2nd Grade News

with Ms. Przedpelski

Another great week in 2nd grade!

Dear 2nd Grade Families,


We have had a very productive week in 2nd grade together! Your students have been working very hard and we were able to really enjoy our afternoon altogether during our Thankful Feast this afternoon. Thank you for providing some very yummy food for our 2nd graders to enjoy! Please see more information about our feast below.


I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Break with their families. Before you begin your break, please read through our newsletter for some important news and reminders. As always, don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.


Sincerely,

Ms. Przedpelski

Important Information and Reminders

1. Homework Packet over the break - SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT:

There will be NO ASSIGNED HOMEWORK PACKET over break. Your students have their Science Fair project due the Friday we return from break, so I would really like them to focus on doing a great job on these projects. If you are looking for work to do over the break... your child should work on all the components of their Science Fair project, making sure they are doing their best job, and they can continue to practice memorizing their multiplication facts!


2. Map Testing when we return:

When we return from Thanksgiving Break, we will begin our Winter MAP testing sessions. Our students will be taking their Reading MAP Assessment on Tuesday, December 1st and their Math MAP Assessment on Wednesday, Decemeber 2nd.


3. Reading Logs/Reflections:

They will be turned in when we return from Thanksgiving Break. Students are required to have read 1 chapter book, 1 non-fiction book, and 1 book of choice. They must pass the AR test to count it as a reflection grade! I will allow students to finish their reflections through December 1st when we return, so please make sure they are reading and finishing their books over the break!


Any extra reflections written during the month will be rewarded with signatures! :)


4. AR Quizzes:

Please be reminded... AR quizzes will only be taken during school. I know in the past, students could take quizzes at home. This year, students will only be allowed to take quizzes during the school day. We have the iPads twice a week for your students to test! We already have 8 students who have taken and passed at least one AR test this month!


5. AR Goals:

If your child reads, takes an AR quiz, and scores a passing grade on THREE AR quizzes by the end of November, they will receive a dress down day at the beginning of the following month for reaching their AR goal :)


6. Media Center:

We usually visit the media center as a class every Monday! We did not visit this Monday because of the book fair! All fines will be waived until our Book Fair is over. Please make sure your student returns their books when we return from Thanksgiving Break.

Traveling for the Holidays?

A few families have already spoken to me or replied to my email about their child's upcoming absence during the winter season. If you will be traveling before winter break and your child will be absent, PLEASE let me know asap. I will prepare for your child's absence and we will make sure they are able to take their winter MAP assessments before their travels.
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Six Flags - Read to Succeed!

Today your child will bringing home their Six Flag's Read to Succeed information! It is a fun incentive to get kids to read, and I know that many of our 2nd graders will be doing some recreational reading over their Holiday Break.


Students need to record and log their reading over the next few months. If they submit a log with 6 hours of reading on it by Wednesday, February 24, 2016, they will receive one free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia! This is optional, but it is also a GREAT way to get your 2nd grader excited about reading at home if they aren't excited to do so right now :)


Here are some things to keep in mind:


  • Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate
  • Review the reading log provided by your child's language arts teacher. Your child should use this sheet to record what and how long he/she reads
  • Your child must complete 6 hours (360 minutes) of recreational reading
  • Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the 6 hours of reading has been completed
  • Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books (digital or hard copy). Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count!
  • Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult - you can read to your child, or your child can read to you.
  • Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her language arts teacher byWednesday, February 24, 2016. Your child's teacher will submit your child's information and minutes read.
  • Late entries will NOT be accepted


Happy reading! Let me know if you have any questions!

WOW! 2nd grade is AWESOME!

Our final can count for the canned food drive was 275 cans collected by our 2nd graders! Thank you for helping those in need. You guys are wonderful!

We STILL need non-fiction books!

Our 2nd grade class is in need of non-fiction books! Many of you have expressed interest in helping out with this, but do not know where to start! Here is a link below to help give a better example of what we need!


http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/category/national-geographic-readers-series

Home Visits

At FSAPS we do home visits. It is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and families to get to know one another. If you are interested in scheduling a home visit, please send an e-mail to our home visit coordinator, Mrs. Unal at junal@fultonscienceacademy.org and give us three available dates for your child's home visit program. We will get back to you and confirm a date. Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes.

Important Dates to Remember:

November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break

December 1-4: Map Testing K-8

December 10: Fernbank Museum field trip (K-2) more info to come later!

December 13: Open House for Prospective Families

December 18: Last day of 1st Semester

Curriculum Corner

Reading/Language Arts:

When we return from break, we will move on to the second story in Unit 3 of our Reading Street curriculum. We will be reading a fantasy story called Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends. We will be revisiting author's purpose, and we will introduce questioning and reading with fluency and expression. Our phonics skill this week will be e, ee, ea, and y words. We will also be incorporating some fun Thanksgiving themed activities into our daily practices this week!


Ms. P's Math Class:

Ms. P's class has been working hard on multiplication and introducing division. When we return, we will continue to practice multiplication and division. We will take our Chapter 5 test on Friday, December 4th.


Ms. Minor's Math Class:



Science:

When we return, we will continue our study of weather. This week we will continue to look at the four seasons and different types of severe weather.


Social Studies:

We will now be moving back to Ch.2: Working to meet our needs in our My World Curriculum. We will spend quite a bit of time on this chapter! We will be covering all types of skills and concepts that answer the question how do people get what they need?


Character Education: This week we are discussing