The London Times

Our Weekly Class Newsletter November 9-13

Weekly Note from Mrs. London

Our field trip to the Tellus Museum ROCKED!! Thank you so much to our chaperones Andra Wildstein, Suzanne Silverman, Rachel Herman, and Wendy Amato for helping to make it such a success!

I hope you all enjoy the weekend and I look forward to meeting with you next week during conferences!

Shabbat Shalom,


Important Dates

11/19-11/20-Parent-Teacher conferences, no school for students

11/25-27- Thanksgiving holiday, no school

12/3-12/9 Monster Themed Book Fair. Thursday, 12/3 Kids can dress up as friendly, funny monsters.

12/7- Siddurim need to be turned into me (we will put a plastic cover on it unless yours is already stitched on it)

12/8- 2nd grade Hanukkah party, 1:45-3 (parents invited)

12/11- Kabbalat HaSiddur-8-10:30 AM

1/22 - Our class leads Kabbalat Shabbat

Please take note...

Our fall "Monster" book fair is coming up! Explore the great collection of books beginning the afternoon of December 3rd through the 9th. Have your child join in the fun by dressing up in their furriest, funniest and friendliest monster attire on Thursday Dec 3rd.

Crayons, Crayons, for kids in need!

It’s mitzvah time! We, Mechina, are collecting broken or used crayons for kids in need.

We will be using the broken and used crayons to melt them into new ones.

If you have any crayons you would like to donate, please put them in boxes that can be found:

· Carpool Lobby

· In front of the Mechina classes

· In the front lobby by Ms. Janice

We will be taking crayons until NOVEMBER 30TH.

What Did We Learn This Week?

Language Arts

Our new spelling rule this week was ai/ ay. In grammar, we continued to learn about singular and plural nouns, more specifically, irregular plural nouns. We are just about to finish editing our rough drafts of our autobiographies and some of us have even started the final copy of our past lives! We also finished our Marc Brown unit and celebrated by getting started on making our own Arthur character and writing about our favorite Marc Brown book.


In math this week, we wrapped up rounding with a fun rounding pumpkin patch art project. Thank you so much to Elizabeth Davis for being our parent volunteer and helping us with this! Please see the pic! We then learned about the 3 properties of addition: commutative, associative, and zero/identity. We practiced patterns in addition, too. Also, we reviewed basic addition without regrouping. It was important for us to do our classwork and homework on grid paper to help us line up the numbers correctly.


This was such a fun and fabulous unit to study! Who would have thought that rocks could be so interesting to learn and explore? We worked hard all week reviewing for our science test and enjoyed looking at more of our classmates rock collections. All of our hard work paid off! Visiting the Tellus Museum was a great way to wrap up this unit and we got great compliments from our guide about how much we knew about rocks!


Dear 2nd grade parents,

The cursive letter ס SAMECH was front and center this week.

We worked on writing formation, reading a related story and adding vocabulary words.

For example:

סַבָּא- Grandpa (SABBA)

סוּס- horse (SOOS)

סְנָאִי- squirrel (SNAEE)

חַסָּה- lettuce (CHASSA)

כִּיסֵּא- chair (KEESE)

Please remind your child to practice Hebrew reading at home, using this link:

Shabbat shalom, שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

Galia Sabbag


After learning about different kinds of feelings last lesson, this lesson was focused on understanding the feelings of others and thinking about how our actions can impact others. The 2nd graders learned the concept of EMPATHY. As a class, we read the book Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose, about a boy contemplating whether or not to squish an ant. After learning the concept of empathy and trying to “put themselves in another’s shoes,” the students were able to reflect upon the feelings and thoughts of the ant and consider what they would/could do if in the position of the little boy. Given the opportunity to make up their own endings to the story, most students opted for the boy not stepping on the ant as they considered another’s feelings, how they would feel and what they would want if in that same position.

Please continue to reinforce these ideas and concepts at home…