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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G2 Math: Unit 6

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Foundations of Multiplication & Division

From Eureka: Module 6 lays the conceptual foundation for multiplication and division in Grade 3 and the idea that numbers other than 1, 10, and 100 can serve as units. Students learn to make equal groups, moving from concrete work with objects to more abstract pictorial representations. Finally, they learn about even and odd numbers.

 


Linked Unit 6 documents: 

-Unit 6 Parent Tips

-Unit 6 vocabulary

-Unit 6 Topic A

 

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!

New Reading Unit: Fairy Tales, Folktales and Fables

Fairy Tales, Folktales and Fables – Grade 2 Reading Unit

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The Grade 2 students are beginning a new reading unit! Please see the information below regarding the big idea and guiding questions for this unit.

If you have a traditional story that you and your child would like to share with the class(es), please contact your child’s teacher.

Big ideas: Many traditional stories have shared characteristics and structures with connections to real life.

Guiding Questions:

What is a folk tale? What is a fairy tale? What is a fable?

What is the difference between fairy tales and folk tales?

How are fairy tales/folktales/fables written? (structure, perspective)

What is the character’s point of view (perspective)?

What is the plot of the story?

Is there a lesson or a moral?

Where do these stories come from?

Welcome Back

Welcome back from Spring Break vacations.  We hope everyone has had a pleasant week.

Grade 2 is ready to begin again and look forward to things coming up in our calendar.

Friday this week on April 19 is Earth Day and the Eco Fair at AAS and students can wear clothes that are natural earth colors like greens and browns and blues to celebrate the day.  Uniforms are not necessary.

Other days that are coming soon, please mark your calendars

Wednesday, April 17th @ 10 am. Is Grade 2 Author Visit

ASA Term 4 clubs start on April 22nd

April 26th Friday dress like a teacher

May 8th and 9th no school

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.