August 19, 2017
Dear 2B Families,
We've completed our second week of school and our first full week of academics and specials. Students are quickly adapting to our routine and classroom expectations. Many of you have asked if your child's homework agenda and homework folder should come back daily. The answer is yes. Students write down their homework daily in their agenda and sometimes I will have an additional sheet to add into their homework folder.
You may be wondering why your child has not come home with any graded assignments. I will be using Friday folders to send home graded assignments from the week. This folder may also include any assignments that I'd like a student to redo over the weekend or review. I ask that these folders be returned empty, with the exception of redo assignments, every Monday.
Thank you if you have already joined our online DOJO class. This is the system we use for our classroom management. As a parent, you are able to track your child's behavioral progress daily. You can also use this send me messages regarding points gained or lost. If you haven't already joined, please do so this week. I will be going over this in more detail at this week's Curriculum Night. Students have been earning their rewards and are showing lots of enthusiasm and determination as they make their way up the reward chart.
Students took their first Religion Quiz this week. All passed with flying colors. This week we will be focusing on the Holy Trinity. We will finish up our first Unit in reading. Students will be take their weekly Journeys test on Tuesday reviewing vocabulary, sequencing, grammar and spelling concepts all taken from our first story of the text, Henry and Mudge and the Perfect Pet. Our first spelling test will also be on Tuesday and students will also receive their next set of words.
This week we will complete our Math unit on place value. We will conclude with a chapter 1 test at the end of the week. I ask for your help with encouraging your child to write neatly and use lined paper correctly. I am impressed with the penmanship and reading fluency that I've already seen this week.
We've been discussing germs in Science and I heard that many of my students shared our latest lab experiment with pepper and soap with you. This lab emphaized the importance of always washing your hands with soap and water.
This week marks some exciting events at our school and in the world. As many of you know this Monday, we will be experiencing a partial solar eclipse here in Arizona. I was planning on taking the kids out to view the eclipse using viewing classes. Unfortunately, at our Friday faculty meeting, we were informed that the Diocese of Phoenix has asked that we not use solar eclipse glasses and risk the health of our students eyes, since severe damage can occur with simple carelessness. Older classes have created pinhole boxes that they will be using, but with 7 and 8 year olds, it's too risky to assume that they will keep the glasses on at all times. Each 2nd grade class will be staying inside and viewing the eclipse using the NASA website.
This Monday is also picture day. Order forms were sent home on Thursday. Some extra forms can be found in the front office. Make sure to send your child looking their best. I look forward to seeing all those big smiles.
K-5 Curriculum Night is scheduled for this Wednesday. The first session will being at 6pm. There will be two sessions, each lasting for 25 minutes. The night will conclude at 7 pm. If you are unable to attend, I will be happy to send home any paperwork with your child the following day.
If you have not returned your purple student information form, please try to get it in this week. I use this sheet to not only add your email address to my 2B parent contact list, but it also helps me better know my students.
Enjoy your Sunday and I hope to see you all on Wednesday!
We are a nut free classroom. Please make sure to keep this in mind when packing snacks and lunches.