December 10th-14th

Hello Parents!

We hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was such a joy to watch your students in their concert last week, they did a wonderful job! This week we have our Ancient Greece themed quarter party on Wednesday afternoon. Thank you to those of you who signed up to bring supplies or to volunteer your time. We think this will be a great event.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: This week we will be taking our middle of the year Singapore test over the course of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We will spend time reviewing all concepts on Monday and doing some math enrichment on Friday.  Make sure your students continue to do xtramath 5 days a week as they work towards their goal of mastering addition facts.

History: We are continuing to study Ancient Greece and will be reading many stories during our history block. Please review with your scholar using their blue journal to help prepare for the upcoming assessment.

Reading:  We are continuing to read through the Odyssey. Make sure to ask your students about the heroic acts of Odysseus and Penelope this week. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

 

Poetry: Remember that students only have one more week to memorize their poem“The Arrow and the Song” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Recitations begin on December 17th.

The Arrow and the Song

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
As this quarter wraps up we are all so grateful for the time we’ve been able to spend with your students. We count it a privilege to be able to teach them everyday. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Warm Regards,

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

December 2nd-7th

Hello Parents!

We have a couple of exciting weeks ahead! Tomorrow is our winter concert beginning at 7pm. Make sure your students arrive at 6:30pm. Students will be performing their concert songs as well as the poem, “The Cow.”

On Wednesday, your students will be participating in class wide spelling bees. Study sheets were sent home last week. Please take time to study these words with your students so that they are prepared.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will begin learning to divide with remainders this week as well as learning about odd and even numbers. We will spend time reviewing content learned over the past few weeks as well and then conclude with a test on Friday.   Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week. Keep in mind that students are asked to be 100% complete with their addition facts by the end of this quarter!

History: We are continuing to study Ancient Greece and will be reading many stories during our history block. Please review with your scholar using their blue journal to help prepare for the upcoming assessment.

Reading:  We are in the middle of the Odyssey now and students are really enjoying it. Please ask them about the adventures of Odysseus at home! Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

 

Poetry: Last week students were sent home with a new poem. “The Arrow and the Song” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This is beautiful poem about the lasting nature of friendship. Students have until December 17th to memorize it.

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.

We are all so grateful and thankful for our wonderful scholars and your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

Students

Warm Regards,

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

November 26th – 30th

Hello Parents!

 

We hope you were all able to enjoy a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends. We are looking forward to this week of learning! Here is what will be happening:

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will begin learning to divide by 2’s and 3’s this week. Scholars will be using their prior knowledge of multiplication to help them solve division equations. We will have a quiz this Friday over division. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

History: We are continuing to study Ancient Greece and will be reading many stories during our history block. Please review with your scholar using their blue journal to help prepare for the upcoming assessment.

Reading: We finished reading The Iliad last week and had wonderful Socratic seminars. This week, we will begin reading The Odyssey, which is the story of Odysessus traveling back to his homeland following the Trojan War. Students will be actively listening to the story in class and we are looking forward to having open discussions about this classic piece of literature. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

We are all so grateful and thankful for our wonderful scholars and your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

Warm Regards,

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

 

 

 

November 12-November 16th

Hello Parents!

 

We hope you have all enjoyed your three day weekend. As we enter into two shorter weeks, there is a lot going on, so take a look at what’s happening below.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Tuesday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 20 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will  continue to cover multiplication and division this week. We will specifically focus on counting by 2s and 3s. It may be helpful to practice skip counting at home. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

History: We are in middle of our Ancient Greece unit. This week we will focus on the early Greek cultures. Students will come home with their Blue journals and will need to complete the readings and answer the questions in three sentences.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Poetry: We will begin our Poetry recitations this week. Please make sure your students are prepared to recite the following poem.

The Cow

By Robert Louis Stevenson

 

The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.

Have a wonderful week!

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

November 5th – November 9th

Hello Parents!

We are entering another great week of learning! We hope you all had a great weekend. This Friday, November 9th is Literary and Historical Figure Day!. The scholars are encouraged to dress as a literary or historical figure found with the ATE curriculum.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will have the unit 4 assessment on Friday, November 9th. Scholars will come home with a review on Monday so they are able to review and study throughout the week. We will be completing the review in class on Thursday as well to help prepare scholars for the assessment. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

Science: We are finishing our unit on landforms and will have a quiz on Tuesday, November 6th. We will then be beginning History with a unit on Ancient Greece. Please look for history homework and journal entries in the scholars’ BLUE journal.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Have a wonderful week!

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

October 29th – November 2nd

Hello Parents!

We are entering another great week of learning! We hope you all had a great weekend. This Friday, November 2nd is a half day and spirit day. The scholars are free to wear their spirit attire to school.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will have the unit 3 assessment on Monday, October 29th. Scholars should have come home with a review on Friday to study over the weekend to help them prepare for the assessment. On Tuesday, we will begin Unit 4 which will be an introduction to multiplication. We will have our first quiz over multiplication on Friday. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

Science: We are finishing our unit on simple machines and will have an assessment on Monday. We will then begin learning about landforms. Please look in your students agenda and their GREEN JOURNALS to find their homework assignments.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Have a wonderful week!

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

October 15th-19th

Hello Parents!

We hope you have all enjoyed a restful and memorable fall break. Remember this week starts out will Fall conferences. Make sure you have signed up to meet with your student’s teacher to discuss their academics.  Monday and Tuesday are entirely dedicated to conferences, after this there will be half days for the remainder of the week.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Wednesday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 10 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will begin this next quarter with a unit on measurement. Remember to continue to build your students math fact fluency by completing xtramath 5 days a week.

Science: We will spend the next two weeks covering simple machines. Please look in your students agenda and their GREEN JOURNALS to find their homework assignments.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. As we prepare for this, we will be reading Ancient Greek Myths in class this week. We will then follow that by reading the children’s version of the Iliad. This will be read as read-aloud in class and students are not expected to have their own copy of this book.

Have a wonderful week!

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

September 24th – 28th

Hello Parents,

This quarter has gone by so quickly and we only have two more weeks until the end of the first quarter!  Friday, September 28th is a half day. School ends at 12PM and we will not have lunch. Please send a snack for your child on Friday to have during recess.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation. Not only are students graded on completion of their Spalding homework each night, but they are also graded on markings,  letter formation and neatness.  Please help them to ensure they are marking their words correctly, while also using proper letter formation. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: This week we will begin renaming tens and hundreds while subtracting. Your student is expected to complete XtraMath 5 times this week.  XtraMath is developing math fact automaticity in your child.  This skill is necessary for students to be able to solve simple and challenging math problems and helps to build their confidence in their own ability!

History: We will continue studying the geography of North and South America this week and will have a Quiz on Thursday.  Make sure that your student is writing COMPLETE sentences in their journal to get full credit for homework.

Reading: Last week we finished reading The Hundred Dresses and had a seminar on the question, “Was Maddie a friend?” This week in our literature class we will be reading fairytales. Please continue to read with your students for 20 minutes each night.

Poetry:  Each student will be reciting the Poem individually this week.  Please help your child to prepare for recitation of Bed in Summer.

Bed in Summer
By: Robert Louis Stevenson

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Please sign and return yellow folders on Monday.  You may keep all completed work at home.

Have a wonderful week!

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

September 17th – 21st

Hello Parents,

We are looking forward to another week of learning and growing together!

Spalding: Students will be sent home with their homework packet on Monday night and then asked to spell their words three times each night. Students are given grades on their Spalding homework. They are graded on completion, markings,  letter formation and neatness.  Please help them to ensure they are marking their words, while also using proper letter formation. We will have a 30 word spelling test and a written phonogram quiz next Friday. Make sure you are reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: This week we will begin renaming ones and tens while adding. Your student is expected to complete XtraMath 5 times this week.  XtraMath is developing math fact automaticity in your child.  This skill is necessary for students to be able to solve simple and challenging math problems and helps to build their confidence in their own ability!

History: We will begin a new History unit this week.  We will be studying the geography of North and South America. Make sure that your student is writing two COMPLETE sentences in their journal to get full credit for homework. We will have a quiz on Friday to review the material.

Reading: In class we will continue reading The Hundred Dresses written by Eleanor Estes. Please continue to read with your students for 20 minutes each night. You may let them read any book at home. As we continue developing their reading skills in the classroom it is so helpful to have this reinforced at home. If you are looking for good books to read at home, please email one of us and we can give you a list!

Poetry:  Please help your child to  work on memorizing the poem for recitation the week of September 24th.

Bed in Summer
By: Robert Louis Stevenson

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Please sign and return yellow folders on Monday.  You may keep all completed work at home.

Note the following date this week to learn more about Spalding:

Thursday, September 20 – Spalding Phonics Clinic for Parents, 6pm Hosted by Archway Trivium West, 2001 N. Bullard Ave.

Have a wonderful week!

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

November 19 – 21

Hello Parents!

 

We hope you have all enjoyed your weekend. As we enter into this short week, there is a lot going on, so take a look at what’s happening below.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Wednesday covering the 10 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will continue to focus on counting by 3’s and word problems. We will have a quiz covering multiplication of 2’s and 3’s on Wednesday. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

History: We are finishing our Ancient Greece unit. This week we will review on Monday and have a unit assessment on Tuesday. Please review with your scholar using their blue journal to help prepare for the upcoming assessment.

Reading: We are finishing The Iliad this week and will be spending time in seminar. Students have be actively listening to the story in class and we are looking forward to having open discussions about this classic piece of literature. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Poetry: We will finish our Poetry recitations this week. Please make sure your students are prepared to recite the following poem.

The Cow

By Robert Louis Stevenson

 

The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.

We hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

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

 

Thoughts on the Iliad

As many of you know we have been reading the Children’s version of the Iliad in class. We have enjoyed teaching it and we know your students have enjoyed listening to it. As we finish up the story this week, we wanted to share a few of our thoughts with you.

We all love stories with great heroes. Stories filled with bravery, courage, persistence and victory. Reading the Iliad with second graders may seem absurd to some people, but our second graders are able to love and understand this heroic story just like we do. In this tale, we learn of two great warriors: Achilles of Greece and Hector of Troy. Though on opposing sides, they are both strong, proud and determined to win honor for themselves and their countries.

Both of them also have their weaknesses.  Achilles is filled with rage that disables him from fighting his battles for weeks on end, Hector has merciless war techniques that leave both sides with many causalities. However, they also both have noble qualities that serve as lessons for our young students today.

This week, your students will engage with the question, “Who is more honorable, Achilles or Hector?” As they explore this question they will have to think about the different character qualities of both men. They will have to struggle with their strengths and their weaknesses. Ultimately they will have to ask the question, what is honor and how does one gain it. Does honor only come from achieving a goal or gaining victory? Or is honor a quality of the person who has integrity. Must we persist in doing what is good and right, even if it means, failure to truly become an honorable person?

As students discuss this question in their seminar this week, my hope is that it kindles within them a personal commitment to purse that which is honorable. We desire for all students to see themselves as capable of achieving such ends and being the type of people who strive to persist in the good through all that they do.

November 12-November 16th

Hello Parents!

 

We hope you have all enjoyed your three day weekend. As we enter into two shorter weeks, there is a lot going on, so take a look at what’s happening below.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Tuesday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 20 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will  continue to cover multiplication and division this week. We will specifically focus on counting by 2s and 3s. It may be helpful to practice skip counting at home. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

History: We are in middle of our Ancient Greece unit. This week we will focus on the early Greek cultures. Students will come home with their Blue journals and will need to complete the readings and answer the questions in three sentences.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Poetry: We will begin our Poetry recitations this week. Please make sure your students are prepared to recite the following poem.

The Cow

By Robert Louis Stevenson

 

The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.

Have a wonderful week!

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

November 5th – November 9th

Hello Parents!

We are entering another great week of learning! We hope you all had a great weekend. This Friday, November 9th is Literary and Historical Figure Day!. The scholars are encouraged to dress as a literary or historical figure found with the ATE curriculum.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will have the unit 4 assessment on Friday, November 9th. Scholars will come home with a review on Monday so they are able to review and study throughout the week. We will be completing the review in class on Thursday as well to help prepare scholars for the assessment. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

Science: We are finishing our unit on landforms and will have a quiz on Tuesday, November 6th. We will then be beginning History with a unit on Ancient Greece. Please look for history homework and journal entries in the scholars’ BLUE journal.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Have a wonderful week!

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

October 29th – November 2nd

Hello Parents!

We are entering another great week of learning! We hope you all had a great weekend. This Friday, November 2nd is a half day and spirit day. The scholars are free to wear their spirit attire to school.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will have the unit 3 assessment on Monday, October 29th. Scholars should have come home with a review on Friday to study over the weekend to help them prepare for the assessment. On Tuesday, we will begin Unit 4 which will be an introduction to multiplication. We will have our first quiz over multiplication on Friday. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

Science: We are finishing our unit on simple machines and will have an assessment on Monday. We will then begin learning about landforms. Please look in your students agenda and their GREEN JOURNALS to find their homework assignments.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Have a wonderful week!

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