May 15

The End is near!

As we reach the end of a terrific school year,  the next two weeks are BUSY.  The kids are putting finishing touches on their Poetry Books, Animal Research Papers, and Animal Dioramas.  Hopefully you will be joining us Friday for the Parent Tea & Poetry Reading.  We hope this schedule will help if you are tight on time and trying to figure out when to arrive.  We will be in the Student Center (gym).

1:45 – 2:00 – Animal Research Project Viewing

2:00 – 2:15 – Students will serve parents/guests treats

2:15 – 3:00 – Poetry Readings

I’ve posted a sign-up sheet for drivers for our End of the Year Party scheduled for Monday, May 22nd.  We will have pizza here at school prior to leaving.  We hope to head out to Skate Country at 12:10 and we’ll be there until 2:30.  Parents are invited to join us at Skate Country even if you aren’t driving.  You may pick up your child at Skate Country no later than 2:30 OR at school at the usual 3:10time.  Don’t worry if your child isn’t an experienced skater.  Skate Country has “helper devices” that sort of act like a little “cart” that help your child balance until he/she gets the hang of it.

 

Have a wonderful week and hang in there, the end is near!  😉

April 27

Desert Animal Experts!

Dear 2A Families,

Here are some photos from our amazing Desert Museum Field Trip!  Now that we have observed most of our animals at the museum, we are researching at school.  The students are responsible to find facts about his/her desert animal.  We are discovering each animal’s habitat, diet, adaptations, and habits.

There are only 20 more days left of school!  As we come to the end of a great year,  we are busily writing poems and completing our desert animal reports.  We need a shoe box for each child to create his/her animal diorama .  Please have this shoe box to school this Wednesday! The students are enjoying the preparation for our Poetry Reading Tea on May 19th.  Look for the invitation and  RSVP form in your child’s folder this week.

  • Wednesday May 3 Shoe Box Due in class!!!!!!!!
  • Friday May 12 Art Expo 5:30PM
March 22

Sabino Canyon Trip

Dear 2A Families,

We had a great field trip yesterday to Sabino Canyon where we learned all about Sonoran Desert plants and animals adaptations.  Did you know that a rattlesnake can slither up a Saguaro cactus!?  Many thanks to all the parent drivers!

March 13

March Madness

Happy Monday 2A Families,

Here are some dates to remember:
**Friday, March 17 – Free Dress: St Patrick’s Day!🍀
**Monday, March 20 – Stem Reporters – Lily and Sam (I extended the date)
**Friday, March 31 – Book in a Can Book Report due

Thanks to those of you who signed up to drive to Sabino Canyon. There is a chance we may need to consolidate and take fewer cars, but I would still like all adults who signed up, to go. I’ll keep you posted!

We will begin a Measurement Unit on Tuesday. In Language Arts we will continue to work on poetry, begin learning how to write a “research paper” on a desert animal, and read, read, read! We will also begin our Plants and Animals Unit in Science.

I continue to encourage students to work on memorizing their addition and subtraction math facts. Students may use any method to show they have mastered their math facts: the xtra math iPad app, paper and pencil tests, or an oral test with me using flash cards. It is expected that incoming 3rd graders have their addition and subtraction math facts memorized. I’ve told the kids this is important and requires studying. Just as memorizing spelling words takes time and effort on their part, so does working with math facts. It won’t happen without practice and perseverance.

Here are some photos from our guest speaker last week.  “Dr. Faucet” from Tucson Water was informative and great with the students.  This interactive program was a great extension and review of our matter and weather science units.  We learned all about Tucson’s water supply and the importance of conserving our precious ground water.

February 27

Welcome Back, Cowboys!

I hope you had a wonderful Rodeo Break!!! Here are a couple items of note for the week:

**Tuesday, February 28 – Free Pancake Lunch for all students

**Friday, March 3 – Casa Maria – Each 2nd grader should bring 1 dozen hard boiled, peeled eggs.

**Friday, March 10th – Kiara & Will – STEAM Reporters

Have a great week!

February 13

Rodeo and Valentines!

Hello 2A families,

Our final week before Rodeo Break AND the final week of the 2nd trimester! There is a lot going on, so be sure to note these dates.

**Tuesday, February 14th – Relaxed Dress with a “Valentine’s Theme”, wear red, white, pink, purple, etc
**Tuesday, February 14th – Valentine Exchange
**Thursday, February 16th – STEaM Night, 5:30 – 7:30pm
**Friday, February 17th – Stem Current Event Reporters – Emma and Kalyn

I was also asked by administration to remind parents that school contracts are due this Wednesday.  All contracts returned by Wednesday will give your child a free dress pass.

Although I will remind you as the date(s) near, for planning purposes, 2nd grade’s month for Casa Maria eggs is March. This means that each student should bring 12 hard boiled, peeled eggs on March 3rd. Also, we will be asking for drivers for a field trip on Tuesday March 21st. We are limited to 5 cars per class due to parking.

Please encourage and remind your child to fill in his/her reading record for homework. There were 4 students last week that did not record any reading for the entire week.  This is still an important part of our homework and helps build student independence and responsibility.

Thanks for all your help at home!!!

Ms. Allen

January 30

Book reports, Science Fair and weather, oh my!

Hello 2A families,

As we head into February, here are some dates and items of note:

Wednesday, February 1stNoon Dismissal
Friday, February, 3rd – Field Trip, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” (Buses will take us)   Official     St Michael’s uniform: red top and khaki bottoms
Friday, February, 3rd – STEaM Reporters – Brady and Matt

While still a few weeks away, we will have a Valentine Card exchange on Tuesday, February, 14th. Students are not required to exchange Valentines but we ask that if students bring a Valentine for one, they bring one for all just so there aren’t hurt feelings or students who are left out. There are 33 students total in 2nd grade. I will send home a list of names in homework folders this week.

I am hoping that after our trip to the library tomorrow, all kids will have books for their final Book Report. Genre is their choice, books must be a minimum of 100 pages, and the report is due no later than March 31. Students will have plenty of time to read their book and work on this project.  I distributed instructions and rubric last week (yellow) paper, and should be in their homework folders. I will have samples of this report in the classroom and the kids should have a thorough understanding of what the project entails. The best way to help your student become an independent learner is to allow them to work on, and complete projects as independently as possible.

 

We are currently working on a Science Fair project and our question is: Does our sense of smell affect our sense of taste? We “tested” each other last Friday using Skittles, and will collect more data this week as we test both third grade classes.

Thanks!

Ms. Allen

January 22

Air takes up space!

Dear 2A families,

We had a short week filled with a lot of learning and fun.  We continue to move forward in math, learning basic multiplication and division.

We continue to work on our science unit “Air & Weather”. The “big idea” we talked about this week was that “air takes up space”. Next week we will use water to also demonstrate that “air takes up space”.  The students are completing their weather flip books and “extreme weather” research.  This week we will observe weather and take the temperatures in the AM and again in the PM.

This week I will ask the kids to look for a book for their final book report. This book must be a chapter book they have not previously read (or have already started reading), and should be a minimum of 100 pages. Students will have plenty of time to read their books. Genre is their choice.

The kids took their Math-a-thon “test” Friday and I sent it home Friday. The Math-a-thon committee asks that all pledges/donations be collected and brought to school no later than January 27th in order to be eligible for prizes.

Below are a few photos from our parachute test and watching Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  It gives me chills every time.  Please be sure to read your child’s “I have a dream” clouds outside our classroom.  They are wonderful.

See you soon!

Ms. Allen

 

January 9

See Saw update

Hi 2A Families,

Hopefully by now you have signed up to see your child’s work on our classroom See Saw app!  It so cool that we can share some of our work with you all digitally.  Last week, the students read a poem out loud and created an illustration reflecting what the poem meant to them.  This is a great example of your child’s oral reading fluency and creative interpretation through illustration.  Enjoy viewing this activity in See Saw.  We will add more as the year progresses.

As a reminder, this week is conference week.  Each conference will take no more than 15 minutes and I will discuss your child’s progress thus far as well as any areas of concern.  Friday is noon dismissal and there will be no school on Monday 1/16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This week we begin NIGHTLY homework.  YOUR CHILD will no longer receive a language arts packet.  The home work will be similar in content, however, it will come home each day as an individual assignment.  The math homework will remain the same.  You can check your child’s assignment notebook for homework each day.  It is THEIR responsibility to write the assignments in their notebook.

Keep working on math facts, daily reading, and homework.

Thanks,

Ms. Allen