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

January 28th -February 1st

Hello Parents!

We hope you had a restful weekend! Take a look below for what lies ahead this week.

Spalding: We will have 20 words this week with a Spelling and Phonogram Test on Thursday. Please ensure that your scholar is using their best handwriting and are careful to use correct Spalding letter formation. Practicing their correct letter formation in manuscript now will help them to more easily move into cursive which we will begin in February!

Math: We will begin our unit on mental math this week. Please ensure that your scholar is completing their XtraMath homework 5 times this week!

History: We will begin our unit on Westward Expansion! Some of the topics we will cover this week will be Lewis and Clark, the Mississippi River, the Erie Canal and travel west in covered wagons.

Reading: This week we will be begin 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 the week of February 11th.

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.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

January 22 – 25

Hello Parents!

We hope you were all able to enjoy your three day weekend! Take a look below for what lies ahead this week.

Spalding: We will have 30 words this week with a Spelling and Phonogram Test on Friday. Please ensure that your scholar is using their best handwriting and are careful to use correct Spalding letter formation. Practicing their correct letter formation in manuscript now will help them to more easily move into cursive which we will begin in February!

Math: We will be multiplying and dividing by 10’s this week with a short Quiz on Monday and the Unit 7 Assessment on Friday. Your scholar will come home with a review for the assessment on Wednesday night.

History: We are continuing our unit on the US Constitution and are focusing on the War of 1812.

Reading: This week we will be begin reading Sarah, Plain and Tall written by Patricia MacLachlan.

Poetry: Your student will begin memorizing our new poem, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost. Recitations will take place the week of February 4th.

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.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

January 14th – 18th

Hello Parents!

We really enjoyed helping your students to focus on their project week characters last week and write their first two paragraph essay!  Thank you for all the help and support you gave them at home completing their Keyword Outlines!  Remember that this Wednesday, January 16th is Project Night. Students should arrive at school in costume at 5:45PM on Wednesday evening.  Parents will then be able to view projects from 6PM -7PM.  We really look forward to sharing with you all the hard work your students have put in to completing their projects!

Spalding: We will have 30 words this week, but there will  not be Spalding homework on Wednesday due to Project Night, we will complete their homework in class on Wednesday. Also please ensure that they are using their best handwriting and are careful to use correct Spalding letter formation. Practicing their correct letter formation in manuscript now will help them to more easily move into cursive which we will begin in February!

Math: Monday we will review multiplication and division by 4s and have a quiz.  Tuesday through Friday we will study word problems and begin multiplying and dividing by 5s. Students are expected to complete their XtraMath homework only 4 times at home this week. (There will be no homework on Wednesday night due to Project Night.)

History: The beginning of this week will be spent with final preparations for Project Night.  On Wednesday, we will begin studying the United States Constitution.

Reading: This week we will be begin reading Sarah, Plain and Tall written by Patricia MacLachlan.

Poetry: Your student will begin memorizing our new poem, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost. Recitations will take place the week of February 4th.

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.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox