Week of January 14

We had a fun and busy four days!  We had a wonderful time watching the fabulous fifth graders give their snowy concert.  We also enjoyed a lesson with Mrs. Mangiaracina preparing everyone to do research using our Chromebooks next week.  We have our  Reading Benchmark on Wednesday and Thursday next week.  There is no studying necessary for this, but please try to have our wonderful stinger second graders well rested after a good night’s sleep and ready for school to do their best!  Enjoy the long weekend and I will look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • 2 digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping equations and multi step word problems
  • Social Studies
    • Pueblo Indians
  • Reading
    • Reading for research: developing a topic, researching, and writing in my own words.
  • Writing
    • Suffixes

Upcoming:

  • American Indians test – January 25
  • Reading Benchmark January 23-24
  • Math Subtraction test January 23
  • Math Unit Test January 25

Looking Forward to:

  • Buzzy Bash – January 25
  • End of Quarter 2 – January 25
  • Student Holiday/ Staff Clerical Day January 28
  • Family Wellness Night February 21
  • Spring Pictures February 27
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Week of January 7

We had a great first full week of the year.  The class showed excellent behavior despite the excitement of the upcoming snow we celebrated with lunch and a movie on Friday.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! Our big snowstorm looks like it was a big flop.  No fun snow to make a snowman.  I’m sure the kids are sad.  Hopefully, everyone is staying warm and safe in this crazy weather.  Please take a look at the upcoming dates we have so much to finish before the end of Quarter 2.

What we are learning:

 

  • Math
    • 2 digit subtraction with and without regrouping equations and word problems

  • Social Studies
    • Lakota Indians

  • Reading
    • Ask and Answer questions with non-fiction

  • Writing
    • Expository Writing and alphabetizing to the 3rd letter

 

Upcoming:

  • American Indians test – January 25
  • Math Subtraction quiz January 18
  • Reading Benchmark January 23-24
  • Math Subtraction test January 22
  • Math Unit Test January 24 or 25

Looking Forward to:

  • SCA Wacky Tacky/ Crazy Hair Day – January 17
  • Student Holiday – January 21
  • Buzzy Bash – January 25
  • End of Quarter 2 – January 25
  • Student Holiday/ Staff Clerical Day –  January 28
  • Gifted referral window is open until January 18th
  • Family Survey: please complete the 10-minute survey by Friday, January 18th: http://tiny.cc/spesfamilysurvey. Thank you!
  • Family Wellness Night February 21
  • Spring Pictures February 27
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Week of January 3

Happy New Year to my Stinger family.  The end of 2018 was fabulous in room 108!  We had a visit from Marty the Author, the Jingle Bell Jog, and the Jingle Bell Jam. We celebrated all the positive behavior going on with a class lunch and a movie and then our awesome class party.  It was quite a send off!  I am so appreciative of all the love and support I get everyday, but especially for all the volunteers that took the time to come in and help our class, cheer us on as we ran, or donated for our celebration.  THANK YOU!  

It was wonderful to get back to school and our routine after a relaxing and restful winter break.  We had 2 busy days this week and are ready to hit the ground running as we approach the half-way point to our school year!  Second grade is transitioning to computer based testing now that our Chromebooks are broken in.  This is an enormous change for everyone and we are working through the challenges together as we get used to the new way of doing things.  The students are all working so hard and showing their best as they approach the new technology,   I am beyond impressed with everything they show me everyday!  

What we are learning:

  • Math
      • Estimating, Addition and Subtraction with regrouping
  • Science
      • Seasonal Changes/ Animal Adaptations
  • Social Studies
      • American Indians begins
  • Reading
      • Fiction/ Non-fiction Questioning
  • Writing
    • Friendly Letter

Upcoming:

  • Seasonal Changes Test Jan  7
  • American Indians test – January 25
  • Math Addition with regrouping/ estimation quiz January 9
  • Math Addition with regrouping/ estimation test January 11
  • Math Subtraction with regrouping/ estimation quiz January 18
  • Math Subtraction with regrouping/ estimation test January 23
  • Math Unit Test January 24

Looking Forward to:

  • SCA Wacky Tacky/ Crazy Hair Day – January 17
  • Student Holiday – January 21
  • Buzzy Bash – January 25
  • End of Quarter 2 – January 25
  • Gifted Referral Window: Cogat scores sent home in folders January 4. Gifted referral window is open until January 18th
  • Family Survey: please complete the 10-minute survey by Friday, January 18th: http://tiny.cc/spesfamilysurvey. Thank you!
  • Winter Clothing Drive will take place Monday, January 14th – Friday, January 25th. Donations of new scarves, hats, and gloves are welcomed to support students in need at Virginia Randolph.
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Week of December 3

We had a whirlwind week for our first week of December!  The students enjoyed Hour of Code and I was grateful for the team of volunteers that supported us.  The students were problem solving and using strategies to finish the challenges in Lightbot during our hour.  It was also a great way for us to highlight and talk about our Quality Character focus in the Henrico Learner Profile.  Even when the tasks were challenging, the students worked to solve them in parts or collaborated with others to understand what was not working.  The pictures do not show all the fun we were having; it was hard to stop when the hour was over.  The websites sent home in the flyer are free and available to everyone.

We celebrated the arrival of our Chromebooks this week as well.  We had very little time with them during the training last month, but we have developed a smooth routine and it is fabulous to have the resources at our disposal at all times.

As we are anticipating snow this weekend, and the forecast is still unsure, know that the dates on the upcoming list are subject to change.  I hope everyone has a fun-filled and safe weekend!

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Addition with regrouping/estimation
  • Social Studies/Science
    • Animal Adaptations
    • Seasonal Changes
  • Reading
    • Fiction/Non-fiction main idea and details
  • Writing
    • Friendly Letter

Upcoming:

  • Habitats Test – December 10
  • Math-Addition with regrouping/estimation quiz  December 14
  • Math-Addition with regrouping/estimation test January 4
  • Math-Subtraction with regrouping/estimation quiz January 10
  • Math-Subtraction with regrouping/estimation test January 17
  • Math-Unit test January 23

Looking forward to:

  • SCA Spirit DayPJ Day – December 13
  • Marty the Author – December 18
  • Jingle Bell Jog – December 19 9 am
  • Winter Party –  December 19
  • Winter Break December 20 – January 2
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Week of November 26

I am AMAZED at the incredible progress our Stingers have made since we met back in August!  We are working hard in class and working as a classroom community on our character trait Ownership.  We completed our first “hive” for showing positive behaviors in school and enjoyed our own stuffed animal day as a reward in addition to the PTA sponsored day on Friday.  It was fun to have all the furry friends in class! We have been so busy. We showed teamwork and problem solving with our November STEM challenge in hiding a Turkey.  Math Science Innovation Center came and did a fabulous lesson with us (here’s a link to their website if you are interested in their programs:   https://www.mymsic.org/little-innovators )  We also enjoyed a performance from the Richmond Symphony String Quartet and finished the week with a fun PE lesson with a parachute.

As we push through these busy weeks toward our well deserved winter break, I want to say thank you to the students and families working hard at home on homework.  The reading students do outside of the classroom is an invaluable enhancement to our work at school.  Showing they comprehend what they read by writing about it is another skill we challenge students to master in second grade.  At this point, students should all be able to manage this task easily as they are writing nearly every day in class.   We typically have the math homework as a review of concepts taught in class, but occasionally something is out of sync with our lessons.  If for some reason your student is not sure of something or unable to complete any of our homework, please let me know with a note in their agenda or by email.  The kids are usually great at checking in with me when they are struggling with a concept or when things are busy with schedules.  Although homework is not a graded assignment, it is category under the work habits on their report card.

It is busy time and we have so much to look forward to!

What we are learning:

 

  • Math
    • 2 digit Estimating, Addition, and Subtraction
  •  Science
    • Animal Habitats
  • Reading
    • Fiction and Non-Fiction Main idea and Details
  • Writing
    • Expository writing
    • Plurals

 

 

Upcoming:

  • Habitats Test – December 10

Looking Forward to:

  • Stinger Store –  December 5
  • Hour Of Code –  December 5
  • Chromebooks arrive  – week of December 4
  • PJ Day –  December 13
  • Winter Break  – December 20 – January 2
  • Marty the Author – December 18
  • Jingle Bell Jog –  December 19 9 am
  • Winter Party –  December 19

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Week of November 12

We had a fabulous full week of school. We worked on things we are thankful for in writing and made the adorable turkey books with lots of help from Ms. Bustos, our ESL teacher, Mrs. Donald, our Occupational Therapist, and Mr. Marshall, our co-teacher.  They turned out beautifully and I was impressed with the students’ writing.  Thank you to the parents who sent in the supplies and Mrs. Merritt for assembling the books for us ahead of time!

Another round of thanks to all the parents who volunteered in the cafeteria. I tried to catch up with everyone and get a picture.  Your help is appreciated from Mr. Lofton too!

Next week we have so much packed into two short days.  The homework came home last week and will not need to be turned in until after the break.  I added the Geography study guide for our test.  It is only US Geography, we cover the rest in the 3rd quarter.

 

  • Math
    • Ordering and comparing 3 digit place value
  • Social Studies
    • United States Geography/ Thanksgiving celebrations
  • Reading
    • Story elements
    • Problem/solution
    • character traits/feelings
  • Writing
    • Expository writing
    • Synonyms/ Antonyms

Upcoming:

  • Math quiz November 29
  • Math test November 30
  • Social Studies test November 26

Looking Forward to:

  • Hide-a-turkey STEM challenge November 19
  • Quarter 1 report card distribution November 20
  • Math Science Innovation Center classroom visit November 20
  • Buzzy Bash November 20
  • Richmond Symphony November 28

I am thankful to be a part of the Hive and get to work with wonderful educators and staff, to have a hardworking and caring class, and for the support of fabulous families.  I hope everyone has a safe and joyful break.

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Week of November 9

Wow, it is hard to believe we are already 1/4 of the way through Second Grade! It was wonderful to get to see all the families at conferences and get a chance to share all the great things we are up to in room 108.

We had a busy 4 days this week. We worked hard doing our practice COGAT test Monday and testing for 3 long days after the Student Holiday Tuesday.  We will be catching up next week on some of the lessons we didn’t get to during testing, and the schedule for assessments will be light.  The homework coming home Monday will be for 2 weeks and will not be due back until after the Thanksgiving Break.

I will post the study guide for our next unit in Social Studies, United States Geography, once we start the unit.  Please note some of the World Geography concepts we cover later in the year are on this study guide and are not taught at this time.

I was so impressed with our display containing the names of Stinger Family Veterans; thank you to those who served our country.  Please remember to have your student wear red, white, and blue on Monday to honor those who served. We will have our rescheduled Veteran’s Day Assembly Monday.

 

I loved seeing all the fabulous art we sent home with the free sample stickers  from Square 1 Art. The following message is from our awesome art teacher, Mrs. Dornik, about ordering:

WOW!!  I hope that you have received the amazing brochures and stickers that came home in your children’s backpack this week!!! I was so impressed!!! Please go online to order any keepsakes you want by the deadline next Friday,  November 16th.  All the ordering information is printed on the brochure. Feel free to contact me with questions!  Thanks to the many families who have already ordered,  I know you are going to love these one of a kind treasures!  All money raised will benefit your child directly in the SPES Art program!

Here’s is the website address: https://shop.square1art.com

Hope Dornik- SPES Art Teacher hgdornik@henrico.k12.va.us

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Read, write, and identify 3 digit place value numbers
  • Social Studies
    • United States Geography
  • Reading
    • Story Elements – Tracking character feelings and retelling a story
  • Writing
    • Synonyms and Antonyms

Upcoming:

  • Math Quiz: November 15

Looking Forward to:

  • Canned Food Drive begins November 12
  • Make up pictures November 15
  • Square One art order deadline November 16
  • Quarter 1 report card distribution November 20
  • Math Science Innovation Center classroom visit November 20
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November 2 update

It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of our first quarter.  We enjoyed the warmer days and watching the leaves change all at once.  Our touch-a-truck day was fabulous and we had a blast both graphing our skittles and watching them change in a science investigation.

 

We also added some practice reading with fluency while reading to our buddies from Mrs. D’Antonio’s class.  Every student in our class had a turn so far. It is a highlight in our day to share our love of reading and mentor our friends from across the hall. Enjoy the weekend!

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Read, write, and identify 3 digit place value numbers
  • Social Studies
    • Veteran’s Day and Voting
    • United States Geography
  • Reading
    • Story Elements- Character Feelings
  • Writing
    • Synonyms and Antonyms

Upcoming:

  • Last day of Quarter 1: November 5
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 5-6
  • Student Holiday: November 6
  • Collections for Treats for Troops Until November 9.  
    • Second grade collecting:
      • deodorant/antiperspirant sticks
      • travel size lotion
      • socks

Looking Forward to:

  • Stinger Store- November 7
  • Veteran’s Day Assembly- November 9
  • Fall Picture Make-ups- November 15
  • Math Science Innovation Center classroom visit- November 20
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Week of October 22

We had a fun and busy week in Room 108! We enjoyed a visit with Students from Godwin HS who read to us and brought us an awesome pumpkin to help decorate our room

We completed our STEAM challenge to build a bridge for a spider.  The teams worked together thought he challenge and all the team were successful in supporting the spiders using the materials they were given.  Thank you all for sending in the supplies for this great activity.

We also got a preview lesson with the Chromebooks, we are looking forward to ours arriving!

The classroom is buzzing in both reading groups and math rotations.  We have had a wonderful time with our mystery readers.  Please sign up if you are able to pay us a visit. Additionally, if you haven’t signed up for a conference, there are spots available! Despite our rainy Friday night, it should be a beautiful weekend. Enjoy!

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Graphing and Doubles
  • Social Studies/ Science
    • Weather Tools
    • Weathering and Erosion
    • The Water Cycle
  • Reading
    • Predicting nonfiction
  • Writing
    • Writing with a beginning, middle, and ending
    • Using description in writing

Upcoming:

  • Weather Quiz: October 30
  • Extreme Weather and Weather Tools Quiz:  November 1
  • Weather Test: November 2
  • Doubles Test: October 29
  • Graphing Test: November 2

Looking Forward to:

  • Touch-a-truck October 31
  • Math Science Innovation Center classroom visits November 20
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October 19 update

We had a wonderful and fun filled week in room 108.  The weather was cool and beautiful outside and the students were working hard inside.  We had fun while doing math and practicing place value by moving around in a “scoot.”  We also got our RAZ kids logins.  I sent home the home information in folders today for home access.  I hope everyone has a magnificent weekend!

We have an updated policy for lunch visits to relate: HCPS Safety Lunch Policy: This year, HCPS has changed this policy to help make your child safer. Only adults who are on the child’s authorization for pick up list are allowed to eat with your children unless you have provided a written note to the school authorizing your permission. For example, Grandma, who’s from out of town, comes to visit your child and wants to eat lunch with him. The only way she can eat lunch with your child is if you have placed Grandma on the authorization for pick up or have written a note.

What we are learning:

 

  • Math
    • Graphing and Doubles
  • Science
    • Weather Tools
    • Weathering and Erosion
    • The Water Cycle
  • Reading
    • Nonfiction Text Features
    • Predicting in nonfiction
  • Writing
    • Words with silent e and adding ing

Upcoming:

  • Weather Quiz: October 30
  • Extreme Weather and Weather Tools Quiz:  November 1
  • Weather Test: November 2
  • Graphing Quiz: October 25
  • Doubles Quiz: October 26
  • Doubles Test:October 29
  • Graphing Test: November 2

Looking Forward to:

  • Touch-a-truck October 31
  • STEM activity day October 26
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