Brilliant Brains Bulletin- 2nd

August & September

Mrs. Rhodes & Mrs. Redmon

Current Studies and Explorations

In Mrs. Rhodes' class, second grade gifted students are beginning a study of robotics. We are beginning by learning all about robots and their uses in today's world (as well as possibilities for the future!) Students will build and program WeDo robots using LEGO (c) bricks. Students will use critical thinking and problem solving to actively build their understanding of programming and coding using a kid-friendly, icon-based software. Later, learners will plan, build, and test their own original robot and program designs. We'll be sharing our journey with you through our student portfolios! (see below) Students will also be working with Mrs. Redmon each week with the study of robotics and both of us will continue to share our progress and our latest news with you!

a message from Mrs. Rhodes

I'm so excited to be a part of your child's education experience this year. The year is off to a great start! This week you should receive a note home about students' digital portfolios. These portfolios will be our place for collecting artifacts of what we do in class and a great way for you to easily view what your child is up to throughout the year. Please complete and return the digital portfolio permission form as soon as possible and have your child return the note to his or her homeroom teacher. Parents, I sent each of you an e-mail. If you did not receive an e-mail from me, this means I don't have your correct and most current e-mail address on file! Please contact me at breigh.rhodes @ so that I can add you to my list. If you do not wish to receive e-mail communication about your child and what we are doing in class, please let me know. Also, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns throughout the year.

a message from Mrs. Redmon

I am so honored to be a part of your child's education this year. I will be working with your child on Tuesdays. I am super excited to continue to teach gifted enrichment. I started in February of last school year & am excited to continue investing in your students. So far this year we are having a blast! Mrs. Rhodes and I will be communicating with you through out the year through student portfolios, newsletters, and our website. I would be thrilled to hear from you if you ever have questions or concerns. Please email me at lisa. redmon @

Check out our website! (click here)

Visit our class website ( often to stay up to date with the latest communication from us! Parents, to protect our privacy, our website pages are password-protected. The password is "gifted215"

check out your digital copy for even more great stuff!

This newsletter may contain hyperlinks, videos, and other media. Don't forget that a digital copy of this newsletter is sent to you via email and is also available on our class website.