Weekly Newsletter for 9/13/19

Dear Room 4 Families,

This week your child has been starting to use their core curriculum for English Language Arts and Math. Today was the Mid-Autumn Festival and we celebrated the holiday by learning the story of Hou Yi and the 10 suns, designing our own mooncakes, and practicing the vocabulary we have learned by playing a board game that quizzed us on the Chinese words and facts about the festival.

Week 1 homework was passed out in your child’s Friday Folder. Please note that the homework packet is given to you early. The packet is designed to cover the content from Monday-Thursday and a Chinese dictation test on Friday. The following 2 weeks include Chinese lessons that review vocabulary from 1st grade on the topics of colors and fruits. Usually your child will not be familiar with the vocabulary and the reading passage because they will not start reading them until Monday. It is recommended that you work on the math and English pages first and wait until your child has been taught the Mandarin lesson before starting the Chinese portion of the homework. Please use the online resources to help your child read, practice, and study.

This Week in English Language Arts/Writing…

We have been integrating social studies in our reading texts as we learn about our government, the people in our government, and all about how laws work. Your child is learning how to read closely and highlight key details and annotate in the margins. This week we focused on the “or” spelling pattern. In writing, we are brainstorming topics to write about for our personal narrative unit in our Writing Folders.

This Week in Math…

Your child has been working with math mountains. We have been learning about fact families and how to count on to add and subtract. Please continue to practice their math facts with your child to help them become fluent with their calculations.

This Week in Chinese…

We have been working on our All About Me books and adding vocabulary to our Chinese dictionaries. We are learning everyone’s Chinese name and have been having a sharing time where your child briefly shares their opinion about a topic. We also took our first Chinese Dictation test this week and learned how to get set up for our Chinese tests this year.

Homework:

Please look on ClassDojo for the homework packet. The online homework can be accessed here: https://graceyou.com/mandarin-homework-week-1/

Important Dates:

  • 9/19 – Room 4 Back to School Night – 6:00pm – 6:45pm
  • 9/24 – Stonebrae Back to School Night – 6:00pm
  • 10/7 – Minimum Day – Dismissal 1pm
  • 10/31 – Minimum Day – Dismissal 1pm

Have a great weekend and happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

-Ms. You

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Weekly Newsletter for 9/6/19

Dear Room 4 Families,

This week your child started their prep classes. Our class will attend PE on Mondays. Please remind your child to wear PE shoes. Thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to drop by the classroom to say hi, purchased classroom supplies, and donated towards our classroom funds for upcoming projects and field trips.

For those who have ordered from the Scholastic Book Order, I will be submitting out class order on Friday 9/20 after school. The book box generally takes about 7-10 days to arrive at school.

This is a friendly reminder that Back to School night for Room 4 has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 19th from 6:00pm to 6:45pm.

This Week in English Language Arts/Writing…

We have been setting up routines for our Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. Your child is building stamina during reading time to practice and apply the comprehension strategies that will be learning this year. This week we learned how to read a book in 3 ways (read the pictures, read the words, retell the story). For Writing, we are working on a school rules flapbook and taking turns telling stories in the author’s chair before we write them down on paper.

This Week in Math…

We have been working on “tenness” and subitizing (explanation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_tuvry4z_c) – We have also been reviewing our math facts and working on explaining our thinking with dot/number talks and word problems. You can help your child prepare for the year by helping them become fluent in adding and subtracting numbers up to 30.

This Week in Chinese…

Your child has been learning the morning calendar, weather, and math routine in Chinese. We have been learning about the 4 seasons of the year and describing them. Your child has been learning to recognize the Chinese characters for each word. We are also playing various games to review their Chinese from Kindergarten and 1st grade. This week we started an “All About Me” book where they are writing about themselves. We have also been learning about stroke order and practicing the fundamental strokes that form each word. Today your child learned how to use the “4 color” stroke order (red, green, blue, black, repeat) to correctly write their Chinese name in stroke order. The same assignment has been sent home as homework for the next week and they will be tested on it next Friday.

Homework…

The Chinese Name homework and reading log have been sent home in this week’s Friday Folder. Please help your child prepare for their test next Friday by having them write their name 2-3 times a day in stroke order. Please use the 4-color technique (red, green, blue, black, repeat) and quiz them to see if they remember the order. Homework is due on Friday with the Friday Folder.

Important Dates:

  • 9/19 – Room 4 Back to School Night – 6:00pm – 6:45pm
  • 9/24 – Stonebrae Back to School Night – 6:00pm
  • 10/7 – Minimum Day – Dismissal 1pm
  • 10/31 – Minimum Day – Dismissal 1pm

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. You

Weekly Newsletter for 8/30/19

Dear Room 4 Families, Welcome to Second Grade! Your child had a great first week back as we dived into learning our classroom routines, reviewing school rules, and also reviewing what we have learned last year in first grade. As a friendly reminder, Room 4 will be holding its back to school night on Thursday, […]

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Dear Room 4 Families, Welcome back to school! I’m looking forward to a fun and educational year with your child this year. I hope that everyone had a great summer. The first few weeks of school will have a big emphasis on learning rules, classroom procedures, establishing a respectful learning community, and adjust to our […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 6/7/19

Dear 2nd Grade Families, Your child was sad for our last full week of school. Next week we will be on a minimum day schedule with the last day of school on Thursday. Monday is field day from 8:45 am to 10:55 am. Since we are on Week B schedule, we will be going to […]

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Weekly Newsetter for 5/31/19

Dear Room 4 Families, This week your child planted radish seeds for our plant life cycle unit. They are looking forward to seeing their plants grow! As a reminder, we finished our regular homework packet this week and there will be no more regularly assigned homework. Please continue to read with your child, practice math, […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/24/19

Dear 2nd Grade Families, This week your child enjoyed watching the 6th grade egg drop and talking about each student had carefully engineered the packaging for their egg to keep it safe. They love seeing other student work and supporting each other. Week 33 is the last official homework packet for the school year. Keep […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/17/19

Dear 2nd Grade Families, Your child had an amazing time at CuriOdyssey yesterday! We made the best of the rain, explored the inside area, learned about birds of prey, and researched for our animal reports. As the year is coming to and end, we will be working on our final assessments, ending our units, and […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/10/19

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you for all of the notes and gifts this week! I feel very appreciated! This week your child has been writing with so much endurance as we finished up our Unique Animals of the World book and sent it in for publishing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the books […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/3/19

Dear 2nd Grade Families, It was great seeing everyone at Open House this week. If you have any photos to share, please send them to me via e-mail or ClassDojo. Thank you for getting the field trip permission forms and class book orders in promptly. If your child has not returned their field trip permission […]

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