Weekly Reminders 3-15-19

Dear Families,

I hope you all have been enjoying this beautiful sunny weather that we are having. Hopefully, with the arrival of spring next week, more sunshine awaits us. We have had another busy, but productive week. I am glad that most everyone seems to be getting over the flu bug that has been going around our classroom lately. If anyone would like to donate Clorox wipes to help keep those germs away, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please remember to check your child’s folder today. After you have checked their folder, please remove their graded papers  and sign the Tiger Check. Also, please remember that all field trip forms and money is due by next Friday, March 22nd. If your child needs another permission slip, please let me know. Finally, the students brought home a pink form earlier in the week with information about ordering field day shirts. You may order online or send in the form with a check to order a shirt for your child. The last day to order is March 29th.

Dates To Remember:

March 18-22- Book Fair

March 20th- Book Fair open from 3-5 pm  

March 21st-Book Fair open during PTO Spaghetti Dinner

March 22nd- Field Trip Forms and Money Due $12.00

March 26th- 2nd grade performance

Please arrive by 5:45 pm in the library. Students are asked to wear white tops and black pants or black or white dresses for the girls. 

March 29th- 1/2 day dismissal for students

April 1st-5th- Spring Break

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: The students are continuing to make inferences while drawing conclusions as they read fiction texts. If you would like for your child to have more reading practice at home, please have them log into https://readtheory.org/auth/login  Another great way for your child to read more at home is to visit your local Henrico County Public Library. Your child can sign up for their own library card for free. When my own children were young they enjoyed going to the  public library to check out books.

Spelling/Writing: The students will receive a new spelling list on Monday along with a new homework packet. Our focus next week will be on the suffixes -ful, and -less. Here is the new list: careful, helpful, thankful, spotless, fearless, speechless, these, best, going, take. The students will have a test on these words next Friday.

In writing next week, the students will be writing persuasive paragraphs about the best part of spring. With the arrival of spring next week, hopefully the students will have lots of ideas to write about. These writing samples will be displayed in our hallway sleeves outside of our classroom by the end of March for everyone to enjoy.

Math: We are continuing our fraction unit. The students will learn how to identify, write, and compare fractions. For more help at home with fractions, check out the following websites: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/fractions/fractions.htm

https://www.splashmath.com/fraction-games-for-3rd-graders

Science: The students will learn about magnets next week. They will be able to answer the following questions about magnets:

  • How do people use magnets?
  • What makes a magnet a magnet?
  • How do magnets react around other magnets?
  • What materials do magnets attract?

If your child needs more practice with magnets, check out the following: https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-2/identify-magnets-that-attract-or-repel

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 3-8-19

Dear Families,

Happy Friday! We are just finishing up another busy week in room 14. Luckily, this week we have been able to go outside for recess and enjoy some sunshine. We don’t have too many days left until springtime. I know I cannot wait for warmer weather and sunshine. Speaking of spring, please remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night as we spring forward.

On Monday, your child should have received a permission slip for our field trip to see the play Pinocchio. Please be sure and return your child’s field trip form along with $12 by March 22nd. We have to reserve seats in advance. The trip is scheduled for April 11th. Also, we are now in the process of rescheduling our field trip to Lewis Ginter that was cancelled due to rain back in the fall. We will have more details about this trip soon.

Please remember to have your child log into Mobymax through Clever, if you want your child to participate in Mrs. Broudy’s March Madness Math Challenge. The students need to spend at least one hour a week at school and at home on fact fluency in order to reach their goal for this math challenge. If your child reaches his/her goal, they get to paint a rock to go in our math garden.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: The students are continuing to draw conclusions as they make inferences about what they are reading through fiction texts.

Spelling/Writing: The students will have new spelling words next week that will focus on the suffixes of -ed and -ing. These are their new words: played, fixed, asking, calling, jumped, both, gave, then, favorite, how.  In writing, the students will create a story using a picture prompt. They will make inferences while creating their story.

Social Studies: We will being our week  with lessons on being a good digital citizen. The students will be able to answer these questions at the end of this unit:

  • How can I be a good digital citizen?
  • What information should I share or not share on the internet?
  • Is it okay to tell people where I live?
  • How can I show respect online?

We will finish up our week learning about two more famous Americans: Helen Keller, and Benjamin Franklin.

Math: The students will begin a unit of fractions next week. The students will learn how to name, write, and compare fractions. Students will learn that fractions are a part of a whole. We will explore fractions in halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths. Please click below for more practice with fractions: http://www.abcya.com/fraction_percent_decimal_tiles.htm

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/identify-the-fraction

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 3-1-19

Dear Families,

What a fun week we have just finished up with Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss. The students had a great time dressing up each day. Today we finished up the week with a guest reader from our community. We even got to see the Cat in the Hat roller skate  down the hallway this morning. Wow, what a fun week indeed.

On Thursday, our students were able to visit our African American Museum in honor of Black History Month. The fourth graders did a great job of helping our students learn more about famous African Americans.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

March 21st- Spaghetti Dinner

March 25-April 9-Spring Popcorn Fundraiser

March 26- PTO meeting with 2nd graders performing

March 29-Half-day for students STEAM Day

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT: 

READING: We will continue our unit on drawing conclusions and making inferences using nonfiction texts. For extra reading practice at home, please have your child log into Read Theory or Mobymax.

SPELLING/WRITING: We have finished our persuasive writing samples and they are now displayed in our hallway sleeves. The students will make inferences in their writing.   We will have new spelling words next week. Here is our new list: cleaner, nearest, smaller, tallest, longer, which, put, them,thank,some. 

MATH: We will learn to read the temperature on a thermometer in Fahrenheit. The students will also learn what tools are used when measuring temperature. We will also be reviewing how to tell time. Check out the following websites for more help with temperature: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/read-a-thermometer 

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/match-analog-clocks-and-times

SCIENCE: We will be learning more about matter this week and how it can change from one state to the other. Here is a matter song that we will be listening to in class: https://www.google.com/search?q=matter+song&rlz=1C1GCEB_enUS833US833&oq=matter+song&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.7262j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

MARCH MADNESS MATH CHALLENGE

Please check out Mrs. Broudy’s March Madness Math Challenge. If students log into Mobymax fact fluency at home or at school for at least an hour each week, they can paint a rock for our Math Rock Garden!

Please check out these photos from our fun week:

 

I hope everyone has a super weekend.

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 2/22/19

Dear Families,

Happy Friday! I am sure that you are all ready for the weekend. I think the students are. Maybe we will be able to enjoy some needed sunshine after all of the wet weather we have had lately.

Please read the orange flyer that went home yesterday about Read Across America Week in honor of Dr. Seuss. Ms. Cline has lots of fun activities planned to help us celebrate.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: We will continue our unit on drawing conclusions and making inferences using nonfiction texts. For extra reading practice at home, please have your child log into Read Theory or Mobymax.

Spelling/Writing: Our new spelling list for next week will focus on the suffix “ly.” Here are the words for next week: chilly, thirsty, dirty, nicely, constantly, quietly, again, pull, after, live. The students will use their new computers to publish their persuasive essays. These writing samples will be displayed outside of our classroom at the end of next week.

Social Studies: In honor of Black History Month, we will learn about four African Americans who have made a positive impact on our nation. These four individuals are Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall.

Math: We will continue to focus on telling time by 5 minute intervals using analogue and digital clocks. For extra practice at home, check out these websites: https://www.turtlediary.com/game/analog-digital-clock.html

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/analog-to-digital.html

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 2-15-19

Dear Families,

We had a great time at our Valentine’s Day party yesterday. The students enjoyed passing out their valentines and eating some delicious treats. A big thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who sent in items and helped out with our party. The students left with smiles on their faces.

Please remember that Monday, February 18th is now a full day of school due to our snow days. Please remember to send in your child’s homework on Monday as well.  The students will also be bringing home their graded papers along with their scores on the benchmark tests that we took a couple of weeks ago.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: We will be using nonfiction text to introduce drawing conclusions and making inferences with the students.  The students will use information in the text along with what they already know to draw conclusions. To help your child with reading and comprehension please go to Read Theory.

Spelling/Writing: We will introduce two new prefixes this week: “mis” and “dis.” Our new words are:

 

  • misfit
  • misplace
  • misread
  • disagree
  • discover
  • dislike
  • from
  • cold
  • once

 

  1. round

In writing, the students will work on their persuasive paragraphs. After editing their  rough drafts, the students will type their paragraphs on their computers. These paragraphs will be displayed in our hallway sleeves at the end of February. We are also continuing to introduce the cursive alphabet with the students during our language arts stations.

Math: We will finish up our unit on probability and then introduce telling time with analogue clocks. The students will learn how to tell time up to 5 minute intervals. Please click on the following links to help your child with telling time. http://www.abcya.com/telling_time.htm

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/match-analog-clocks-and-times

 

Science: We will begin a unit on matter next week. The students will learn about the three states of matter. These three states are solids, liquids, and gases.  Check out the following website to help identify the three states of matter. https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-3/sort-solids-liquids-and-gases

If anyone would like to send in Clorox wipes, it would be most appreciated. We use these wipes to help keep our classroom desks and tables clean and germ free. Thanks in advance! I hope you all have a super weekend.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 2-8-19

Dear Families,

We have just finished up our benchmark testing. The students worked hard on these two tests. I will be sending home their grades in their folder next Friday. We will be going over these two tests in class next week. If you have any questions about testing, please send  me a remind message or email me at cosmith@henrico.k12.va.us

On Monday, February 11th we will have our awards ceremony in the classroom at 1pm. Valentine’s Day parties will be on Thursday, February 14th at 1 pm. The PTO sent out a sign up online for you to help out with our party. We are still in need of three items. Please click on the following link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaad2ea4fa7-valentines1

Thanks to all of the parents who have already signed up to help out. The students may also bring in their valentines to share with their friends on Thursday. If you send in candy with the cards, please make sure that the candy does not contain peanuts. Please check your child’s daily folder for a class list that was sent home last week.

I also enjoyed meeting with many of you last night for parent conferences. I was happy to share all of the great ways that your children are growing both academically and socially. Thanks again for supporting your child in their learning. If you were unable to attend, please contact me and we can set up another time to meet.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: We will continue to use fiction texts to review narrative elements such as setting, plot, and characters. The students will focus on how characters can change throughout a particular story. We will also revisit the 5-finger retell method that we learned about earlier in the school year.

Spelling/Writing: We will learn words with the prefix “re” next week. Our new words are: recycle, repay, retake, replay, recall, don’t, can’t, could, should, have. In writing, we will continue to learn about opinions. The students will continue to write persuasive paragraphs.

Math: The students will be reviewing double digit subtraction and addition in learning stations. We will also be introducing a new unit on probability. The students were learn that certain situations in life can have different outcomes or results such as: likely, unlikely, certain, impossible, or equally likely. Check out the following website for more probability practice at home: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/more-less-and-equally-likely

Social Studies: We will continue to learn about two American presidents next week: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Both of these presidents have birthdays in February.

I hope you all have been able to enjoy the beautiful spring like weather that we have had this week. Maybe we are in for an early spring. Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day on Thursday.

 

Mrs. Smith

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 2-1-19

Dear Families,

We have just finished up another busy week in second grade. The students worked hard on their reading benchmark test. Thanks for making sure that your child was well rested for this test. Next week, we will have our math benchmark test on Tuesday and Wednesday. A great way to help them prepare for this test is to review basic addition and subtraction facts with your child. They can log into Mobymax through Clever and use fact fluency or you can use flashcards with your child. You would be surprised at how just 5 or 10 minutes a night can help them memorize those math facts.

Also, be sure and check your child’s folder today for your child’s graded work and a handout on helpful math hints.

Please remember that our parent conferences are scheduled for next Thursday, February 7th from 2:30-7:00. If you have not signed up yet, please click the link below to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548aaab2ea4f58-smith

Upcoming Dates 

February 7th- Evening parent conferences

February 14th- Valentine’s Day

February 18th- Full day of school

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: We will be using fiction texts to review narrative elements such as setting, plot, and characters. The students will focus on how characters can change throughout a particular story. We will also revisit the 5-finger retell method that we learned about earlier in the school year.

Spelling: We will have a new spelling list next week. The students will be learning about the prefix “un” which means not. Here is our new list: unclean, unkind, unfair, untie, unhappy, green, sleep, stop, think, dream. The students will be tested on these words on Friday.

Writing: The students will learn about opinion writing. They will have the opportunity to write a persuasive paragraph about such topics as: having less homework, more game time, more recess time, etc.

Math: On Monday, we will review for our benchmark test. We will give the math benchmark on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, we will learn how to estimate differences. The students still need to work on regrouping with double digit addition and subtraction. Check out these websites for extra practice: https://www.turtlediary.com/game/rounding-whole-numbers.htmlhttps://www.turtlediary.com/game/bingo-subtraction.html

Social Studies: We will learn about two famous Americans who have birthdays in February. Abraham Lincoln who was our 16th president and George Washington who was our first president.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy warmer weather as well.

Best regards,

Mrs. Smith

Weekly Reminders 1-25-19

Dear Families,

Good afternoon. We have just finished up another busy week. The students had a great time visiting the Tech Center at Hermitage High School yesterday. The students were able to see first hand what it would be like to learn about three different career paths. I was able to sit in on three different presentations with the kids. My group learned about what barbers do, medical personnel, and plumbers. I hope that your child came home and shared with you about their day. Below are some pictures of our trip: 

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, January 25th- Last day of the nine weeks grading period

Monday, January 28th- Student holiday

Thursday, February 7th- Evening parent conferences

It’s not too late to sign up for a parent conference.  Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, January 7th beginning at 2:30. I would love to meet with every family. Please click on the following link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548aaab2ea4f58-smith

Also, please remember to check your child’s gray folder for important papers and announcements. The student’s normally bring home their graded papers on Fridays. Please remove these graded papers and review with your child.

We have begun a new reading program called Read Theory. Last week I sent home your child’s username and password  so that they can practice reading at home. Please go to the following website to make sure that your child is reading to improve their comprehension skills and fluency. Please click on the following website to begin reading at home: https://readtheory.org/auth/login

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: The students will continue to learn how to research a particular topic. We have been researching various animals in class. The students will use their research notes to type an informational paragraph about a particular animal. These animal paragraphs will be on display in our hallway sleeves outside of our classroom. If you are signed up for a parent conference, please don’t forget to stop and read your child’s paragraph. The students will take a reading benchmark test on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. This test will be given on the computer. Please make sure that your child is well rested on these days. Eating a healthy breakfast is another good way to make sure that your child is reading to do his/her best.

Spelling: Due to benchmark testing next week, we will not have any new spelling words. The students will be reviewing words from our word wall in the classroom throughout the week.

Writing: The students will complete their animal paragraphs this week. They will use their new Chromebooks to type their paragraphs.

Math: We will continue to work on subtraction with regrouping.  We will also be estimating the difference of two numbers. If your child is having trouble with these skills,  please help them review their basic math facts each night. Also, please check out the following link for extra help and practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Buyaqe_L5-Y&t=7s

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/subtract-two-two-digit-numbers-with-regrouping

http://www.abcya.com/estimating.htm

Social Studies: We will continue to learn about American Indians next week. We will conclude this unit with the Pueblo tribe of the Southwest region. Please continue to review your child’s Native American study guide.

I hope everyone enjoys your three day weekend.

Mrs. Smith

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Reminders 1-18-19

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of the second nine weeks of school already. We are just finishing up another great week in second grade. The students were excited to begin learning how to write in cursive. We will continue to learn each lowercase letter and then progress to the capital letters. In no time the students will learn how to write their names in cursive.

In reading this week, the students learned how to use a website called Read Theory to help increase their reading level. I am sending home a handout in your child’s folder today explaining how this site can help your child in reading fluency and comprehension. At the top of the handout, I have written in your child’s username and password. If you would like for child to have extra reading practice at home, please click on the following link: https://readtheory.org/auth/login

Please remember that our parent conferences are scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Thursday, February 7th. Please use the following link to sign up for a conference: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548aaab2ea4f58-smith   Thanks to all of the parents who have already signed up. If you are unable to sign up for a conference on that day, please let me know when would be a better time for us to meet. I would love to be able to talk with everyone about how your child is doing in second grade.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Monday, January 21st- No School- Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

Thursday, January 24th- PAW achievement field trip to Hermitage High School

Monday, January 28th- Student holiday/Teacher Workday

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: We are beginning a unit on research. The students will learn how to use various resources to research a particular topic. They will also learn to generate questions to gather information as well as how to display or write about their topic. Students will also learn what plagiarism is  and how to put things into their own words.

I have also been assessing your child’s reading level this week. I am excited to report that the students are definitely showing growth in their reading fluency and comprehension. Please continue to listen to your child read each night. Reading with your child is the best way to support and encourage their reading growth.

Spelling/Writing:

We have just begun a unit on cursive handwriting. The students are very excited to learn how to write things in cursive. By the end of this unit, your child should be able to write words and their name in cursive.

In spelling next week, we will be learning about homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. For extra practice with homophones please check out this website: https://www.turtlediary.com/game/find-homophones-of-given-word.html

Math: Next week the students will learn how to subtract 2-digit numbers with and with out regrouping. A great way to help your child with subtraction is to practice identifying basic math facts for a few minutes each night. You can even review these basic math facts while riding in the car with your child. For extra practice with 2-digit subtraction, please check out the following websites:

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/bingo-subtraction.html

http://www.abcya.com/subtraction_game.htm

Social Studies: We will continue our study on American Indians next week. Please continue to review the study guide that was sent home in this week’s homework packet. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his birthday that is celebrated next Monday.

I hope everyone has a super weekend. Please enjoy the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday as we pause to remember such a great American who worked for equal rights for all people.

If anyone would like to donate a box of baby wipes or Clorox wipes, it would be greatly appreciated. We are almost out. We use these wipes to clean the students’ desks at the end of the day to prevent germs from spreading. Thanks so much!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Smith

 

 

Weekly Reminders 1-11-19

Dear Families,

We have had another productive week. The students have been excited to use their new computers this week. We use these computers in both reading and math stations daily. As the year progresses the students will learn more ways to use their new machines.

Parent conferences are scheduled for the afternoon of February 7th. I will be using an online sign up like last time. Please use the following link to sign up for your child’s conference today. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548aaab2ea4f58-smith 

I can’t wait to share your child’s progress with each of you. The children have grown in many ways both socially and academically since the beginning of school.

I am sending home the weekly homework today instead of Monday in case we do not have school on Monday due to snow. This will allow your child to stay ahead of their homework. Thanks for making sure that your child has his or her homework in each week.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

Reading: We will be reading fiction and nonfiction texts.  Students will use text and features of a book to help with understanding and comprehension. Students will ask and answer questions using the text for support.  The students will ask and answer questions about what is read to demonstrate understanding (e.g., who, what, when, where, why, and how.) We will also be reviewing antonyms and synonyms as well.

Writing: The students will be learning to write in cursive beginning next week. We will learn how to form the individual letters first and then progress to writing words in cursive. The students will also learn to write their names in cursive. I am sure that they will be excited to learn how to write in cursive. We will also be reviewing how to write a friendly letter. The students will write a letter to their teacher using their new computers.

Spelling: We will have a new spelling list on Monday. The new words will be listed on the left side of the homework packet. The new words are: us, ate, around, fly,right, bright, sigh, high, sign, and blind. 

Math: The students will continue to learn to add and subtract two digit numbers with and without regrouping. We will begin with double digit addition.  A great way to help your child with double digit addition and subtraction is to review basic math facts. If your child needs some extra practice with double digit addition and subtraction, check out the following websites: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/add-two-two-digit-numbers-without-regrouping

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-2/add-two-two-digit-numbers-with-regrouping

Students can also access Mobymax at home to review fact fluency in math. Students may log in to Mobymax using Clever and their Henrico County user names and passwords that they use at school each day.

Science: We took a science quiz on seasonal changes yesterday. These graded quizzes are in your child’s daily folder today. Please be sure and check out their grades. Thanks for helping them to prepare for this quiz.

Social Studies: Next week, we will begin a unit on American Indians.  The student will locate and describe the relationship between the environment and culture of
a) the Powhatan of the Eastern Woodlands Region of the United States;
b) the Lakota (also known as Dakota) of the Plains Region of the United States; and
c) the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest Region of the United States. This unit is always a favorite of the students. 

Please read this important message from Mrs. Rhoden.

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after January 18.  Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

We were able to read with our kindergarten reading buddies today. Please enjoy these pictures.

 

 

Warm regards,

Mrs. Smith