The Wonderful Whales

Miss Vananzo's Amazing Team: News for the Week of Oct. 19

News from Room 25.

Swimming Through a Great Week!

In reading/spelling we....

  • reviewed the sound of long "u" by playing several games, read and wrote words with this week's rule and practiced identifying the syllables in a word and how many sounds we hear in individual words
  • read a Scholastic News magazine title: Bats in Blankets. We began to identify the purposes of text features for non-fiction information: title, subheading, subheadings, bold print, captions and photographs/illustrations.
  • attending an assembly titled Professor Bodywise. The students really enjoyed this performance. This play emphasized health and safety messages with full-body costumes, characters, and puppets using original music and dance.
  • visited the computer lab and worked in the Dreambox program which reinforces math skills.


  • As mathematicians we....
  • charted strategies to solve subtraction and addition story problems
  • we doubled quantities and enjoyed the story: Two of Everything: which tells about a magic pot that two
  • wrote doubles story problems to tell what they would put in the double pot and how it would be doubled

Ocean of Events

  • School Store
    Thursdays - 2nd & 3rd grade
  • CANCELLED: Oct. 27th FluMist clinic at JES. May be rescheduled for December pending availability of FluMist. (Contact: School Nurse Melissa Ducroix - mducroix@bcps.org)

  • October 27: Papa John’s Pizza Day for JES PTA

  • October 28: Beans and Bread Breakfast donation for the Homeless
  • October 30: 9:45am JES Halloween Parade – families welcome; First marking period ends; 12:50pm DISMISSAL
  • Nov. 12: California Pizza Kitchen (Hunt Valley) donates 20% to JES PTA
  • American Education Week – Nov. 16-20 – JES visitation schedule TBA

Catch of the Week

  • Since it is getting closer to cold season, donations of Clorox wipes are always appreciated. We wipe down our desks at least two times a week.
  • Thank you so much encouraging reading at home. Please be sure to record minutes on their Dive Into Reading form.

It's a Whale of a Word

Our word of the week is:

Costume (noun)

Definition: the clothes that are worn by someone (such as an actor) who is trying to look like a different person or thing

Sentence: I can't wait to go trick-or-treating in my ghost costume.


**A sticker to any student who shows me the word of the week on a piece of paper.

Spelling City

This is a wonderful website for review of our weekly spelling words. The students can play games and take practice spelling tests. Please follow these directions to find our lists.


1. http://www.spellingcity.com/

2. On the home page click the SEARCH TAB

3. Then click, Teacher/Parent

4. Type: Vananzo in the search box. Then click search.

5. Then click on my name.

6. The weekly spelling lists will appear.

Sea Star of the Week : Mrs. Miller Our Principal

Here are a few of my favorites:

Place to go: or places.... Tybee Island, Georgia

Books: The Dirtiest Dog

Songs: Black Dog by Led Zeppelin

Movie: Maleficent

Foods: Black Olives

Things I Like to Do at School: Visit classrooms, and Be with the kids!

Cynthia Rylant: Author of the Henry and Mudge Series