Weekly Newsletter For 1/12/18

Dear Room 4 Families,

Happy 2018! I hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break and enjoyed the holidays with their families. If your child chose to mail Flat Stanley out on an adventure, please check in with the recipient so that he is ready to come back to school on Monday, 1/22. The class will share their version of Stanley, tell the class where he went, and read a page from the journal to the class throughout the week.

This week in English Language Arts..

We have been working on distinguishing between the hard and soft “c” sound, learning about irregular plural nouns, and adjectives. Your child is reading with me in small groups while I coach them in various comprehension and decoding skills tailored to their reading level and individual need.

This week in Writing…

Your child is learning to develop their persuasive skills by giving a detailed reason for our opinion writing. We are learning about how there is no “right” answer when it is a matter of opinion, however we can come to an understanding or change someone’s mind about the topic if we give good reasons to support our opinion. We are writing opinion pieces with a topic sentence (stating your opinion) and giving 3 details (by stating our opinion and giving a reason). This opinion paragraph will expand with more sentences and transition words as the unit progresses.

This week in Math…

We wrapped up our unit with money and learned strategies for adding 3 and 4 numbers together. We also learned how to use these skills for “real life” situations with problems posed to us through word problems. We have begun our next unit, which is on measurement, data/graphs, and geometry. If your child has their own ruler to use during this lesson, please make sure it is 12 inches and has both inches and centimeters. I have an infamous ruler collection and I have let the students know that if they are using their rulers inappropriately (hitting others, helicoptering them, slapping them around, etc.), that their ruler will be included into the collection.

This week in Chinese…

This week we finished the lesson on sports. Your child really enjoyed doing all the hand motions while learning all those terms. In science we finished the swamp landform and will move to another one next week. In writing, we are finishing up the All About Me writing and students are taking turns to share orally their masterpieces.

Less than half the class are doing the passage recording and the 40 minutes of reading required for homework. Please encourage your child to do better in those areas for the sake of improving word recognition and reading fluency. Also, it looks like most students are not getting enough practice of writing the weekly terms with the in class practice sheet alone and are doing poorly in the dictation test. We are planning to add a practice sheet in the homework packet so your child can get a decent amount of practice each week. Please help your child study for the test so that they may feel successful.

Homework…

Week 14 homework was passed out in today’s Friday Folder. You can view the homework page here:  https://sites.google.com/site/17to18chen/homework/week14mandarinhomework

Important Dates: 

  • 1/15 – No School – MLK Jr. Birthay
  • 1/23 – Hearing and Vision Screening
  • 1/24 – Hearing and Vision Screening
  • 1/26 – PTA Formal Dinner
  • 2/6 – PTA Meeting
  • 2/12 – No School
  • 2/19 – Holiday
  • 2/20-2/23 – Minimum Day Week

Have a wonderful 3-day Weekend!

-Ms. You

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Weekly Newsletter for 12/22/17

Dear Room 4 Families,

This week your child was excited to get into the holiday spirit. We had a fun holiday celebration thanks to the coordination efforts of the room parents from both classes. Thank you for the lovely gifts and cards! I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season with your families.

As a friendly reminder, Rooms 4 and 7 have a no outside food policy. For the safety and enjoyment of each student and the class as a whole, no food can be brought to school on any occasion. For parties and other special events that involve food, the classroom teachers coordinate the menus to accommodate the allergies and dietary needs of the students.

This week in English Language Arts…

We have been learning about having accountable partner talk with our reading books. We continued with asking and answering questions and using our post-it work to help guide our book talks after we are done reading our books. We have also been learning about capitalization rules and irregular plural nouns.

This week in Writing…

We have been working on opinion writing by discussing our options and justifying them with a specific reason. We are also distinguishing a fact versus an opinion by identifying and writing our own facts and opinions.

This week in Math…

We have been working on adding money. Please help your child by counting 5’s and 10’s from a random number, and also by identifying coins and counting pocket change together. We learned to count the coins from largest to smallest value.

This week in Chinese…

This is the first week we started learning about sports. The students are really enjoying learning the terms of the week. Please encourage your child to practice writing the terms of the week from memory. The writing goal in 2nd grade is that students would be able to write a paragraph on their own without any help. In science we started discussing the 3rd land form swamp.

Homework…

Flat Stanley was assigned to your child on Wednesday. If you are missing the assignment sheet, journal, or Stanley template, please check the ClassDojo story for the download. If you are mailing your Stanley for an adventure, please mail him in the next couple of days so that he has ample time to return.

Week 13 Homework will be passed out on Monday. For those who want to get a head start, it will be posted online on Mr. Chen’s website on Friday, 1/5/2018.

Important Dates:

  • 12/25-1/5 – Winter Break – No School
  • 1/8 – School Resumes
  • 1/15 – No School
  • 1/23 – Hearing and Vision Screening

Have a happy Winter Break and see you in 2018!

-Ms. You

Weekly Newsletter for 12/15/16

Dear Room 4 Families, This week our second graders have been busy learning many new things!  Please help your child with their learning at home by reinforcing our classroom learning and by following the recommendations written in the comments of your child’s report card. Spirit Week week is next week. Participation is not mandatory, however, […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 12/8/17

Dear Room 4 Families, It was great meeting so many families this week during parent-teacher conferences. Mr. Chen and I are always available to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have throughout the year and are easily reachable via ClassDojo. This week your child enjoyed listening to the Heritage Doll presentations. […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 11/17/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made the Stone Soup Thanksgiving Celebration a success and memorable event for all students. Your child also loved the visit from East Bay Vivarium and had the opportunity to see, learn, and touch around 20 different types of reptiles, arachnids, and amphibians. Pictures […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 11/9/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Thanks to those who had their child return the progress report. If you haven’t done so, please return it by Monday.  Also, a big thank you to the parents who have donated towards our classroom supply and field trip fund. We are expecting the East Bay Vivarium visit next Friday, November 17th […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 11/3/17

Dear Room 4 Families, This week your child enjoyed fun Halloween crafts and snack center. Thank you to all of the generous families who made this possible! Due to the short week, we didn’t get to cover as much content as we usually do. The due date for classroom donations towards our field trip and […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 10/27/17

Dear Room 4 Families,  Both Rooms 4 and 7 are grateful to the parent volunteers who have been helping behind the scenes to help our classroom and school events run smoothly. This week’s Huskytrot was very lively and the students had so much fun! Thank you to the families who have been donating supplies towards […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 10/20/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you for the generous donations to our classroom, treasure box, and Halloween party! This week both Mr. Chen and I have been sick and so classroom behavior and the ClassDojo points given were not as consistent this past week. Please encourage your child to wash hands often and to avoid […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 10/13/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you to Room 4 and Room 7 families for your generous donations of cash, prizes, school supplies, and wishlist items from our Amazon Wishlist. Please remember that the Chinese homework online is mandatory and not optional. Less than half of the class is completing and submitting their recordings to Mr. […]

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