Stellar Second Graders

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

Friday, September 13, 2019

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September Birthdays

Essential Agreements

  • Be kind.
  • Be responsible.
  • Be respectful.
  • Be safe.

Introducing Our Amazing Aides...

We have some fabulous instructional aides in our classrooms! Two of our aides are new this year and two have been supporting students at Rose Glen for many years. They are ALL truly the best. Please welcome Mrs. Applebaum, Mrs. Bast, Mrs. Langer, and Mrs. Walden to second grade! They will be supporting the literacy time in the morning.

Language Workshop

For unit 1, we will explore our Community theme through texts and mini-lessons that engage students. Our focus this month is the plot, fiction elements, and identifying the lesson. Students are learning how to retell a story including characters, setting, and plot (beginning, middle, and end). Check out some of the amazing books we have been reading or will read soon:

Reading Workshop

We have focused on the beginning of year routines that will help make us successful readers in Reading Workshop. Students learned about how the classroom library works, why it is important to read daily, and what our reading time should look, sound, and feel like. We worked on increasing our reading stamina. Students read 30 minutes every day in second grade and we work towards the 45 minute end of year goal.

Please remember to have your child read for at least 15 minutes every night.

Writing Workshop

This month, we launch our first unit of study in personal narratives combined with setting up routines and procedures. Students learn and come to anticipate the quiet, calm feeling of Writing Workshop. It is a place for thinking, creating, and writing. Lessons are a balance of writing expectations, grammar, and the craft of writing. The focus is on a small moment story from your life. Students are challenged to stretch out that moment into a beginning, middle, and end. In second grade, students are expected to write for a longer period of time and produce longer sentences and stories. We look forward to guiding them through this process.

Note: Handwriting is important! By second grade, students should have correct letter formation and word spacing. They also should be able to write on the lines. If you feel like your child could use some extra handwriting practice at home, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Math Workshop

In Math, we started the year with our launching unit. Student discussed why math is important, where we see numbers in our lives, and what we find challenging or easy about math. Some topics that we covered were doubles, patterns, skip-counting, and number sequences. Students played some math "get to know you" games.

Fun Math Game: Can you child count forward by 1s? 2s? 5s? 10s? What if you start with a number other than O? For example, count on by 2s from 88. Extra bonus: count backwards! These are fun number games to play on the way to school, walking home, or waiting in line at the grocery store. Number fluency is very important. You can help build your child's skills just by counting!

Math Facts: By the end of second grade, your child should know all addition and subtractions facts through 12.

iPad Policy Correction

The iPad charger and cord remain at home. It does not stay in school, as mentioned in the handout.

Major Incidents & Infinite Campus Emails

This school year, Infinite Campus has a new feature that we would like to share with you in advance. It is not the most upbeat of topics, but one that we would like families to know in advance.

If a student has a major incident or altercation in school (swearing, physical aggression, stealing, destruction of property, intimidation, etc), the teacher will contact families first. Similarly to previous years, the incident will be documented in Infinite Campus. However, new this year, families will receive an email approximately 24 hours afterwards summarizing the incident.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to Cynthia Gannon or Brian Bennowitz.

Field Trips

Planetarium - Thursday, January 16, 2020

This year marks a new era for the planetarium. With over 40 years of continuing education for the School District of Waukesha, we are invited to experience the night sky and an amazing show at the planetarium. The classic 2nd grade level program “Our Place in Space,” is to be presented in high-definition full-dome video.

Program Description: Scarlet Macaw searches all over the world to learn something new and exciting about the Earth and Space. Themes include the Sun as a star, what makes the Sun move, the planet Earth, gravity, and constellations. She uses this information to fill in a crossword puzzle.

Lunch: normal, no change

Chaperones: teachers only

Mayo & Coffey Homerooms: 9 am

Boyajian & Zerbel Homerooms: 10 am

First Stage Play - Gretel! - Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 10 am

In grade two, we focus on fairy tales. We are able to study Hansel and Gretel in our classroom. Now, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to see a modified version live on stage!

Program Description: Her mother is gone. Her father is absent. Her stepmother and stepsister berate her and waste all of their food. But with a gift from her mother and hope in her heart, Gretel heads into the wilderness to find Baba Yaga – and discovers more than she could have ever imagined. With live folk rock music and a style that embraces the storytelling nature of theater – this musical for the entire family is not to be missed.

Lunch: packed lunch (We will not be at school for our hot lunch program.)

Chaperones: teachers only

Cost and Permission Slip: Please check your child's folder and return to school.

Environmental Education Center - Friday, May 1, 2020

In the spring, second graders learn about pollination, pollinators, habitats and insects. We are given a special opportunity to visit the EEC for some hands on learning experiences.

Lunch: normal, no change

Chaperones: Yes please! We will take as many parent volunteers as we can.

Mayo & Coffey Homeroom: AM Session

Boyajian & Zerbel Homeroom: PM Session Information! Click on the link below.

Makerspace Challenge

Can you please donate the following for our upcoming Makerspace Challenge?

  • large multi-colored craft pom poms
  • pipe cleaners
  • masking tape

Teacher Contact Information

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