Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter

For the Week of Nov. 4th-8th

Week in Review

A BIG thank you to all the parents who came and helped us with our landmark PBL projects! I could not have managed the exhibit process without you. Everyone was so patient and helpful. I am so grateful to have such wonderful families this year! The exhibits are coming along nicely and we will most definitely have all of them completed by Monday (fingers crossed).

What We Will Be Learning About This Week

Math: The big idea in math this week will be money. Students will determine the value of a collection of coins up to one dollar. Students will be completing a Money Menu with a variety of activities involving counting collections of coins. We will also be playing lots of games to practice this skill. As always, students will be solving problems connected to everyday experiences, communicate, and use logical reasoning to justify thinking (problem solving).

What you can do at home: Have your student teach you about Hairy Money. Practice counting small collections of coins. Quiz your student to see if they know who is on each coin!

PBL: This is our final week for PBL! The students are so excited to show off what they have learned about their landmarks. Each day we will polish our exhibits and practice our presentations. Friday November 8th you are all cordially invited to our presentations which will be in the cafeteria from 9 am-10 am.

Reading: In reading this week, students will be exploring the genre of nonfiction by taking a close look at its text features. Each day, students will learn about a different text feature of a nonfiction book (such as table of contents, index, glossary, diagrams with labels, photographs, headings, and bolded words). Students will be exploring each of these within the context of reading a nonfiction book and then creating their own Text Features of Nonfiction Book. On Friday, students will go on a nonfiction text features scavenger hunt.

What you can do at home: Read nonfiction books and discuss how the text features help readers find information.

Writing/Word Study: Students will continue working on their All About Books to get ready for the presentations on Friday. Students will bring their books to the PBL exhibit to add to their presentations. In word study, students will continue to sort their words from last week, culminating on Friday when we will have our spelling tests and speed/glue sorts.


Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who helped us out during the week of the 31st. We had several moms come in to help the students on their PBL projects. Thank you! And a big shout out to our room mom, Jessica Blanchard, for organizing the helpers and getting the class t-shirts! They look amazing! You couldn't miss our class if you were a mile away :)

PBL Landmark Presentations

You are cordially invited to attend our PBL Landmark Presentation Exhibit on November 8th from 9am-10 am in the cafeteria! Please come and see all the hard work our 2nd graders have been doing!

High Fives

Students brought home their Problem Solving notebooks on Oct. 31st. I hope you all had a great time perusing their math thinking!

On the Calendar

Saturday, Nov. 2nd...Happy Diwali!

Monday, Nov. 4th...Homework Due

Thursday, Nov. 7th.....Picture Retakes

Friday, Nov. 8th....PBL Presentations at 9 am in the cafeteria; Library; Assembly (no Spotlight Stallions will be announced)

Spotlight Stallion

Our Spotlight Stallion for this week is Maddie Blanchard! Have a great weekend with Peter, Maddie! Great job!


Deadline for entries : Tuesday, Nov 5th 2013

For Details, contact : Anima Mohapatra

  • Forms and guidelines can be found at:
  • Entries should be submitted in the bin located in the hallway starting October 21st, 2013
  • All entries must be accompanied with an entry form
  • Judging will be done in 2nd week of November, students will be notified via email

Tech Savvy!

Students learned how to access their email accounts for school! During our technology lesson Ms. Freeman also showed the class how to make files, create documents, and share documents using Chrome!! Ask your child all about it!!


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

Meet Ms. Suttle

We have a new aid in the classroom! Meet Micki Suttle, who will be joining our class as an aid to one of our students! We are very excited to have her work with us! Our first aid, Mrs. Kelly, had to leave unexpectedly to join her husband in another state. We are grateful to have found a permanent replacement! Welcome, Ms. Micki!