August 16, 2019
Dear 2B Families,
We made it through our first full week of school and I'm amazed at how quick students have picked up our homework, classroom and weekly routines. I'm very proud of them. You as parents have done a wonderful job as well. Kudos to you!
Our Curriculum Night is set for this Wednesday, August 21 from 6-7pm. There will be two sessions and we have a lot to cover with my plans for maternity leave. If you are unable to attend I will have a packet of information as well as my PowerPoint Slides that will be sent home. I hope to answer any questions you may have. Our Instructional Aide as well as my maternity leave substitute, Mrs. Callahan will also be in attendance.
Looking into next week...
Picture Day is set for Tuesday, August 20. Picture order forms were sent electronically from LifeTouch. You will be able to choose backgrounds ahead of time, but now allowed to preview pictures before ordering them. Students should be in their regular uniform for pictures.
With the new school year beginning, I've chatted with the kids about uniform. We've been asked to remind students that belts are required if they choose to wear shorts or pants. In regards to hair accessories (bows and headbands), students are only allowed to wear accessories that are in school colors (ie. no rainbow sequins, cat ear headbands etc). A great rule of thumb is, if its on the plaid skirt, it's considered a school color. Bracelets and necklaces are only allowed if they have a religious figure on it.
Our first LA Grid was sent home and completed this week. Students did a wonderful job turning it in on time. Although we are working on independence, I ask that you please check over your child's work for spelling, correct usage of the lined paper and that directions are being followed. If an activity asks for students to write about a specific topic, we are asking for a minimum of 3 sentences. Please skip lines in between activities. For the first few packets, I will be attaching lined paper. I have plenty in the classroom after that if you need some, otherwise, I will no longer be attaching pape by the end of the month. You can find the same lined paper on Amazon, Walmart, Target or Lakeshore Learning, simply look up 2nd grade level writing paper. Please do not use Handwriting Without Tears or Binder Paper. Again, if you need paper, students know where to find it in our classroom and they can help themselves to as much as they need.
Reading logs came in daily and were signed. Great work by all! Agendas should be going home each night as a way for parents to see what students should be working on nightly. This information can also be found under the "Homework" tab on our website, but students are expected to copy their assignments from our Homework board in the classroom and not rely on the website. You may have noticed the Math sheet that went home this week. We will occassionally have Math homework go home and it is due the following day.
Students will receive their first set of Spelling words and Spelling sentences on Monday. They will write their words into their agendas. Words can also be found on our homework tab. Sentences will also go home. On Friday, students will be tested on their words and be given their sentences orally. In regards to their sentences, they are expected to write their sentences correctly using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Please make sure that they practice writing the sentence at home with an adult dictating it.
We've been focuing on place value in Math this week and will conclude our first chapter on Wednesday with a chapter assessment. We've logged into IXL and students have begun to practice specific math skills in class.
In Science, we discussed germs and the importance of washing our hands with soap and water, as well as different ways we can prevent the spreading of germs.
Next week, we'll switch to a focus on Social Studies. Students will learn and discuss what a Community is and the different types of communities.
In Language Arts, we move onto our next story, My Family. Students will learn about short vowels o, u, and e. We'll practice writing and identifying simple sentences and the different parts to them. Our story will help us to focus on how to compare and contrast as well as learn new vocabulary terms and how to use a glossary.
Students completed their first Religion assessment on Thursday. We move onto our next chapter discussing the Holy Trinity.
Dismissal has been going smoothly. If your child has older siblings that dismiss after us, I will be sending them to the holding room until their siblings are dismissed. It's hot outside and I'd rather they be waiting in an air conditioned room. If you would rather they not go to the holding room, please let me know.
Thank you for the generous donations of playground equipment and water bottles. Our class greatly appreciates it!
We are officially live on Sign Up Genius for our Mystery Reader sign-up. This is an opporutinity for you to come into our classroom and share your love of learning with our class. Every Friday, we have a surprise reader join us and share 2-3 books of their choice with our class. We try to keep this a surprise for everyone, including your kiddo. If you are interested in being a mystery reader, please go to the following website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48adac2aa7f85-2bmystery1
All volunteers must have completed or renewed their Safe Environment at cmg.connect.org.
If if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. I’m excited to start this new year off and am blessed already to have met such supportive parents.
We are a nut free classroom. Please make sure to keep this in mind when packing snacks and lunches.