Mrs. Baker's Class Newsletter

December 10th, 2015

What is going on?

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 in 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.

PBL: For the remainder of the two weeks until Winter Break, students will be engaged in a PBL about how cultures celebrate different traditions around the world.

Party Date: Wednesday, December 16th.

Time: 9:45-10:15 pm

Location: Our Classroom

Frequently Asked Question:

"Can I take my child home after the party?"

You are more than welcome to take your child home after the party to accommodate your holiday traveling schedule. There will be a sign out sheet by our classroom door and therefore, you will not need to sign them out at the front office.

"Can I bring younger siblings?"

We encourage you to try to give your child in second grade a few minutes of your undivided attention but if you absolutely need to, we understand.

Mark Your Calendar-

December 16th Holiday party 9:45-10:30

December 18th Holiday Break

January 5th Back to School

February 22nd Six Flags Reading Logs Due- We are making it a class goal for everyone in the class to complete this log.

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. Baker’s Class-Infants and 2-3 year old books (board books)

Ms. Baird’s Class-5th grade books

Mrs. Erickson’s Class- Pre-Kindergarten (4 year olds) books Mrs. Beardsley’s Class-Middle School books (6-8th grade)

Mrs. Larson’s Class-Kindergarten books Mrs. Bryant’s Class-2nd grade books

Mrs. Morgan’s Class-1st grade books

Mrs. McCarthy’s Class-2nd grade books

Mrs. Gaskamp’s Class-3rd grade books

Mrs. Jenkins’ Class-4th grade books

Science Fair Research Night:

Join us in the library for Science Fair Research Night on Dec. 10, 2015 (5:30-6:30) to get ideas for the science fair, look through the science fair rubrics and check out some cool science books. We will have some older science fair boards you may look at , and will post important due dates for the projects. Science team teachers will be there to answer any questions you may have. Please visit our website at .

High Five- in math journals today-

I am sending home math journals today in their backpacks. Please take a look, and write a love note to your student on a page that you like. Please! Send it back tomorrow! We will need it for math class!

We are having a cumulative test next week: if you have time review addition, subtraction, graphs, time, place value, fact families, and measurement.

Look at these Cuties!