Mrs. Mack's 2nd Grade Classroom

Weekly Newsletter - Week of 9/7/15

What's Happening This Week!

~ Parent/Student Interest Surveys Due back, Tuesday, Sept. 8

~ Homework- Spelling TicTacToe (Due Friday) and Reading Logs (Due Friday)

~ Curriculum Night, Wednesday, 6:30pm (Parents ONLY)

~ Shoes! - Some of our friends are having trouble tying their shoes here at school! As you continue to practice at home, please make sure your child wears shoes that he/she can keep tied or Velcro by themselves! Thank you!!!

What are we Learning?

Reading - We are continuing our Launch Unit in Reading. This week, students will learn how to have a discussion about what they are reading, make a movie in their mind, and take notes on nonfiction texts. Our Launch unit sets the stage for the our whole year and teaches our students how to be independent readers and thinkers.

I am sending home a Reading Log for your child's homework this week. Please read 15-20 minutes each night with your child and record what they've read. They can then select 3 of those books to write about/share their understanding of the book. It can be 2-3 sentences. Their Reading Logs are due back on Friday. Unfortunately, our library is not open yet, if your child needs books from school please let me know.

Spelling - This year, Spelling will be a little different. We will not have a traditional Pre/Post test each year as the District's grading system for spelling has changed. However, we still feel it is important that 2nd graders practice their spelling. Students will still receive weekly spelling lists that correspond to the skills we are learning in our Fundations Phonics program. They will also be required to complete 3 activities during the week to practice that week's spelling words. They can choose activities from our Spelling Tic Tac Toe packet. Please look for your child's list and packet in Tuesday's Homework folder. Students will be assessed on their ability to apply these spelling patterns to their writing at the end of each quarter. Thus, their quarterly spelling grade can be found in the Writing section of the report card. All homework is due back on Friday.

Writing - We are beginning our Narrative Writing Unit. Students will learn how to pick Small Moments from their lives to write about. They will also practice writing good beginnings.

Math - For our Measurement & Data Unit, students will learn to use the following measuring tools: tape measure, ruler, meter stick, and yard stick. We'll practice measuring objects, ourselves, and things around our room. We will also compare our measurements using addition and subtraction sentences.

Science - What are scientists? Our first unit explores scientist, their job description, and the tools they use.

Important Dates to Remember

~ Labor Day, No School - Monday, Sept. 7

~ PTO Fundraiser Sent Home - Tuesday, Sept. 8

~ Curriculum Night - Wednesday, Sept. 9 -6:30pm

~ Willow Creek Fun Run Thursday, 9/17 (2nd graders run at 11am)

~No School - Friday, 9/18

~ Young Rembrandt's Drawing Class Begins - Friday, 9/25 (Flyers in Friday's Take Home Folder).