## Mrs. Coffey, Mrs. Mayo, & Ms. Zerbel

In reading workshop, we are focusing on fairy tales. Students will hear over 15 classic stories that have many elements. Ask your child what fairy tale they heard that day. When they are reading, they are looking for fairy tale elements:

• royalty
• love
• special numbers (3 and 7)
• magic
• talking animals
• evil characters
• good characters
• "Once upon a time..."

## Language Workshop

In Language Workshop, students will look at Cinderella around the world. They will see how versions are similar and different across the globe.

## Math Workshop

In math, students are learning about money, particularly adding coins. Students need to be able to identify the name of each coin and their value. Students should know how to write money using the cents sign as a label. Also, students should be able to add a group of random coins together. For example, 2 quarters, 3 nickels, and a penny. The total is 25 + 25 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 1 = 66 cents. At home, give your child some change and have them count. This will be great practice!

## Writing Workshop

In writing, we are doing a unit on poetry. Students are working on using their poet's eyes and ears to see the world in a different way. They do not focus on rhyming and lengthy compositions. Instead, they look at simple comparisons, repetition, sensory words, and line spacing. There are some creative poets in our classrooms!!

## Valentine's Day Info - Read Carefully

Valentine's Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 14th from 2:30 - 3:30! We wanted to let you know that we do a whole grade party similar to the Christmas and Halloween party.

2CM

Students are asked to bring in a decorated box between Tuesday, February 5th - Thursday, February 7th. It should be a shoebox size or larger. It should have an opening slot big enough for cards to fit through. Please make sure their name is written in large letters (first and last name).

Students are asked to create 48 valentines (since we are a double class). Please have your child sign the card, but leave the To: blank. This year, due to the new policies, please prepare non-food, non-candy valentines.

Students will pass out valentines in groups each day. (We can't have all 49 kids at the same time.) Please have your child bring his/her valentines on the following day:

#1-10 Thursday, February 7th

#11-20 Friday, February 8th

#21-30 Monday, February 11th

#31-40 Tuesday, February 12th

#41-51 Wednesday, February 13th

​Students are welcome to write cards for specialist teachers and staff, including, but not limited to Mrs. Nikolic, Mrs. Crocker, Mr. Mosley, Mrs. Kostreva, Mrs. Sweet, Mrs. Delapaz, Mrs. Applebaum, and/or Mrs. Langer.

2Z

Students are asked to bring in a decorated box on Tuesday, February 12th. It should be a shoebox size or larger. It should have an opening slot big enough for cards to fit through. Please make sure their name is written in large letters (first and last name).

Students are asked to create 24 valentines on Wednesday, February 13th. Please have your child sign the card, but leave the To: blank. This year, due to the new policies, please prepare non-food, non-candy valentines.

​Students are welcome to write cards for specialist teachers and staff, including, but not limited to Mrs. Nikolic, Mrs. Crocker, Mr. Mosley, Mrs. Kostreva, Mrs. Sweet, Mrs. Delapaz, and/or Mrs. Burtch.

## Student Teachers

Ms. Melbye and Ms. Shroble, our student teachers, have been such an integral part of our second grade classroom this year. They are two very special educators and will do great things in the future! We wish we could keep them all year, but they finish up their teaching component on Friday, January 18th.

## Math Homework Log

As third grade approaches quickly, we need to get the kids ready for third grade expectations. Starting next week: Monday the 14th, we are sending home a math homework log for our learners to keep track of their time spent on DreamBox. Your child should be on DreamBox for about 40 minutes a week at home. This way your child can practice active learning and independent critical thinking skills in math, even outside of the classroom.

Home Usage Expectations:

- The only person that should be playing on your child's account is your child. This is the only way DreamBox can assess their understanding of math concepts. Please refrain from helping your child get the right answer. The more DreamBox thinks they understand, the harder it will get for them. To understand their "just right" level, we have to let them work through their mistakes!

-Plan on at least 20 minutes for each session.

-Students can always play longer than minimum minutes.

-Each time your child uses Dreambox, please mark it on the monthly calendar. So, if your child plays for 20 minutes on Monday, 1/14, you will mark "20" in the 14th box of January. Please sign the log and turn in the log on February 1st.

Please let your child's homeroom teacher know if you have any questions or concerns. DreamBox is a great tool to grow our mathematicians brains, and your help and support at home will only make them stronger!

## Reading Home Log & Fairy Tale Challenge

January reading logs are due on February 1st. We will keep track of reading minutes on the "Pizza Hut" Book-It program calendar. Even if you don't want the Book-It! coupon, please fill out that calendar. (It will save us from having multiple reading logs.) Remember to put your child's name on the form by having them "sign" the signature line.

Keep going with the Fairy Tale Challenge. I love hearing all about the books that the children are reading. So exciting! As a reminder, we are challenging students to read as many fairy tales as possible at home. Look at the library, online, and in your own book collections. There are many different versions of the same story. Any version from any culture is acceptable. These books can count towards the Book It! reading log as well. In library, students will be encouraged to check out fairy tale books. This is due on Monday, February 4, 2019.

## Library Books

As a reminder, library books are due by Wednesday of each week before 9 am.