We spent some time celebrating Mary with our May Devotional. No amount of rain could dampen these smiles!
Congrats to our coloring contest winner!
In honor of the winter Olympics, we spent some time learning about the sport of curling. We talked about the forces at work, (pushes and friction) and learned a little bit about how the game is scored and won. We then practiced making our own curling "stones" and competed against each other to try and win our own curling matches! We also practiced writing our wins and losses as fractions. The students did an excellent job!
We have been practicing our different Engineering habits of mind on our Flex days with some truly difficult STEM challenges! Most recently, we practiced our resiliency with a STEM challenge involving a meter of tape, a meter of string, 20 spaghetti noodles, and a marshmallow. Our challenge was to try and build the tallest free-standing structure with a marshmallow on top. We added a twist in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; we were not allowed to yell or fight with each other! We practiced building our own "beloved community" within the classroom, just like Dr. King spoke about in many of his writings and speeches. Although no one was able to create a structure that remained standing once we took our hands away, we were proud to say that we worked together in harmony and built a beloved community within our classroom.
The second grade class has really been getting into the holiday season! In STEM lab, we designed, collaborated together, and built a prototype of a turkey trap! In class, we have been learning about the Pilgrims, discussing the similarities and differences of Pilgrim children and children today, and doing Pilgrim-themed and turkey themed math projects! Our turkey craftivities turned out AWESOME! Can't wait to see what the Advent season brings!
We have missed you this past summer at SJS! To all our returning students, welcome back! To all our new students, we are so excited to meet you! I am looking forward to a fantastic year with our big class and all the great things we have to learn from each other. I have been busy preparing my classroom, preparing your books, but most importantly, I have been busy praying for you! I know that we are going to do great things together, and I can't wait to show you just how AMAZING second grade is! See you soon!