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February 23, 2020
by mshartkb
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Desert Museum

Hi 2a!
Hope everyone had a wonderful break! We are looking forward to hearing about all the fun and adventures the kids had when we return to school tomorrow.

Reminder: we will be traveling to the Desert Museum this Friday. Students should wear red shirts and khaki pants, or jeans! Sturdy shoes are a must. Every student needs to bring a lunch from home this Friday, as we will be eating at the museum.

Students should bring in their paragraph about the animal they researched by Wednesday. Can’t wait!

Academic Focus
Language Arts: students will continue to identify ways families work together, focusing on cooperation, while reading Teams Work Together, The Mangrove Tree, and In A Mountain Community. Phonics – read and spell multisyllabic words with er, ir, ur. Grammar – use possessive pronouns. Reading – identify main idea, determine importance. Writing – students will write about the main idea, an opinion piece, as well as a response to In A Mountain Community. Math – students will be transitioning into investigation 3 this week where the focus will be on fluency within 100, using knowledge of place value to add/subtract, and understanding, representing, and solving problems involving addition/subtraction through one thousand. Desert animals and habitats will be an overarching theme this week!

This Tuesday is Fat Tuesday (also know as Mardi Gras)! Our annual Pancake Lunch will be in full swing. All students will be provided free pancakes, and entertainment by the Tucson High Steel Drum Band! If your child will not be eating pancakes, they will need to bring their own lunch to school.

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and Mother Clare will be offering ashes during our Wednesday chapel. You are welcome to attend!

Thank you for the sweet valentine cards, treats, and gifts. The kids had a wonderful day celebrating each other!

Warm Regards,
Ms. Hart & Mrs. O’Shell

Spelling Words
third
burger
perfect
curly
always
boy
brother
gave
myself
pull
sister
took
upon
us
shirt
serve
nurse
birthday
squirm
further

February 14, 2020
by mshartkb
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Rodeo Break!

Happy Valentine’s Day 2A!!

Reminders for the week we get back!
2A & 2B will be traveling to the Desert Museum Friday, February 28th. Students should wear red shirts and jeans or khaki bottoms. We will be doing a lot of walking, so sturdy sneakers are a must! We will be leaving around 8:30 and returning around 3:00. We are in need of parent drivers. A sign up sheet has been posted outside on our class bulletin board. Please consider driving if you can fit 3+ students in your car. Each student has chosen an animal to research at home, prior to the field trip. Students are expected to write a paragraph about their animal, and share with the class on Wednesday, February 25th. I’m looking forward to learning more about these amazing animals! Find your child’s animal below:

Katherine -Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Quinn -River Otter
Alyson- Mexican Wolf
Ermias- Mule Deer
Helena- Black Tail Prairie Dog
Charlotte-Beaver
Oliver-Anna’s Hummingbird
Grayson- Tortoise
Laura – Mountain Lion
Sarah- Peregrine Falcon
Ariela- Bark Scorpion
Ethan- Big Horn Sheep

The Biography in a Can book report will be due March 10th.

Please see this special note from Ms. Allen about Fine Arts Night!

Have a wonderful break!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart & Mrs. O’Shell

February 9, 2020
by mshartkb
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi 2A!

Our Valentine’s Day Party is this Friday! We will be opening notes and celebrating our friendships at 2:15 – all are welcome to join.

Math-a-thon money is due this Wednesday, February 12th. They can be turned in to the front office, or brought to the classroom. Thank you!

Homework will be due this Friday, to avoid lingering assignments over the break.

Please remember to bring in all library books before break. We will return the books this week.

This Wednesday is a K-8 Fee Dress ($2)! Your child can have a relaxed dress day in exchange for two dollars. All proceeds will be given to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue. For more information visit their website at https://www.wires.org.au/

2A & 2B will be traveling to the Desert Museum Friday, February 28th. Students should wear red shirts and jeans or khaki bottoms. We will be doing a lot of walking, so sturdy sneakers are a must! We will be leaving around 8:30 and returning around 3:00. We are in need of parent drivers. A sign up sheet has been posted outside on our class bulletin board. Please consider driving if you can fit 3+ students in your car. Each student has chosen an animal to research at home, prior to the field trip. Students are expected to write a paragraph about their animal, and share with the class on Wednesday, February 25th. I’m looking forward to learning more about these amazing animals! For details on this paragraph assignment click here! Find your child’s animal below:

Katherine -Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Quinn -River Otter
Alyson- Mexican Wolf
Ermias- Mule Deer
Helena- Black Tail Prairie Dog
Charlotte-Beaver
Oliver-Anna’s Hummingbird
Grayson- Tortoise
Laura – Mountain Lion
Sarah- Peregrine Falcon
Ariela- Bark Scorpion
Ethan- Big Horn Sheep

The Biography in a Can book report will be due March 10th. Please click here for details!

Academic Focus
We will be heading into week two of our Language Arts Unit where we will take a closer look at cooperation and how families work together. Students will be working on multisyllabic words with or and ore, using subject and object pronouns, identifying prefixes, and comparing folktales and song lyrics as they read Stone Soup and The New Game Plan. Students will write a book review, recipes, and comparisons. We will be heading into Investigation 2 of place value in the hundreds. Students will focus on strategies pertaining to +/- 10, +/- 100, close to 100, and numbers through 1,000.

We had such fun at the Fox Theater on Friday. We loved the show Miss Nelson Has a Field Day!

Friday is a relaxed dress, Valentines Day themed attire!

Have a wonderful week!!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart & Mrs. O’Shell (joshell@stmichael.net)

Spelling List
sports
chore
popcorn
boredom
done
follow
funny
laugh
line
must
next
once
side
try
porch
force
stormy
correct
order
north

January 31, 2020
by mshartkb
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Science Fair Week

Hi 2A!

We will kick off Science Fair Week with the Edible Car Race first thing Monday morning. Thanks to all of those who are participating. I can’t wait to see the creative engineering! All are welcome to come and watch. It will take place during all school chapel, in the student center at 8:05.

Academic Focus
We will begin Unit 6 “Better Together” in our National Geographic Reach for Reading program, answering the big question “Why do People Work Together?” Students will be identifying the positive outcomes of collaboration and teamwork while reading the folktale, The Brother Who Gave Rice, and acting out the play “Domino Soup.” Students will read and spell words with ar, and identify subject and object pronouns. Students will write about character traits, summarize a story, and respond to a play. Math: students will continue working in Unit 5, writing equations to represent a 3 digit multiple of 100, adding four 2 digit numbers, and representing a 3 digit number in expanded form.

Math-a-thon
Pledge packets went home today! Thank you for participating. Packets will be due no later than February 12th.

100th Day of School
We had a blast celebrating the 100th day of school!! We are completely impressed with these kids in every way. They bring 100% effort, are eager to learn, encourage one another, and are a joy to work with every day. Please take a moment this weekend to remind your child how proud you are of them for all their hard work so far!! They have made amazing achievements – and there is still so much to do!

Fox Theater
2nd grade will be traveling via bus to the Fox Theater to see Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. We will be leaving around 9:00 and returning around 11:45. Please make sure your child wears a red shirt and khaki bottoms. Thank you!!

STEM Night Friday 2.7 @ 5:30
We hope to see you at our annual STEM Night next Friday! We will have food trucks, interactive games/activities, student presentations, and guest speakers. It’s gong to be another wonderful celebration of science, math, and innovation. We hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart & Mrs. O’Shell

Spelling Words
charge
march
garden
backyard
another
began
buy
children
found
get
just
old
school
together
park
scarf
smart
harvest
cartoon
market

January 24, 2020
by mshartkb
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Math-a-thon

Hi 2A!

The kids made some beautiful Chinese lanterns this week. It was a nice culminating activity to our lessons about the Chinese New Year. It has been so nice to see them hanging outside the classroom for all to see!

Academic Focus
Students will be finishing up their month long study of Cycles in Nature this week while reading the science article “Winter Wonder,” and a persuasive writing titled “Saving the Habitat of Polar Bears.” Students will be writing about the authors, comparing stories, and using descriptive words to write about changes in nature. Phonics will focus on ew/ui/ou/ue. We will be moving on to Unit 5 in math with a focus on the place value of three digit numbers, fluency with addition/subtraction within 100, and identifying, reading, and writing numbers to 1,000.

Valentines!
Our second graders will be making valentines for each other this year. Look for a complete list of 2A & 2B students in the Eagle Express folder this Wednesday.

Math-a-thon
Our math-a-thon fundraiser kicks off this week. Students will take the test on Tuesday, and the student packets will go home on Friday. Thank you for participating in this event. It’s a really fun way to get the kids involved in raising money for our school! There are a lot of fun prizes in store for all participants.

100th Day of School!
We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Friday, 1.31. We will take a moment to reflect on all the wonderful learning that has happened so far, and celebrate our accomplishments with some fun, interactive 100 Day activities!

Drills
This Monday we will have a lock down drill, and on Tuesday we will have a fire drill. These happen every month, and notifications are sent through our parent portal (Parent Square). The kids are complete pros at this point, but we are required by law to practice each drill at least once a month.

Coming Up
Into the Woods – 1.24-1.26
Science Fair Week – 2.3-2.7
Edible Car Race – 2.3
STEM Night – 2.7 5:30 PM
Fee Dress – 2.12
Valentines Day – 2.14
Rodeo Break – 2.15-2.23

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart & Mrs. O’Shell

Spelling List
fewer
rescue
bruised
knitting
again
almost
any
below
between
grow
never
surprise
tomorrow
went
jewel
argue
copied
continue
wrapping
benches

January 17, 2020
by mshartkb
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MLK

Hello 2A!

Thank you for coming to parent-teacher conferences this week. It was so nice to discuss the great gains your child has made, and set goals for the remainder of the year. I’m looking forward to the next few months, as we prepare them to transition into 3rd grade!

Academic Focus
Phonics: oo, _ue, er, est. Reading: compare and contrast A Time for All Seasons & the poem What Makes the Seasons? Write comparisons, descriptions, and reasons for the changes in the seasons related to animals and other living things. Students will head into investigations two of unit four, focusing on line plots, data collection, as well as describing and interpreting data. We will also be reading and writing about the Chinese New Year (which is January 25th).

Extended Enrichment
You are all aware of Khan Academy, but I recently learned of another program called Freckle, which was developed by Renaissance. It’s a bit more kid friendly, and offers a variety of core subjects to work with. You can sign up your child here!

There will be no school Monday in honor of MLK.

Upcoming Events:
1.24-1.26 Into the Woods musical
1.27 Math-a-thon kick off
1.30 100th Day of School
1.31 Math-a-thon packets go home
2.3 Science Fair Week – Edible Car Race
2.7 STEM Night 5:30 in the student center (gym)
2.12 Fee Dress (K-8) & math-a-thon money due
2.14 Valentines Day
2.17-2.21 Rodeo Break

Have a wonderful three day weekend!!

Warm regards,
Ms. Hart & Mrs. O’Shell

Spelling List
moonlight
untrue
bluer
thinnest
above
better
far
full
goes
long
something
talk
watch
while
proof
raccoon
clues
windier
strangest
biggest

January 12, 2020
by mshartkb
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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Hi 2A!

Mrs. O’Shell and I are really looking forward to meeting with you this week for conferences. Thank you to everyone for signing up!

Academic Focus
Phonics: deleting final syllables, reading and writing words with y/s/es/ies and soft c and g. Reading: students will be reading a science article, Day and Night, and analyzing the steps within the process of an experiment. Writing: students will write about changes in nature, the author’s purpose, and a response to the article Day and Night. Math: students will continue to work with data, organizing it into a variety of graphs, and pulling information from a graph to answer questions about the data collected.

Salad Party
On Friday our 2A class harvested the lettuce from our class garden and had a salad party! Special thanks to Mrs. Kukla for bringing in some fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots (as well as bacon and dressing) to add to the lettuce. It was delicious!! Please feel free to take some lettuce from our garden. There is also quite a bit of cilantro growing – you are welcome to take some of that as well!

Tucson Symphony Orchestra
This Thursday at 10:45 the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be performing for grades 2-4. Students will be learning about the brass instruments, and listening to a story through music.

Half Day Wednesday – dismiss at 12:00
This Wednesday is half day in an effort to give teachers and parents additional time for conferences. After care will be available.

Sea Shell Reading Rug
The kids are loving the new reading rug Mrs. O’Shell bought. It’s a quiet place in our room where students may enjoy books independently, or together with a friend. I recently added my personal collection of The Magic Tree House to our class library – I didn’t realize I had so many!!

See you tomorrow!
Best,
Ms. Hart & Mrs. O’Shell

Spelling Words
empty
spy
fancy
bridge
also
blue
every
fall
family
first
many
most
mountain
only
jelly
skyline
decide
smudge
candies
wrenches

January 4, 2020
by mshartkb
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Happy New Year!

Happy 2020!! We hope everyone had a wonderful break! It will be so fun to hear about all the adventures and experiences the kids had when we return to school on Monday.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
An electronic conference schedule was sent out through SignUpGenius a few days ago. Please take a moment to sign up online, if you haven’t already. These 20 minute conferences are meant for us to show you the progress your child has made so far, share recent Renaissance testing results, and set specific academic goals for the remainder of the year. The 2nd trimester progress reports will be given to you at conferences. We look forward to seeing you!

Tucson Water
This Friday 2A & 2B will be learning about water conservation through an interactive presentation put on by public educators from Tucson Water. This ties in perfectly with the month long water cycle unit our second graders just finished.

Academic Focus
In language arts we will begin Unit 5 in our National Geographic Reach for Reading program about nature, weather, and seasons. Students will be answering the big question “why is nature always changing?” This week we will be reading an animal fantasy and realistic fiction in the books Fletcher and the Falling Leaves and When the Wind Stops. Phonics – read and spell words with i, ie, igh, kn, gn, wr, mb. Students will be writing about nature with an emphasis on descriptive words, as well as a response to When the Wind Stops. We will begin learning about categorical and numerical data as we start Unit 4 in our math series. This week the focus will be on representing and organizing data using a variety of graphs.

Math-a-thon
Our yearly Math-a-thon fundraiser will kick off January 27th. Last year we raised over 17K and were able to install 3 new water filter stations throughout campus! Look for more information in the coming weeks!

 

Special thanks to all our parent volunteers who made our Christmas party such a hit! The kids had a blast, and it was a great way to head into break.

We are really looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!!

Warm Regards,
Ms. Hart & Mrs. O’Shell

Spelling Words

1. skies
2. lightning
3. lamb
4. gnash
5. air
6. earth
7. even
8. hear
9. here
10. morning
11. near
12. round
13. sound
14. start
15. twilight
16. necktie
17. highway
18. knight
19. unwrap
20. crumb

December 13, 2019
by mshartkb
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St. Nick’s!

Hi 2A!

St. Nicholas Performance
Wow! It was such a great show!! The kids looked outstanding and everyone sang so beautifully. Thank you for helping us pull off one of the best days of the year.  Special thanks to Ms. Allen and Mrs. O’Meara for making this day possible!!

Class Party
Next Thursday is our class Christmas party from 2:00-3:00. Please reach out to Amanda Kukla if you would like to help in any way. I hear there will be a hot chocolate bar!

Homework Next Week
The kids will receive homework as usual on Monday of next week, but I will be asking them to turn it in by Friday (12.20) due to the long break. Thanks!

Academic Focus
In Language Arts we will be finishing up our unit of study regarding community helpers and being a good citizen. We will be doing some creative writing about snowflakes and elves – I can’t wait to see what they come up with! Indentation, correct spelling, spacing, use of adjectives, and proper penmanship will all be emphasized. Compound words, abbreviations, and syllable segmentation will be the focus in phonics. In math we will be moving on to our last investigation in unit 3 regarding place value, addition/subtraction through 100, and money.

Relaxed Dress
Next Thursday is a relaxed dress day for the entire school. Yay! I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s Christmas attire.

Thanks to all of you who came to our Meet the Teacher night. I think the kids had a great time, and it was a nice way to be together and welcome Mrs. O’Shell to our 2A family.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best,
Mandy

1. teammate
2. grownup
3. Sept.
4. a.m.
5. answer
6. dear
7. letter
8. say
9. says
10. write
11. yes
12. seaside
13. goldfish
14. rowboat
15. Rd.
16. Sat.
17. Mrs.
18. name

December 7, 2019
by mshartkb
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Rockets with Raytheon!

Hello 2A!
We had such an amazing week! We kicked it off with a trip to Fry’s, where we learned about (and tasted) a variety of nutritional foods. We also discussed the different jobs and departments within a grocery store, and identified ways we can stop wasting food (i.e. compost, eating left overs, donating to the food bank, etc).

The kids presented their Christmas book reports on Friday. WOW! Everyone worked so hard and did an amazing job. I will have them hanging in the room for a while, but will make sure you get them back before we leave for Christmas break!

   

We built rockets Friday morning, and launched them in the afternoon. The students learned about drag, draft, propulsion, and how rockets work best in conditions without air! Special thanks to our Raytheon scientists (Steve Lubliner, Deirdre Crutchfield, Jerry King) for making this special day happen! Your child’s rocket can be launched again, but will need some simple parts replaced to fly. For more information on parts and dates/locations to launch again, contact the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA) www.sararocketry.org

This Friday is the big day! Our K-4 St. Nicholas program will be from 2:00-3:00 in the student center. Please have your child wear their regular uniform clothing to school, and bring a change of clothes for the performance inside a bag. They are being asked to “look their best.” Dresses, ties, button ups, collared shirts and jeans without holes are all welcome. Comfortable shoes are a must! The kids and I are so excited!

We will finish up our second round of Renaissance testing this week. I will be using the results to set specific goals for your child moving forward, and will share these goals with you at parent/teacher conferences in January. Be on the lookout for an electronic sign up sheet (through SignUpGenius) over break, or before!

We will continue to focus on adding and subtracting through 100 with an emphasis on money, story problems, and place value. The kids learned a game called Close to 20 last week. You will need a deck of cards (using only numbers 2-10) and some counters (pennies, buttons). See if your child can teach you the game this week!

We are moving into week 3 of our unit about good citizenship. Students will be focusing on vowel digraphs oa/ow, using subjects/predicates, and power writing about connections, summaries, and sequence of events. Students will be making personal connections and focusing on sequence of events in the literary nonfiction book Biblioburro. We will also be reading Giving Back, a human interest feature that takes place in Peru, which highlights charity and the variety of ways people help one another across the globe.

I will be leaving around 2:30 on Monday for a doctors appointment. Thankfully, Mrs. O’Shell will be here to dismiss the kids at the end of the day:) Don’t forget that this Thursday (12.12) we will be hosting a Meet the Teacher Night from 6:00-7:00 in the classroom. We will be decorating cookies, playing some games, reading stories, and providing you with an opportunity to meet and greet Mrs. O’Shell. It will be a fun night, and I hope all of you will be able to come.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm Regards,
Ms. Hart

Spelling Words
1.toasted
2.window
3.host
4.golden
5.around
6.ever
7.may
8.nice
9.push
10.teacher
11.thank
12.would
13.throat
14.moaning
15.bowl
16.scolded
17.zero
18.frozen

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