The Read A Thon was a huge success! The school library was transformed into sections of the beach, campfire, Harry Potter, etc. where students were able to snuggle up and read for 30 minutes. Our classroom raised $205.00 towards the Read A Thon, which will go right back into our school for Enrichment Programs funded by the PTA. These programs allow for amazing opportunities for each grade level, multiple times a year. So far in second grade, we have been able to enjoy the Eyes of Owls Program back in the late fall. We will have another enrichment opportunity the end of May!
Thank you all who purchased books at the book fair as well. There were some books available to us this year.
NEW NEWS: COMMUNITY WIDE KINDNESS CHALLENGE!
The entire school community is working on a Kindness Challenge. Each teacher has created a Kindness Bulletin Board outside of their classroom. We are promoting positive behaviors and passing out "heart bobcat cards" when acts of kindness are spotted. These hearts will be gathered in the lunch room by the stage and added to our Kindness Tree. There, we will be able to see the many acts of kindness by our entire school taking place. As soon as our tree begins to develop, I will share a picture.
A few reminders...
Tuesday, March 12 NO SCHOOL - Teachers have a workshop and it is voting day. Please go out and support your teachers!
Friday, March 15, Dental Day - *For the students who have signed up
Tuesday, March 19th, Family Game Night, Please join the Math Interventionist at out school on Family Game Night. There will be teachers, myself included, each running a Math Game table. I would LOVE to see my students there!
*Please make sure you begin the fingerprint process if you would like to attend our end of year field trip. Family members that are not fingerprinted, will not be allowed to attend the field trip, per District Policy. This process can take up to TWO MONTHS.
I cannot believe we are already into the month of February! Wow!
This coming week we will be wrapping up our Unit 3 in Wonders and we will be taking our Unit 4 Math Assessment. We have been learning a lot about different kids of weather, tracking weather patterns, different kinds of weather events and weather tools. Today during our Fun Friday Time we built ANEMOMETERS to measure wind speed. Check out the amazing pictures below....great team work!
A Few Reminders:
-Please send picture of your child reading to me via text or email for our new bulletin board
-Valentines' Day Celebration for students will be in class Feb. 14th (Valentine Boxes Due this day)
- Jump Rope for Heart is also February 14th - Please bring in forms/donations when you have them. I will make sure they get to Mrs. Baines.
Be on the lookout for a SignUpGenius link for our Valentine's Day Party.
KUDDOS to us!!! We were one of the top 5 classes school-wide to earn 100 PAWS cards for fantastic lunchroom and hallway behavior! Congrats to the SUPER BOBCATS!!! They earned every PAWS card!
WE are in NEED of GLUESTICKS! :)
Have a great weekend!
The last two weeks we have tied "magnet and forces" activities into our day, that coincide with our Wonders unit. In math we are working on place value; including the ones, tens and hundreds place. We are also working on telling time to the nearest 5 minutes. Please make sure to practice telling time at home on analog and digital clocks. This week in math we will be measuring by the foot, inches and centimeters!
We are expected to have a 2 hour delay tomorrow, but please be on the lookout for Unit 3 Math Assessment that will be placed in their cubbies for them to take home!
*Scholastic Order forms went home on Friday. There are an abundance of books $3 and below at your child's reading level. If you have any questions about their individual reading level please let me know. We refer to the "5 finger test" in the classroom. If they read a page and get a few words incorrect, it is an "okay" book for them. If they get 5 or more errors on one page, it may be too challenging for them and may also hinder their comprehension. *Scholastic orders will be due back by this FRIDAY, January 25th. Thank you!
Thank you very much for all of the Theme Basket donations! Out basket looks amazing! Each student is given one ticket to place in one of the raffles for a chance to win a basket. All other tickets can be purchased either before school, after school or the night of the Lip Sync Contest, which is this Saturday night!
Parents...Thank you for all you do!
What a week!
We are half way through conferences!!! I am enjoying getting you caught up on what we have been working on in class and the progress all of my students have made!
Coming up this week...
-AIMsWeb Numeracy and Literacy Winter Benchmarks
-Unit 3 Wonders Assessment
This month the second grade team will be planning some STEM rotations from classroom to classroom and I will also be planning some special events in the classroom as well. We are looking for a few items... Please send me an email if you would like to donate so I can mark it off my list.
I would need these items by this Friday.
Empty paper towel rolls for a STEM project
80 cardboard/styrofoam cups for hot cocoa
10 boxes of cornstarch
5 containers of WHITE hair conditioner
On Friday we were able to take part in a really cool experiment! First we watched a power point presentation on germs, created by one of the 2nd grade parents. Then, we were able to put "germ lotion" on our hands and look at the germs under a black light. We then washed our hands with soap and water and looked under the black light again to see if they were really clean. We learned very quickly how thoroughly we need to wash our hands in order for the germs to be washed away!
We had a very busy day Friday along with our snow delay! We took our spelling test, phonics test, coins assessment and our owl adaptations assessment too!
This coming week there will be NO spelling homework, but instead a special "Helping Assignment" that will be due back after Thanksgiving on November 26th. We will also be taking our Unit 2 Math Assessment.
What an amazing experience to have Eyes on Owls come to our school for second graders. We kicked off our owl unit with 5 different owls. We will be wrapping up our week on owls on Friday (if the snow allows). We will take an assessment on owls and what we have learned about habitats! We have also been comparing and contrasting between bats and owls and everything we have learned about them so far.
That very same day, students got to dissect their very own owl pellet! They loved every minute of it!!!
Next week we will take our Unit 2 Math Assessment and move on to Unit 3 after Thanksgiving.
We are also coming to the point in time where we night start switching up some RTI groups depending on student needs. If your child is going to start seeing reading or math support, I will reach out and contact you before we begin our new groups.
Report cards will be going home around December 14th. Grade close on December 3rd and conferences will begin shortly after. Please make sure to sign up for a conference so we can chat about your child and the progress they have made so far.
Enjoy the photos!
What an incredible learning experience just a short walk down town can be! I love our town and the layers of history within New Boston.
Our first stop was at the Historical Society Building where we watched a small video and met our guest speakers. We then traveled with our guest speakers past the North East Cafe, Nan's House, Parker Mill, the old Ice House grounds, through the woods, across the foot bridge ending up at the library for snack.
Please enjoy the photos taken from our walking field trip.
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