Mrs. Kesler's 2nd Grade Class Newsletter

Balloons for the Last 10 Days of the School Year!

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 - General News

Well, here we are, two weeks left of 2nd grade for this wonderful class! As I look back on this school year and reflect, I am filled with gratitude for this position where I may help guide students such as this super group of children, in their educational journey to becoming lifelong learners. We not only worked on Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science, but also extended your teachings of how to become contributing, problem solving, and empathetic members of society. I have truly enjoyed working and learning with your children this year. Thank you for your partnership!

***As you can see above, the last 10 days of school balloons are in place! Each day we will pop a balloon to discover what the next day's theme or activity will be. Friday we had "Math with Chalk Day", Monday will be "Dress and Talk Like a Pirate Day"! I will send home reminders the day before an activity or theme, if any home preparation is needed. All of the balloon activities will be surprises to the students; however, I will send you an email (for your eyes only!!), letting you know the schedule.***

  • Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring the Fun Fair! It was a lot of fun to participate in and it looked like the children had a blast too!!
  • PBIS (Friday) Universal Incentives: Your child can earn this reward each Friday for the next five weeks by having no office referrals during the week and by obtaining 80% positives on our Class Dojo for the week. The students will enjoy popcorn and 20 minutes of the Disney movie, each Friday. There will not be any drinks served during the movie, so please be sure that your child has a water bottle on Fridays. No soda or other drinks will be allowed.

  • The ABC End of Year Countdown continues! Please see below for this weeks themes/activities. Please note that the fun activities are earned and celebrate super behavior.

Below are some wonderful web based resources (educational games) for your child.

Also, check out our 2nd Grade Google page, where you can find what we're doing in class (curriculum), homework, MORE pictures and what's coming up! Check them out!!




Next week: (the week of May 16th)


  • P.E.
  • Dress and Talk Like a Pirate Day
  • Race Day - We will have races throughout the day. (Who can get quiet the fastest; who can write their name the fastest; etc)


  • Art
  • Shades and Sandals Day Wear your favorite sandals and sunglasses to school! (If it is gym day, don’t forget to bring your gym shoes!)


  • P.E. & Music
  • Take a Break Day - The teacher will stop our day to take a social break.


  • Spelling List 31 & 32 Spelling Test & P.E.
  • USA Day- Dress patriotic (red, white and blue) and learn about our country.


  • Unit 8 Math Test
  • Music
  • Friday Popcorn/Movie Incentive
  • Video Day - We will watch a video today.

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 week!

This week's Homework

Homework for the week of May 16th

Homework sheets can be found on the 2nd Grade website.

Monday- M8 Lesson 1

Tuesday- M8 Lesson 8

Wednesday- M8 Lesson 10; study for Spelling List 31 & 32

Thursday- Study for Unit 8 Math Test and Lists 31 & 32 Spelling Test

Your child's reading bag (with their right fit books) should be going home (to read everyday) and come back to school every day.

Week 31 & 32 Spelling Lists

Spelling List 31 and 32: away, knew, inside, enough, much, kind, become

English and Language Arts (ELA)


For reading we practiced comparing and contrasting different stories. We also continued our Fairy Tale unit with "You Read To Me and I'll Read to You" stories made from fairy tales. I will post the students reading these short reader's theater pieces before the end of the school year. For nonfiction, we began reading about cultures around the world. The students went to Pebble Go for fact finding about people around the world. This was the preview for the country research they will be beginning this week.

Your child's reading bag (with their right fit books) should be going home (to read everyday) and come back to school every day.

Word Study

We continued identifying and using homographs, homophones, synonyms, and antonyms.


We finished various Mother's Day pieces (I hope you enjoyed all of their creativity!). We are beginning our research and writing about different countries.

Homograph Go Fish

Reader's Theater Practice


In Math we began Unit 8, which had the students practicing repeated addition (getting them ready for 3rd grade multiplication). We also began exploring arrays (to go along with repeated addition), and shapes. Next week we will finish our unit with shapes and fractions. Our Unit 8 test will be on Friday, May 20th.

Sharing Math Strategies

Math with Chalk!

Math Games

Social Studies/Science

In Social Studies we concluded our Land forms Unit. We explored some of our land forms including mountains (how they were made) and hills, plains, valleys, rivers, lakes, oceans, and volcanoes. Student teams created posters showing the land forms and how they come together.

We began our final Science unit on nutrition. We began with an overview on what a healthy plate contains. We also discussed grains, fruits, and vegetables. Have your child tell you how many grains they should have per day. Have them share some of the fruits and vegetables they learned about.

Second Step

Second Step

In Second Step we continued to practice using positive self-talk to help us get/stay focused and calm. We praticed problem solving, including using "S" saying the problem and "T" thinking of safe and respectful things to try, "E" explore consequences and "P" picking out a choice that works the best. We also learned about taking responsibility.


Davier: “I learned that if you 5+5+5+5 = 20. I also learned if you eat too much junk food, you will get a stomachache.”

Jose: “I learned that in different countries for breakfast they get served in bed for their birthdays. I also learned that in Yellowstone Park, there are geysers. ”

Emma: “In Ireland, for kids” birthdays, they hang them upside down and bump them on the floor. I also learned that we have 10 months of school.”

Channuri: “I learned that people in Scotland – men wear skirts called kilts. I also learned that spaghetti is a grain.”

Logan: “I learned don’t spend your time in class not doing anything or you won’t get your work down.”

Noah: “You have to eat 5 grains per day.”

Aleena: “Pizza is from all five food groups.”

Kassidy: “Grains are a type of healthy food and you have to eat 5 per day.”

Josh: “I learned that you have to eat more grains than proteins.”

Jocelyn: “I learned to eat healthy foods because if you eat junk food you can get sick.”

Jermaine: I learned that some people might be allergic to dairy.”

Field Trip Fun and Fun Fair!

Puzzle Day and Question Day!!