In your second grader's blue folder, you will find their progress report for first trimester. Please review and sign one copy to return via your child's blue folder. As I told the class, consider this a "pre-report card," noting areas to work towards improving and those to continue striving in. Report cards, assessments, and conferences come in November, so we now have the opportunity to regroup and refocus on our goals to finish first trimester strong. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Daily reading at home:
How is it going? As you probably know, reading is the best "homework" that your child can do as a developing reader. Reading at least 20 minutes daily in any form (independently, chorally, taking turns, being read to, etc.) and in various genres will go a long way! Thanks for your ongoing support!
A Note from Mrs. Galvan, your child's Spanish Teacher:
¡Hola a todos! This is Mrs. Galván, your student's Spanish teacher. Please check your explorer's Friday Folder for their Rockalingua log-in information. Rockalingua is a great subscription based resource for practicing Spanish at home. There are fun songs, videos, games and more. I will be releasing specific tasks (songs and games) to explorers throughout the year to support their in class learning. While using Rockalingua is not required it is HIGHLY encouraged. Please contact me with any questions. ¡Muchas gracias!
Words their Way Spelling Program:
Our "Words Their Way" groups will begin Monday. Students will be rotating to other 2nd grade classrooms every day for approximately 20 minutes of phonics & word study instruction. This will help students focus on the sound/spelling patterns that they are still learning. Each day will focus on a different activity and/or word sort. Teachers will give an assessment every other Friday that will come home for you to see how your child did.
*Math--Practiced the addition strategies of: counting on, making a ten, finding easy addends when adding 3 single digit numbers, doubles and near doubles facts. Related subtraction with addition, fact families, and discovered strategies to subtract and approach word problems
*Reading and Writing--Identified the components of narratives and applied them to our writing. Looked at fairy tales, fractured fairy tales, and small moment narratives.
*Spelling--Met with our Words Their Way Spelling Teacher
*Technology--Utilized Raz-Kids, Storyline Online, and Front Row during Workshop time. Learned to use Google Docs for compositional writing. Continued our discussions on being a good digital citizen.
*Big Buddies--Visited Ms. Brunmeier's 5th graders who showcased their Native American projects to us. We were so engaged and impressed by their inspirational work!
Pedestrian Safety Week:
As September is Pedestrian Safety Month, Westlake Charter will be finishing the month strong with our WCS Pedestrian Safety Week campaign! Monday through Friday, September 25th to September 29th, we will be engaging our entire community in a daily conversation around Pedestrian Safety. Each family should review the Pedestrian Safety Pledge for students and families. Each student who brings signed pledge to the blacktop or advisory on Friday morning, signed by students and parents, will have their pledge posted to our pledge wall and displayed for our entire community to see. We want 100% of our students and families to make this pledge! We will be promoting daily conversations each day on social media and in classrooms across our campus. Click Here for the Pledge / Click Here for a slideshow outlining our daily conversations.
Crocker Art Museum Field Trip - October 4th:
This is a sack lunch field trip. I have ordered sack lunches from the cafeteria for Adam, Cali, Max, and Ayesha.
Please wear WCS spirit shirts.
Our chaperones will be:
1) Saanvi's Dad
2) Conrad's Dad
3) Adeline's Mom
4) Scarlett's Dad
5) Rayyan's Mom
Please remind me if you are planning to meet us there or ride the bus. Please bring a tote bag or backpack to carry your group's lunches. Don't forget your sack lunch, too!
All other parents who didn't make our list but would like to join us: you may meet us there and be an extra set of eyes to keep us safe. (: Please email me if you plan on doing this.
There is a $6.00 admission fee for our adults and chaperones.
Picture Day - October 5th:
We will have our first K-8 picture day on Thursday, October 5th. This will be a uniform picture day, not free dress. Click HERE for the schedule.
Fall Break - October 9th - October 13th:
There will be no school on Monday, October 9 through Friday, October 13th for Fall Break. The office will be closed to the public, and we are encouraging all staff who are not opening BASE to please take the week off. BASE will be open from 7am to 6pm during Fall Break.
Natomas Fun Run - October 14th:
The Natomas 5K Run for their Future is a community event designed to raise money to help local kindergarten through 12th-grade students, potential leaders of tomorrow.
Proceeds from the 5 kilometer fun run and walk will be used by the Natomas Schools Foundation and by local schools for art, academic, athletic and other school-related purposes for students living within Natomas Unified School District boundaries.
The 5K is a fun-for-all-ages event, ideal for families and meant to accommodate everyone from competitive runners to young children to anyone desiring a little Saturday exercise by walking or jogging at their own pace.
For more information, including how to register, please click HERE.
2017 Fall Festival - October 21st:
The Fall Festival Committee is working hard to prepare another great community event! Click HERE for information.
Thank you to Maddy's mom who will be reaching out to you to organize our Fall Festival Class Basket for the Silent Auction!
2nd Grade Quote of the Week:
I am sharing with the students my own small moment narrative about a memorable birthday party at McDonald's when I turned eight. I projected my writing on Stevie the TV, reading this excerpt aloud: 'So... there we were! All eating our happy meals and having a great time! Jimmy Jarvis was telling his funny jokes and we were laughing out loud!!'
Elliot looks at the sentence and says, "You should have said LOL!"
Have a wonderful weekend!