2A Classroom Update 8

Home of the Golden Lions

January 15, 2016

Dear Families,

Happy New Year!

We hope you all enjoyed the holiday break whether you traveled or rested and relaxed at home. We missed our 2A Golden Lions and were happy to have them back for an action packed 2 weeks! Like Bruno said during a closing circle, "Shout out to 2A because we did a great job coming back from a long break."

First and foremost, thank you all so much for making our Narrative Publishing Party such a success! The Golden Lions worked really hard on their pieces and were excited to share them with friends and family. We appreciate your continued support and thank you for helping 2A start 2016 with a bang. On a scale of 0 to a 100, that publishing party was definitely 1,000,000!

In reading and writing, we've turned our focus to informational text. We've started by thinking about what informational texts are and the text features that are often found in them. We looked at all kinds of nonfiction books and even worked together as a class to write our own informational text about 2A.

In math, we started a new unit with a focus on adding and subtracting numbers within 200 more fluently and solving word problems. We've been playing a game called "Show-Me" and students practiced adding and subtracting by making one of the numbers a multiple of 10 to make it easier to solve. We also learned a new thinking process called U.P.S.C. or "Understand, make a plan, solve, and check." Though the process is new, students are working hard to think about how they approach solving word problems and the thinking process they go through from the beginning to the end.

In Inquiry we began our unit on Communication. We are focusing on signs and symbols. We went on a neighborhood walk to observe the signs and symbols we pass by everyday and think about their meaning and purpose.

Here's to an amazing start to 2016!

Enjoy your weekend,

Courtney and Zondwayo

Our first trip to the Armory!

Golden Lion of the Week

The December learner profile was Open-Minded. The January learner profile is Thinker. We will announce our Golden Lions of the Week for Thinker this Tuesday!


  • We will be visiting The Drawing Center on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. We'd love to have you join us. Please sign up to volunteer if there are any available slots.
  • The January birthday celebration is set for Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 1:00pm. Families with students with January birthdays interested in coming can email our 2A class email.

Important Dates to Remember

1/18- NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/26- Field trip to The Drawing Center

1/27- January birthday Celebration

The Specials Corner

A Science Update From Ms. Rosabal!

The Golden Lions are learning that "force" is another way of saying a push or a pull. They learned that when we are pushing or pulling, we are "acting on" an object to cause motion. We've also learned about Newton's First Law--that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion (unless acted on by an outside force). We've also been working on a "race car lab," which has students working in partnerships and exploring the concept of friction by racing their car on various surfaces, measuring the distance traveled, recording their measurements, and analyzing this data. It's been wonderful to see the Golden Lions collaborating and problem-solving together. Next up for these young Physicists: Magnetism!

Dance With Ms. Siby

Dance and Science have teamed up to bring our students a holistic force/physics learning experience. We started with learning about push (leaning one's weight into an object or partner) and pull (leaning one's weight away from and object or partner). The results were lots of falls, lots of fun and a new understanding of the delicate, equality in weight sharing that results in counter - balance. Please enjoy our pictures!

Spanish with Ms. Rosado

¡Me gusta mucho 2A! This new term we are getting ready to share our experience of México through postcards. Yeah! But before that, we need to practice our writing. We are working really hard to share our likes and dislikes in Spanish. Me gusta correr, pero no me gusta nadar. (I like to run, but I don´t like to swim.) We love to play the me gusta game in the classroom.

Keep practicing at home.


On January 6 we celebrated El día de los Reyes Magos, a very important holiday in México (and other Spanish-speaking countries). We were so lucky to share this tradition with Diogo’s Mom with a Big Rosca! ¡Gracias Mamá de Diogo!


Ms, Rosado

Muchas Gracias - for sharing this cultural tradition!

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Check out our Airport Security at the 9th floor - Aduana- Custom Desk

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