Archive for March 2015

We have several people who have not paid for the trip yet. Please be aware that field trips are a required part of our curriculum. We plan for every student to attend. We have activities planned around the trips that all students should be participating in. If the cost is prohibitive please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

This is the last week we will give students the READING CONTRACT…After Spring Break students will be assigned a weekly book report form. Pizza Hut Book It program is now over.

Spring Break has arrived!!
For a successful vacation we recommend that you provide a lose structure to each day. Please encourage your child to read each day of the break. If possible encourage your child to keep a journal. Read, read, read.

Students are invited to present their research any day up to Thursday. Projects will not be accepted after the break.

This weeks assignments:
Monday: Read, Math Link, Prepare research project
Tuesday: Read, Math Link,Prepare research project
Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Prepare research project
READ EACH DAY OF THE BREAK

Writing Choices:
Choice 1: Prepare research project
Choice 2: Prepare research project

Students are invited to present their research any day up to Thursday. Projects will not be accepted after the break.

This weeks assignments:
Monday: Read, Math Link, Prepare research project
Tuesday: Read, Math Link,Prepare research project
Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Prepare research project
READ EACH DAY OF THE BREAK

Writing Choices:
Choice 1: Prepare research project
Choice 2: Prepare research project

Enjoy your time together!!!

Please help your child prepare for their Woman’s History Report. This assignment is due now until Spring break. After Spring Break reports will not be accepted. Students may present when ever they are ready until April 2nd. If you have misplaced the assignment or if your child never showed it to you please let us know and we will send another copy of it.

Please consider sending a snack donation (no nuts or cheese) We want to thank Nicholas, Junha, Emanuel, John, and Dasia from room 214 and Andrea, Eric, Albaraa, Soumya, Winter and Cheikh from room 215. These families have already contributed several times and we thank them.

Please wear your Ray Shirts on your gym days. If you need a Ray Shirt please let us know. $10 for short sleeve, and $15 for long sleeve and sweatshirts. Please indicate a size when you are ordering.

Dress for the weather.

Be sure to vote early. Don’t wait until Spring Break!!! Early vote at any polling place and all you need are 2 pieces of ID until April 4th!!!

This weeks assignments:
Monday: Read, Math Link,Choose writing prompt and think about it (plan)
Tuesday: Read, Math Link,Choose writing prompt and write a draft
Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Revise your writing
Thursday: Read, Math Link, Edit your writing
Friday: Read, Math Link, Submit your writing to the teacher

Writing Choices:
Choice 1: Creative Writing: Pretend you went to the supermarket, and something really funny happened. Write a story about it. Begin your story with these words: You won’t believe what happened today at Tickles Market!
Choice 2: Eat You Words: Make a cookbook. On each page, draw a picture of something you like to eat. Under the picture, write directions that tell how to cook the food. List the steps in order. Be sure to list each item you will need to buy at the market. Staple your recipes together and make a cover for your cookbook.

Remember Election day is during our spring break so be sure to vote early!!
HOURS for polling places (you may go to any polling place during early voting)
All sites will be open every day from March 23 through April 4:
Mon-Sat – 9 am-5 pm
Sun., March 29 – 9 am – 3 pm

This week we will visit the Shedd on Wednesday.  I would like to thank in advance Ms. Aniceto-Diaz and Mr. Brown, Riely’s Mom and Sam’s Dad for chaperoning this trip.

Please be sure your child has a water bottle for their desk so that they need not go to the water fountain very often.

We are low on  our paper supply.  If you can contribute a ream of copy paper (white or bright colors) we would really appreciate it.

Students are working on their research projects at home this week and next week in addition to their other home assignments.  I you have any questions about the research assignment or if you have misplaced the rubric and assignment description please let us know right away.  Assignments are due between now and April 1st.

This weeks assignments:
Monday: Read, Math Link,Choose writing prompt and think about it (plan)
Tuesday: Read, Math Link,Choose writing prompt and write a draft
Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Revise your writing
Thursday: Read, Math Link, Edit your writing
Friday: Read, Math Link, Submit your writing to the teacher

Writing Choices:
Choice 1: A Letter: Pretend you have just gone on a long car trip. Write a letter to a friend about your travels. Tell what you did for fun. Did you sing silly songs? Did you play car games? Don’t forget to format your letter with salutations and punctuation for a friendly letter.
Choice 2: In My Automobile: Pretend you could have any car in the world. What kind would you want? Write about your car. Tell what it looks like and how it is special. Then draw a picture of your car.

Parents, Please note the students have been given a new research project due now until April 3rd.  Please make sure your child is able to find at least two sources to read about a famous female scientist or artist.  If you did not see the rubric and planning sheet in the take home folder last week please let us know right away.

We are still in need of consistent contributions to our Warrior store and for daily snacks.  If you have not donated yet please consider doing so this week.  We also need paper towels still.

Please help you child master all of the single digit addition AND subtraction by including a daily rote practice with their other math home assignments.

This week students in grades 3 through 12, across Chicago, are being asked to take the PARCC Exam. We (2nd Grade team teachers) encourage you to educate yourself about this exam and share your feedback about it at future LSC and PTA meetings.

Our next field trip is March 18th to the Shedd Aquarium. There will be no fee for this trip.

This weeks assignments:
Monday: Read, Math Link,Choose writing prompt and think about it (plan)
Tuesday: Read, Math Link,Choose writing prompt and write a draft
Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Revise your writing
Thursday: Read, Math Link, Edit your writing
Friday: Read, Math Link, Submit your writing to the teacher

Writing Choices:
Choice 1: Persuasive Writing:  Think of another student whom you think does well in school.  Write about two different qualities you have observed in that students and explain why you think these qualities make a good student.
Choice 2: Persuasive Writing:  Think of a strategy for adding many numbers together.  Write a description of your strategy and explain why you think your strategy is the best approach.

March is long…”It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens

Kids this week will explore the world of balance and motion in science.
In math we will focus on doubling numbers, addition practice, and measurement.
In Reading we are investigating how suffixes work.

We need PAPER TOWELS.
Please consider contributing snacks and Warrior Store items….these are always appreciated

Our next field trip is March 18th to the Shedd Aquarium. There will be no fee for this trip.

This weeks assignments:
Monday: Read, Math Link,Choose writing prompt and think about it (plan)
Tuesday: Read, Math Link,Choose writing prompt and write a draft
Wednesday: Read, Math Link, Revise your writing
Thursday: Read, Math Link, Edit your writing
Friday: Read, Math Link, Submit your writing to the teacher

Writing Choices:
Choice 1: Creative Writing: Pretend you are a grasshopper.  Write a story about something that happened to you.  Begin your story with these words “Jumping isn’t always the best way to travel…”
Choice 2: What’s Bugging You?:  Pretend a scientist has just found a strange, new bug!  Write questions you would like to ask the scientist.  Skip lines under each question.  Then write the scientist’s answers.