Weekly Happenings – Dec. 4 – 8

We had a very busy week.  Here is what we have been working on:

MATH –  This week we wrapped up unit 2 in math with our assessment.  Tests with scores will be coming home today.  If kids got problems wrong, they spent time today fixing their mistakes.  Next week we start Geometry – Unit 3.

WRITING / SOCIAL STUDIES – We have been working on reading and writing about Hudsonville History.  Today the kids will come home with an assignment to complete this weekend.  This homework will help us write our last section of our booklet.

READING – We are currently in the middle of Unit 3 – Reading Nonfiction.  We have been learning about the different text features that we see in nonfiction books.  We are also practicing different reading strategies to help us remember what we are learning about in the book!

UPCOMING DATES:

 

December
11th-14th…………………Santa’s Secret Shop
15th…………………………..Popcorn Friday
22nd…………………………Holiday Parties
25th-Jan. 5th…………….Holiday Break

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Dec. 11 – Steam

Tues., Dec. 12 – Gym

Wed., Dec. 13 – Music

Thurs., Dec. 14 – Art

Fri., Dec. 15 – Steam

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

1.This month our kindness challenge is school wide.  We are participating in Grinchmas.  We want to grow our heart 3 times.  Kids are encouraged to do good deed for people at home and in school.  If they do a good deed, they get to write it on a heart and hang it on the bulliten board.  If your 2nd grader does a good deed at home, shoot me an email and I can write it down.  I am also looking for good deeds in the classroom and school.

 

2.  Social studies homework came home today.  Please help your 2nd grader complete it this weekend and return it to school on Monday, Dec. 11.  This homework is needed to help your 2nd grader complete their nonfiction writing booklet.

3.  Gift Exchange…..2nd graders will be participating in a gift exchange in the classroom on Dec. 22.  Please send a $5.00 gift to school by Wed., Dec. 20.  Girls need to bring a girl gift and boys need to bring a boy gift.

4.  WINTER HAS ARRIVED……Please make sure that your 2nd graders comes to school with winter gear labeled with their names.  Due to time constraints at the end of the day, the 2nd graders will be not be required to wear their snowpants home.  My rule for recess is:  If your gear is here….you put it on!!  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD HAS SHOES PACKED IN THEIR BACKPACKS OR HAVE GYM SHOES HERE THEY CAN WEAR!!!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!  Enjoy the holiday!

Weekly Happenings – Nov. 13 – 17

We had a very busy week.  Here is what we have been working on:

MATH –  This week we learned and discussed several strategies to add double digits.  We learned to draw base-10 pictures, “Show All Totals”, and “New Group above or below” (aka: carrying or regrouping).  Next week we will just be practicing double digit addition.

WRITING – We have been working on our 2nd narrative writing piece.  We have been adding different revisions into our story.  This week we learned about adding additional dialogues in the pictures by using speech bubbles.

READING – We are wrapping up our study of characters using our Kevin Henke books!

 

UPCOMING DATES:

November

17th……………………………………………….Popcorn Friday
21st…………………………………………Jet’s Pizza Night
22nd-24th………………………….Thanksgiving Break

December

1st………………………………Early Release
5th…………………………….Holiday Program
11th-14th…………………Santa’s Secret Shop
15th…………………………..Popcorn Friday
22nd…………………………Holiday Parties
25th-Jan. 5th…………….Holiday Break

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Nov. 20 – Music

Tues., Nov. 21 – Gym

Wed., Nov. 22 – no school

Thurs., Nov. 23 – no school

Fri., Nov. 24 – no school

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

1.This month our kindness challenge is bring food items for the PE Cares food drive.  Monday is the last day to bring items in.

 

2.  Next week is Thanksgiving break.  No school on Wednesday –  Friday.

3.  Last chance to bring in donations for the PE food drive is on Monday.

4.  We had our Social Studies Friday today.  Mayor Mark Northrup came for a visit.  He discussed with the 2nd graders a little about his job.  We then ran a mock city council meeting and our Mayor and elected commissioners voted to either make the proposal a law or not.  Our classroom commissioners were Meagan Rayl and Jaydon Vredeveld.  In the afternoon, the kids rotated through the 2nd grade classrooms. They learned about voting, being a good citizen , and the reasons why we have government!

 

Happy Halloween!

A special thank you to all the parents who planned our Halloween party!  All the 2nd graders had a great time!

Weekly Happenings – Oct. 23 – 27

We had a very busy week.  Here is what we have been working on:

MATH –  We finished up unit 1 in math this week by talking about two-step story problems.  If your 2nd grader is having trouble with these, don’t worry!  We will be doing story problems in every remaining unit!  We will get lots of practice.  Next week we will be reviewing for the math test which will be given on Wednesday.  Instead of sending homework home on Tuesday (Halloween) the kids will be coming home with a review to do on Monday instead.

WRITING – This week the kids all wrote a 2nd narrative pieces.  In the next couple of weeks, we will be learning how to go back into our stories and make revisions.

READING – This week we fstarted Unit 2 which focuses on characters.  We are using Kevin Henkes books as our mentor texts for this unit.  This week we used Chrysanthemum.  Our guided reading mini-lessons focused on the following ideas:

  1.  A character’s feeling change during a story.
  2.  The readers feelings change while reading a story.
  3.  An author writes repeated words and phrases in a story to send a message.
  4.  The reader can make connections to the characters in the stories.

WEEKLY CLASSROOM GOALS:  This week our goal was:

  1.  To earn 3 classroom bingos.
  2.  To have the doorbell chime (used to signal too much noise) go off 3 or less times a day for 3 of the 5 days.

Be sure to ask your 2nd grader how we did on these goals this week!

UPCOMING DATES:

October
31st…………..Halloween Parties
31st…………Halloween Parade @ 2pm

November

3rd…….Early Release
6th, 8th & 9……Parent/Teacher Conferences
6th-10th…………….Wild West Book Fair
9th………Skating Party
17th…….Popcorn Friday
22nd-24th……….Thanksgiving Break

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Oct. 30 – Art

Tues., Oct. 31 – Steam

Wed., Nov. 1 – PE

Thurs., Nov. 2 – Music

Fri., Nov. 3 – PE

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

1.This week we continued working on our October Kindness Challenge.

2.  Math Homework – Math homework this week will come home on Monday and Thursday due to Halloween being on Tuesday.

3.  READING COUNTS –  The 2nd graders started Reading Counts this week.  Reading Counts is a program through Scholastic that helps kids with reading comprehension.  How it works:  Kids read books in their reading level.  Once finished, they log onto Reading Counts (either on the Ipads or in the computer Lab).  They take a quiz on the book that will test their comprehension.  The kids can read books at home, in the classroom, and from the library.  Books from the library that have a letter on the spine have quizzes.  If kids read books at home, they can write down the titles and check to see if the books have quizzes once at school.  Reading counts quizzes can only be taken at school.

4.  MOBY MAX – We also started Moby Max this week.  It is a math program that finds holes in the kids learning and provides them lessons to work on to help fill those gaps.  This program can be accessed from home.  A letter was sent home about how to log in from home.  The more lessons the kids complete, the more “game” time they earn.  It is a great program to help kids master math standards.

5.  Halloween is next week.  Please remember to pick appropriate costumes for 2nd grade.  This includes no weapons,  scary masks, or scary clown faces.  2nd graders should be able to put their costumes on by themselves.  The should plan to bring their costumes to school.  We will change into them after lunch.  Our party will be from 12:15 – 1:15.  The Halloween parade will be at 2:00.  Please remember that younger siblings are not allowed to attend the classroom parties.

6.  Clorox Wipes – we are in need of more clorox wipes for our classroom.  As we quickly approach the “sick” season, these wipes help us keep some of the germs away.  Thank you in advance for your donations.

Weekly Happenings – Oct. 16 – 20

We had a very busy week.  Here is what we have been working on:

MATH –  We continued to focus on story problems.  We worked on comparison problems, mixed story problems, and problems with too much information and not enough information.  We took a quick quiz today to assess story problems as well.  Quizzes will come home on Monday.  Next week we will wrap up Unit 1.

WRITING – This week we finished our first narratiave, small moment.  We added an interesting ending and also did some editing.  Next week we start our 2nd unit.  We will start with getting a new story written and will then focus on making revisions.

READING – This week we focused on comparing and contrasting several different versions of the story The Three Little Pigs.

WEEKLY CLASSROOM GOALS:  This week our goal was:

  1.  To work at being better listeners and direction followers in the afternoon.

UPCOMING DATES:

October

 

24th…………Turkey Trot
27th……………Popcorn Friday
31st…………..Halloween Parties
31st…………Halloween Parade @ 2pm

November

3rd…….Early Release
6th, 8th & 9……Parent/Teacher Conferences
6th-10th…………….Wild West Book Fair
9th………Skating Party
17th…….Popcorn Friday
22nd-24th……….Thanksgiving Break

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Oct. 23 – Music

Tues., Oct. 24 – Art

Wed., Oct. 25 – Steam

Thurs., Oct. 26 – PE

Fri., Oct. 27 – Music

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

1.This week we continued working on our October Kindness Challenge.  Our kindness cards this week read:

  1.  Say “thank you” everytime someone hands you something.
  2.  Thank the workers who work in the cafeteria.
  3.  Clean up your table in the cafeteria.
  4.  Clean up the playground.
  5.  Don’t give up when something is hard.  Be kind to yourself!

2.  REMEMBER – math homework comes home every Tuesday & Thursday.  It is due back the next day!  Please help your 2nd grader complete this homework and return it to school

3.  READING COUNTS –  The 2nd graders started Reading Counts this week.  Reading Counts is a program through Scholastic that helps kids with reading comprehension.  How it works:  Kids read books in their reading level.  Once finished, they log onto Reading Counts (either on the Ipads or in the computer Lab).  They take a quiz on the book that will test their comprehension.  The kids can read books at home, in the classroom, and from the library.  Books from the library that have a letter on the spine have quizzes.  If kids read books at home, they can write down the titles and check to see if the books have quizzes once at school.  Reading counts quizzes can only be taken at school.

4.  MOBY MAX – We also started Moby Max this week.  It is a math program that finds holes in the kids learning and provides them lessons to work on to help fill those gaps.  This program can be accessed from home.  A letter was sent home about how to log in from home.  The more lessons the kids complete, the more “game” time they earn.  It is a great program to help kids master math standards.

5.  Halloween is quickly approaching.  Please remember to pick appropriate costumes for 2nd grade.  This includes no weapons,  scary masks, or scary clown faces.  2nd graders should be able to put their costumes on by themselves.  The should plan to bring their costumes to school.  We will change into them after lunch.  Our party will be from 12:15 – 1:15.  The Halloween parade will be at 2:00.  Please remember that younger siblings are not allowed to attend the classroom parties.

6.  Mini-Math Assessments – On Fridays, you might notice a small half-sheet math packet come home.  This is a pre & post assessment we use to help guide our instruction.  On Friday, the kids take a short 3 or 4 question pre-assessment.  These questions go with the next week’s math lessons.  Their answers help us to determine what they already know about next week’s topic and how in depth we need to teach.  The 2nd graders then get the same packet back the following Friday after the lessons have been taught.  They use their knowledge gained during the week to fix any mistakes that they had on the preassessment!  It is a great way for the kids to analyze their mistakes and apply their newly acquired knowledge.

7.  Clorox Wipes – we are in need of more clorox wipes for our classroom.  As we quickly approach the “sick” season, these wipes help us keep some of the germs away.  Thank you in advance for your donations.

Weekly Happenings – Oct. 2 – 6

We continue to work hard at being good listeners and direction followers.  The 2nd graders did a great job during the evacuation drill as well.  Here is a run-down of what we are working on in the classroom:

MATH –  This week we started learning about story problems.  We learned about add to and take from  problems. The rest of unit 1 will be dedicated to different types of story problems.

WRITING – This week we worked on brainstorming and writing the middle of our stories.  This is where we put all the details.  We also used transition words to help us tell the story in order.  Next week we will be discussing Leads and how to start our stories in an exciting way.

READING – This week in reading our mini-lesson topics were all about asking questions using the question words of: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

WEEKLY CLASSROOM GOALS:  This week our goals were:

  1.  Mrs. Harmsen sees 3 acts of kindness everyday.
  2.  We will walk quietly and respectfully in the hall being respectful of the quiet zone.  Mrs. Harmsen will not have to stop the line for talkers.  We will do this 3 of the 5 days while walking to special.

We met our KINDNESS goal. Great job!  Everyone earned a classroom dollar!  We are still working on walking in the hallway!

UPCOMING DATES:

October

12th……Walk-a-thon 13th

17th…….Early Release

18th…….PTC Mtg @ 7pm

24th……..Picture Retakes

26th……..Turkey Trot

27th……… Popcorn Friday

31st….Halloween Parties

 

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Oct. 9 – Gym

Tues., Oct. 10- Music

Wed., Oct. 11 – Art

Thurs., Oct. 12 – Steam

Fri., Oct. 13 – Steam

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

1.This week we started our October Kindness Challenge.  This challenge is focusing on ways to show kindness in our classroom and in the school.   Each day a student gets to pick a card on the bulliten board to turn over.  On each card is a kindness challenge……Our goal is for everyone to complete the challenge sometime during the day.  This week our cards read:    Ask someone new to play with you, Be kind to yourself, and Give the Principal a high five and say “Have a great day!”

2.  REMEMBER – math homework comes home every Tuesday & Thursday.  It is due back the next day!  Please help your 2nd grader complete this homework and return it to school

3.  We did a great job of returning our library books this week.  I hope the Reminder message helped!

4.  Walk-a-Thon – Next Thursday, Oct. 12 is our walk-a-thon.  2nd graders will be walking from 9:15 – 10:00.  Please remember to be collecting money!  All money earned will be put towards more technology for the school.  We use the IPAD everyday in 2nd grade.  It would be great to have more to use!

5.  Mini-Math Assessments – On Fridays, you might notice a small half-sheet math packet come home.  This is a pre & post assessment we use to help guide our instruction.  On Friday, the kids take a short 3 or 4 question pre-assessment.  These questions go with the next week’s math lessons.  Their answers help us to determine what they already know about next week’s topic and how in depth we need to teach.  The 2nd graders then get the same packet back the following Friday after the lessons have been taught.  They use their knowledge gained during the week to fix any mistakes that they had on the preassessment!  It is a great way for the kids to analyze their mistakes and apply their newly acquired knowledge.

Weekly Happenings – Sept. 25 – 29

The cooler weather has arrived.  I hope it sticks around now….I want to give you an update on how things are going in the classroom.  I am really pushing hard right now on good listening skills and following directions.  Things were a bit rough this week.  The class needed a lot of reminders.  We even missed out on the computer lab this morning because we couldn’t get quiet and get our journals done.  Continue to encourage your 2nd grader to be the best listener they can be when at school.

MATH –  This week we learned about addition/subtraction strategies using the doubles facts.  We also learned about equation chains and adding 3 or 4 numbers together.

WRITING – This week we started a new story.  We focused on just writing the beginning which needed to include what, who, when, and where.  Next week we will work on the middle of the story which is where we will put the details of our story.

READING – This week in reading our mini-lesson topics were:

  1. Good readers ask questions Before, During, and After reading.
  2. Good Readers can retell the story in order.
  3. Good Readers can stop and jot their thoughts on a story.
  4. Good readers make predictions before and during reading.

WEEKLY CLASSROOM GOALS:  This week our goals were:

  1.  Everyone completes #1-7 in their comprehension reading packets.
  2.  Everyone earns $1 of classroom money.

Unfortunately, we did not meet either of these goals this week.  We will set new goals on Monday!

UPCOMING DATES:

September
29th……………………..Homecoming

October
12th……………………Walk-a-thon

13th – Early Release
18th……………………Pic Retakes

20th – 2nd Grade Social Studies Day

 

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Oct. 2 – Steam

Tues., Oct. 3 – Gym

Wed., Oct. 4 – Music

Thurs., Oct. 5 – Art

Fri., Oct. 6 – Steam

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Today we continued our conversation about KINDNESS.  We talked about the difference between kind and unkind words.  Partners were given a phrase and they had to act out what it said.  Then we discussed if it was a Kind or Unkind phrase.  On Monday we will be starting a Classroom Kindness challenge for the month of October!
  2. The classroom store opened for the first time today.  The kids were able to shop and purchase things with their classroom money.  Ask them about what they bought today!
  3. REMEMBER – math homework comes home every Tuesday & Thursday.  It is due back the next day!  Please help your 2nd grader complete this homework and return it to school!
  4. LIBRARY is on Thursdays.   Many kiddos are forgetting to return their books each week!

ENJOY THESE PICTURES OF THE KIDS ACTING OUT THEIR KINDnESS PHRASES AND A FEW OF THEM SHOPPING AT THE STORE!!


Weekly Happenings – Sept. 18-22

This week was a HOT one!!!  The kids did a great job working hard even though it was really hot!  Here is a little bit about what we learned this week:

MATH –  This week we  practiced addition problems with unknown addends and odd/even numbers.  We did our first mad minute today to work on fact fluency.

WRITING – This week we discussed how good writers narrow down their topics.  Ask your 2nd grader what a “seed” story is.  We also learned how important it is to preplan and do some prethinking before we start writing.

READING – This week in reading our mini-lesson topics were:

  1.  How does a story FIT together?  We learned how to use the pictures, title, words, characters, theme, and cover to help us understand the book.
  2. Good Readers can retell the story identifying the characters, setting, and problem.
  3. Good Readers check for understanding by asking the 5 W’s – who, what, where, when & why.
  4. Good readers make connections while reading.
  5. Good readers can visualize when reading.

We also started small guided reading groups.  Ask your 2nd grader about the book their are reading in their group.

UPCOMING DATES:

September
25-29……………………………..Spirit Week
25th……………………..Walk-a-thon Kick-off
26th……………………………………Fire Drill
29th……………………………..Popcorn Friday
29th…………………Lockdown Drill
29th……………………..Homecoming

October
12th……………………Walk-a-thon

13th – Early Release
18th……………………Pic Retakes

20th – 2nd Grade Social Studies Day

 

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Sept. 25 – Art  **Crazy Hair Day

Tues., Sept. 26- Steam  **80’s Day

Wed., Sept. 27 – PE  **Favorite Sports Team Day

Thurs., Sept. 28 – Music  **Pajama Day

Fri., Sept. 29  **Eagle Pride Day

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Today we started our KINDNESS CAMPAIGN in the classroom.  This year our focus word is KINDNESS.  We will be doing activities that focus on how we can be kind to others, what kindness looks like in our classroom and home, and kindness to strangers.  Each month we will have some sort of kindness challenge.  Information on the first challenge will be coming home next week.  Today, we made cootie catchers that had questions about kindness.  Their homework is to share these with you and have you answer the questions too!!!
  2. At the beginning each week we will be setting two goals for the classroom.  The students are the ones who will brainstorm the ideas for these goals.  This week the goals were  1.  Earn 3 Good Behavior Bingos and    2.  Have the Yacker Tracker alarm (stoplight for noise) go off 3 times or less during Reading Workshop.  If the kids reached their goal, everyone would earn $2.00 in classroom money.  I am excited to say that the kids reached both goals today!!!  Awesome job!  Next week the classroom store will be open for the first time.  Students will be able to spend their classroom money!!  Exciting times!!
  3. A shout out to Mrs. Butler…..she dropped off popsicles to the kids this afternoon.  A wonderful treat to help us cool down!!
  4. SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS are due this coming Monday, Sept. 25.  You can place your orders online or send in the paper order with a check.  Thank you!