End of the Year Newsletter 2020

Dear Room 4 Families,

I have so many feelings about the end of this school year. This group has truly been very special to me. I appreciate all of your support and understanding this year as we moved to distance learning. I apologize for all of the many tech issues from our last Zoom meeting on Thursday. I know it was source of frustration to myself and to many other families. Here is the link to the digital end of the year memory book with all of the 2nd grade classes combined: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UMbeSokrCgVDUll_LYVyE6BxJQ5O-F-tGWkmZhz5FHY/edit?usp=sharing

Here are some suggestions for getting your child ready for 3rd grade:

  • It would greatly benefit your child to start memorizing the multiplication times table. The pacing for 3rd grade does not allow for a lot of time to memorize them during the unit and in order to understand division, they need to be able to recall the multiplication table quickly.
  • It’s always beneficial to read every single day! Help your child pick different genres of books and help keep them accountable by asking about what they read and dig deeper into themes that occur in their books so they are thinking about the story. If you’d like to help your child practice the type of work and comprehension questions, you can look at a guided reading group breakdown HERE. The types of comprehension questions that you can ask your child about their reading can be found HERE.
  • Help encourage your child to write. Since we moved to distance learning, there were fewer opportunities for writing and building the muscles in the hand to sustain writing longer pieces. If your child would like to continue being my penpal, they can write e-mails to me and I will try to reply weekly. Don’t worry about bothering me, I love having penpals!
  • Continue to work on retaining Mandarin vocabulary, reading, and writing sentences/paragraphs. Have your child read along and listen to books on Level Chinese. All of the sets are available here: https://quizlet.com/graceyou – Make sure your child knows their Chinese name and can write it.
  • Use the online accounts! Most of them will be available all summer and some are adaptive which allows your child to progress at their own pace.
  • The next school year starts on August 24th. The district is still working out what the hybrid model looks like. There is a chance we will start the next school year with distance learning, or a mix of at school and distance learning. It would benefit your child if you set aside a quiet space with a table for your child to attend Zoom classes. It is important to be able to monitor your child. Some students are not being attentive, playing, or walking away/hanging up the Zoom call in order to avoid assignments.
  • This article provides good information about what will be expected of your child academically in 3rd grade: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/what-to-expect-grade/preparing-3rd-grade

If you would like to purchase workbooks for the summer so your child has a break from screen time, here are some suggestions:

Have a very wonderful summer and I hope to be able to see you and your child around at school next year!

-Ms. You

Weekly Newsletter for 6/8/20

Dear Room 4 Families,

This is the last week of school! We will be focusing on wrapping up the year so there is no distance learning plan this last week. Here are some suggestions for what to do this week:

  • Continue to read every day! You can use your Kids A-Z and Level Chinese account to access books.
  • Practice skills on Khan Academy, IXL, and Prodigy. Most of your accounts should work into the summer.
  • Add to the End of the Year slideshow/memory book. All of the 2nd grade entries will be put together into one big slideshow to be shared with the 2nd grade classes so that your child can see and remember all of their friends. If you do not want to have your child’s photograph online, a photograph does not have to be included. The link to the Google Slides is here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gF8uGRoXFyTSAP_JE2EGRtzQd2bMnn-X3HWdlbHdvvY/edit?usp=sharing
  • The classroom Quizlet is available to review the vocabulary we learned this year. It will be beneficial for your child to continue to study their Mandarin to be prepared for 3rd grade: https://quizlet.com/graceyou

Our last Zoom meeting of 2nd grade will be held on Thursday, June 11th from 2-3pm. We will be celebrating the end of the year with a few fun activities.

  • Our theme for this meeting is “Dress Up!” Whether your child feels like wearing their best dress/suit, their old Halloween costume, or putting on all of their fun accessories, we are all sure to have lots of fun on our last day of school!
  • If your child is allowed food/drink at the computer, they can join us in celebrating our last day with a few snacks and a beverage.
  • We will be doing a science challenge at our Zoom meeting. Your child will need: 1 medium sized doll or plushie with legs (bigger than a hand but less than a foot tall), 3 pieces of paper, 12 inches of tape.

Looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it to our last Zoom meeting this year!

Have a great week of learning,

-Ms. You

Weekly Newsletter for 6/1/20

Dear Room 4 Families, We are winding down to the last two weeks of the school year! This Friday we will celebrate finishing our Animal Reports by sharing them with our Room 4 friends during our Zoom meeting. Depending on how many are in attendance, your child will share their animal and either read a […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/25/20

Dear Room 4 Families, Happy Memorial Day! I hope your family enjoyed the good weather this 3-day weekend. This week’s (and next week’s) distance learning plan is heavily centered around the Animal Report Project. Please make sure to work on it daily so your child does not become overwhelmed with the amount of work. Here’s […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/18/20

Dear Room 4 Families, As part of the distance learning plan, over the next 3 weeks your child will be working on their final project. This project follows the structure of the writing process from our Writer’s Workshop, which we do daily in the classroom. Your child will be working on an animal report and […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/11/20

Dear Room 4 Families, I really enjoyed all of the photographed artwork for Teacher’s Appreciation week! Thank you so much!  Also, a big thank you for your continued support and hard work at home. It truly takes a community to educate a child! To clarify a few questions regarding the distance learning plan: Any new […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/4/20

Dear Room 4 Families, Our last Zoom meeting was a great success! Room 4 students had a really fun time seeing and sharing our biography projects. Please remember to turn in ANY work by 12:00pm on Friday to be included in this week’s attendance. If your child was not able to finish everything, please send […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 4/20/20

Dear Room 4 Families, It was so nice to see everyone who was able to make it to the Zoom meeting on Friday! Here are a few notes regarding this week’s distance learning plan. If you forgot your child’s Level Chinese login information, their login/password is their student ID# which is the same as their […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 4/13/20

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you so much for your understanding and patience these past few weeks. As previously mentioned, HUSD has launched their distance learning plan. The requirements and changes that have been implemented are as follows: Teachers will assign students 10 hours of work per week of school. Work will be assigned and […]

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Study At Home Newsletter for 3/25/20

Dear 2nd Grade Families,  As we enter our second week of school closure, we want to check in with you. We hope your families are staying healthy and that you are finding ways to enjoy time with one another. We know this is a unique and challenging time for families. The second grade team has […]

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