The 2A Express

The Weekly Roundup

Week Seventeen....

Greetings, Parents and Caregivers,

Happy New Year and welcome back to life in the second grade!

This week saw 2A come back together and begin to settle into the swing of things including catching up with friends, getting into previous routines, completing a range of tasks, beginning new units of work and wondering why their stomach was rumbling at 8:30AM and when was snack time.

Aside from a volley of yawns from students within the first few days and an afternoon lethargy that rendered some into a catatonic state, by the end of the week, most, if not all were back into the groove and ready for next week.

2A were also happy to welcome our newest member Zachary Chambers into the classroom and have been very helpful in supporting him in getting to know the classroom expectations and life at ASD.

This week 2A completed their Math unit regarding Geometry and Fractions and are looking forward to a new number unit. We also continued to bolster our understanding of weather, how it affects people and the various components that make up weather. We also started a new reading and writing unit based upon "Realistic Fiction".

Please take the time to look through the newsletter as there is some important information regarding the next few weeks, click on the images of your child engaged in learning and feel free to contact me with any queries or issues that may arise.

The Seventeenth Week

The Subjects


This week has seen 2A complete the time component of the geometry and fraction portion of the unit and ultimately wrapping up the unit.

We covered time to the hour, quarter past, half past, quarter to and to the minute.

The students of 2A learned about the parts of the clock, where the quarter and half marks of the clock could be found and their ability to draw a given time correctly on a blank clock face. An additional piece of learning was to take a time written in digital (or numerical) form and transfer it onto an analog clock face. They also spent some time looking at which part of the day was AM and PM and what activities would occur at these times.

We are starting a new unit of learning next week. 2A will be looking at the Addition and Subtraction Within 200 with Word Problems up to 100. This will look at building upon the base 10 work from the previous unit, aiming to build fluency using addition and subtraction strategies, and developing students’ conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers within 200.

Below is the unit link by Eureka Math housed on YouTube embedded in the newsletter. This is a cluster of short videos that provides parents, students and teachers with an overview of the strategies that are being taught this unit lesson by lesson, and how to solve some of the questions that students are exposed to. It's a great way to see how the teaching of math has shifted since the days that we were taught.

IXL Second Grade Resources

The Art of Telling Time

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Unit Five Pre Assessment

2A undertook a pre assessment task for the upcoming new Math unit this week.

They were each given a map of islands with different routes, each route costing a different price. They were tasked with making their way from Cool Island to Shark Island to begin locating hidden treasure. However, the catch was they only had 140 coins to spend on travel between the islands.

The students had to work out a route that they could afford before they were given their next task.

The task garnered a lot of interest and enthusiasm and was great to see which students used what strategies to add the cost of their island hops together (some chose to subtract), how they organized their thinking and presented their answers. It was great to see every student in 2A persevere with the task, especially when they added up their travel cost and realized that they had overspent and needed to work out an other route.

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Reader's Workshop

This week 2A began a new unit titled ‘Following Our Character’s Footsteps’.

This unit allows the students to build upon strategies to think about the clues the author gives us about external traits and internal thinking to discover more about our characters.

Students are prompted to make predictions about their characters based on the behaviors the characters exhibit, discuss the character's actions and how these relate to their character traits and attributes, whilst talking about the overall journey their characters take by retelling the story.

It is a great unit that links well with the Realistic Fiction writing unit.

Writer's Workshop

In this new Realistic Fiction genre students are investigating the structure of stories.

Within these stories they are given an opportunity to see the type of problems characters face, how they overcome these problems with the help from others, and develop resolutions.

Realistic fiction stories include believable characters who undergo a conflict or change in realistic settings and end with some kind of believable resolution.

As the unit progresses students will develop realistic characters through various techniques, using dialogue and a character's actions that 'show-don't-tell'.

Discussing Realistic Problems and Solutions for Our Stories

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This week the 2A scientists investigated the phenomena known as clouds.

We looked into how these sometimes puffy white things move across our skies, what are they made of and looked at the different types of clouds and their relationship with weather.

We investigated the 3 main types of clouds; known as cirrus, cumulus, and stratus.

We continued our outdoor weather observations and learned that a rain gauge is a tool that is used to measure rainfall.

In the science lab this week students had a virtual field trip around the world, learning about a city's average January rainfall, temperature and measuring the water in a graduated cylinder to represent that average. It was a great learning experience.

Next week 2A is investigating the seasons. This will see the students investigating the reasons why seasons change and why certain parts of the globe are havingopposite

Cotton Wool Cloud Making

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Virtual Rain Laboratory

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Exploratory Time

This week saw 2A create and test their models as they designed the tallest free standing structure that they could using only 6 sheets of chart paper.

There were some successes, and failures.

However, next week will be a chance for each team to move into the fifth phase of the design process and reflect on the effectiveness of their planning, their final model and the way that they used the paper to achieve their final outcome.

What could they do to make their structure higher? More stable?

It should be a very rewarding discussion and time to think further about the properties of paper. Leading to the question, "What available materials would be best for a successful outcome when completing this design challenge?".

Stay tuned!

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Making and Testing the Paper Structures

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In Other News.....

Things To Know:

New Entry to Campus Procedures

Starting January 17th, 2016 there will be some changes for students and parents entering the ASD Campus​ supporting student safety.​ ​

All students will be required to scan their Dragon Wristband entering and exiting the campus. It is recommended that you remind your child to wear their wristband daily. Replacement Dragon bands may be purchased at the front desk of the Administrative entrance for 50 qr. Wristbands will be distributed to Lower Elementary Students next week by their teachers. Your childs dragon band will be labeled with their name by a key tag. We kindly ask parents to keep this label on the wrist band for easy identification.

Parents and domestic staff will not be permitted through Gate 5 for morning drop off.​ ​Students​

may enter through Gate 5 using their wristbands and teachers will be there to supervise starting at 7:40 AM. Parents wishing to accompany their children to classes are asked to enter through Gates 8 & 10. ​

Pick-up procedures will remain the same, parents will be able to enter and exit the campus through Gate 5 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM. Pick up procedures for PACT Tuesdays and our Pre-K Students will also remain the same, parents will be able to enter through Gate 5 at 12:15 PM. We kindly ask parents and guests to enter through Gate 8 during the school day. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work to keep our school safe and continue the improvements to the ASD campus.

Change to logging on to NVS

To improve the security of student accounts we are going to change the students' NVS passwords from 12345678 to a unique number for each student.

Next week, or soon after, you will get an email containing the new password. This password should be used from then on when you log onto NVS.

If you have any problems or questions please feel free to contact the Lower Elementary Technology Integrator, Phil Blacklock directly by email at or myself at

Full Tuesday Schedule on January 19th

We would like to remind you that Tuesday, January 19th will be a full school day with dismissal at 3 pm for students in KG – Grade 12.

This is to make up for the lost day (instructional time) on November 25.

Arab Mothers Association Fundraising Activities

The Arab Mothers Association fundraisers will be hosted every second Thursday of each month.

January Dates At A Glance

  • January 17-20 - MAP Testing
  • January 19 - Full Day of School
  • January 21 - No School
  • January 24-28 - Visiting Artist – Danny Gregory