Second Grade Swag!

February 8th - February 12th

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What We Are Learning This Week

Language Arts: This week,we will be reading Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli. We will be wrapping up our middle of the year assessments and focusing on reading comprehension and character connections. In spelling this week, we will be looking at words with dipthongs ou, ow, oi, and oy. We will have our spelling test on Friday, February 12th .

Social Studies: We will continue our unit on geography. Students will be split into groups within each class to study and create a google presentation on different continents.

Math: This week we will focus on the 2D shapes we have learned so far. These shapes include polygons, circles, triangles, quadrilaterals (squares, rectangles, trapezoids, rhombuses), pentagons, hexagons, and heptagons. Students will be expected to know the name and number of sides and corners for each shape. Along with that, we are going to continue to focus on counting coins.

Science: In science this week we will wrap our unit on different types of movements such as flips, turns, and slides. Then we will look at the properties of magnets.

February 2, 2016

Google Presentations

We have started using Google Presentations in class this week. Here is the video that we have used to guide us through making a presentation made by our very own Mrs. Yolanda Williams! If your child would like to log in to google presentation at home to show you their work, this video is VERY user friendly and shows you step by step to log in and create a presentation!

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Earbuds Needed!

As we are working on our middle of the year assessments, it is vital that each student has a pair of ear buds to keep at school. It makes it very difficult for students to concentrate and stay on task when he/she does not have their own pair of earbuds. They are very cheap and you can find them at The Dollar Tree or in the dollar spot at Target. Please send these in ASAP!

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Save The Date!

It's time to celebrate Valentine's Day with our 2nd grade classes! Our class party will be on Friday, February 12th from 12:50-1:50 in our classroom. After the party, our kids will go to PE/Runner's Club or you can check your child out from the front office. Our room parents have worked hard to put together a fun party.

On the morning of the party, we will be exchanging valentine cards and we will need a special place to put them! Please have your child bring in a decorated (handmade, recycled or store bought is fine!) bag or box to hold their valentines. Please make sure your child has an opening in his/her bag or box big enough to fit small cards/trinkets. Your child is also welcome to bring in valentines for each student in our class. If you have any questions at all, please just let me know! Thank you so much!

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Austin PTO Seeking New Members for 2016-2017 PTO Board

Do you have ideas you would like to see happen at Austin Elementary? Do you have a talent like planning, or spreadsheet skills, etc. you would like to share with the PTO? Or do you just want to become more involved?

Here’s your chance. The Barbara S. Austin Elementary PTO board is looking for members for the 2016-2017 school year. Many positions held by our 5th grade parents moving up to 6th grade need to be filled, so there are many to choose from. Maybe there’s one to fit your talent!

Many of our board members work outside the home, work from home, and are stay-at-home parents. So, yes, it is possible to be a board member.

The PTO board’s mission is to partner with the school in elevating the elementary experiences of our learners, parents, educators, and staff. If you want to help make a difference in your child’s experience, become a part of Austin PTO!

Complete the application that was e-mailed to you via the PTO Connect (or e-mail Mrs. Naragon fora copy) and turn in to Mr. Wu or Mrs. Naragon. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 24.

Lunch Duty Volunteers Wanted!

We are in need of volunteers for lunch duty one Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this coming week. Shout out to Mrs. Schaller for volunteering for Thursday! As a reminder, our lunch is from 11:45-12:15! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Schoolwide Enrichment Model

To read more about our SEM journey, please check out the SEM newsletter!

Great Expectations of the Week

Life Principle: Fortitude

Quote: "If you made up your mind you can do something, you’re absolutely right." -Author Unknown

Healthy Tip: Exercise like bending and stretching can help your body become more flexible.

Important Dates

*February 12th - Valentine's Party @ 12:50-1:50 PM

*February 15th - Professional Development day, NO SCHOOL!

*March 10th- Open House, more information to come

*March 14th - 18th- Spring Break, NO SCHOOL!

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