Weekly Newsletter for 9/23/16

Dear Room 4 Families,

It was great meeting everyone at Back-To-School Night! If you weren’t able to make it, all of the information I went over is posted under “Information” on the navigation bar above. I will be out of the classroom after lunch on Thursday, and for the entire day on Friday. Please bring any immediate concerns to the office as I may not be able to respond to messages in a timely manner.

The homework information page is a work in progress. I will update with pictures once I have permission from a family to use their homework as an example. The links and tutorial video for recording a voki are available here: https://graceyou.com/homework-information/ – Please contact me if you’d like to try out a spellingcity.com premium account. I have talked about this in more detail on the homework information page.

If you’d like to volunteer in the classroom, please read the information over on the Parent Volunteers page before signing up for a spot on our signup.com page. The link is posted on the parent volunteers page.

This week in school we have been improving our independence and stamina for work. We are studying r controlled a for our spelling and are working on understanding story structure. We started writer’s workshop this week and have been taking turns being a storyteller using our high-5 story telling technique. Once everyone has shared a personal narrative, we will learn how to record our stories properly. I am currently not focusing on spelling correctly during writing in the classroom because this causes a lot of fear and hesitation for students and they get “stuck” and stop writing. In order to have them write down their ideas, I am not spelling words for them. I will have them circle the words that they don’t know how to spell and we will go over how to revise, edit, and write a final draft during our Writer’s Workshop.

In math, we are working on addition and subtraction concepts. We are focusing on story problems and learning the words to help us determine if we are putting together or taking away. We are also learning about part-part whole. Please check your child’s backpack for unfinished work, or work that was completed incorrectly. Your child may need some one-on-one help to clear up any misunderstandings.

In Chinese, we are working on our reading passage, which is a review on colors and fruits. Your child is playing games with Mr. Chen, working on oral language, practicing their dictation words, and writing sentences using the vocabulary from this week’s text.

Here are next week’s homework links:

Chinese: https://graceyou.com/mandarin-homework-week-2/

Spelling: https://graceyou.com/spelling-week-2/

Thank you and have a great weekend!

-Ms. You


Weekly Newsletter for 9/16/16

Dear Room 4 Families,

Thank you to the families that have been bringing in donations from our classroom Amazon Wishlist and donating towards our class field trip and assembly experiences this year. If you are interested in donating towards these events, you can donate to Stonebrae PTA or to the office. Please indicate that the donations are for Room 4, otherwise they are added to the general fund.

This week we have been working on routines and assessments. In English Language Arts, we are working on knowing the difference between short and long vowel words. We are also learning the procedures for our interactive English journals. Your child has been learning how to become better readers by reading independently and building stamina for our Read to Self center. As a class, we discussed what independent reading looks like:

  1. Staying in one spot
  2. Reading the entire time
  3. Reading quietly
  4. Ignoring distractions
  5. Having bathroom stamina
  6. Being engaged!

In Math we are working on number sense, subitizing (grouping numbers without counting), addition and subtraction.

In Chinese, we are learning our calendar routine and slowly taking responsibility for different parts until the entire class can run the calendar routine independently without the teacher. In Mr. Chen’s class, he is working on review of vocabulary that your child will need to remember so that they can work towards their goal of writing understandable sentences to form a short paragraph from the words that they already know.

Week 1 homework was passed out on today. Our homework packets are passed out Friday to Friday so that you may have the weekend to get a head start on the packet. The Mandarin dictation words haven’t been formally introduced until Monday, so please hold off on the vocabulary definitions until your child has learned the words in class. Next Friday will be a spelling test on week 1 words. We will alternate our tests, so our next spelling test will be in 2 weeks and your child will be tested on week 2 and week 3 words. This will be the same for Mandarin. Your child’s first Mandarin dictation test will include the words from week 1 and week 2 homework.

Scholastic Book Orders were passed out today. I generally put in orders once they reach over $25. My preference is that you order online from scholastic.com – There is a red banner on the webpage that you can click that will take you directly to our classroom orders. If you go to the page manually, our class code is: J9VJR – If you are unable to complete orders online, my preference is that you pay your order in cash with the order slip in a sealed envelope to save time on paperwork and mailing.

Next Tuesday, September 20th is Back to School Night. This is a minimum day with dismissal at 1:00 pm. Back to School Night will start in the MPR at 6pm. I will be going over the classroom schedule, rules, homework, etc. during that time. We have a very tight schedule on that day, so if you are interested in having a conference about your child, there will be a sign-up sheet available. Since I will be presenting information to parents, please try to arrange childcare accommodations or have your child doing something quietly so they are not disturbing the presentation and so that others may hear what is being presented.

Homework links can be found on the navigation bars on top of the webpage. Here are the links to Week 1 for your convenience.

Thank you!

-Ms. You

Weekly Newsletter for 9/9/16

Dear Room 4 Families, We have had quite a busy week in 2nd grade! Your child has been learning about our school rules and classroom expectations. Our school wide rules are: Be Safe Be Responsible Be Respectful Make a difference Our school behavior policy has changed slightly to support more positive behaviors, which includes a […]

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Welcome 2nd Grade Students 2016-2017

Dear Room 4 Families, Thanks for a wonderful first day of school! If you are a Room 4 alumni and you are receiving this newsletter as an e-mail, you can unsubscribe by visiting the main page and clicking the “Unsubscribe” button on the bottom of the left hand navigation bar. If you would like to […]

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Last Newsletter for 2015-2016

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you for your thoughtful gifts and contributions towards our last day of school party. Today your child enjoyed wrapping up the school year by cleaning out their desks, doing a last day of 2nd grade project, and enjoying our classroom pizza party. We had a short awards ceremony and signed […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 6/3/16

Dear Room 4 Families, We are just around the corner from the end of 2nd grade! We have been very busy wrapping up our units and taking assessments. This week in English language arts, we have been working on retelling stories and identifying important facts. In writing, we have finished with our All About Brochure […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/27/16

Dear Room 4 Families, Last week your child was busy learning so much! It was great seeing everyone for Open House and I hope that your family had the opportunity to see what 3rd grade will be like next year. Your child has been wrapping up the year with several assessments, including assessing their end […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/20/16

Dear Room 4 Families, Your child had so much fun on our field trip this Tuesday! Thank you for supporting our class in being able to research, learn, and enjoy our time at CuriOdyssey. As a reminder, the famous American project is due on Monday and will be on display for Open House on Tuesday. […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/13/16

Dear Room 4 Families, We learned so much this week! The end of the year is always very busy. Please help your child be at school with enough time to drink water and go to the bathroom, so they don’t start the day late. The weather has also been very unpredictable, so your child still […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/6/16

Dear Room 4 Families, What crazy weather we’ve been having this week! Please make sure your child has a jacket in the morning. We have many items in the lost and found. Check for your child’s lost clothing and other items before the end of the school year, where they will be donated. This week […]

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