Trail Blazer News

September 14th-18th

Makhiah's Interview

Conducted by our Communication Crew

Elise: What is your favorite subject?

Makhiah: Reading.

Elise: What is your favorite food?

Makhiah: Corn.

Elise: What is your favorite specialist?

Makhiah: Computer Lab.

Elise: What is your favorite holiday?

Makhiah: Christmas.

Elise: What is your favorite animal?

Makhiah: Zebra.

Elise: What is your favorite number?

Makhiah: 25.

Elise: What is your favorite flower?

Makhiah: Daisy.


Kathryn: What is your favorite movie?

Makhiah: Annie

Kathryn: What is your favorite animal?

Makhiah: Horse.

Kathryn: What is your favorite Daily 5 Choice?

Makhiah: Listen to Reading.

Kathryn: What is your favorite game?

Makhiah: Spiderman

Kathryn: What is your favorite food?

Makhiah: Chicken.

Kathryn: What is your favorite place to go?

Makhiah: Fun Depot.



Clara: What is your favorite subject?

Makhiah: Math.

Clara: How many pets do you have?

Makhiah: 1.

Clara: What is your favorite holiday?

Makhiah: Halloween.

Clara: What is your favorite sport?

Makhiah: Football.

Clara: What is your favorite candy?

Makhiah: Chocolate.

Clara: What is your favorite plant?

Makhiah: Oak Tree.

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Our Class Mission Statement!

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Head over to the Leader in Me website for amazing parent resources and ideas for incorporating the 7 Habits at home! There are even interactive games for kids to complete that relate to the 7 Habits. Check out the video for an overview.
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Thank you, Stephanie, for reading to us!

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Important Dates

9/22/15: International Potluck 5:30-7:00 p.m.


9/25/15: Student-Led Conferences (No School)


9/28/15: No School (Teacher Workday)


10/6/15: PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m. at Hillcrest


10/7/15: Walk to School Day


10/15/15: Fun Run

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Wish List: We would greatly appreciate your support!


  • Gallon Zip-Lock Bags
  • Page Protectors
  • Amazon Gift Cards so that we can purchase the remaining five stability disks (as seen through the provided link) so that each student can have one. :)
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What We are Learning

Reading: Students are continuing to build stamina with the various Daily 5 Choices: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work, and the Wonder Center. We are currently focusing on "Checking for Understanding" as our comprehension strategy, and answering the who, what, when, where, why, and how questions to show understanding grade-level texts.


  • RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.



Writing: We will continue our Personal Narrative unit this week, and students will continue to use the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, conferencing, and publishing). We are focusing primarily on organization, adding details, and temporal words.


  • W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.



Fundations: We will continue Unit 2 this week. We are focusing on closed syllable words, glued sounds, bonus letter, and r-controlled sounds. Please see your child's homework folder for more information.


Math: We will continue our place value unit this week, while continuing to practice our Daily 3 math structure. We are focusing on the three ways to write a number: standard form, expanded form, and written form. Students will compare three and four digit numbers using <, >, and =. We will also begin using currency to explore place value.


  • Read, write, and represent numbers within 1,000 using base ­ten numerals, number names, and expanded form (2.NBT.A.3)
  • Compare two three ­digit numbers based on the meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits using <, >, and = (2.NBT.A.4)



Science: We will begin our study of weather through inquiry based learning. Students' curiosity will drive our exploration of weather patterns.


  • 2.E.1 Understand patterns of weather and factors that affect weather.


Social Studies: We will use begin our map unit by exploring maps our our school and community using GoogleEarth in addition to traditional maps. Students will design their own maps which include symbols, legends, and cardinal directions.


● 2.G.1.1 Interpret maps of the school and community that contain symbols, legends and cardinal directions.

Trail Blazers in Action!

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