Many thanks to all who participated in the WCS International Festival last weekend! It was so great to see the diversity and community that is Westlake! (A personal thank you to the Japanese booth and the Filipino booth for their delicious food for my son and me!)
I also wanted to thank Mykah's, Chase's, Helena's, and Claudia's families for purchasing books from our Book Fair for our classroom library! Thank you for your kind support! We will enjoy them!
Homework over the Break:
While I am a big believer of working hard and playing hard, if your 2nd graders do get restless and could use some intellectual enlightenment, please read, read, read! I encourage real books from libraries and bookstores, but if it is difficult to visit them, digital alternatives such as Storyline Online, Freckle ELA, and RAZ kids found on our Resources page will do! They may also sketch and record observations of their growing bean plant (which they took home Friday) and transplant it to a bigger habitat. If they have access to a computer, they can also research and write down interesting facts about bean plants and the bean plant cycle (i.e., practice their informative writing). They can also journal about interesting small moments during their time off (i.e., practice their small moment narrative writing). Freckle Math and Fact Dash on our Resources page can also maintain their Math skills. Just some ideas to squeeze in if they need some structure....otherwise, I hope they play, bond with family and friends, rest, and enjoy being a kid!
*ELA/Thematic Unit: Biodiversity - We have started our Poetry unit with writing acrostic poems. We also shared our writing and read about the layers of the Rainforest. We are enjoying our class read aloud, "Stuart Little."
*Math - We took a Performance Task on Measurement, which will go home with Progress Reports.
*Science - We learned about the Scientific Method, sketched our bean plants, and wrote down 3 observations in our Science Notebooks.
Second Grade Team News:
Please send in 10 dollars cash in the envelope provided in your child's Friday blue folder or backpack-- include your student's desired size on the front of the envelope as well as on the google form sign up below. The money will be going directly to Shari Kantor, who is organizing our shirt order. Please feel free to email with any questions. Money due the Tuesday or Wednesday upon return from Break. We would like to get the orders in to Shari by Friday, April 26th. Thank you!
2nd Grade T-Shirt Sign Up
Westlake Charter High School Town Hall: Join us on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00 PM for a Town Hall meeting about the future Westlake Charter High School. Mr. Eick will share the vision and timeline for the high school, then families will have the opportunity to dream about what is possible for Westlake Charter High School.
Spring Picture Day: Spring picture day will be Friday, April 26th. All students will have free dress on Friday, April 26th. Only students who have prepaid AND filled out this form will be sent to the photographer to have their picture taken. Picture packets will go home before Spring Break. If you would like to have your student’s spring picture taken by Excel, please fill out this form AND prepay online or send payment in the packet. All 8th grade students should dress to impress - pictures for promotion certificates will be taken that day.
Meet Up at Natomas 5K: Already signed up for the Natomas 5K? Plan to meet us at 8:00 AM near registration on April 27th for a group photo and Westlake swag. Look for the Westlake flag. Not registered yet? It’s not too late.
- Click HERE to register your student
- Enter/agree to the additional information on the registration page
- Enter ‘WLCALL' as the promo code in the registration cart
AS Live Clubs: The spring season of clubs is upon us! Our middle school students, parent volunteers, and community volunteers are preparing an array of options: arts and crafts, improv, soccer, and fishing! Click HERE to see which clubs are being offered for your student’s grade level and to enter your student in the lottery for a spot. If you’re interesting in chaperoning a club led by middle school students (a great way to earn volunteer hours and support the program), please email email@example.com. All clubs except for soccer need an adult chaperone.
That's all for now! Have a wonderful week! And for those who celebrate, Happy Easter!