Monday, June 12, 2017

Stratham Hill Park Day

Good Morning Everyone!
We have officially reached our last full week of school as the Dragonfly Class! It is crazy how fast the time is going!
I want to send you a reminder about our class trip to Stratham Hill Park on Monday June 19th. We will be walking through the trails to the park and then enjoying a day together playing and having lunch outside! You are welcome to stop by and join us if you would like! If you are attending, please meet us at the park! It is important that students dress appropriately for this day and come to school with sunscreen applied already! Students can bring safe games to play, balls, wiffle ball bats and frisbees for this day! I have not received any emails about students getting a bagged lunch from the cafeteria on this day. If you want your child to get a prepared lunch from SMS please email me! I will then give your child the options and organize that with the cafe! Thank you!

We are in need of a few items for this fun filled day:
watermelon slices
chip snack bags
mini waters
*Please email me if you are planning to provide any of these snack items for the kids*

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Field Day

Hello Dragonfly Families! 
This Friday, June 9th is Field Day! If weather is permitting (it looks good right now) we will be gathering outside for some activities in the morning! Students will work in teams and complete the fun tasks put together by volunteers and students from the high school. We will wrap up our field day activities before lunch and then join the rest of the second graders for a grade wide afternoon activity. 
The theme for this year's field day is"Where's Waldo" so wearing red, white or stripes is encouraged! Please have students dress in clothing that is comfortable to run and be active in! It is also important to pack a snack and a water bottle for this day, as we will be moving around a lot. If it is sunny, please apply sunblock on your dragonfly BEFORE they come to school. If you have any questions regarding this day, please let me know! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Newsletter 6-2-17

Happy Friday Everyone!
We have officially made it to June! What a busy week. Thank you for coming to the Plant Play and making that night so memorable to the students. I hope you enjoyed watching them play their role of H2O. They worked so hard and it took such courage to get up and perform the way they did! I was a very proud teacher. As you know, we have a field trip on Monday morning. We will be leaving school at 8:45 so it is very important that students arrive on time. We will be arriving to Great Bay Discovery Center at 9:00am. If you are chaperoning, we will see you there at 9:00 for our fun filled morning! Please have your child wear sneakers for this day and dress accordingly to weather. Right now, the weather looks rainy! I am keeping my fingers crossed for a change! The Grand Luncheon is directly after our field trip. Lunch is at 12:15-12:50 and recess is at 12:50-1:10. There will be no activity in our classroom for grandparents before the lunch, as we will be rushing to get back from our field trip as it is! 
We continue to work in our series books and will explore a new series next week! Over the summer buy your dragonfly some sticky notes and encourage them to continue to take notes about their reading! We call them "stop and jots" and the students are so great at them. 
Persuasive writing is off to a fun start and we have convinced others to vist our favorite places and eat our favorite foods! We are working hard to stretch our words and use all of the rules we are still learning for our word work! 
It's all about fractions these days in 2D. The students have grasped this concept so well and are using the language with ease. We have been talking about equal parts, half, whole, and math phrases like one third and one fourth. We have seen a connection between fractions, arrays and multiplication. The students are so excited to be learning about fractions. It's been a fun way to kick off June!
Stratham Hill Park Day
All 2nd graders will be going to Stratham Hill Park on Monday, June 19th. This will be our big celebration to wrap up the year! If you would like to join us we will be heading to the park around 9:00 and coming back just in time for encore classes at 2:05. Students will need to pack a lunch from home on this day or order a bagged lunch from the cafeteria. If you would like to have your child order a bagged lunch, please email me and let me know! I will then read off the options to them and organize it for that day! :)

Have a safe and  happy weekend!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Can't Stop The Seedling!

Hello Dragonfly Families! 
Tonight is the night! I hope you are ready for the performance of a lifetime. These dragonflies have worked SO hard and are ready to debut the original production of "Can't Stop The Seedling!" Students should be dropped off at our classroom at 6:15 tonight, wearing blue! Students will be picked up in our classroom directly after the performance. Can't wait to see you tonight!

Please remember to turn in all field trip permission slips by tomorrow, June 1st! It is important that the students have these turned in by tomorrow to insure their spot on the field trip Monday morning!  Thank you to those of you who offered to chaperone, we are good to go! :)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Newsletter 5-26-17

Hello Everyone! 
I hope your week is wrapping up just as lovely as ours has! We've had a great week and these hard workers definitely deserve a day off! There will be no school on Monday May 29 in honor of Memorial Day. I hope you have a safe and happy weekend with your family and friends! 
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Author's Tea! I hope you enjoyed looking at your dragonfly's progress- they were so proud and it was definitely a special day to share with our families in the classroom. 
Our series book unit is in full swing and the students are learning to make connections and comparisons between books in series and most importantly be able to talk about their books with others! The students are reflecting on their reading and making predictions based on their deep analysis of their reading. The students have come so far in their discussions and it is amazing to hear them have conversations based on text in their groups. 
After our amazing celebration of our writing on Wednesday, we entered into a new unit! This unit focuses on persuasive writing. We kicked off the unit by creating our own commercials! The students are SO good at this. They were given the challenge to make us want to buy some pretty silly and random objects. We had a lot of fun watching each other's skits and noticing what made them powerful to the audience.We are now going to keep focusing and expanding on these ideas. We will be using these skills to make a difference. We will be writing with purpose and trying to persuade our audience to agree with us to make the world a better place!
This week we have continued to focus on reading word problems carefully and determining what it is being asked. We notice when a problem is multi-step and what we need to do to solve it. We are also looking closely at the unit as we solve, whether the answer is in centimeters or the number of cupcakes needed at a party. We've also learned strategies that will help us estimate before we even solve! We've realized that estimating is very important now that we have learned the traditional way of adding and subtracting. Estimating before and double checking after we solve, have been a huge focus! We continue to work on measuring in units of inches and centimeters as well. 

Dragonfly News!
The second grade production of Can't Stop The Seedling is on Wednesday at 6:30. Please drop your child off in our classroom (Room 11) at 6:15! Each dragonfly should be wearing blue- unless your child is a "seed", seeds are to wear black. A blue shirt and blue jeans are preferred, but anything blue is fine! Our dress rehearsal will be performed to the school on Tuesday, wearing blue is not required for this! 
Our field trip to Great Bay Discovery Center is on Monday June 5th. We are in need of a few more chaperones. If you are interested please let me know! Permission slips were sent home in Friday folders and should be returned no later than Thursday June 1st. We will be leaving school at 8:45 and arriving back to school at 11:45, just in time for the Grandparent Luncheon. The second grade lunch time is 12:15 for this luncheon (this has changed from the original time) so please inform your visitors!