Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today's Special Chapel

Today's Chapel was very interesting because it was all about birds. Birds have been a topic of conversation in Room 16 lately because Zachary recently got a new pet cockatoo named Ice Cream. Ice Cream came to be Zachary's pet one day after Breck's Blessing of the Animals. It was important to Zachary and his family to get their new pet blessed by Mrs. Z., so today Ice Cream joined us for Chapel to get her blessing. Afterwards our class was able to spend some extra time with her - getting close up and giving some soft, gentle pets. It was so fun! 

Ice Cream getting blessed, as all of Lower School
reached out their hand. 

Zachary, Ice Cream's proud owner.

Ice Cream did so well with all of the attention!

Ice Cream's wonderful family!

Class 16 with our new feathered friend!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

9/26-9/30 WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, September 26 (Day 2)
- Library (Please remind child to either bring book(s) to return or renew)
- Spanish
- P.E.

Tuesday, September 27 (Day 3)
- P.E.
- Music
- Religion

Wednesday, September 28 (Day 4)
- Chapel
- Art
- Spanish

Thursday, September 29 (Day 5)
- Music
- Bus Safety
- P.E.

Friday, September 30 (Day 6)
- P.E.
- Spanish

Learning Update in Room 16

Reading: This week, we will continue to practice Reader’s Workshop routines and norms. Your child's specific Book Shopping day will be introduced. They will be asked to have (at least) seven books in their Book Box, with four of them at their own reading level. I also will ask that only two of these books are chapter books. Having a limit on the number of chapter books builds reading stamina and encourages focus rather than having multiple. Students will also be asked to bring a book home for at-home reading. I am going to try giving students a Ziploc bag (exactly the same as book bags in first grade) and use this to protect books as they travel to/from school. 

I will also continue to meet with individual students to assess their reading abilities using a reading assessment called QRI. It will help me recognize each child’s strengths as a reader and areas he/she needs to continue to develop. I will communicate the results with you at conferences in October. 

Writing: Room 16 students will continue to work on telling meaningful stories. They will focus on zooming in on their Small Moment stories and describing what they see, hear, smell, feel and/or taste. They will also learn how to craft a story with a more powerful ending. 

Spelling: This week, I will introduce a new spelling sort that is differentiated specifically for your child. In addition, spelling homework will change this week. Homework will only be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The sort activities will also change (will have more variety to choose from). A letter will come home with your child on Monday with more information. Please make sure to read and let me know if you have any questions. 

Math: We will begin Chapter 2 in our Math in Focus curriculum. This chapter focuses on Addition Up to 1,000. Starting with Chapter 2, I will send corrected homework home in a packet once the chapter is complete. However, I will continue to work with your child if they show to have trouble with a concept or if I see incorrect homework coming in. Also, coming home on Monday will be homework from the last half of Chapter 1, as well as the Chapter Test. 

Social Studies: We will continue talking about Communities. This week we will begin our Communities project - ask your child what they know about Urban, Suburban and Rural! 

Science: This week we will continue to learn about seeds. Last week, Room 16 students planted grass seeds for our Grass Heads project. Each child is anxious to see when their grass will begin to sprout!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9/19-9/23 Week at a Glance

Monday, September 19 (Day 3)
- Picture Day!
- P.E.
- Music

Tuesday, September 20 (Day 4)
- Chapel
- Art
- Spanish

Wednesday, September 21 (Day 5)
- Music
- P.E.
- The Children's Museum comes to school to teach us more about Communities.

Thursday, September 22 (Day 6)
- P.E.
- Spanish

Friday, September 23 (Day 1)
- Spanish
- Music

Looking Ahead:
Bus Safety - Thursday, September 29

Update on Learning in Room 16

Reading: This week, we will continue to practice Reader’s Workshop routines and norms. We will continue to build independent and partner reading stamina. This is an important component of the workshop because students will be reading both independently and with a partner as I soon will meet with students in Guided Reading/Book Club groups. Book Shopping was also introduced last week and your child may bring home a book for at-home reading. They will have a specific day (within our 6-Day cycle) to Book Shop from our classroom library to ensure they have a revolving variety of books. At this time in the year, they are encouraged to bring home a book. However, once Guided Reading/Book Club groups begin, your child will have a specific book to take home.

This week I will also meet with individual students to assess their reading abilities using a reading assessment called QRI. It will help me recognize each child’s strengths as a reader and areas he/she needs to continue to develop. I will communicate the results with you at conferences in October. 

Writing: Writer’s Workshop has been officially launched! We learned how to tell meaningful stories. Students brainstormed ideas for a personal narrative and began writing their first piece in second grade. They are doing very well!

This week, we will continue to practice Writer’s Workshop routines and norms as well as learn to stretch out our stories and use details to magnify a little moment. Your child also received a “Tiny Topics” notebook. This will be a place for him/her to jot down story ideas when it comes to them. It will be in their briefcase each night, so please encourage your child to write in it if a fun idea comes to mind! J This is not homework, but rather, a notebook to generate ideas.

Spelling: We will be introducing a new class word sort this week. Please use the sort guide for homework activities. This will help your child learn the new concepts and practice for Friday’s test.

Math: Students are continuing to learn about place value. Math homework will continue to come home this week.

Social Studies: We will begin talking about Communities – what is a community, the different types of communities, etc. The Children’s Museum will visit on Tuesday with an engaging and fun activity for all of 2nd grade to participate in.

Science: This week we will begin learning more about seeds. We will also do our first Grow Lab project!

2016 Homecoming

Friday was a special and fun day as the entire school celebrated Breck Homecoming! All of Lower, Middle and Upper School were decked out in blue and gold, with lots of energy and excitement filling the halls. Congratulations to Homecoming Queen and King, seniors Pilar Burgess and Thorton Powell.

Please also take a look at the video montage from the Coronation ceremony below (some of our kids are featured!):

GO Mustangs!!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

9/12-9/16 Week at a Glance

Monday, 9/12 (Day 4)
- Chapel
- Art
- Spanish

Tuesday, 9/13 (Day 5)
- Music
- Mindfulness lesson with Mrs. Heurung
- P.E. 

Wednesday, 9/14 (Day 6)
- P.E.
- Spanish

Thursday, 9/15 (Day 1)
- Chapel
- Spanish
- Music

Friday, 9/16 (Day 2) 

* NON-UNIFORM DAY - Wear Breck apparel and/or school colors (blue and gold) as we celebrate Homecoming!  

- Library (bring library books back to either return or renew)
- Spanish
- P.E. (usually have P.E. on Day 2 in afternoon, but will be cancelled today due to Homecoming Coronation)

Saturday, 9/17 
Blessing of the Animals, 11AM
All-School Homecoming BBQ & Carnival, 12PM

Looking Ahead:
Monday, 9/19 - Grades 2-3-4 Picture Day!

**** Math Night on October 18 will be from 6:30-8:00PM. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

First Week of Second Grade

We had a great first week in 2nd grade! Room 16 hit the ground running and had a lot of fun as we all got back into the swing of school. 

We spent a lot of time building community, as many of us are getting to know each other for the first time. We also started our new math curriculum, spent some time writing, read several books for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), started learning a new form of handwriting and went to our first Community Meeting!  Looking forward to a great year!

Anika Jackson

Wellstone Jones

Ellis Preissing

Zachary Lerner

Akilah Anderson

Jack Pleasants

Leo Harwood

Ollie Fauver

Mikey Berman

Liv Maki

Alea Jennings

Julia Rosenman

Erin Flanders

Anna Russ

Katie Driver

Oliver Olson