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posted Oct 31, 2017, 6:42 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

It was fantastic seeing you all at conferences. You have great kids and I am blessed to spend every day with them.

The hurricane force winds and power outages have certainly been a disruption to our lives. The kids are warm and safe here at school with the school wide generator. What a super thing to have during these stressful times.

We are fast approaching November and are finishing up many of our units of study at the same time. I am working on staggering the assessments so that they kids don't get overwhelmed with too many at one time.

We will be moving into the Nature Walk theme of our reading and our realistic fiction unit. We will continue to work in reading strategies of predicting/inferring, drawing conclusions, identifying cause and effect, summarizing, asking clarifying questions as we read. Just to name a few.

In science we have wrapped up states of matter and will be moving onto properties of materials. They will work in large an small groups to determine what materials work in what situations and why. 

In math we are continuing to work with word problems and reviewing and learning strategies of solving both addition and subtraction problems. Strategies include sums of ten +1 and +2 facts, and doubles

Writing we are finishing up our narrative writing and will be moving onto information writing very soon. In information writing we will be focusing on forming a hypothesis, collecting data and writing conclusions.

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posted Oct 24, 2017, 8:46 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

Upcoming Dates 

October 25th - Mismatched Sock Day - We are all different and special
November 1st -Inside out day - We all have feelings
November 8th - Red, White, and Blue Day - Eagle Pride!
November 15th- Crazy Hair, Don't Care - Be Confident!

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posted Oct 6, 2017, 9:08 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

The beginning of the year is such a whirlwind with claassroom testing, NWEAs, fire drills and routines.

Upcoming Dates 
Picture day    October 12
Book Fair      October 19

Topics we are working on....

Science 
We are learning about characteristics and states of matter and changes in matter.

Math 
We are working on strategies for addition i.e. sums of ten, plus one and plus two math facts and doubles.  We will be working on addition and subtraction story problems as well.  We have also been working on coin identification, value and adding sums of money of varying denominations. We are working on skip counting by 2, 5, 10 and for those who are ready 3 and 4. This will provide the foundation for multiplication. The  large focus of math will be explaining how they figured it out beyond writing an equation or saying I knew it. This is a challenge for them at this age and some may find it frustrating at first.

Reading
We have been working on long and short vowel rules for spelling and reading. We are reviewing blends and digraphs and diphthong.  

The genre we are working with it fantasy. Reading strategies that we are working on are summarizing, monitoring and clarifying. We are also comparing and contrasting our mentor texts and our reading group stories to make connections between them. 

Social Studies 
We are learning about rights and responsibilities of citizenship. We have been using our core values and classroom expectations as a starting point. We have spent time outlining our rights and responsibility as a member of a class. Ask your child about why they are getting their respect and responsibility tickets when they get home. When I catch them being responsible or respectful. I tell them exactly what they did when I give out the ticket. We will be adding kindness and honesty list over the next few weeks.

Writing
We are working on personal narratives. We are using mentor texts to determine what makes great narrative writing and how to stretch out those tiny topics. Talk with your kids about some of the things they are doing that they could be writing about. 

Corrected work
Our instruction is driven by the data we collect on the students in our classes. I use the classroom work to evaluate what skills each child needs to work on. Collecting data for me is beyond just recording the score on the paper or the assessment. I review the  work to identify needs and patterns for the class and the individual students. This takes time to do adequately so there may be a lag time between work being completed and when it comes home to you.

Any questions please let me know at p.currie-wright@cdsedu.org. E mail is probably the easiest way to get in touch with me. 


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posted Sep 7, 2017, 7:19 AM by Patricia Currie-Wright

Some general information about our classroom


Homework

There will be homework in second grade. Your child will be expected to read 5 nights a week for 15 to 20 minutes and complete a log in her/his own handwriting. It will be due the first day of the week each week after it starts. There will also be periodic math homework to reinforce skills. Homework is designed to develop responsibility, work ethic and reinforce skills. It will be due the following day unless indicated. There will be an occasional project throughout the year, but nothing too time consuming. Homework will go back and forth in the homework folder.

Testing

Second grade is the first year the kids start NWEA testing. It is a standardized computer based test. It typically takes about an hour. Our testing day is Mondays. It starts September 11. We spend a great deal of time talking about the fact that this is just a tool for teachers

Classroom Supplies

Your child will only need a lunch box, back pack, and two folders. All other supplies are provided. If you would like to donate a box of pencils for our Classroom Supplies that would be appreciated.

Birthdays

We celebrate birthdays in second grade. If you want to send in a treat you are welcome to do so. We celebrate with a poem about each child on her/his birthday.

Daily Folder

This will be used for daily notes to and from home, to return corrected work etc. Please check and empty daily.

Classroom Discipline

We will develop a set of classroom rules as a group that are based on CDS Core Values. From that list, we will develop a list of rewards and consequences. These will be posted in the classroom for the children to reference.

Communication

I will update my blog monthly to provide general classroom information. If you do not have internet or prefer a paper copy sent home in the daily folder, just let me know.

If there are specific behavior concerns, I will send home a note in the daily folder for any serious issues (I.e. Hurting someone else, being sent to the principal’s office.) or if there are repeated issues. The note will be written for s/he to bring to you to sign and return the next day.

I can be reached at p.currie-wright@cdsedu.org or by calling 825-3310. E mail typically is something I can reply to more readily. Some cell phones are not recognized as local by my classroom phone, which means I have to go to the office to return your call. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Dismissal

Your child cannot go anywhere other than the designated place with without a note, email or phone call from you. I often get my mom told me I was going here or there. The office gets literally hundreds of phone calls in the last twenty minutes of the day including ones from teachers to double check on those kinds of statements from the kids. If you have a change in your child’s dismissal, an email to me or a note in the folder would help reduce the number of calls and last minute changes. If your child’s dismissal changes frequently during the week, you can send a note for a week at a time. Also, if your child is dismissed the same day every week, you can send one note indicating this and then it will be put on the dismissal list.

Lunch

We launched a computer software in the cafeteria last year. Your child has a number they will give the cafeteria staff. I will give them the number on the first day. Some may even remember it from last year. Please send in lunch money in a baggy or envelope with your child’s name on it. This will ensure that your account is credited correctly. There will not be any paper tracking of the meals. They will pick a choice each day in the classroom

Snack

We will have a snack daily. The time will be determined by the schedule. Please send in a healthy snack each day.

Toys from Home

In the event of inside recess we have plenty of toys in the classroom. Please keep all toys from home at home. If your child brings something to take to daycare then s/he will need to keep in her/his backpack.

Special schedule

Monday          Computer Lab                  Mrs. Stone has most of their headphones if you are new or took

    them home they will need a pair

Tuesday              Music and Phys. Ed         please make sure to have play clothes and sneakers on PE days

Wednesday         Art

Thursday             Library                      please help your child remember her/his library book each week

                           Thinking Skills          Mr. Swett works with the whole class to solve puzzles, play games

            that stretch their thinking skills

Friday                 Guidance

                            IXL                          We work weekly on math skills using IXL website. This is a great

        thing to do at home too. If you need your child’s log in let me

           know. It does not change from year to year. 

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