Second Grade Rock Stars

Tour News!

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! Being a mother means allowing your heart to walk around outside of you. You are hard working, caring, and loving. You give your whole heart without asking anything in return. Please know that your children do notice all that you do, even if you think they don't. Knowing all of you, I am amazed by all that you do and knowing all of your children, I can say that they are very amazed by you as well!

Thank You!

Thank you so much for all of the notes and appreciation this week! I have never felt more appreciated or loved! Tears fell as I opened presents and read touching cards (and then again as I told a coworker about how appreciated I feel by this amazing group of parents and students!) I'm not really a crier and I don't really cry out of happiness too often, so it was pretty obvious how special you made me feel. I couldn't do all that I do without your help and trust. Thank you so much for the kind notes and words!

WCS Parent Survey

Please consider taking a few moments to complete our Spring WCS Parent-School Partnership Survey. This survey will assist us in reflecting upon our practices and will help us to plan school goals for next year. Your feedback is very valuable to us! Please complete one survey per family.

You can find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/westlakecharter2014

Our Highlights: What We've Been Rockin' At!

  • The Rock Star Scientists have been working hard learning all about life cycles! We have learned about and seen first-hand the life cycle of a sunflower and ladybugs. Our ladybugs have passed their larvae stage and currently are starting to come out of their pupa stage and enter into their adult ladybug stage. Most of our sunflowers have reached the stem stage and are about to flower. Soon, we will also be learning and writing about the life cycle of fish and frogs. Our Science Notebooks are really filling up fast!
  • We also had Scientist Josh come visit on Thursday and do a fantastic experiment with the students…they extracted the DNA from a strawberry. How cool is that?! I left my pictures at school, but will make sure to add them to the next newsletter. It was amazing! Thanks again to Scientist Josh for conducting the amazing experiment and sharing what it is like to work in the field and continue to pursue your dream. Such an inspiration!
  • In writing, students have been writing about the life cycles and are finishing up their non-fiction informational book on the life cycle of a sunflower. What fantastic writers we have! We can wait to publish our books this coming week!
  • In Math, we've been working on place value, reviewing concepts that have been tricky in the past, and really working on reasoning out our answer and explaining how we found it, which strategies we used, and why we know that it is correct. Students are given a problem, we discuss what we know in the problem and what we still need to know to answer the problem. Then students solve using whatever strategies they think of. Then we discuss how we found our answers, and how we know it is correct and what we did to solve (we explain our reasoning). Then after listening, we try a variation of the same problem, but try a strategy that someone else used to solve the problem. This process has been great in getting student to show their work, explain their reasoning, and try out different strategies that they might not have thought of before. check out the pictures throughout to see what it looks like (they are answering the problem on the yellow paper on their table.)
  • Have you checked out our Rock Star Video that the students made? If not, head to http://mrsmartinsrockstars.weebly.com and view it on the home page.
  • In case you missed the short video of our field trip (or you just can't get enough of it), I added it below.

Rockin' and Rollin' into Next Week!

Math: Place Value and Review of Multiplication

Reading: Non-Fiction Text Features, Valid and Relevant Resources, Review of Short and Long Vowels, Making Connections to Text.

Writing: Informational Writing and review of Figurative Language

Grammar: Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences

Conventions: Capitalizations within Quotation Marks (dialogue)

Science: Life Cycles

Spelling: g, ge, dge (soft g: giant, badge, cage, etc.)

Life Trait: Habit #6: Synergy: Together is Better! (I value other people's strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even those that are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people's ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create something better than anyone of us can alone. I am humble)

* Thanks to the Gawlick Family for being so kind to think of me and nominate me for the Sweetest Teacher Contest put on by The Icing on the Cupcake. I can't believe not only that I was nominated, but that I actually won! It was incredibly thoughtful to think of me! *

Next on tour: Upcoming Events

  • 05/09- Progress Reports went home in Rock Star Folders
  • 05/11- Mother's Day
  • 05/12- WAVE Meeting at 6:30pm on DP Campus
  • 05/13- WCS Board Meeting
  • 05/15- Talent Show 6:00-8:30pm in NP3 Gym
  • 05/16- Mix and Match Spirit Day
  • 05/16- Signed Progress Reports due back
  • 05/17- Valley Oak Park Kickoff
  • 05/21- Open House 6:00-7:30pm (both campuses)
  • 05/26- No School
  • 06/18- Field Day (Potluck in Mrs. Martin's room after for students and parents!)
  • 06/18- Last Day of School

Contact the Band Manager!

Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School

Twitter: @MrsMartinsRoom

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