The Wonderful Whales

Miss Vananzo's Amazing Team: News for the Week of Oct. 12

News from Room 25.

Swimming Through a Great Week!

**First of all, thank you so much for the very special gifts I received for my birthday. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. The mums were absolutely beautiful and are already planted in my front garden. I loved the gift card. Home Depot is like a toy store to me. I will love shopping to buy things for my home. Thank you for thinking of my.

In reading we....

  • listened to a fabulous presentation by Mr. Anderson from the Snyder Foundation. We learned so many new things about mammals.
  • read a non-fiction story about whales and identified main ideas and supporting details
  • read together the story Not Norman and learned how to identify the important events in the beginning, middle, and end of a story
  • learned about common and proper nouns
  • visited the computer lab and used our BCPS logon to play math activities in a program called Dreambox
  • listened to a story by our student intern: Ms. K
  • Took a walk to our meadow to learn about this habitat



  • As mathematicians we.....
  • set up our interactive math notebook
  • charted strategies for solving addition problems
  • participated in our second pocket day
  • discussed strategies for solving subtraction story problems
  • used place value and other math skills to talk about our number of the day

Ocean of Events

  • School Store
    Thursdays - 2nd & 3rd grade
  • Coat, Boot, Sweater and Halloween Costume donation drive has started. Place new or gently used items in the yellow bin in the JES Lobby Oct. 1st-15th for Hawthorne Elementary students.
  • October 16: No School for students: Teacher's Convention
  • October 27: Papa John’s Pizza Day for JES PTA

  • October 28: Beans and Bread Breakfast donation for the Homeless
  • October 30: Halloween Parade: Dismissal at 12:50
  • 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

  • Great job with Technology Tuesday. If you have issues with your internet, please let me know. I know what this can be like.
  • 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 their minutes on their Dive Into Reading form.

It's a Whale of a Word

Our word of the week is:

Opinion (noun)

Definition: what you think about something

Sentence: I thought the movie would be exciting, but I changed my opinion after I saw it.


**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!

We are learning about animal habitats in science. Let's learn about the forest.

https://jr.brainpop.com/science/habitats/forests/

username: baltcops

password: brainpop