Friday, August 28, 2009

Astronaut Ice Cream


A HUGE thank you to Elizabeth Pfeil for sharing some Astronaunt Ice Cream with us! It was simply delicious!!!

What Good Readers Do...

I spoke with the class today about some things that good readers do. When reading at home, you may wish to keep the consistency with what is being taught / learned here at school.

Before Reading
What story clues are in the title and the pictures?
Is this story real or make-believe? How do I know?
If this text is real, what will I learn?
What will the main character need or want?
Why do I want to read this story?
how do I picture the setting?

During Reading
What will happen next in the story?
How do I feel about the main character?
Why does the character act or feel a certain way?
Does the story or text make sense?
How will the story most likely end?
How does this story or text remind me of my life?

After Reading
How did the story or text make me feel?
What do I like or dislike about the story?
What is the main part of the story or text?
How have my feelings about the character changed?
How are the character's feelings or actions different at the end of the story?
What is the author trying to teach me?

Arthur Visits

BlueWillow Bookshop Presents
Caldecott Author and Illustrator
Richard Egielski and Arthur Yorinks
@
Rummel Creek Elementary
September 17th

For some interactive lessons with enrichment, please visit:
http://rceauthors.wetpaint.com/

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wind

Today, the class made anemometers. Here are some questions we used to reflect with:
How can scientist measure the temperature of the air?
How can scientist measure how fast the wind is blowing?
Tell me how your anemometer works.

At dinner tonight, I challenge you to speak with your child about his/her experiment today! They learned so much!!!
video

Ways We Choose Books

Easy Books
Words that you already know
Is a book that you have read before
Passes the 5 finger rule
Short book
Take a vacation with
A book that has a lot of pictures with text underneath it
A book that you can read all by yourself
Print is sometimes bigger

Just Right
A book where you can read the summary
A book where you know all the many of the words on the page
Use the 5 finger rule!
A book with some pictures

Challenge
Lots of words that you do not know
Might be a very thick book
May not be lots of pictures
A book you might read with a parent or partner
A book you might use for research
A book you have never read before

Friday, August 21, 2009

Information

Absences

The best way to contact the school or me is through email. If your child is not going to be at school, simply let me know and I will send your email to the office:
theresa.schwab-trevino@springbranchisd.com

Also, please feel free to phone the school office at: 713-251-6700 or email Christine Godin at: christine.godin@springbranchisd.com .

Another difference this year is that we will be taking attendance right at 9:40. To be counted present, your child must be in class at that time! Please remember that when you schedule doctor appointments.

When a child is absent or tardy, the parent must provide a note, which includes the following:
• Date(s) of absence
• Reason of absence
• Parent signature


Transportation

If you are having your child go home a different way than normal, the teacher and front office must have a note from you stating how they are going home. Unfortunately, we can no longer accept email as legal notification as a change of transportation.


Birthdays

Birthdays are very important and will be celebrated at the end of the day. Store bought cupcakes with plates and napkins are recommended! If you provide a cake or even a cookie cake, please have it pre-cut for easy distribution. If you need to drop off treats, please take them directly to the office. We will have them delivered / picked up at the appropriate time.

School Policies

If for any reason you need to enter the school campus, you must sign in and obtain an ID badge from the office. You will not be able to roam freely – or just “drop off” items in your child’s classroom.



Medicine

The teacher and/or child will not be allowed to distribute medicine in the classrooms. Our school nurse, Karen Schroeter, will administer all medication. For prescription medication, you will need to have the doctor fill and sign the SBISD Guidance and Health Services form.
Please remember that your child must be fever - free for 24 hours before he / she can return to school.

Conferences

Conferences will be available by appointment only. (1:15 – 2:00) Please do not come by the classroom during instruction time and expect a “quick” conference.

Schedule

Mrs. Trevino’s 2nd Grade Daily Schedule

8:15-9:30 Reading
9:30-10:30 Writing
10:30-11:00 Math Warm Up/Calendar Transition
11:00-11:30 Lunch
11:30-12:00 Recess
12:05-1:15 Math
1:15-2:00 Specials
2:00-2:55 Science/Social Studies

Specials
Monday: Music (Ms. Jones)
Tuesday: Health Fitness
Wednesday: Health Fitness
Thursday: Music (Ms. Jones)
Friday: Health Fitness

Art
Wednesday
2:00 – 2:45

Library Check-out
Thursday

Computer Lab Friday
10:25 – 11:00

Welcome!

I truly enjoyed meeting everyone this morning! I look forward to a wonderful year as we Dive Into Learning. Please feel free to contact me anytime:
theresa.schwab-trevino@springbranchisd.com
annschwab@yahoo.com (this goes straight to my blackberry)
713-973-7346 Home
713-875-6456 Cell
713-251-6741 Classroom