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The Weekly Roundup

Week Thirty Two....

Greetings Parents and Caregivers,


This is a short and sweet newsletter this week, as we have been focussing on our Student-Led Conference with you!


I was very impressed to see the students of 2A lead you through the stations, sharing their understanding of mathematical concepts, imparting information about their literacy work, inviting you to look through their portfolio and articulating their thoughts about their strengths, challenges and goals as learners.


Also, a big thank you to the parents for taking the time out of your busy schedules and allowing your child lead you through the session. Judging by the amount of smiles that they had when they visited me, I could tell they were very pleased that you were there!


Next week, the students of 2A will be undertaking their third and final MAP assessment of their second grade year. This assessment will be taking place each morning from 8:00 until 9:00AM from Sunday until Wednesday. This is another way for the students to show their growth and strengths since the beginning of the year.


Additionally, thank you for your generosity in the ASD High Five Campaign. The money raised goes towards the Service Learning Projects that ASD run. The money raised from 2A secured a hotdog barbecue lunch on Monday from 12:30 - 1§2:50PM. There will only be beef hotdogs available, so if your child would prefer a vegetarian option, this will not be catered for. However, if you have something to place on the barbecue that is a vegetarian option, this can be cooked.


Please take the time to look through the newsletter as there is some important information regarding the next few weeks, click on the images of your child engaged in learning and feel free to contact me with any queries or issues that may arise.

The Thirty Second Week

The Subjects

Math

This week saw the class move away from physically measuring objects and comparing and contrasting them and begin focussing on word problems that had a unit of measurement theme.


These word problems asked the mathematicians to look into converting feet into inches and yards into feet in order to have two measurements in the same standard unit. These challenging problems are something that we will continue to practice as the unit continues.


We also are looking at the ruler as a number line.


Below is the unit link by Eureka Math housed on YouTube embedded in the newsletter. This is a cluster of short videos that provides parents, students and teachers with an overview of the strategies that are being taught this unit lesson by lesson, and how to solve some of the questions that students are exposed to.

Our Latest Unit Tutorial YouTube Playlist

IXL Second Grade Resources

Reader's Workshop

This week saw the readers of 2A continue to meet with their partners and larger reading groups to discuss their thoughts about a range of topics in the book.


These topics included, the main characters and their characteristics, the role of secondary characters, the plot, the problems and how the characters responded to them, the solutions, and what our findings will have on our predictions in the next book in the series.


Many readers have finished their first book in the series and are digging into their second book of the series, checking their predictions and collecting further information about their characters.


Each group is working towards completing their assigned reading task with their partner and will present their findings mid week. I am looking forward to what they have toi share about their book, character and series.

Series Reading and Book Clubs Lesson Slides

Great Reading resources for Second Graders and Beyond

Writer's Workshop

This week saw the authors of 2A revisit what it means to be a successful nonfiction writer.


They have begun a nonfiction book based upon what they are most knowledgable about. From this point they will continue to refine their books and look towards nonfiction mentor texts to enhance their draft texts.


There are many differing topics in this unit and I am looking forward to seeing these ideas grow into a polished piece of nonfiction text.

Sharing Our Topics and First Chapters of Our Nonfiction Books

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Science

This week saw 2A begin investigating and observing forces and motion that exist in our everyday life.


We have defined force and motion and will be undertaking a range of experiments that will test their understanding.


This interactive unit is shaping up to be a lot of fun!

Exploratory

With the completion of the QSTec solar lantern initiative and after we have completed our landform dioramas next week, 2A will be on course to complete their individual Design Project.


This project will be a student initiated and student driven project, based upon their curiosity. They will be in charge of their research, collection of necessary materials and presentation of their final product.


It should be a wonderful time to complete the year and have students independently move through the engineering process.


More details to come!

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Other things:

Arthur Presents His Dinosaur Robot

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Things To Know:

Help the Earth Chart: Earth Day Challenge

Students will be bringing home a Help the Earth Chart as an Earth Day Challenge.


They are encouraged to fill out the chart over the coming weeks and bring it back to school by May 5th.


Please encourage your child to participate in this challenge.We will collect the charts that the students bring in and send them to the Elementary office.


Students who participate will be recognized as an Earth Hero!


Shukran Committee

The Shukran Committee will be placing large water bottles in the hallways during Student-Led Conferences next week.


The money collected will fund our end-of-year dinner for all ASD workers (cleaners, bus drivers & monitors, cafeteria workers, guards, etc., etc...)


This is our way to say thank-you for all of their hard work and dedication.


Your support is greatly appreciated.

Arab Mothers Association Fundraising Activities

The Arab Mothers Association fundraisers will be hosted every second Thursday of each month.

April Dates At A Glance

  • April 24-26 Hockey Shoot Out

  • April 26, 27, 28 Used Book Sale in Library (see below)

  • April 27 - April 28 ES Student Led Conferences