February 3, 2018

Hello,

I sincerely apologize for not sending home progress reports on Friday. They will be sent home on Monday. I realize a class list of names was not attached to the kind hearts packet as well. A paper copy will be sent home Monday but names are listed below:

Gavan

Brian

Joey

Logan

Angelina

Mckenzie

Emitt

Sophia

Jason

Adam

Emma

Erynn

Mia

Jenna

Kara

Lyla

Kenndan

Maddy

Robby

Alexander

I apologize once again for not sending these two important things home. We had a very busy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl!

Mrs. Sprague

January 26, 2018

Hello Everyone,

This winter has been rough! Our class has been hit hard with illness. I am just returning this week after being out for three days and several classmates have been out as well. Please remind your child to wash their hands frequently and if they are running a fever they should stay home until they are fever free.

Next week we will begin a new story in our reading program. We will be working on open and closed syllables in phonics as well. Spelling words will be going home on Monday. If you would like to study the words over the weekend they can be found on the spelling page.

In math we will begin Chapter Six: Multiplication tables of 2, 5, and 10. We will learn how to use dot paper, skip counting to multiply, and about multiplication fact families. We continue on working on our fact fluency in addition and subtraction through xtramath. Several students have already mastered addition and are moving on to subtraction. Some have even started working on multiplication fluency! Even with all the absences we are still working very hard!


Here are some dates to remember:

February 2- Progress Reports go Home

January 30- NWEA Reading testing

February 5- NWEA Math testing

February 26- March 2- February Vacation

January 17, 2018

Happy Snow Day!

Can you believe we are missing another day of school!? I hope everyone is enjoying another day off and are making lots of snowmen! I am so proud of everyone's hard work in class. Even with all these days off everyone comes back ready to learn! Please remember to keep studying and practicing with this week's spelling words, we will still be having our spelling test on Friday. Spelling list and Spelling Menu can be found on the spelling page.

Yesterday, in writing we talked about ways writers can organize their thoughts and get ready for writing. To help us remember and get excited about writing we listened to a song. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. If you would like to listen to it click here. I love incorporating music into our learning.

We have also started talking about strengthening our brains and how just like any muscle in our bodies need to challenged and worked to stay in shape. With the help of our classroom Yeti mascot we will be challenging and growing our brains through growth mindset activities as we get ready for third grade!

Here are some important dates to remember:

January 24- DIBELS testing

January 30- NWEA Reading testing

February 5- NWEA Math testing

February 26- March 2- February Vacation


January 2, 2018

Welcome back everyone!

It is so great to be back at school and getting back into the routines. I hope everyone had a wonderful break. As we start the new year we will also start new reading and math units.

In reading we will be exploring and discussing our community and the people who work and live in it.

In math will begin the study of multiplication and division. Over the next two weeks we will explore and discuss equal groupings and repeated addition. As we move into these more complicated math lessons it is still very important to be studying and reviewing addition and subtraction math facts.

Please check out our spelling page for the new spelling menu and spelling list.

As the weather gets more frigid please remember to pack your child with snow gear (boots, snow pants, mittens, hat, etc). We did not go out for recess today but do go out in most weather, it is important your child is prepared.

Thank you for your support! As always, if you have any questions please email me at: hsprague@sau15.net

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs. Sprague

December 6, 2017

Good Evening Everyone

We had an eventful day in class today! We started our morning off by meeting with our wonderful ALPS teacher, Mrs. Ruest. Mrs. Ruest taught us about coding on the computer. We coded the chicken dance and then go to explore with different websites and apps on the computer. I wanted to share with you the links to these and more coding websites. Coding is how everything is made and created on the computer. Through these applications your child can learn about the coding world and some great problem-solving skills. Here are the links Mrs. Ruest shared with us:

Here are the links to the 7 coding apps we were recommending for the students.

Easier:

https://game.kodable.com/hour-of-code

https://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/candy-quest

https://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/puppy-adventure

Medium:

http://monstercoding.com/#hour_of_code_en (this one can be done in other languages)

http://lightbot.com/flash.html

Harder:

https://code.org/minecraft

https://code.org/starwars

You can also learn more about coding by going to this website:

https://code.org/learn On this website you should filter apps by selecting an age group across the top and check on a technology box on the left. Some apps do request a free sign-up. Plenty of others don't.

This afternoon we practiced our lockdown procedure. Everyone did very well in being safe and quiet. Afterwards we continued to work very hard in our classroom and were able to earn a reindeer. If haven't already heard, our class is working very hard to stay focused during the holiday season. To aid with this we are trying to earn reindeer pictures during our day so that we can play a reindeer game! Reindeer games can be anything! So far we have played "Heads down, Antlers up" (a holiday twist on the classic game "Heads down, Seven up") and "Don't let the Snowman Melt (a seasonal twist on the classic HangMan game). Today we earned four reindeer pictures. Everyone has been working very hard and getting lots of work done! I am so proud of their determination!

Here are a few dates to remember:

December 8- Report Cards go home

December 9- Holiday Carnival and Craft Fair

December 25-January 1- Winter Break

If you have any questions please send me an email or Remind Message!

Have a wonderful night,

Mrs. Sprague

November 29, 2017

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving break. I am glad to be back! This week we will be getting back into the swing of our school routine by starting a new chapter in our reading program. This week we will be reading, A Birdhouse for Rent. This story is a narrative told from the perspective of a birdhouse. Will be learning new vocabulary words and spelling words. Our spelling words this week will follow the long e pattern spelled ie and -ey, -y. Please remember to be practicing the spelling words so that your child is well prepared for our spelling tests on Fridays.

In math we have begun talking about a new strategy to solve word problems, bar models. Please make sure your child is studying math facts. A great way to have your child practice their math facts is through an online website called XtraMath. Please check out our helpful websites for the link. A flyer will be sent home as well with more information and enrollment link for every child and parent.

We will begin using computers in our classroom more and more. Currently Chromebooks and Ipads are being used during our WIN or What I Need time at the end of the day. Students can access Xtramath, Khan Academy, EPIC!, ABCYA! and other great online resources to enrich or give extra practice, depending on what students need. With the use of these items students will need headphones or earbuds so that they can independently access these programs. Our classroom does have a set of headphones that we check out from the library but if you would like your child to have their own personal set of headphones, for sanitary and comfort reasons, you may send them in.

I am very excited to announce that Underhill will be hosting its first Caine's Arcade night on Thursday, November 30 at 6:15. You can participate as a game designer or as a player. To play games, please bring a cardboard dollar or a can of food to donate to the PTA food drive. I look forward to seeing you there!

As always please email me with any questions or concerns.

Here are some dates to remember:

  • November 30- Caine's Arcade 6:15-7:30
  • December 8- Report Cards
  • December 25-January 1- Winter Break

Thank you for your support,

Mrs. Sprague

November 16, 2017

Hello Everyone,

This month is a crazy one! First, thank you, again, to everyone that was able to make it to Parent/Teacher Conferences. This year is off to a wonderful start! I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.

I am just reaching out tonight to ask that your remind your students of school and classroom expectations. As the holidays draw closer the children get more and more excited and easily forget the expected behaviors. The random, shortened weeks are not helping! When we all do our best to follow the school rules and classroom expectations we will be able to learn to our fullest and be able to enjoy all the fun activities as well.

Talking about fun activities thank you to LR for bringing in an amazing science toy of a Yeti that grew hair in our classroom overnight! This Yeti inspired us to write AMAZING stories that included all the elements of a good story- who,when,where, what happened, what happened next, how did the story end, how did the character feel. The children have been begging and working hard to write and finish these hilarious, well written, in-depth stories. I am always so proud of all their hard work and persistence!

Please keep an eye out on our classroom website. I am in the middle of uploading pictures from our Pumpkin Roll event and our visit from the Amosekeag Fishways Learning Center.

Here are some dates to mark on your calendar:

  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break No School (There will be no spelling test this week)
  • November 30- Caine's Arcade Night
  • December 8- Report Cards Go Home
  • December 25-January 1 Winter Break No School

Thank you for all your support,

Mrs. Sprague

September 25, 2017

Good afternoon,

This week's spelling list was sent home today. Please use the September spelling menu to practice spelling words this week for homework. If you need another copy of the menu please let me know. The list and spelling menu can also be found here.

Mark your calendars:

  • September 29- No School (Teacher Workshop Day)
  • October 9- No School (Columbus Day)

Have a wonderful week,

Ms. Brittain

Hello,

Please check the Spelling page for an updated spelling list. I apologize for the list not going home today. There was a typo with the list and the correct list will be sent home tomorrow.

Thank you,

Ms. Brittain

September 17, 2017

Hello Everyone,

We made it through a full week of school! The last few days have been amazing! We have really started coming together as a class and have really enjoyed getting to know each other. We have worked hard and had a lot of fun too! Below are some pictures taken last week by our classroom photographer Gavan while we explored our math manipulatives. We also had a ton of fun being creative with light on Friday to celebrate International Dot Day! Pictures will follow.

Please check your child's Take Home Folder. This weeks spelling list and reading log will be sent home. For more information please check the Homework and Spelling tabs.

Important Dates to remember:

  • September 20- Open House for 2nd grade 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • September 29- No School

If you have any questions please email or Remind message me anytime.

Have a wonderful week,

Ms. Brittain


GA and LD investigating our base ten blocks.









EH investigating our unifix cubes.







SG investigating our pattern blocks and adding on to a design created by other classmates






GA, our Photographer, taking a selfie with his tower of unifix cubes.







A wonderful design of pattern blocks




September 5, 2017


Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We made it through the first three days and they were a success! It is so great to be back in the school routine and to see all of those smiling faces in the morning. We have had an amazing couple days getting to know each other and reminding ourselves how to be respectful and patient students.

We have also talked a lot about the things we cannot do...yet! We are working on having a growth mindset this year and remembering that we are not expected to know everything in second grade...yet! We have been referencing our growth mindset mascot the Yeti to help us remember to all be Yetis. The next couple weeks we will continue to talk about Respect and being Yetis as we get more familiar with new routines and expectations.

Thank you so much to everyone that has donated supplies to our classroom. We were so grateful to have them that first day when a water bottle broke and water went everywhere! Having some good paper towels to soak up the water was wonderful!

Please check out some additional tabs on our website. I have added a spelling, homework, math, reading, Growth Mindset, and Word of the Month tab. These tabs will be updated with information regarding these topics.

As always please do not hesitate to email or send me a Remind message if you have any questions or concerns!

Have an amazing week!


Sincerely,

Ms. Brittain


August 17, 2017

Hello Everyone,

I hope your summers are going well. I have been spending A LOT of time in our classroom. I have been eagerly counting down the days and I cannot believe the first day of school is only 14 days away! Is everyone ready??

If you haven't already done so please check out the contact page and sign up for Remind. It is the easiest and quickest form of communication. I am so excited to be using it this year.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • August 29th- Meet the Teacher 2-4pm
  • August 31st- First Day of School

Remember if you have any questions or concerns please contact me anytime.

Enjoy your last few summer moments, I cannot wait to see you in 14 days!


Your Teacher,

Ms. Brittain

August 3, 2017

Happy Summer Everyone,

Welcome to our classroom website! I hope that everyone is having some wonderful summer adventures. I am very busy this summer getting our classroom all set up for our first day and teaching Summer Academy! I am trying to squeeze in some pool time while juggling everything else too! Our classroom website is a great resource for staying connected. Please take a moment to look around. There are many fun games and study resources on the Helpful Website page.


Here are a few dates to mark on your calendar:

  • August 29th- Meet the Teacher 2-4pm
  • August 31st- FIRST DAY!!


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at hbrittain@sau15.net.

I can't wait to hear all about your summer! Keep making those memories! See you in August!

Your Teacher,

Ms. Brittain