Second Grade SUPER News

May 6, 2016

Highlights from the Week

This week Mrs. Sayre came into our classrooms and introduced students to an online reading library called Digital Library. It can be found on the Woodridge 68 home page under Resources - Students - in a folder titled OverDrive.

OverDrive contains a library of ebooks and audiobooks that can be read or listened to on any device that has internet connection: iPad, Tablet, PC, Mac, Kindle, and Smartphones. Students can login using their AR logon and password. From there your child should go to their ATOS level (AR Reading level) to find appropriate reading material. Students can check out three books at a time for two weeks. No more overdue or lost books since it's all electronic! This online library is always available for your student - even during the summer!

Another highlight from this week was the second year band tour in concert at our building. We were treated to another fine performance by Mr. Payne and his band students. The students always enjoy this presentation and we were all amazed at how well they performed!

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In Superkids this week we began our last unit of study - Unit 8. Our lessons focused on ways to spell the oo sound using: ui, ew, ou, ue, oo, and Super e. Additionally we talked about complete sentences with a subject and predicate and sequencing. The Lasting Lesson this week was ‘Taking Care of Things You Borrow.’ This brought us to a discussion on responsibility and how you should return things you borrow in good condition. In our story, Hot Rod fell short in this regard. Ask your student what happened in ‘Bubble World’!

In Cursive writing we learned the capital letters U, W, X, and Y.

In our SUPER magazine this week there was an article in the Super Shorts section called a ‘Funny Egg-speriment', showing how to make eggs bounce. Simply place a hard-boiled egg in a glass and cover it with vinegar. Leave it for 3 days. Then remove it and gently rinse it with water. Drop it on the sidewalk and B-O-I-N-G! We tried it and it worked!


Unit 5, Geometry and Fractions, was a quick unit lasting only 2 weeks. The students seemed quite comfortable with the topics, so we went ahead with the Unit 5 test. Next week we will be taking a day for reteaching, for those that need it, and then taking the Unit 6 pretest on Multiplication and Arrays. This unit is the precursor to learning multiplication in third grade. Don’t panic and start making your students learn their multiplication facts unless they have completed their addition and subtraction facts, which is the main focus for second grade.

Star Student

Orlando was our last Star Student this week. He is new to our school, but has been at Willow Creek before coming here. He is originally from Mississippi and will spend the summer there. Orlando is a big fan of Spiderman and basketball. His favorite books, movies, and TV shows are Spiderman. He plans to join a basketball team soon. He also enjoys video games. Below is a picture of Orlando giving his presentation to the class. He chose not to bring anything to show us from home.
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AR Winners

We now have more students who are making their AR goals. We are adding a spring cloud (a nice fluffy white one) to our bulletin board whenever someone makes their goal. The students pictured below have already made their goal and are well on their way to more prizes. Please continue to encourage your child to READ each night. The quarter is moving rapidly and we want everyone to reach their goal so that they can attend the end of the year AR celebration in the gym. Dr. Scaletta always makes this a special and fun event that is not to be missed!


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The students as they enter the building, and getting right to work right away. Hooray!

Miscellaneous Items

  • The Student Council fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis continues for one more week. I am so impressed with the students bringing in their money. Every penny counts and we applaud everyone’s efforts. If you can help with this fundraiser, it would be appreciated! Thank you!!!

  • On Friday, May 13, first and second grades will be traveling to Downers Grove South High School to watch a performance of ‘The Jungle Book’. We will be leaving around 9 AM and returning around 11 AM. We will be back in time for lunch, so your student can bring a lunch or order a hot lunch as usual.

  • First and Second Grade will be celebrating Crazy Hair Day on Thursday, May 12, rather than Friday, May 13, due to our field trip.

  • THANK YOU very much for all the wonderful treats received during Teacher Appreciation week. The apples, flowers, candy, notes, books, and goodies were so thoughtful. THANKS FOR MAKING ME FEEL SO SPECIAL!

  • Happy Mother's Day!!!

Our Mission

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 will provide a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.