October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Families,

Greetings from grade 2! Your children have been working hard to learn the new routines, procedures and expectations of second grade this month. We have all been busy building our classroom community of learners, where we help one another, accept that mistakes can be a great way to learn, and practice kindness and caring ~ for ourselves and others. We will continue to reinforce the 7 Habits of Happy, Healthy kids all year long as we strive to bring out the leader in each student. This month our focus has been on Habit 1: Be Proactive. A leader is someone who makes good choices for him or herself and tries to always do the right thing, even when nobody's watching. To reinforce this valuable habit at home, please see the other side of this newsletter for more information.

Reading Block has started, and your child is expected to read something and record that reading at school four days a week. You and your children are encouraged to read together every night, but no recorded homework will be required over weekends.

In Math class we have been working on memorizing addition facts to 10, telling time to the hour and half hour, counting and trading coins to 25 cents, and explaining our math thinking. Children are encouraged to show their work and explain how they arrived at an answer whether it was correct or not.

During Theme and Project time we began with a seed dispersal unit and then began working on a spider unit. The children have learned some interesting facts about spiders, taken a “web walk” around the school, been recording observations in science notebooks, and begun research for a spider report. Be sure to look for those reports soon on second grade classroom pages (CES website)! We are beginning a unit on states of matter.

We sincerely appreciate all that you do to help us guide your child on his/her educational journey. Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Your support with any homework, reading, healthy activities outside of school, and preparation for each school day are essential. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have as the school year progresses.

Mrs. O and Mrs. Verespy