Let's see if I can place an excerpt of yesterday's newsletter here:
*To all for supporting your child through the first few days of school! I appreciate their attendance and great attitudes!
*To Denny's, Callee's, and Roxanne's families for their thoughtful gifts for me and/or the classroom! So kind!
*We have been easing into our 2nd grade community, learning about WCS expectations, the growth mindset, our hopes and dreams, and our schedule and procedures. We began some lessons in reading, writing, math, and spelling. Students are coming along!
Blue folders went out Friday:
In them, please find your child's Friday journal. Please read their entry, and write a short, simple, friendly letter back to them. Return the notebook in their blue folders; they will read your entries every Friday before writing you again. This is a weekly, written dialogue journal between you and your child meant to inform you of class goings-on and cultivate their writing and communicating skills. Thank you for your support!
Remember, blue folders come back and forth between home and school daily! Please check them daily. Thank you!
The second grade team is in the process of deciding how homework for students will look this year. Right now, expect Monday spelling pre-tests followed by Friday tests. In the past, we have done weekly packets distributed each Friday and returned the following Friday. I will keep you posted if this is the route our team would like to take this year as well.
Parent homework will be to check blue folders daily and to look out for those Friday journals and be sure to read and write back in them and return on Monday.(:
*Small paper or plastic cups
Snacks and Water Bottles:
Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks and water bottles. Please note we are a peanut-free classroom, since we do have a peanut allergy in our class.
Second Grade Quote of the Week:
Last Wednesday, I start reading aloud "Curious George's First Day of School." When I come across the character of Mr. Apple, I remark, "Oh! George has a male teacher; not too many of those at Westlake!" This prompts students to start naming some Westlake men. "Mr. Brandon!" "Mr. Paul!" "Mr. Dickey!" Someone mentions, "Mr. Eick!" To which Roxanne responds, "No, I don't think he's a teacher... He's the guy who is going to make our new school happen!!"
[....Yay! I did it! There is hope for me...yet!]