November 22, 2013
So Much to be Thankful For
This time of year is such a great reminder to tell those around us how much they mean to us. I feel so blessed to be teaching at Meadow Lane. This has already been one of the best years of my teaching career. Thank you so much for all your support. Your children remind me every day why I love teaching.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving however you may spend it. This will be the first year my family has decided to stay home. We don't have any family coming in either so it may be a pretty quiet Thanksgiving at the Fontaine's. (My children were very disappointed to discover that I would be the one fixing their Thanksgiving dinner.)
Have a happy and warm weekend!
Coming Up Next Week...
Reading-We will be finishing up The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash. Focus skills include: cause and effect, retelling important events in sequential order, and using evidence to support our answers.
Writing-Last week we worked on different ways to prewrite when writing a compare and contrast piece. Next week we will focus on how to organize our rough draft when explaining how two things are alike and different. This is in preparation for our district writing assessment which we will be taking after Thanksgiving break. I was hoping to fit it in last week but felt there were some important, additional skills the students would need in order to perform well on the assessment.
No spelling this week.
Social Studies-Compare and contrast urban, suburban, and rural
Math-We will be wrapping up Topic 7 this week. In order to prepare for Tuesday's test, students will have a review assignment to complete at home Monday night.
A Special Thanks to Mrs. Morris
I want to thank Kade's mom, Mrs. Morris, for writing a grant for our classroom!
If we receive the grant money (from the Olathe Public Schools Foundation), additional technology will be purchased for our classroom! She has also proposed that our second grade class collaborate with her Olathe Northwest e-communication students on some innovative projects. Keep your fingers crossed!
For Your Listening Pleasure...
We finally uploaded all of our bird podcasts onto our project website! (www.fontaine2ml.weebly.com) I am so proud of all their hard work! Each student helped create two different podcasts. They were the bird expert on one of the podcasts and the host of the podcast on another.
I added another button to our Symbaloo. This website is www.KenKen.com. KenKen are fun and challenging math puzzles. They claim that they are the puzzles that make you smarter! I have shown several kids how to do them in math already. They are really fun for adults as well! I will try and teach the rest of the class next week. If you cannot figure out the directions, let me know and I'd be happy to explain it to you.
Suckers for Soccer
Meadow Lane's student government will be hosting Suckers for Soccer on Nov 25-26. They are raising money so we can purchase two more soccer goals for the playground. Suckers will be sold before school on those two days. Each sucker is $1 and they can buy up to 5 suckers each day.
PTO Holiday Shop and Pancake Breakfast
On Saturday, December 7th Meadow Lane will be having their
annual Holiday Shop from 8:00 to 11:00. There will even be a special
visitor from the North Pole!
If you would like to volunteer, use the link below to sign up:
Thanksgiving Break FUN Math Activities!
Just a reminder that I have Thanksgiving math activities full of math games, puzzles and brain teasers for anyone that is interested. To save paper, I am only going to make enough for those students or parents who have requested one. If you are interested, please let me know.
Nov. 25 & 26-Suckers for Soccer
Nov. 27 – Nov. 29-No School
Tuesday, December 3-School Store
Friday, December 6-Spirit Squad 7:45 a.m.
No Spelling or Weekly Homework Sheet Next Week.
Congratulations to our Students of the Week-Moira Backs and Elena Northcutt