News From Mrs. C

Our class news for the week of April 15-19th

Tidbits From the Teacher

Hello Everyone!

We had a really fun and unusual week. We stood in the freezing rain, had a new sub, missed a lot of friends due to sicknesses, and had teacher celebrations daily.

Thank you to everyone who sent in goodies for me! They were nice surprises that made me feel very appreciated and much loved by my class.

I told them today that they weren't the same children who walked through the door eight months ago. Not only have they grown in size, but they've learned so much and their hearts have grown bigger as well! One friend said, "Go on. This is a good speech." So I stopped getting weepy and laughed instead. (Thank you Jack!)

I sure do love these kids. You need to know that. I'm getting misty-eyed at the thought of them leaving me!

Things to Return/Remember:

-HW due Monday

-Carnival orders for punch cards

Dates to Remember

Apr. 17th: District Benchmark Test for Math in 2nd grade

Apr. 18-19th: District Benchmark Test for Reading & Writing in 2nd grade

April 18th: Mrs. C out for the afternoon only

Apr. 22nd-25th: No visitors on campus due to STAAR testing

Apr. 26th: Kona Ice day!

Apr. 27th: Round Rock Express Baseball Game

May 1st: Early Release day

May 3rd: Carnival 5-8 pm (Parent volunteers are needed!!)

What We'll Be Learning...

Math- We will be reviewing then taking a math benchmark test from the district this week over concepts taught this year.

**What you can do at home: Make sure your child is at school on Wednesday (unless ill). He/She will need a healthy snack and a good night's sleep.

Science- We will be learning about a variety of insect life cycles this week. We will learn the names of each stage for a mosquito, mealworm, grasshopper, cricket, and butterfly.

**What you can do at home: We are researching a beetle that was discovered on the playground. You can find out information about it! It's called Plinthocelium.

Writing- We have been working on our persuasive writing techniques and are almost to the polishing stage. Look for persuasive letters to begin arriving sometime in the near future....

What you can do at home: Ask your child to explain what a persuasive letter should contain.

Reading- We will be reviewing our reading and writing skills in order to take a district benchmark test on Thursday and Friday.

What you can do at home: Make sure your child is at school on Thursday and Friday (unless ill). Bring a good snack and be well rested.

Spelling/Handwriting- We created an anchor chart of reasons why good handwriting is important to use all of the time. Students said it helped to make their thoughts understandable, made them feel good, and kept teachers from being worried. Ha Ha!

What you can do at home: If you notice your sweetie not gripping a writing tool correctly, gently tell them to "check your grip." I have other tricks if you need help with this. Just email me and let me know!

Spelling is also coming along. Students should really know what vowels and consonants are. They should be able to point out patterns studied in words read during reading times.

What you can do at home: Ask your child what spelling rules he/she is studying. Can he/she talk to you about the words being sorted?

Class Wish List

The class has requested:

-smelly stickers (Mardel and Lakeshore carry these.)

-We'll take gift cards in small amounts too! Those add up and can buy lots of things for us.

Let's Wear Our Class Shirts Every Friday!!