News From Mrs. C

Our class news for the week of Sept. 2nd-6th

Tidbits From the Teacher

We've had a wonderfully fun first week of school. Thank you for sending your children so well prepared for our classroom!

We are getting a new friend on Wednesday. He will be our 22nd classmate which means everyone will have a partner during group work events! (I LOVE even numbers!)

There's a lot going on for the first week of September.

I've made you a list so you won't forget anything.

Things to Do/Remember:

1. Come to a session of the 2nd grade Parent Info Night on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd.

(promptly at 5-6 pm in our classroom OR promptly at 6:10-7:20 in our classroom-only one time is necessary and I'm going to be talking to parents as a group-kids will be bored...)

2. Go ahead and fill out your volunteer info for the year to be cleared for field trips, etc.

RRISD Volunteer Link

3. Send $4.42 by check or cash for Time For Kids periodical (checks made out to Sommer Elem. with driver's license number on them) **will explain on Sept. 3rd**

4. Read over my Power Point and 2nd Grade Explanation letter BEFORE meeting on Tuesday night. Many of your questions might be answered by these items.

Dates to Remember

Sept. 2nd: No School

Sept. 3rd: Parent Info Night for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades

Sept. 6th: Grandparents Day Lunch at school

Sept. 6th: All paperwork for office is due (forms of all colors)

Sept. 10th: PTA meeting and School Club info @ 6:30 pm

Oct. 2nd: Picture Day

Oct. 29th: TAG Information Night @ 6pm

What We'll Be Learning...

Math- We worked on several getting to know each other activities involving graphs. We set up our math notebooks with our first 3 big activities: Learning about the 4 P's of Problem Solving: patience, perseverance, positive attitude, and participation. We also mapped out our ideas about what math could be about, and finally we created a page entitled: Math About Me.

We will be working on a Math Diagnostic Assessment this upcoming week. This pre-test will cover all of the current second grade TEKS that will be taught across the year. It gives teachers a glimpse of the strategies and understandings that each student brings into the math classroom at the beginning of the year. Afterwards, we will move into the start of problem solving through open-ended problems and graphing.

Social Studies- We will start our school year off with a look at communities. We'll discuss several important words that we want students to understand and use. We'll take a look at different types of communities and explore why communities need rules or laws. It always makes for a lively discussion when I pose the question: What do you think would happen if there were no laws in our community?

Writing- Students will begin their year of being authors by learning about the expectations of Writing Workshop. We'll set up our writing folders and jump into the fun of writing about our lives-the area where each person is an expert.

Reading- We've been learning about the first component of Daily 5: Read to Self. We created a job chart for students and the teacher, discussed ways to read books, learned about working on our stamina and urgency while reading, and went over a series of expectations for picking "just right" books. We'll spend the new week reviewing and practicing our stamina and urgency with books that are selected from our genre boxes at a "just right" level (with help from Mrs. C when needed).

Students will also work on reviewing making connections with information when reading. I'll try to post pictures of our anchor charts so you can see how we're learning to show our thinking while reading!

Spelling/Handwriting- We will be pre-assessing spelling this upcoming week. Second graders have spelling rules based upon where they are developmentally in spelling.

Handwriting instruction and practice will begin the third week of school.

Class Wish List

-Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has provided materials and tools from the wish list on the door!

I will begin posting needs/wants here after Parent Info Night.

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