Friday, November 16, 2018

Visiting Illustrator - Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson spoke with all 1st and 2nd graders today.  He also drew a couple of pictures from his books, which included his dog Ella.
Unfortunately the books that were ordered for those who purchased copies did not come in.  They should arrive in the next 2 weeks.  Mr. Wilson and the author of the book will be signing them and then delivering them to Stewart!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Week of November 13, 2018

We welcomed two new students to our classroom this week.  Eva and Jonathan joined us and we are excited to add another boy and girl to our room!

On Friday Scott Wilson, a book illustrator, will be joining us at Stewart.  He will be talking to first and second graders.  Those of you who ordered a signed copy of his book should have those books brought home tomorrow night.

Just a reminder, next week is a short week.   We have school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but Wednesday is a 1:10 dismissal!  Students will have an extra long weekend.  There is no school on Thursday, Friday, or Monday - Nov. 22 - Nov. 26.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Family Fun Night!

We had a great turn out at our Family Fun Night event last night!  Thank you to all who came!  We made lots of turkeys in the library and the conversations amongst others in our building were that a good time was had by everyone!   I took a few pictures to share with you!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Week of November 5, 2018

A few reminders...

*I sent home order Monday of this week.  If you are interested in ordering any books, those are due on Tuesday, November 13.

*There is no school for students on Monday, November 12.

*The weather has definitely changed and coats, hats and gloves are necessary for students.  Students are outside for 15-20 minutes for each recess.  Please help your child to remember to be prepared for our colder weather.

*Friday, November 9 is the official end of our first trimester at Stewart.  Report cards
will be sent home on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.  As I am working through report cards, not every I can statement will be marked as we  have not addressed each one.  I have gone through the list of all I can statements on each of my pages and made each I Can statement that we will be marking bold and italicized.

*Our Walk-a-Thon fundraiser was a huge success.  Thank you for all your generous donations.  Students raised over $13,000.  We had told students our goal was $8,000 so since we surpassed that, Stewart Boosters will be investigating and purchasing some new playground equipment for students.  The three ideas that are being considered are a Gaga Ball Pit,  Frisbee Golf "Holes," or some benches for students to just sit and visit while at recess.

*I am assuming most of you received my email about spelling, but in case you did not, I am posting a copy of that email here.

The last spelling "test" did not go well for several students and as a result I am getting lots of questions, so I wanted to send this information to everyone.

As a grade level we have switched our spelling focus to a phonics focus.  On my blog, under my spelling tab, you will notice that I give you the phonics/spelling focus each week.  It is posted on the Thursday night before the lessons begin on that following Monday.  All week long we discuss the new rule.  This week is a review week so this week is not a good example, but last week we were talking about words with hard and soft c/g.  Previous to that we did a few week of long and short vowels.   Throughout the week, as a class we create a poster with words that follow those rules.  We add to it daily and discuss why and how the word fits the rule.  On Friday I choose 6 words from that poster for the "test."  I then choose two of those words for students to use in a sentence.

Many of you want me to send home a list of words for your child to study.  We have found that students will study those words and memorize them for the test, take the test, do very well, and then have no retention of how to spell those words in the future.  We are hoping that if we teach the rules and practice writing all sorts of words with that  same rule, there will be some transfer of skill and knowledge as kids write.  

The second grade I can statement that you will see on your child's report card is this:

I can use proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

I am taking many things into consideration as I mark report cards.  Yes, the spelling is important, but I am hoping to see students transferring some of that knowledge into their writing.

Thank you for your questions and concerns.  I hope this clarifies a few things.  But, if not, please let me know!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Bowling Day!

YES, we had lots of fun bowling today!  Lebowski's is so kind to allow us to come bowl for free!  A huge thank you to Mrs. Conrad who made all the arrangements and taught students how to bowl correctly.  For some students today was their first trip to a real bowling alley!

I asked them to say "I love bowling!"  So that is why their mouths are open and they seem a little active!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Week of October 29, 2018

I have received several October Book-it calendars already!  Thanks to those of you who have already returned them.  Please try to return those to me sometime next week.

This is a reminder that Monday, November 5 is our bowling day at Lebowskis.  Please help your child remember to wear socks on that day!  Remember, NO money is needed. All students will be allowed to bowl for one hour!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

We had a SUPER fun day and your kids were amazing all day long!  Yes, they were excited, but I would have been disappointed had they not been!

Thank you to the many parents/grandparents that came for all or parts of our party.  Enjoy our pictures!