Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter

For the Week of January 28th-February 1st

Reflections on last week

Another great week flew by! It was a short week due to the holiday, which always makes for a tight schedule. We studied hard and had some cool things happen. Dinosaur George made an awesome presentation (see pics below) and the students got to see amazing fossils from long ago. It was a loud, funny presentation with lots of jokes and facts! The students are also excited about the Time For Reading fundraiser, where the kids will be selling magazines to raise money for the Literacy Library here at Sommer. Lots of cool things happening!

What we will be learning this week...

Math: The students will continue learning/practicing fractions this week. In second grade we are responsible for laying the foundations of fractions and the common language; such as, equal parts, halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, etc. Students DO NOT learn numerator and denominator in second grade or use the symbols 1/2, 3/4, etc. Fractions are a very abstract skill, so it is our job to make sure they get the foundations first then they can build on their knowledge. Students will be using models and hands on tools to work with fractions throughout the week. Mid-week students will complete a fractions assessment to display their understanding. Later in the week students will be completing a guided spiraling sheet and an individual spiraling sheet.

Social Studies: The spotlight in social studies will be time and chronology research. The students are expected to order events by using designations of time periods such as historical and present times; including, past, present, and future. Students will select one local, state or national historical figure to research and complete a timeline on during class. Once they have gathering all the information needed, students will complete a time line to display.

Reading: The big idea in reading will be facts and details. Students will be determining the difference between facts and details when reading a selected passage or story. While reading students will be labeling these facts and details in their notes. Students will work on one "Read like a Third Grader" passage.

Writing: In writing students will be learning how to write small moment stories. This is where they take a story and highlight one moment . We will be using mentor text to model stories like these.


  • Friday, Jan. 25 - Class Shirt Day!
  • Friday, Jan. 25 - PTA Movie Night @ 6:30 - 9:00 pm
  • Monday, Jan. 28 - Awards Ceremony @ 1:15 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29th: Mrs. Cormack out for the morning due to district business
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 - 100th Day of School!!
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 - Early Release @ 12:45 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 - Barnes & Noble Book Fair

February Birthdays!

Friday, Feb. 1st: Zane

Monday, Feb. 4th: Marco

Monday, Feb. 11th: Arya

Monday, Feb. 18th: Grace

Tuesday, Feb. 28th: Jack D.

Spotlight Stallion and Awards Assembly Information

There were no Spotlight Stallion awards given for the week of January 21st. There will be 2 announced from every class at the assembly on Friday, Feb. 1st. Peter will go home with one student on Wednesday, Jan. 30th and return on Friday the 1st to go home with the other Spotlight Stallion.

1st Semester Awards Assembly: As a reminder, the first semester awards ceremony will be held Monday, Jan. 28 at 1:15 - 2:00 pm in the cafeteria. If your student is receiving an award, you have already been notified via the yellow flyer that went home last week. There will be Perfect Attendance awards, but the students and their families were not notified of those awards.

High Five

The students were sent home with their Science Journals on Thursday, Jan. 24th and Friday, Jan. 25th. Please take a tour of these journals and see the investigations we worked on! Give your awesome scientist a High Five! Please return journals promptly.