Mrs. Janutolo's 2nd Grade Class

November 14, 2014

Students show spirit with crazy hats and socks!

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Veteran's Day Celebration

Students celebrated Veteran's Day at TCE on Tuesday! We read The Wall, by Eve Bunting, discussed the history and purpose of Veteran's Day, and thought about the character traits of veterans.

Sharpening Technology Skills and Getting Creative with Our Story Writing

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This week students spent time in the computer lab practicing how to use our school computers. We had so much fun using the website My Storymaker. Students made their stories come to life! You can try this website at home at

Collecting Plastic Caps for a Buddy Bench!

We are collecting clean bottle caps and plastic lids this year at TCE. Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Staying warm at recess!

We will continue to go outside for recess during the winter unless the weather condition pose a risk to the safety of students. Please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately for being outside in the cold.
In addition to wearing a warm winter coat, here are a few tips to help ensure that your child stays warm during the cold winter months!

  • Send students to school with plenty of layers, sweatshirts, sweaters and pullovers. Layering clothing will allow them to add or remove items depending on the weather.
  • Hats are one of the most important parts of dressing warmly in the winter. A thick winter hat will keep students from losing too much of that essential body heat.
  • Gloves will keep kids’ hands toasty warm and protect their skin from becoming damaged by the wind and chill!

In order to play in the snow, students are required to to wear boots and gloves. It is also very helpful if all items are labeled with your child's name.

Gingerbread Houses!

We will be decorating gingerbread houses on December 18th from 10:45 to 11:45. All parents are invited to attend! Look for more information closer to the date!

Important Information for next week!


Week 2 of homework!

Our next Words Their Way spelling test and Wordly Wise vocabulary test will be Friday, November 21st.

Mark your Calendar!

  • November 26-28: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 18th: Gingerbread House Decorating

Next Week's Specials

Monday 11/17- Day 4: Music

Tuesday 11/18- Day 5: Art

Wednesday 11/19- Day 6: P.E.

Thursday 11/20- Day 1: Music & Library

Friday 11/21- Day 2: Art

We are Learning...

Reading: We will complete our unit on characters in realistic fiction stories. We are identifying the message or lesson in the story by studying how the characters respond to challenges!

Math: We will be working on two digit addition with and without regrouping.

Writing: We will begin our new unit on using authors as writing mentors. We will be studying the author Kevin Henkes to help us become better writers. We will also be working on publishing our personal narrative stories.

Science: We are completing our study of the sun and the moon! We will review all that we have learned about the moon with an Oreo Moon activity!