Friday, September 14, 2018

A Peek At The Week

Literacy: In Reading Workshop, the children worked on making reading the best it can be.  Students were taught that being a thinking reader will help them better comprehend a text.  Therefore, the kids learned about and practiced having inner conversations and making predictions while reading.  The class started working on their “at home” reading homework assignments this week, too. In Writing Workshop, authors wrote their first personal narratives of the year.  Students also took a spelling pre-assessment. They wrote garden poetry and learned about nouns.  They discovered that there are proper nouns, abstract nouns, common nouns, pronouns, singular nouns, and plural nouns. 
Handwriting: Writers took a printing pre-assessment to see what they remember about correct letter formation and placement.  They also practiced forming “starting corner” capital letters.
Math: Mathematicians worked together this week to create a 1,000 grid classroom number scroll.  They also practiced identifying coins and calculating the value of coin combinations. The class solved number-grid puzzles and worked on explaining their math thinking in writing.  They worked with pattern block templates, too. Finally, we measured our smiles and created a hallway bulletin board with them. They really added up! 
Theme: Scientists created a “Thinking Like A Scientist” booklet identifying the characteristics of a scientist, the tools scientists use, and their wonders about science. The kids also learned about magnification.  We have a classroom microscope and each morning there is an opportunity to look at something on it. The class made their way out to the garden once again this week and brought some flowers back into the classroom with us to observe.
Miscellaneous: It was a sincere pleasure to spend some time with many of you at Open House last evening. If you were unable to attend, please be on the lookout for your child’s Seesaw QR code.  Each student already has a few posts for you to view. There is also a yellow iPad form coming home in the Friday Folder for you to review, sign, and return. Additionally, you might want to check out the Second Grade Overview on my blog. It has a lot of the information that was covered last night.  
Looking Ahead:  
September 18: Volunteer Orientation at Rowe 9-9:30 am and 7-7:30 pm
September25th: School Picture Day

Friday, September 7, 2018

A Peek At The Week

What a wonderful group of kids! We had a great first four days of school. Each week, I’ll be sharing classroom highlights in a newsletter that will come home in the Friday Folder. “A Peek At The Week” will also be posted on my classroom blog. The blog has my contact information, weekly homework posts, and many other resources, as well.
Literacy: In Reading Workshop this week, the children worked on building a reading life. They shared their reading hopes and dreams,  explored the classroom library, and learned how to manage their own personal book bin. We also reviewed how to choose a “just right” book. Writers helped to draft classroom rules. Additionally, Mr. Gleason visited Room 205 as our “Principal of the Year!” We interviewed him and then the children created a keepsake for him.  I used this activity to model our “Student of the Week” routine, which will begin next week and will continue until all of the kids’ names have been randomly “picked out of the pouch”. Finally, the class wrote to the prompt: I wish my teacher knew…. 
Handwriting: Writers reviewed pencil grips, paper placement, and the letter song. They also learned how to print “frog jumping” capital letters.
Math: Mathematicians learned about number sequences and number lines. Students also worked on addition and subtraction strategies using a number grid. The class created “Math About Me” posters, too. Finally, we explored name patterns which will be made into a classroom paper quilt. 
Theme: Scientists learned about ecosystems. They toured the school garden and charted the living and nonliving things found there.  They also learned about and observed pill bugs. 
Miscellaneous: A great deal of time was spent learning the routines and procedures that make learning safe, fun, and effective in second grade.
Looking Ahead: 
September 13 @6:00: 2nd Grade Open House (For Parents Only)
September 14: Optional Book Order Due (Our on-line classroom code is J6YBZ.)
September 25: School Pictures

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A Great First Day!

We had a wonderful first day in Room 205. What a terrific group of second graders!  If today was any indication of the things to come, it’s going to be an AMAZING year. 

A few quick things to note:

-In your child's take home folder there are some forms to review and send back to school as soon as possible. 

-I check every take home folder each morning.  If your child has a new/different after school plan, please send a note along in the take home folder or feel free to email me the specifics about the change. If you email, cc'ing our school secretaries, Lisa Bianchini ( and/or Dani Carter (, is helpful, too. 

-The Second Grade Open House is next Thursday, September 13th at 6:00P.M(For Parents Only) 

Looking forward to day #2!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Welcome to Second Grade

Second grade is going to be filled with lots of learning and lots of fun! The beginning of school is right around the corner and I’m so excited about the year ahead.

One upcoming event that I want you to be aware of will take place on Thursday morning, August 30 from 9:30-10:30 at YES. It’s our annual Family Drop-In "Meet and Greet”. This is a time to drop into our classroom (Room 205 of the purple wing) to say hello, do a neat scavenger hunt, see your classmates, and drop off your school supplies. You are welcome to stay for as little or as long as you'd like during this time.

If you’re unable to attend, don’t worry a bit, the first day of school is Tuesday, September 4th and I will see you then. I’ll be out on the playground that morning at 8:40, when our school day begins, to welcome you.

Below are some photos from a summer evening my family and I recently spent on Mackworth Island. I look forward to hearing about your summer adventures in the near future. See you soon!

Skipping Rocks

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer Vacation!

Have a wonderful summer vacation! See you in September!