The London Times

Our Weekly Class Newsletter September 16-25

Weekly Note from Mrs. London

Even with the choppy schedule, it has been a busy, productive, and fun few weeks! To prepare for Yom Kippur we held our own Tashlich ceremony. We listened to the story Tashlich at Turtle Rock by Susan Schnur and Anna Schnur-Fishman and then privately wrote down something we wanted to "toss" away or work on from this past year and then we each crumbled up our paper and threw it in our stream (a bucket of water :) ). To prepare for our lunch in the sukkah, we also wrote some creative Sukkot stories and we look forward to sharing them with you on Wednesday, September 30 at 11:54.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Sukkot!


Important Dates

9/28-9/29-no school Sukkot

9/30- 2nd grade lunch in the Sukkah- 11:54

10/1- 2nd grade has recess first and eats lunch at 12:18

10/2- Math Test on Place Value

10/5- 10/6- No school Shemini Atzeret/ Simchat Torah

10/7- Social Studies Tutorial: 3:20-3:50. Please let me know if your child will attend. They can meet you in the carpool lobby when it is over.

10/8- Social Studies Test

10/19- No Homework Night

10/30- Grandparents and Special Friends Day

What Did We Learn This Week?

Language Arts

These past two weeks in language arts our spelling rule has been the digraphs -th, -wh, -ch, -ph, -sh and we learned that a digraph can be in the beginning or end of a word (or even the middle). We also began an author study of Marc Brown. We watched a video about him and will be reading several of his books this trimester and doing activities related to them. We all read Arthur's Pet Business and completed a story map to help retell the story using a model called: someone, wanted, but, so, and then. In grammar, we are learning about combining the subjects and predicates of sentences and reviewed identifying sentences(statement, question and exclamation) and fragments. Next week, we will review and have a graded assessment on these concepts. We have been continuing to work on our comprehension skill of Main Idea and Details and made Main Idea Trees where we came up with our own topic and wrote the main idea in the center of the tree and three details on leaves. Our next comprehension strategy that we will be working on will be Sequencing.


These past two weeks, we worked on place value to the 100,000's place. We played lots of fun games to review. The homework sheets are review of the concepts that the students will be tested on next week. If you notice that your child is having a hard time on the homework, please email me and I will be happy to either do a tutorial after school or work in a small group during math class to help him/her.

Social Studies

In Social Studies we continued our fist unit by learning about our country's three branches of government by reading about each branch in our Social Studies book, watching a Brain Pop Jr. video, and creating our own Branches of Government trees. We also reviewed important map skills, got started on making flash cards for vocabulary words from this Unit that we need to review for our test, and learned about Community and State Governments. We will start taking home our Social Studies folders to review for our test next week. The tutorial will be on Wednesday, October 7 from 3:20-3:50. Please let me know if your child will attend! Our test will be Thursday, October 8.


This week in Tefillah we studied the prayer Ma Tovu. We learned that we can make any place a holy place and created our own Jewish star that we can place wherever we would like in our home to create a special place where we can go to talk to God.


Dear 2nd grade parents,

YOM KIPPUR was in the center of our learning this week. We practiced Holiday vocabulary,

listened to a story, learned a new song and did an activity with תשובה TESHUVAH (repentance).

GMAR CHATIMA TOVA, גמר חתימה טובה - = may you will be inscribed for a good year,

Shabbat shalom, שבת שלום

Galia Sabbag

Second Grade Mitzvah Project

It’s time for Operation Isaiah, so please help support The Second Grade Mitzvah project!! The food drive is from Wednesday, September 16-Friday, October 2nd. Please send in canned and boxed goods in the bag we provided. The food bank cannot collect any glass or baby food. When you return the bag to school, the bags can be placed in the food bins in the carpool lobby. The Second grade team really appreciates your support!!