Mrs. Hamilton's Class

November 12, 2015

A Magic Show!!!

Wednesday of this week, Mr. Levine (the husband of a retired teacher who helps our grade level) came to put on a magic show for our 2nd grade students! It was AMAZING! Ask your child what his/her favorite magic trick was!
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Veteran's Day!

This week our class learned about Veteran's Day! We began our discussion about what a veteran is. We then discussed how we honor veterans. We discussed one way we honor veterans is with memorials! The students (in small groups) were challenged to design a memorial best suited for the city of Fishers! They needed to consider location, safety, cost, and longevity, and the memorial had to reflect veterans! Ask your child to share with you what their memorial looked like! Make sure to take a look at my TWITTER page for our Veterans Day Picture!!! :) @Hamilton2TCE

Gobbler’s Jog

The Gobblers Jog 5K is right around the corner! The event runs through the

beautiful Saxony Residential and Business area. The Gobblers Jog has quickly

become an Indianapolis area favorite, and supports several area food banks.

More information is posted under the Royal Report heading on our webpage

AND a link was on the Royal Report email. Try the links below as well!

Start your Thanksgiving off with some fun and fitness!

Full information attached and at:

Register at: Gobblers Jog Registration

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Other exciting activities!

Decorating Gingerbread Houses!!!

We will be decorating gingerbread houses on Wednesday, December 16th from 10:45 to 11:30. A permission form and ingredient list will be sent home on soon! All parents are invited to attend! Please indicate on the permission form if you will be attending. We hope you will be able to join us for this fun event!

Icing Needed!

Each student will need their own container of white icing (any brand) to decorate their gingerbread house. You may send it in as you purchase it. Please write your child's name on the container. Thank you!

Upcoming Economics PBL opportunity!

Do you or a family member own or work at a small local business in our community? We are looking for a speaker to talk with 2nd graders about the importance of small businesses in our community! If this is something you are interested in, please let me know! Thanks in advance for your help with this project!

-Cotton balls

-Toilet paper

-Shoe boxes

Holiday gift idea!!!

During the past month, 2nd graders have had the opportunity to learn and practice skills through the use of OSMO! The 2nd grade team purchased 2 (with a 3rd on its way). If you have never heard of it, check out the link below. We have used it to help with fact fluency, to help with spelling, and for problem solving. It is an accessory that attaches to ipads. With the use of the ipads camera, it allows students to practices skills in a more engaging way! I am definitely looking into purchasing one for my own girls, so I thought I'd pass along the suggestion to you too! Visit for more info!

Math Talk

As we learn more and more math strategies and skills please remember to ask your child about them! When students talk about their learning it helps concretize the standards taught. Ask your child to walk you through the process they went through in order to find the answer! Remember...its more important students know the process to than to get the correct answer! Thanks for your help and support from home!


Mrs. Hopper is in need of donations for Makerspace in the Library! She will gladly take anything that you could use to make arts and crafts out of! Some examples would be: construction paper, markers, glue (liquid and stick), felt, duck tape, toilet paper tubes, scissors, tape, etc....basically anything that you could use to create things with your imagination!! Thanks so much for your help with this!!!

Lost Library Books!

Please make sure that you take an extra look around your house for LOST Library Books!! We know how easy it is for them to get mixed in with our own books, but we have some kiddos that are missing quite a few and not turning them in!! Don't forget to peek around your house for any that may be hiding!!!

Lost and Found

If your child is missing an item (coat, lunchbox, etc.), please remind him/her to check the lost and found table located in the cafeteria. Many lost items are piling up just waiting to be found! You may wish to label any items sent to school with your child’s name in order to make locating lost items easier.

Important Information for Next Week!

Mark Your Calendar!

Next week is WEEK 2 for Homework!!

  • November 9-13: Our Fall Book Fair is HERE!!! Tonight will be the last night it is open! It will be open tonight before PTO Movie Night!
  • November 13th: Scholastic Book Orders Due
  • November 13th: World Kindness Day :)
  • November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Next Week and the Week after's Related Arts Schedule

Monday, November 16th- Day 4: P.E.

Tuesday, November 17th- Day 5: Music

Wednesday, November 18th- Day 6: Art

Thursday, November 19th- Day 1: P.E.

Friday, November 20th- Day 2: Music

Class Library Checkout Days:

Our next class library checkout day will be Tuesday, November 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 will be finishing up Realistic Fiction! We will then focus on informational text. Students will learn that when reading informational text, they may need to approach their reading differently! We will discuss that the author and illustrator of an information book may be an expert and it trying to teach the reader something new! We will learn to become experts on topics and we will learn to use more than one text about a topic to learn the most we can!


We will be finishing up our unit on Personal Narratives! We are busy adding details, revising, and sharing our books!! We will have our BOOK CELEBRATION next Friday and move on to Non-Fiction writing!!!

Word Study

Word study in 2nd grade includes spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. This week our vocabulary words included: authority, ballot, enforce, candidate, and nomination! This coming week we will focus on: voyage, harvest, settler, journey, and native.


We are working on mental addition and reviewing our problem solving strategies!

Social Studies

We are learning about the government and the importance of being a contributing citizen to our local community!