The Vise Press

February 5, 2016

Curriculum Conversations

Here are some questions to ask your student about their learning this week:

What are some examples of natural and man-made resources?

What are some examples of fresh water and salt water?

How many vertices, sides, faces does a cylinder have? (cone, rectangular prism, sphere, cube, or triangular prism)

How did you learn about area?

What story did you write this week?

Did you have a special visitor on Monday?

Tell me about Chiponomics!

Star Student

Next week's Star Student will be: Thane Smith

Monday: Send in 10-12 pictures for the students to share with the class.
Friday: Students will read a book aloud to the class and they may bring an item for Show and Tell.

Put Your Heart Into Reading

The students are excited about our 15th Annual Put Your Heart Into Reading event to be held on February 12th! There are TWO BIG parts to help with:

1. Help your child choose 2 books that they can read in under 15 minutes.

2. Help them design and decorate a Valentine's Box that represents an element in one of their books. For example, if your child chose to read a book about baseball, then they might make a box that looks like a giant baseball. :)

*Please see the pink letter that came home on Monday for specific details.

*Check out Pinterest and for ideas!

CHANGE in Fitness Force

Due to the wonderful participation in Fitness Force, we are changing the pick-up procedure for 2nd grade ONLY! Please pick up your 2nd grade child at 3:30 at the front entrance/parking lot. If they have siblings in other grades, they will join them out front.

LEAD 2021

Portrait of a Graduate: The Portrait of a Graduate was developed by teachers, students, and community members as a part of the LEAD 2021 Initiative. The GCISD Portrait of a Graduate includes 5 competencies which ensure that every GCISD student will graduate with the skills necessary for success in the 21st century. We will highlight a different competency over the next 5 weeks.

2. Effective Communicators

  • Build Relationships
  • Are able to disagree or take a role/opinion/position within a group
  • Are able to compromise
  • Can see problems with multiple perspectives
  • Build Consensus
  • Recognize the group is stronger than its individual members
  • Can choose an effective method for communication
  • Understand different audiences
  • Have the ability to have meaningful 2-way discussions
  • Work within a risk-free environment

Students who are effective communicators will have the ability to understand and effectively respond to a wide variety of audiences. They will possess skills in building an relationships and consensus, taking a position within a group, compromising, and seeing problems from multiple perspectives. Effective communicators communicate with an authentic audience in multiple modes.

A teacher who create effective communicators will value student collaboration and will structure teaching opportunities to foster these lifelong skills.

A parent of an effective communicator will help their children develop voice, will model effective communication, and will provide a literate environment.

Upcoming Events

February 10th - Play It Safe; Fitness Force 2:50 - 3:30

February 12th - Put Your Heart Into Reading, Jump Rope 4 Heart, Valentine's Parties at 1:45

February 15th - NO SCHOOL

February 17th - Early Dismissal at 11:45; Student-Led Conferences

February 18th - Early Dismissal at 11:45; Student-Led Conferences

February 19th - Junk Day, Sock Hop 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

February 22nd - Six Flags Reading Forms Due

February 24th - Fitness Force 2:50 - 3:30

February 26th - Class Picture Day

February 29th - Timeline Projects Due

March 3rd - Open House 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What Will We Learn Next Week???

Math :
  • Students will be able to show and write 4-digit numbers.
  • Students will be able to write a number 3 different ways.
  • Students will be able to compare and order numbers up to 1,200.

Language Arts (including Social Studies):

  • Students will be able to spell words with suffixes.
  • Students will be able to identify cause and effect relationships.
  • Students will be able to revise and edit their writing to make ideas clearer.
  • Students will be able to create a product, a storefront, and a marketing plan.


  • Students will be able to compare fresh water and salt water.
  • Students will be able to identify and compare sources of fresh water and salt water.