Ms. Wertheim's Little Leaders

News and Resources from Room 203: Week of April 4

Welcome Back!

Hi families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful break with a chance to spend time with loved ones. I am excited to be back at school with our classroom community. We are in the home stretch and have many fun lessons and activities planned for these next few weeks. Please continue reading to see important updates and news this week.

Introducing...our new classroom design!

Today was a very special day as students experienced our new classroom design. After much research and significant planning, I transformed our room into a flexible seating classroom, which provides students with a structured choice of where to sit throughout the day. This concept is not entirely new to us, as students already had the choice of where to sit during Daily 5, writing, and math; however, we no longer have traditional desks arrangements and I've introduced a few new seating options:
  • standing desks (with the option to sit if desired)
  • traditional desks with wobble stools
  • round table with wobble stools
  • low level tables for sitting and kneeling
There is something for everyone! I felt it was in the best interest of our kids to explore this option and I'm so glad I did. Today was absolutely wonderful! I was incredibly impressed with their responsible seating choices and I look forward to seeing how the remainder of the week goes. We have clear expectations in place, which can be seen in the photo below. Be sure to ask your child what his/her favorite seat choice is!
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Check out these little leaders in action. Our first day of flexible seating was a success!

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Help us complete our flex seating classroom on Go-Fund-Me:

Learn more about flexible seating...

What we're learning about this week 📚

  • Reading- We are beginning our poetry unit this week! Students will explore a variety of poems and analyze elements of poetry, understanding how words and phrases provide rhythm and meaning to stories, songs, and poems.
  • Writing- To go along with our poetry exploration in reading, students will be writing a variety of original poems.
  • Math- We are beginning our measurement unit. This week students are using centimeter cubes to measure the length of various objects.
  • FUNdations- We are continuing Unit 13 which focuses on the vowel teams oa (boat), oe (toe) and ow (snow). For more info, please read the letter attached to their Fundations homework or visit the Fundations page on my blog: .
  • Science- We are practicing our sound song for our Sound School performance at the Orange Peel next Monday (Claxton performs at 9:45 a.m. See more info below).
  • Social Studies- We are beginning our economics unit.

Important Dates and Reminders: Mark your Calendars 📌

  • Thurs., Apr. 7th: PTO Meeting 6 pm at the Burton Street Community Center
  • Mon., Apr. 11th: Sound School Performance at the Orange Peel! The show starts at 9:45 and Claxton is the first to perform. All 2nd grade families are welcome to attend!
  • Mon., Apr. 18th: Individual and Group Picture Day
  • Tues., Apr. 19th: ACS Forum on the Whole Child 5:15-6:15pm at central office
  • Fri., April 29: Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 6:00 pm
  • Sat., April 30: Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 6:00 pm
  • Sun., May 1st: Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 1:30 am
  • Mon., May 2: through Friday, May 6, Teacher Appreciation Week

Wish List 🌟

Positive Quote of the Week

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Class Dojo, Behavior Assessments, and Homework 📓

Class Dojo reports can be accessed online. If you need your child's code, please email me. Please remember that Class Dojo tracks positive behavior. Once earned, students' Dojo points are never taken away from them. If a child needs support with his/her behavior, they will fill out a think sheet reflection which is sent home to be signed.

Behavior assessments are filled out each day by your child. I am so proud of their self-reflection skills! They've done an excellent job with their self-assessments so far. Please be sure to discuss their achievements with them and sign the assessment each evening.

Homework this week consists of:

  • Read each night for 20 minutes and fill out reading log/Bingo board
  • Fundations
  • Math packet (due Friday)

We will begin reading responses next week.

As always, thank you so much for all you do. It is an honor to teach your child.