Weekly Newsletter for 9/6/13

Dear Room 4 Families,

We are getting the swing of things here in second grade! I apologize for the mix up with the spelling homework. This week, we skipped the week 2 spelling test and we will take the week 3 spelling test next Friday. Even if you studied week 3 words this week, your child is still expected to do their spelling homework.

In English Language Arts, we read “Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea” in our reading anthologies and took our first reading test without the teacher’s help. This will be a weekly routine, so please go over the answers with your child when the tests are returned. All of the stories in the reading anthology are stand alone stories that you can borrow from the library.

If you would like to start your homework early, you can read 20 minutes a day, and/or work on your spelling for the next week on our Spellingcity.com webpage or start writing the words down on paper. The link to next week’s spelling words and games is here: https://graceyou.com/2nd-1-3-their-native-tongue/

For math, we finished Topic 1 – Understanding Addition and Subtraction and took our math test. Please make sure to review addition and subtraction math facts with your child.  The goal should be to figure out the answer without counting on their fingers. We started our math placement test (an assessment to understand each student’s strengths and areas of improvement) while learning how to carefully bubble in our answer sheets.

Please check your child’s backpack for returned papers. There should be a star (everything is correct and completed), a check mark (some things are missing or incorrect), or a note of some sort (incomplete, check again, etc.) which indicates to look over the areas where your child is struggling with at home. This is important since we do not always have the time to go over all of the mistakes, which make for good learning opportunities.

In Chinese, we are learning our calendar routine and handing over more responsibility to the students. We will start Star of the Week once the class understands the procedures. We have been reviewing basic school words, requests/commands, fruits, and colors. We are continuing our school booklet and learning how to read and write the characters for school supplies by adding the vocabulary to our Chinese dictionaries and using them to answer questions about what is in our backpacks.

We will be celebrating MONTHLY birthday celebrations this year. In the interest of saving instructional time, please DO NOT bring treats on other days, they will be sent home. I will post our monthly birthday celebration dates soon. The monthly celebration for all September birthdays will be on Friday, September 27th at the end of the day. If you are interested in bringing something into the class to celebrate, please e-mail me so that I can coordinate with other parents and set aside an appropriate amount of time.

If you did not receive an e-mail with a link to this newsletter post, please e-mail me (graceyou at gmail dot com) with your child’s name – I do not have your e-mail address.

Many students still do not have a pencil box. Please make sure your child has a large (cigar box) sized pencil box for his/her supplies. We share pencils at school, so any pencils that are brought in are considered communal property. In the interest of saving time, we do not use pencils sharpeners, pencils are pre-sharpened.

*Volunteers*

If you would like to volunteer in the classroom or chaperon on a field trip, please fill out the required paperwork in the office. This year, we are requiring all volunteers to be TB tested and have fingerprint clearance. This is a lengthy process and the sooner it is done, the better! It can take up to 6 weeks for your fingerprints to clear! I am hoping to have 5-6 fingerprint/TB test cleared volunteers to run Halloween centers for our Halloween party. Please contact me if you are available to volunteer.

If a family that cannot come into the classroom but would like to help in the classroom could commit to grading our weekly reading tests, that would be incredibly helpful! This year we will also need a few parent volunteers to help with class parties, pull for fluency, run a small reading group, and help with filing. If you’d like to come in to read a story or teach a lesson, do a career day, etc. we can make some time for you in the classroom to visit. Please e-mail me if you are interested in volunteering.

I am always available via e-mail, so please do not hesitate to contact me with your comments, questions, or concerns.

Here is an announcement from the Stonebrae Watch Dogs!

There is a BBQ this Sunday at J.A. Lewis Park.  Bring your BBQ stuff and just have a great afternoon with the parents at Stonebrae.  Its is an event organized by the Watch Dogs.  Its a BBQ Potluck and starts at 2:00.
Also , parents with facebook pages can vote on the give with Target page. Every time you vote the school gets $1.
We currently have $185.00! Every dollar counts.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

-Ms. You

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