Mrs. Baker's Newsletter

January 19th, 2018

What is going on?

Reading: This week second graders will learn to distinguish the topic from the main idea of a fiction text.

Writing: This week we will continue letter writing. Students will write informative letters and complete an assessment.

Spelling and Grammar:

Spelling words this week: best, draw, find, grow, let, or, six, tell

Grammar lessons include correct capitalization in letter writing: greetings and closings.

Science:We will be focusing on natural resources and conservation. Students will be researching and developing a natural and manmade resource card game. Students will also conduct a water experiment.

Math: This week we will begin a unit on problem solving of addition problems with 3 digits. Challenges will be offered to those students who are ready to go beyond three digits. We will focus on using the standard algorithm with regrouping. Children will solve word problems and play games to complete this week’s learning.

This and that

Our kids do have an area test and a sight word test tomorrow.

Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading and Schlitterbahn Logs due

The Six Flags Reading Logs and Schlittterbahn forms went home. Please keep them in a safe place! We are making a class goal that everyone in our class completes the Six Flags and Schlitterbahn Programs. We are reading anyway! We might as get free tickets. We can always donate to families in need.

Dear Parents,

Please take a few moments to participate in the 2018 Parent Climate Survey today. Each day staff, students and volunteers at Sommer work hard to ensure academic programs and the campus environment meet the needs of all children.

You are a critical part of our success!

The survey will only be available for a short time, please participate today.



Dear Parents,

Our second grading period is officially over. Teachers have reported grades to administration, and report cards will be processed and sent home on Thursday, January, 18th. Please keep in mind the grades on this current report card represent your child’s progress from October 23rd to December 21st.

As a reminder, each category is scored 1-4.

1-child exhibits skill/concept with direct guidance

2-child exhibits skill /concept with minimal guidance

3-child exhibits mastery of skill/concept (needs NO guidance)

4-child exhibits understanding beyond grade level expectation

At this time of the school year, most children continue to require at least some degree of guidance from the teacher on skills and concepts. Therefore, a score of a 2 is quite reasonable to expect in areas where your child is progressing towards becoming independent. 2 is a score that indicates your child is on-track to becoming successful with that skill or concept. By the end of the year, we should see 2's growing into 3’s.

There may be some categories where a 1 is indicated. This means that your child is consistently needing direct guidance on that concept. A 1 can also mean that the topic was recently introduced, and the student is not expected to be beyond that level yet.

A few 1's are not an indicator or warning of grade-level failure. These areas specify where more time and energy must be spent in order to help your child reach their goals by the end of the year.

If your child has consistently exhibited mastery of a 2nd grade TEK and is beyond needing guidance, these areas will be scored with a 3. It is important to keep in mind that the child must be consistently and independently exhibiting mastery of the skill (without guidance) to get a 3.

To get a 4 in any skill or concept your child must consistently exhibit understanding beyond the grade level expectation. The keywords are "consistently" and "beyond."

Some areas on the report card may be blacked out. This is intentional because at this point in the year, we have not had a chance to teach or assess these skills, and they will be addressed in the future.

If you have any further questions please contact me.

Have a good weekend!