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Week of 11-4-2019


In the News:


-Children DO have math homework this weekend.


-Elementary Music Performances will be held the week before Thanksgiving break.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Grose- Monday, November 18th, 12:25 - 1:10

Scheid- Wednesday, November 20th, 12:25 - 1:10


-Scholastic book orders are due November 21st.  Books are a great gift for the holidays and give us points to purchase books to enrich our classroom libraries.


-If you are planning on renewing your children’s technology this holiday season, RMAE is happy to take your old technology (ipads, laptops, etc.) to use in our classrooms.  


Academics:


-Math: We began Chapter 4: 2-Digit Addition.  


-Literacy: We heard a fairy tale that was turned into a poem called, “The Bremen Town Musicians.”  We focused on plurals that change their spelling, author’s purpose, and story structure.  


-Writing: The children have been working on a silly persuasive writing project about why someone should eat hot dogs instead of turkey on Thanksgiving.  The story is written from the point of view of a turkey.


-Social Studies: We completed our unit about Ancient Greece.  We learned about many famous philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates.  We also learned about Alexander the Great.  


-S.T.E.M.: The challenge this week was to work in teams to build a perch for Harry so he could see around the classroom easily.   The kids had to be problem-solvers to find a way for Harry to be the highest without putting his safety at risk!


Have a great weekend :)


Week of 10-28-2019


In the News:


-Fall Party: Thank you SO much to Jeneen Jensen and Julia Corrin for planning a very fun Fall Party for our kids!  Also, thank you to everyone who donated supplies or their time to help out with a station!


-Order forms were sent home in Friday Folders for your child’s original artwork.


-Scholastic Book Orders are due November 21st.


-We will visit the library next week on Tuesday.  Children may only have 2 library books checked out at a time. 


-We have set up a new project on Donors Choose asking for Legos to enhance our S.T.E.M. program.  Please click the link if you are interested in learning more about our project ideas and would like to donate.  


https://www.donorschoose.org/project/full-stem-ahead/4529392/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=ifproject&utm_term=teacher_6858972&rf=page-dc-2019-10-ifproject-teacher_6858972&challengeid=21502152   


eSpark: This week the second graders logged onto an educational website called eSpark for the first time.  Each child took a pretest for math and reading to determine their current abilities. Espark contains games, videos, and assessments that are specific to each child’s needs. 


Academics:


-Math: We finished Chapter 3: Basic Facts and Relationships and took the assessment.  The kids also played math games and reviewed skip counting. 


-Literacy: We reviewed skills such as r-controlled vowels, spelling rules for plural and singular nouns, facts vs. opinions, and more. 


-Writing: The second graders finished their Fire Safety stories and wrote Halloween themed stories.  


-Random Acts of Kindness (RAK): Our theme this week was teamwork.  The two classes got together to discuss what teamwork is and listen to a story about some frogs who worked as a team.  Then the classes split up for an activity. Each class was split into 2 teams. The goal was to cross the pond (the classroom) without letting go of a teammate and without stepping into the water (the carpet).  They had a blast as they used paper plates as stepping stones to cross over to the other side of the pond!  


S.T.E.M.: There was no S.T.E.M. project due to the short week for students.



Week of 10-21-19


In the News:


-Report Cards were sent home in Friday Folders today.  


- Scholastic Book orders will be going home in Monday’s  homework folder. Due date will be Nov. 21st. 


-Children will have math homework on Monday and should study for their Chapter 3 test on Tuesday night using their review page. We encourage you to make up similar questions with different numbers for your children to practice.  There will also be a Reading Log sent home on Monday and due on Thursday. There will be no math homework on Wednesday or Thursday and no spelling test next week.


-Our Fall Party is next Thursday at 9:30 to 11:15.  The School Parade begins at 2:30 and will finish in the circle around 2:40.


o   All may wear costumes (all day if they choose) that are appropriate in content and coverage

o   Students are not to bring their costume accessories.  Absolutely no weapon related item will be allowed

o   Students may wear a hat only if it is an integral part of their costume

o   No makeup or other appearance altering is allowed

o   Temporary change in hair color allowed only if it is integral to the costume.

 

-There is no school on Friday next week due to a Teacher In-Service Day.  

 

- As always we APPRECIATE all of you that help in and out of the classroom :)


Academics:


Math:  We continued Chapter 3: Basic Facts and Relationships


Literacy: Our story this week was, “Turtle’s Race with Beaver” (Folk Tale).  The skills we focused on were r-controlled vowels (er, ir, ur), sequencing, and cross-curricular connections.  


Writing:  In recognizing Fire Prevention Month, this week the students started their “If there was a fire at my house I would...” writing project.


Core Knowledge Social Studies: We continued our study of Ancient Greece.  The students learned about the Olympic games, differences between the city-states of Sparta and Athens, how Athens got its name and ancient Greek Writing.


Library: We read a Greek myth about Pandora.  


S.T.E.M.: The students did a science experiment called “Ghost Rockets.”  The children made a prediction about what would happen if they mixed corn starch, water, and alka seltzer in a film canister.  They had a blast watching their ghosts fly into the air! 


Have a wonderful weekend :)
Week of 10-14-19


In the News:


- Scholastic Book orders are due Oct. 18th


- 2nd grade math students have homework this weekend.  So sorry :)

- Thank you to everyone who either volunteered, donated or both towards Asia Day!  The day was a success!!!!


- Due to CogAT testing, your child’s reading menu may not be complete.  No worries :)


- Fall Party- Our Fall party will be on Oct. 31st from 10:15-11:30.  Stay tuned for details.


- As always we APPRECIATE all of you that help in the classroom :)


Academics:


Math:  We started Chapter 3: Basic Facts and Relationships


Literacy: Our story this week was, “Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat” (Realistic Fiction).  The skills we focused on were contractions, realism and fantasy, prior knowledge, and proper nouns  


Writing: In lieu of writing this week, the students took the District assessment called The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test).  Results will be sent home late November. Click the following link to learn more about the test.


https://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/programs/gifted_talented/g_t_identification___assessments/cog_a_t


Core Knowledge Social Studies: We concluded our study of Ancient China and India and began learning about the Ancient Civilization of Greece.  The students had a brief introduction on Wednesday then learned about Mount Olympus on Thursday and Friday.


RAK/Core Virtue:  The students listened to the story, “Stellaluna” and discussed how the main character (a bat) showed diligence in the story even though she was different from her brothers and sisters.


S.T.E.M.: The S.T.E.M. project this week was related to the story, “Stellaluna.”  The children showed diligence when they experimented with flying a paper bat with different amounts of weight attached.  The challenge was to fly your bat the farthest distance.


Have a wonderful Weekend :)

 


Week of 10-7-19 In the News:


- Scholastic Book orders are due Oct. 18th


- Butterfly Pavilion-Thank you to all our volunteers who joined us for the field trip! 


- Thank you for attending Parent/Teacher conferences this week!  If you were unable to make it, please contact us and we can figure out a time to meet :)  



-Asia Day Oct. 15th- We will be celebrating the end of our Ancient Asia Civilizations with a party!  Children may dress up in Asian attire. If you can help in any way, please see the 2nd grade Sign Up Genius. 


- Fall Party- Our Fall party will be on Oct. 31st from 10:15-11:30.  Stay tuned for details.


- As always we APPRECIATE all of you that help in the classroom :)


Academics:


Math:  Math centers/games


Literacy: Review week


Writing: The second graders wrote a thank you letter to Evergreen Fire for their presentation/truck visit on Tuesday


Core Knowledge Social Studies: This week we continued our study of “Early Ancient Civilizations.  The students listened to the Chinese folktale, “The Magic Paintbrush”.  The students also learned about The Silk Road as well as the Great Wall of China.  In addition to our in-class studies of China, the students participated in their first MakerSpace activity with our Tech teacher, Mr. Dunbar.  The students had to work in teams to construct a portion of the Great Wall of China out of just cardboard and plastic screws. The kids worked together in groups and had a blast!


Thank you to Mrs. Cipielewski for teaching the children about Ancient Asia last week and showing pictures/items from when Shaadhu and her lived and traveled in Asia!



Week of 9/30-10/4


In the News:

-Field Trip Monday to the Butterfly Pavilion- Please have your child wear their red rmae logo uniform shirt, bring a sack lunch and a disposable water bottle. Let us know if you have any questions :)


-If you told us you wanted to be a chaperone, plan to meet us at the Butterfly Pavilion between 9:45-10:00.  The cost of an adult admission is $13. You will have a short break from 11:30-12:15 while the students are in a class with us. 


-Parent/Teacher conferences are going on during the next 2 weeks.  Please visit your class google doc and look for the tab at the bottom labeled “Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences.”  



-Book Fair will be Oct. 8th-10th.  2nd grade will be previewing the books on Monday afternoon.


-Asia Day Oct. 15th- We will be celebrating the end of our Ancient Asia Civilizations with a party!  Children may dress up in Asian attire. Other details will be shared soon :) 

  

Once again, we wanted to share how thankful we are of your generosity through the Apple Giving this year! 



Math: We finished Chapter 2: Numbers to 1,000 with an assessment on Thursday. 


Literacy: We read a story called, “Tara and Tiree,” focused on Narrative Nonfiction; Comprehension skill- Sequence, and practiced r-Controlled ar,or and ore for the phonics skills.


Grammar: Nouns


Writing: The second graders finished their “How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich” writing project.  


Core Knowledge Social Studies: This week we continued our study of “Early Ancient Civilizations.  In India, we learned about Diwali, Buddhists and Buddhism. We also started learning about China, specifically the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers and their form of writing...calligraphy. 

 

S.T.E.M.: No S.T.E.M due to field day :)



Week of 9/23-9/27

Math: We continued Chapter 2: Numbers to 1,000.  Students do have math homework.  


Literacy: We read a play called, “The Strongest One,” focused on Realism and Fantasy for the comprehension skill, and practiced consonant digraphs for the phonics skill.

Grammar: Commands and Exclamations


Writing: The second graders finished writing letters to someone of their choice this week.  They began their “How to…” writing project. They have been writing about how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


Core Knowledge Social Studies: This week we began our study of “Early Ancient Civilizations.  We will be digging into the countries of India and China. The students will learn how these civilizations were both able to form because of mighty rivers, what they farmed, how cities/governments were formed as well as other practices such as writing and religion.


S.T.E.M.: The kids had a blast this week during their S.T.E.M. challenge!  They had to make a paper shoe out of newspaper and tape!


Other: 

-If you ordered Scholastic Books, the order has been placed and books will be delivered to the school.  We will send them home when they come in :)


-Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up on Wednesday, Oct. 9th and Thursday, Oct. 10th.  Please visit your classes google doc and look for the tab at the bottom labeled “Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Let us know if you have any questions :)


-Chaperones!!!!  Come one come all to the Butterfly Pavilion on Monday, October 7th.  If you would like to be a chaperone (you would be responsible for a small group of kids) please let us know.  Plan to meet us at the Butterfly Pavilion between 9:45-10:00.  The cost of an adult admission is $13. You will have a short break from 11:30-12:15 while the students are in a class with us. 


Have a wonderful weekend :)  



Newsletter for the Week of 9/16-9/19

Math: Chapter 2: Numbers to 1,000.  Students do have math homework that was sent home yesterday.  


Literacy: We read a nonfiction story called, “A Walk in the Desert,” focused on Main Idea and Details for the comprehension skill, and practiced spelling changes when adding inflected endings (-s, -ing, and -ed).


Grammar: Statements and Questions


Writing: The second graders wrote letters to someone of their choice this week.  They wrote about what they have been learning about and doing so far this year in second grade.


Core Knowledge Social Studies: This week we studied “The Americas” including The West Indies, Central America, and South America.  The kids watched short educational videos about the different places and labeled countries and landmarks on marks of the regions.  


S.T.E.M.: The kids had a blast last week during their S.T.E.M. challenge!  They worked in groups of 2 to save Fred. Fred was a gummy worm who fell out of his boat!  Their challenge was to get Fred back into his life preserver (a peach gummy ring) by only using a paperclip.   


Other: 

-Mrs. Best is looking for more parent volunteers to help out with Field Day!  The date has been changed to Friday, October 4th. Field Day is a super fun day made possible with the help of all of you! Click the link below to sign up:


 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080949acad2ea5f49-wacky  


-Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up next month.  A sign-up sheet will be sent out soon.


-We will be visiting the Butterfly Pavilion on Monday, October 7th to enhance our Life Cycles and Insects unit that we will be studying this year.



Newsletter for the Week of 9/9/19- 9/13/19

Math:  We completed Chapter 1: Number Concepts and took our assessment.


Literacy: We read “Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night” and reviewed how to read consonant blends in words.  We also learned about synonyms, character and setting, and reviewed long vowel sounds. Children also completed their first “Fresh Read.”  “Fresh Reads” are short stories that students read while being timed for a minute. After they finish reading the story, they answer questions about the story.  The goal of “Fresh Reads” is to improve fluency and comprehension. We encourage you to have your child practice reading the same stories at home with you. Challenge them to improve their WPM (words per minute) while still reading with accuracy, inflection, and a proper pace.


Grammar/Writing: The second graders learned about predicates and practiced identifying them in sentences.  They also finished editing their space stories and wrote their final drafts.  


Core Knowledge Social Studies: We continued to learn about geography.  We finished our “All About Maps” books, practiced using Atlases to look up information with partners, reviewed landforms taught in first grade and learned about new ones.  


Core Virtues/RAK: This week we visited the school library for the first time.  While we were there we read a book called, “Interrupting Chicken.”  We discussed that that interrupting is not showing respect to others.  While we were in the library, we also discussed library expectations and had a chance to look around.


Other: 

-Scholastic Book Orders are due September 25th. 

-There is no school for children next Friday, September 20th due to a Teacher In-Service Day.

-A Google Doc Sign-Up for parent/teacher conferences will be sent out soon.

-We will be visiting the Butterfly Pavilion on Monday, October 7th to enhance our Life Cycles and Insects unit that we will be studying this year.

-The Fire Department will be visiting RMAE on Tuesday, October 8th for Fire Safety Week.

-Field Day is on Wednesday, October 9th. 



Newsletter for the of Week of 9/3/19- 9/6/19

Math: This week we continued Chapter 1: Number Concepts and focused on expanded form, different ways to write numbers and different names for numbers.


Literacy: We read a nonfiction piece called, “Exploring Space,” reviewed long vowel sounds and syllable patterns, and discussed the main idea and details as our comprehension strategy for the week.  


Grammar/Writing: In grammar we learned about what the subject of a sentence is.  During our writing block, we introduced the writing process, starting with a “Bubble Map” to organize our ideas.  The topic was “If I were an astronaut, what would I bring into space with me?” After creating a bubble map of our ideas we started writing a rough draft.


Core Knowledge Social Studies: Maps and Globes-The second graders learned that maps and globes are convenient ways to show location and some of the human and physical characteristics of our planet.  We reviewed our continents, oceans, map keys and compass rose.   


Core Virtues/R.A.K.: The students participated in a “Ripples of Kindness” activity.  They learned basic ways to show kindness and respect in the classroom and learning environment. The students listened to the story “​Each Kindness”​ by Jacqueline Woodson. It was about a girl’s choices and how they  impacted another girl in her class. As they listened, they were asked to pay careful attention to the choices that were made and to the acts of kindness and  respect (or disrespect). We then talked about how the choices the girls made impacted the new student. The extension activity was called the “Kindness Pond.” Each student took a small stone and shared something kind they had done that day or recently. Then they dropped the stone in the water to demonstrate the ripple effect of their kind act.

S.T.E.M.: No S.T.E.M this week


Other: 

  • Scholastic Book orders are due Sept. 25.  Ordering is simple! Just go to scholastic.com/bookclubs then enter the class code.  If you are new to Scholastic, you can sign up for a free!

         Class Codes: Grose- HFKGL or Scheid Q8HYX


  • Thank you to everyone who attended Back to School Night!  Please let us know if you have any additional questions. If you were unable to make it, information given out will be in your child’s Friday Folder. 


  • Starting next week, we will be sending home a reading log activity, a spelling list and spelling practice ideas in a red folder.  The folders will be sent home on Mondays and due back on Fridays, Spelling tests will be given on Fridays.

  • RMAE will be having a Spelling Bee Thursday Oct. 10th.  A list of words is in your child’s Friday Folder. We will be having a pretest using the ten highlighted words on Monday.  The top spellers from each grade will participate in the Spelling Bee. 


Newsletter for the Week of 8/26- 8/30

Math: This week we started Chapter 1: Number Concepts and focused on even/odd numbers and place value. 


Literacy: We read a realistic story called, “Iris and Walter,” reviewed short vowel sounds and syllable patterns, and discussed main idea and details as our comprehension strategy for the week.  


Grammar/Writing: We reviewed how to write a correct sentence, reflected and wrote about the upcoming school year, and wrote and designed a pennant about ourselves.


Core Knowledge: The second graders learned the story components of tall tales (fiction folktale, exaggerations, larger than life characters, amazing childhoods, many took place on the Frontier) and listened to several famous examples.  


Core Virtues/R.A.K.: We listened to the story “Enemy Pie.”  We also used 2 apples to represent what happens to people when they are bullied.  The children took turns saying kind words to one apple and means words to a different apple.  When we cut open the apples, the children saw that one apple was bruised from the mean comments and one apple was not bruised on the inside. The apples served as a visual and reminder that more and more hurt and damage happens if nobody does anything to stop bullying.  


S.T.E.M.:

The children had a blast working in small groups using apples and other materials to build an Apple Annihilator!  The goal was to build a “wrecking ball” that could knock over some markers .


Other: 

-Back to School Night is on Wednesday, September 4th.  We hope to see you all there!  

-Picture Day is Thursday, September 5th. 




Newsletter for the week of Aug. 19th

Dear Parents,

 What a great first week!  I feel very special to have each and every one of your kids in my class!  They are an amazing group of kids and it makes this year really exciting for me.

 

This week we got to know each other as well as learn and practice our classroom expectations.  We took the beginning of the year writing sample, Dibels Reading Assessment, NWEA MAP math, and the beginning of the year Go Math assessment. Test results will be used for differentiation grouping in the classroom and  shared during October Parent/Teacher conferences. In addition to this, we discussed our Core Virtues (Respect and Responsibility) and how to be a good friend, played some team building games, played math games, and read a few fairy tales from Core Knowledge. 

 

Next week we will:

*Begin sending homework (math is due back the next day, reading logs are sent home on Mondays and due back on Fridays)

* Ease into our Literacy Centers

*Start math

DRA Reading Assessment for some students 

NWEA Reading Assessments. (Wednesday- Scheid, Thursday-Grose)

*Continue to read Core Knowledge fairy tales and tall tales

 

See you all at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 3rd!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!



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