Brief News and Announcements History

end of March

posted Apr 7, 2011, 6:18 PM by Sally Brooks

Parent Conferences
Thanks for coming in for second trimester conferences.  I've enjoyed meeting with parents and students to talk about the progress that the kids are making, and what some of our next steps are. 

I've updated our Second Grade Math News with important information about fractions, and our two focus algorithms: Partials Sums Addition and Trade First Subtraction.

Junior Achievement -
this link will connect you to the site that will tell you more about the program that the children did this year.

February 28 - March 4

posted Mar 7, 2011, 2:56 AM by Sally Brooks

Exciting Things are Happening this Week
Tuesday - Dr. Roy (dentist) comes to our class to teach about dental hygiene and perform oral exams.

Wednesday - Mrs. Mara Pennell comes in.  Begins teaching five week Junior Achievement Families Unit.

Wednesday afternoon - Community Read Aloud

100th day

posted Feb 27, 2011, 6:28 PM by Sally Brooks

Wednesday, February 16th was our 100th day of school.

We came up with 100 words
using our welded sounds from our spelling program!  We actually didn't even need to use all the welded sounds.  We were able to come up with 100 words using
_an, _am, _ing, _ang, _ong, and _ung words.

December Post

posted Feb 14, 2011, 3:14 AM by Sally Brooks


During the three day week before vacation, we will be working on some Special Projects.  Some of these projects are surprises for families, but we could use some help with some of the others.
On Tuesday afternoon, we will be making Papel Picado, special cut paper crafts that are made in Mexico.  We could use some adult help dispensing tape and helping kids tape their tissue paper to construction paper.
On Wednesday afternoon, I’d like to have a snack of cocoa and ice cream before we go to Physical Education. 

This may sound strange, but I have just finished reading the book, Cocoa Ice to the class.  Ask your child what it is about.

Both of these projects relate to our Social Studies Children Like Me unit in which we study what life is like for children all over the world.  We have been reading about Mexico lately (chocolate and vanilla both come from Mexico).

If anyone is able to donate any of the following ingredients, that would be great:

one gallon whole milk
2 half gallons vanilla ice cream
chocolate syrup
crushed or sliced strawberries (frozen or fresh)

We could also use an electric hot plate to heat the milk for the cocoa.

Untitled Post

posted Dec 4, 2010, 1:48 AM by Sally Brooks

Thanks to all of you for coming in for First Trimester Parent - Student - Teacher Conferences
It was great to see everyone and talk about the progress that the kids are making.

Planning a Magical Mystery tour

posted Dec 4, 2010, 1:47 AM by Sally Brooks

The children have worked hard at being listening for directions, following directions, and showing respect for others.  They have earned a “Magical Mystery Tour”. 

The kids do not yet know what this will be; it’s a “mystery”.  I did ask them if they wanted to know and at least half of the kids said that they didn’t want to know yet. 

What I’d like to do is a “Trip Back In Time” to the days of the Pilgrims.  My plan is to:
•    have the kids cook “pottage”, "pompion" (pumpkin or squash) and corn bread as the pilgrims would, except that we will use a regular stove and oven.  We may start cooking the pottage the day before.
•    grind some corn
•    work on a basket
•    maybe make and play a Wampanoag game
•    other activities

Because of our classroom schedules, next Tuesday afternoon works best for this adventure.  If you are able to help out on Tuesday afternoon, please let me know.  You can call me at home or email me at


posted Nov 6, 2010, 3:54 AM by Sally Brooks   [ updated Nov 6, 2010, 3:55 AM ]

    The KinderKonzert Friday, Oct. 29th was fantastic.  The children really enjoyed the reading of Abbie Burgess' life and the music by the Portland Symphony Orchestra's string quintet.  They talked about the differences in the sounds of violin, viola, cello, and bass and which instrument they liked best.  They also talked about how the music added an extra dimension and to the story and really made it come alive for them.
    Our thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this event!

Open House

posted Oct 24, 2010, 10:04 AM by Sally Brooks   [ updated Oct 24, 2010, 10:05 AM ]

10/22 - What a great Open House last night!  Thanks to all of you who were able to come.  If you were not able to make it last night, you may come in any time before or after school and your child can show you our classroom and his or her work.

Beginning of the Year Conferences

posted Oct 18, 2010, 5:04 PM by Sally Brooks   [ updated Oct 18, 2010, 5:12 PM ]

I know that I have seen and talked with some of you this year.  But I like the opportunity to get to know you better and to talk about your hopes for your child this year, any concerns that you have, and any questions that you may have about year. 
So, I’d like to schedule some beginning of the year conferences for this purpose.  I’d like to have these conferences with parents only. 
Then we will have our traditional November “Report Card Conferences” with you and your child.
Most of you have already signed up for conferences, but if you have not yet done so, please sing up for you first second and third choices of day and time on the conference sheet , and I’ll get back to you.
I look forward to meeting with you!

October 20th - I've now had the opportunity to meet with parents of al the children.  Thank you so much for coming in!

Monarch Update

posted Oct 18, 2010, 5:04 PM by Sally Brooks   [ updated Oct 18, 2010, 5:11 PM ]

I am sure that you have heard about our monarch caterpillars, chrysalis and butterflies. So far, we have released six butterflies to the wild and have two caterpillars left in the classroom.

More pictures are coming soon to "Our Class Gallery" - see the sidebar

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