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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year
I am so excited for all the wonderful things we are going to get to do this year and all the amazing things your child is going to learn!
I have 5 children of my own, and have delighted in watching them learn and grow (right here at Alta Sierra School also!)  As a mom and a teacher I love art, music, movement, reading, thinking, problem solving, science, challenges and creativity.  As a person beyond that I love long walks, massages and dark chocolate :)

I am so looking forward to meeting our new classroom full of friends.

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April showers bring May flowers!

This was another great week in second grade! 
We have filled our jewel jar and are looking forward to a reward party next Wednesday.  The kiddos voted on watching a movie and have selected Spy Kids 2.  They also voted to eat Brownies (instead of popcorn-really?) so we are looking for a few volunteers to send in batches of brownies on Wednesday.
As we continue our study of the earths' biomes we will be moving into the ocean this week (one of my personal favorites!)  We will also be wrapping up our math unit on Measurement and testing the end of the week.  So we will only have math homework on Tuesday.  Spelling and reading will remain M-Th.
Thank you to those of you who have returned your INTENT TO RETURN FORM already. It is meant to help our district better plan for next year by knowing how many teachers are needed at each grade level.  It is very helpful in our planning so if you have not returned it yet please do so as soon as possible.  If you need a new paper there are plenty in the office ;-).
If you are interested in some tips to end arguing, begging and even bedtime/homework struggles remember the Love and Logic class is being offered free of charge (with babysitting and dinner included) on Thursday nights in our school library.
On Monday, there won't be any school due to a Professional Development day for the teachers in our district. I hope you 
have a nice three day weekend together!
April 23rd - Professional Development Day (No School)
May 17th- Open House
May 28th - Memorial Day (No School)
May 31st- Field Trip (Zoo)
June 7th - Last day of school

2 more weeks of school before Christmas break!

Oh my, how quickly the year is going!  
Your child brought home their report card today. It should be in their homework folder.  They have all grown so much already :).  I am impressed with each of them!
They are all doing a TERRIFIC job practicing for our Christmas program.  Make sure to mark your calendars, Wed. Dec. 14th 8:30 am for the dress rehearsal and then 6:30 pm for the final performance!
No math homework until after break.  We will be testing on chapter 4 next week and then introducing chapter 5-which is subtracting with regrouping (borrowing)!
We will have spelling next week, but not the following week :)
We get to be in our garden on Tuesday the 6th if it is not raining (or too muddy).
Our Mistletoe Mall time is Wednesday the 7th 9-9:45.  If anyone can volunteer to help with wrapping for our class during that time please let me know.  They are in need of a few more helpers!!
Up coming events:
12/10 Pancake Breakfast in the MPR - great fun and great FUNdraiser :)
12/10 Holiday free shop at Cottage Hill school. If you have new or gently used (gift worthy) things to donate please take them to CH on Friday the 9th.  Things we are not using (or don't fit) can be a treasure to someone in need!!
Hold on to you hats...the rest of the month is going to fly by :)


No homework this week!  I am just asking that the kiddos read for AR tests and be prepared to test next week :)  No math/No reading chart!
As we prepare to make our stone soup tomorrow we have also been blessed with an extra assembly.  The African Rhythms assembly has been rescheduled for tomorrow morning! SO IF EACH OF YOU ARE ABLE- PLEASE WASH AND CUT UP THE VEGETABLE THAT YOU ARE BRINGING TO ADD TO OUR STONE SOUP! Thank you so much-that will be very helpful :) 
Parts for our Christmas program will be coming home tomorrow-please keep an eye out for them.  If you can have your child practice over the break (after Thanksgiving day of course) it would be very helpful!!
Up and Coming - -
12/2 Report cards go home
12/7 9:00 our Mistletoe Mall time
12/14 Christmas Program 8:30 am and 6:30 pm

Happy Monday

I hope you had a lovely weekend!
I sent home the Six Flags Read to Succeed paper today.  If you are interested in receiving a FREE ticket to Six Flags just keep track of your students extra reading time (not homework reading) on the form.  When you reach 6 hours return it to me. It is that simple!!!  Your child's FREE ticket will be delivered by May for summer fun!  I neglected to write the due date on the top of the form :-/ sorry.  The form is due by February 3rd.  That gives you lots of time to get those reading minutes in :)  
Spelling for this week: come   from   her   look   of   one   out   some
Math:  Homework M, T, W, Th this week--not at all next week ;-)
Wednesday, Nov. 23 will be our Stone Soup Feast 10:45-11:45.  In addition I would like to do some special group activities from 8:30-9:30.  If you are available to come in on Wednesday the 23rd to help between 8:30 and 9:30 please send me a quick email so I may plan accordingly - thanks :)

Nov. 7-11

Spelling words:  day,  there,  do,  what,  help,  by,  then,  people -- Our test will be on Thursday this week due to Veteran's Day on Friday.
Tuesday is our day to work in the garden.  Be sure to wear shoes good for the dirt :) 
Math homework for chapter 4 will begin Wednesday and continue M-Th through Thanksgiving.
Continue to encourage your kiddos to take AR tests on the books that they are reading at home.  All they need to do is bring the book (or the title written out) into class.  We have special time scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for taking tests!  The points are adding up :-)


THANK YOU to all who volunteered and brought in goodies for our Halloween festivities!  We had a great time and lots of goodies!!!!
We will continue our study of living things and things they do to survive.  Your kids are welcome to bring in drawings or pictures of animals to add to our bulletin board.  
No math homework this week as we are testing for chapter 3.  Your kids are doing a great understanding and applying the concepts we are working on!!
Spelling this week:  could, good, hard, row, over, part, under, very
The kiddos will bringing their special ART stickers home tomorrow.  Make sure and look over the paperwork to see if you would like to order anything more. The orders are due Nov. 11
If anyone is computer savvy and would like to make our class phone list please send me a quick email.  Thanks!  If you DO NOT want your child or phone number or email on our class list please let me know with an email right away
Barring rain on Tuesday the 8th we will be in the garden :)  dress appropriately.
We are beginning to practice for our Christmas Program that will be Dec. 14th at 6:30 pm.  If you are not going to be in town PLEASE let me know asap so that we can assigns parts accordingly. Thank you!
Your child will be bringing home a special family project for Thanksgiving.  Please work on it together and send it back to school by Nov. 16th

One More Detail!


Due to a concern in the difference between the spelling in second and third grades we will begin sending home 8 spelling words each Monday that will be tested on Fridays. These are the words for this week:  back   body   eat   how   into   these   those   way

Thank you for spending a few minutes each day reviewing these :)

Halloween Fun

I trust you all had a good week with some extra time to enjoy family :)  
This will be a fairly 'normal' week.  We will have math and reading homework  M-TH.
Our Halloween parade will be Monday, Oct. 31 at 8:15-All are welcome.  Our Halloween celebration will follow between 10 and 11:30.  Please check out our sign up below!!!
Looking Ahead:

Thursday, November 3 Baskin-Robbins Night

Sunday, November 6th Daylight Savings (Turn Clocks Back)

Friday, November 11 Holiday, Veteran's Day

Friday, November 18, 1st Trimester Ends

Friday, November 18 Minimum Day Students released at 12:00

Early October

It was wonderful to get a chance to meet with all of you!  Thank you again for taking the time to come in to chat about your child :).   I have attached a link to a newsletter about our new reading unit.  We will be studying about animals, survival adaptations and their habitats over the next 6 weeks.
We will be back to math homework next week M, W, Th--we get to go to the garden on Tuesday during math time!  Remember to wear tennis shoes for that.
Thank you to our wonderful Parents Club for all the fun Jog-a-thon rewards that those who earned them will enjoy next week:  Balloon toss on Monday and Pizza lunch on Wednesday.  Your child has an invitation in their backpack if they earned either of these fun treats.
OCTOBER BREAK is Oct.17-21 enjoy your extra family time!

September is coming to an end!

As September comes to a close so does our study of Communities-our first unit in our new Reach Reading program.  We have learned a lot about different communities and neighborhoods.  Your children are reading machines :).  We are also closing chapter 2 in our math program.  We will not have math homework again until next Thursday!  We have some great mathematicians in our classroom!  I can tell they are practicing their rocket math at home.  It shows on their testing time and accuracy :-).  
We have enjoyed several fun art projects that you have not had the pleasure of seeing yet.  But you will-and I am confident you will be impressed by your budding artists!
Reading homework continues as usual next week.  
MOVIE night is this Friday night here at school.  Check out our website for more details.
Next week will be minimum days (12:00 dismissal) all week due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.  I am looking forward to meeting with each of you!  Thank you to our amazing volunteers working in groups each week--you have done such a terrific job I am going to give you next week off ;-) !!

Sept. 6th Already!

This is going to be a fast and fun week.
Tomorrow, Wednesday is our library day and remember, it is also picture day.  The forms went home last week-you must send the form back with your order and money if you would like pictures sent to school.  You can order online after picture day-but you have to pay for shipping :-/

 This coming Friday is Jog-A-Thon. Pledge cards went home in last week's folders. Hopefully your family has been collecting pledges. The money raised at the Jog-A-Thon goes directly toward funding our field trips, assemblies and fun classroom projects and supplies!  If you would like to help with the Jog-A-Thon, we would love the help!!! We run at 8:50.  I also need two parents who are willing to stay and help to process the lap cards. Thanks! Please remember to have your kids wear cool clothes for running, and good shoes for running!

There will be NO math homework Wed. or Thurs. as we are already taking our end of the chapter test for unit one!

A big THANK YOU to parents and CONGRATULATIONS to kiddos. Almost every homework assignment was turned in last week.  An outstanding showing for the beginning of the year as we are getting used to the new routines.

Thank You

Thank you to all of you who came out to Back To School Night.  I enjoyed the opportunity to connect you the 'grown ups' in our classroom :).  
I forgot to mention that we are looking for volunteers for our annual Jog-A-Thon coming up on Friday, September 9th.  If you are able to help please send me an email or a note to let me know.  Also-our garden needs a few extra helpers on Tuesdays anytime from 8-2. They say "No experience necessary-just sign up to come see our kids blossom in the learning garden!"
The reading unit we will be studying this next month is looking at the Big Question "What is a Community?".  As we read, study and learn about communities I would love it if your kiddo would like to bring in something from our community.  We have a large bulletin board to post pictures, magazine cut outs, drawings or other creative bits of information about our community. Of course if they/you have a connection with another community that they would like to share about that would be fine also.  
REMEMBER our homework folders come home Monday through Thursday with a reading log and math page that need to be completed and returned the next morning.

First Week of School

  We have had a wonderful start to second grade.  I am enjoying getting to know your students.  What a great group of kiddos we have :) We had our first math homework today!!  It should be completed and returned in their eagle folder tomorrow.  Hopefully our regular homework folders will be here soon! 
I am looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on Thursday evening in room 9.