Week of February 11

I hope you all had a great weekend! We are ready for a great week in school. The students are working so hard this quarter. We are all looking forward to a break next week!

Please remember, the MLK Jr. or Jackie Robinson cereal box projects are due THIS Wednesday, February 13. There is no math blast off due this week and I will not send home daily homework.

Also, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday after lunch. We will be doing some fun Valentine’s themed stations and the students will have a chance to pass out their Valentine’s cards and treats to their friends then. Students need to make sure to bring enough to share with all 18 students.

Friday, February 15 is STEM Expo Day! The students did a great job putting their puffmobiles together and they are so excited to show them to you! A few students are still working and need to finish them up at home. We want to invite all parents to join us this Friday in the cafeteria from 9:30 to 10:15.

Thank you to Mrs. Frazier for being our mystery reader this past Friday!

This week in school:

Reading: We are continuing our focus on comparing and contrasting versions of the same story. We are also continuing to learn about the characteristics of fairy tales and discussing the different points of view of characters in a story. This week we are reading various versions of the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella”.

Writing: We will be writing to support our opinion about which sweet treat is the best.

Grammar: We are continuing our focus on adverbs which describe verbs. We’ve discussed how adverbs can describe when, where, or how an action occurs.

Phonics: Our spelling and phonics focus this quarter is on bossy r words. We will continue to review this skill in class.

Math: We will be starting our unit on strategies for subtracting three-digit numbers this week. Students are doing a great job with these difficult math problems. There will be no math blast off or regular math homework due this week.

Social Studies: We are finishing up our discussions about Juliette Gordon Low this week and the work that she did to start Girl Scouts. We will also be presenting our cereal box projects towards the end of the week.

Important Information:

**ALL library books are due back to the media center this Friday, February 15.

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 10 points – Ava, Liberty; 20 points – Sawyer, Ah’myiah, Ashton, Raphael, Hollins; 25 points – Eben, Kennedy; 30 points – Maxene; 35 points – Ellie, Ansley, Guillermo, Saad; 50 points – Alice, Janani, Eric

**A HUGE congratulations to Aaryan who earned 100 AR points!!! That is an amazing accomplishment!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

February 12  Student Banking
5 – 8pm Zaxby Night
February 15  STEM Expo
February 18 – 22  Winter Break
February 26 Student Banking
February 28  School Store
Papa John’s Night
March 1 – March 8   Book Fair
March 1       Read Across America Day
March 6       7:30 am School Council Meeting
March 8       6:00 – 8:00  Family Sock Hop (sponsored by Kincaid Foundation)

Week of February 4

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a great week last week focusing on the importance of showing kindness wherever we go. We learned about how one small act of kindness can have an enormous impact. Thank you to Mrs. Tan for sending in some yummy sprinkled donuts!

Please remember to bring in materials for building “puffmobiles” this Friday. We will be building them in class. Any extra materials you have laying around the house are welcome!

Also, remember that the cereal box projects are due on Wednesday, February 13. They are to be completed at home.

This week in school:

Reading: We are continuing our focus on comparing and contrasting versions of the same story. We will be learning about the characteristics of fairy tales and discussing the different points of view of characters in a story.

Writing: We will be writing to support our opinion about whether swimming or sledding would be a more fun activity.

Grammar: We are continuing to focus on words that describe, adjectives. We will also begin learning about adverbs, which are words that describe verbs. i.e. quickly, carefully

Phonics: Our spelling and phonics focus this quarter is on bossy r words. We will continue to review this skill in class.

Math: We will continue learning about strategies to add numbers within 1,000. We are working on adding two 3-digit numbers. Math homework will go home on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Blast off folders will be due back on Friday.

Social Studies: We are going to be learning about Juliette Gordon Low this week and the work that she did to start Girl Scouts.

Important Information:

**Happy un-birthday to our star student this week – Eben!!

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 10 points – Ava, Liberty; 15 points – Ah’myiah, Hollins; 20 points – Sawyer, Ashton, Raphael; 25 points – Eben, Kennedy; 30 points – Ellie, Ansley, Guillermo, Maxene; 35 points – Saad; 50 points – Alice, Janani, Eric; 90 points – Aaryan

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

February 12  Student Banking
5 – 8pm Zaxby’s Night
February 15  STEM Expo
February 18 – 22  Winter Break
February 26 Student Banking
February 28  School Store
Papa John’s Night
March 1 – March 8   Book Fair
March 1       Read Across America Day
March 6       7:30 am School Council Meeting
March 8       6:00 – 8:00  Family Sock Hop (sponsored by Kincaid Foundation)

Week of January 28

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are looking forward to KINDNESS week this week! We will be demonstrating many random acts of kindness throughout the week. Students are invited to “dress up” based on the following schedule:

Monday (1/28)-Hats off to kindness (wear hats)

Tuesday (1/29)-Being kind is groovy (wear 70s clothes)

Wednesday (1/30)-Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)

Thursday (1/31)-Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)

Friday (2/1)-Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)

A couple of other things…

Students received a description sheet for a take-home project in which they will be decorating a cereal box based on either Martin Luther King Jr. or Jackie Robinson. This project should be completed at home and it is due back on Wednesday, February 13. I will be adjusting our usual homework schedule over the next couple of weeks so that the students will not be overloaded with work.

Students will also be working on a project at school over the next few weeks. Friday, February 15 is STEM Expo day and second grade students will be building “puffmobiles” as a review of the energy and motion concepts we studied in quarter 2. We will be building the mobiles in class, but students will need to bring in materials from home. I will be sending home a letter on Monday with more information about suggested supplies as well as a planning guide so that students can start thinking ahead. Thank you for your help!!

This week in school:

Reading: We are discussing various types of folktales and we will continue learning about how to compare and contrast various versions of the same story.

Writing: We will be writing to support our opinion about playing inside or outside this week. Thank you to Mrs. Erickson for sending in some yummy OREO treats to keep us motivated as we write! We start by writing our Opinion, explain with Reasons, add details by including Examples, and end by restating our Opinion.

Grammar: We are continuing to focus on words that describe, adjectives. We will also begin learning about adverbs, which are words that describe verbs. i.e. quickly, carefully

Phonics: Our spelling and phonics focus this quarter is on bossy r words. We will discuss words spelled with “or” this week like sport and north.

Math: We will continue learning about strategies to add numbers within 1,000. We are working on adding two 3-digit numbers. Math homework will go home on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Blast off folders will be due back on Friday.

Social Studies: We are wrapping up our discussions about the life and contributions of Jackie Robinson this week.

Important Information:

 **Congratulations to the following AR stars: 10 points – Ava, Liberty; 15 points – Ah’myiah, Ashton, Hollins; 20 points – Sawyer, Raphael, Eben, Kennedy; 30 points – Ellie, Ansley, Guillermo, Maxene; 35 points – Saad; 50 points – Alice, Janani, Eric; 80 points – Aaryan

**We are in need of regular size black EXPO dry erase markers if anyone sees some at the store and doesn’t mind picking up some for our class. Thank you!!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

NEXT WEEK:
February 4 – 8 – Enrichment Teacher Supply Drive
PTA is coordinating a collection of Lysol wipes, band-aids, plastic baggies, tissues, air fresheners, hand wipes, etc. for our Enrichment teachers during this sniffling time of the year. Bins will be located throughout the school.

February 4 – 8 -Box Top Collections
We accept Box Tops all year long….but next week our PTA will be counting Box Tops and awarding the grade level with the most!  I have my trimmed Box Tops saved in a drawer…and ready to send in!  Put in a baggie with your child’s grade/teacher.  THANK YOU!  The school earns money from Box Tops!

February 4 – 8 -School Counselor Appreciation
Kincaid is fortunate to have Ms. Kotarba and Ms. Weitnauer serving our school and community…and loving our kids!  We love them all year long, but next week is a special time to show extra appreciation!

February 12  Student Banking
February 15  STEM Expo
February 18 – 22  Winter Break

Week of January 21

I hope everyone is enjoying this long weekend! The students had a great time learning all about the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. the last couple of weeks so I hope the time off from school is a great opportunity to reflect on his work and how our world today is a much better place because of it.

This week in school:

Reading: We are continuing our focus on fables this week, but we will begin learning about how to compare and contrast various versions of the same story. This concept will take us into other short fictional stories like folktales and fairy tales.

Writing: Students are hard at work writing to support their opinion about what pet they think is the best. We will finish up our revisions and final copies this week.

Grammar: We are continuing to focus on words that describe, adjectives. We will also begin learning about adverbs, which are words that describe verbs. i.e. quickly, carefully

Phonics: Our spelling and phonics focus this quarter is on bossy r words. We will begin this week by learning about words spelled with “ar” like card, start, and march.

Math: This week we will continue learning about strategies to add numbers within 1,000. We are working on adding multiple addends as well as adding two 3-digit numbers. Math homework will go home on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Blast off folders will be due back on Friday.

Social Studies: We will be learning about the life and contributions of Jackie Robinson, another important leader in the civil rights movement.

Important Information:

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

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 10 points – Ava, Liberty; 15 points – Sawyer, Ah’myiah, Hollins, Ashton, Raphael; 20 points – Eben, Kennedy; 25 points – Maxene; 30 points – Ellie, Ansley, Guillermo; 35 points – Saad; 40 points – Eric; 45 points – Alice, Janani; 80 points – Aaryan

**A note from our counselor, Mrs. Kotarba:

As part of our “No Place for Hate” program, we are looking forward to participating in the Kindness Challenge from January 28th – February 1st. The students will work together as a class to complete activities to show kindness such as, asking a new friend to play, helping someone, writing a thank you note, or performing a kind act of their own design. Teachers will have daily discussions, read stories, and watch short video clips about showing kindness, inclusion, and respect.

Additionally, we will show kindness in our community by hosting a toiletries drive to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults AND SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. With the help of our Student Council, we will be collecting items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. These items will go to children in our community.  A flyer with more information will come home about this.  We will also have some fun by dressing up to the following themes each day.

Monday (1/28)-Hats off to kindness (wear hats)

Tuesday (1/29)-Being kind is groovy (wear 70s clothes)

Wednesday (1/30)-Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)

Thursday (1/31)-Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)

Friday (2/1)-Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

January 21   MLK Day – No School

January 22 – 25 PTA Hat & Mitten Drive

January 22    Student Banking

January 24    School Store

Papa John’s Night

January 25   Foundation Friday – Snowball Fight $2

1:00 Reflections Reception

January 28 – February 1 Kindness Week

February 4 – 8 Enrichment Teacher Supply Drive

February 12 Student Banking

February 15 STEM Expo

February 18 – 22 Winter Break

Week of January 14

I hope everyone has had a great weekend! I am so ready for the sun to come out and stay already!

We had a great week back and a very productive start to quarter 3. Report cards went home on Friday. I hope you have had a moment to review them and sign the envelope. The papers are yours to keep but I do need to signed envelope back. Please return those as soon as possible this week. Thank you!

This week in school

Reading: This week we will continue our focus on fables and identifying the moral, or lesson, the characters in the short story learn. Students need to continue taking two AR tests each week. We will check out new books from the media center every Monday morning.

Writing: Our writing focus in quarter 3 is on supporting our opinions with reasons and details. This week, students will be writing about their favorite type of pet.

Grammar: In grammar we are continuing our focus on parts of speech and we will be learning about adjectives.

Phonics: Our spelling focus this quarter is on the “Bossy r” spelling pattern. We will begin by learning about words spelled with “ar” including marchstart, and barn.

Math: In math we are learning about adding and subtracting 10 and 100 mentally. We will also begin working on strategies for adding multiple two-digit numbers. Math blast off folders are due back on Friday and regular math homework will go home on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Social Studies: We are learning about the life and important contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students are learning a lot about treating all people equally and fairly.

Important Information

**Happy un-birthday to our star student this week – Hollins!!

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 10 points – Ava, Liberty; 15 points – Sawyer, Ah’myiah, Hollins, Ashton, Raphael; 20 points – Eben, Kennedy; 25 points – Ansley, Maxene; 30 points – Ellie, Guillermo; 35 points – Saad; 40 points – Alice, Janani, Eric; 70 points – Aaryan

Upcoming Dates to Remember

January 15th  Chickfila Night
January 16th  5:30  Science Fair
January 18th  Cougar Pride Day
K 100th Day Celebration
January 21   MLK Day – No School
January 22 – 25  PTA Hat & Mitten Drive
January 22    Student Banking
January 24    School Store
Papa John’s Night
January 25   Foundation Friday – Snowball Fight $2
1:00  Reflections Reception
January 28 – February 1  Kindness Week
January 28  Hats Off to Kindness — wear a hat
January 29  Being Kind is Groovie — dress in 70s
January 30  Kindness Rocks — dress like a rockstar
January 31   Cougar Pride — wear Kincaid Spiritwear
February 1    Cheer for Kindness — wear team colors/shirts/jerseys
February 4 – 8  Enrichment Teacher Supply Drive
February 12  Student Banking
February 15  STEM Expo
February 18 – 22  Winter Break

Week of January 7

I hope everyone enjoyed the break and had fun with family and friends during the holidays! We are ready to kick off quarter 3! Quarter 2 report cards will go home with students this Friday.

On Monday we will be going to the media center to check out new books. Please remind students to bring back the books they checked out before the break. We will return them first thing Monday morning.

On Tuesday we will get to see a presentation from the Harlem Globetrotters. Our lunch time will be the same, but our specials time will be 10:25-10:55 and the presentation will be at the very end of the day at 1:15.

We want to say a very warm welcome to our new student, Ava!! We are so excited that she is joining our class!

Mrs. White and I are working on reminding the students to bring a snack to school every day. We are running low on extra snacks to give out as students forget. If you are at the store and don’t mind grabbing some snacks to donate to our class we would really appreciate it!

This week in school:

Reading: This quarter in reading we will be learning about the characteristics of fables and we will be reading various fables to determine the moral, or central meaning or lesson. Fables are short stories in which animals are the main characters. The animals have human characteristics and through a series of events they will usually learn a lesson. Well-known fables include “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Lion and the Mouse”.

Writing: Our focus in quarter 3 is on opinion writing and students will be learning how to write reasons and details to support their opinion about a topic. This week we will start learning the components of opinion writing.

Grammar: We will begin learning about verbs this week.

Math: We will begin quarter 3 by reviewing our understanding of skip-counting. We will also discuss how to add and subtract 10 and 100 mentally. Math homework will go home on Tuesday and Thursday this week. There is no math blast off due this Friday.

Social Studies: We will be learning about the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. We will talk about important concepts including segregation and discrimination.

Important Information:

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

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 5 points – Liberty; 10 points – Ava; 15 points – Sawyer, Ah’myiah, Hollins, Ashton, Raphael; 20 points – Eben, Kennedy; 25 points – Ellie, Ansley, Maxene; 30 points – Guillermo, Saad; 40 points – Alice, Janani, Eric; 60 points – Aaryan

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

January 8th    Student Banking
January 10th   School Store
January 11th   8:00 Coffee Chat
Report Cards Go Home
January 15th  Chickfila Night
January 16th  5:30  Science Fair
January 18th  Cougar Pride Day
K 100th Day Celebration
January 21   MLK Day – No School
January 22    Student Banking
January 22 – 25  PTA Hat & Mitten Drive
January 24    School Store
Papa John’s Night
January 25   Foundation Friday – Snowball Fight $2
1:00  Reflections Reception

Week of December 17

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are on the final countdown! We have a couple of schedule changes this week. On Monday, we will be on a program schedule and the students will be going to the gym first thing in the morning to see the Kincaid chorus concert. On Tuesday, we will have Grinch day. Students are invited to wear green in celebration and we will be rotating around to the different second grade classes to do some fun Grinch activities! On Wednesday, we will have our holiday party from 11:00 to 12:00 in the classroom. We will eat sack lunches in the classroom right after the party. Thursday and Friday are early release days and students will be dismissed at 12:30 both afternoons. Our lunch time on those days is 10:22 to 10:52.

Thank you all so much for your generous donations to our class mitten tree! The final day to send those in is Monday, December 17. The mittens will be donated to Must Ministries to be given to families in need this winter season.

Also, thank you to Maxene’s dad for being our mystery reader on Friday! The students loved The Polar Express!

There will be no homework this week!

This week in school:

Reading: This week we will continue our author’s study on Jan Brett. The students are loving these fun stories!

Writing: We will wrap up our unit on informational writing this week and students will be writing about a special gift that they could give to someone.

Grammar: We are reviewing our quarter 2 grammar skills this week.

Phonics: We will wrap up our unit on diphthongs and we will review all of the spelling patterns we have learned over the last several weeks.

Math: We will finish up our measurement unit by learning how to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes. This is a great skill that students can continue to practice at home over the break! There is no math blast off due this week.

Important Information:

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 5 points – Liberty; 15 points – Sawyer, Ah’myiah, Hollins, Ashton, Raphael 20 points – Eben, Kennedy; 25 points – Ellie, Ansley, Maxene; 30 points – Guillermo, Saad; 40 points – Alice, Janani, Eric; 60 points – Aaryan

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

December 18     7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
6:30 Chorus Concert
December 19    Holiday Parties
11 – 12  K, 1st, 2nd
12:30 – 1:30  3rd, 4th, 5th
December 20 Early Release Day 12:30
December 21  Early Release Day 12:30
December 24 – January 4   Holiday Break – No School
January 8th    Student Banking
January 10th   School Store
January 11th   8:00 Coffee Chat
Report Cards Go Home
January 15th  Chickfila Night
January 21     MLK Day – No School

Week of December 10

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Just two more weeks until winter break! We are busy wrapping up quarter 2!

This week in school:

Reading: This week we will continue learning about how words and phrases give meaning in stories and poems. We are talking about rhyming words, repeated words and phrases, as well as alliteration. We will continue our author’s study on Jan Brett.

Writing: Our informational writing focus for this week will be on writing about how Georgia got its start. The students will be writing about the contributions of James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, and Tomochichi.

Grammar: We are continuing to review and work hard on quarter 2 grammar skills!

Phonics: We will continue our focus on diphthongs this week. These form when 2 vowels work together to make a new sound. For example, the vowel teams au and aw do not make a long a or u sound. Instead, they work together to make a new sound. Examples: caught, straw

Math: We will wrap up our unit on measurement this week and students will be applying what they have learned to solve word problems with measurement. We will also review one and two-step word problems. Blast off math folders are due back on Friday and regular math homework will go home on Tuesday and Thursday.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about how the GA colony was founded and this week we will review all that we have learned about James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, and Tomochichi.

Important Information:

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

**Congratulations to the following AR stars: 5 points – Liberty; 15 points – Sawyer, Ah’myiah, Hollins, Ashton, Raphael, Eben, Kennedy; 25 points – Ellie, Ansley, Saad, Maxene; 30 points – Guillermo, Eric; 40 points – Alice, Janani; 60 points – Aaryan

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

December 11    Kincaid Day at Ivy Lane
December 18     7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
6:30 Chorus Concert
December 19    Holiday Parties
11 – 12  K, 1st, 2nd
12:30 – 1:30  3rd, 4th, 5th
December 20 Early Release Day 12:30
December 21  Early Release Day 12:30
December 24 – January 4   Holiday Break – No School
January 8th    Student Banking
January 10th   School Store
January 11th   8:00 Coffee Chat
Report Cards Go Home
January 21     MLK Day – No School