Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week of September 22

Language Arts:  We will be discussing Character Traits this week as we read fun stories.  We will also continue to model story arch’s as we discuss the beginnings, middle and endings.

We will also be finalizing our DRA’s.

Writer’s Workshop:  We will continue to write stories that have structure.  Along with our read aloud(s), we will make sure these stories have a beginning, middle and end.  

Word Study: Word study will begin this week.  Your child will keep the same list of words for 2 weeks.  During this time, they will be sorting and looking for patterns within their sort.  If for some reason, your child get’s stuck, encourage them to look at our videos at:

I have a sweet parent who has volunteered to input these words into Spelling City.  Hopefully, by Wednesday, that should be up and running.  Until then, you are welcome to type your words into the program and use that for your child’s spelling homework.

Social Studies: We will continue to learn more about our US Symbols.  We will focus on these following symbols:  flower, seal, Uncle Sam Liberty Bell, American Flag, Pledge, and the Star Spangled Banner.  

Science:  We will be talking about how matter changes.  Kids will be able to participate in some fun experiments with ice and salt.  

Math:  Using manipulatives and a place value mat, students will practice 2-digit and 3 digit addition without regrouping.  Don’t forget to visit our blog - as their homework movies will pop up on the designated days.  If you haven’t had a chance to make your beansticks, please visit the blog for a “How To” video.  

There will be an extra video on Wednesday.  This just reiterates what we taught in the classroom.  It is not mandatory to watch, but if your child would like to practice or review, it will be on the blog.  

Field Trip:  Please DO NOT forget to return your child’s permission slip to us ASAP.  You need to make sure you have filled out both sides!  We will be heading to the museum this Tuesday!

Boosterthon:  The Boosterthon Fun Run kicked off Wednesday with a fun Pep Rally and I am super excited about this year’s program. The Boosterthon Fun Run program involves all students in a fun, team building, fitness event while helping our school raise much-needed funds. The central focus of this year’s character program is COMMUNITY. This year’s character theme is ROCK’N TOWN LIVE, and the Boosterthon Team will take students on a fun-filled journey teaching them the importance of building community with this fun, music festival theme.
Through the Boosterthon, our entire school is raising support to go toward an Outdoor Learning Center and Water Bottle Filling Stations for our new school! So far we are almost at $20/lap.  We are off to a great start and as of Friday our class was in the lead of the other 2nd grade classes! Yay! 
Here’s how you can help:
REGISTER YOUR STUDENT TO RUN - Please register your child on using our class access code 6803-4376
. The access code is also on your student's pledgebook. Students receive a FREE GIFT just by having their parent or guardian register them on
GET PLEDGES by connecting your student with 10 sponsors. has many ways to use social media in the pledging process and pay online. Be sure to capture and record the e-mail address of each sponsor, as they will have an easy opportunity to pay for your student’s pledge by credit card online.
This weekend is a special challenge—the “Weekend Challenge.” Any student who gets $3 per lap OR $90 flat donation over the weekend will receive the bonus "All Day Flex Frames on Monday. The students are super excited to rise to the challenge!
Thank you for supporting our classroom and our school! I look forward to seeing you next week at the Boosterthon Fun Run!

COME TO THE BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN NEXT WEEK! Remember, students will be running 30-35 laps on the Boosterthon Speedway, and we would love to have lots of support for our team!

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