Mrs. Baker's Class Newsletter

March 22, 2018

What is going on?

Reading:This week we will be focusing on read like a third grader comprehension strategies. We will have our district benchmark in April. The kids will be reading passages and answering questions. Please keep our kids reading nightly. I will be assessing their reading level in April/May too.

Writing: Students will write persuasive compositions for a specific audience, giving supporting reasons/examples, and using persuasive language.

Spelling and Grammar:

Spelling words this week: bring, fast, help, every, hand, men, pull, take

There will be no grammar lesson this week due to the Friday holiday.

Science: Students will understand that living organisms have basic needs that must be met for them to survive within their environments.

Math:Next week we will continue our money unit with a few games to help practice counting coins. We will complete problem solving with money. There will be some fun money challenges available for students who feel they have mastered money counting. There will be a money assessment at the end of the week!

This and that!

We are also needing a sleeve of clear plastic cups. If you could donate, please let me know.


March 30 Spring Holiday

April 2 Book Orders due

April 3 Spring Pictures

April 3 Innovation Station K-2 Family Night

April 4 2nd Grade Field Trip

April 4 Innovation Station 3-5 Family Night

April 7 DI State Tournament

April 14 RRISD Celebration of Families-Empty Bowl Festival

April 16 KSTAR Field Trip 2


Dear Parents,

On April 4, 2018, second grade will be taking a field trip to The Austin Zoo in connection with our spring PBL.

We will be leaving at 9:15 a.m. from the parking lot of Sommer and returning at approximately 2:00 p.m. Students will be traveling to the site by bus. They will be supervised by the teachers on the bus. The cost for the trip is $6.00 per student. You may pay with either check (paid to Sommer Elementary) or cash, but please give exact change.

We need parent chaperones to meet us at the zoo. Chaperones will need to take their own cars and be prepared to pay for the entrance fee. Feel free to carpool with another parent. As a chaperone, you will be in charge of a small group of second graders, and you will need to provide constant supervision. If you are interested in guiding a group as a chaperone, you will need to be a district-approved volunteer (background check completed through RRISD). If you are unsure if you have completed this process, contact the front office in advance. Please email me, as well, if you are volunteering to help.

Students should wear comfortable clothing with tennis shoes. A small snack will be needed before we leave school. On the permission slip, please check whether your child will need to order a sack lunch from the cafeteria or bring a lunch in a disposable bag with their name written on it. Every student will need a disposable water bottle with their name on it (there are no water sources available to us at the zoo).

We are all very excited about the trip! If you have other questions about the field trip, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please make sure you are an approved RRISD Volunteer for this current school year. You will have to have a clear current background check.

Mark your calendars---carnival is on April 20th! Look for fliers in your child's Thursday folders this week!

Please sign up to help at carnival!/showSignUp/10C0544ACAF2FA5FC1-sommer1

(Note from Mrs. Varljen: This is such a fabulous family event! It does, however, take MANY volunteers to help that evening. I encourage you to truly make this a community event by signing up to help for just 1 hour. It would be great to have so many volunteers that every parent is able to enjoy some carnival time with their children. It's a challenge! How many will volunteer?? With your awesome support, I am hoping for LOTS! THANKS!)

Math Super Stars:

Two more weeks! Last day of the program is next Friday, 3/30! Students must get 400 minutes (kinder only needs 200) by 3/30 to earn an invitation to the ice cream party!


Two more weeks! Last day of the program is next Friday, 3/30! Students must get 400 minutes (kinder only needs 200) by 3/30 to earn an invitation to the ice cream party!

Our secondary RRISD Student Advisory Board this year actually is calling out for care and concern surrounding the mental wellness of their peers. Conversations around suicide and stress were the predominant themes. As a result, they have decided to take on as their community service project, the RRISD Campus Walk for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). It will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Cedar Ridge High School. Check in and activities will be taking place from 9-10am, the walk will begin at 10am, and we hope to have some options of presentations immediately following.

The registration links are learning community specific as each group forms a team. The Learning Communities are NOT competing against each other, but against themselves to reach registration levels that will put them at the silver, gold, or platinum levels. ALL in our community are welcome to register and attend.

McNeil Learning Community Flyer and Reg. Link

Round Rock Learning Community Flyer and Reg. Link

Have a good weekend!