Vogels Voice

January Newsletter

Swing Into Our Learning

Reading - The students are doing a great job determining the Theme of stories (the message the author wants me to remember when I close the book) using the main idea and details. After break we will wrap up the second marking period with inferring. Students will review how to use their schema (what they already know) and clues from the text to figure out what the author doesn't tell us outright in the text.

Writing - We enjoyed some holiday writing activities while trying to keep with our topic of opinion writing and letter writing - we wrote letters to Santa telling him why we would be the best reindeer for the job - these turned out really cute so we laminated them and sent them home before break! The students worked on a project where they wrote about the best part of them - again super cute and they are hanging on our bulletin board. When we return in January we will finish our work with opinion writing before moving onto informational writing.

Math - The students have been doing a great job with place value and comparing and contrasting numbers. We will be working on mental math and how to solve two digit addition problems. Students will look at adding tens and ones to solve the problems and we will cover several strategies for solving problems without regrouping moving into problems where they will need to regroup. I recommend that students find the strategy that works best for them when solving these problems. Our spiral review will continue to focus on money (up to 50 cents), time to the half hour and math facts.

Science - No science topic currently.

Social Studies - We are working on identifying the responsibilities of community leaders and who some of our leaders are. So far we have covered The President, The Governor and The Mayor. After Christmas break we will discuss how to be a good citizen and what we can do to be a good citizen.

Teacher Notes

We had a great time at Junior High West on Tuesday watching the holiday concert. In the afternoon we spent time rotating around the second grade classrooms making ornaments. On Wednesday we kicked off the day with a Holiday Sing-a-long here at BES. Then we headed back to the classroom for some Polar Express Fun! The students had a yummy snack of donuts and milk.

I hope everyone was able to spend quality time with family and friends this holiday. Hoping that 2016 is a wonderful year for all of you!

Happy Birthday

No January Birthdays:(

Important Dates

1/1 - No School

1/5 - Keeping touches safe preview for parents 7pm

1/18 - No School

1/22 - End of 2nd Quarter

1/27 - Early Dismissal

1/28 - School Physicals

King/Queen of the Jungle

King/Queen of the Jungle has begun! Hopefully you had a chance to read over the information letter to learn what it is and when your child will have a turn. Here are this month's Kings/Queens:

Johnny - 1/4

Luke - 1/11

Connor H. - 1/25

Mya - 2/1


  • Students will not have daily homework - they should be reading for 15-20 minutes daily, practicing the word study pattern and reviewing math concepts.
  • A blue math menu was sent home for the second quarter (there was a typo at the top where it said first quarter - it is for second marking period!)
  • Send one healthy snack each day

Technology Corner

If you are looking for practice on various math skills check out the website above - First In Math. This is something new we have started in the classroom and the students love it. Each child can log in with the same log in they use for the computer at school - if anyone needs this info just email me and I can send it to you.
Above is a link to the website we used for the computer coding lesson we did in class. I encourage you to visit this site with your child and help them complete another tutorial at home.