Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter

For The Week of April 15th-19th

THANK YOU

Wow! This week was so amazing! I cannot believe what supportive parents and students I have this year. Thank you all so much for the sweet gifts, notes and flowers. I am truly so grateful for all my students and their families. You are all extremely generous and thoughtful people!

What Will Be Learning This Week

Math: The big idea in math this week will getting the kids ready to take the 2nd Grade Spring Benchmark on Wednesday. Please make sure your student comes to school rested and full from a healthy breakfast. This test will cover the concepts that the students have been taught this year. We will have review sessions on Monday and Tuesday, as well as solving problems connected to everyday experiences. Thursday and Friday will be a continuation of our Measurement Unit. Students will select non-standard units of measurement to determine the length and area of a 2D surface. Students will also be introduced to approximation tools AND inch rulers.

Science: In Science this week, students will investigate and record some of the unique stages that insects undergo during their Life Cycle. On Monday students compare life cycles of different organisms. On Tuesday, student will explore important terms associated with the unit. Wednesday-Friday will be devoted to exploring the life cycles of butterflies, meal worms, grasshoppers, and crickets! SQUIRM!!

Reading: In Reading, we will switch gears from learning about Media Literacy to responding to nonfiction texts. Monday through Wednesday the students will practice how to identify and distinguish the main idea from the topic of a given passage or story. On Thursday and Friday, the students will respond to nonfiction texts in their Reading Response journal using a menu.

Word Study: Students will be introduced to individual sorts.

Writing/Language Arts: Students will practice using commas in a variety of settings.

Persuasive Letters

Students will be bringing home persuasive letters in which they ask you for something they really, really want! They have been working diligently on these all week! Take a look and check our their letters! Maybe you'll be convinced.....

Spotlight Stallion

This week's Spotlight Stallion is Jocelyn Lee! Way to go Jocelyn!! She is a super kiddo who really knows her stuff. She has really nice handwriting too :)

Calendar

Thursday, April 18th...Chick-Fil-A-Spirit Night

Friday, April 19th....Library Day and Class Spirit Day (wear your class T-shirts)



Apr. 22nd-25th: No visitors on campus due to STAAR testing

Apr. 26th: Kona Ice day!

Apr. 27th: Round Rock Express Baseball Game

May 1st: Early Release day

May 3rd: Carnival 5-8 pm (Parent volunteers are needed!!)




Plans for Next Year....

On Friday, April 12th, I sent home a letter that allows you to tell us if your child will be returning to Sommer next year. You may also tell us a little bit about what kind of teacher and learning environment you wish for your student. Please do not list any specific names of teachers, just give characteristics and teaching styles that your child best responds to. Please return these as soon as possible. Thanks!

Class Reward!

The students have earned over 75 class Star Cards, so they will be getting 30-45 minutes of computer time! Congratulate your student as they are very excited about this!

Empty Bowl Festival

I forgot to put this on last week's newsletter, but on Saturday, April 13th, the 1st and 2nd grade Singing Stars will perform at the Empty Bowl Festival at Cedar Ridge High School. The festival is from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm. We have a few students from our class taking part! Way to help out the community! The festival features a meal of soup, bread and a drink served in a handmade bowl created by local artists and Round Rock Independent School District students and staff.