Tales of a Second Grade Classroom Community  

"Re-meet Your Teachers"

I hope your summer vacation was both restful and exciting! This summer I only took two short weekend trips on the motorcycle, unlike my long trip to Wyoming last summer.  The majority of my time was spent with my two sons, Wyatt and Hudson.  We enjoyed camping, peaceful beach days and weekend trips to Montreal.  Two of our favorite things were the science museum and Walking with Dinosaurs!  Although we had a fabulous time, I'm ready to start the new school year and welcome back some sweet, familiar faces as well as some fresh ones.  This year is going to be amazing!
Ms. Thompson

A Few of My Favorite Things...

Favorite Color:  Green

Favorite Season: Fall

Favorite Hobbies:    Riding my Harley, gardening, snowboarding, cooking and hiking.

Favorite Food: Veggies, seafood and dessert!

Favorite Sports: Baseball and hockey

Favorite Animal: Giraffe, but nothing compares to my Golden Retriever Oliver!

Favorite Youth Books:  Marley & Me, James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte's Web

Favorite Music:   Grace Potter, Ray Lamontagne, and any 80s pop, metal or rock!

I hope that you all had a wonderful summer. I certainly enjoyed the great weather we had. Our garden kept us busy as did babysitting the grandsons which was always entertaining. We spent a week in South Freeport, Maine and thoroughly enjoyed the seafood, ocean and beautiful beaches. Now I am re-energized and ready for another year with our terrific second graders and also eager to meet some new friends as well!
Mrs. Wright

Some of my favorite things:
Authors : Cynthia Rylant (for kids) and Barbara Kingsolver
Color: blues and purples
Leisure activities : reading, gardening, walking, spinning
Music: Avett Brothers and Lumineers
Places to Visit: Maine and Ketchum, Idaho
Food: Seafood or Pizza
Team: Red Sox
Pet: our fluffy white cat Bella

Happy Birthday!
    Birthdays are very special days.  Your child's birthday will be celebrated at school (even if it's a summer birthday).  If you would like to send in a special treat for your child to share, please be sure to provide something that is nut free.  If possible, please notify us ahead of time.

Unified Arts Schedules   
Monday:            PE
Tuesday:           Library
Wednesday:      Music
Thursday:          PE
Friday:             Art
Monday:            PE
Tuesday:           Music
Wednesday:      Art
Thursday:          PE
Friday:             Library

Mystery Readers for Our Learning Community!

Parents, relatives and any other "special people" are invited to surprise the children by being a Mystery Reader in our classroom this year.  Mystery Readers send in five clues about themselves, but their true identities are not revealed until they arrive at school to read to the class.  Readers are asked to bring a picture book or to read a teacher-selected book from our classroom library.

Available dates and times will be coming soon (any Friday at 1:20).  If you would like to be a Mystery Reader, please indicate at least two dates (if possible) that you are available so that we may accommodate as many people as possible.  Signing up to be a Mystery Reader is a covert mission.  We want you to be a surprise.  When signing up to participate, please do so through email or a sealed envelope.  You will be contacted as soon as possible to confirm your date.

We're looking forward to having you share in our learning!



Welcome back! You're in second grade once again with Ms. Thompson and Mrs. Wright. If you are new to our school, we are  part of a first and second grade looping learning community! This is our second year as a two person team.. We are both highly motivated and committed to making sure our students succeed by differentiating our instruction and making learning FUN!  

We encourage parents to volunteer in our classrooms and will let you know when our routines are established and running smoothly.  We believe that as a parent, you will be your child's most important teacher.  We will be providing multiple opportunities for you to spend time with your child doing fun activities to support the learning happening in the classroom.  We will be spending a great amount of time getting to know each other.  As we learn about each other's needs and goals we look forward to having open communication throughout the school year, not just during conference times.  Our classrooms are safe places for your child to take risks, express opinions and build relationships.  We look forward to a year of strong academic growth and friendships.

If you would like to volunteer, there are a variety of ways you could help.  Volunteering could be on regular basis, for special projects or prepping materials at home.  If you are interested in teaching science, we have a program called Four Winds in which parent volunteers come into the classroom once a month to teach various science topics through puppet shows and hands on activities (all materials and training will be provided).  Please see Miss Lorna about having a background check in order to volunteer for school activities.

We're starting off learning about each other, working on establishing rules and routines and the Olweus anti-bullying program..

Our yearlong Unit of study is Habitats. We will be learning about a variety of interdependent habitats in Vermont through reading, writing, and hands on field experiences.

To help your child be prepared for their day, please remember to check the Unified Arts schedule (to return library books or to have sneakers).  We will be going outside for recess everyday unless it is below zero, so pack weather appropriate clothing daily and labels if possible. Please remember to send your child with a healthy snack everyday!  We also allow students to keep a water bottle at their seats which will be important through the warm days to stay hydrated as they may not always be able to leave to room to access the water fountains.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing another year with you and your child. 

School Sing News
Every Friday morning, students in grades K-4 gather in the cafeteria to join in celebrations, songs and announcements. Additionally, students are encouraged to donate items to a local St. Albans non-profit organization.  Our first collection will benefit the Humane Society. We will be collecting animal, cleaning and people Items from September 5th through November 7th at School Sing.  They need: dry and canned cat, kitten, dog and puppy food (Iams and Pedigree brands please), dog leashes, collars and small toys, paper towels, garbage bags, liquid laundry detergent or bleach, hand sanitizer, white printer paper, postage stamps and toilet paper. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to feel a part of the greater community and to gain further understanding about what it means to be an active citizen.  If your child would like to make a donation, please send it with them on a Friday.


Just a reminder have your children remember their sneakers for PE days which are Mondays and Thursdays!

Check out this website for class fit kids you will find different tabata workouts to do with your children! www.ClassFitKids.com

Ms. PInette

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