Hi 2nd Grade Explorer Families,
We had a great, wintry week despite that one rainy day when we did not get outdoor recess all day long! That was a tough one! But we made it!
Many thanks to:
*Alena's mom for sharing Hanukkah with us through her read aloud, her stories, and having each group play the Dreidel game! What an enriching experience for us 2nd grade citizens of the world! Thank you!
*Zackary's grandma for helping many 2nd graders catch up and persevere through their Endangered Animals research. So grateful!
*Our room moms, Apple and Melinda (Emma's and Emmy's moms), for helping me coordinate our Winter Party and to all of you for donating items and your time to it. I've decided we will not have a secret classmate gift exchange at the party (considering such variables as time, money, traditions/cultures in our classroom). Instead, we will be doing some gratitude writing (a gift to both giver and recipient, and a nod to our December Core Value).
The 2nd grade teacher team met this week and we discussed homework feedback from our respective families. We decided we will continue to implement our present policy which is a minimum of 30 minutes of daily reading and regular visits to our resources page for Spelling, Reading, and Math practice. If you would like further assistance or direction to support your student, contact your student's homeroom teacher (me). Some of you mentioned you would like to see more Math coming home so you can see what support your child might need; I will strive to make this happen. Also, I will aim to add more helpful links to our resources page for dowloading and printing.
Speaking of encouraging at home reading, yesterday I sent home the "Read to Succeed" Reading Log. I encourage your child to participate--reading and recording 6 hours of reading to turn in by February 28th for a free Discovery Kingdom ticket!
*Reading--we read versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears
*Science/Technology/Writing--we wrapped up our research on Endangered Animals and began our final product
*Math--we played "Silent Partner Math Showdown" to review double digit and triple digit addition with regrouping.
*Geography--we took a pre-quiz on what we know about reading maps and globes.
Math Monday: Click HERE for Math Monday.
Holidays Around the World this Wednesday:
The 2nd graders will be rotating through the 2nd grade classrooms to learn about 5 winter holidays around the world! If you'd like to share your family's holiday tradition, email me and we can have you talk to our class on Monday or Tuesday!
Class Winter Party this Thursday which is a minimum day, too:
Please refer to the email strand from our room moms for details and updates. Looking forward to celebrating on Thursday morning!
Talent Show Applications: Click HERE to sign up. Calling All Talented Explorers! From Stage Crew, Hosts to Solo and Group Acts, there is a role for you! Want to be in the talent show but don’t know what to perform? Sign up for the WCS Group Dance, choreographed by some of your WCS teachers! Applications open on November 27th! Applications are due December 15th.
Barnes & Noble Night:
Click HERE to view the flier for Barnes & Noble Family Night on Thursday, December 15th from 5:00 - 7:00pm.
Click HERE for the Parent Volunteer Sign-up Sheet that can be shared with parents in weekly newsletters.
Holiday Break Schedule: Thursday, December 15th will be early dismissal for all grades. There will be no school on Friday, December 16th through Monday, January 2nd. BASE will be open from 7:00am to 6:00pm for all grades at our Del Paso campus with the exception of December 23rd, December 26th, and January 2nd.
That's all for now! Have a wonderful weekend!
2nd Grade Pictures of the Week: