Second Grade Rock Stars

Tour News!

The Olympic Triathlon!

Way to go Chile!

Our Highlights: What We've Been Rockin' At!

What a rockin' week! We were Olympians, Terrific Testers, Super Simile Makers, and Radiant Readers!


The Olympic Triathlon was a hit with the "Red Hot Chileans!" We couldn't JUST be any country...no, we needed to be a country that Rocked! We learned about Chile and compared that to our Rocker style to make our Rockin' flag!


After all that hard work on the triathlon, we needed a story to bring our exhausted selves down. We learned further about thin and thick questions and read the story Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire. It is a fantastic story about a polka-dotted leopard who can change colors and even juggle his own spots. We came up with many amazing thick questions during this story and then I asked a thick question..."What do you think it would be like if we could juggle red dots just like the leopard?" Then, I actually grabbed the red dot off the page (out of nowhere) tossed it up in the air, put it in one ear and pulled it out the other, and I even put it up my nose and coughed it back up. Then, I placed it back on the page. Don't believe me? Ask your kid!

Ask them also how you think I might have done it!

Oh the pure joy of creating wonder...let's keep inspiring them to be inquisitive!


We took a lot of trimester assessments this week! A lot! These assessments, along with many others, will allow me to make sure that I can be completely and utterly accurate and up-to-date when completing the report cards and speaking with you at conferences.


We also learned about similes. They compare two things and use "like" or "as." We compared Mrs. Battin to a rose. Here is one Megan came up with, "Mrs. Battin is like a rose because she has working cells." Others mentioned that "Mrs. Battin is as delicate as a rose," and that she is "as pretty as a rose."

Help your child create a simile about you!

Reminders to tune in to!

The Field Trip is on Tuesday!

Students will need to...

  1. Wear their spirits shirts (jeans are okay as well but only with their spirit shirt)
  2. Bring a sack lunch
  3. Bring a snack in a separate and small bag from their lunch
  4. Leave their backpack at home!
  5. Be to school On Time to school
  6. Be picked up after 4:00pm at the end of the day


Don't Forget...

  • The Family History/Ancestor Doll Project is DUE on FRIDAY!
  • WCS is still accepting donations for the Olympic Triathlon!


Rockin' and Rollin' into Next Week!

Math: Adding Two-Digit Numbers

Reading: Comparing and contrasting two stories, Myths

Writing: Editing and Revising

Grammar: prefixes, ownership of items ('s)

Conventions: Quotation Marks and apostrophes

Social Studies: Events That Make a Difference

Life Trait: 7 Habits to a Happy Kid:#3 Begin With the End in Mind

Next on tour: Upcoming Events

  • 11/11- No School - Veteran's Day
  • 11/12- Our First Field Trip! To Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley (Students get back to campus around 4pm!)
  • 11/12- WAVE Meeting 6:30pm (Del Paso Campus)
  • 11/14- WCS Board Meeting 6:30pm (Del Paso Campus)
  • 11/15- Ancestor and Family History Project Due!
  • 11/15- Spirit Day- Hat Day!
  • 11/15- End of 1st Trimester
  • 11/19- Mrs. Martin is at the Last Smarter Balanced and Common Core Training (this is Session 4 of 4 total)
  • 11/19-11/21 Conferences
  • 11/25-12/2- No School!

“It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little.” -Dennis Parsons Burkitt

Question of the Week

Come up with a synonym about yourself!


I am as _________________ as a __________________

or make your own using like or as!

Are you on remind 101 yet?

Want to get reminders on your phone? You are in luck! I send out reminder texts!

It's easy and it keeps your information (and mine) private!


Simply text: @194cc

to the phone number: (925) 203-1369

Contact the Band Manager!

Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School