Welcome to Second Grade

With Ms. Sheridan

Novemeber 7 to 11

Wierd Whacky Week!

Wednesday is Parent Conference day (no school for students.)  Students are welcome to attend the conferences.  Conferences last only 10 minutes, so please come prepared with any questions you have.  If you require additional time you will be asked to set a separatee meeting time.  You are invited to email us with a few convenient times (noon to 550pm)

This week students will begin the Native American Research projects.  They are encouraged to read about or watch videos on Native American people of long ago.  Because of the unusual week and the emphasis on research there will not be a writing application due this week.

Please review all sight words we have assigned so far this year.

Math home assignemnets will be as usual.

Home Assignments:
Read about Native Americans of Long ago
Math pages Mon, and Tues only
Review all sight words to date (found in all previous news letters on the school web site.)

 

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October 31 to November 4

We had a very successful trip to the Farm!!!!

We are walking to the University on Wednesday for a film screening.  Parents are welcome chaperone.

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words:  THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
before, eye, few, happy, high, my, open, people, starts, yellow

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: Creative Writing
Pretend you traveled back to the time when dinosaurs lived.  Write a story that begins like this:  I looked around and saw dinosaurs everywhere!

Choice 2: Extra! Extra!
Pretend you found a large dinosaur fossil.  What kind of dinosaur fossil is it?  Where and how did you find it?  Write a newspaper story about your fossil.

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October 24 to 28

Ray Warrior Families,

Be aware that our first field trip to the Children’s Center in Palos Park is next MONDAY.  Students will need to bring a lunch.  All Halloween costumes must stay at home that day (No costumes during the day).  Students who need to bring costumes because they do not go directly home after schooll must leave costumes in their backpacks until end of day. Please also note that field trips are a requirted part of our curriculum and thus should not be missed.  If your child has already experienced the destination please note that we are doing extentions of the trips in class and the benefit of revisiting the place with this years peers is important to us.  Please do NOT use attendance on trips as a disciplinary consequence.
We have limited space and all of the teachers have already identified the chaperones for this trip.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered.

Please pay your $85 class fee as soon as possible

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words:  THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
air, car, cried, funny, he, pictures, pretty, told, try, window

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

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

Choice 2: Map Makers
Help a new student find their way around your school.  Make a map of the inside of the school.  Draw each important place or thing in youschool.  Then lable each place and write a description of it.

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Week of October 17 to 21

My (Ms. Sheridan) apologies for not having posted the Interview project on the blog.  If you need a new copy let one of us know.  These interviews are now past due. We are wrapping up the family project this week.

If you have not paid your class fees please do so asap.

There are 2 trips coming up.  October 31 has an $11 fee.  Please return the trip slip with the fee. (Please put the cash in an envelop or baggy with your child’s name on it) The November 2 trip has no fee, but we MUST have the signed permission slip.

Ray School T-shirts are available for $10 from Mrs. Clement.

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words:  THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
animals, bear, know, most, myself, second, sleep, three, work

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

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: Forever Weather!
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.

 

 

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October 11 to 14

A big GIANT thank you to all of the parents for your support of the teachers through our stressful contract negotiations!

Some special dates to be aware of:
October 13 6pm PTO & LSC groups will meet in a combined meeting in the cafeteria

October 31 is our first field trip.  We will go to the children’s farm.
Look for the permission slip in the take home folders.  Chaperones do not need to pay the fee.  Chaperones are volunteers for the school and must ride the bus with us and help to monitor student safety.  Please refrain from cell phone use on the trip as much as possible.

We are a smidgen behind in our Family Interview project.  Please submit interview writing by this Friday or earlier. Late projects will not be accepted past Friday the 14th.

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

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

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

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

Choice 2: The Family Pet
If you were to go on vacation and leave your pet with a friend or family member, what instructions would you leave?   How will you tell the pet sitter to care for your pet?

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October 3 to 7

October 6th is a special day!  Please plan to bring your family early to the north playground for a celebration of Ray.  Schools all around the country will be doing similar celebrations of public schools.

We are tentatively planning a field trip to the Children’s Farm at the Center on October 31st.  We will need chaperones for that trip.  Please let us know if you will be available.

This week you will see a special addition to the homework assignments.  Students are studying “Family” as a sociological concept.  They are to interview a family member and bring excerpts from the interview back to class.  We are looking for things that can help us understand families; how they are formed, what makes a family a family, are all families the same etc. You will find the assignment details and a rubric in the child’s folder.  We will create a product to display our learning in class once everyone has completed the interviews.  DUE DATE October 14th.

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

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

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: A True StoryWrite a true story about a fire drill you experienced at school.  Include details such as what grade/room you were in at the time, who was your teacher, where did the class go?

Choice 2: Scarey Story
Write a story about something that scares you.  Include details about how, when, where this scarey thing has frightened you in the past.

 

 

 

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September 26

Parents,
PARENT MEETING 630pm TODAY (MONDAY 26)

Weekly assignments are handed out every Monday and are on line at the school web site.  Students now have turned in 2 writing assignments. If your child has not turned them in, they must look back at previous assigners and make them up.

Writing is due each Friday and completed reading log is due each Monday.

The writing assignment is on one side of the weekly assignment sheet and the reading log is on the other side.  It will be the same all year with the exception of an occasional research project that will come on an additional assignment sheet with a rubric attached.

Please send a water bottle to keep on their desk.

Class fees $85 is past due.  Thank you to those few families who have already paid in full.  Fees can be in installments.  See the office clerks to make arrangements.

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: city, full, no, other, places, put, school, sing, think, this

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: Creative Writing
Pretend you saw the world’s largest pig.  Write a story telling about the pig and how it looked. Begin your story with the words “Babe was as big as six…”

Choice 2: Animal Chatter
Pretend a talking animal has just won a blue ribbon at the county fair.  Write four questions you would like to ask this unusual animal.  Skip a few lines under each question.  Then write the animal’s answers.

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Week of September 19 to 23

We love the healthy snacks people have been contributing!  Thank you.

Please provide your child with a water bottle with sport lid.

Remember each child must submit a writing assignment each Friday.

SPECIAL DATES:
Sept. 22 Open House 5pm…& PTO mtg…6pm
Sept. 26 Parents 4 Teachers mtg–6:30 Parent Room

Assignments for week of September 19 through 23

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: around, be, five, help, next, or, pull, take, until, walked

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: An Ad
Pretend you have some pet frogs for sale.  Write an ad for your school paper.

Choice 2: Pet Poems
Some poems have only two lines that rhyme.  Write some (more than one) of your own two-line poems about pets.  Example;
My rooster is red.
It sits on my bed.

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Welcom to the 2016/17 school year!

Parents,

Here you will find each week the home assignments (www.ray.cps.k12.il.us-> about ->teachers). These will also be sent home ion a hard copy with your child each Monday. Please be sure to go over home assignments with your second grader every day. These assignments are not designed to be completed independently. The routine will help to build structure in the student’s afternoon, provide additional practice on skills we cover in class and allow child and adult to celebrate growth together.

Here is how it works:

  1. Read together every day for a minimum 15 minute
  2. Practice the sight word list with games* and write-rewrite activities**
  3. A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)
  4. A math sheet (Most of the time from the math curriculum we use, sometimes a supplemental sheet)

* Sight word games may include flash cards, memory game, hide and seek, etc. See the teacher if you have questions ** Write rewrite includes drawing the words with crayon, making flash cards for games, painting with water colors…anything that helps the repetition

Assignments for week of September 12 through 16

Reading log printed on the back of this sheet

Math sheet

Sight words: bring, comes, do, family, like, make, those, use, with, of

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: An Invitation
Pretend you are having a costume party. Write an invitation. Tell the time and place.

Choice 2: Work Wear
What would you like to be when you grow up? Pretend you could have any job in the world. Write about your job and the clothes you would need to wear for it. Then draw a picture of yourself in your work clothes.

 

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Summer suggestions:

Read daily
Check out
www.starfall.com

Practice addition and subtraction facts
Check out:
www.stmath.com

Other recommendations include science exploration, Art and theater possibilities, history exploration!
http://www.saic.edu/cs/children/summercamps/
https://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/programs/dino-camp
http://www.msichicago.org/education/creativity-and-innovation/fab-lab/fab-lab-summer-camp/
http://www.sheddaquarium.org/Learning-Experiences/Youth-Programs/Summer-Worlds-Tour/
http://www.naturemuseum.org/programs-events-and-camps/camps/summer-camp
http://www.dusablemuseum.org/events/category/youth-programs/
http://chicagohistory.org/portlet-content/upcoming-events
http://www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/
http://chicagochildrenstheatre.org/summercamp

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Final week

Congratulations you are almost a third grader!

This week we follow our same school and home routines.  Please continue to send the folder each day as a communication tool.

Tuesday the 21st is our all school picnic.  It usually works out that students spend the morning outside, have lunch and then watch a movie in the auditorium in the afternoon.  We invite family members to join us.  We encourage contributing snacks and drinks and blanket to sit on, but the school will provide lunch for everyone. We do NOT encourage you to bring anything that cannot be replaced easily.  NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES PLEASE!

 

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June 6 to 10

Parents please be aware there are school code requirements for clothing.  Be sure your child’s clothing could not cause a distraction or disruption. The folllowing is an example of what some other schools have deemed a distraction.

  • Skirts, dresses and shorts must reach to 3 inches above the knees.
  • A tunic or top that reaches 3 inches above the knees must be worn with leggings, jeggings, yoga pants or tights.
  • Tank top straps must be 2 inches wide and does not show any undergarments.
  • Midriffs must be covered at all times.
  • Students are not allowed to wear flip-flops or slippers, sagging pants
  • Inappropriate items; clothing portraying violence, drugs, alcohol, gangs, obscenities, or things that are offensive to others

This week we will continue our home work assignments just as last week, with math and reading.

Be on the look out for a summer work suggestion packet.

Remember to consistently speak to your second grader about what they can expect in their summer routine.  We all respond well to routine and sometimes the unknown can be anxiety provioking.  Knowing they will be at a specific camp or on a specific vacation with the family helps them look forward to the transition away from the structure the school day has provided all year.

 

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