2D Weekly Newsletter
Week ending October 15th
This week saw the start of new units within all curriculum areas. It was a busy week that flew by. I hope you have a lovely weekend with your families and I look forward to seeing you all at parent teacher conferences on Wednesday & Thursday.
We have started our Understanding Numbers to 1000 Unit. This unit will be increasing their number sense with bigger numbers and is a foundational unit to allow students to have solid number sense which leads up to adding three digit numbers. We started by bundling 1's into new bundles of 10 and then used the 10's to make a bundle of 100 and then counted up in 100's to bundle 1000!! The children have all been highly engaged and excited about using the straws.
This week was the beginning of our first science unit - Life Cycles. We have talked had great whole class discussions, shared reading and in pairs planted 3 beans in class and made our first observations as scientists. We went to the lab on Thursday and there we dissected a seed and identified the seed coat, tiny plant and food storage. In the coming weeks, we’ll study all stages of the plant life cycle and continue to make observations.
Reading & Writing
This week in reading we looked at different strategies that can support the children while working towards their reading goal. We focused a lot on reading fluency and used our fluency checklist to help up when reading independently, in partners and in our new guided reading groups. In writing, the students are learning about the parts of a book review. Students used their favorite books during to help them to sketch and write about their favorite parts. These will help them to write their first book reviews. We also talked watched a video of a boy their age giving a book review and about learned about the different ways we can hook our readers into out review.
Reading & Writing
October 21/22 Parent/Teacher Confer. 3:40-7:20, 7:40-12:00
October 27 Halloween Classroom Party - 40 minutes
October 27 Halloween Carnival
October 27 Full Day Tuesday – Thursday Schedule
October 28 PD Day – No Students
October 29 Day Off!!
November 8 AMA Bake Sale
November 20 PTA Gala Dinner
November 24 Full Day of School – Regular Tuesday morning schedule
November 25 Thanksgiving Classroom Celebrations – 40 minutes
November 25 End of Trimester 1 – 61 Days
November 26 Thanksgiving – No School
Swimming begins this week for 2D
Classes will be starting their aquatics program during PE beginning the week of October 18th, and will go for 3 weeks finishing on November 5th. There will be another 5-week unit later in the year.
This is part of the Physical Education program; therefore your child will be swimming on their scheduled Physical Education days during their regular P.E. class.
Students need to have the following equipment:
STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR FLIP-FLOPS OR CROCS TO SCHOOL.
- Swimming suit (girls-one piece)
- Swim cap – mandatory for all elementary school students. These may be purchased from most sports stores or from the Booster Club. If students forget their cap they will be expected to wear one provided by the school.
- Plastic bag for wet gear
- Goggles (optional)- We do not have goggles for students to use.