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A Simple Act of Courage to Change a Nation
Ruby Bridges
January Classroom News 2017

We will begin to check students' reading levels (DRA's) this week. The Winter NWEA Assessments are also coming up in the next 2 weeks. Students will be encouraged to get lots of sleep & a big breakfast to help them reach their full potential on these assessments.

Note: Second grade is being taught by three teachers this year. Your child may be in a regular classroom or in the multi-grade classroom. The teachers are Mrs. Mahanes, Mrs. Erickson, and Mrs. Rowley Second grade is a busy and exciting year! There is exciting learning going on in your child's classroom this term. We will learn about rocks and minerals, choosing "just right" books, expanding our math skills, and learning to work together productively. 

Please remember that if there is a snow day homework assignments move to the next day. We do not skip lettered days. For example, if Monday is supposed to be an A Day and we have a snow day, then Tuesday becomes A Day.   

Mathematics: Mrs. Mahanes' students are working on adding two two-digit numbers when regrouping is necessary. Don't be surprised if your child does this working from left to right rather than right to left. They are getting very good at using place value to mentally add larger numbers. If you get stuck, give me a call. Your child will continue to learn how to solve addition and subtraction problems, but now with regrouping
Mrs. Erickson's and Mrs. Rowley's classes work in 3 small flexible groups. Depending on the group, your student will be working on place-value (Unit 10), two-digit addition using mental math (Unit 6) or two-digit addition using regrouping (Unit 8). Your child took pre-assessments that showed what their strengths and areas of growth in place value, comparing numbers and problem solving. He/she will be using either computers or iPads for 30 minutes each day during math. Direct instruction in targeted smaller groups will take place the other 30 minutes of the math block. Homework assignments will vary based on your child's individual needs. If you have any new questions about the new structure of math please ask! :)

ONLINE MATH PROGRAMS
You have seen the password information about the math new web site called Dreambox to practice math skills online. The kids are enjoying the program in class and we encourage them to continue to play at home. If you have not received the www.pearsonrealize.com  login information, please contact your child's teacher. The PearsonRealize web site contains copies of the homework assigned and links to games and homework helpers. You can see the same video that your child sees at school, print out copies of the homework, play games, and use the interactive glossary to help your child with homework. We are also encouraging students to use xtramath.org to practice math facts at home. Moby Max is also available if you are interested in an alternative online math program.
 
Reading:  We are currently conducting Developmental Reading Assessments (DRAs )whose scores will appear on their next report card. When completed we will begin ELA Unit 3 on character point of view. We are continuing reading groups but your child may be moved to a different group based on their area of greatest need or his/her new DRA score. This gives each student targeted reading instruction. 
We expect that your child will read at home for 15 minutes a day. You can record the number of minutes on the daily homework log. We will track the number of minutes read each week. We also have a self-selected reading time here at school. We use this time for individual reading conferences and for teaching your child to choose appropriate books on their own. The expectation for second grade is that your child will be able to read a self-selected book independently for 30 minutes by the end of the year. 
 
Word Block :  Second graders are working on Fundation skills in leveled groups. Mrs. Erickson and Mrs. Mahanes' students were put in groups based on a placement inventory. This is one more way PES is ensuring your student is getting the instruction and supports they need throughout their day. Homework assignments are different in each group but are usually sent home on Mondays and Wednesdays. 
 
Writing: The children are writing personal narratives. This week's lessons focus on adding details and using transitions to move a story forward. It is expected that your child can write 3-4 sentences about a single topic using beginning capital letters and ending punctuation during a daily 10-15 minute independent writing time during this next quarter. Your child has learned  how to use a dictionary as a resource when editing their writing. 
 
Science: All three classes have begun our longest unit if the year. It has three parts to it. The first part is about how we use our senses to learn about the world and ourselves. We will research more deeply into our Human Identity. 

Reminders:  
We are using a four day block schedule. This means that specials are not always on the same day of the week, but are always in the same order. See our class schedules for the order for your class.

It is snow season. We encourage second graders to leave a pair of sneakers here at school in their cubbies. This way they will have them for gym while wearing outdoor boots to and from school. Having an extra pair of socks here is also a great idea. 
     
Students are welcome to leave a pair of sneakers in their cubbies for physical education class.  

Water bottles are welcome in the classroom. Students may leave them at school Monday-Thursday. We ask the students to take them home on Fridays so the water bottles can be cleaned over the weekend.
 
 
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