Pencils, Pineapples, Parents & PLPs
Wow! We had a great week! The first day of school was much fun! We spent a lot of time talking about PINEAPPLES and how to be "sweet" like a pineapple. We have a lot of pineapple-ly kids in second grade this year! (I'm guessing they get it from their wonderful parents!)
Thank you to all of the families for bringing in school supplies and meeting for PLPs. I know getting back into the swing of things isn't always easy...but you made it look effortless! Your kiddos were bright-eyed, happy, engaged and ready to learn. The first day felt more like the third or fifth day...I can already tell, this is going to be a great year!
This Week In 2nd Grade
Math- We were able to log in to the new 2nd Grade ST Math last week. This week we will start our math curriculum, which will start with basic review. I will teach the math lesson to small group of students while the others work independently on ST Math. We will then switch sides (with a little brain break in between) and will do the same thing as the first rotation.
Science- Last Friday we had a fun engineering challenge based on the book The Most Magnificent Thing. A chunk of our Fridays will be dedicated to science-based learning, including time to explore, create, design and experiment.
Reading- This week we will start our online reading program "Read Live" and will have the students take a diagnostic assessment to help us determine the level/program that will best serve them. This process will take a couple days because taking these assessments can be tiring.
I am going to start homework this week...but it will be very simple. READ. The students will earn a star for every 10 minutes they read this week. Our entire class will be trying to meet our class goal of 150 STARS (collected and calculated on Friday). I will explain the homework stystem in more detail at our Back to School Night. The STAR Homework tracking sheet (as pictured on the right) can be found in their Monday folders each week. The left side of the folders will be the student's work (there will not be student work this week). The "Monday Folder" will then be returned with the STAR Homework tracking sheet on FRIDAY.
Upcoming Dates & Events
8/24 - Back to School Night (see newsletter for session times)
9/4 - No School (Labor Day)
9/21-22 - Picture Day
Coming Soon to 2nd Grade - Grandparent Unit and Properties of Matter
This might be our most "normal" day of the week. We will have a special presentation from former ACMS students (now Inspire students) about pollination in the morning. We will spend time finishing up our creative stories and other projects. I'll be giving some ST Math time for those who want to try to meet their goal by Wednesday! Monday folders will go home for the last time. They do not have to be returned. There will be no homework this week.
Bike Day! Please bring a set of wheels (bike or scooter) and a helmet to school. 2nd graders can park their bikes between the Staff Room and 3rd grade. We will be riding our wheels at different times in the afternoon. If you have questions or need help, please contact me.
3rd Trimester Awards at 8:30 in the MPR. The class will then leave with Mrs. Fogel for "Move Up Day." They are going to LOVE her!
Turtle Bay Field Trip! We will be leaving from ACS around 8:30. Please come to our classroom around 8:15 to check in with me so I can give you directions and other information. The students should wear their HATS! performance shirts and free dress bottoms. Please send them with sunscreen already on and a watterbottle. We will collect lunches before we leave so we can have Turtle Bay hold them for us until lunch. If you ordered a lunch from school, we will have that already packed. Don't forget to send a car seat or booster if your child requires one. We will aim to be back by 2:30. If you have any questions, please contact me ASAP.
The last day of 2nd Grade! There is so much going on this week, I thought it would be easy for kids to bring a snack to share (enough for 10-12 kids). We will save the last hour of the day (11:30-12:30) for our "party." We will watch a slide show of pictures (if you have any you would like to share, please email them to me!) and will celebrate a wonderful year together. You are more than welcome to drop in between 11:30-12:30 to celebrate with us!