Mrs. Hughes' 2nd Grade Classroom Website

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Mrs. Hughes' Daily Classroom Schedule

*KYFFIN LIBRARY BOOK CHECKOUT: Wednesday, 11:00-11:30 - Please bring Kyffin Library books to school every Friday.

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September 14, 2018

Well, we finally made it to the end of our first 5-day week. This initial one always seems long but it is great to finally be getting into our regular routines. I am afraid I had a very busy week outside of school as well and was not able to finish reviewing all of the students' work. I will send their papers for the week home on Monday instead. Look for them in their Homework Binders.

I have had a few emails from parents regarding busy nights when their child was not able to complete their homework. I appreciate the communication and am here to support your child. I want to reiterate the message at Curriculum Night and the email that followed. If you need to modify or skip the homework due to a busy schedule, family time, or illness, please do what is best for your child and your family. Reading is the most important homework activity you can do with your child (and often the most enjoyable). Please encourage reading every night whether it is your student reading to themselves or another person, an adult reading to them, or a combination of these. Beginning Monday, students need only complete the front of their math homework sheet, and again it can be modified if taking too long to only include every other problem. Spend 15-20 minutes on the math sheet. If your child wants to spend a longer amount of time and also work the problems on the back of the sheet, they are welcome to have additional practice. The timed math fact test is 1-2 minutes and Fundations dictation should take 5 minutes. In general, students will spend 25-30 minutes per night, Monday-Thursday, on homework plus their reading.

A reminder that we have two changes to our schedule next week:

1. September 20, Fall Follies, 8:30-11:00 am. Please send your child to school in clothes they can move in comfortably, dressed for the weather, with a water bottle, a hat, and wearing sunscreen. You are welcome to come and join us. The kids love to have their families and friends cheering them on.

2. September 21, Early Release Day, Dismissal at 12:25. Students will eat lunch at school and buses will be running their normal routes after school, just a little earlier.

I hope your weekend is rejuvenating and full of family fun!

August 28

LIBRARY DAY IS WEDNESDAY! Please help your child pack their books and return them to school tomorrow so they can check out new books. Thank you.

Today, students brought home their completed Homework Binders. The binders should go back and forth between home and school daily during the school week. Homework Binders will be collected every Friday and returned to students on Monday. If your child reads over the weekend, please keep track of the minutes and add them to their log on Monday. Thank you in advance for keeping the Teacher Homework Recording Sheet and the Daily Reading Log at the front of the binder for easy access. I want to point out a few highlights in the binder:

1. Teacher Homework Recording Sheet – I will record the daily math homework and the reading minutes for the week on this sheet. After I record your child’s progress, please initial in the Parent Signature column.

2. Literacy

o Daily Reading Log – To meet the reading target for “at home” reading, students read for 20 minutes, five days a week. They can read independently, with someone, or be read to by someone. Students also record the date, title, and minutes read on the Reading Log. Please make sure they spell the titles and use capital letters correctly by copying from the book cover. Reading Logs will be checked each Friday so please keep all pages in the Homework Binder.

o Challenging Questions to Ask About ReadingNarrative/Fiction (Front), Informational/Non-Fiction (Back) – It is important for readers to talk about the text they are reading to check for and improve comprehension. Please take the time a few times a week to have a conversation with your child about what they are reading. This page can be a resource to help get that conversation off the ground!

o Fundations Orientation Pages – These pages are meant to be a home resource for you and your child as we begin Fundations. Pages will be added as we progress through the year with this systemic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics. Please take the time to read through the background information. You will be your child’s home coach as we partner in this program.

o Fundations Unit Homework – The Family Letter explains the phonics principles that are being highlighted in that unit. There is also nightly dictation homework, Monday-Thursday, to help reinforce the classroom lessons and apply the principles to writing. Many of the unit are multiple weeks in length so the dictation homework will be labeled Week 1, Week 2, etc.

o Fundations Writing Paper – This is an example of the handwriting paper we will be using to work on students’ letter formation. Your child can tell you about the four different lines and give examples of which lines different letters touch. They should write their dictation on this paper. A new sheet will be included for each week of the unit.

3. Math

o Minute Math Fact – First Test on 9/7 – The first two weeks of Minute Math Fact tests are addition facts with ones and twos. Since most students are proficient with these facts, there are two tests per week instead of one. The practice tests for the first week will be added to the binder on Friday. There is a page for each test, 4 identical practice tests per page. Take them out of the binder, cut them up, and have your child practice Monday –Thursday. Practice tests do not need to be turned in at school. The timed test will be on Fridays in class. Students have one minute to complete the 36 facts.

o Ways to Solve – Math Resource – This math resource sheet shows a variety of strategies to solve math problems. Your child will learn and practice all of the methods over the course of the year. They will then have the background knowledge to choose which strategy works best for them and any given problem.

o Daily Math Homework – Beginning today, there will be a sheet of math homework daily, Monday – Thursday, in the front pocket of the Homework Binder. I encourage your child to do this homework each day and return it to school the next day, but also understand that there are nights when family schedules can get crazy. If it is not possible to complete the homework on the day it is assigned, it can be turned in later than the next day, with all homework due on the Friday of that week.

Thank you for your support with your child’s homework. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.

August 23, 2018

Kyffin Library Day - Our class visited the Kyffin library for the first time yesterday. Our weekly visit will always be on Wednesday. Students are allowed to check out two books per week, may keep books for two weeks if they are not finished with them in one week, and may renew a book one time after two weeks. Every Wednesday morning, please gather up your child's library books and place them in their backpack. We turn in our books at 8:15 am and then go to the library 11:00-11:30 for check out. After we return to class, students may buddy read with their books, then they pack them in their backpacks. Since we have plenty of books in our classroom library, I ask that the Kyffin library books stay at home until the next Wednesday. Then we do not have any mix-ups and frantic adults tearing apart their house or my classroom trying to find missing library books. :)

Curriculum Night- Thank you for joining us tonight for the highlights of the year for the Kyffin community and for your child's classroom. If you were unable to attend, our second grade presentation is posted on my website under "Parent Communication". If you are interested in volunteering to be a co-room parent, ELF coordinator or volunteer, yearbook photographer for our class’ events, or to help with Friday Folders, please email me. Your time is greatly appreciated.

Flex Days - I am looking forward to spending one-on-one time with your child. You should have received a reminder from Sign-Up Genius about your appointment time on Friday, August 24, or will receive one on Sunday for a Monday, August 27, appointment. Please have your child come to our classroom. You are welcome to wait in the hall or come back to pick up your student in 30 minutes.

Substitute Teacher - I am attending professional development with other members of the staff on Tuesday, August 28, and Wednesday, August 29. My substitute teacher will be Mary Fuller, a retired Kyffin teacher and frequent substitute at our school. Your child may remember Mrs. Fuller from their first grade year.

Thank you for your partnership in your child’s education and enjoy your 3-day weekend!

August 17, 2018

There are several changes to our past routines that all of the staff and students have been working on to "iron out the kinks" this week. Please read the information below and if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I appreciate your feedback.

  • Snacks: We have moved our snack time to the morning this year due to a later lunch. Please pack a snack for your child that is easily eaten in the classroom and nourishing to their brains and bodies. We have about 12 minutes to eat. Snacks also needs to be packed separately from their lunch boxes. Our lunch tote goes to the cafeteria early in the day and I cannot let students go down to the cafeteria to retrieve a snack. Keep sending in those refillable water bottles. They keep everyone hydrated especially in the heat.
  • Lunch: Along with the new MealPay system, student lunch accounts are now accessed with their student ID number, not their name. To help this process run smoothly students need to memorize their student ID numbers. If needed, we will be providing support to students this first week. In the meantime, could you please practice with your child and help them memorize their number. Your support is greatly appreciated.
  • Dismissal: Our daily schedule reflected a change to the time second graders participate in Art, Music, and PE. They are now dismissed for the day from their AMP class. Bus students will still go to their classroom meeting place to be supervised while loading the buses. SAE students will go to the cafeteria and once under way, students in after school enrichment clubs or classes will go to the appropriate rooms. All other students will exit through the front doors of the school. They will then proceed to the "Hug and Go" area, walk home, or meet their adult. If you meet your child on the school grounds, please establish a meeting place or wait by the front doors. Students will no longer be exiting from their outside classroom doors.
  • Friday Folders: Friday Folders will be sent home every Friday with rare exceptions. When there is an change in our routine, I will let you know. Today is the first of those exceptions! There was no new information to send home so folders stayed at school this weekend. If your child's folder is at home, please finish filling out the forms distributed at our supply drop-off and send it to school on Monday.

I am excited to start sharing our "Me Bags" on Monday. It is always so exciting to students to share special items and activities with their friends and I enjoy learning more about their families and interests outside of school. Have a wonderful weekend!

August 16, 2018

What a great first day of school! Your children worked hard to label all of their supplies and organize their desks. They also met our principal, Mr. Havens, and classroom para-professional, Miss Sarah, reviewed their PRRS in the hallway and on the playground, and read several books about adventures on the first day of school. Most of all, we had fun as we began to build our classroom community by getting reacquainted with familiar faces and welcoming new students!

Tomorrow is everyone's chance to party with our Kyffin community! Please join us on Friday, August 17, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, for our Kyffin Kick-Off, a PTA sponsored event for the whole family! We'll have a bounce house, music, and fun to welcome everyone back for another great year at Kyffin. Bring your own dinner, or take it easy and order a $5.00 pizza meal. The event will take place at Kyffin rain or shine! Please bring the whole family and reconnect with classmates as well as meeting new friends!

I also have a few "nuts and bolts" reminders (disregard if you have already completed the following tasks).

*Send your child’s Friday Folder to school tomorrow. I will send it back home again with any new information. For the rest of the year, Friday Folders are sent home on Friday and returned to school the following Monday.

*Please return the following forms handed out at our Classroom Meet and Greet:

1. Emergency Contact Information

2. Parent 3-2-1

3. Reading Contract

*Please help your child gather 5 items for their "Me Bag" and have them bring the bag on Monday. We will each share 1 item a day as we continue to build our classroom community. These items represent important people, places, and things to your child. Please do not send in items that are valuable or extremely breakable.

*Curriculum Night is next Thursday, August 23, 5:30-7:30 pm. Parents will meet in the gym and then move to their students' classroom presentations. Two identical presentations will be given to allow parents with two or more children at Kyffin to attend a presentation for each child. Our 2nd grade presentation will be in Mrs. Franey's classroom. Her room is right around the corner from our classroom. I hope to see everyone there.

*Lastly, Flex Days are right around the corner on Friday, August 24, and Monday, August 27. These two days are used to meet with each student individually. Students will complete the beginning of the year literacy assessments. This information is then used to guide my reading instruction for your student. Please choose one appointment time on Friday OR Monday by clicking on the "Sign Up" link above. School hours are modified so that students only come to school during the time period of their assessment. If your child has a Grades 4-5 sibling, they will be MAP testing on Friday.

Thank you all for attending our "Meet and Greet" yesterday. It was a pleasure to meet you and begin our partnership as we collaborate to design the best learning experience for your children. They are an amazing group of students!