Field Day- June 14th

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Field day is just around the corner. It will follow the same format as last year’s summer field day. Student go to the stations they want to go to when they want to go to it. They can repeat stations as much as they want.

  • 9:30AM- Come to South Field
  • 9:35 AM-Events Begin
  • 10:10 AM- 5 Minute Water and Snack Break
  • 10:55 AM- Events Finish

Popsicles

Student may travel from the events as they wish and may visit the popsicle station once during the event.  The parents running the popsicle station will take their wrist band.

Medal

Each student will receive a “medal”.  Please write their name on it so it is easy to know it is theirs.  At each event they will receive a sticker the first time they complete the station.

Events

7th Grade students will be running each of the stations.  The first time a student completes a station they will receive a sticker on their medal so they know they have been there.  It is okay for students to go back more then once they just won’t receive a sticker.

First Aid

There is a first aid kit in the tunnel with the popsicles.

Students

Should have Water bottle, Jacket, Athletic Shoes, Athletic Clothes, Snack.

 

Playground Closure

We are excited to announce that our playground will be remodeled over the summer. Much of the current equipment and the play surface will be replaced. We are working with a reputable company that complies with safety standards.

In order for the playground to be complete in time for the new school year, we will need to close the current playground on June 1. Barriers will be constructed to keep children away from the work that will be happening in June and throughout the summer. The barriers will allow for a safe passage from the bridge to the school entrance nearest the kinder classrooms.

From June 1 to the end of the school year, students that arrive to school in the morning should go to the following areas for supervision:

Grades

Monday, Tuesday,  Thursday,  Friday

           Wednesday

Pre-K

8:00 – 8:25 – Leave student bags at the classroom and then walk your child down to the field. We will pick the children up at the field at 8:25.

8:45 – 9:10 – Leave student bags at the classroom and then walk your child down to the field. We will pick the children up at the field at 8:25.

K-3

8:00 – 8:25 – Students should leave their bags against the wall in the tunnel and then go down to the field. We will pick the children up at the field. If it is raining, children should go to the South Cafeteria

8:45 – 9:10 – Students should leave their bags against the wall in the tunnel and then go down to the field. We will pick the children up at the field. If it is raining, children should go to the South Cafeteria

4-5

8:00 – 8:25 – Students should take their bags to the Green Top. They will be excused to their classes. If it is raining, children should go to the South Gym.

8:45 – 9:10 – Students should take their bags to the Green Top. They will be excused to their classes. If it is raining, children should go to the South Gym.

Please note that we do not have supervision available for children before 8:00 on each day except Wednesdays. On Wednesdays we do not have supervision available before 8:45. If children arrive early, they need to be supervised by a responsible adult.

We are so excited for our new playground and the opportunities that it will offer all of our students!

What’s Happening in G2

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  • Spring 2019 MAP Schedule – ES Image result for map testing
  • Tuesday as a Friday

    We will follow a Friday schedule on Tuesday, May 14. Children will attend SST classes that they normally have on a Friday. ASAs will not apply to the Friday rule. Normal Tuesday ASAs will take place on the 14th.

  • Senses Awakened: last regularly scheduled day for Senses Awakened will be on Wednesday, May 8.
  • Mark your calendars! Student Council is hosting International Culture Day next Friday, May 17. 

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How We Express Ourselves

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Dear Families,

Our class is beginning to explore light and sound! In the coming weeks, we’ll be experimenting with a lot of fun stuff to discover all we can about these two important concepts.

These are the core topics for this unit:

  • sounds are made from vibrations
  • sounds vary in pitch (high/low) and volume (loud/soft)
  • Light can come from natural or artificial sources
  • Light can pass through some objects, but not others
  • light can reflect off some objects
  • we use sound and light to communicate

Important vocabulary for this unit includes:

  • vibration
  • pitch
  • volume
  • wave
  • reflective
  • illumination
  • translucent
  • transparent
  • opaque
  • communication
  • mirror
  • refraction

For upcoming experiments, your child will need to bring a wire coat hanger, a toilet paper roll and an empty tissue box. If possible, please bring these items by Monday, May 6th. Thank you!

Student Led Conferences – March 28th

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We are very excited about student-led conferences on Thursday, March 28th.   It’s a great opportunity for the kids to share what they’ve been learning and working on in our classrooms.

We would offer a few suggestions for Thursday. Please:

  • Do let them lead.  It is very tempting to want to take over and guide the discussion.  If you can, please don’t.

That said, do help keep them on task and on schedule.  If they want to spend 30 minutes talking about math, please don’t let them.  We are well-balanced learners. Please encourage them to show you the evidence of that.

  • Do ask questions. We’ve been working all year on supporting details.  Your child should be able to provide them. Feel free to push a little.
  • Do celebrate the good. All of them have many reasons to be proud.  Acknowledge those.
  • Do celebrate the opportunity to learn. Mistakes happen. We hope that the kids will show you work that is maybe less-than-perfect.  When they do, ask them what they learned from their less-than-perfect work.
  • Do be present. We know we’re all excited about our holidays and that we’ve all got at least twenty other things going on right now. For an hour on Thursday, please make sure that your cell phones are off and that your child is the center of attention.

Again,we are very excited about Thursday, and we look forward to seeing you all here.

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Please note that Student-led Conferences are interactive experiences. The teachers and students will spend much time and effort preparing the classroom so that your child can share their learning journey with you. It is not possible for teachers to recreate this rich experience on an alternate day. As such, teachers will NOT be able to reschedule Student-led Conferences for a different day. We highly encourage you to plan to attend the conferences on March 28. As always, if you have specific questions about your child’s progress, please contact the teacher to speak with them. This is true for classroom teachers and single subject teachers.

Rescheduling Student Led Conferences

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Please note that Student-led Conferences are interactive experiences. The teachers and students will spend much time and effort preparing the classroom so that your child can share their learning journey with you. It is not possible for teachers to recreate this rich experience on an alternate day. As such, teachers will NOT be able to reschedule Student-led Conferences for a different day. We highly encourage you to plan to attend the conferences on March 28. As always, if you have specific questions about your child’s progress, please contact the teacher to speak with them. This is true for classroom teachers and single subject teachers.

Thank you for coming to our EXPO!

Dear Grade 2 Families,

Thank you to coming and supporting your child at the EXPO today. It was wonderful to see everyone engaged and excited about learning!

Grade 2 Teachers

Please note that Student Led Conferences are coming soon! 

On March 28th we will have our Student-led Conferences’ Day. Sign ups will begin on March 14. Information on the conferences and how to sign up are included in this letter. The deadline for signing up is on March 27th, 12:00.  Please use this link to signup.

During conferences, students will be sharing the progress they have made this academic year. Parents are always free to schedule an additional meeting with teachers on another day if they would like a more detailed conversation with their child’s teacher. Each session is scheduled for a one hour block with up to five families at a time in the classroom.  For more information about student led conferences, please click on this link.

To sign-up for Student-Led-Conferences please follow the step-by-step instruction links, beginning March 14:

For registered users:

http://www.aas.ru/pages/resources-pages/timecenter-instructions-for-registered-users

For new users:

http://www.aas.ru/resources/timecenter-instructions

To schedule a conference with an Elementary School (ES) teacher, please select the name of your child’s homeroom teacher you’d like to meet with and select a convenient time slot.

There is no sign-up required for Single Subject teachers. They will also have learning engagements set up. I encourage you to visit them.

If you need to have a meeting with Dr. Graybill (the School Physiologist jospeh.graybill@aas.ru ), Ms. Sharon Ronan (ES Counselor sharon.ronan@aas.ru ), or Mrs. Donna Hinton donna.hinton@aas.ru directly to book a time slot for the day of the conferences.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for scheduling your appointments!

Sincerely,

Michelle Alzamora

 

Our week before the break….

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Unit of Inquiry

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Our second graders are spending this week planning, tinkering, and building their compound machines. We have visited our Tinker lab last week to learn about the different tools and materials they could use to create their machines. Students have been given choices to work together in groups, by pairs or individually. They are very excited about this project.

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Literacy

  • Writing

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We are starting our Punctuation unit this week. The big idea of this unit is  Writers use punctuation to craft their writing in order to create meaning for their reader. 

Guiding Questions:

  1. What is punctuation?
  2. Why do writers use punctuation?
  3. How can punctuation change the meaning?
  4. How do we use punctuation?
  • Reading 

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We will continue our unit on Book Clubs until after the break. Students seem to enjoy sharing their questions, reactions and connections about the books they are reading. Students are starting to recommend books that they love to their friends.

 

Math

Students will continue to learn different strategies in adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. Here’s what we’re doing this week.G2 Unit 4 Topic E Newsletter

Friday, February 15th – Superhero Dress-up Day

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Have a great week!

 

Please come and join Grade 2 on Tuesday morning,  March 5th, 2019  to experience our EXPO on our Unit of Inquiry for How the World Works through the eyes of your child.

Your child will guide you through the entire process of a unit, from “Tuning In” –> “Finding Out” –> “Sorting Out” –> “Going Further”, “Making Conclusions” –> “Taking Action”.  Come and experience your child’s learning journey. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Who: G2 students

What: Expo of Learning (How the World Works: People explore their understanding of forces and motion in order to create and invent)

When: Tuesday, March 5th, 8:45 – 9:20

Where: Grade 2 Learning Corridor

Students will need to come to school wearing their formal uniform.

 

Message from the PE Department

Hi All,

 This is our last week for ice skating.  After the February break we will be in our team building and fitness units.

 This week the rink is still open but it will soften as temps again go above freezing.  

 In any case, keeping it safe, we will skate this week unless it rains or the ice becomes too soft.

 Often our lighter skaters (grades pre-k to 2nd grade) can continue to skate when heavier/older grade skaters cannot.

 We will inform you ahead of time of any closures so that parents assisting can save a trip to school.

 For now all students should be ready to skate.

 Thank you very much!

 

 

 

Welcome Back from Winter Break!

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Happy New Year! We hope that you were able to relax and had some fun with your children. Now it is time to get normal – daily routines will return and school begins for us once again. Another busy month ahead of us.

Unit of Inquiry (How We Organize Ourselves)

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Students will continue  to research, plan for, and  create their product/s. They should be able to explain the process of how their product is made and present it to an audience. Watching children get excited about their presentation is what makes it more exciting!

Math (Addition and Subtraction within 200 and word problems to 100)

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We will be starting our 4th unit in Math. The central idea for this unit is Mathematicians use strategies to add and subtract in order to solve problems. 

The lines of inquiry for this unit are:

  • the properties of addition and subtraction
  • the role of place value in addition and subtraction within 1000
  • the effectiveness and efficiency of various strategies based on the problem

Here’s how you can help at home Grade_2_Module_4 Tips_for_Parents (1)

Language Arts

Reading: We will spend the next couple of weeks learning more about NON-Fiction genres. The big idea for this unit is Nonfiction readers notice, learn and question.

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Guiding Questions:

  1. What is different between fiction and nonfiction text?
  2. How do we know whether a book is a non-fiction text?
  3. What do readers do before, during and after reading nonfiction?
  4. What are the genres of nonfiction?
  5. What are different features found in nonfiction text?
  6. How do the features help the reader understand the nonfiction text?

Writing: We are starting a new unit in Writing, How-to-Writing. This unit is directly related to our Unit of Inquiry (How We Organize Ourselves). The big idea of this unit is Writers write to inform their readers about a process.

  1. How to make something
  2. How to do something
  3. How something is made

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Guiding Questions:

  1. What is a process?
  2. How do writers write to their audience?
  3. What strategies do writers use to help inform?
  4. Why do writers inform? (audience and purpose)

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– Ice Skating: Begins  Jan. 9-Feb. 14
– Term 3 of Penguin Clubs/After-School        activities:  Begins on Monday, Jan. 14
– Winter MAP testing: During the weeks of Jan. 14-22
– PTO Visiting Artists: Jan. 23-26

– G2 Swim session #2: Begins the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1
– ES Winter Field Day: Friday, Feb. 1
– ES Report Cards: Issued Friday, Feb.1
– February Break: Feb. 16-Feb. 24

Hope you have a great week!