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.
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!
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!!!
Hello 2A families,
As we head into February, here are some dates and items of note:
Wednesday, February 1st – Noon Dismissal
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.
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!
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.
Hi there 2A families!
First of all, I’d like to thank you all for your generosity during Christmas. I am so excited to use my Greentoes gift card. If you see me glowing from the inside, you’ll know I have enjoyed a time of relaxation that you all provided for me. Each of you were so kind with your cards, gift cards and well wishes. I am so fortunate to work with you all and especially your children.
You will find some great photos below of your children and their biography book report timelines. They all did a wonderful job presenting and creating their work!
Hello 2A Families,
Last Friday the children earned a “Fun Friday”. They earned this day by showing me teamwork, cooperation, and good behavior, (25 stars). After lunch, the students got to meet my dog, Freddy. They all were such good kids. Thanks for letting me bring him to spend time with your lovely kids. We had a lot of fun petting, videoing, drawing and photographing him. Freddy had a blast and slept the whole way home. See the fun times below!
Don’t forget, FREE DRESS this Friday (12/16).
All Biography Timelines are due no later than Tuesday, 12/20.
No HOMEWORK next week and Wednesday (12/21) is our mug exchange, Las Posadas, and noon dismissal.