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 from Friday are posted on the class story and on your child’s personal story in ClassDojo.

I will be out of the country the week after Thanksgiving break and will be unable to respond to your messages in a timely manner until 12/4. Please direct any immediate questions or concerns to Mr. Chen or the office.

Please sign up for your child’s parent-teacher conference via Google Doc by 11/28 by 3pm. The document will be locked and parents who have not signed up will be assigned a conference time. After 11/28, please contact me for any scheduling changes. You will still have access to view the document to check your conference time.

This week in English Language Arts…

We started our weekly reading rotations and are learning which days our reading groups go to which center. We have been enjoying hearing Stone Soup variation stories from around the world and oddball versions.

This week in Writing…

We have been working on “All About” writing, creating a book where we are the experts teaching someone about what we know. This week we focused on getting ready and taking the Fall writing task where your child selected a topic that they were familiar with and wrote an “All About” book to teach their subject to the reader.

This week in Math…

We have been working on place value concepts, especially with understanding that 1 ten is equal to 10 ones and vice versa. We started regrouping concepts, with the new “put the ten on the bottom” strategy, which is different from the traditional putting the ten on the top.

This week in Chinese…

We started the clothing unit this week and we finished all the reading assessment. In science we continued with the landform unit. We finished the mountain landform and will move to the next landform on forest. In writing, we have started an All About Me writing, which we try to incorporate all the terms we learned so far.

 

Homework…

Instead of a regular homework packet, the Heritage Doll project is the homework during the Thanksgiving break. The Heritage Doll is due on Monday 12/4, and oral presentations will be held throughout the week. We will post the Week 10 homework packet on the homework webpage on Friday, 11/24 if your child wants to get a head start. The actual hard copy of homework packet will be sent home on Monday, 11/27 when we return from the break.
Important Dates:
  • 11/20 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/29 – PTA See’s Candy Orders Due
  • 12/2 –  PTA Winter Fest
  • 12/4 – Minimum Day / Parent Conferences
  • 12/5 – Minimum Day / Parent Conferences
  • 12/6 – Minimum Day / Parent Conferences
  • 12/8 – No School / Parent Conferences

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break with your families,

-Ms. You

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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 to be an exciting and educational experience for your child.

One of the highlights of 2nd grade is the annual Stone Soup celebration held on the last day before the Thanksgiving break (also on November 17th). Please keep an eye out in your e-mail inbox for an important message from our Room parent Annette regarding how you can help.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-up Sheet
The 1st trimester is coming to a close next week. Report cards will be passed out during parent conferences in the week of 12/4. Mr. Chen and I are combining our conferences together so you will get to meet with both of us at the same time in order to discuss your child’s progress so far this year. Since we are combining conferences, time slots are going to be tight to accommodate all 44 families.
We’ve created an online sign-up sheet on Google Sheets. Please write your child’s first and last name in your preferred time slot. Please do not move or delete someone else’s name. Here’s the link to sign up:

This week in English Language Arts…

We have been continuing our literature study of Stone Soup by comparing and contrasting the differences between each story and relating it to the country of its origin. Right now our Stone Soup story has traveled to China and your child has been engaged and excited about how the soup ingredients and celebration have changed. We have learned how to use the classroom library and have started our literacy rotations. In writing, we have been going through the editing, revising, and publishing phase of narrative writing and have started on non-fiction writing.

This week in Math….

We have been working with place value concepts. This week your child learned about expanded form and adding ones, tens, and hundreds. Your child was also very excited to review the skills we have learned in our adaptive learning game on the Chromebooks called Prodigy.

This week in Chinese…

We finished the 2nd week of trimester 1 review and have administered most of the assessments. We’ll finish the remaining assessments early next week. Nearly everyone finished their 2 core worksheets this week. The class as a whole is becoming more diligent in their work.

Homework…

Please remember to complete the online portions of the homework and send your recording to Mr. Chen each week. The link to the online homework is here:  https://sites.google.com/site/17to18chen/homework/week9mandarinhomework

Important Dates:

  • 11/10 – Holiday – No School
  • 11/16 – PTA Meeting
  • 11/17 – Make up Picture Day/Trimester 1 Ends/Stone Soup/East Bay Vivarium
  • 11/20 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/29 – PTA See’s Candy Orders Due
  • 12/2 –  PTA Winter Fest
  • 12/4 – Minimum Day / Parent Conferences
  • 12/5 – Minimum Day / Parent Conferences
  • 12/6 – Minimum Day / Parent Conferences
  • 12/8 – No School / Parent Conferences

Thank you and have a great 3-day weekend!

Ms. You

 

 

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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Weekly Newsletter for 10/6/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you for Annette (Niles) and Penelope (Natalia) for volunteering to co-room parent for us this year. We have some upcoming events that they will be coordinating, such as Halloween and our Stone Soup celebration for Thanksgiving. This week in English Language Arts.. We have been building stamina for independent reading […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 9/29/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you to the families that have donated supplies to the classroom, prizes for our prize box, and have expressed interest in volunteering. Both Mr. Chen and I appreciate your consistency with checking your child’s daily behavior report on ClassDojo and reinforcing good behavior in the classroom. We currently do not […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 9/22/17

Dear Room 4 Families, It was great meeting everyone at Back to School Night this week! If you were unable to come, please check out the Powerpoint Presentation that was attached to the weekly newsletter link in ClassDojo. Not everything that was said is covered in the slides. Also, please note that the data collection […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 9/15/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Our class has started to settle in and are transitioning better as they learn the expectations and routines at school. You may start noticing that more negative points are popping on ClassDojo. This is because we have been in school for 3 week and your child is expected to know the […]

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