Weekly Update – May 14 – 18

We survived another week!  Only 14 more wake ups!  Here is what we accomplished this week:

MATH –  This week we started our final unit in Math.  We are focusing on beginning multiplication (arrays) and fractions!

READING – The 2nd graders have been working hard on their animal research posters.  Next week we will start the oral presentations.  We are excited to learn about some interesting animals.

WRITING – We are also working on writing our animal research into a non-fiction booklet.  The kids are doing a great job writing independently.

UPCOMING DATES:

MAY
25………………….Memorial Day Program **Wear a blue shirt!
28…………………Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL

JUNE

1…………………..2nd Grade Field Trip

8………………….Early Release/Last Day

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., May 21 – Steam

Tues., May 22 – Gym

Wed., May 23 – Music

Thurs., May 24 – Art

Fri., May 25 – Steam

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Continue sending in your plastic bottle caps.  We are hoping to collect enough caps to help make a Buddy Bench for our playground.  Keep collecting!!
  2. We are working hard at school doing Xtra Math and learning those math facts.  Please have your 2nd grader get on Xtra Math at least a couple of times during the week and weekend.  Any practice they can get will help!!  Congratulations to Josie and Jessalyn  for getting their Addition certificate and congratulations to Ireland and Brielle  for receiving their Subtraction certificate.
  3. SAVE THE DATE:  On Friday, June 1, the 2nd graders will be taking their end of the year field trip to Hughes Park and Hudsonville Lanes.  All parents are welcomed to join us!  Field trip money is due by next Friday, May 25.
  4. Next week Friday, May 25, we will be having our Memorial Day Program and Run.  2nd graders are asked to wear blue shirts.  We hope you can come and enjoy the program with us.  Everyone is welcomed!

Weekly Update – April 30 – May 4

We survived another week!  Here is what we accomplished this week:

MATH –  In math we continued to work on triple digit addition and subtraction.  We learned how to check our problems by doing the opposite operations.  So if we did  a subtraction problem, we learned how we can add the numbers back together to check our work.

READING – We continued reading Fables, Folktales, and Fairy Tales.  We did some comparing and contrasting of characters and of different versions of the same story.  We also worked on reading Fables and learning what moral or lesson the story teaches.

WRITING – This week the 2nd graders worked on finishing their final small moment narratives.  I’m excited to read them to see the awesome progress they made this year as writers.

UPCOMING DATES:

MAY

5……………………..Daddy Daughter Dance
8…………………….Literacy Night @ Alward
11……………………Early Release
15…………………..Jet’s Pizza Night
25………………….Memorial Day Program
28…………………Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL

JUNE

1…………………..2nd Grade Field Trip

8………………….Early Release/Last Day

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., May 7 – Art

Tues., May 8 – Steam

Wed., May 9 – Gym

Thurs., May 10 – Music

Fri., May 11 – Art

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Continue sending in your plastic bottle caps.  We are hoping to collect enough caps to help make a Buddy Bench for our playground.  Keep collecting!!
  2. We are working hard at school doing Xtra Math and learning those math facts.  Please have your 2nd grader get on Xtra Math at least a couple of times during the week and weekend.  Any practice they can get will help!!  Congratulations to Bennett and Adam  for getting their Addition certificate and congratulations to Brennen, Meagan, Devon S., Wyatt, Zachary and Kylan  for receiving their Subtraction certificate.
  3. SAVE THE DATE:  On Friday, June 1, the 2nd graders will be taking their end of the year field trip to Hughes Park and Hudsonville Lanes.  All parents are welcomed to join us!  A note will be coming home in a couple of weeks.
  4. This week we started Junior Achievement.  Mrs. Berens, an Alward mom and member of our community, is coming on Thursdays during May to teach us lessons about a  community, it’s workers, and economics.
  5. Book Fair is next week.  We will  be looking and buying books next week.  You can also purchase books at the Literacy Night on May 8.
  6. Remember:  Animal research is due by on Monday, May 7!!!

Weekly Update – April 23 – 27

Another week down…..Here is what we accomplished this week:

MATH –  In math we continued to work on triple digit addition and subtraction.  We even managed to do some 1,000 problems.  The 2nd graders are doing great!

READING – We continued reading Fables, Folktales, and Fairy Tales.  We focused this week on learning about  characters through their gestures, words, and actions.  We also looked at interesting vocabulary words and used dictionaries to look up words.

WRITING – This week the 2nd graders started writing their final, independent narrative.  They have a checklist they are working through to make sure they have included  all the story elements.

UPCOMING DATES:

APRIL
27……………………Popcorn Friday

MAY

5……………………..Daddy Daughter Dance
8…………………….Literacy Night @ Alward
11……………………Early Release
15…………………..Jet’s Pizza Night
25………………….Memorial Day Program
28…………………Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL

JUNE

1…………………..2nd Grade Field Trip

8………………….Early Release/Last Day

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., April 30 – Music

Tues., May 1 – Art

Wed., May 2 – Steam

Thurs., May 3 – Gym

Fri., May 4 – Music

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1.  Continue sending in your plastic bottle caps.  We are hoping to collect enough caps to help make a Buddy Bench for our playground Keep collecting!!
  2. We are working hard at school doing Xtra Math and learning those math facts.  Please have your 2nd grader get on Xtra Math at least a couple of times during the week and weekend.  Any practice they can get will help!!  Congratulations to Zachary, Devin K, and Ireland  for getting their Addition certificate and congratulations to RJ, Brianne, Drew, and Noelle  for receiving their Subtraction certificate.
  3. SAVE THE DATE:  On Friday, June 1, the 2nd graders will be taking their end of the year field trip to Hughes Park and Hudsonville Lanes.  All parents are welcomed to join us!  A note will be coming home in a couple of weeks.

Weekly Happenings – April 9 – 13

We had a great first week back.  Here is what we have been working on in the classroom:

MATH –  In math we started Unit 6.  This week we focused on reviewing place value by practicing drawing 3 digit numbers using base-10 blocks and writing numbers in expanded form.  We also reviewed more than, less than, and equal to.

READING – We started a new unit this week.  For the next several weeks we are going to be reading fairy tales, folktales, and fables.  This week we read an example of each type of story and learned the different story elements for each.

WRITING – This week the kids wrote their final review independently.  This was their chance to show me what they learned about writing persuasive reviews.  This piece will be graded for the report card.  Next week we will spend some time reviewing Small Moment Narratives.  Then the kids will write their final, independent narrative.

UPCOMING DATES:

APRIL
13………………Family Movie Night @ Celebration
16……………..Family Genius Night @ Alward
24……………………..Jet’s Pizza Night
27……………………Popcorn Friday

MAY

5……………………..Daddy Daughter Dance
8…………………….Literacy Night @ Alward
11……………………Early Release
15…………………..Jet’s Pizza Night
25………………….Memorial Day Program
28…………………Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL

JUNE

8……………………………………Early Release/Last Day

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., April 16 – Steam

Tues., April 17 – Gym

Wed., April 18 – Music

Thurs., April 19  – Art

Fri., April 20 – Steam

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1.  Please remember to still send your 2nd with a coat for the cold mornings!!  The kids seem to think that just because the sun is shining that is is WARM……hopefully we won’t have to worry about coats much longer!
  2.  Continue sending in your plastic bottle caps.  We are hoping to collect enough caps to help make a Buddy Bench for our playground!  This week we collected 7.6 pounds of caps.  Keep collecting!!
  3. We are working hard at school doing Xtra Math and learning those math facts.  Please have your 2nd grader get on Xtra Math at least a couple of times during the week and weekend.  Any practice they can get will help!!  Congratulations to Tyler, Brielle, Drew, and Brianne for getting their Addition certificate and congratulations to Jaydon for receiving his Subtraction certificate.

Weekly Happenings – March 19-23

Only 4 more school days until Spring Break…..I hope you are all planning to go or do something fun!!  Here is what we have been working on this week in the classroom:

MATH –  In math we have been working on making and interpreting picture graphs and bar graphs!  Next week we will take Unit 5 test!!

READING – We continued reading nonfiction this week.  Our lessons focused on asking questions, nonfiction text features, & making connections.  We will finish up nonfiction next week.

WRITING – We continued working on our reviews this week.  We wrote our catchy lead, our opinion, the background information, and started on our reasons why we like the thing we are reviewing.  The kids are doing a great job being reviewers!!

UPCOMING DATES:

March
23rd………………….Popcorn Friday
24th………………….PTC Carnival
30th………………….Spring Break Begins

APRIL

9th …………………School Resumes

13th…….…………Early Release

13th………………Family Movie Night @ Celebration

16th ………………STEAM Night @ Alward

24th…………….Jet’s Pizza Night

27th…………………..Popcorn Friday

MAY

11th……………..Early Release

15th……………..Jet’s Pizza Night

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., March 26 – Steam

Tues., March 27 – Gym

Wed., March 28 – Music

Thurs., Marach 29 – Art

Fri., March 30 – No School

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1.  Please remember to still send your 2nd with a coat for the cold mornings!!  The kids seem to think that just because the sun is shining that is is WARM……hopefully we won’t have to worry about coats much longer!
  2.  Continue sending in your plastic bottle caps.  We are hoping to collect enough caps to help make a Buddy Bench for our playground!
  3. We are working hard at school doing Xtra Math and learning those math facts.  Please have your 2nd grader get on Xtra Math at least a couple of times during the week and weekend.  Any practice they can get will help!!  Congratulations to Noelle & Meagan who earned their Addition Certificate this week!  Our goal is to get everyone through addition and subtraction!!

Weekly Happenings – March 12 – 16

We had a another busy week.  Here is what we worked on this week:

MATH –  In math we started unit 5.  We worked on clocks and telling time.  We are practicing telig time to the hour and 5 minute.  We also practiced drawing the hands on the clocks!

READING – This week we started Unit 6 titled Nonfiction Book Clubs.  The kiddos are working with partners and are reading nonfiction books on a specific topic. We are doing activities that help us reinforce nonfiction reading strategies.   This week we learned about how photographs can give us lots of information, how diagrams can give us new or repeat information, identifying the main idea, comparing and contrasting books.

WRITING – We started our opinion/persuasive writing unit this week.  We will be writing reviews of our favorite foods, movies, books, restaurants, or games.  We talked about what reviews are.  We also had the chance to become food critics/reviewers.  We tried different types of chips and reviewed them.  Next week we will start our own reviews.

UPCOMING DATES:

March
20th………………….Jet’s Pizza Night
23rd………………….Popcorn Friday
24th………………….PTC Carnival
30th………………….Spring Break Begins

APRIL

9th …………………School Resumes

13th…….…………Early Release

13th………………Family Movie Night @ Celebration

16th ………………STEAM Night @ Alward

24th…………….Jet’s Pizza Night

27th…………………..Popcorn Friday

MAY

11th……………..Early Release

15th……………..Jet’s Pizza Night

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., March 19 – Art

Tues., March 20 – Steam

Wed., March 21 – Gym

Thurs., Marach 22 – Music

Fri., March 23 – Art

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1.  Reminder:  Please have your 2nd grader keep all toys and sports balls at home.  There is equipment here at school that they can play with.
  2. This is the last week to make a donation to our Sweet & Salty classroom carnival basket.
  3. Thank you all for attending parent-teacher conferences this week.  It was great seeing you all and discussing your kiddos!!
  4.  Continue sending in your plastic bottle caps.  We are hoping to collect enough caps to help make a Buddy Bench for our playground!

Weekly Happenings Feb. 19-23

We had a another busy week.  Here is what we worked on this week:

MATH –  We worked more on addition and subtraction using money and in story problems.  I highly suggest kiddos be practicing their math facts at on either with flashcards or on Xtra Math!

READING/WRITING – This week we continued working on poetry.  We learned about rhyme, rhythm, rhyme schemes, and Haikus!  The kids are having fun reading and writing.

UPCOMING DATES:

March

9th…………………….Early Release
9th…………………….Reading Counts Celebration
12th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
14th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
15th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
15th…………………..PTC Skating Party
20th………………….Jet’s Pizza Night
23rd………………….Popcorn Friday
24th………………….PTC Carnival
30th………………….Spring Break Begins
April 9………………School Resumes

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Feb. 26 – Gym

Tues., Feb. 27 – Music

Wed., Feb. 28 – Art

Thurs., March 1 – Steam

Fri., March 2 – Gym

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1.  READING COUNTS –    I really need your help in making sure your kiddos are reading their library books during the week.  We are trying to help the 2nd graders reach their Reading Count goals by encouraging them to take the quizzes that go along with their library books.  Our goal by March 5 is to reach 30 points.  I will send a report home on Monday with your 2nd graders totals so far.  Our goal by the end of the year is 45 points.
  2. Super Secret Kindness Mission was a success. The kids did a great job showing kindess to their friends!  Thank you for all your help at home!
  3. Clorox Wipes…..we are completely out again.   If I could get each student to donate one tub of wipes we would be set for a long while.  Thank you in advance for your donations!!
  4. Parent Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching.  Please make sure you sign up for a spot using the following link: http://signup.com/go/UtCsuoo

 

Weekly Happenings – Feb. 12 – 16

We had a another busy week.  Here is what we worked on this week:

MATH –  We worked more on some addition and subtraction story problems.  We also worked on fact families using double digit numbers.

READING/WRITING – We started our poetry unit for reading and writing.  This week we learned all about Alliterations….we read them and wrote them.

UPCOMING DATES:
21st…………………….One School One Book Kick Off
23rd……………………Popcorn Friday

March

9th…………………….Early Release
9th…………………….Reading Counts Celebration
12th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
14th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
15th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
15th…………………..PTC Skating Party
20th………………….Jet’s Pizza Night
23rd………………….Popcorn Friday
24th………………….PTC Carnival
30th………………….Spring Break Begins
April 9………………School Resumes

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Feb. 19 – Steam

Tues., Feb. 20 – Gym

Wed., Feb. 21 – Music

Thurs., Feb. 22 – Art

Fri., Feb. 23 – Steam

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1.  READING COUNTS –    I really need your help in making sure your kiddos are reading their library books during the week.  We are trying to help the 2nd graders reach their Reading Count goals by encouraging them to take the quizzes that go along with their library books.  Our goal by March 5 is to reach 30 points.  I will send a report home on Monday with your 2nd graders totals so far.  Our goal by the end of the year is 45 points.
  2. Super Secret Kindness Mission envelopes went home today.  Monday’s secret mission is to write a note to our special friend.  A paper is included in their envelopes that they can use to write the note on.  We talked today about secret ways they can deliver this note on Monday.  We also talked about how important it is to keep the name of their secret friend a SECRET!!!
  3. Clorox Wipes…..we are completely out again.   If I could get each student to donate one tub of wipes we would be set for a long while.  Thank you in advance for your donations!!

Happy Valentines Day!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped plan our Valentine’s Party!  The 2nd graders had a great time!  Enjoy the pictures!

Weekly Happenings – Feb. 5-9

We had a very short week but here is what we are working on:

MATH –  We worked more on double and triple digit subtraction problems.  We also practiced subtracting money values.  Next week we start our 2nd round of story problems.

READING – This week we wrapped up our series reading.  We will soon be starting a short poetry unit.

WRITING – We will be finishing up our realistic fiction stories this week.  We will also be writing poetry to go along with our reading unit.

UPCOMING DATES:

13th…………………….Jet’s Pizza Night
14th…………………….Valentine’s Day Parties
21st…………………….One School One Book Kick Off
23rd……………………Popcorn Friday

March

9th…………………….Early Release
9th…………………….Reading Counts Celebration
12th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
14th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
15th…………………..Parent Teacher Conferences
15th…………………..PTC Skating Party
20th………………….Jet’s Pizza Night
23rd………………….Popcorn Friday
24th………………….PTC Carnival
30th………………….Spring Break Begins
April 9………………School Resumes

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Feb. 12 – Art

Tues., Feb. 13 – Steam

Wed., Feb. 14 – Gym

Thurs., Feb. 15 – Music

Fri., Feb. 16 – Art

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1.  READING COUNTS –    I really need your help in making sure your kiddos are reading their library books during the week.  We are trying to help the 2nd graders reach their Reading Count goals by encouraging them to take the quizzes that go along with their library books.
  2. Super Secret Kindness Mission will be held next week instead of this week due to the snow day preventing Secret Envelopes from getting sent home on Friday.  They will now come home this coming Friday instead and our secret tasks will start next Monday, Feb. 19.
  3. Clorox Wipes…..we are completely out again.   If I could get each student to donate one tub of wipes we would be set for a long while.  Thank you in advance for your donations!!
  4.  Valentines is quickly appoaching.  Kids can start bring their valentines to deliver to their classmates.  We will be decorating bags on Monday.  Our party is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm