2A Classroom Update 3

Home of the Golden Lions

October 16, 2015

Dear Families,

It's been an exciting two weeks since our last update. We started visits to Ft. Greene Park and swimming lessons at the Dodge YMCA. In reading, students focused on choosing books that are "just right", building reading stamina, and developing strategies to help with tricky words. In math, we continued adding to our toolbox of addition and subtraction strategies focusing specifically on breaking down numbers to make them more manageable and using the handy dandy "make 10" strategy. In writing, we discussed the ideal work environment for a writer and how writers can improve their pieces by rereading, adding details, and sharing with their peers. The Golden Lions spent time discussing and defining the IB learner profiles in their own words, and beginning next week they'll apply their ideas to our "Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities" inquiry unit.

Thank you all for coming out to Back to School Night last Thursday. We appreciate your support, your great ideas, and continued effort to make this year memorable! You too are Golden Lions, and we look forward to building our little pride (Cheesy, but couldn't resist). Below we have provided a link to our Back to School Night presentation in case you missed it:


Have a great weekend,

Courtney and Zondwayo


  • 2A will now visit Fort Greene Park once a week on Thursdays.

  • The October birthday celebration will occur on the Friday, October 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm. Families with students with October birthdays interested in coming can email our 2A class email.
  • Homework will be given to students on Wednesdays and will be due the following Wednesday morning. NOTE: Students should still bring orange folders to school daily in case any flyers, work, or other information is sent home

Learner Profiles

As an IB World School, BPCS strives to foster the growth of students both academically as well as internationally minded citizens who are aware of the world outside of their local environment. To do this, the school incorporates the IB Learner Profiles into the classroom. The IB Learner Profiles describe a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities and, in turn, embody traits of a well-rounded individual. The Learner Profiles are: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, and Reflective.

Throughout the year, we will be discussing the Learner Profiles in the classroom as a way to bring to life the traits. Starting in October, our school will focus on how a person demonstrates they are Caring. One who is kind and respectful and considers others' feelings when making choices. A person who takes care of their classmates, classroom, and school. An individual who notices how others feel and strives to have a positive impact on their day.

Important Dates to Remember

10/27- Tenement Museum Field Trip

10/30- October Birthday Celebration

Tenement Museum Field Trip | Tuesday, October 27

Click on the link above to join us on our first field trip!

The Specials Corner

Updates from your specials teachers:

Physical Education with Coach M!

We had a great time at our first swim lesson yesterday! Looking forward to next Friday and new swim muscles to be built. Check out some photo's from yesterdays pool fun.

The lifeguards have informed us that goggles are allowed; please send your child with googles if he or she would like to use them. Also if they forgot a red swim cap please be sure to send them with one for next week!

2A Kicks the Year Off with International Dot Day!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to 2A Artists who kicked this year off strong. Together, we created our first BPCS ART installation of the year—inspired by the work of Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama! Since then we’ve been exploring origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into three dimensional art—animals, shapes, characters, etc. Together we created a hanging sculpture (or chandelier) for our classroom library. What a year we are going to have!

FYI : Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in joining us for ART. Extra hands are welcome (but I do want to plan for your visit). If you have creative expertise to share, we could design a project together! Additionally, we are stocking up on recycled materials for art making, please: colorful plastic caps, corks, tubes, buttons and game pieces in bulk, and dryer lint! Many thanks!!

dot day!!

Finding the "Rhythm" of a New School Year

Students in 2A started got into "the groove" of the new school year by exploring beats and rhythms! We watched marching bands and thought about what it takes to be part of a great music group! Using our rhythm sticks, we played along to songs we love and we are currently preparing for our first musical performance which we will present to the BPCS High School Chorus in November! We are looking forward to a fantastic year of making music together!
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