I just realized the last couple quotes in my newsletter have been related to mountains! I think this might just be my subconscious speaking--as I face the mountain of work and report cards I have been chipping away at for the past week, as well as my passionate desire to head for the mountains to ski in all that good snow!!
Or, it just might be a coincidence!
At any rate, I am so looking forward to this week! I can't wait for our 2nd graders to showcase their hard work as they present their Living Museum showcase on Tuesday from 9:00 am - 9:40 am in the cafeteria and its vicinity, alongside with Mrs. Wright's and Mrs. Wilson's classes. [Mrs. Martin's and Mrs. Rojo's classes presented last Thursday and did a phenomenal job! Kudos to our class for being so supportive and respectful to our fellow 2nd graders!]
Please click here for your invite and information regarding our Living Museum.
*Many thanks to all of you for supporting your child this trimester, especially now as they practice their scripts with you and assemble their costumes for Tuesday. I know there will be nerves to settle and excitement to harness--thank you for your partnership! I am already so proud of all your children! It's been a joy to see them work so hard and help each other in this process! What lovely hearts they all have!
*Thank you to Taylor's, Dylan's, and Roxanne's moms for their initiative to make Tuesday super special for the 2nd graders!
*A belated, but heartfelt thank you, to my colleagues who organized and presented at, and our parents who were able to attend, last week's "Parents Go To School Night." Your commitment to our students and community is commendable!
Conferences and Report Cards:
*Thank you for scheduling your conference with me! Ours is not a student-led conference; as I do need to have some candid conversations. Our schedule is tight; please help me keep on time by coming to your appointment promptly. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your child's progress thus far. If you haven't scheduled your conference yet, please do so by clicking here (password: explorers) or emailing me. Thank you!
*Reading/Language Arts--> We read "At Play: Long Ago and Today," an informational piece of writing that contrasted games and pastimes of yesteryear with the present.
*Writing--> Students wrote about what super power they would have if they could choose. We reviewed the elements of narrative and informational writing and learned about persuasive/opinion writing. We wrote and shared our opinion on what pet we would rather have--a dog or a cat.
*Math--> We worked in partnerships to review money, and as a class and independently to practice data and graphs. We also participated in IXL time and math rotations. Also, thanks to your donations, we periodically open up our class store for students to use their practice money to buy small treats and supplies!
*Social Studies--> We partnered up to coach, memorize, and rehearse our Living Museum scripts. We are ready!
Mark your calendars:
*Tuesday, 3/15 @ 9:00 - 9:40 am in the cafeteria and its vicinity--> 2nd Grade Living Museum (Mrs. Wright's, Mrs. Wilson's and our classes)
*Wednesday 3/16--Friday 3/18 Early Dismissal @ 1:15 pm--> Parent Teacher Conferences
OPTIONAL Spring Picture Day on Thursday, April 7th: Spring picture day will be optional this year. All students will have free dress on April 7th, but 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 next week. If you would like to have your student’s Spring Picture taken by Lifetouch, please fill out this form AND prepay online or send payment in the packet.
Spring Break is March 21st through April 1st and that we will have NO SCHOOL for those two weeks.
2nd Grade Note of the Week:
As a teacher, I often find earnest notes left on my desk for me to read. They vary in subject matter, from "tattles" to "tells" as well as suggestions and love notes. Yesterday, I received a note that read, "Mrs. A, what do you do when you are nervous?" Touched by the fact this was probably brought up in anticipation of Tuesday's Living Museum, I answered the query in our Morning Meeting (keeping the writer confidential, while hoping to help others). I then pitched the question to our class; so much good advice from our peers! "Take deep breaths," "Just pretend you are talking to a friend," " Pretend you are rehearsing with your coach," and, my favorite, "Think about your mom and dad."
Have a great week!