Mrs. McDonald's Newsletter

September 28 - October 2, 2015


This week in literacy we will continue to practice identifying the story elements and morals in fables. The students have done a wonderful job at this skill so far. We will be having a district assessment next week over this skill.

We have been working really hard on writing complete sentences compared to writing fragments and run-on sentences. This has been a struggle for many of the students. Therefore, we are going to slow down this week and review what is needed for a sentence (a noun, verb, and a complete thought with the correct capitalization and punctuation). We will be making sentence books and practicing expanding sentences by adding more details. Towards the end of the week, we will be writing another personal narrative. In addition to the reading assessment next week, we will also have a writing assessment about the student's best day of school.

In spelling, we will be focusing on the 'ai' pattern and how it makes the long 'a' sound. There will also be several challenge words from our expedition. The students do not have to practice these.


Last week we took the chapter 2 math test covering addition. The students did really well on this overall! For the next several weeks, we will be focusing on subtracting numbers up to 20. We will also review number bonds (fact families) to see how addition and subtraction are related to one another.

Please continue to help your child practice learning addition and subtraction facts within 20. Being fluent with these facts is an important part of second grade math and will make double and triple-digit problems easier to do later in the year. If you need suggestions about games to play to practice this skill, please email me.


An important part of our community expedition will be studying economics. Starting this week we will be looking at what an economy is, different jobs, the common good, wants vs. needs, and goods vs. services. This is often tricky for many of the students, especially learning the vocabulary. To help, the students will be earning "money" (fake play money) for doing their classroom jobs, being on task, and for good behavior. Mrs. Bockstruck's class and our class, will be using Class Dojo to keep track of behavior points. At the end of the week, the students can spend their money on Fun Friday activities or can choose to save the money to earn an activity for the whole class. Our hope is that it will make economics a little more simple to understand as well as learn some valuable lessons with money.

Class Dojo and Weekly Folders

There will be a letter going home on Monday about Class Dojo. It can be used on a computer, iPad, or phone and allows you to be more connected to our classroom. Please click on the link below for more information.

Class Dojo:

As a school, Summit has decided to start sending home weekly folders every Tuesday. There will be a letter going home on Monday to explain these. These will not replace our classroom folders, which we will continue to use to take work home (work that is already been completed or that is homework).

Reading with our Big Buddies! Thank you Mr. Young's CREW!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 1st: Parent's Curriculum Night from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 5th: Expedition Fieldwork to Green Bluff! 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15th: Summit's Bike Rodeo from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (there will be more information on this coming soon)