The Vise Press

September 16, 2016

Dot Day

What an incredible time we had Celebrating Dot Day! International Dot Day is staged to encourage people of all ages to harness their creativity. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It relates the tale of a teacher who challenges one of his female pupils to take courage in her abilities and from a dot on a page the youngster goes on to make her mark.

Real-life teacher Terry Shay brought this book to his class in the late 2000s and it was this that sparked Dot Day to life. It has grown from this one classroom to now be a worldwide celebration each year. Teachers can encourage students to get busy on the day with writing, drawing, painting, or other creative outlets and share this with the Dot Day website to inspire others. It’s not just for students though and anyone can get involved to show their talents.

Want to learn more? Check out The Dot on our app, Epic or listen to this song that the students enjoyed listening to throughout our special day!

Star Student

Next week's Star Student will be: Emersen Andries

Monday: Send in 10-12 pictures for the students to share with the class. No need to bring in a poster board because we have made a special board in the room to put them on!
Friday: Students will read a book aloud to the class and they may bring an item for Show and Tell.

Our AMAZING class!

Vise Wild Things Families,

These past four weeks have been filled with wonderful learning experiences, practicing routines, and setting and accomplishing goals! Your students have been amazing listeners and role models for the rest of the school. We set little goals for ourselves each morning on what we need to work on to become the best students in the SCHOOL! Their love of learning and pride in their "ah ha!" moments brings such joy to my heart. They have truly developed a love of learning and are constantly working towards to developing and nurturing a Growth Mindset within themselves.

THANK YOU (yes, YOU!) for instilling this love and pride in your students and being a partner in their education!

Google Drive

Many parents have been asking how to view their child's work in Google Drive. Please use the usernames and passwords taped inside their green folders. (Be sure to add to make it into their e-mail!) If you have issues, please email me and I will be glad to help you! Remember, this will be a valuable tool to see the work your child completes in class. :)

At Home Connections:

Homework for next week:

  • Have students teach you how they fill out their Reading Logs in Google Drive
  • Charge iPad nightly
  • Have students show you their work in their Google Drives

Weekly Options:


  • iStation
  • RAZKids
  • Epic
  • Good fit book from the library!


  • Spelling City (Cherry Chums / Cherry Chums 2)
  • Word Brain


  • iStation
  • Hooda Math (Higher Level Thinking Activities)
  • Xtra Math
  • Math Flash Cards
  • Monster Math

Upcoming Events

September 17th - Watch DOG Orientation 4-5pm

September 20th - Spring Creek Spirit Night

September 23rd - Spirit Day/FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIP DUE!

September 28th- Second Grade Field Trip to Casa Manana

September 30th - Spirit Day/Laps for Learning

October 3rd - Snuffers Spirit Night!/Stomp Out Bullying (Wear a blue shirt and boots)

October 6th - GT LEAD Curriculum Night

October 7th - Spirit Day

October 9th - PTA Meeting

October 10th - NO SCHOOL

October 14th - Spirit Day/End of the 1st 9 Weeks/Dad's Club Movie Night

October 19th - Unity Day/Wear orange

October 20th - BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott

October 20th - October 28th - RED RIBBON Week

October 21st - Spirit Day

November 3rd - Early Release

November 4th - BES Carnival

Spelling Focus for Next Week:

"Cherry Chums 2" words - words that have ch, sh, wh, or th in the spelling.

For example:

1. path

2. chat

3. push

4. brand

5. spot

6. when

7. clump

8. whip

#9 and #10 are 'High Frequency' Words that second graders are expected to learn. #11 and #12 are review words from the previous week.

9. few

10. does

11. small

12. was

You can find them on Spelling City for extra practice at the list titled "Snail Trail."

What Will We Learn Next Week???

  • Students will be able to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes.
  • Students will be able to differentiate between a.m. and p.m.

Language Arts (including Social Studies):

  • Students will be able to understand and use non-fiction text features.
  • Students will be able to write a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Students will be able to spell words with a consonant digraph.
  • Students will be able to sequence in Non-fiction literature.


  • Students will be able to predict and observe changes in matter.

Last Minute Items:

  • Make sure to follow us on Twitter @BESVise and @BESTexans! There have been many amazing classroom moments captured and posted on Twitter this week!
  • 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'.