Messages from the Looping Classroom
9/24 - Open House
9/25 - Picture Day
9/30 - Rosh Hashana - No School
4 October- Community Day
9 October- Yom Kippur - No School
End of October- Parent/Teacher Conferences
It has been a wonderful start to the school year. The students have come back together as a tight group and have welcomed two new members into the group. They have begun to get into the routine of the day and learn all the expectations. The class is a lot of fun and so excited about learning it is amazing!
Home/School Folders- each child has a dark blue Home/School Folder. I would like all folders to come back and forth to school daily. This is to keep consistency with things going back and forth between home and school. I appreciate if you would remind your child each day to make sure they have their folder. If you can, make a place at home where they can leave it so you can look through it and then they can pick it back up each morning.
Birthdays- This is always a special thing to celebrate with friends. At Merriam School, we do not permit sweets for birthday celebrations. If you would l like to send in something to mark your child's special day consider pencils or some fruit. In the classroom we make a special birthday book and send that home with the child.
Pictures- I like to take pictures of the students working and playing at school. I place these pictures in a Google doc and share the link with you only in emails. This is a private folder and I ask that you do not share or publish any picture that has children other than your own. These pictures are so that you can get a glimpse of your child's school day.
This week you will see a video of one of our students playing the violin; pictures of us working and reading; a video of us breaking out in song as we work in the classroom; some pictures of a caterpillar we found outside called a Brown Rusty; and more. I hope you all enjoy them because I really do!
Social Thinking- This past week we looked at getting to know each other and knowing our last name. We played a few games around our names and will continue focusing on spelling our last name. We also focused on Whole Body Listening and how we use all our body to listen and respond. We reviewed The Size of a Problem and when a problem can be solved by yourself versus when an adult is needed to assist with a problem. Next week we will look at Zones of Regulation and how to calm our bodies when needed.
Snacks- Thursdays are long without lunch at school. Some of your children are really, really hungry so you may want to pack their snack as if it is a lunch. Ask your child if they are needing more food. Water Bottles are welcome in the classroom all day but please label them with your child's name.
Fire Drill- We had a Fire Drill this past week and we did wonderfully. The students filed out of the back door and waited patiently as the school accounted for all students. While we hope we never have a real fire it is good to be prepared to react and evacuate.
Coins- Our math program uses a coins to teach money. I am requesting parents to send in 4 quarters, 10 dimes, 20 nickels and 100 pennies. If possible, please send this in a baggie with your child's name on it. Label the baggie with your child's name. The coins will be returned at the end of the school year.
Community Job- The 2nd graders have a community job of delivery Friday mail to all classrooms. We will begin this service in October and it will rotate between the three 2nd grade classes.
Long Ago- We will begin looking at Long Ago life and where we live. This unit leads us to a visit to the Old Schoolhouse in Boxborough. When we have the final dates for the schoolhouse visit we will send you more information. In the meantime, we are looking at ourselves, why we live in this area, what our families do
Open House- Merriam School will be having our Open House on 24 September. This is an opportunity for parents to come and see what the curriculum will be like throughout the school year. You will get an opportunity to come down into the classroom and see where your child spends their day. I hope to meet and see all of you there.
Conferences- Parent-Teacher Conferences will be in October. I like to schedule them before school hours, at specials and lunch times during the school day, and after school up to 5:30 p.m. If you have a preference for one of those times please let me know in the next two weeks.
Read Alouds- I have read The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. To the Gregg family, hunting is a hobby. To the girl who next door, it's just aweful. She tries to ask them to stop but they do not. Then one day the Greggs go too far for the little girl and she turns her Magic Finger on them. When she's very, very angry, the little girl's Magic Finger turns red and zaps out magic. She really can’t control it, and now it turned the Greggs into birds! As the story progresses the Greggs eventually turn their name into the Eggs.
We read several books and will continue to read more by author Amy Krouse Rosenthal. So far Spoon has been a favorite. This story is about how a spoon feels he is not as good as knife, fork or chopsticks. In the end, he finds he is very special.
We also enjoyed Gloria and Officer Buckle by Peggie Rathmann.Officer Buckle is a man dedicated to teaching schoolchildren important safety tips, such as never put anything in your ear and never stand on a swivel chair. The problem is, Officer Buckle's school assemblies are dull, and the children of Napville just fall asleep. That is, until Gloria the police dog is invited along! Stealthily pantomiming each safety tip behind Officer Buckle's back, Gloria wins the children's hearts. Meanwhile Officer Buckle assumes the cheers and laughter are all for him. In the end readers learn the value of teamwork and some new safety tips.
We have begun writing in journals each morning, word work and mathematics. We have had three Words of the Day this week: happy, true and then. These are words the kids are using but often spell incorrectly. We will have a new word each day.
Enjoy the weekend and the five days of school next week!
Wish List Items:
The following our items that we ask for donations. If you are able to donate them it is greatly appreciated and quickly used up. All donations can be sent directly to the classroom.
- Clorox wipes
- Paper towels
- Thin and Fat markers
- Anti-Bacerial sanitizer
Parent Reading List:
The Parents We Mean to Be by Richard Weissbourd
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Class Wish List ItemsAt the beginning of the year and throughout the school year there are various items we need in the classroom. If you are willing to make a donation of the items it is greatly appreciated. Items we are needing to begin the school year include:
- Clorox wipes
- Fat and skinning colored markers
- Glue sticks
- Anti-bacterial sanitizer
- Paper towels
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