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  • Weekly Update January 14, 2019

    Dear Parents,

    Our next Spelling Test will be on Friday, January 25th. It is on compound words. On January 18th there is a professional development day so there is no school.  There is no school on January 21st because it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Your child has been learning about him. Please ask your child what he or she has learned.   


    Donations are needed for the following classroom items:  Babyganics all purpose wipes or Sun & Earth all surface wipes.  We use these to clean the desks. Thank you for sending in paper towels and extra snacks.  We have enough of both.


    The students will continue to practice addition with regrouping in Topic 8 this week.  In writing the students have been adding elaborative details to their stories. The students will share their Big Bad Wolf stories with their classmates this week.  


    Posted Jan 14, 2019, 8:29 AM by Natasha Merten
  • Weekly Update January 7, 2019

    Dear Parents,

    It is hard to believe that it is January already.  The kids are off to a great start in the new year and I appreciate your continued support at home.  For classroom supplies we are in need of some extra nut-free snacks in individual packages. We only have a few left. We also need paper towels.  A new snowman bookmark Reading Log will be coming home today with your child. This log is due back to school on Friday, January 11th. We will be having Library on Wednesday.  Please remind your child to being back their library books. Two new Scholastic Book orders will come home today. If you choose to order books please return the slip and check or order online by Friday, January 11th.


    Last Thursday our Open Circle lesson was on listening skills.  We reviewed the school listening look- Keep your body calm, look at the person speaking, and ask questions and make respectful comments.  Please ask your child to try out their listening skills at home by asking a family member to tell about his or her day.


    We will start Topic 8 in Math tomorrow- Adding Two-Digit Numbers. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts at home with your child through 18.    


    Our next spelling test will be on vowel patterns o, oa, and ow words on Friday. This week our focus is on verbs with singular and plural nouns.  We will practice the following prefixes this week: dis, un, mis, pre, and re. When your child is reading to or with you the keep an eye out for words with these prefixes and discuss what the word means.  



    Posted Jan 7, 2019, 12:46 PM by Natasha Merten
  • December 10, 2018

    Dear Parents,

    We will have a spelling test on Friday, December 14th on the e, ee, ea, and y patterns.  I have started some students on a challenge spelling list this week. In order to receive the challenge spelling list the student can only get one incorrect on the spelling pretest (of course getting all correct on the pretest qualifies too).  The challenge list has been sent home today with the students who will be tested on the challenge words on Friday. The students who receive the challenge list can change weekly based on pretest results. There will not be a spelling test next week.

    I am beginning to collect the supplies for the snow person bottle craft. Please send in the materials this week.  We will be making this craft on December 17th.

    Please continue to encourage your child to return their snowman reading bookmark on Fridays.  Once your child returns their bookmark decorated based on their reading, I will give the child a bookmark. Happy Reading!


    Posted Dec 10, 2018, 10:44 AM by Natasha Merten
  • November 26, 2018 Weekly Update

    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!


    Congratulations Room 215! We filled our link chain! The students voted to have a Pajama and  Stuffed Animal Day on Thursday, November 29th. The students can bring in a stuffed animal, doll or small non electronic  toy to share in class. It must be small enough to fit in a backpack.


    The new reading log and spelling list with the ai and ay pattern came home today with your child.  The spelling test will be on Friday. The book orders are also due on Friday, November 30th. If your order contains gifts and you would rather I had you pick up the books in the office, we can arrange that too.


    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  folktales.



    Posted Nov 26, 2018, 12:48 PM by Natasha Merten
  • Weekly Update


    It is hard to believe that it is November already.  The kids have been working really hard and I appreciate your continued support at home.  Thank you for the extra snacks and wipes donations. We have enough classroom supplies and should be all set for a while. A new Leaf Reading Log will be coming home today with your child.  This log is due back to school on Tuesday November, 13th. There is no school on the Monday, November 12th (Veterans Day). The Reading Logs are usually due on Monday. There is no school tomorrow because the teachers have professional development.  We will be having Library on Wednesday. Please remind your child to being back their library books.


    Placentino Penguin Purple T-shirt Spirit Day on Friday, November 9th- Students are encouraged to wear their Placentino penguin purple t-shirt or the color purple.


    Today our Open Circle lesson was on Tattling versus Telling. It is important for the students to know that they can always talk to me about things that are important to them. We discussed examples of tattling and examples of telling.  The students were reassured that if they are not sure if they should tell me about something then they could tell me and we will discuss it together.


    We started Topic 5 in Math today Place Value to 100.  Try to find opportunities for your child to practice counting with you and asking your child which numbers are odd and which are even.    


    Our next spelling test will be on r-controlled er, ir and ur words on Friday.  Two of our amazing words are consumers and producer. We will be talking about goods and services this week and when are we consumers and producers.  Try to give your child real examples of these. We will be continuing to learn about nouns this week. This week our focus is singular and plural nouns.  We have been practicing proper and common nouns over the last few weeks.



    Posted Nov 5, 2018, 11:53 AM by Natasha Merten
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