Thursday, January 17, 2019

Week of January 14, 2019

It was great to see so many students at the 2nd grade concert tonight.  Everyone did a great job!   I have attached pictures below.

I have received several conference note request forms back, but I am still missing some.  If you have a preference on the day or time that I schedule your child's conference, please try to return that form as soon as possible.  I will be coordinating with siblings teachers next week.  A note will come home with your specific day and time in the next couple of weeks once I have everything finalized on my end.

Just a quick reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 21, 2019.  This is a Professional Development/Work Day for teachers.

Students were very excited to see Traushaun back in our classroom this week!  He has a Peer Helper block of time that he is able to join us.  I am excited to have him back to work with your children.  The kids are excited to have him back so he can go outside and play with them at recess!!!

We have started our mid-year assessments.  This was our math week and I am pleased with the results so far.  There is always room for improvement and I will be making a few changes during our math time to work on areas that students are still struggling with. Yesterday we took our math application test.  This is the one that deals with everyday math concepts - telling time, counting money, reading graphs, measuring things, skip counting, and much more!  Today we took the computation part of the test.  Students have a variety of addition and subtraction problems to solve in 3 minutes.  I believe I told many of you at conferences,  mid-year is the time of year that we see scores increase the most!  I look forward to sharing these scores with you at conference time!



Thursday, January 10, 2019

Week of January 7, 2019

I hope you have all had the chance to read about the upcoming 2nd grade music program.  A note was sent home.  The post right below this one includes all the details and an email was sent as well.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Check the side my blog.  I did add important dates for the month of February. 

Conferences are fast approaching.  They are February 7th and 12th.  I will be sending home notes next week asking for you to tell me your preferred date and timeframe.  I will let you know which days those go home!

All pages have been updated this week!  Your children are working very hard when they are at school!

2nd Grade Music Program - January 17th - 6:00 pm

Your child has/had a blue note in their Take Home Folder with all the details about this upcoming concert.  The note was put in folders yesterday, Wednesday.  In case you did not see the note, here are the important details.  We discussed this as a class, so your child should be aware of all this information!

The concert is for 2nd graders ONLY on Thursday, January 17.  It will begin at 6:00 in the High School Auditorium.  Mrs.  Allendes is asking students to arrive 10-15 minutes before the concert begins.  All the 2nd graders will meet in a specific place before the concert and adults will be outside the auditorium showing your child where to go.  I will be in that room waiting for your child.  The concert will last around 30 minutes.  I know this is a busy time for everyone.  We talked about all our other activities and I reminded students this is just one night and I was hopeful everyone would try to attend.  BUT, I also understand work schedules don't always allow that to happen!  I will be excited to see all that are able to come!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 3, 2019

Thursday night is always Blog night at my house, but with only one day of school so far this week, there isn't a whole lot to report!  I will only be updating this front page and not any of the specific academic pages.  I will update each of those next week.  The spelling page is updated so you can see what our phonics focus is for this week and next.

Today we reviewed our basic procedures in the classroom, hallway, bathroom, lunchroom, and playground/recess.  We all need a little reminder of those expectations after being away for such a long break.  I also enjoyed giving students a chance to share anything about their Christmas break!  It's fun to hear what students offer!  I heard about lots of visits and gifts!  I always give students the option to pass if they do not want to share anything,  but I was happy each person had something to tell us about!

We are using a new curriculum with our Foundational/Phonics Skills beginning now.  Making Reading Heavenly is a program that has been purchased and will be used at Stewart for the remainder of the year and in the future. Mr. Miller has written a note with more details and that will be coming home with your child tomorrow, Friday.   I am learning the curriculum as we go.  This instruction will occur during our shared reading time and will be replacing and adding to what I already do as I introduce the phonics focus for the week.

Please return any December Book-it calendars to receive a certificate for a FREE personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut.

I had lots of students bring RAP books in today!  I am hoping that means there was lots/some reading done over break.  Please remember, no matter how much, any extra reading at home is a good thing!  Our mid year testing is coming up and I know every one of your children have improved, but those silly test scores are what we look at and report to others!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas Party Pictures

I am quite late in posting these pictures.  I have taken a break from my school world and finally opened up my bag tonight and realized I had not posted pictures from last week.  We had a fun party and an exciting day!  Thank you to all who came to the party and a special THANK YOU to Traci Wenger for organizing the snacks and games!

I hope you and your children are having a relaxing Christmas break!  There are still lots of days left to enjoy family time!