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NEWS FLASH: Classroom Assistanceletter

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The week of Oct. 15-19

Mon., Oct. 15- Art.

Tues., Oct. 16- Gym.

Wed., Oct. 17- Media. CLIMB theater

Thurs., Oct. 18- NO SCHOOL, MEA Break

Fri., Oct. 19- NO SCHOOL, MEA Break

Harvest Party- Our Harvest party is scheduled for 1:00-1:45 PM on Wednesday, October 31st. I will contact volunteers soon with more details. Students may bring a nonviolent costume to change into for the party. No face paint or hair color please.

Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 22-26- Dress up days are: Monday- wear school colors red/black, Tuesday- wear red, white, and blue, Wednesday- wear sports team wear, Thursday- wear camo, Friday- wear PJs.

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we are reading a fiction text called Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night. We will talk about what we can discover by exploring nature. We will continue to examine character and setting in a text. We will review strategies that help readers monitor and fix-up while they are reading.

Math- In math students have learned strategies to help them solve basic addition facts including +0 facts, +1 facts, doubles facts, and near doubles facts. Students learned the turn-around rule for addition. This week we will start working on subtraction facts and fact families.

Spelling- We will not have new spelling words this week since it is a three-day week, but in class we will begin working on our next skill: words with consonant blends.

 

The week of Oct. 8-12 Fire Safety Week and Pennies for Polio collection.

Mon., Oct. 8- Art. NP Fire Department Evacuation Drill. Pennies for Polio collection.

Tues., Oct. 9- Gym. Pennies for Polio collection.

Wed., Oct. 10- Media. October book orders due. Pennies for Polio collection.

Thurs., Oct. 11- Music. Pennies for Polio collection.

Fri., Oct. 12- Gym. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red and black. NP Fire Department visit (Mr. Wagner) Pennies for Polio collection.

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we will learn about fire safety as part of fire prevention week. We will read a nonfiction text called Firefighter! We will talk about why being a firefighter is an important job. We will work identifying the topic, main idea, and details in nonfiction text. Students will also compare and contrast firefighting today with firefighting long ago in this week’s Scholastic Assistance.

Math- In math students are building their “fact power”! We are learning tricks and strategies to memorize our basic facts. This week we will focus on doubles facts, turn around facts, and the +9 shortcut.

Spelling- Our spelling pattern for this week is words with long vowels (CVCe).

Reminders:

Harvest Party Volunteers needed- On Wednesday, October 31st we look forward to celebrating together as a second grade class for our fall harvest party. WE’D LOVE YOUR HELP!  Would you be willing to set up a game, activity, or craft in the multi-purpose gym (by the library) or in our classrooms and second grade hallway “carnival style”?  If you are interested in volunteering to help with the party, please return the green form sent home with your child or call/email Mrs. Clark.  We are looking for activities that allow students to “roam” around. A few ideas from past years include: drop the ghost in the caldron, face painting, musical haunted chairs, bowling, bingo, guess how many ___ in the jar, various arts and crafts, or other games.

 

The week of Oct. 1-5

Mon., Oct. 1-Art. Wear blue to stomp out bullying.

Tues., Oct. 2- Gym.

Wed., Oct. 3- Media. Picture retake day.

Thurs., Oct. 4- Music.

Fri., Oct. 5- Gym. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black.

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we’re reading a nonfiction text called Exploring Space with an Astronaut. We will practice identifying text features and discuss how they help us learn more in a nonfiction text. We will also work on identifying the topic and main idea of a nonfiction text.

Math-  We are coming to the end of our first math unit. Our first unit was a review of important 2nd grade skills including; number writing, number line/number grid patterns, calendars, time, and counting coins. Unit 2 will focus on addition and subtraction facts.

Writing- We have been working on writing in our Life books and handwriting.

Student of the Month- Congratulations to our September student of the month Addyline! Each month FR classroom teachers will select one student from their classroom who demonstrates Respect, Effort, a positive Attitude, and Pride in their learning and school. The students of the month is someone that has done an exceptional job of demonstrating the month’s character trait. Our character trait in September was kindness. We read many book and did several activities encouraging kindness. Our October character trait is perseverance.

Reminders:

Party Money- If you haven’t sent in $5.00 party money for your second grader please do so as soon as possible. These funds help cover the cost of supplies for our holiday parties and other celebrations/activities throughout the year.

Dress for Recess- On colder days please make sure your child comes to school with a jacket for recess.

 

The week of Sept. 24-28

Mon., Sept. 24-Art.

Tues., Sept. 25- Gym.

Wed., Sept. 25- Media.  

Thurs., Sept. 26- Music.

Fri., Sept. 27- Gym. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black. New Prague Homecoming parade. Happy Birthday Jade!

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- We will continue to focus on character and setting in the books we read. Students will identify characters (main and supporting) and setting(s) in their independent reading books. We will talk about how the characters respond to challenges. We continue to work on building our reading stamina. As a class we are almost up to 15 min. of reading without getting distracted or giving up.

Math- We have been learning the expectations for and practicing math rotations. During math rotations students work on independent math activities while Mrs. Clark is working with a small group on math skills. We have also been working on comparing numbers.

Life book (writing journal)-  Students started writing in their life book this week. This is a place for students to write about all of the exciting things happening in their 2nd grade life. Your child may bring in photographs, ticket stubs, or other small items to tape into their life book as a memento of a special occasion. These items provide great inspiration for things to write about. Students may bring their life book home upon request to write in it at home. If your child chooses to bring home their life book, please make sure they bring it back to school the next day.  

Thank You!- Thank you to everyone who ordered books through Scholastic book orders in September. Thanks to your support we were able to add several new books to our classroom library. See the attached picture for the fun new additions.

Reminders:

Party Money- If you haven’t sent in $5.00 party money for your second grader please do so as soon as possible. These funds help cover the cost of supplies for our holiday parties and other celebrations/activities throughout the year.

Homecoming Buttons- The FR 4th graders will be selling Homecoming buttons for $0.50 each and pompoms for $1.00 each in front of the office each morning the week of Sept. 24-28, while supplies last.

Have a fun and safe Dozinky weekend!

 

The week of Sept. 17-21

Mon., Sept. 17-Art.

Tues., Sept. 18- Gym.

Wed., Sept. 19- Media.  

Thurs., Sept. 20- Music.

Fri., Sept. 21- Gym. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black. Polka band.

Sept. 21-23- Dozinky Weekend

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we will read about and discuss different types of communities (rural, suburban, and urban). We will begin reading a story called Iris and Walter about a little girl who moves from the city to the country. We will review character and setting and discuss how characters in a story respond to challenges.

Phonics- Our phonics pattern for the week is short vowel sounds. Students will read, sort, and write words with short vowels.

Math- Students have been working on recognizing number patterns using number lines, number grids, and the calendar. We reviewed the names and values of coins and practiced counting small groups of coins. We are reviewed telling time to the hour and half hour. Students have started working towards their number writing goal of writing numbers to 1,000.

Dozinky- This week we will read a story called Eva’s Summer Vacation: A Story of the Czech Republic. We will learn some Czech words and complete a Czech coloring/activity packet. I will share some of the souvenirs that I brought back from my trip to Prague this past summer (a flag, coins, and pictures). On Friday 2nd grade students will get a chance to dance with a Polka band in the big gym.

Reminders:

The Brain Power Walk/Run will be Saturday at 8:00 at the Trojan Stadium.  Sign-up is not open online but will be accepted at the gate. Any students that participates in the Brain Power Walk/Run will earn an extra recess with Mr. Giesen and be entered into a drawing for other prizes. Inflatables, prizes and snacks will available on Saturday. 

 

The week of Sept. 10-14

Mon., Sept. 10- Art.

Tues., Sept. 11 Gym.

Wed., Sept. 12- Media. 

Thurs., Sept. 13- Music. Happy Birthday Aiden!

Fri., Sept. 14- Gym. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black. 

Sat., Sept. 15- Brainpower Walk/Run 8AM Trojan Stadium

Back to School- During our first weeks of school we focus on team building and establishing classroom routines and expectations. We learn our school wide expectations of showing REAP (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Pride) and being a team that CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control).  Students will have minimal homework during the first couple weeks, so it is the perfect time to start a nightly reading routine with your child. Second graders are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes a night.

Book Orders- Thank you in advance for considering placing orders from Scholastic book orders this year. When you order books our class gets bonus points that I use to order books for our classroom library. There are extra bonus point incentives during the month of September, so your order goes even further towards helping us build and improve our classroom library.  If we place a class order of $300 or more we could earn 10,000 bonus points. September book orders are due Monday, 9/10. This year if you place an online order of $25 or more you'll get to pick a free book. Orders can be placed online at scholastic.com/bookclubs our class code is HWT97 or by returning the order form. Make checks payable to SCHOLASTIC (no cash please).

Lunch Schedule Correction- 2nd grade lunch/recess is 12:00-12:35 PM, not 12:06 as is listed on the classroom calendar. Sorry for any confusion.

What we are learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- We are building our reading stamina. Stamina is being able to do something for a long time without getting distracted or giving up.  We have explored our classroom library and picked books for our classroom book bins.

Math-We have been reviewing number line patterns and counting coins. Look for the Unit 1 Family Letter to give you more information on what we will be learning in our first math unit.

Reminders:

Flip flops are discouraged at FR. Students should have tennis shoes for gym and recess.

 

The week of Sept. 3-7

Mon., Sept. 3- No School. Labor Day

Tues., Sept. 4- Gym.

Wed., Sept. 5- Media. FAST reading test. Welcome Back Picnic 5:30-7:00 PM

Thurs., Sept. 6- Music. FAST math test. Bus Evacuation Practice.

Fri., Sept. 7- Gym. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black. Happy Birthday Aaron!

Our first weeks of school will focus on team building and establishing classroom routines and expectations. We will learn about our school wide expectations of showing REAP (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Pride) and being a team that CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control).  Students will have minimal homework during the first couple weeks, so it is the perfect time to start a nightly reading routine with your child. Second graders are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes a night.

Reminders:

Flip flops are discouraged at FR. Students should have tennis shoes for gym and recess.

 

Fall Assessment Conferences

I am excited to meet you and your child at Fall Assessment Conferences. This will be a chance to meet the teacher, visit the classroom, drop-off school supplies, and complete an individualized literacy assessment. 

Assessment Conference Online Sign-Up

The sign up for your child’s assessment conference will be completed online. Please go to this link to sign up:  . Once you have arrived at this page, click on the name of your child’s teacher to view their availability and to register for a slot for your child by Thursday, August 16.

Monday, August 27

K-5 Fall Assessment Conferences, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Lifetouch Student Pictures (Main Gym) - photographer break from 1:15-1:45 p.m.

(No School for K-5 Students)

Tuesday, August 28

K-5 Fall Assessment Conferences, 9 a.m-6 p.m.

Lifetouch Student Pictures (Main Gym) - photographer break from 1:15-1:45 p.m.

(No School for K-5 Students)

Wednesday, August 29

First Day of School for ALL K-5 Students, 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 5

Welcome Back Family Picnic 5:30-7PM

Saturday, September 15

BrainPower Walk/Run

You are invited to participate in the New Prague Area Education Foundation Brain Power Run

http://soundandfury.info/foundation/brain-power-walk-run