Good afternoon parents! It’s hard to believe that October is already almost over. We have been working so hard in second grade at our math fluency, and have taken a pause in our addition strategies to focus on types of graphs. The students are doing a great job at both the classwork and the games that we have been playing in class. I think they will be ready for our test sometime next week already! Keep up all the extra practice at home.
We took our final unit test over the water cycle, but not before we did some hands-on practice at on our last Flex day. The students got to take a closer look at all the places that water can travel, including to glaciers, lakes, or plants before going through the process of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation again. The students made bracelets to show where they traveled and did an AMAZING job at this activity! I was so impressed with them! Our next science unit starts tomorrow-habitats and (the students favorite) extinct animals/fossils. This tends to be a favorite unit for second grade.
Don’t forget, we have a field trip to the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue this Friday. This mini-pilgrimage is so heartwarming for the students every year. Please remember your student may dress down in SJS spirit wear and remember that most of this Shrine is outside, so check on the weather conditions to dress appropriately.
Wow, these past few weeks sure have seemed busy! If I had to poll my students on their favorite day of any week, I would be willing to be the students would all tell me, “Flex Day!”. On our flex days so far, we have been creating shelters to protect counting bears from tornadoes, making anemometers, and planning out how to make a 3-D letter in our Makerspace. For our letter planning project, the students said they would look at home to see if they have the following items:
- Cardboard boxes (think tissue box size)
- Cotton Balls
- Colored paper
We are trying to be resourceful, so please don’t worry about buying any of these items. We already have some of each item at the school, but if you also had some at home we will accept the donation.
I also have a few notes to our parents about this week and next. We are finishing up our standardized testing (MAP) testing this week, with results to be sent out at a later day. On Wednesday, we are having 3 separate tests, so prepare for some tired students! Our day will start with a religion test, followed by a whole-group English/Reading and Spelling test, with a Math test after lunch.
Please note, we will not always have our Reading/English test whole group, but since our reading series is new and we are all (myself included) adjusting to the new rigor it requires, we will be working on this test together. It will be entered in the Gradebook, but it will be worth fewer points than tests that the students will eventually take individually. As always, I am happy to answer questions via phone or e-mail. God Bless!
I hope you all are as excited for a new school year as I am! This website is a great place to look at pictures and updates about what we are doing in our classroom. It is also a place I try to post weekly spelling lists (under the resource tab) and any other important information about our class.
I’m sure there will be plenty of information here after our first week back. In the meantime, just know that I feel so blessed to have your child in my class this year and can’t wait to grow and learn together! God Bless!