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  • Weekly Update December 2nd

    Dear Parents,

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving with your family.  Our feast in the cafeteria was great. The second grade students were very polite and enjoyed their yummy feast.  I would like to thank everyone who donated a feast item or came to the feast to help out. It sure was a success! 


    The new reading log calendar will come home with your child today.  The calendar should be returned on December 19th or 20th. The directions for this new log are written on the December Reading Calendar. The spelling list with the ai and ay pattern will be on Friday. 


    we will have our first Makerspace of the year when we go to the library on December 10th.  We will start Topic 6 - Mental Addition in Math today.  


    Here are some skills that the students will be learning and practicing this week:  Locating and labeling the 7 continents, Entertaining Beginnings in writing, possessive nouns, and fairy tales.  


    Now that winter has arrived please be certain that your child has boots, snow pants, a winter coat, gloves and a hat. If the temperature and wind chill factor are acceptable we will be going out to recess.


    Posted Dec 4, 2019, 11:51 AM by Natasha Merten
  • Weekly Update-November 12th

    Dear Parents,


    Today your child listened to the story The Judgmental Flower and we discussed how everyone is different.  I reviewed how important it is to respect differences in people. Ask your child about the story and their Judgmental Free Flower.  Here are some helpful strategies you can try at home: talk openly about differences, look for teachable moments to highlight how people are just people, and practice empathy and compassion.  


    The spelling list for the controlled er,  ir, and ur words came home with your child last week on Thursday.  The test will be on Friday, November 15th. Also this Friday is a Placentino spirit day. This can be shown by wearing purple or the purple Placentino penguin shirt.  A new leaf reading log will come home with your child today. The log is due back at school next Monday.  


    In math we are almost finished with Topic 5 -Place Value to 100. Practice counting numbers in different ways at home with your child. For example- “Let’s count by 3’s starting with 9.” “What number is 10 more than 47?” 


    The students have been expressing their opinions in writing.  Their latest writing piece is about the season fall.   


    The students have been enjoying our STEM challenges.  This Friday our challenge will be to create a turkey hideout.  The vocabulary words that will be taught before the challenge are:  conceal, shelter, protect, and structure. Feel free to discuss these words at home with your child.  Thank you for sending in supplies for our STEM challenges. We do not need any new supplies for this week’s challenge.  



    Posted Nov 12, 2019, 12:39 PM by Natasha Merten
  • October 28, 2019

    It is hard to believe that it is the last week of October.  We will be going to library tomorrow. Remind your child to bring their books back to school.  The next spelling test on contractions will be on Wednesday, November 6th. We have a couple of half days coming up.   They are November 1st and November 7th. Your student will still need a snack but he or she will not need a lunch. Conferences for room 215 students begin on November 6th.  Please let me know if you need the date of your child’s conference. Also in November there is a professional development day so there is no school. That is on November 8th.


    We need some cotton ball donations for the classroom.  If you can send any into class please send them in by Friday. We started Topic 5- Place Value to 100 today.  Ask your child to compare different amounts of items at home for extra practice, Our Open Circle lesson this week will review recognizing and  naming our feelings. Try to use words at home to name how you and other family members are feeling. In Social Studies, the students will learn where the seven continents and five oceans are located.  

      

    Orange & Black Day: Thursday, October 31 is Orange & Black Spirit Day



    Posted Nov 4, 2019, 10:14 AM by Natasha Merten
  • Weekly Update

    Dear Parents,



    We started Unit 2 in Reading Street today.  The r-controlled vowel spelling test will be on Friday, October 25th.  Today your child will come home with Scholastic Book order forms.  If you decide to order books please do so online or send in a check and the slip by Friday, Oct. 25th. Remind your child to pack their library books because we have library tomorrow.   In Math from Topic 4 the students learned today that multiplication is repeated addition. We are running out of extra pre-packed nut free snacks. These are used when a student forgets to bring a snack.  Please email me if you would like to donate snacks and I will let you know if they are still needed. On Friday the students enjoyed their Pumpkin Patch STEM challenge. Ask your child what he or she named their pumpkin.  To prepare for our next STEM challenge we need donations of straws. If you are able to send any in please do so by Thursday, October 24th. 

     



    Posted Oct 21, 2019, 7:48 AM by Natasha Merten
  • Trail Update

    Dear Families,


    After carefully watching the forecast projected for the next two weeks, it does not appear as though there will be a hard frost. The safety of all of our students is always first and foremost. Without a hard frost and with the increased risk of EEE in our community, we do not feel it would be in the best interest of students to travel the trails. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to move the Native American Trail from late October until early spring of 2020. The training session for parent volunteers scheduled for this Thursday will also be postponed to a day and time closer to the new trail date.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Sincerely, 

    Mrs. Slaney and the second grade team



    Posted Oct 16, 2019, 11:34 AM by Natasha Merten
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