News from the Crew

September 1- September 15

Important dates:

Woods Creek School Calendar

Our PTO fundraiser deadline has been extended to 9/22. Please support our school by participating in the fundraiser

9/18- Board of Education meeting 7:00 p.m., CORE center
9/21- PTO meeting 6:00 p.m. learning center
9/21- PTO General meeting 7:00 p.m., learning center- topic: MAP goal setting
9/27- Early release day-2:00 p.m. student dismissal

10/9- Columbus Day No School

10/13- Picture retake

10/18- Early Release and Parent Teacher Conferences from 5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.

10/19- No School Parent Teacher Conferences from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

10/20- No School Parent Teacher Conferences from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

ELA

We are continuing to review our PBIS school wide rules by learning how to, "BE RESPONSIBLE, BE RESPECTFUL, AND BE SAFE!" Woods Creek will continue to focus on various areas in the school and "reteach" these important lessons on "Teachable Tuesdays." It's a way to keep our rules fresh and hold us all accountable. Over the last couple of weeks, we reviewed the Hallway and Cafeteria expectations.


During our whole group instructions, we read, Officer Buckle and Gloria. We were able to practice the elements of a story as well as the recounting process or the "retell". Mean Jean, the Recess Queen is a story that allowed us to engage METACOGNITION. Oh boy, was that a big word! Our second graders really enjoyed learning about how reading is thinking. We created a Reading Salad that included text and thinking. You can not have one with out the other! We also read Henry and Mudge and Enemy Pie; we were able to compare and contrast both stories. Students did a great job finding the Central Message and the Theme of each story. The last story we read during ELA whole group was Luke Goes To Bat. We focused on questioning, making meaning of what was read, summarizing and finding text based evidence in the story. Our minds have definitely been growing to say the least! Good thing we have been practicing Growth Mind Set to allow our brains to expand!

Math

In math, we have been continuing learning all about math mountains! We learned how to use math mountains to add and subtract "fact families" and to write equations. Over the last two weeks, we have learned multiple strategies to help our minds adjust to new ways to add and to subtract. Those strategies include: using doubles, using doubles plus 1 or minus 1, equation chains (the children loved making those; please ask them about it!) and how to add three or more addends. Homework practice will continue to come home Monday-Thursday. Please write a note or email us if your child is struggling on his or her homework.

Other Odds and Ends

Homeroom App

Many parents have joined our "Homeroom" group on the Homeroom App and have been able to see all the wonderful things our team has already done! If you missed the email invitation, please let your child's teacher know and she'd be happy to send it to you again. Hopefully you're enjoying the snapshot into our classrooms!


A HUGE thank you for those who donated for our "Writing Process" Puppet Project. We really feel that the students understood the process of writing through creating puppets. We did pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing during the creation! We hope they shared their amazing creations with you!

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