### January 8, 2016

We are getting back into the swing of things this week. Mrs. Sayre was in twice to help us learn how to use Google Docs and its Research tool. Our Super magazine had an article this week titled 'What's Faster?' Rather than simply reading the article comparing two animals or objects, we decided to research for ourselves. This gave us the opportunity to introduce the students to Google research while having fun learning with a partner.

## Literacy

This week's focus in Superkids was silent letters in the patterns of igh, stle, and scle. We talked about irregular past tense verbs, the prefix re-, and we had a play in our Reader where we were all able to take parts. We also did a class building activity where each student had a Superkid's name on their back and had to guess who they were by asking each other yes/no questions.

The last day of second quarter is Friday, January 22nd. The students need to have their AR goals in by lunchtime that day in order to come to our classroom AR celebration. If your child has not made his/her goal I sent you an email on Wednesday. Please encourage your child to read each night and be ready for an AR quiz each morning. Thank you!

In Writing we have started a third unit - Writing about Reading. This week we started some opinion letters about a favorite book that we are reading. We are encouraging the students to write about a character and why they like that character. We will share our letters in hopes of finding new and interesting books to read.

## Math

The students who completed Greg Tang's 2nd Grade New Year's Math Challenge were awarded some extra pennies to spend in the classroom or school store, the Gator Den. It's good practice that we like to encourage. Greg Tang math is a fun site that your child can go to at any time.

We began our next unit in math - Multi-digit Addition and Subtraction. This unit focuses on 2-digit numbers with 1-digit numbers, along with 2-digit numbers with 2-digit numbers. Students who know their math facts are finding these problems easy. Children who haven't memorized their facts are struggling. That's why nightly practice of addition and subtraction facts is important.

## Star Student

Maya was our Star Student this week. Maya went to Disney World over winter break and enjoyed sharing some of her experiences. We also learned that Maya goes to Polish school on Saturdays. She had a class picture to show us! One of the items Maya brought in to show us was some shells she collected while in Florida. She even brought each of us one to take home - thanks Maya!

Our next Star Student is . . . Molly!

## AR Winners

We are quickly approaching the end of the second quarter. There are just 2 weeks left until we celebrate with those students who have made 100% or more of their AR goal. This week's awardees are pictured below. The quarter ends on January 22nd - GO READERS!

## Miscellaneous Items

You may have noticed that some of your student's papers are coming home stamped Extending, Meeting, Developing, and Beginning. The district purchased these stamps as a way to align our daily work with the report card terminology. The grades reflect the following percentages:

Extending 95-100%, Meeting 80-94%, Developing 65-79%, and Beginning 0-64%.

• The 2nd quarter ends on Friday, January 22, 2016.
• The forms for the after-school program are in the Friday folder. This session is study hall for 1st and 2nd grades. The pink slips are for study hall and should be brought in on the day your child stays. Students can read and take AR quizzes during study hall.