What's the Buzz???

Dec. 14-18

Buzzy Business

Hello Families,

This has been such a fun week of researching and learning about holidays around the world. Your kids are knee deep in research at this very moment. They are on the Culture Grams website learning about their country of choice. I hear awesome conversation going on about their new found knowledge. Next week the kids will finish their research page, partner with someone who researched a different country and fill out a Venn Diagram on how the holidays are the same and different. Then, they will create a large paper doll dressed in their country's holiday clothes.

Here are some pictures from our week...

Bees At Work:

Special Dates:

Dec. 16... Holiday Party- 9:45-10:15

Dec. 21-Jan. 4... Winter Holiday

Jan. 14... Report Cards

Jan. 18... Holiday

Math: We will review our math concepts learned in the first semester. Children will complete a culminating assessment to track progress.

Reading: We will be using our research skills with nonfiction texts to complete our products for the PBL project.

Writing: We will conclude our unit on persuasive writing. We will finish writing a letter to Mrs. Varljen to persuade her to pick the best teacher. Students are expected to justify their opinion with reasons and examples.

Social Studies: We will be studying cultures and different holiday celebrations through our PBL project.

Sight Words: We are learning the following words this week: ate, dog, full, happy, know, old, sing, probably

Please continue to work with your child to read, write, and spell these words with consistency.

Homework: So, I have several students who are not turning in homework. Today, there were 7. We talked about it this morning, and they understand that if they do not do their homework, then they will have to do some math fact practice and reading during Fun Friday. I know kids forget their homework page occasionally and turn it in on Monday; I'm fine with that. But it is happening a lot now, and kids are telling me they are not doing it at all. As we enter the new year, please help your kiddos get their homework done.

Second Grade Giving Opportunity:

We have the unique experience to help the Texas Baptist Children’s Home this holiday season. Through our PBL project, we learned that TBCH is a local landmark dedicated to helping those who need it most!

If you would like to participate, we will be collecting newly wrapped books for the Family Care Program at the Texas Baptist Children’s home. This program provides safe housing for single mothers and their children. The mothers and their children enter into this program with very little and they are often so excited to be able to distribute the books as Christmas gifts to their children.

If you choose to participate, please wrap the new book and label it for a boy or a girl with the approximate age level appropriateness of the book. (Please see the list below)

You may bring the book to school on Wednesday, December 16th –the day of our classroom Winter Party. Please know this is completely optional, but it is a great way for us to help others during this holiday season.

Please find your teacher’s name below:

Mrs. Bryant’s Class-2nd grade books (remember to label boy or girl)

Science Fair Night:

Hey parents! Are you a female scientist or do you know one? We are looking for women interested in sharing their expertise at Science Fair Night on January 25, 2016 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Please contact anna_spalding@roundrockisd.org for details and to sign up! Check out our Science Fair website! http://sommersciencefair.blogspot.com/

Prithvi and Daniel are enjoying a 3-D book of the Great Wall of China