The Wonderful Whales

*******Miss Vananzo's One of a Kind Team Jan. 11*******

News from Room 25.

Swimming Through a Great Week!

In reading/spelling we...

  • identifed the silent letters when seeing: wr, mb, sc, gn and kn. We pratice reading words with this sounds using our automoticity list and we played several games.
  • began our new year off by listening to the story: The Snow Globe Family. The students loved the story and them wrote about what they would do if they lived in a snowglobe. The students them created a paper snowglobe decorated with glitter to represent the snow.
  • Read the story Eagles and Eaglets from our anthology and then research eagles in the PebbleGo program.
  • identified singular possessives and reviewed prefixes and suffixes.
  • enjoyed another wonderful Book Muncher activity. We had 8 parent volunteers who read an story about a Penguin and the students read to perform a task to create their own penguin.

In math we:

  • solved addition and subtraction story problems using various strategies. We did focus on these two strategies: Break apart a number: using tens and ones and drew tens and ones to represent the numbers.
  • completed number sentences by solving for the unknown number: 36 + ? = 39
  • began to tell stories for a given number sentence

Ocean of Events

  • School Store Thursdays - 2nd & 3rd grade:
  • Clubs/Enrichment at JES:

    · **Young Rembrandts drawing classes for Grades 1-5 on Mondays, 4-5pm, starting Jan. 25th – registration links/info coming this week* (Sponsored by JES PTA)

    **Bricks4Kidz Lego classes for Kindergarten to Gr. 3 on Fridays, 4-5pm, starting Jan. 22nd –registration links/info coming this week* (Sponsored by JES PTA)

    Contact: Whitney Leber –

  • Jan. 15, 9:30am – PTA Monthly Meeting – all welcome (
  • Jan. 18 – Schools and Offices Closed – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. Birthday Observed
  • Jan. 19 – Schools Closed for Students – Professional Development for Staff
  • Jan. 20 – BOOK DRIVE begins for gently used or new children’s and young adult/YA books (PTA Outreach)
  • By Jan. 31: Order your 2015-16 YEARBOOK ($25) at - search for Jacksonville Elementary in Phoenix, MD. Contact: Amy Bachran -abachran@gmail.

Community info:

  • Jan. 12, 6:30pm: BCPS Board of Educ. Public Hearing on FY17 Operating Budget, Heat Policy, and Superintendent’s Contract @ Greenwood Campus (snow date 1/20)
  • Jan. 13, 10am-12pm: Understanding Anxiety and How to Help Your Anxious Child (at White Oak School - 8401 Leefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21234) – free workshop sponsored by BCPS Special Education Resource Center – to register, or call 410-887-5443

Catch of the Week

  • We did learn all the new strokes needed for cursive writing. This week we will begin our letters. I encourage The Whales to use the formations I model to write the letters. These are the lower case letters I will begin with: i, t, u, w, e, l, b, h, s, k, r, f,
  • Eventhough the weather is colder... when possible I do take the team outside for recess. Please be sure your child is dressed warmly.
  • Thanks for the wipes and tissues... they are so helpful

It's a Whale of a Word

Our word of the week is:

Knowledge (noun)

Definition: what you know and what you learn

Sentence: My science teacher loves sharing her knowledge of nature with us.

**If you bring the word of the week into class written on a piece of paper and tell what sound the "dge" makes in the word, you will receive a special shell.


In class we will be reading a few stories about magnetic forces. I hope your childn enjoys learning more about magnetism by listening to the article on PebbleGo.

Our Symbaloo

For Pebblego username: pebblego password: bcps

Tumble Books username: bcps password: tumble