Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter

For the Week of August 26th-30th

Week in Review

WOW! What an incredible start to the year! We have had a blast these past five days and I just think the world of this class already. This week has been mostly setting up routines and expectations, and they have all been very respectful and enthusiastic about school. We began setting up our Math block and Reader's Workshop this week, and next week I am excited to really get going with Writing and Social Studies.


What We Will Be Learning Next Week

Math: This week the students will be taking the Round Rock ISD 2nd Grade Math Diagnositc Assessment. The tests covers mostly all the skills we will cover throughout the year. The test is NOT used for report card purposes; we just want to see how much of the 2nd grade skills your student already knows at the beginning of the year. The assessment WILL be read to all students, and will take up most of the week. If there is anytime left over, we will begin problem solving and continue learning about graphs by creating our own!

Reading: In reading this week, students will learn how to choose a "Just Right" book from the libraries at school. Students will also practice reading to self for longer amounts of time (building stamina!). We will ease into our first unit of study, which will be studying the elements of a fictional story, beginning with setting and character traits.

Social Studies: The focus in Social Studies this week will be on communities. We will use a variety of resources such as our textbooks and teacher-created graphic organizers to help us learn about citizenship, the responsibilities of a good citizen, and about rules and fairness in our society.

Writing: This week will be devoted to setting up our Writing Workshop. Students will be introduced to our special writing paper, writing with pen (yes, pen!), our writing toolboxes, and sketching our ideas before writing.


On the Calendar and Birthdays

Tuesday, August 27th: Omar's Birthday

Monday, September 2nd: Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, September 3rd: Parent Night @ 5 o'clock in our room, C223

Thursday, September 5th: Kadey's Birthday

Friday, September 6th: First Library Day, Assembly, Grandparent's Lunch

Tuesday, September 10th: PTA Club Night

Wednesday, September 25th: Early Release, Parent Conference Day (pm)


Additional Information

Thursday Folders
  • Handed out each Thursday (beginning September 5th)
  • Please sign the sheet stapled inside the folder and return folders the next day
  • Some classwork will be returned in the Thursday folders, but not many. We do most of our work in our notebooks, which come home on occassion for parent viewing.


QUALITY, QUALITY

  • This week, quality work will be discussed at length with the class. Expecations for quality work will be shared at Parent Night. Please encourage your student to always do the best he/she can and remember that quality is also part of doing the work. Work done carelessly will result in a redo or receive a check minus.


PARENT NIGHT

  • This Tuesday, September 3rd is our Parent Night starting at 5 o'clock in my room. I have shared the powerpoint presentations that will be covered via email and they are uploaded on my website. Please come!