2D Weekly News
Week ending January 14th
I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.
The week is a short one this week, with a full day Tuesday and the day off on Thursday.
MAPS testing begins tomorrow at 8am and will be every morning this week.
As the new school entry procedure begins tomorrow, thank you in advance for helping to remind your children to bring their dragon bands to school each day. In 2D we have a hook up system which will mean their bands remain in class on their personal hook until the end of the day. They had a few practice runs of how it will work and I feel the system will work well.
2D students representing ASD at cross country
January 17-20 - MAPS Testing 8am -9am
January 18 - 8:10-9:00 Let’s Do Math Grade 2 strategies presentation - sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iqL1voq9BlbnmhN8UGcvSRRdalicd7aVEV3mjijxYIM/viewform?c=0&w=1
January 19 - Full Day of School
January 21 - No School
January 24-28 - Visiting Artist – Danny Gregory, visiting artist
January 28 - Spirit Day: Dress as Your Future Self
New Entry to Campus Procedures
Starting tomorrow, January 17th, 2016 there will be some changes for students and parents entering the ASD Campus supporting student safety. All students will be required to scan their Dragon Wristband entering and exiting the campus. It is recommended that you remind your child to wear their wristband daily. Replacement Dragon bands may be purchased at the front desk of the Administrative entrance for 50 qr. Wristbands will be distributed to Lower Elementary Students next week by their teachers. Your childs dragon band will be labeled with their name by a key tag. We kindly ask parents to keep this label on the wrist band for easy identification.
Parents and domestic staff will not be permitted through Gate 5 for morning drop off. Students
may enter through Gate 5 using their wristbands and teachers will be there to supervise starting at 7:40 AM. Parents wishing to accompany their children to classes are asked to enter through Gates 8 & 10.
Pick-up procedures will remain the same, parents will be able to enter and exit the campus through Gate 5 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM. Pick up procedures for PACT Tuesdays and our Pre-K Students will also remain the same, parents will be able to enter through Gate 5 at 12:15 PM. We kindly ask parents and guests to enter through Gate 8 during the school day. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work to keep our school safe and continue the improvements to the ASD campus.
Our next Lower Elementary Principals’ Coffee is scheduled for January 19, 2016. Our music teachers will be hosting a music education session to introduce parents to the Elementary music curriculum and the role of music in a child’s life.
In addition, we will be introducing a new component to our Principals’ Coffees and that is a Parent Forum. There will be time devoted at every Principals’ Coffee for the remainder of the school year for a Parent Forum, during which the principals will address general themes raised by parents, which have been submitted in advance. Please attend the Principals Coffee for more information.
Regarding our Previous Math Unit
Telling time to the five minute mark falls under our measurement grade, and it is the measurement standard taught this trimester. It would be helpful to reinforce telling time at home. Students will be informally assessed periodically throughout the trimester. However, this one formal assessment and short unit will be the one under the measurement standard during our next reporting period.
Reading & Writing
New strategies for notating mental math were taught this week along with review of those previously learned. Students practiced decomposing numbers into tens and ones, with number bonds, in order to add by place or make the nearest ten. The arrow way notation was practiced with addition and subtraction allowing students to add up or count back at their comfort level. If you have a chance to attend the interactive information session this coming Monday, Carol, our math coordinator, will be demonstrating the addition and subtraction strategies taught in this unit.
Reading & Writing
Reading: We’ve been looking into realistic fiction books with characters who give us something to talk and write about. Students have also been capturing their ideas on different colored Post-its thinking about how the author leaves clues using thoughts, actions, feelings and dialogue. While listening to books read aloud, students are thinking about why they think the way they do about a character. We’ve been practicing supporting our thinking using sentence frames: I think Character’s name is _________ because ______________________. No matter which fiction book your child is reading, there will usually be a who, wanting something, acting a certain way for a certain reason. The discussion part is often based around ‘why is the character behaving that way?’ We’ve had some wonderful discussions this week!
Writing: In the new genre of realistic fiction , students have been investigating the structure and conventions authors use to add detail to their stories. They have been looking at different leads to introduce their story and pulling the reader in. Many students have been noticing and practicing using dialogue in their own stories. They have also been succeeding or attempting to write about character's actions that 'show-don't-tell', and making characters believable to readers through their thoughts, actions and feelings. All the students have planned and are drafting their first story.
This week students were introduced to the concept of seasons around the world. While some places have 4 distinct seasons others may just have 2, a dry and wet season. Students also learned that seasons are different in the northern and southern hemisphere. Take a moment to talk about the seasons in your home country with your child and decided how many seasons there are.