Saturday, April 29, 2017

Learning Update

Math: Students in Room 16 recently finished Chapter 11 which focused on Money. They really enjoyed this unit! They continued to learn the different types of coins and their respective values. Money also provides a natural introduction to decimal notation. Your child learned to how write money amounts as dollars and cents. They also learned how to compare amounts of money with the aid of tables. Just as place-value tables group numbers into hundreds, tens and ones, the dollars and cents table group money amounts into dollars and cents. Finally, students continued to practice bar models to solve real-world problems involving addition and subtraction with money. 

Next up: Fractions! Your child learned how to differentiate between shapes with equal and non-equal parts in first grade. Now, they will be taught how to model and name halves, thirds and fourths. Bar models will come up again - as these can be used to show fractional parts in different ways. Using visuals will be a big part of this unit - allowing students to compare fractions and distinguish a greater fraction from one that is less. 

Writer's Workshop: We are in the third and final writing unit of the year! Unit 3 is titled Writing About Reading and students are learning to write about beloved books in ways that persuade other to love them as much as they do. Second graders are forming opinions about the books they read and thinking deeply about characters and favorite parts. The goal of this unit is to state clear opinions and support these ideas with evidence. 

Students began this hard work last week by writing letters about a favorite character they've met in books they love. Opening with a catchy introduction, they then give their opinion on why this character is a favorite and provide reasons to support their claims. Ask your child what character they love and have chosen to write about!

Science: Recently we had the Arboretum visit our classroom for an on-campus field. The topic was Sunflower Supreme. We learned about sunflowers and their special features. We planted sunflowers and they are currently growing in our Grow Lab (some students have chosen to take them home). Students are also excited that our tulips (planted last fall) are blooming! They have been dormant all winter and now we have beautiful blossoms! Pictures to come on the blog soon!

Reading/Writing/Social Studies: Students are fully engaged and loving their country project! Research continues to be in full swing as they read more about their country from books or websites. They are working diligently to find information for five categories: Geography, Landmarks/Monuments/Symbols, Government/Economics, History and Lifestyle. This learning is then written in their research packets. As they find information for each category, they then transfer this into their accordion book. They have had fun looking for images that mirror the information in their packets and then creatively bringing the book to life! There still is a lot of work ahead of them, but they are really looking forward to presenting to you on May 16, 17 and 18 (schedule of presentations to come soon).

5/1-5/5 Week at a Glance

Monday, May 1 (Day 2)
*Mustang/Chess Club
- Library
- Spanish
- P.E.

Tuesday, May 2 (Day 3)
- P.E.
- Music
- Religion

Wednesday, May 3 (Day 4)
- Community Meeting
- Art
- Spanish

Thursday, May 4 (Day 5)
- Music
- Mindfulness
- P.E. 

Friday, May 5 (Day 6)
- Non-Uniform Day --- Wacky Dress Day!
- P.E. 
- Spanish

Looking Ahead:
- Tuesday, May 9: Field Trip: Weisman Art Museum, 9:30am-noon
- Thursday, May 11: Field Trip: Stone Soup production at Stages Theater, 9:20-11:30am
- Friday, May 19: Field Day and BBQ
- Monday, May 29: Memorial Day, No School

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lower School Art Show

This past Tuesday was the LS Art Show and boy, was I impressed! Check out your child's work below! 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

4/24-4/28 Week at a Glance

Monday, April 24 (Day 3)
* Mustang/Chess Club
- All-School Chapel (Trustee Day)
- P.E.
- Music

Tuesday, April 25 (Day 4)
- Art
- Spanish
*Art Reception (3:30-4:30, Chapel Gallery)

Wednesday, April 26 (Day 5)
- Music
- Field Trip to Colonial Acres
- Mindfulness
- P.E.

Thursday, April 27 (Day 6)
- P.E.
- Spanish

Friday, April 28 (Day 1)
- Spanish
- Music

Looking Ahead:
- Wednesday, May 3: Community Meeting (wear C.A.R.E. t-shirt)
- Friday, May 5: Non-Uniform - Wacky Dress Day!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

All-About Books - Publishing Celebration

Second grade writers have finished their All-About (information books) and the writing unit titled Lab Reports and Science Books, during which students learned about information writing that scientists are apt to do. They also were taught about force, motion and friction. During Writer's Workshop, children often divided their time between engaging in experiments and writing for the purposes that scientists write.

During the final portion of the unit, children wrote informative/explanatory texts in which they introduced a topic, used facts and definitions to develop points, and provided a concluding statement, all in order to teach others what they have learned. Students in Room 16 wrote about topics such as basketball, hockey, gymnastics, baseball, jiu jitsu, karate, soccer, lacrosse and more! Reading their books over the past several weeks has been SO delightful!

Earlier this week, we had a publishing celebration with Mrs. Strohschein/Mrs. Wright's class. Children read their All-About books to other second graders... they should be proud of their great work!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Our Visit to Colonial Acres

Last Thursday, Room 16 had the opportunity to take a service trip to Colonial Acres Senior Living. Here we brought smiles to many senior citizens and we also bowled!! Before the visit, I told the students that we'd be bowling and they were super excited! However, this was not your typical game of bowling... no bowling alley, no gutters, no bowling shoes. Instead a combination of senior citizens and 2nd graders were divided into two teams (Blue and Gold) and we bowled with a rubber ball in a large gathering room. It was different in many ways, but the kids had a lot of fun! Enjoy the pictures below (I apologize that I didn't get pictures of all in the class, I will at our next trip to Colonial Acres!). 

Alea and Akilah - the first scorekeepers!

Mikey, Erin and Wellstone: our pin picker-uppers!













4/17-4/21 Week at a Glance

Monday, April 17 (Day 4)
*Mustang and Chess Club
- Seder
- Art
- Spanish

Tuesday, April 18 (Day 5)
- Music
- Mindfulness 
- P.E. 

Wednesday, April 19 (Day 6)
- P.E.
- Spanish

Thursday, April 20 (Day 1)
- Music
- Arboretum On-Campus Field Trip (Sunflower Supreme)
- Spanish
- Tornado Drill

Friday, April 21 (Day 2)
- Special presentation for 2nd Grade on 3D Printing
- Library
- Spanish 
- P.E. (swimming begins)

Looking Ahead:
- Tuesday, April 25: LS Art Reception, 3:30-4:30PM, Chapel Gallery
- Wednesday, April 26: Service Trip to Colonial Acres 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

3/10-3/14 Week at a Glance

Monday, April 10 (Day 6)
*Mustang/Chess Club begins
- P.E.
- Spanish
- S.T.E.A.M. 

Tuesday, April 11 (Day 1)
- All School Chapel
- Spanish
- Music

Wednesday, April 12 (Day 2)
- Colonial Acres visit
- Library
- Spanish
- P.E. 

Thursday, April 13 (Day 3)
- P.E.
- Music
- Religion

Friday, April 14
NO SCHOOL: Good Friday 

Looking Ahead:
- Wednesday, April 19: Tornado Drill, 1:00pm
- Thursday, April 20: On-Campus Field Trip (Arboretum: Sunflower Supreme), 10:15-11:15am
- Thursday, April 20: Moving Up to 3rd Grade Parent Meeting, 6:30-7:45pm
- Friday, April 21: 3D Printing Presentation for all of 2nd Grade, 9-11am

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Birthday Wishes!

We are collecting birthday celebration supplies for our local food shelf.  Families who use our local food shelf often are unable to buy extra items that make a birthday special, like: cake mix & frosting, candles, rice, noodles, cookie mix, pizza crust mix, paper plates and cups. 

Gluten-free, Kosher and Halal items are often needed by families as well. 

If you would like to donate, please bring items to school April 6-21.  


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Letter re: 2017-2018 Class Placement from Mrs. Bailey

April 2017

Dear Lower School Parents:

Each year, I invite parents to provide input into the class placement process for their children.  If you wish to share your thoughts with me, please send me a letter or an email by Thursday, April 20.  The timeliness of this information is very important, as we will begin this process the following week.  Therefore, letters received after this date will not be considered for the upcoming school year.

A few important things to remember:

·       Please write your child's full name and grade next year at the top of the letter.  *If writing about more than one child, please send a separate letter for each student. 

·       Share your insights about friendships to foster or separate, your child’s learning dispositions and/or temperament, and the type of environment you feel your child thrives in. 
(You may want to share feedback on what has made this year particularly successful for your
child, or if this has been a challenging year, what you believe may have contributed to this.) 

·       Requests for specific teachers will not be considered.

Several factors are taken into consideration as teachers and the administrative team place students into next year’s classes.  Summer moves and other changes impact class assignments.  Thank you, in advance, for respecting and trusting our decisions.

Best regards,
Peg Bailey

Sunday, April 2, 2017

4/3-4/7 Week at a Glance

Monday, April 3 (Day 1)
Welcome Back!!
- Spanish
- Music

Tuesday, April 4 (Day 2)
- Library
- Spanish
- A Piece of My Mind - All-School Assembly
(* No P.E. due to Assembly)

Wednesday, April 5 (Day 3)
- P.E. 
- Music

Thursday, April 6 (Day 4)
- Community Meeting (Non-uniform day, wear C.A.R.E. 
- Art
- Spanish

Friday, April 7 (Day 5)
- Music
- Mindfulness
- P.E. 

St. Patricks Day Fun!

Oliver, Leo, Jack, Ollie and Julia searching for a leprechaun under the sink!

St. Patrick's Day BINGO was a hit! 

Maple Syrup Field Trip to The Arboretum

The Second Graders spent a morning before Spring Break at the Arboretum learning more about trees. Thank you Mr. Harwood and Mrs. Russ for joining us!

Some of our favorite memories include: 
-We learned how to identify the maple tree by its branches and buds.
-We saw buckets with lids hanging on trees.
-We tapped the maple tree.
-We tasted sap and maple sugar.
***​​We tasted maple syrup on waffles!

Buckets and bags on tree to collect sap!

Our volunteer teaching us how to tap a tree!

We did it!

Next stop: learning more about the Sugar House!

Liv and Alea trying sap! Very diluted and watery... the expressions on the kids' faces were too funny!


Eating waffles!

Trying Maple Sugar!

Julia demonstrating how maple syrup was brought back to a home in the 1800s. 

You know winter is on its way out when you can make maple syrup!

Headed back to school!