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 -

  • 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.


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