Weekly Newsletter for 9/21/18

Dear 2nd Grade Families,

It was great meeting everyone this week at Back to School night. Thank you for supporting your child’s education and helping our classroom. If you were unable to make it to back to school night or have any additional questions, we are always available to schedule a time to meet to discuss your concerns and talk about your child’s progress.

As an important reminder from back to school night, due to various allergies and serious peanut allergies, please do not send nuts in your child’s snack or lunch. This also includes birthday celebrations since cross-contamination may cause an anaphylactic reaction. Unfortunately any birthday cupcakes, treat bags with candy, etc. will be sent home due to the interests of keeping our students safe. If we have any parties that involve food, we will be working closely with parents to ensure that our menu fits the needs of all students.

If you are interested in ordering books from the Scholastic Book Club, there’s an online ordering button in the sidebar of the webpage that gives you access to all of the catalogs. Or you can access it via this link: https://orders3.scholastic.com/J9VJR

You can order any books from any of the catalogs at any time. I submit orders once they reach the minimum of $25. If you are unable to order online, I would prefer to collect cash orders to save time submitting them. Thank you for your understanding.

This week in English Language Arts/Writing…

We have been working on long/short vowels, using context clues, spelling strategies, and studying personal narratives for writer’s workshop. Your child started their first story and are in the middle of taking turns to share their stories in the author’s chair/in front of the class on the projector.

This week in Math…

We have been working on addition strategies including using doubles/near doubles, friendly tens, looking for clues in word problems, equation chains, and strategies for solving 2, 3, and 4 digit addition problems.

This week in Chinese…

We continue to reinforce the class and school expectations, routines and procedures; classroom expressions; numbers (1 – 31); days of the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). We practiced our new materials, MeiZhou Chinese, Level 2, and started Lesson 1 on pictographs. We practiced the passage out loud and lesson 1 week 2 vocabulary (mother, son, daughter, score, to separate, doorknob, handle, also, same again, to cooperate, to put things together), and assigned related worksheet as in-class activities. We watched YouTube clips on Moon Festival. We also did a paper moon, a little booklet, and a storyline in observance of Moon Festival as well as played games, sang songs, solved math problems, read books and other kinetic activities.

Here’s the homework link for Week 2: https://graceyou.com/week-2/

Important Dates:

  • 9/26/18 – Watch Dog Donut Social
  • 9/28/18 – Watch Dog Movie Night
  • 10/2/18 – PTA Board Meeting
  • 10/4 – Dining Day at Mod Pizza Castro Valley
  • 10/5 –  Vision to Learn Eye Screening
  • 10/12 – Picture Day
  • 10/17 – Husky Trot
  • 10/26 – Fall Fest Trick or Treat

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. You

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Weekly Newsletter for 9/14/18

Dear Room 4 & 7 Families,

Thank you for your continued support and donations towards our classroom. We look forward to meeting you at Back to School night next Tuesday, September 18th. Next Tuesday will be an extra minimum day with dismissal at 1:00 pm

Homework…

Week 1 homework was passed out this week in your child’s Friday folder along with other papers and handouts from the week. Please keep the extra papers at home and return your child’s homework on the following Friday in their Friday folder. The CD attached to Week 1 homework is for you to keep and goes along with the lessons for the Chinese homework this year, which includes the sound files for the reading passages.

Our homework is assigned Monday-Friday, however we give it out early on Friday so your family has extra time to complete the packet and so your child can be ready for the Mandarin dictation test on Friday. The math pages cover content that has already been taught in class and is a review. The Chinese homework is the content that will be taught the following week, so your child will not be familiar with the content on Friday-Sunday because it has not been taught yet. Please hold off on the Chinese homework until the following week and help your child pace their homework packet by working on it regularly every day.

This year we will not be assigning spelling homework in the packet so that your child may focus on the other pages. If you’d like to study spelling at home, you can view a list of words for each week of homework for the year here: https://graceyou.com/spellinghomework/

The link to the quizlet and other resources for Week 1 homework is available here: https://graceyou.com/week-1/

This week in English Language Arts/Writing…

We have been working on learning how to establish a responsible, safe, and supportive learning community this year by listening to stories and discussing our responsibilities as students and how to get along with others. This week we worked on short and long vowels. We finished our selfie project where we wrote about ourselves, what we did this summer, and our goals for this year.

This week in Math…

We have been working on decomposing numbers using math mountains, learning multiple methods for solving addition problems (count on, math picture, doubles, etc.) and equation chains. Second grade has a big emphasis on solving word problems and we will continuously be working on identifying strategies and vocabulary that will help us identify whether we should add or subtract. We are also reviewing our math facts. Please help your child practice their math fact fluency when adding and subtracting between numbers 1-30.

This week in Chinese…

In our Mandarin class, we continue to reinforce the class and school expectations, routines and procedures; classroom expressions; numbers (1 – 20); days of the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). We began to practice our new materials, MeiZhou Chinese, Level 2, and started Lesson 1 on pictographs. We practiced the passage out loud, the sentences in a dialog, lesson 1 week 1 vocabulary (cow, butter, beef, horse, road, toilet, bird, little, bird, bird nest, fish, shark, to fish, name, famous, word, character, to write), and assigned related worksheets as in-class activities. We also implement math bridge and story time on our carpet as well as played games and other kinetic activities.      

Important Dates:

  • 9/18/18 – Back to School Night/Minimum Day
  • 9/26/18 – Watch Dog Donut Social
  • 9/28/18 – Watch Dog Movie Night
  • 10/2/18 – PTA Board Meeting

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. You

Weekly Newsletter 9/7/18

Dear Room 4 & 7 Families, We had a great 2nd week of school! Thank you to all of the families that have stopped by to say hello and to families that have donated to the class. This week we have been finishing up some projects from last week, continuing with community building activities, and […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 8/31/18

Dear Room 4 & 7 Families, We had a great first week of school! Your child has been transitioning into 2nd grade by learning routines, working on community building activities, and learning our school and classroom rules and expectations. We will continue with these types of activities through the first 15 days of school to […]

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 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 focus on learning rules, classroom procedures, establishing a respectful learning community, and adjust to our […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 6/8/18

Dear Room 4 Families, Your child had a great time at field day! Thank you to the parent volunteers who were able to come help assist with setup and stations. Next week is the last week of school. Can you believe that it’s almost over? Next week is a minimum day week with dismissal at […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 6/1/18

Dear Room 4 Families, I’m glad that quite a few of you parent volunteers were able to enjoy the Volunteer Tea on Wednesday. We truly appreciate you taking the time out to help us in any capacity. This week we have been busy with many fun surprise projects, including a birthday surprise for Mr. Chen! We […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/25/18

Dear Room 4 Families, Can you believe there are just 13 days left in this school year? Students and teachers are all excited about the summer break.   Before the year is over, I want to thank every parent volunteer this year. Whether you contributed your manpower or donated to our classrooms, both Mr. Chen […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/18/18

Dear Room 4 Families, We had such a fun time learning and exploring at CuriOdyssey yesterday. A big thanks to everyone that helped make this field trip possible especially the parent chaperones who helped the trip run smoothly. We are so grateful for their help in leading their students to take notes for the animal […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/11/18

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you for all the lovely gifts, notes, and cards this week. I felt very appreciated!  Your children are so awesome and cute! I hope everyone has a great Mother’s Day weekend. We have been working very hard on a Mother’s Day surprise and your child is excited to give it […]

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