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Second-Grade Newsletter

 

January 3, 2012

Dear Families,

 

     Welcome back from Christmas break.  I hope yours was a safe and relaxing one!  I want to thank all of the second-graders and their families for the generous Meijer gift card that I received at the Christmas party.  With the gift card I will be able to purchase many fun and useful items for our classroom.  Thank you!

 

Special Dates

·         Tuesday, January 3, 2012—December Book-It Calendars due

·         Friday, January 6, 2012—Progress Reports come home

·         Thursday, January 26, 2012—Variety Show

·         Friday, January 27, 2012—Half Day: Dismiss at 11:15 a.m.

Next Week

 

     Reading: Fiesta!; asking questions before, during, and after reading; plural

     nouns with –es; using context clues to identify word meanings

     Writing: Personal Narrative: Getting Along: What Happens When We

     Disagree?  Using story elements—characters, setting, a problem and solution,

     sequential events, and illustrations

     Spelling: Final Double Consonants (ll, dd, or ss)

     Bible: Jesus Begins His Ministry—Jesus calls his disciples; Sermon on the

     Mount—Loving Enemies and Acts of Righteousness

     Math: Fact Families; Using Addition to Check Subtraction

     Science: Light and Color: Light Sources

 

Homework

 

     Tuesday: Share with your family what your favorite part of Christmas break

     was.  You may use what you wrote in class to help you.  Write your spelling

     words two times.  Did you get them all right?  Try some of the challenge

     words.

     Wednesday: Look up your memory work in the Bible.  It is Matthew 5:43-44. 

     Read through both verses.  Then read verse 43 a few times until you

     can say it without looking.  Read for 15 minutes.

     Thursday: Write your spelling words two times with your favorite writing utensil. 

     If you have the numbers 8, 9, and 17, what four number sentences are in that

     fact family? (Parent answer key: 8+9=17, 9+8=17, 17-8=9, 17-9=8).

     Friday: Practice your memory work for ten minutes.  Read for ten minutes.

 

 

 

Spelling Words

1.      ball                             Challenge Words

2.      add                            (Not required, but fun to know)

3.      miss                             1. celebrate

4.      all                                2. festival

5.      dress                           3. important

6.      fall                               4. fiesta

7.      less

8.      call

9.      pass

10.  glass

 

Bible Memory Work

 

I will have students recite this memory work for me in two weeks.  We will focus on the words in bold this week.

 

Matthew 5:43-44

 

“ You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

 

Contact Information

 

     Home Phone: (616) 607-2014            Email: swood@grandhavenchristian.org

 

 

               Sincerely,

 

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Second-Grade Newsletter

 

October 7, 2011

Dear Families,

    

     We had our first meeting of “family groups” today in which our second-graders had the opportunity to work with and get to know students across grade levels in a small group setting.  Students also participated in Walk by Faith today. 

 

Important Notes

·         School picture proofs went home yesterday, Thursday.  Orders and proofs are due back to school by Wednesday, October 12.  The order form states they are due Thursday, but since we do not have school, we have moved up the date.

·         A Book-It calendar is attached to this newsletter.  If students reach their goal of reading 100 minutes in October, then they will receive a certificate for a personal pan pizza.  You or your student may write the number of minutes read on each date and then return the calendar signed by November 1.  You may estimate how much your student read for this first week of October and include it in the number of minutes read.  The minutes students read for homework may be part of their Book-It minutes as well.

·         Our students created invitations for their pastors for GHCS’s Pastor’s Breakfast on October 12.

Special Dates

     Wednesday, October 12—Pastor’s Breakfast at GHCS library

     Wednesday, October 12—School picture orders and proofs due

     Thursday, October 13—No School

     Friday, October 14—No School

 

Next Week

     Reading: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew, sequencing, antonyms, asking questions,  

     ai vowel team

     Writing: Poetry

     Spelling: Review of Lessons 1-4

     Bible: Old Testament Overview: Creation and the Fall

     Math: Ways to make numbers, writing number sentences,

     Social Studies: Using a map grid, landform maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

     Monday: Practice your memory work for 10 minutes.  Read for 10 minutes.

     Tuesday: If your house has shaving cream, spray a little onto an adult-

     approved surface, like a plate, spread it out, and then write your spelling

     words into the shaving cream with your finger.  If no shaving cream is

     available, try sand or just pencil and paper.

     Wednesday: Write down all the different ways you can make 7 by adding.

     Here’s one to get you started: 0+7=7.  Read for 10 minutes.

 

Spelling Words

     (Assessed on Wednesday, October 12)

     Review of Lessons 1-4

1.      bad                            11. job

2.      dad                            12. lot                                                            

3.      had                            13. mom                              

4.      mad                           14. stop                                

5.      leg                               15. top

6.      men

7.      wet

8.       sit

9.      six

10.  win

Bible Memory Work

     We will be learning these verses over the next three weeks.  The words in bold are those that I would like students to practice this week.

 

Psalm 105:1-6

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him;

Tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory to his holy name;

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

 

Look to the Lord and his strength;

Seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done;

His miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

O descendants of Abraham his servant,

O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

 

Contact Information

     Home Phone: (616) 607-2014            Email: swood@grandhavenchristian.org

               Sincerely,

        Mrs. Wood

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Second-Grade Newsletter

September 30, 2011

Dear Families,

How fun to see learning literally come alive on our “Plants on the Move” field trip this week to the DeGraff Nature Center in Holland. Students learned not only about the parts of a plant but also explored the different ways plants spread their seeds. Perhaps you and your student might find a “floater,” a “hitchhiker,” or even a tastefully named “plopper” on your next hike outside!

Important Notes

· A big thank you goes to our field trip drivers. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Special Dates

Friday, October 7—Walk by Faith at 1:00 p.m.

Next Week

Reading: I Have a Sister—My Sister is Deaf, summarizing, statement vs.

question, how punctuation affects reading, vowel a in open syllables

Writing: Poetry; letter-writing

Spelling: Words with short o

Bible: How Do We Live a Christian Life?: The Book of James

Math: Addition stories, Addition strategies--counting on, turnaround facts

Science: What do living things need to live?

Homework

Monday: Practice your memory work for 10 minutes. Write your spelling

words twice.

Tuesday: Write a letter to someone in your family. Remember your greeting,

body, and closing.

Wednesday: Practice your memory work for 10 minutes. Read for 10 minutes.

Thursday: Write your spelling words once. Read for 15 minutes.

Friday: Write down any five sets of addition turnaround facts you want. (For

example, 4+5=9 and 5+4=9 counts as one set of turnaround facts.)

Spelling Words

(Assessed on Friday, October 7)

1. top Challenge Words

2. lot (not required but fun to know)

3. mom 1. listen

4. doll 2. sound

5. rock 3. touch

6. box 4. gentle

7. stop

8. pond

9. job

10. fox

Bible Memory Work

I will have students say these verses for me by the end of this week. The words in bold are those that I would like students to practice this week.

James 1:19-20

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

Contact Information

Home Phone: (616) 607-2014

Email: swood@grandhavenchristian.org

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wood 

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Second-Grade Newsletter

 

September 23, 2011

Dear Families,

    

     As we dove into the beginning of our poetry unit this week, I loved seeing how creative the students are.  They have so many gifts to offer this school and the world around them.  I’m looking forward to another week of seeing students shine!

 

Important Notes

·         For our Nature Center field trip on Thursday, September 29:

o   We need a few more permission slips and $2.50 turned in

o   Booster seats (unless 8 years old or 4’9” with signed note)

o   Cold lunch

o   Parent drivers: Kim Baker, Sherry Boeve, Mark Demerest, Tami Kingma, Jeanne VanderVeer—Thank you all!

o   If you would like to drive, we could use one more driver.  Send a note, email, or call by Tuesday

o   Departure: 8:50 a.m.; Arrival Back to School: 11:30 a.m.

Special Dates

 

     Thursday, September 29—Nature Center Field Trip in Holland

 

Next Week

     Reading: Arthur’s Pet Business, beginning middle, end, alphabetical order, 

     fiction vs. nonfiction, short and long a

     Writing: Poetry

     Spelling: Words with short i

     Bible: How Do We Live a Christian Life?: The Book of James

     Math: Bar graphs, addition stories and strategies

     Science: Plant parts

 

Homework

     Monday: Write your spelling words twice with your favorite crayon or colored

     pencil.  Count by 2s and 5s to 50.

     Tuesday: Practice your memory work for 10 minutes.  Read for ten minutes.

     Wednesday: Draw a picture of a plant that has roots, a stem, and leaves. 

     Show someone where these parts are and tell what they do.

     Thursday:  Pour out (a little!) bit of cereal, or anything that has pieces, and

     make tally marks for each piece that you count.  Remember to “close the

     gate!”

     Friday:  Practice your memory work for 10 minutes.  Read for 10 minutes.

 

Spelling Words

     (Assessed on Friday, September 30)

1.      pin                                                                              Challenge Words

2.      sit                                                                                 (not required but fun to know)

3.      if                                                                                  1. dollar

4.      fix                                                                                2. earn

5.      hid                                                                              3. phone

6.      him                                                                             4. work

7.      hill

8.      six

9.      win

10.  bit

Bible Memory Work

     We will learn this memory work over two weeks.  The words in bold are those that I would like students to practice this week.

 

James 1:19-20

 

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

Contact Information

     Home Phone: (616) 607-2014

     Email: swood@grandhavenchristian.org

              

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wood

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Second-Grade Newsletter

September 15, 2011

 

Dear Families,

     Thank you for your continued support as we finish up our second week of school!  I am enjoying greatly getting to know your students as individuals and as members of a classroom community.

 

Important Notes

·         On Thursday, September 29, both second-grade classes will be heading to the DeGraff Nature Center in Holland for our first field trip, entitled “Plants on the Move,” to complement what we will be learning about plants in school.  I have attached a permission slip that will enable your child to go with us.  The cost of the trip is $2.50 per student.  You may make checks out to GHCS.  Michigan’s law requires children ages 7 and under who are less than 4’9” to be in a booster seat in the car.  Therefore, unless your child is 8 or I have a signed slip from the family that the child is over 4’ 9”, students must bring their booster seats with them the day of the field trip to be able to go.  Students will also need to bring a cold lunch that day since our return to school just misses hot lunch time.  We are in need of parent drivers for this trip.  If you are available to drive—we will leave school at 9:00 a.m. and be back by 11:30—please indicate so on the permission slip.

·         On your student’s birthday (or half birthday for summer birthdays), he or she may bring in a treat to share with the class.  In most cases, we will have students share the treat right before we go home.  Classic birthday treats are just fine (and we will certainly enjoy them!) but I encourage you to consider healthier options too, such as pretzels dipped in chocolate, stickers, or a fun pencil.

Special Dates

·         Friday, September 16—No School

·         Tuesday, September 20—Parent Night   7:15—7:45 p.m. or 8:00—8:30 p.m.

·         Wednesday, September 21—Field Trip Permission Slips Due

·         Thursday, September 22—School Pictures

·         Friday, September 23—Book Order Due

Next Week

     Reading: Matthew and Tilly, antonyms, “telling part” of a sentence, context

     clues, sequence

     Writing: Sentence fluency

     Spelling: Words with short e

     Bible: Prayer

     Math: Bar graphs and pictographs

     Science: Living and nonliving things, plant parts

 

 

Homework

     Monday: Practice your memory work for 10 minutes.  Skip count by 2s to 30. 

     Write down your counts.

     Tuesday: “Rainbow write” your spelling words in three different colors.  Read

     for ten minutes.

     Wednesday: Complete math practice sheet on pictographs.   

     Thursday:  Find 5 things around your house that are living (or once living)and

     5 that are nonliving.  Read for 10 minutes.

     Friday:  Write for 15 minutes and then share your writing with your family.  Use  

     expression!

Spelling Words

     (Assessed on Friday, September 23)

1.      bet

2.      men

3.      egg

4.      yes

5.      ten

6.      mess

7.      wet

8.      leg

9.      set

10.  yet

Bible Memory Work

     By the end of next week, I will ask students to say the Lord’s Prayer for me.  They may certainly say the translation that your family uses at home.

 

Matthew 6: 9-13 (and final line found in some Bible manuscripts)

 

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.

For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”

Contact Information

     Home Phone: (616) 607-2014                  Email: swood@grandhavenchristian.org

               Sincerely,

                                 Mrs. Wood
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Second-Grade Newsletter

September 9, 2011

Dear Families,

     We have completed our first week of school!  My compliments go to your students, who have adjusted to a new routine quickly.  I feel very lucky to have this group of eager, positive, and “bucket-filling” second-graders.  You may want to ask your student how he or she “filled a bucket” today.

Important Notes

·         Thank you for sending in the gallon jugs; your student needs his or hers in by Thursday, September 15, when our class will be taking a walk off campus in relation to our school’s theme this year of “Thirsty.”  I have attached a permission slip to enable your student to take this walk with us.  I would also love to have a few parents come along.  If you are interested, you may indicate so on the permission slip, and I will call to confirm by Wednesday, September 14.

Special Dates

 

·         Wednesday, September 14—Permission slips in for “Thirsty” walk

·         Thursday, September 15—“Thirsty” walk  8:00-9:30 a.m.

·         Friday, September 16—No School

·         Tuesday, September 20--Parent Night   6:30-8:30 p.m.

Next Week

     Reading: Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat: problem/solution, naming part of the  

     sentence, asking questions, sequencing

     Writing: Sentence Variation and Fluency

     Spelling: Short a

     Bible: Prayer

     Math: More/Fewer, Skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, Bar Graphs

     Social Studies: Maps

 

Homework

     Monday: Write your spelling words 3 times.  Figure out if you have more cat-

     lovers or dog-lovers in your family and come ready to share.

     Tuesday: Practice your memory work for 10 minutes. Read for 10 minutes.

     Wednesday: Write your spelling words 3 times.   

     Thursday: Skip count by 5s from 0 to 100.  Write your counts down. Read for 10

     minutes.

 

Spelling Words

     (Assessed on Thursday, September 15 because of no school on Friday)

1.      an

2.      bad

3.      bat

4.      cat

5.      dad

6.      had

7.      mad

8.      map

9.      sad

10.  sat

Bible Memory Work

 

     In the next couple of weeks, we will be learning the Lord’s Prayer.  We will learn the first part this coming week.  If your family says a different wording than the NIV below, your student may recite your family’s wording for me.

 

Matthew 6: 9-10

 

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

Contact Information

     Home Phone: (616) 607-2014

     Email: swood@grandhavenchristian.org

 

Looking forward to a great year!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wood
 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday, August 12, 2011
Dear Families,
     Welcome to second grade!  Our class is going to learn a lot this year and have fun doing it!  In second grade, we get to explore many amazing parts of God's Creation including:
 
In Science: Terrariums, Germs, and Light
In Math: Time, Measurement, and Fractions
In Bible: Jesus' Ministry, Prayer, and the Christian Life
In Language Arts: How to Write Your Own Story and Chapter Books
In Social Studies: Maps, Our Community, and People at Work
 
    One the first day of school, your student should bring:
  • Gym shoes to keep in his or her locker (which he or she can use as inside shoes in the winter)
  • Summer reading sheets for the library, if your student participated
    I will have ready for your student at school:
  • Pencils, Crayons, Scissors, Colored Pencils, Papers, Folders, and Markers
    Note: Binders will not fit into our desks with all the other important items we'll be putting in there. :)
 
    Here are some important dates to remember:
  • Wednesday, August 31st--Ice Cream Social--6:00-8:00 p.m.
            Enjoy some ice cream, see your classroom, and meet your teacher!
  • Tuesday, September 6th--First Day of School--8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
            The learning adventure begins!
   
     Since every person is unique and wonderfully made in God's image, I look forward to learning about your special child and how to meet his or her learning needs best.  As we partner in your child's education, our communication will play a key role in your child's success.  Please feel free to contact me at any time:
                                              (616) 607-2014 or swood@grandhavenchristian.org
 
Looking Forward to Meeting You Soon,
        Mrs. Sarah Wood