Mrs. Rish's Class Skills Agenda

April 8

Language Arts

We will be reading My Name is Gabriela from our Story Town book.

We will be focusing on reading and writing poetry over the next several weeks.

We will use lessons from the Lucy Calkins Poetry unit Big Thoughts in Small Packages.

We are continuing to work through the five areas of Daily Five. This design gives students lots of practice in the most essential aspects of literacy.

Spelling Words

snow, snowing, snowed, snowball, use, uses, used, usable, electric, electrical, electrify, electricity, equal, equation, equator

Words with the same base

There will be a spelling test on Friday.


accent, native, aspire, accolade, beyond, create, noticed, literature, award, grand

Please try to use these words in conversations throughout the week.

Science & Social Studies

We continue to discuss how animals help pollinate plants.

We will visit American Village to further our studies of the founding of America.


We will continue Module 6. This module is called: Foundations for Multiplication and Division.

We will complete the mid-module assessment on arrays.

  • I CAN solve word problems involving addition of equal groups in rows and columns.
  • I CAN use square tiles to compose a rectangle, and relate to the array model.
  • I CAN use math drawings to compose a rectangle with square tiles.

Homework Grid

We will continue with homework grids. All work should be turned in together on Friday.

Your child will be asked weekly to complete various assignments on a coded grid. In order to save ink - items are now identified with a star, plus or smiley face. Please do not send partial homework assignments during the week. ITEMS COMPLETED ON THE GRID ARE TO BE TURNED IN WITH THE SIGNED GRID ON FRIDAY OF EACH WEEK. Students should turn in the entire packet each week.

Your student is responsible for getting paper from school; if they do not have any at home. Please encourage your child to head up the paper with student name, number and date. Neatness and effort are necessary for these assignments to be meaningful and beneficial. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

This week's grid will go home as a hard copy on Friday.

shape poem

Learning Targets

Informational Text: RI. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Reading Literature: RL 4, RL 9

Foundational Skills: RF. 3, 4

Writing: W 3, 5, 6

Math: OA 4; NBT 2; G2

Math: MD 1, 5, 6, 9

Good Citizen

This student was selected as our Good Citizen this week.

Upcoming Events

  • April 14 - Field Trip to American Village
  • April 16 - Trussville's Earth Day
  • April 30 - Cahaba River Shrimp Boil - TCS Education and Athletic Foundations *

* Jackson Capps (a former second grade student of mine) will be performing. He is rapidly growing in the country music field. See him now - so that you can say "I knew him when!"

Zika Virus Information

Zika Virus Information from the Alabama Department of Health and ALSDE

As warm weather approaches, we want you to take an active role in reducing your exposure to mosquitoes. To avoid viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, use THIS checklist to reduce sources of water in yard which are potential breeding sites. A coloring book, provided HERE, can involve the entire family in prevention measures. The coloring book will be provided for Prk-3rd grade. For more information concerning Zika Virus call 1-888-246-2675 or visit

Lunch Reservations (we eat at 12:25)

Message from the Office


Each student is allowed 6 parent excuses per year (this is a change from years past). Parent excuses can be a hand written note or you may email the excuse to your child’s teacher and copy the excuse to:

An ORIGINAL doctor’s excuse may be turned in from the parent by the student. Doctor’s excuses may be faxed to 205-228-3201 ONLY by the doctor’s office. We can NOT accept a faxed doctor’s excuse from a parent.

All excuses MUST be turned in within 3 days of the absence.

Trussville City Schools


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The Mission of Trussville City Schools is to educate all students using high standards in a safe, nurturing

environment fostering academic and career competencies that prepare them to be productive citizens.