Mrs. Kesler's 2nd Grade Class Newsletter

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Saturday, September 17, 2016 - General News

Happy September!!

I hope everyone is enjoying our most recent cool off!! Our first 4 weeks of school have been very busy!

We've done a lot of getting to know you activities in this first month of school. Below are pictures from one of my favorite activities - The "Me Bag". The students loved to share their "Me Bags" with the class! We also did a lot of team building. You might want to ask your child what their team name is and how they created their team flags.

Thanks to all who attended Curriculum Night! If you should have any questions about our curriculum or anything about what's going on in 2K, please contact me!

Big News!! We filled our "Hawks Feather" jar!! The students voted on Pajama and Stuffed Animal day. We will have our celebration on Tuesday, September 20th. The stuffed animals should be small enough to fit on the corner of your child's desk.

I'm so please to see so many of you have signed up for Remind101! I sent a 2nd email with the link, since some of you were not receiving my reminders. If you have signed up and have not received reminders, please let me know so I can rectify the situation.

Graded Math tests and spelling tests went home on Friday, 9/16. I told the class if they would like to correct the problems on their Math test and turn it back in, I will give them a Dojo point for persistence and 1/2 credit for corrections.

Please check out the following links to see what's being used in second grade. Remember that the Georgetown School 2nd Grade page https://sites.google.com/a/ipsd.org/georgetown-school-2nd-grade/ can give you a enormous amount of information, including units we are working on as well has homework.



Next week:






P.E. & Music



Spelling Test (list 3)




If you have questions or concerns, I can be reached either by email at elizabeth_kesler@ipsd.org or telephone at 630/375-3544. If you do not hear back from me right away, please know that I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible (this may be after school). If there is an emergency, please call the school office.

Have a marvelous weekend!

2K Kiddos Sharing "Me Bags"

Week 3 Spelling List

Friday, I sent home spelling list number 3. Please have your child practice writing the words, a little each day (rainbow writing or typing the words on the computer provide great practice), to be ready for the test on the following Thursday. If you did not receive the spelling list, you can always find all of the lists on our Second Grade Website, under Word Study, High Frequency Words. I have also listed the words for this Thursday's test below.







In the last few weeks we have worked on different strategies for addition and subtractions. The Module 1 test was given last week. This was the beginning of introducing a variety of strategies for solving addition and subtractions number stories and number sentences. We have also been focusing on tens - counting forward and backward by tens. This would be great to practice at home with your child.


Reading - We have been reading literature having a theme of "It's Okay to Me". Most of our characters have had to do with chameleons. You may wish to ask your child why the chameleon in "The Mixed Up Chameleon" was mixed up. We also read a story titled Ruby the Copycat. Have your child explain why they thought Ruby felt she needed to copy others. We have been working on identifying the narrative elements such as character, setting, plot, problem/solution, and theme.

Grammar - We have been working on nouns and proper nouns.

Word Study - We have been reviewing long and short vowels and consonant blends such as "gr", "br", "fr" and have begun talking about and identifying compound words.

Social Studies/Science

In Social Studies, this month, we have been studying globes and maps. Have your child identify north, south, east, and west on a map. Also have them explain what a map key is and why they are included on maps. Have them explain the difference between a globe and a map.


Some students shared what they liked this week, what went well and what could be done better next week...

Izzy – "I liked that we got extra recess."

Addison – "I liked when we did our math test."

Brianna – "I think we can do better at not talking."

Jacob – "I liked that we got to make team flags."

Tristin - "It’s important to do your homework."

Doug- "I liked when we made our team flags and our math tests too."

Chris- "An important thing we learned was north south east and west."

Omar – "We learned about a Compass Rose.

Lucas - "I liked that we made our team flags.

Iliana – "I liked the math test."

Jaden – "I liked the math test."

Sanaa – "I liked that we did the team flags."

Jose – "I learned to be respectful."

Kyle – " It would be better if we had a vending machine that does not cost money." :-)

Noah – "I learned about being a friend."

Arryana – "I learned about being respectful."

From 9/9

Izzy: “A good thing was that we got extra (for extra recess) for listening.”

Kyle: “Math went well.”

Chris: “It was good that we earned 3 letters (recess) in one day.”

Omar: “Social Studies was good – we learned about maps and globes.”

Arryana: “We learned counting backward by 10’s.”

From 9/2

Lucas: “I learned a new song in music.”

Iliana: “Music went well. I’ll work on getting more dojo points next week.”

Katy: “I love friends.”

Krish: “I will listen and focus on the teacher.”

Kyle: “I love everything especially recess.”

Kendal: “I learned about the number bonds on the computer.”

Tristin: “I can do better at reading because I’m trying to read like very hard books.”

Marcus: “Something I can do better is follow directions and show people respect.

More "Me Bags"

Team Building