2C Classroom Update

April 4, 2016

Dear Families,

We hope this finds you well. It has been a pleasure being able to meet with so many of you over the last week and speak about our students and their learning and growth this term!


In literacy, the students have edited and published their All About Books! They have polished their writing and added pictures to help teach their readers all about their special subjects. They cannot wait to share their work with families on the morning of April 19th. We will begin a character study next week in which we will think, speak, and write more deeply about the characters in the texts we read.


In math, the Super Snakes have begun the foundational skills of multiplication and division! Students have practiced organizing objects into equal groups then learned how to organize them into an array (see picture below)! An array is an arrangement of objects, pictures, or numbers in rows and columns. It is important that students remember the difference between rows and columns for this work. You can practice this with your child by identifying rows and columns in the world around us. For example, the seats on a bus or windows on a building. Ask your child to point out the rows (horizontal) and columns (vertical).


Next week we will launch our new inquiry unit and begin our discussion about geography and how people's lives are influenced by their environment. In this inquiry unit, we will also explore bridges, including a famous one in our own Brooklyn backyard!


We wish you a fun and relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing you all again soon.


Love,

Amy and Hannah

Arrays

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2C Announcements

  • Our Writing Celebration will be at 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19th. We hope to see you there!
  • Inventory Running Low! We are running low on supplies that help keep our students and classrooms clean so we are reaching out to you for some support! We are currently accepting donations of Hand Sanitizer, Tissues, Paper Towels, Baby Wipes, Wet Wipes, Clorox and/or Lysol Wipes... we need them all! Great times to bring in supply donations are during morning drop off and dismissal. All contributions, large or small, are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Upcoming "Travel" to Lagos, Nigeria

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Want to join the Welcome Lagos Setup Team? Thursday, April 14th afternoon from 4 - 6 p.m.

Contact awalsh@brooklynprospect or irosado@brooklynprospect.org


We are looking for several excellent adult Airport Security Guards (including Baggage Inspectors) for the morning shift on Friday, April 15th: 8:00-8:40 a.m.

Contact awalsh@brooklynprospect or irosado@brooklynprospect.org


Our Lagos Photo Booth will be available to students during the day. (2-3 adults depending on availability: 2 hrs - 3 hrs). The booth will not be open during Town Hall Meeting from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to help with this, please contact rsiby@brooklynprospect.org


Want to help your students class with their unique classroom Lagos Celebration?

Could be food, soccer, batik, drumming, etc. Contact dtes2c@brooklynprospect.org.


ODABO! And many thanks! See you in Nigeria!

The Super Snakes Visit Liberty and Ellis Island

A Modern Dance Performance by the Jennifer Muller Dance Company

Number Stories

Inquirer Student of the Week #1: Zeke

Zeke exemplifies what it means to be an inquirer at Brooklyn Prospect. Other students gave examples of how he is curious, asks questions, and enjoys learning:


  • "From how much I know him, I've usually seen him in P.E. and it might not be what he most wants to be doing, but he's on track."
  • "He asks questions when he needs to know the answer."
  • "When we were at the field trip inside the Statue of Liberty in the museum, he wanted to learn more and stayed with the group that was behind his and he liked reading all the signs."

  • "When I wasn't listening he asked, 'Hmmm, What should I do to help this person?' and then he gave lots of examples and helped me."

  • "He always participates and raises his hand by thinking. An example is one time we didn't start reading and he had something to say, and it started the conversation about the book before we even started the book."

  • "When Zeke is on the carpet during turn and talk, he always stays on topic and talks."

  • "One time in dance, we voted for something, and he voted for something and it didn't get picked but he went with it and still had fun."

  • "On the field trip, Zeke was in my group and when we were going to lunch, we had to wait for him because he was SO curious about things around him."

  • "Yesterday, after the field trip, I saw Zeke was a little tired, but today when he came to school, when Isla asked a question at morning meeting, he put his hand up even if he might have been tired."

  • "Zeke's a very good friend to me and when I don't understand stuff he helps me a lot."

  • "Today at recess, we weren't getting along in our partner group but then Zeke said, 'I promise I won't be mean to you,' and then we just kept going."

  • "When we had our first fire drill, when we came back, he said 'If we can be that quiet on the fire drill, we can do that at the rug,' and that started our whole class working hard to be focused in class. He said a one-time thing that changed the whole entire year."

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Specials Update

Secret Conductors and Musical Codes

Over the past few months the 2C Musicians have learned a great deal about the secret codes embedded in the music of the Underground Railroad which is culminating in our production of "Wade in the Water". 2C students will present their final performance on Tuesday April 19th in the Little Theater at St. Joseph's High School (2nd Floor). The performance will run from 10.50 - 11.10 am and families are invited to attend. We hope that you will be able to join us, but if not, we will be sure to videotape our song to share with you in a future SMORE!

P.E Update from Coach M

We have completed our Dr. Seuss Unit! We read one of his classics and then tie the main idea of that read aloud into a kinesthetic activity after! It was an absolute blast!!

2C is looking forward to a spring like month of April and more exciting activities to come.


SPRING INTO HEALTHY HABITS :)

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