Mrs. Baker's Class Newsletter

March 13, 2015

What is going on?

Dear Parents,


I give you back your children, the same children you confidently entrusted to my care last fall. I give them back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than they were then. Although they would of attained this growth in spite of me, it has been my happy privilege to watch their personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development, each new success, each new expansion of itself. I give them back reluctantly for having spent seven months together in the narrow confines of a classroom, we have grown closer, have become a part of each other and we shall retain a little of each other.


Ten years from now if we met on the street, your children and I, a light will spring to our eyes, a smile to our lips, and we shall feel a bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today. We lived, loved, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on forever, but give them back I must. Take care of them for they are precious.


Remember that I shall always be interested in your children whoever they become. Their joys and sorrows I’ll be happy to share. Please call me if there is anything further I can ever do for them.


Sincerely,

Cameron Baker


What we will be learning

Math: Students will generate numbers greater and less than a given whole number up to 1,200. They will use standard, word, and expanded forms to represent numbers up to 1, 200. Students will use place value to compare and order whole numbers up to 1,200. They will solve multi-step word problems involving addition and subtraction within 1,000.


Reading: Students will compare contemporary and traditional versions of folktales in regards to characters and plot. Students will also identify the moral lesson as the theme in these folktales.


Writing: In Writing Workshop we will be starting our unit on small moments. We will be taking one moment and stretching it into a story.


Science: Students will compare and give examples of the ways living organisms depend on each other and on their environment such as food chains within a garden, park, beach, lake and wooded area. We will also investigate and record some of the unique stages that insects undergo during their life cycle. We will observe the life cycle of a mealworm….with real mealworms!



Mark Your Calendars

Monday, March 30 - STAAR testing: CLOSED campus

Tuesday, March 31 - STAAR testing: CLOSED campus

Wednesday, April 1 - Field Trip to the zoo

Friday, April 3 - No School

Volunteers Needed



Rotating Enrichment Program:

Second Grade has the opportunity to provide a rotating enrichment program during our Stallion Stampede time of the school day. Chess and Robotics will rotate through the grade level classes at different times of the year to provide enrichment opportunities to small groups of students. Each rotation consists of 4 once a week sessions. If this program works well, we will extend it to the second semester to accommodate more students.

Teachers will determine the students who will attend the sessions. Our grade level strives to provide enrichment in all areas and times of the school day. Teachers are stretching second grade thinking throughout the day and providing enrichment activities to students during Stallion Stampede in the classroom.

Please Sign Up to Help Here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49a4a92aa13-second4



XtraMath

The following students have successfully completed three or more days of XtraMath last week: Akshithreddy, Anjiya, Aviva, Brooks, Connor, Daphne, Daxton, Juan Pablo, Karthik, Katie, Liliana, Nishka, Sahasra, Sammy, and Sonoma

Remember the week isn't over yet, it's not too late to get your three days completed. Keep up the hard work! Don't forget trying is better than doing nothing at all!



School Climate Survey

The survey closes on Monday, March 16 - Please take time to complete this survey if you haven't already!! Thank you!

Each day our teachers, staff, and volunteers work hard to ensure that our academic, fine arts, and wellness programs create a campus environment that meets the needs of all of our students as we develop World Class Leaders. You are a critical part of our success, and your feedback is very important to us! Please take a few moments to participate in the 2014 Parent Climate Survey today. The survey is available online in English and Spanish, and paper copies are available in the office in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. In addition to using your feedback to plan programs and improve our school, your participation is also used as a part of our campus community rating based on HB5.

The survey closes March 16! Please take a moment to share your feedback with us!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015parentclimate



eBackpack

Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!

https://drive.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/folderview?id=0B6MTD-CnFpCYQVcxcGlnQmpOSXc&usp=sharing#



Math Super Stars

http://teacherweb.com/TX/PatsySommerElementary/mathsuperstars/photo3.aspx

Have a great Spring Break!