Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter

For the Week of Jan. 13th

Week in Review

Fast and furious is I would describe this week. I was so happy to see all the students back on Tuesday, but there was little time to sit and chat; we got right down to business and started working! I am taking Friday, Jan. 10th off to go to Albuquerque, so if the newsletter seems short and sweet, that is because I am about to get on a plane... See you all next week!

What We Will Be Learning About This

Reading: We are continuing our Culture Studies unit this week. Our students have been researching through Culture Grams (online resource), different cultural traditions from around the world. Each day, our class will focus on one country’s customs, fill out anchor charts, read various fiction and non-fiction books and develop an All About book on a favorite culture of study.

Science: This week will be an introduction to natural resources. Students will be learning that the natural world includes Earth materials and will be able to distinguish between natural and man made resources through a variety of learning opportunities. Students will be learning that natural resources come from the Earth and include; rocks, soil, air, and water. Students will be learning that man made resources are materials made from natural resources that have been changed by humans, including; glass, plastic, fabric, lumber, and paper. At home, please continue to support your child by learning the differences between the two types of resources.

Math: This week will be a continuation of our Fractions Unit. Students will partition objects into equal parts and name the parts; including halves, fourths, and eighths, using words and pictures. Students will explain that the more fractional parts used to make a whole, the smaller the part; and the fewer the fractional parts, the larger the fraction. Students will also use concrete models to count fractional parts beyond one whole using words and recognize how many parts it takes to equal one whole.

Writing: This week we are fine tuning our Personal Narrative writing by focusing on small moments to make the reader easily visualize our story.

Grammar: We are studying nouns; common and proper, pronouns, and singular and plural nouns.

Word Study: Students are continuing with the word sorts they received the week of Jan. 7th. A speed sort and glue and spelling test will be on Friday the 17th.

Donations Needed

Dear Parents,

Looking ahead to next week’s plans students will be learning the importance of conserving and reusing by creating an in-class project. Therefore, we will be collecting any rinsed containers, bottles, empty toilet/paper towel rolls, etc. for the project that you could spare. We appreciate your donations.

Spotlight Stallion

Our Spotlight Stallion for the week is Summer Roth! Summer is a GREAT kid who is always looking for ways to help others. She has a wonderful attitude and comes to school happy each day! Her picture will be featured in next week's newsletter, as Peter has just returned from a long flight from India and needs to recover from jet lag...


Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!

Awards Assembly

There will be an Awards Assembly for 2nd grade on Jan. 16th from 1:50-2:10 pm in the cafeteria. Parents of students receiving awards are invited to attend. The invitations came home in Thursday folders on Jan. 9th. There are only 6 awards given per class; for reading, science, math, caring citizen, exerting effort, and excellent handwriting. Another awards assembly will take place for the spring semester in May. Awards for perfect attendance will also be given.

On the Calendar...

Friday, Jan. 10th Mrs. Cormack out, Library and Assembly

Tuesday, Jan. 14th Mrs. Cormack gets one year older...

Thursday, Jan. 16th Kate's Birthday!! Awards Assembly for 2nd Grade (by invitation only)

Friday, Jan. 17th Library and Assembly, Book Orders due