Mrs. Parks's Newsletter

The Second Grade Scoop

Here's the "scoop" for the week of October 12, 2015
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Last week: We read a realistic fiction story called Sled Dogs Run. We used sticky notes to record each student's thoughts about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the text. We used this information to create a blurb about the story. A blurb is the paragraph you read on the back of the book jacket about a story to see if you are interested in reading the book. Students worked with partners to create a blurb for Help! A Story of Friendship.

Next week: Students will independently create a blub about a story of their choice (either Sheila Rae the Brave or Little Flap Learns to Fly. We will then wrap up the first reading unit by having students share what they have learned this unit by independently describing major events from the beginning, middle, and end of a given story. Students will also describe how one character responds to a major event in the story. Last, students will independently write a blurb that describes the beginning and middle of the story.

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Last week: Students applied the proofreading (CAPSS) skill to editing their personal narratives.

Next week: Students will focus mainly on applying proofreading (CAPSS) to their culminating event in reading. (See above).

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Last week: Our skill will be short o and long o spelled o_e. Some example words are: cove, robe, nose.

Next week: The spelling skill will be short u and long u spelled u_e. Some example words include: cube, amuse and fuse.

Bullying Prevention Week at WTES

The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To align BCPS’s focus with national awareness, the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council has planned a week of activities for October 5 -9, 2015. This year's theme is "Just Stop It! Bullying Changes People's Stories. Students supported this initiative by wearing different colors of clothing during the week. Monday - Wear blue - Word of the Day: Kindness, Tuesday - Wear Green - Word of the Day: Equity, Wednesday - Wear Yellow - Word of the Day: Empathy, Thursday - Wear Red - Word of the Day: Respect, Friday - Wear Purple - Word of the Day: Positivity.

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Last week: Some Health lessons this week included Bullying, Friendship and What makes us special. Students watch a Reading Rainbow video on the story Amazing Grace. The moral of the story is that you can't judge a book by its cover, which was one of our themes this week.

Next week: The focus is personal health. Some lessons will be about taking care of our eyes and ears, taking care of our skin, exercising, sleep and eating healthy foods.

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  • MSEA Day- Friday, October 16th- No School
  • Tentative Date for Harvest Party: Friday, October 30th (not finalized yet)
  • End of First Marking Period – Friday, October 30th – School closes 3 hours early
  • Distribution of Report Cards - Thursday, November 12th
  • Conference Day - Friday, November 13th - School Closed for Students
  • American Education Week - Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20
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Bennett! You have been working hard on spelling and even doing some extra spelling homework. You have been a good listener and a Wise Westy! Way to go, Bennett!
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Volunteer Training

You must be volunteer trained for the 2015-2016 school year in order to volunteer in your child’s classroom or attend a fieldtrip. Even if you have been volunteer trained in the past, you MUST be volunteer trained each new school year.

Volunteer training is online again this year! You can go online and complete the training on your own time that matches your schedule. Once you have completed the online volunteer training, you need to print out and bring in the certificate and application to school to be checked and signed. Please allow at least 24 hours from the time the office receives the form for the form to be processed in the front office.
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If you would like to contact me, here’s how:

Phone: 410-887-3869
Write me: Write a note and include it in your child's gold folder or assignment book