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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October 12 Update

I hope everyone stayed safe  and was with power after the storm.  Our plans for next week may end up a day behind to make up the day we missed, but we will get through it all!  We had a fun 4 days this week with the great smiling school pictures and finished it off with the Stinger Stroll.  We counted our steps everywhere we went throughout the day and logged in over a mile! I included a picture of us in the gym as we were strolling.

What we are learning:

 

  • Math
    • Order and Comparing numbers
    • Rounding
  • Science
    • The Water Cycle
    • Weather and Weather tools
  • Reading
    • Predicting and revising predictions
  • Writing
    • Syllables

Upcoming:

  • Quarter 1 Interim grades available on PowerSchool October 12 (no paper interims go home for grades 2-5)
  • Math quiz on ordering and rounding October 17
  • Math Test October 19
  • Social Studies Test: Cesar Chavez and Christopher Columbus October 15
  • Science terms and tools re-test October 18.  Students will have an opportunity to retake this test to take an average grade of the two tests or double the first if it was better.  An additional study guide will come home Monday.

Looking Forward to:

  • Red Ribbon Week Events
    • Monday – Global Day: Picks a country and wear the colors or dress in the native clothing
    • Tuesday – Dress for Success Day: Dress professionally or dress like your future profession
    • Wednesday – College Day: Wear your parent’s college gear or your dream school
    • Thursday – Character Day: Dress like your favorite book character
    • Friday – Stinger Spirit Wear: Wear Short Pump Stinger Gear or Stinger colors Yellow or Blue
    • Trunk or Treat rescheduled for Friday – thank you for all the candy donations you sent in!
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October 5 Update

We had a wonderful week in room 108.  I want to thank all the students and families for making my birthday so special.  It was a great day! We also enjoyed a visit from Virginia Repertory Theatre with a production of The Frog Prince.  I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend, I look forward to seeing the students back on Tuesday.

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Continuing Place value with ones, tens, and hundreds
    • Order and Comparing numbers
    • Rounding
  • Social Studies
    • Voting and Elections
    • Important people to know Christopher Columbus and Cesar Chavez

     

  • Reading
    • Making Connections with what I read to myself, to another book, and to the world
  • Writing
    • Brainstorming my writing and writing about one topic
    • Continuing correct capitalization and punctuation

Upcoming:

  • Finishing our PALS reading assessments
  • Place Value Quiz October 10
  • Place Value and Comparing Numbers Test October 11
  • Reading Quiz October 10
  • Reading Test October 12

Looking Forward to:

  • Student Holiday October 8
  • Picture day October 10
  • Stinger Stroll Day October 11 – 2nd grade at 9:30~ Parents Invited
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Stinger Store Opens October 3

Just a quick reminder our Stinger Store opens Wednesday, 10/3 from 7:50 – 8:10 am. Students should report to their homerooms first and bring no more than $3.00 to spend at the store if they want to participate!

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Happy First Full Week of School!

We had a wonderful first full week of the 2018-2019 school year!  We enjoyed a technology lesson and learned coding. If you haven’t already seen the post, please “like” our Short Pump Elementary Facebook page.  I included the pictures here as well. Not only did the students work hard to problem solve the code, it was great to see how many of the kids already know their login to the computer.  Thank you to everyone that practiced at home, it made a difference.  We also had a great time with our hands on science lessons and observing scientific properties using apples.

Starting next Friday the second grade team with have a common post containing upcoming information.  This will give you a specific time to look for updates going forward.

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Happy Autumn

Happy first day of Autumn! Thank you for taking the time to come and visit our classroom during our Back to School Night. It was great to see so many families represented on Thursday.

I added a page for study guides and loaded the study guide for Citizenship and Diversity to keep working on the vocabulary. The students have been sharing their Diversity Projects and it has been great to have them teach everyone something new about their heritage. We finish our first Social Studies block this week and start Scientific Investigations.  We will spend some time on scientific method and making observations.  We would like it if each student can bring in their favorite kind of apple (uncut please) to use for our investigation on Thursday.  They will use it to practice describing properties and can eat it for snack when we are finished.

 

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