August 18

Week of August 19th

Important Dates

August 22:  Picture Day! Envelopes went home last week.

August 23:  Learning Commons Book Checkout

August 28: Early Release

August 30: Learning Commons Book Checkout

September 2:  Labor Day Holiday…No School

September 20:  Ballet at the Cobb Civic Center (Students Only)

September 23-27:  Fall Break

September 30:  Fire Safety Village Visit (Students Only)

October 14-18:  Conference Week-Sign Up – online at a later date

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

Please return the Performing Arts permission slips if you have not already done so. Students will need to turn in the Performing Arts permission slip in order to attend the theater field trip on September 20. Please let me know if you need another copy of the form. (I have received four out of twenty-two.)

Curriculum Update

Reading: We will continue to work on identifying story elements: characters, solution, problem, solution, beginning, middle, and end. When you’re reading at home here are some comprehension questions to ask your child…

  • Who are the characters in the story?
  • What is the setting of the story? Where does the story take place?
  • What was the problem in the story?
  • What was the solution in the story?
  • Can you retell the story from beginning to end?

Writing: We will continue to zoom in on special memories & choose a small moment or tiny topic to write about. In grammar, we will focus on the components of a complete sentence- noun & verb. We will continue identifying whether a sentence is complete or incomplete.

 

Spelling: We will study open syllable words. Students will be coming home with a list of words on Monday.  These words may be practiced at home each night using any strategy that works best for your child (flashcards, www. spellingcity.com, shaving cream, etc..).  On Friday, they will have an orally dictated test.  They may try the challenge words but they will not count against them.  It is more important that we focus on phonics and letter patterns/sounds and not just a list of words.

Math: We will continue to work on writing the different forms of a number: standard, expanded, base ten, and word form. We will also start to help students understand that 12 tens is the same as 120 or 13 tens is the same as 130.  We used our personal whiteboards in our agenda and it was so much fun!

Social Studies: Students will be able to identify the 5 regions of Georgia and the three main rivers.  We will also throw in some map skills as well.

  • Regions: Appalachian Plateau, Ridge & Valley, Blue Ridge Region, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain.
  • Rivers: Chattahoochee River, Savannah River, and Flint River
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August 10

Week of August 12th

Important Dates

August 16:  First Book Checkout at the Learning Commons

August 12:  Homework & Spelling begins

August 22:  Picture Day!

August 23:  Learning Commons Book Checkout

August 30: Learning Commons Book Checkout

September 2:  Labor Day Holiday…No School

September 20:  Ballet at the Cobb Civic Center (Students Only)

September 23-27:  Fall Break

September 30:  Fire Safety Village Visit (Students Only)

October 14-18:  Conference Week-Sign Up online at a later date

November 20:  KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

Curriculum Update:

Reading: We will continue to work on identifying story elements: characters, solution, problem, solution, beginning, middle, and end. When you’re reading at home here are some comprehension questions to ask your child…

  • Who are the characters in the story?
  • What is the setting of the story? Where does the story take place?
  • What was the problem in the story?
  • What was the solution in the story?
  • Can you retell the story from beginning to end?

Writing: We will continue to zoom in on special memories & choose a small moment or tiny topic to write about. In grammar, we will focus on the components of a complete sentence- noun & verb. We will start by simply identifying whether a sentence is complete or incomplete.

 

Spelling: We will start spelling by working on magic E or silent E words. These words have a long vowel sound + a silent E. Here are some examples: tape, cube, cone, dice. We will look at how the vowel sound changes when an E is added at the end of the word. Students will be coming home with a list of words on Monday.  These words may be practiced at home each night using any strategy that works best for your child (flashcards, www. spellingcity.com, shaving cream, etc..).  On Friday, they will have an orally dictated test.  They may try the challenge words but they will not count against them.  It is more important that we focus on phonics and letter patterns/sounds and not just a list of words.  Ask them about a great video we watched!

Math: We will continue to work on writing the different forms of a number: standard, expanded, base ten, and word form. We will also start to help students understand that 12 tens is the same as 120 or 13 tens is the same as 130.  We used our personal whiteboards in our agenda and it was so much fun!

Social Studies: Students will be able to identify the 5 regions of Georgia and the three main rivers.  We will also throw in some map skills as well.

  • Regions: Appalachian Plateau, Ridge & Valley, Blue Ridge Region, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain.
  • Rivers: Chattahoochee River, Savannah River, and Flint River

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August 3

Week of August 5th

We had a freytastic two days filled with learning routines, meeting new friend, and even touring the school from one hallway to the other.  A special thank you to all parents for getting your child’s supplies, sending in extra donations and specials treats for the teacher.  I am busily putting together your child’s P.A.W.S Binder (prepared and wonderful students) and should have them ready for next week. You will find this to be a great communication tool as well as a way to keep your child organized.  It will also include a weekly behavior chart and graded work.

We are also slowly getting into a routine, starting academic subjects and showing me what they know!  I have various assessments planned such as a math addition and subtraction timed test, reading and math benchmark assessment, and a spelling inventory. We even will do a writing sample about a summertime activity.  Our current read aloud is The Mouse and the Motorcycle.  The class is really enjoying this book!  Did you hear we have one ring on our compliment chain and two letters for a our whole class reward for being freytastic? What an amazing group of on-task, hardworking, well behaved kiddos.  Much appreciated.

Each week I will update this page with the curriculum focus on Sunday so be sure to read the post either Sunday or Monday. To conserve paper, a “paper” newsletter will not be sent home. We want to continue to go digital with many things we do here at Frey.  Don’t forget to bookmark this page and also sign up to get email alerts that a new post has been added to he blog.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you will see the signup to the right.  Add your email and hit submit. However, please let me know if you need a copy of this page and I can be sure to put one in your child’s binder.  You should also sign up for REMIND one way text messages.  Directions were on the red “About Mrs. Nikin” page.

The entire team is holding off on homework until classroom routines are set in place and our daily schedule is learned. However, you may start to work on math fact fluency (addition and subtraction 1-20) and nightly reading.  This can be you reading to your child or even your child reading to you!

If you have any questions or need something clarified, please feel free to contact me.  Below you will see the curriculum focus for the week:

Reading- We will be going over the format and expectations of Reader’s Workshop. Reader’s Workshop consists of a mini-lesson, independent reading time, and student-teacher conferences or small group instruction. We will also begin covering story elements such as characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end.

Writing- We will introduce Writer’s Workshop to the students. Writer’s Workshop consists of a mini-lesson, independent writing time, and student-teacher conferences or small group instruction. Our first unit is narrative writing. We will kick off the year by encouraging students to brainstorm and write about small moments.

Math- Our first unit is about place value. This week we’ll learn about several ways to write a number: standard form, base ten form, expanded form, word form, and possibly even money form!

Social Studies- We will launch social studies by examining the “story of our state” using 4 different domains. We will introduce four hats which are used to represent the different domains in social studies: history, geography, government/civics, and economics. We will refer back to these hats/domains throughout the year.

 

 

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July 16

Second Grade Kickoff and Open House

Tuesday, July 30th

Meet & Greet:  11:00 – 11:30

Open House:   11:30 – 12:00

Click the link below for the Frey Kickoff and Open House Schedule:

http://www.cobbk12.org/Frey/images/FreyKickoff2019.pdf

Schedule for Meet & Greet and Open House

11:00 – 11:30:  Parents and Students will…

* Meet your child’s teacher

* Tour the classroom

* Bring school supplies

*If at all possible, please bring your child’s supplies to Meet & Greet. I would like to have your child’s binder and supplies ready for him or her on the first day. Thanks so much for your help with this!

Click the link below to view the 2019-20 Supply List:

http://www.cobbk12.org/Frey/1920supplylists.pdf

11:30 – 12:00:  Parents will…

Students will go to the Learning Commons for an AIM HIGH meeting with administration.

* Attend an Open House Presentation

* Learn about Mrs. Nikin’s class

9:00 – 2:00:  Parents and students can…

* Locate your child’s bus number, pick up a car rider tag

* Register for ASP and After School Clubs

* Buy Spiritwear & Yearbooks

* Sign up for PTA and Frey Foundation

FLAMES of FreyAIM HIGH!

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March 12

Welcome to Second Grade

So excited to be your child’s second grade teacher for the 2019-2020 school year! I have been hanging out in third grade for the last few years and before that fourth and fifth grade. Read my bio in the paper clipped section to the right for more information about me.

Please come back soon for a new site designed for you and your child.

Welcome!

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