Week of June 3

Our last full week together as a second grade family was wonderful, a little hectic, and full of fun and firsts.  It was our first Field Day with Mr. Gray.  There were a few kinks, but overall it was full of fun, teamwork, and (despite a few sprinkles) a lovely day from start to finish!  We also enjoyed sharing all we learned with families at our inaugural “Break the Summer Slide” event.

We have only a few precious days together and this fabulous year will be ending.  I have been beyond blessed with these wonderful students, the support of such great families, and working with the second grade team. I have to end by saying I have enjoyed each and every day!  Have a wonderful summer!

Looking Forward to:

  • Teacher workday/Election Day No School – June 11
  • Barter Day – June 12
  • Last Day – Half Day June 14

End-of-Year Family Survey: Please complete this brief 4-question parent survey by the last day of school- Here’s the link: Parent Survey.

2019-20 Back-to-School Kick-off at Dorey Park Saturday, August 17th  9am – 1pm      Here’s the information:  flyer

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Week of May 28

After a short, but very busy week we shined at our performance and celebrated after at the Spring Carnival.  It was wonderful to get to see everyone who was able to make it out to play games and enjoy the fun thanks to our PTA and volunteers.  Despite some weather keeping us indoors, it was a blast!

The last 10 days are busy and as we are wrapping up the year we will be working on some research, projects, and presentations to share during our  Beat the Summer Slide day next week.  We are FINISHED  with tests and quizzes for the 2018-2019 school year, so there are no “upcoming” dates listed below!

What we are learning:

 

  • Math- Problem Solving
    • Use problem solving, mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and representations to
      • Create and solve single-step practical problems involving addition or subtraction.
      • Create and solve two-step practical problems involving addition, subtraction, or both addition and subtraction.

 

 

  • Social Studies- Holiday Celebrations
    • Describe why United States citizens celebrate major holidays, including
      • Memorial Day and Independence Day (Fourth of July).
  • Reading – Comprehension focus – Ask and Answer Questions for fiction and non-fiction
    • Ask and answer questions using the text as support.
    • Ask and answer questions about what is read to demonstrate understanding (e.g., who, what, when, where, why, and how)
  • Writing – Research:
    • Generate topics of interest.
    • Generate questions to gather information
    • Identify pictures, texts, people, or media as sources of information.
    • Find information from provided sources.
    • Organize information in writing or a visual display.
    • Describe difference between plagiarism and using own words.

 

 

 

 

Looking Forward to:

  • Field Day – Thursday, June 6
  • Second Grade – Beating the Summer Slide – Friday, June 7 Flyer
  • Teacher workday/ Election Day No School – June 11
  • Barter Day- June 12
  • Buzzy Bash- June 14
  • Last Day of School 1/ 2 Day – June 14
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Week of May 20

Our HATS went well and our HATS off celebration was spectacular!  We had fun in the sun and enjoyed games and popsicles.  The teachers and volunteers had a great surprise at the end with the remaining water balloons.  The kids were excited to cool off on this warm day!

Our last 3 weeks of school are busy and will fly by and are bittersweet as I prepare to see these wonderful students off as rising third graders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we are learning:

  • Math- Measurement
    • Use problem solving, mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and representations to
      • Identify a ruler as an instrument to measure length.
      • Estimate and then measure the length of various line segments and objects to the nearest inch using a ruler.
      • Identify different types of scales as instruments to measure weight.
      • Estimate and then measure the weight of objects to the nearest pound using a scale.
  • Science- Plant Resources
    • Investigate and understand that plants produce oxygen and food, are a source of useful products, and provide benefits in nature. Key concepts include:
      • important plant products are identified and classified;
      • the availability of plant products affects the development of a geographic area
  • Social Studies- Holiday Celebrations
    • Describe why United States citizens celebrate major holidays, including
    • Memorial Day and Independence Day (Fourth of July).
  • Reading – Comprehension focus – Ask and Answer Questions for fiction and non-fiction
    • Ask and answer questions using the text as support.
    • Ask and answer questions about what is read to demonstrate understanding (e.g., who, what, when, where, why, and how)
    • Writing – Research:
    • Generate topics of interest.
    • Generate questions to gather information.
    • Identify pictures, texts, people, or media as sources of information.
    • Find information from provided sources.
    • Organize information in writing or a visual display.
    • Describe difference between plagiarism and using own words.

Upcoming:

  • Measurement Test- May 29
  • Plants Test-  May 29

Looking Forward to:

  • Memorial Day No School – May 27
  • Second Grade performance – Friday, May 31 9am
  • Spring Carnival – Friday, May 31
  • Field Day – Thursday, June 6
  • Second Grade – Beating the Summer Slide – Friday, June 7 Flyer
  • Teacher workday/ Election Day No School – June 11
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Week of May 13

Our week was busy with testing and celebrating all the fabulous things going on in room 108.  The Family Coding Night was a blast on Thursday.  To top off our week the kids got a real surprise. They love, Mr. Gray, our fabulous PE teacher, but were overwhelmed with excitement when Dr. Slaughter filled in for him at the last minute on Friday.  It was such a treat! 

We have more individual reading and math assessments as well as our Math Benchmark next week.  Please help every stinger come in with a healthy snack and a good night of rest so they are ready to test and do their best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we are learning:

  • Math- Measurement
    • Use problem solving, mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and representations to
      • Identify a ruler as an instrument to measure length.
      • Estimate and then measure the length of various line segments and objects to the nearest inch using a ruler.
      • Identify different types of scales as instruments to measure weight.
      • Estimate and then measure the weight of objects to the nearest pound using a scale.
  • Science- Plant Resources
    • Investigate and understand that plants produce oxygen and food, are a source of useful products, and provide benefits in nature. Key concepts include:
      • important plant products are identified and classified;
      • the availability of plant products affects the development of a geographic area
  • Reading – Comprehension focus – Ask and Answer Questions for fiction and non-fiction
    • Ask and answer questions using the text as support.
    • Ask and answer questions about what is read to demonstrate understanding (e.g., who, what, when, where, why, and how)
  • Writing – Research:
    • Generate topics of interest.
    • Generate questions to gather information.
    • Identify pictures, texts, people, or media as sources of information.
    • Find information from provided sources
    • Organize information in writing or a visual display.
    • Describe difference between plagiarism and using own words.

Upcoming:

  • Real World Reading Test- May 20
  • Math HAT- May 21-22
  • Plants Test-  May 23
  • Measurement Test- May 28

Looking Forward to:

  • Plant Tasting Day – Monday, May 20
  • 80’s SCA Spirit Day – Thursday, May 23
  • Hats Off to Second Grade – Friday, May 24
  • Memorial Day No School – May 27
  • Second Grade performance – Friday, May 31 9am
  • Spring Carnival – Friday, May 31
  • Field Day – Friday, June 6
  • Teacher workday/ Election Day No School – June 11
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Week of May 6

A big THANK YOU  for showing me so much love and appreciation this week.  The flowers, gifts, classroom supplies, and cards were so wonderful as well as the PTA lunch and extended lunch time I got to enjoy. Thank you to my fabulous Stinger families for it all!

I also included the picture of our classroom family enjoying a story with our co-teacher Mr. Marshall.  We worked on writing and seeing art in symmetry to help us make some special things the students have to share with Moms for their special day on Sunday.  Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you have a day to be pampered for all you do everyday!

As we prepare for our HAT test, please make sure your student comes to school well rested and with a healthy snack to help their brains get ready to work.  We pace the test over two days to help keep testing time to a minimum. The students are pro’s with computer testing now, and we should see smooth sailing for our stingers.

What we are learning:

  • Math – Measurement
    • Use problem solving, mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and representations
      • Identify a ruler as an instrument to measure length.
      • Estimate and then measure the length of various line segments and objects to the nearest inch using a ruler.
      • Identify different types of scales as instruments to measure weight.
      • Estimate and then measure the weight of objects to the nearest pound using a scale.
  • Science – Plant Resources
    • Investigate and understand that plants produce oxygen and food, are a source of useful products, and provide benefits in nature. Key concepts include:
      • important plant products are identified and classified;
      • the availability of plant products affects the development of a geographic area
  • Reading – Real-world reading (menus, charts, fliers, etc.)
    • Locate information to answer questions
  • Writing
    • Use compound words when writing

Upcoming:

  • Symmetry Quiz – Monday, May 13
  • Reading HAT- May 14-15
  • Math HAT- May 21-22

Looking Forward to:

  • Family Coding Night – Thursday, May 16  Flyer
  • 80’s SCA Spirit Day – Thursday, May 23
  • Hats Off to Second Grade – Friday, May 24
  • Memorial Day No School – May 27
  • Second Grade performance – Friday, May 31 at 9 am
  • Spring Carnival – Friday, May 31
  • Field Day – Friday, June 6
  • Teacher workday/Election Day No School – June 11
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Week of April 29

As we approach the halfway point of our last  quarter we are celebrating all the accomplishments we are making in progress academically as well as maturity and independence in the classroom.  We spent our week celebrating the accomplishments of the fabulous students in room 108 and especially the relationships we have made in this classroom community. We have an AMAZING group of caring friends and supportive learners in our little part of the hive.  We especially enjoyed staying cool in the shade on Friday with our popsicle reward for filling our third hive this year.

What we are learning:

  • Math – Geometry and Symmetry
    • identify, describe, compare, and contrast plane and solid figures (circles/spheres, squares/cubes, and rectangles/rectangular prisms).
    • draw a line of symmetry in a figure; and identify and create figures with at least one line of symmetry.
  • Social Studies – World Geography
    • develop map skills by using globes and maps of the world to locate  the seven continents and the five oceans; the Equator, the Prime Meridian, and the four hemispheres; and land features in North and South America
  • Reading – Real-world reading (menus, charts, fliers, etc.)
    • Locate information to answer questions
  • Writing
    • Using compound words in my writing

Upcoming:

  • Geography Quiz – Tuesday, May 7
  • Geometry Quiz – Tuesday, May 7
  • Reading Quiz – Wednesday, May 8
  • Geography Test – Friday, May 10
  • Symmetry Quiz – Monday, May 11
  • Reading HAT- May 14-15
  • Math HAT- May 21-22

Looking Forward to:

  • Family Coding Night – Thursday, May 16  Flyer
  • 80’s SCA Spirit Day – Thursday, May 23
  • Hats Off to Second Grade – Friday, May 24
  • Second Grade performance – Friday, May 31
  • Spring Carnival – Friday, May 31
  • Field Day – Friday, June 6

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Week of April 23

Our short week was fun-filled and flew by.  Students showed all their Earth Day pride by wearing green, blue, and brown, as well as by working to reduce paper and resources in our classroom.  The end of the year brings many beautiful days, as well as our end-of-the-year assessments.  In addition to our regular curriculum and HAT ‘s (Henrico Achievement Test), we will begin PALS and Fountas & Pinnell in Reading and Math Screeners and a Problem Solving Performance Task in Math.   I complete these essential activities with students to measure their individual progress in reading skills and number sense.  Although these assessments need no preparation or study, are not part of our curriculum, or graded, it is critical to have students ready for school each day with a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast so they can do their best.  Our work begins in May and continues through the last day of the school.

I added some detail to the blog update to give some of the specifics of the Standards of Learning related to the topics we teach in the “What We are Learning.”  I hope this helps with some of the preparation and studying at home.

What we are learning:

  • Math – Geometry and Symmetry
    • identify, describe, compare, and contrast plane and solid figures (circles/spheres, squares/cubes, and rectangles/rectangular prisms).
    • draw a line of symmetry in a figure; and identify and create figures with at least one line of symmetry.
  • Social Studies – World Geography
    • develop map skills by using globes and maps of the world to locate  the seven continents and the five oceans; the Equator, the Prime Meridian, and the four hemispheres
  • Reading – Dictionary Skills
    • Use word reference materials including dictionaries, glossaries, and indices.  Alphabetize words to the second and third letter
  • Writing
    • Using compound words when writing

Upcoming:

  • Life Cycles Test – Monday, April 29
  • Calendar Quiz – Monday, April 29
  • Geography Quiz – Tuesday, May 7
  • Geometry Quiz – Monday, May 6
  • Geometry Test – Friday, May 10
  • Geography Test – Friday, May 10

Looking Forward to:

  • Stinger Store – Wednesday, May 1
  • Family Coding Night – Thursday, May 16  Flyer
  • 80’s SCA Spirit Day – Thursday, May 23
  • Second Grade performance – Friday, May 31
  • Spring Carnival – Friday, May 31
  • Field Day – Friday, June 6
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Weeks of April 12 and 19

It has been a busy time since we returned from our Spring Break!  We enjoyed our fabulous field trip to the Virginia Living Museum.  I can not say enough to thank our families for making the transportation arrangements and funding this fun and excellent learning opportunity.  An extra special thanks to our volunteers who traveled with us and spent time touring the museum with our Stingers. 

We have had so much fun inside the hive working as we begin our last quarter  and outside  enjoying the  sunshine with our warmer days.  These last days fly by until we finish on June 14th and you will have rising third graders! We have days packed with lots of learning and end of year assessments.  Please have your student ready for each day, well rested and prepared, as we make the final days count.

 

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Money
  • Social Studies
    • Life Cycles
  • Reading
    • Story Elements – Main Idea, Theme, Conflict/Resolution
    • Reference Materials and Dictionary
  • Writing
    • Possessive and Plural Nouns
    • Expository and Descriptive Writing

Upcoming:

  • Life Cycles Plants Quiz – Friday, April 19
  • Money Test – Tuesday, April 23
  • Life Cycles Test – Monday, April 29

Looking Forward to:

  • Half-Day for Students – Friday, April 19
  • Student and Staff Holiday – Monday, April 22
  • Q3 Report Card Distribution – Tuesday, April 23
  • Earth Week is April 22 – 26 Spirit Days during Earth Week:
    • Tuesday, April 23 – Wear green for the grass, trees, and plants
    • Wednesday, April 24 – Wear blue for the water and sky
    • Thursday, Apr 25 – Wear brown for the soil and earth
  • Field Day – Friday, April 26
  • Stinger Store – Wednesday, May 1
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Week of March 18

Our week was fast and fun in room 108! We had a great time watching the third graders drum concert and wobbling on our new wobble stools.  Next week we will have an activity with jellybeans on Wednesday, please send the food permission form back ASAP!  We will also have Career Day Thursday and our Third Quarter Buzzy Bash on our half day Friday. We would appreciate any transportation changes for Friday sent back on the purple form sent home last week.  Thanks!

 

 

 

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Temperature
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
  • Reading
    • Drawing Conclusions with Fiction
  • Writing
    • Narrative writing
    • Irregular vowels

Upcoming:

  • Economics Quiz March 26
  • Economics Test March 28
  • Temperature Test March 29

Looking Forward to:

  • Family Workshop – March 26
  • Career Day – March 28
  • Animal Print Spirit Day – March 29
  • Buzzy Bash – March 29
  • Half Day – March 29
  • End of Quarter 3 – March 29
  • March is Music in our Schools & Youth Art Month – Events include:
    • Friday, March 22nd-24th- HCPS Art Festival – at Varina HS, 10-4 (Saturday & Sunday)
    • Thursday, March 28th from 6 – 7pm – SunTrust Bank Art Show – Location: 919 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Spring Break – April 1-5
  • Stinger Store – April 10
  • SCA Twin day – April 11
  • Kindergarten Registration – April 11
  • Virginia Living Museum Field Trip – April 12
  • Richmond SPCA Shelter & Veterinary Hospital Supplies Drive March 25-29
    • Large bath/beach towels **URGENT NEED** • Wash cloths **URGENT NEED** • Thin fleece throw blankets • Lint rollers and refills • Step stools • Sterile surgical/medical rubber gloves • Hand lotion and soap • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer • Gift cards to Petco, grocery stores, office supply stores and craft stores (AC Moore, Michael’s) • Spray bottles • Natural bug spray • Alcohol wash bottles • Gallon-sized ziplock bags
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Week of March 11

It was a fantastic week in room 108.  We enjoyed the beautiful weather outside and focused on learning inside our classroom.  We started a new routine during math rotations with a menu.  The students have choices of activities and are showing their maturity and responsibility by keeping track of their work and by being on task.  We also have two more wobble stools coming to help our Stingers keep active while they work. 

One reading group had a book with a short play (aka Reader’s Theatre) of the story.  The students in the group had such a great time being the characters that when we were in group they wanted to share it will the class.  I the picture of their performance doesn’t capture the fun they were having in character.  They did a great job and the audience was incredible.  The other groups all asked, “Does our book have a play too?”  I will be on the lookout for more opportunities for them to read and share their stories. 

I am so proud of the incredible, hard-working students I get to spend my days with.  I loved peeking at all the Spring Portraits as we packed them up in their folders. Please note that the pictures have not been paid for. You should pay for what you want and return the rest of the pictures. If you paid for a class picture, it should come in before Spring Break.


What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Comparing fractions
  • Social Studies
    • Communities/Innovations over time
  • Reading
    • Drawing conclusions with fiction
  • Writing
    • Contractions
    • Writing opinions
  •  Upcoming:
    • Comparing Fractions Quiz – March 19
    • Fractions Unit Test – March 22
    • Economics Quiz – March 25

Looking Forward to:

  • Wearing green on Monday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
  • Buzzy Bash March 29
  • Family Learning Night on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 at Henrico High School
  • March is Music in our Schools & Youth Art Month – Events include:
    • Tuesday, March 19th at 7 pm – SPES Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Night
    • Friday, March 22nd-24th- HCPS Art Festival – at Varina HS, 10-4 (Saturday & Sunday)
    • Thursday, March 28th from 6 – 7pm – SunTrust Bank Art Show – Location: 919 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
    • Half Day and End of Quarter 3 March 29
    • Spring Break April 1-5
    • Virginia Living Museum Field Trip – April 12
  • Richmond SPCA Shelter & Veterinary Hospital Supplies Drive March 25-29

Large bath/beach towels **URGENT NEED** • Wash cloths **URGENT NEED** • Thin fleece throw blankets • Lint rollers and refills • Step stools • Sterile surgical/medical rubber gloves • Hand lotion and soap • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer • Gift cards to Petco, grocery stores, office supply stores and craft stores (AC Moore, Michael’s) • Spray bottles • Natural bug spray • Alcohol wash bottles • Gallon-sized ziplock bags

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