April 15th-19th

Good Morning Parents,

We are looking forward to another great week here at ACTE. As a reminder, field trip money is due a week from today on Monday, April 22nd. Please make sure you send your student to school with their money and permission slips by that day. We look forward to exploring the Desert Botanical Gardens together on April 25th.

 

Spalding: This week students will be learning 10 new words on Monday and Tuesday. They must complete them in cursive! They will be tested on these 20 words on Thursday.

Math: This week students will start with a math test on time. On Tuesday we will begin a unit on charts and graphs. Xtramath is to be completed 4 days this week.

History: This week we will be finishing up our unit on Immigration to America and ending. We will then be starting are unit on Civil Rights on Wednesday and talking about many of the key figures who have helped this movement in America. This week we will be learning about Susan B. Anthony.

Reading: We will continue reading The Cricket in Times Square. On Thursday we will have a seminar on this book discussing the the importance of music and memory.

Poetry: Our current poem is “Foreign Lands.” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Please help your students practice at home.

 

Have a great week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim and Ms. Castle

Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I held the trunk with both my hands
And looked abroad in foreign lands.

I saw the next door garden lie,
Adorned with flowers, before my eye,
And many pleasant places more
That I had never seen before.

I saw the dimpling river pass
And be the sky’s blue looking-glass;
The dusty roads go up and down
With people tramping in to town.

If I could find a higher tree
Farther and farther I should see,
To where the grown-up river slips
Into the sea among the ships,

To where the road on either hand
Lead onward into fairy land,
Where all the children dine at five,
And all the playthings come alive.

March 25 – March 29

Hello Parents! We have a fun week ahead of us! Take a look below at what is going to be happening.

Field Day: Friday, March 29th. Scholars will be participating in many outdoor activities which create opportunities of fun and team building! We will be engaging in many outdoor activities so please send your scholar to school with enough water to last from 8 am to 12 pm, a hat or sunglasses, and sunscreen. Appropriate attire for scholars is listed below:

  • Shirts: Spirit Wear (polos or Athenian Tees, performance wear), plain T-shirts, or sporting team T-shirts (professional, college, youth, or apparel brands like Adidas or Under Armor). All shirts should be in good repair, loose fitting, and modest. These guidelines apply to sweatshirts and jackets as well.
  • Shorts/Athletic Pants: Shorts should be worn at the waist, should be no shorter than mid-thigh and no longer than just below the knee. Athletic pants may be worn but no spandex or yoga style pants will be allowed.
  • Footwear: Shoes worn for P.E.
  • Hats: Should follow the same standard as T-shirts

Spalding: This week students will be learning 10 new words each day. They must complete them in cursive! They will be tested on these words on Friday.

Math: This week students will begin Unit 8 which covers fractions. Scholars will have a quiz covering the topics explored in class on Thursday, March 28th. Xtramath is to be completed 5 days a week.

History: The scholars will be tested on the content covered about the Civil War, Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday, March 26th. We will continue studying throughout the next week about Generals Lee and Grant and Clara Barton.

Reading: We will continue The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. So far, students have loved this story and we look forward to reading more of it this week.

Poetry: Our current poem “Windy Nights ” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Poetry recitations will take place next week, so please continue to help them memorize this poem at home!

Windy Nights 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

Warmly,

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim and Ms. Castle

March 18th-March 22nd

Hello Parents!

We hope you all enjoyed your spring break. We are excited to begin the fourth quarter and watch as your scholars continue to grow!

Take a look at this week.

Spalding: This week students will be learning 10 new words each day. They must complete them in cursive! They will be tested on these words on Friday.

Math: This week students will continue learning about adding and subtracting different amounts of money. They have a unit test on Friday! Students came home with a review sheet yesterday. Please complete this review sheet with your student over the next few days so they are well prepared for our test on Friday! 

History: We are beginning our unit on the Civil War. This week students will be learning about Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln.

Reading: We will continue The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. So far, students have loved this story and we look forward to reading more of it this week.

Poetry: Our current poem “Windy Nights ” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Poetry recitations will take place next week, so please continue to help them memorize this poem at home!

Windy Nights 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

Warmly,

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim and Ms. Castle

March 4th-8th

Hello Parents!

We are here at the end of the third quarter, this year is flying by! To celebrate, we will be having a Westward Expansion themed quarter party on Thursday, March 7th from 1-2pm. Although we already have all the volunteers needed, if you are interested in coming just to particpate in the celebration, you are welcome to join us.

Take a look at this week.

Spalding: Students will continue to write their spalding words in cursive. This week students will learn 16 words (8 each day) and then be tested on Thursday.

Math: This week students will continue to learn about money and about how to add dollars and cents. They will also have a quiz on Thursday.

History/Science: We will wrap up our life cycles unit this week with learning about the life cycle of plants. Students will be taking home a bean seedling with them at the end of this week. If you plant it, you can watch it grow over spring break!  Students will also be asked to complete a keyword outline and summary this week and then finish with a quiz on Thursday.

Reading: We will continue The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. So far, students have loved this story and we look forward to reading more of it this week.

Poetry: Our next poem is “Windy Nights ” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Students will be taking home a hard copy of this poem this week. However, recitations will not be held until after spring break.

Windy Nights 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

Warmly,

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim and Ms. Castle

February 25th-March 1st

Hello Parents!

There are only two weeks left in this quarter, this year is flying by so quickly.  Our quarter party is coming up next week so please keep your eyes peeled for information regarding this event. As we head into this exciting week, take a look at what’s ahead.

Spalding: Students will continue to write their spalding words in cursive. This week students will have 6 words each day for a total of 18 words. They will be tested on Friday.  Make sure students continue to practice their phonograms and complete all their homework in cursive as well.

Math: This week students will continue to learn about money and the value of different dollar bills and coins.

History/Science: We are now in the middle of our Life Cycles unit. This week students will learn about the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly. On Tuesday students will come home with another keyword outline for homework. Please help your students complete this so they can be prepared to write 5 complete sentences on Wednesday.

Reading: This week we will start The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is a very special novel because it will prepare students for reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in third grade. This is not a book that students own, we will be doing it as a read-aloud in class. We are excited to begin this wonderful story.

Poetry: Our next poem is “Windy Nights ” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Students will be taking home a hard copy of this poem this week. However, recitations will not be held until after spring break.

Windy Nights 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

Warmly,

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim and Ms. Castle

February 18th-22nd

Hello Parents!

We hope you all enjoyed the three day weekend! Take a look at what is coming up this week.

Spalding: This week all spalding will now be in cursive! Students will learn 11 new words in cursive and be tested on Friday. Make sure all their homework is done in cursive as well.

Math: We will be finishing our mental math unit. Tuesday and Wednesday will be review days and then we will test students on Thursday. Be sure to check your students red folders each night for any review sheets that may be sent home. On Friday we will start our money unit!

History/Science: We will complete our unit on Westward Expansion unit this week.  On Thursday we will start our science life cycle unit where we will be studying the life cycle of a chicken.

Reading: This week we will finish reading Little House in the Big Woods written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We will have a seminar discussing the main themes of this book on Thursday.

Warmly,

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim and Ms. Castle

February 4th-8th

Hello Parents!

Last week was an exciting one for second grade. We began learning about Westward Expansion and the Oregon trail and ended the week with our field trip the Pioneer museum. Thank you to all of you who volunteered as chaperones. The trip was a huge success, I know everyone enjoyed themselves.

This week the long anticipated cursive instruction begins! Therefore, spalding homework will look significantly different so please carefully read over the instructions that your students will bring home every night in their red folders.

Spalding: Students will be learning the cursive alphabet this week and will be asked to practice these cursive formations every night this week. Students will also learn 6 new spalding words. They will be tested on these on Friday. Please have students review these spelling words in manuscript. 

Math: We will continue our mental math unit this week. We will begin our week with a quiz and then end the week with a test. Please ensure that your scholar is completing their XtraMath homework 5 times this week!

History: We will continue our unit on Westward Expansion! This week we will be focusing on the Oregon trail and the dangers and adventures the pioneers experienced along the way. Students will have a quiz on this material on Thursday. Please make sure students complete their history homework as well.

Reading: This week we will continue reading Little House in the Big Woods written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Poetry: Your student is working on memorizing, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost. Recitations will take place next week (February 11th) so make sure to review it with your students often!

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

We are thankful for all of your support!

Warmly,

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim and Ms. Castle