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December 4, 2015

Thank You

A special "Thank You" to all of our wonderful volunteers. When it comes to our parents, we have the best! From decorating the hallway to working with small groups of kids to donating items for the classroom, we can always count on your help! Thanks for being a part of our 2nd grade Village!

Star Student

Next week's Star Student will be: Sohan Patel

Monday: Send in 10-12 pictures for the students to share with the class.
Friday: Students will read a book aloud to the class and they may bring an item for Show and Tell.

Toy Drive

The KC Club is organizing a toy drive to help people in our community during the holidays! We will kick off our toy drive at Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 and will

continue collecting the following week December 14-18.

*Please bring new and unwrapped gifts

GRACE Christmas Cottage - Toy Wish List

Disney Princess, Cologne, Frozen Toys, Helmets, Infant Clothes, Bath and Body Works, Lego Sets, Dallas Cowboy Apparel, Arts and Crafts, Fishing Poles, Baby Dolls, Make-Up Sets, Marvel Toys, Ear Phones, Nerf Toys, Scooters, Doc Mcstuffins, Flannel PJ’s, Stuffed Animals, Board Games, Cars and Trucks, Slippers, Toddler Toys, Hooded Sweatshirts

Book Exchange

During our Holiday Party, we will be having a class book exchange. Each child should bring in a new gift-wrapped book, valued at no more than $5 by December 16th. If your child does not bring in a book, they will not be able to participate. Please let us know if you need assistance and we will try to help. Thank you for helping to make your child's school experience a memorable one.

Subtraction with Re-grouping

You may be asking, "Why do they teach subtraction that way? Can't we just go to straight to re-grouping..." Research shows that teaching students the basic algorithm has consequences as students advance into algebra and beyond. Students who don't understand the "why or what" they are doing in early grades tend to not have a strong number sense and struggle as the math gets harder. When students use manipulatives to build the numbers and show their regrouping this allows them to gain the concept in a concrete way. Next, the students move away from the manipulatives and do the work pictorially. The last step, abstract learning, takes place once the students have understanding of what it means to re-group and can move on to the basic algorithm.


Many students are in need of new headphones. Check with your student for their current needs. I have heard these make great Christmas gifts or even a treat for good behavior from those pesky little elves. :)

*I have noticed that the headphones that have an "L" shaped jack rather than a straight jack last longer. I think it keeps the tiny wires from breaking inside. Here is a link to an example. (The bottom jack is "L" shaped vs. the straight jack on top.)

Holiday Fun!

We staff will be having a little holiday fun over the next two weeks! Participation is optional, but we would love to see students join in! See the schedule below:

Monday, December 7th: Wear a holiday shirt

Tuesday, December 8th: Wear red or green

Wednesday, December 9th: Stay comfy in your sweats or PJs

Thursday, December 10th: Wear holiday socks

Friday, December 11th: Spirit Day

Monday, December 14th: Santa Hats

Tuesday, December 15th: Reindeer Wear

Wednesday, December 16th: Grinch Day (Wear Green)

Thursday, December 17th: Scarf Day

Friday, December 18th: Wear a holiday shirt

Family Field Trip

We have spent the last week learning about Grapevine History. Did you know that many of the original buildings and structures still exist on Main St? This is the perfect time of year to take some family time and explore Downtown! Some of the buildings we have been studying are the Torian Log Cabin, Gazebo, Train Depot, Palace Theatre, and the Wallis Hotel (now the Convention Center).

Upcoming Events

December 9th - Progress Reports in Google Drive

December 12th - Breakfast with Santa 8:00-10:00

December 15th - Vise's Class Shops at the Holiday Shop...more information coming

December 18th - Holiday Parties at 10:30 am/Early Dismissal at 11:45 am

December 21st - Winter Break

January 5th - Students return to school

January 6th - Report Cards available in Google Drive

What Will We Learn Next Week???

Math :
  • Students will be able to learn the basics of writing code.
  • Students will be able to subtract 2-digit numbers.

Language Arts (including Social Studies):

  • Students will be able to spell words with a double consonant.
  • Students will be able to make and support inferences with strong details.
  • Students will be able to write a structured expository paper.
  • Students will be able to identify historical landmarks in Grapevine.


  • Students will be able to show their knowledge of how magnets cause change.

Last Minute Items:

  • Make sure to follow us on Twitter @lvisegcisd and @bestexans! There have been many amazing classroom moments captured and posted on Twitter this week! You can also search for us on Twitter by using the hashtag #visewildthings
  • Don't forget to sign up for Remind 101 for text message reminders! To receive messages via text, text @mrsvise1 to 81010. You can opt out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @mrsvise1'.
  • Please remember to get your background check done. Every volunteer and/or adult planning to attend a field trip need to have this completed. It takes 10 days to process. Thank you for doing this in a timely manner.
  • Don't forget that you can access our grade level homework, In a Snap words, and our curriculum anytime on our website.