2nd Grade News

with Ms. Przedpelski

Important Information and Reminders

1. Unit 1 Benchmark Assessment:

Unit test will begin on Thursday, October 1st. Students will complete the second portion of this test on Friday, October 2nd.


2. Picture Day Photos:

Your child's pictures from picture day are coming home with them this afternoon. If you did not order them, you will see the information to order these photos included in your child's picture day package!


3. Tutoring Days:

Tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be on an as needed basis. If your child has a below 80 average in a course or a failing grade for classwork/quiz/test in a certain subject, they will be asked to stay with me on certain days for tutoring. Each week we will be focusing on a different subject, so your child may need help in one subject but not in another. Because of this, tutoring will not be an every week thing. I will communicate with you to let you know if and when your child needs to stay with me.


Next week, I will be keeping students who are in need of help with Reading/Language Arts concepts because we have our Unit Test this week. If your child has an 80 or below average, a failing grade in an assignment in one of these courses, or I feel that they are struggling to understand the concepts we are working on, you will receive an email from me requesting they stay for tutoring with me next week. I will also be keeping students who had difficulty on our Science test to help reinforce the information from Chapter 1. Please be on the lookout for an email from me on Monday morning to see if your child will be staying for tutoring either day next week.


4. Reading Logs/Reflections:

Students are required to read 3 books per month!

- 1 Chapter Book

- 1 Nonfiction Book

- 1 Book of Choice


Our Reading Logs/Reflections will be due this Wednesday. I have been keeping an eye to make sure our students are keeping up with what I expect them to complete each month. If I am concerned that your child will not finish their reflection because they have not completed their reading, you will receive an email from me. Your child will be bringing home a story and a reflection to complete over the weekend for homework.


5. FSAPS Weekly Newsletter:

Make sure you read our school newsletter this week to stay informed on all of the happenings at FSAPS. Please click this link this week's newsletter.


https://www.smore.com/q1f0u-fulton-science-academy?ref=email

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Showing off some of our FALL Acrostic Poems

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Celebrating the First Days of FALL!

Your students had a great time celebrating the beginning of Fall this week! We read stories together, worked on fact vs. opinion about the Fall season, wrote acrostic poems about the Fall season, and we will hopefully be going on a Fall scavenger hunt during our Science lessons next week to practice observing (if the weather permits). I think your students are a little bit excited about the beautiful weather we hope will come with this Fall season!
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Learning How to be Respectful

This week we began our new Character Education program called Second Step at FSAPS. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we will be focusing on a variety of Character Education topics throughout the year. We will be utilizing the Second Step curriculum and supplementing with our own activities and resources to help your students grow as individuals. The first important topic we are focusing on in 2nd grade is respect. This week your students learned and discussed what it means to be respectful, created goals for themselves about how to be respectful both inside and outside of school, wrote about a time that they showed respect, and practiced different ways to show respect to others. I think this new curriculum will help our students become even more well-rounded individuals! I am looking forward to helping your students grow throughout the year.

Johnny Appleseed Day fun!

This week was full of excitement. We had a productive week when it comes to our academic studies, and we ended the week with a very fun Friday afternoon celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day. Students learned about this American Folk Hero by moving to a variety of centers on Friday afternoon. We read a story about him as a whole group, students completed a reading comprehension activity, solved a crossword puzzle about facts from Johnny Appleseed's life, and created graphs and equations using apples to measure our heights. We ended the day with some very fun apple relay races with Ms. Minor's class. It was a special way to end the week! :)
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Yearbook Information

Last chance to get a discount on your purchase of the yearbook! 15% off if purchased by September 30th!


To purchase and CUSTOMIZE your yearbook, go to: www.TreeRing.com/validate and enter the FSAPS passcode: 1013541294622699


Even if you do not plan to purchase a yearbook this year, please create an account. You may use the same account every year, and you will be able to share photos online within the FSAPS family (and help contribute pictures to the yearbook!).


If you have any questions about this... please contact Mrs. Millar at rmillar@fultonscienceacademy.org

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We need non-fiction books!

A big thank you to Joshua Malcolm and his family for donating some great nonfiction books! We appreciate it :)


We have some fantastic readers in 2nd grade! It makes me one very happy teacher. Your students are so excited about the books we have added to our classroom library to choose from! If you have any books at home (especially nonfiction and chapter books) that you are no longer using, please consider donating them to our classroom library! I would greatly appreciate any and all books that we can collect to have more for our students to choose from each month for their Reading Logs & Reflections project.

Home Visits

At FSAPS we do home visits. It is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and families to get to know one another. I enjoy home visits because it helps bridge the gap between home and school for your child. These are not mandatory, but if you are interested in having some of your child's teachers visit your home please continue to read...


How can you schedule a home visit?


Very simple. Please send an e-mail to our home visit coordinator, Mrs. Unal at junal@fultonscienceacademy.org and give us three available dates for your child's home visit program. We will get back to you and confirm a date. Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes.


For any questions you have about this program, send an e-mail to junal@fultonscienceacademy.org. The best times to schedule a home visit are weekdays after 5:00 pm, and anytime during the weekends except Sunday mornings.

Curriculum Corner

Reading/Language Arts:

This Thursday and Friday we will be taking out Unit 1 Benchmark Assessment. We will be reviewing our skills and concepts all week long with a study guide and some great centers to practice what we have been learning. Your child's homework packet will act as a study guide for a lot of the skills/concepts being covered on this benchmark assessment.


Ms. P's Math Class:

Students in Ms. P's Math class have been working on subtracting with and without regrouping. On Wednesday, September 30th students will take a short quiz over subtraction. For the rest of the week, we will be reviewing three digit addition and subtraction and completing a study guide. Students will be tested over Ch.2 and Ch.3 on Monday, October 5th.


Ms. Minor's Math Class:

Students in Ms. Minor's class will complete a study guide on Monday in class to review for their test on Tuesday, September 29th. This test is over addition and subtraction with regrouping. Students can use their homework packet as a at-home study guide. Students will begin Chapter 5: Bar Models on Wednesday.


Science:

This week we are continuing with Chapter 2 Technology and Tools. We will be focusing on our vocabulary for this chapter, and we will be completing a fun experiment with ice cubes. Your child will have to think like a scientist to plan, design, and test a contraption to keep the ice cube from melting. It should be a fun week for your students.


Social Studies:

This week we will begin Chapter 3: The World Around Us. This week we will be focusing on location and will soon be moving into Maps. We will be returning to Ch.2 next semester for a big Market Day fun project during the Social Studies fair!

Important Dates to Remember:

September 26, 8:30 to 11:30 - River's Alive - See more info on this issue of the school newsletter.

September 28 - Living With Intensity: Understanding the the Gifted Child – Webinar with Dr. Susan Daniels