19 IOWA Testing 3rd and 5th Grades
September 14       6:00 – 8:00  Fall Festival
September 18      7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 20      7:15 – 7:45  School Store
1st & 4th Vision Screening
Papa John’s Night
September 21      International Peace Day
5th Grade Heritage Day
September 24 – 28  Fall Break
October 1            Parent Conference Scheduling Letters go home
October 3            Walk on Wednesday
October 3 – 5      1st & 4th Grade Hearing Screening
October 5            Parent Conference Scheduling Letters due back
October 6            Hands On Atlanta
October 9           7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
Chick-fil-A Night
October 10         Walk on Wednesday – National Walk to School Day
October 11       Early Release Day 12:30 Dismissal – No Clubs
October 12         Donuts with Dads
October 15-19    Conference Week – Early Dismissal Week
Book Fair
October 22–26 Red Ribbon Week
October 26         Foundation Friday Costume Day
November   6    NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Week of September 3

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

Thank you so much to Hollins’ mom for being our first mystery reader last week! The students loved the books and the surprise visit! I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when their parents visit the classroom so please check out the mystery reader sign up genius page if you have some time on Friday afternoons this year. I also sent home some important paperwork from our room moms this past Friday so please take a peek at your child’s purple folder when you have a moment this weekend.

This week in school:

Reading: Our reading focus is on asking and answering questions about what we read as well as identifying the structure of a story and retelling it from beginning, to middle, to end.

Writing: In writing, students are learning about how to stretch small moments by adding details and how to organize their story with a bold beginning, mighty middle, and excellent ending.

Grammar: Our grammar focus is on plural nouns.

Phonics: We are continuing to learn about long vowel teams.

Math: In math we are working on reading and writing numbers in different ways – standard form, place value, base ten blocks, expanded form, and word form.

Social Studies: Our social studies focus is on explaining why we need rules and laws as well as identifying the people in our government who help make laws that keep us safe. We are discussing the various roles of our mayor, governor, and president.

Important Information:

**Happy Birthday to our star student this week – Ashton!!!

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 5 points – Larry, Ansley, Guillermo, Saad, Aaryan, Eric; 10 points – Alice

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

September 3        Labor Day – No School
September 4        7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 5-7    CogAT Testing 1st and 3rd Grades
September 7        Marietta Martial Arts Parents Night Out
September 11       Zaxby Night
September 12      7:30am School Council Meeting
September 13-19 IOWA Testing 3rd and 5th Grades
September 14       6:00 – 8:00  Fall Festival
September 18      7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 20      7:15 – 7:45  School Store
1st & 4th Vision Screening
Papa John’s Night
September 21    International Peace Day
5th Grade Heritage Day
September 24 – 28  Fall Break

Week of August 27

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Remember, this Wednesday is Picture Day. All students will have their picture taken for the yearbook. If you want to order pictures the order forms went home last week and need to be returned by Wednesday morning. This Wednesday is also early release day and students will be dismissed at 12:15. Our lunch time will be 10:22-10:52 and specials will be at 9:10-9:40.

Also, if you have not already returned the signed performing arts field trip permission form I need that ASAP. There is no cost for this trip. All I need is a parent signature indicating that your child can attend.

This week in school:

Reading: We are continuing to learn about how to describe a story’s structure by identifying the characters, setting, problem, solution, and retelling the story from beginning to middle to end. We are also continuing to work on asking and answering questions about what we read. Please remember library books are due back on Mondays.

Writing: We are connecting our work in reading on beginning, middle, and end to our writing as we work on organizing our writing by starting with a bold beginning, adding details in our mighty middle, and giving our story closure with an excellent ending. The students are writing this week about their favorite birthday memory.

Grammar: Our grammar focus this quarter is on nouns and we are sorting common and proper nouns and discussing when to add a capital letter. We will also begin working on adding suffixes to make nouns plural.

Phonics: We are discussing common vowel teams that make vowel sounds long. For example, ea in team and oa in boat.

Math: We are finishing up our unit on mental math strategies for addition and subtraction and moving on to our place value unit. We will be learning about reading and writing numbers to 1,000. Math homework will go home on Tuesday and Thursday this week and blast off folders are due back on Friday.

Social Studies: We will also be wrapping up our unit on identifying the regions and rivers in Georgia this week and we will be learning about the importance of rules and laws. This will introduce our government unit in which we will be discussing the various roles of our president, governor, and mayor.

Important Information:

**Happy birthday to our star student this week – Ansley!!!

**Congratulations to the following AR stars – 5 points: Eric; 10 points: Alice

**Friday is our first Foundation Friday Fundraiser!  Students may wear college shirts/colors and make a $2 donation in the cafe to support our wonderful Kincaid Foundation.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

August 29   Picture Day
August 29   Early Release Day
August 31   Foundation Friday – Wear college shirts!  $2
September 3        Labor Day – No School
September 4        7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 5-7    CogAT Testing 1st and 3rd Grades
September 7        Marietta Martial Arts Parents Night Out
September 11       Zaxby Night
September 12      7:30am School Council Meeting
September 13-19 IOWA Testing 3rd and 5th Grades
September 14       6:00 – 8:00  Fall Festival
September 18      7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 20      7:15 – 7:45  School Store
1st & 4th Vision Screening
September 21      Cougar Pride Day
September 24 – 28  Fall Break

 

Week of August 20

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a great week of school last week! The students are settling in nicely to our daily routine!

The students did a great job completing and returning homework last week! Please remember, library books need to be returned on Mondays and math blast off folders are due back on Fridays.

This week in school

Reading: We will continue to discuss how asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading helps us comprehend what we read. We will also learn about how to retell a story from beginning, middle, to end.

Writing: We will connect our understanding of telling the beginning, middle, and end of a story to writing as we learn about how to organize stories that we write. Our focus this first quarter is on narrative writing. The students will be writing about their favorite birthday memory.

Grammar: We are continuing to categorize nouns into common and proper nouns and make sure we add capital letters to words when needed.

Phonics: Our phonics focus is on sorting long and short vowel sounds.

Math: We are continuing to review strategies for adding and subtracting one-digit numbers in our heads.

Social Studies: We will be learning about the major rivers in Georgia as well as cardinal directions – north, east, south, and west.

Important Information

**Happy Birthday to our star student this week – Aaryan!!!

**Congratulations to Alice for already earning 5 AR points!!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

August 20        Clubs start this week
August 23        8:30  Target Parent Open House
August 29         Picture Day
August 29        Early Release Day
August 31         Foundation Friday – Wear college shirts!  $2
September 3        Labor Day – No School
September 4        7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 5-7    CogAT Testing 1st and 3rd Grades
September 7        Marietta Martial Arts Parents Night Out
September 11       Zaxby Night
September 13-19 IOWA Testing 3rd and 5th Grades
September 14       6:00 – 8:00  Fall Festival
September 18      7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 20      7:15 – 7:45  School Store
September 21      Cougar Pride Day
September 24 – 28  Fall Break

Week of August 13

I hope everyone had a great weekend and was able to rest up after our first full week of school! Thank you to everyone for coming to parent night this past Thursday! I hope it was helpful information. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns at any point throughout the year. We will start our homework procedures this week. Math blast off folders went home on Friday and they are due back this coming Friday. We will also check out two library books on Monday and students will practice taking AR tests this week. They will work to complete two AR tests by Friday this week.

I will make sure to keep up with communication this year. You can enter your email address to subscribe to my blog and get an email whenever I update it. I have also created a group for our class using the Remind app. You can receive notifications on your smartphone by going to this link: rmd.at/73827 and following the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. If you don’t have a smartphone and want to get text notifications you can text the message @73827 to the number 81010. This will be a quick and easy way for me to send out reminders throughout the year and for you to contact me with any questions for a quicker response.

This week in school

Reading: Our reading focus continues to be on asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading to help us understand what we read.

Writing: We are learning about how to add details to our writing by expanding sentences.

Grammar: Our grammar focus this quarter is on nouns and we will start by discussing common and proper nouns and when to capitalize nouns.

Phonics: We are reviewing how to categorize long and short vowel sounds.

Math: In math we are reviewing strategies for adding and subtracting in our head. We are really pushing addition and subtraction facts this year and we will refer to these strategies even as we solve multi-digit addition and subtraction problems.

Social Studies: We are learning about the regions and rivers in Georgia.

Important Information

**Please continue to send in pictures for our This is Us wall! We love celebrating our students and their families!

**Last week Mrs. Kotarba came to visit our class. The children learned about her job as our school counselor. Mrs. Kotarba was excited to meet our new students, and to remind our returning students about school counseling at Kincaid. Mrs. Kotarba will be visiting our class every three weeks. Our class will work with her on friendship, conflict resolution, study skills, career awareness and safety skills. Please contact [email protected] or by phone (770) 578-7238 if you ever need to discuss your student with her.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

August 14 Scouts visit classrooms (1st – 5th)
August 14  Chickfila Night
August 15  6:00  Scout Night in cafe
August 16  7:30 am Foundation Meeting
August 16  6:30  3rd – 5th Parent Night
August 17   COUGAR PRIDE DAY
August 20  Clubs start this week
August 23   8:30  Target Parent Open House
August 28   CEOTY Luncheon – Congratulations Ms. Marchelle!
August 29   Picture Day
August 29   Early Release Day
August 31   Foundation Friday – Wear college shirts!  $2
September 3        Labor Day – No School
September 4        7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 5-7    CogAT Testing 1st and 3rd Grades
September 7        Marietta Martial Arts Parents Night Out
September 11       Zaxby Night
September 13-19 IOWA Testing 3rd and 5th Grades
September 14       6:00 – 8:00  Fall Festival

Week of August 6

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a wonderful first week of school and I am looking forward to a great year!

I also look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday evening at 6:30 for parent night. I will be sharing about classroom procedures, homework schedules, and other important information. Speaking of homework, the students took home their Read All About Me posters on Friday and they will be due back this coming Friday. I will save the posters and display them during your child’s star student week. You also have homework as well 🙂 I am still missing some important paperwork. Please make sure you have had a chance to read and sign the following paperwork: second grade expectations, PG permission form, clinic card, and receipt of the parent information guide.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to the following students and parents for donating some extra supplies to our classroom: Sawyer and Guillermo for donating paper towels and Maxene for donating index cards, Sharpies, and headphones. I so appreciate all of your support!!

This week in school:

Reading: We will be learning about the benefits of asking questions before, during, and after reading. We will discuss asking and answering questions beginning with who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Writing: We are working on setting up our writing workshop. We will also be discussing how to expand simple sentences with details.

Phonics: We will be learning about how to sort words with short and long vowel sounds.

Grammar: Our grammar focus this quarter is on nouns. We will begin by discussing proper nouns and using correct capitalization.

Math: We are also working on setting up our math workshop, or guided math rotations. We will begin  by discussing strategies for adding and subtracting numbers within 20.

Social Studies: Our focus in Social Studies is on describing where we live, including our city, state, county, region, country, and continent. We will also be learning about the five regions of Georgia.

Important Information:

**Students are allowed to buy extras like chips, brownies, ice cream, etc. in the lunch line as long as they have money on their account. If you do not want them buying these extras, you can send in a note to the cafeteria staff to put a notice on their account. For example, some parents of past students have written notes saying their child could only buy extras on Fridays.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

August 9  6:30 K – 2 Parent Night (repeat session at 7:10 for students who have siblings)
August 14 Scouts visit classrooms (1st – 5th)
August 14  Chickfila Night
August 15  6:00  Scout Night in cafe
August 16  7:30 am Foundation Meeting
August 16  6:30  3rd – 5th Parent Night
August 17   COUGAR PRIDE DAY
August 20  Clubs start this week
August 23   8:30  Target Parent Open House
August 28   CEOTY Luncheon – Congratulations Ms. Marchelle!
August 28   4 – 8 Stevi B’s Pizza Night
August 29   Picture Day
August 29   Early Release Day
August 31   Foundation Friday – Wear college shirts!  $2
September 3        Labor Day – No School
September 4        7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
September 5-7    CogAT Testing 1st and 3rd Grades
September 7        Marietta Martial Arts Parents Night Out
September 11       Zaxby Night
September 13-19 IOWA Testing 3rd and 5th Grades
September 14       6:30 – 8:00  Fall Festival

Important Information for the First Week of School

It was so wonderful to meet all of you at Meet and Greet today! I am already so excited about this year and I can’t wait to see everyone again on Wednesday. Thank you parents for sending in school supplies and for filling out the forms today. If you did not have a chance to fill everything out today I will send the forms home with the students on Wednesday for you to fill out as you have time.  The main piece of information that I need from you before, or on, Wednesday is how your child will be going home from school on the first day of school. If you completed the yellow transportation form at Meet and Greet I am set and you do not need to write an additional note. If I did not get to meet you today or you need to change the transportation choice between now and then, please send in a note with your child on Wednesday morning letting me know how they will get home and I will make sure they return to you safely! 🙂 I always tell the students that their parents have all the homework at the beginning of the year. I know it is a flood of forms so I really appreciate your time in filling everything out!

The students do have one homework assignment, though. If you were able to attend Meet and Greet there was a scrapbook page tucked inside the students’ purple folders. Please read the attached sheet for directions, but all we want the students to do is decorate the page with hand-drawn pictures, printed pictures, stickers, etc. to tell the other students in the class a little bit about themselves. We will compile all of the pages into one big scrapbook that the students will be able to look at and enjoy throughout the year. This is such a fun way to establish a friendly and fun classroom community from the get-go!

Please remember that school starts at 7:45 this year which is a little earlier than previous years. The school doors will open at 7:15 Wednesday morning and the students can head straight to our class to get unpacked and start working on some quiet morning work. Our specials/enrichment time this year is 8:10 to 8:55 and our lunch time is 11:31-12:01. We will be sitting at Table 1 in the Kincaid Cafe. We will be on a 6-day enrichment rotation schedule with Music, Art, Math Lab, STEM Lab, and two days of P.E. (in that order). I will send home a calendar in the back of the students’ purple folders each month with our specials rotation for each day. Students need to wear tennis shoes on P.E. days.

I know you probably have many questions about schedules, procedures, homework, and so on. We will be having a parent night on Thursday, August 9 at 6:30pm in the classroom and I will be able to walk through all of that information with you then. If you have any pressing questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] I check my emails frequently and should respond within 24 hours.

Some of you were asking about supplies we need for the classroom and I have created a wish list on Amazon that I can update throughout the year. This is certainly not necessary, but if you would like to browse here is a link to our page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/6WTNKP2NHHFS/ref=cm_wl_huc_view

I can’t wait to see everyone on the first day of school! It is going to be a wonderful year in second grade!

Welcome Back!

I feel like we just wrapped up last year and were headed to the beach for summer vacation! It was a quick summer, but I am so excited to get back into the swing of things and to meet all of you on Monday morning! We will start Meet and Greet for students with last names beginning with A-L at 9:00 in my classroom, C1, right off the media center to the left. I am the first classroom in the pod on the left. We will finish up the first session at 9:45 and then begin the second session for students with last names beginning with M-Z at 10:00 and finish up at 10:45.

We will spend the majority of our time together getting acquainted and then I will give you some important information about schedules, homework, procedures, etc. Feel free to leave your child’s school supplies in the classroom. I will be getting everything organized for the first day of school so anything you can bring on Monday will allow me to get a head start and help us to be more organized on Wednesday. I have the boxes for those of you who ordered supplies at the end of last year.

Also, please make sure to check your child’s bus number before attending the session. I have a couple of papers that I need you to fill out before you leave and I will need to know how each student is going home on Wednesday afternoon. We have a lot to cover in a short amount of time, but just know that I am always happy to answer any questions via email. You can reach me at [email protected] I can’t wait to meet everyone very soon!