Miss Kinney's 2nd Grade

October 8, 2015

Fire Prevention Month!

October is Fire Prevention Month. On Monday, Mr. Herrington came in to talk to our class and Miss Kinney's Class about fire safety. Ask your child about his very fun song he shared with our class, & please make sure your child knows your family meeting spot in case there was an emergency!
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Pumpkin Math

On Friday, October 30th we will be doing Pumpkin Math! We will use pumpkins to do many different math activities! We will need donations of pumpkins and at least 2 more volunteers for this fun learning activity. It will take place in our classroom from 9:30-10:30. Please let me know if you are interested in donating a pumpkin or volunteering! Thank you!

Assessing Spelling!!!

I have decided I will NOT be giving a traditional spelling test every two weeks. Instead of a formal test, we will be assessing spelling words through student writing. This is a more authentic way for students to apply the spelling rules they have learned. It is more important for students to be able to use the patterns when they write, than it is to memorize a list of rules. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Math updates!!!

As I mentioned at our Meet the Teacher Night earlier this year, as teachers we are using best practices to continually tweak the way we do things. One of the things that will be changing for math is the spiral review sheet that you see come home daily. The plan is to use the end of the week Weekly Check as a preassessment each Monday. The students that have mastered those concepts on the spiral review will get to opt out of spiral review for THAT WEEK ONLY! The students that "test out" of the spiral review for that week will work on more enrichment activities that might vary from day to day. Those that need more practice will complete the spiral review pages each day in hopes the extra practice will help those students master those skills. With change comes questions, please let me know if you have any questions!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences this year at TCE will be a little different! We are all conducting Student Led Conferences! These conferences allow your child to be an important part by having them share their accomplishments and help create goals for the year. Directions were sent out on Wednesday of this week. Please be sure to sign up electronically for a conference date ASAP, if you haven't already! Conferences this year will take place from Monday, October 5th through Wednesday, October 21st. We can’t wait to celebrate your child’s learning with you!

Fall Fundraiser

Information for the Fall Fundraiser has been sent home. This is a "no sell" fundraiser and all donations will go directly to the school! If you would like to donate, please return the completed form that was send home last week with your child and include a monetary donation. You can also donate online at: httsp://paypal.me/TCEPTO

Thank you SO much for your support!

Liger XC Mile

The 2015 Liger XC Mile will take place on Thursday, October 15th at Hamilton Southeastern High School. The race/walk is for ALL K-6th grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District. Please view the attached form for more information about this event!

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Next week is Week A of homework!

Important Information for Next Week

Mark Your Calendar!

  • October 5-21: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 22-23: Fall Break
  • October 30: Pumpkin Math

Next Week's Related Arts Schedule

Monday, October 12th- Day 5: Art

Tuesday, October 13th- Day 6: P.E.

Wednesday, October 14th- Day 1: Music

Thursday, October 15th- Day 2: Art

Friday, October 16th- Day 3: P.E. and Library

Class Library Checkout Days:

Our next class library checkout day will be Friday, October 16th, but remember, your child may bring his/her books back at anytime. We will find a time for him/her to visit the library individually to get new books!

We Are Learning...


We are diving deeper into our Realistic Fiction texts! We will continue our discussion of the plot of a story. Students will distinguish the sequence of major events in a story.


We are busy writing our Realistic Fiction pieces! Many students are publishing their work and writing series of books about the same realistic character! We look forward to sharing some of our writing at our upcoming conferences!

Word Study

We will continue finding words that we want to investigate!


Next week our class will be working on strategies for subtraction!


We will continue our unit on Sun and Moon! We will continue our moon journal, but we will be switching our focus to learning about how the sun & moon have effected our weather!