Archive for October 2015

We will travel to the Children’s Farm at the Center in Palos Park this week.  Please have your child pack a large lunch and dress for the weather.  We will go rain or shine.

As Friday is thee 30th of October we understand that many children will be looking forward to the Halloween celebrations that some take part in.  Costumes are not going to be paraded at school this year.  If your child needs to bring their costume to school for an after school event we ask that the costumes remain at school, in a bag in the coat room, while we attend the farm trip and when we return. No costumes on the trip or in the classroom.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Parents who are chaperoning the trip are required to ride the bus with us.  Help supervise students at the farm and do their best to keep cell phone use to a minimum.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #Creative Writing:  Pretend you have traveled back in time when dinosaurs lived.  Write a story that begins like this: I looked around and saw dinosaurs everywhere!

Choice #2 Extra! Extra!: Pretend you have found a large dinosaur fossil in your yard or at the playground.  Where and how did you find it?  Write a newspaper story about your fossil.

Sight words: air, car, cried, funny, he, pictures, pretty, told, try, window

Parents, Please be sure o return the trip permission slip and fee no later than the 21.

It is petty cool most days lately; please send a sweater (and no sandals unless there are socks too)

This passed week and current week kids in second grade are taking the NWEA MAP assessment in Mathematics.  The results of this test will be used for informing us about your child’s start of the year math concepts understanding.  It will give you some information about where your child is in relation to their peers.  It is also used to evaluate the teacher at the end of the year , when the test is administered a second time.  For more information on testing and our philosophy of the test use please see your child’s teacher.

Open House is Thursday the 8th.  This is a chance to hear about our curriculum and a message from the principal.  Students will be required to stay at their parents side during the entire event.  It is not a time for children to free play around the school, so please support us by keeping a close eye on your kids while the teachers present.

Picture day is the 9th.  Please have your picture selections clearly marked with a check for the photographer.

Fall is here and so is the unpredictable weather.  Please send your child with layers of clothing for any type of weather.

We need snack donations (no nuts please) and Warrior Store donations (see me if you have questions about either.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1 A Daily Plan: Pick a day of the week.  Make a list of things you do in school on that day.  Tell the time you do each thing.

Choice #2 Terrible Tuesday: Have you ever had the kind of day at school when everything went wrong?  Write a story about that day.  Begin your story with this sentence:  “What a day I had!”

Sight words: animals, bear, know, most, myself, second, she, sleep, three, work

 

Note the writing application begins on Tuesday this week.

Our first field trip is October 30.  Please return the slip and fee no later than the 21st.

Please continue to send your child with a water bottle (water only please no juice or flavor packets)

We need donations for our warrior store to keep things interesting.  If you are able, please go to Oriental trading or some dollar stores have inexpensive toys for incentives.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Tues plan & draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1 A list: Pretend you own a store that sells things for just one part of the year.  Maybe you sell only summer things or only winter things.  Write a good name for your store.   Then make a list of what you sell.

Choice #2 Pretend you live in a place where the season never changes.  The weather is the same every day!  Write a story about this place.  Tell what the weather is like.  Is it always sunny, rainy, or snowy?  Tell about the people’s homes and clothes.

Sight words: both, cold, eat, find, green, little, long, says, table, we

Open House is Thursday the 8th.  This is a chance to hear about our curriculum and a message from the principal.  Students will be required to stay at their parents side during the entire event.  It is not a time for children to free play around the school, so please support us by keeping a close eye on your kids while the teachers present.

Picture day is the 9th.  Please have your picture selections clearly marked with a check for the photographer.

Fall is here and so is the unpredictable weather.  Please send your child with layers of clothing for any type of weather.

We need snack donations (no nuts please) and Warrior Store donations (see me if you have questions about either.

Home Assignments:

  • Read daily 15 minute minimum 7 days (track on the contract due Mon)
  • Math Home link (make it more challenging for your child as needed)
  • Word study: daily practice sight words for improved reading fluency (5 days)
  • Writing Application: Mon plan, Tues draft, Wed revise, Thurs edit, Fri submit

Writing Application Choices:

Choice #1 Rules: How can you help make your home a safe place?  Think about what you should do if there is a fire.  What special rules should you follow in the kitchen?  Write a list of home safety rules.

Choice #2 A list of instructions:  Pretend you are going on vacation and you are leaving your pet at home.  Write a list telling the pet sitter what to do so that your pet is safe and happy while you are away.

Sight words: by, cheer, could, hello, hundred, mind, play, read, see, today