I'd like to wish all you amazing mothers out there a great Mother's Day weekend! Motherhood is truly a labor of love, or as I like to refer to it, "an inconvenient joy." Nothing about it is too convenient, but there's a lot of joy to be had! This newsletter is dedicated to you!
Also, I just want to thank you for all the wonderful words, wishes, cards, gifts, flowers, treats, special meals, and hugs I received this past "Teacher Appreciation" week! I am truly touched and humbled by it all! Thank you! I have great affection for this group and consider your children as unique, one-of-a kind treasures I have enjoyed and cherished and will truly miss!
Finally, I will be turning in the Field Day T-shirt money envelopes to Ms. Prokop this week. If you would like to order this year's 2nd Grade Field Day T-shirt, please return this Monday $10 cash in the designated envelope sent out last week and remember to indicate your child's t-shirt size. Please note that this is an optional expense and second graders can also wear their Westlake spirit shirt on this day as well.
Our hard-earned class party will be during Fun Friday Time on Friday, May 18th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Many thanks to Conrad's mom for donating the vanilla ice cream and root beer for our root beer floats experiment! Students have asked if we could have "something sweet and salty," too. If you would like to donate individually wrapped, single serve items fitting these descriptions, please email me by Thursday at noon. Something healthy like tangerines would be most welcome, too. Thanks so much!
Second Grade Family Potluck:
On Tuesday, June 12th (the day before the last day of school) - our second grade team will be hosting a Second Grade Family Potluck from11:45am - 1:00pm. Click here to sign up to bring some items to share! Bring your folding chairs, blankets, or something to sit on and relax! The potluck will be held in the Second Grade Neighborhood and food will be set up in our communal flex space. We look forward to rounding out a fantastic year with all of you!
*Reading, Language Arts, Biodiversity unit--We are starting a poetry unit! We learned about cinquains and wrote one to someone special. We continue to learn about biodiversity and ecosystems and read about the Forest ecosystem and began making a pictorial input chart. We have chosen an endangered animal to research and present on our tri-fold boards. Second grade endangered animal researchers are doing a great job! We can't wait to share our findings at Open House!
*Math--We launched our Geometry unit with the Ashanti folk tale,"Anansi the Spider," noting the geometric shapes in its illustrations. Second grade mathematicians/artists then created their own spiders, incorporating as many geometric shapes in them. Check out these beauties at Open House!
Open House: We are excited for our first K-8 Open House night on Wednesday, May 23rd. Middle school will present their Genius Hour projects from 5:30-6:15 PM. Open House will take place 6:00-7:00 PM. Food will be available for purchase from 5:00-7:00 PM from Chando's Taco's and Pizza Supreme Being Vegetarian options will be available, as well as drinks.
Spirit Days: We have two spirit days coming up. Please follow the dress code guidelines below for spirit day: Clothes must be free of inappropriate wording and images. All clothing must fit properly. Pants around the natural waist, tops completely covering the torso area. All shirts must have sleeves, no sleeveless shirts. All clothing must be free of rips and tears
Friday, May 25th - Color Day: Students and teachers will represent 2nd grade by wearing BLUE!
Friday, June 8th - Summer Beach Day: Wear a Hawaiian shirt, grass skirt, board shorts, or other beach attire. No bathing suits - all shirts must have sleeves.
Field Day Dismissal: Our K-8 Field Day will be Wednesday, June 13th. All grades will dismiss at noon that day.
K-5 Field Day Volunteers: Our field day is only possible with the support of our volunteers and a great opportunity to spend the last day of the school year with your student and their friends. Use this form to indicate what you can do to be part of this fun year end event.
Here are some Mother's Day quotes for you!
"Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face."--George Eliot
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."--Mark Twain
"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie."--Tenneva Jordan
"I can imagine no other heroism greater than motherhood."--Lance Conrad
Enjoy your weekend, super moms! Cheers!