The Bettler Buzz

November 16-20, 2015

A Message from Dr. Burnley

Parents,
We need your help! As part of the CCRPI score from the state of Georgia, schools are partly graded using parent survey information. Please complete the survey about Gwin Oaks! Thanks!

Georgia Parent Survey: http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

Pajama Day and Stuffed Animal Day will be this Friday, November 20!

Fun Run Update

Please make sure that you have collected and turned in all your pledges on Wednesday, November 18. You may send your pledges in the envelope you received in the Friday Folder or online. Thank you for your support!

Important Math Update

The math test has been moved to Wednesday, November 18. We have already covered all of the concepts that will be covered on the test. Students took a daily grade on Friday, and I will send that home tomorrow (Tuesday) in the homework folder to look over. The constructed response that we are doing today in class will go home in the homework folder today. These things may stay at home - you do not need to send them back to school. I have also linked a powerpoint with practice problems to eClass. Doing the test on Wednesday will give me time to enrich and remediate before we leave for Thanksgiving Break. I apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Here are some strategies we have been using in class to solve these problems.

Missing Addend

Ms. Bettler had 25 markers. Ms. Blakely gave her some more. Now Ms. Bettler has 43 markers. How many markers did Ms. Blakely give her?


Students are expected to show the number sentence that represents the problem. The number sentence to represent this problem would be 25+______=43. Students could solve with an open number line at this point, but most students are choosing to create a related fact using their fact families to solve. This is the strategy that I recommend because it's easiest to get the missing number by itself on one side of the equal sign. The related fact they might choose to solve would be 43-25=_____. From there most students would solve by using an open numberline starting with 45 on the right side and do 25 hops back. The answer is 18.



Missing Subtrahend

Dr. Burnley brought 67 cookies to Gwin Oaks. She gave some to the teachers. She had 12 cookies left over. How many cookies did she give the staff?


Number sentence representing the problem: 67-____=12
Related Fact: 67-12=___


Students could solve using a number line starting with 67 on the right side and do 12 hops back. They could also solve using base ten blocks by drawing 6 tens rods and 7 ones, then cross out 1 ten and 2 ones. The answer is 55 cookies.

If your child is having trouble finding a related fact....

Draw the fact family triangle and put the 3 numbers on the roof in the appropriate spot. The largest number goes at the top. The smaller two numbers go on the bottom. Then write all of the addition and subtraction sentences that go with the fact family. The sentence that has the missing number at the end of the number sentence (by itself on one side of the equal sign is usually easiest to solve.


For example: 67, 12, ________

12+____=67

___+12=67

67-____=12

67-12=____


The last number sentence would be easiest to solve.

What We're Learning This Week

Reading- Author's purpose for writing an informational text (to explain something or describe something)

Word Study- Prefixes un- (meaning not or opposite of) and pre-(meaning before)

*Students should be able to break apart a word into the base/root word and the prefix to deteming the meaning of the new word

Words to review with your child- unlock, unable, unkind, preschool, pretest, prepay, preview

Math- Addition and subtraction sentences with missing information (a missing addend or missing subtrahend); Test on Wednesday, November 18

Social Studies- Cherokee Indians

Grammar- Reviewing context clues

Writing- Adding onomatopeia and interesting vocabulary words to our guided fantasy writing; revising and editing; publishing

Thanksgiving Reading Logs

Students received their Thanksgiving reading logs today. This will take the place of the regular reading log for this week and next week (Thanksgiving break). Students that read 200 minutes by Monday November 30 will receive a special prize from the media center. Late logs will not be accepted.

Upcoming eClass Homework

This year I have been selected to be the technology representative among the second grade teachers. As a part of my role, I would like to implement more eClass homework beginning after Thanksgiving Break. My goal is to have Tech Thursdays. Thursday night's homework will be on eClass beginning the week of November 30. The homework will be up by Monday afternoons, so there should be plenty of time to get it completed by Friday when it is due. If for whatever reason you cannot access eClass, please send me a note explaining.


Please be aware that as the year goes on, I will be adding more eClass homework and assignments. As your child continues in Gwinnett County Schools, eClass becomes a large component of instruction. My hope is that the more I use eClass this year, the better prepared your child will be to use eClass in the future. :)

Specials Schedule

Monday 11/16: Music

Tuesday 11/17: Music

Wednesday 11/18: Science

Thursday 11/19: Science

Friday 11/20: Science


Monday 11/30: P.E.

Tuesday 12/1: P.E.

Wednesday 12/2: P.E.

Thursday 12/3: Art

Friday 12/4: Art

About Ms. Bettler

This is my second year at Gwin Oaks - and I LOVE it here! I am so greatful to be part of such a wonderful community.


My family means the world to me. We are all very close. We love going to Disney World - my brother and I are huge roller coaster junkies and nostalgic 20-somethings. We also love playing with our bichon frise puppy, Sophie. She is such a trouble maker! In June 2016 I'll add on an extension to the family when I marry my fiancee, David!


Music is a very important part of my life. I have been playing piano since I was six years old. I have also been involved in some sort of choir or band since fifth grade.


As a teacher, my goal is to make sure that students know how valuable they are! It's not about if a child is smart, but HOW a child is smart. I strive to help each child see their own potential to make a difference in this world and give them the tools to succeed.