Mr. Deris' Weekly Smore 9-16-16

Classroom and Building News and Announcements

Welcome to Smore

What is a Smore? A Smore is a traditional nighttime campfire treat consisting of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. A Smore is also a web-based communication tool for creating highly visual online newsletters and flyers. This year, I am going to create a new Smore each week. Each Friday, I will be sending an email with a new Smore link. Each Smore will include: Photos of the Week, Classroom Announcements, Curriculum Updates, Peek at the Week, Glendale Announcements etc. All current and previous Smore links will also be archived in my Schoology course in the Materials section under the pink Smores folder.

Introducing Our Class: 24 students (12 boys, 12 girls)

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Photos of the Week

Classroom Announcements

Weekly Reading Slips (WRS) Start 9/16/16 and Due 9/23/16:

Each Friday, I will assign a reading log (Weekly Reading Slip) as homework (half sheet of paper). Our first Weekly Reading Slip (WRS) was sent home today 9/16/15 and is due next Friday 9/23/16. Parents, please sign the WRS each night and turn in at the end of the week. By completing a WRS and reading at least 100+ minutes (5x a week), students will receive Deris Tickets based on the number of minutes they read. Students can cash those Deris Tickets in for fun things in the classroom (lunch in the classroom, ball chair usage, special markers etc.). I will accept WRS through Tuesday of the following week for Deris Tickets. Please try to turn these in on Fridays or Mondays once signed. If your child misplaces a WRS, they can be found/printed on Schoology in the material section under the red reading folder.

Weekly Reading Slip September 16-23 (hard copy coming home today 9/16/16):

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Parents are welcome to come in and volunteer in the classroom. Some parents come in once a week, once a month or when they are available throughout the year. Other parents are not able to come into the classroom but are available to do home projects. To volunteer (in or out of the classroom) please email me at If you are coming into the classroom, please let me know which date and time you are coming in. Please allow at least 48-hour notice so I can pull projects for you when you come in.

The following volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the year but will be shared with you through email prior to the event:

  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Party Helpers

I am looking for 1-2 parents to help me plan the fall harvest party. If you would be willing to be a party planner or co-party planner, please email me and we can work together to create a fun harvest party.


A Mystery Reader is someone who comes and reads a picture book to the class as a surprise guest. My hope is to get lots of parents involved, as well as community members and various members of Glendale Elementary and Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools. Part of why this is exciting is that the kids DO NOT KNOW who the Mystery Reader is ahead of time. The morning of the scheduled Mystery Reader, I have 3 clues on the SMART Board. Students try to figure out who is the Mystery Reader before the Mystery Reader arrives sometime later in the day. I ask that if you are a Mystery Reader that you DO NOT TELL your child ahead of time. Let it be a complete surprise. Grandparents are also welcome to participate. The most common time for a Mystery Reader tends to be 9:30 or at the very end of the day around 3:15.

How to Become a Mystery Reader?

Email me if you would like to be a Mystery Reader list. You can note a certain date/time and I will do my best to accommodate you. I will then ask you send me the following via email:

  • Three clues to who you are (don't make them too easy or too hard)
  • Title of the book you want to read (pictures books tend to work best)
  • Specify date(s) and time(s) that work for you. I will then follow up with an email regarding date/time that will work best.


In addition to being a classroom volunteer, home helper, chaperone, party planner/helper and being a Mystery Reader, I am always looking for parents to come in and help teach/demonstrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through a profession or hobby. Do you have a job or hobby that uses STEM? If you do and you would be interested in coming in to teach something, demonstrate or lead an activity, please email me at and we can hopefully find a way to incorporate your profession or hobby into a STEM lesson. Examples include but not limited to: engineers, gardeners, computer programmers, software developer, accountant, architect, contractor etc.

Fall MAP Testing September 19 and 26

What is the MAP Test?

NWEA’s computerized tests are called Measure of Academic Progress or MAP. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level. See attachment at the bottom for the current PLSAS MAP Parent Brochure.

What subjects does MAP assess?

Math and Reading

When is the MAP Test?

At Glendale we test 2nd graders 3x a year: fall, winter and spring. Our class will take the fall MAP Reading Test on Monday, September 19 from 1:05-2:20 in the computer lab and we will take the fall MAP Math Test Monday, September 26 from 1:05-2:20. Please ensure your child gets a good night sleep the night before and has a good breakfast. Reminder your child to not rush, to take his/her time, to read everything carefully including the directions and to try his/her best.

More information, resources and practice websites can be found on my Schoology course in the materials folder under the green District Testing folder. Once your child has taken the test one time, I will show you more specific ways to practice at home using their RIT scores.

Friday Mail Folders Coming Home Today

Friday mail folders are coming home today. Mail folders will typically go home on Fridays. Mail will come home on occasion other days in the week if needed. Please empty your child's mail folder over the weekend and return it empty ASAP the following week. If you are sending forms or other materials back to me or the office, please remind your child to give me those items on Monday morning.

Curriculum Updates

Peek At the Week

Schoology Calendar Updated

Monday, September 19

Day 3 Art

MAP Reading Test @ 1:05-2:20

Math Homework: 1-6

Reading Homework: Read for 20+ Minutes

Tuesday, September 20

Day 4 Gym

Math Homework: 1-7

Reading Homework: Read for 20+ Minutes

Mr. Deris' 2nd Grade Curriculum Night for Parents @ 5:30-6:00pm, Room 211

Wednesday, September 21

Day 5 Media

Math Homework: 1-8

Reading Homework: Read for 20+ Minutes

Thursday, September 22

Day 1 Gym

Carson's Birthday

Math Homework: 1-9

Reading Homework: Read for 20+ Minutes

Friday, September 23

Day 2 Music

Picture Day @ 1:50

Weekly Reading Slip Due

Scholastic Orders Due

Mrs. Wiedemann's Birthday

Math Homework: 1-10

Reading Homework: Read for 20+ Minutes

PTC Back to School Night starting @ 6:15pm

Looking Ahead:
September 26 @1:05-2:20 MAP Math Test

September 30 E-STEM Festival

October 7 Glendale Fun Run
October 13 @ 2:00pm All School Panoramic (Lake Gear, Blue or Gold/Yellow)
October 19-24 No School MEA Break and Teacher Workshops

October 27 Picture Retake Day

Glendale Announcements

Glendale Fun Run - New Fundraiser

The Glendale PTC has decided to host a FUN RUN as our Fall Fundraiser. A FUN RUN is a healthy alternative for fundraising that promotes positive character qualities, healthy habits & having fun while supporting our school! Together, we hope to raise most of our PTC budget with this single event. We need your support in order to achieve the goals for this fundraiser.

On Friday, September 16th a Kick-Off Assembly will take place during the school day. At this time, pledge packets will be sent home with the students at the end of the day. Students will gather online pledges or bring cash/check donations with them to school.

All students will participate in the FUN RUN on Friday, October 7th. The Fun Run will take place during the school day. Each grade level will have their own Fun Run. Students will partake in a warm up exercise then walk/run for approximately 20-30 minutes. Once the walk/run time has expired, the students will enjoy a refreshing snack.

Contact Mr. Deris

Email is typically the best way to get in touch with me unless it's an urgent issue. The best times to reach me at school are between 8:00-9:10, 10:20-11:10 and 3:50-4:00. Please note that I do not always get around to checking emails or voicemails from around 12:00-4:00. Therefore, if there is a transportation change for the same day, please call the office at 952.226.0200.

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