Wise Owls Newsletter May 30, 2018

Wise Owls Newsletter May 30, 2018


Hello all!

Counting today, there are 11 school days left! There are many end of year events happening and I want you to get these dates on your calendar!  Also, please fill out and return the back side if you have not yet done so. Thank you!

  1. Wednesday, June 6th is our Portfolio share and end of year party! The portfolio share will be at 11:00 AM, lunch at 11:25, party at 12:05 with volunteers helping set up while kids are at recess at 11:45. You will be taking home your child’s 3 ring binder (portfolio) after they share it with you as well as their bound art portfolio where I have been carefully keeping all of their wonderful art from throughout the year. If you wish to buy lunch with our class from the school, it is $4. You may use your child’s account or bring money that day. Please fill out the form at the bottom and return it as soon as possible so that I can let the lunch ladies know if they need to cook extra food! Thank you.
  2. Field day is Monday, June 11 from 8:30-11:30. Can you volunteer? Please email our PE teacher directly if you can volunteer. All volunteers will meet outside on the field that day. His email is menziaj@wlwv.k12.or.us and his name is Jess Menzia.
  3. Other dates to consider: -Thursday, June 7: 5th grade talent show to the school: 12:50 PM.
  4. -Friday, June 1st: No school. Report card prep day.

-Thursday, June 14th:  Last day of school. School ends at 10:40 AM.

Portfolio Share and End of Year party, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Please return tomorrow if possible or email me! Thank you!

11:00 AM: Portfolio share

11:25 AM: Lunch

11:45 AM: Set up for end of year party

12:05-1:30: End of year party


Please return this sheet as soon as possible. Thank you!


________I will eat lunch with my child at school and buy lunch for $4.


________I will eat lunch with my child at school and bring a lunch.


________I cannot eat lunch with my child today.







Child’s Name___________________________________________


Wise Owls Newsletter April 30, 2018

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Hello all! Our Artist in Residence, Okaindja came to our school today as he teaches us about African drumming, dancing and story telling. We will do this everyday this week. We will be performing for you this Friday at 8:00 AM as we also announce how much money we have raised by our reading efforts for the kids in Tanzania. It’s not too late! You can still donate a lump sum for this great charity and the kids earned it all by reading! At school, your children have read over 11 hours by themselves to help the kids in Tanzania! Now, how can you take what your child did (by reading) and help others across the world? What’s the next step to becoming a great person just like the one you studied?

Africa Bridge

Reading Challenge Project Reminder: Donations due May 2nd

(We want to announce how much we donated by our reading at our assembly this Friday. We will of course, continue to collect your donations after the assembly as well! Thank you!)

Students in Tanzania receiving the gift of new

desks thanks to the support of Stafford students.

This is the last week of our Reading Challenge. Read, Read, Read! Bring your donations to class by Wednesday, May 2nd (or let your teacher know by email the total amount you will be collecting).

Second graders will celebrate the efforts of everyone who participated with African drumming and dancing from 8:00-8:55 on Friday, May 4th. It will be a fun celebration. Parents are invited to see our performance. Don’t miss it!

Thank you for using your reading skills to help

the students at our new sister schools!
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Wise Owls Newsletter April 9, 2018

Hello all!

Second graders will have the opportunity to participate in a special literacy program throughout the month of April and to learn to become a great person by helping others in need.

We call it the Read to Feed/Read to Build Reading Challenge Project. This program is designed to raise money to help support the students from our buddy schools in Tanzania. We began by reading a wonderful book called Beatrice’s Goat that tells the story of a little girl whose family receives the gift of a goat. The goat helps them earn enough money to feed her family and to send Beatrice to school, because school is not paid for in Tanzania. The non-profit organization, Africa Bridge, supplies this type of sustainable help in Tanzania to support needy and orphaned children through their cow and potato and avocado co-ops.


This reading challenge project is an extension of our Great People in History unit. We are very excited to know that we, too, can make a difference in people’s lives by making a difference in the life of just one child. We know that through our donations to Africa Bridge
•$50 pays for supplies for a child to attend primary school a year
•$50 pays for veterinary care to help keep livestock co-ops healthy
•$150 pays for fees and supplies to send a child to secondary school for a year
•$250 pays for 500 avocado saplings to begin orchards
•$500 pays for one family’s membership in a cow co-op
•$10,000 builds a classroom

New Classrooms at Pakati Primary School built by Stafford students support

Old Classrooms

Over 375 desks have been built through Stafford’s support

In second grade we decided we would use our reading skills to help support our friends at our sister schools, Pakati Primary, Katusyo Primary, and our newest sister school Ipyana Primary. We challenge ourselves to read more and will look for sponsors for our reading.

Over the past 10 years, together with the efforts of the third graders’ school-wide fund raiser, The Market Place, Stafford students have done great things. Thanks to their efforts

•More students are attending school
•Families have more food as a result of the animal cooperatives
•3 new classrooms have been built
•Over 375 new desks were donated
•Pakati Primary School built one toilet

Our Africa Bridge Kid’s Team will lead our opening assembled on April 6th to kick off our project this year. John Worcester from Africa Bridge will come to talk to us about the great things that are happening for the students in Tanzania, thanks to the continuing support of the students at Stafford School. We are excited to see what we do this year! We will be expanding our help to the Kisondela schools.


They need support sending students to school, help rebuilding classrooms and building more desks. We will be looking for sponsors for our reading challenge program starting today.

Llulwe School in the Kisondela Ward

Founder Barry Childs meeting with students

Let’s use our reading skills to make a difference

in the lives of our friends

in Tanzania!

Let’s do it!

How will you challenge yourself in your reading? More minutes a day? A new series? Books about children around the world?

Each sponsor for our reading challenge program sets a pledge amount for each book your child reads or unit of time he or she spends reading-a quarter or a dollar, or any desired amount, or may donate a set amount of money such as $25.00, $50.00 or whatever you and your family think you would like to donate to Africa Bridge.. Students will be able to track both time spent reading at school and time spent reading at home. Up to date reading logs will be of extra importance during this time! At the end of the program, children collect their pledges.

Read to Feed/Read to Build is an exciting adventure for children. Along the way, they learn many important lessons. They learn about different cultures around the world and learn the importance of using the earth’s resources wisely. They learn the value of self-reliance. Most importantly, they learn that they can be a great person and make a difference in the world!

We appreciate your encouragement and support of your child while he or she participates in this program. It will not require much time on your part, but will mean less fortunate children at Kisondela School will have hope for a better tomorrow. No gift is too small.

All donations to Africa Bridge are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to Africa Bridge.

To find out more about Africa Bridge, go to www.africabridge.org. Thank you for helping your child make a difference in the world!

Look for the brown manila envelope coming home on Tuesday so that you can help your child understand and support others in need around the world…all by reading! We can do this! Yay!


Angie Wise



Wise Owls Newsletter March 16, 2018

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March 16, 2018

This year your children are taking part in an exciting adventure in their own development. They are taking responsibility for their own growth as learners by keeping a working portfolio in notebooks in all the subject areas. A working portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that represents a child’s growth and development over time. It is a student collection of treasures, much like artists or journalists have to represent who they are.

Each child’s working portfolio (notebooks and files on each subject) will be unique, just as they are unique. Children develop in school at their own pace, with their own special strengths and special needs. The working portfolios allow them to see their improvement, to reflect on it, and to decide on personal goals for their next endeavors. Right now, the children will be sharing with you some important parts of their working portfolio.

You and your child will have the opportunity to take part in a student-led conference, next week in March, where you will get to see the working portfolios/notebooks and what your child does while here at school each day. We will be conferencing after school on Monday, March 19h, Tuesday, March 20th, Wednesday, March 21st and on Thursday, March 22nd. Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to your child’s conference time so that they can show you their work. When it is your hour to conference, you will be in the room with your child who is leading the conference. Your undivided attention to your second grader is crucial to the success of this conference. Please keep this in mind when planning and scheduling. Conferences went on line, Monday, March 5th.

This is an opportunity for you, as a parent, to display a positive interest in your child’s progress, assess your child’s evaluation of his/her accomplishments, and provide your child with support and encouragement for his/her work at school.

Please understand that there will be other families conferencing at the same time. I will meet with each of you during the hour you signed up for and while I’m meeting with one family, the other 2 families will be with their child leading them to other areas of learning in the classroom. There will be other opportunities for you to meet with me if either of us feels that there is a need. Please let me know if you feel this need after the student-led conference.

Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and cooperation!


Angie Wise

Stafford Families,
Spring Conference Sign Up is now open. Signups take place through FamilyLink, our improved portal of student information for parents and students. If you are unfamiliar with FamilyLink, please follow the instructions below. If you have any questions, please call our office at 503-673-7150.
To access FamilyLink please do the following:
1) Go to school website
2) Click “FamilyLink” in top-right corner
3) If you have logged into FamilyLink before, use those same credentials – your email address and whatever password you assigned
4) If you have not logged into FamilyLink before and you are the Primary Contact for your children, click the Forgot Password link and enter your email address (yes, you do need to enter it 3 times).
If you use the Forgot Password link, you will be emailed a link that will allow you to assign your own password. If you do not get the link in your email or you are not the primary contact for your children, contact the school. You might also try other email addresses that you suspect the school may have on-file.

Wise Owls Newsletter March 5, 2018

Wise Owls Newsletter March 5, 2018

Hello all!
Conferences are just around the corner the third week in March! Sign ups go live tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00 AM. Go on to the school website to sign up or call the front office if you cannot figure it out. We are doing so much in school right now and you can support your child in a variety of ways. Here’s how:
1. Writing and Science: Ecosystem Research on Animal:
We have researched our animal via the internet and books. We used sticky notes and wrote notes about the important information we gathered on our animal. We then wrote a rough draft at school from all of our research. We are now in the process of typing it into Google Docs on the computer. PARENTS, YOUR JOB IS TO GO ON GOOGLE DOCS WITH YOUR CHILD AND HELP THEM DO THE FINAL EDITING: PERIODS, CAPITALS, SPELLING, ETC. Adding adjectives and exciting vocabulary only makes the animal slides come to life more! You may help them change the pictures, add videos or change background. Enjoy what they have researched and learned here at school!

2. SUBTRATION: We are working on taking away two digit and 3 digit numbers. Drawing out your tens and ones really help your child to understand the algorithm. IXL F and H are best for practicing this. You can also make up your own subtraction problems for your child to practice or google problems on line.
3. IXL: Solving story problems. Make sure your child has blank or scrap paper to do the work on! They need to “verify” or double check their work to make sure the math is correct!
Letter E: numbers: 12, 18, 20
Letter I: number: 5
F: 10
G: 9, 14, 16
H: 9
J: 5
4. Spelling: We are on week 16 of spelling city. Go on line to find your spelling words! Play a game and take a practice test!
5. Art and Volunteers: We are also doing art to go along with our animal unit. If you can help at all next week, anytime, please email me when (days and times). I would love your help with the backgrounds of murals for each ecosystem and adding 3-D plants!
The music informance is this Thursday, March 8 at 1:30 in the music room. We are looking forward to seeing all of you. The zoo fieldtrip is next Friday, March 16 from 8:30-12:15. Remember to bring a packed lunch and snack to eat on the bus!
Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Feb. 26, 2018

Wise Owls Newsletter Feb. 26, 2018

Hello all!
I can’t believe it is near the end of February! Conferences are just around the corner the third week in March! We are doing so much in school right now and you can support your child in a variety of ways. Here’s how:
1. Math Packet: This packet has letter explaining what we are doing in class…mostly solving two to three step story problems using addition and subtraction methods. Please send this in when done.
IXL: Solving story problems. Make sure your child has blank or scrap paper to do the work on! They need to “verify” or double check their work to make sure the math is correct!
Letter E: numbers: 12, 18, 20
Letter I: number: 5
F: 10
G: 9, 14, 16
H: 9
J: 5
2. Spelling: We are on week 15 of spelling city. Two different practice papers have already come home this week. Check and make sure your child understands how to spell these words! Play hangman with your child or practice spelling in the car as you drive.
3. Writing and Science: Ecosystem Research on Animal:
We have researched our animal via the internet and books. We used sticky notes and wrote notes about the important information we gathered on our animal. We then wrote a rough draft at school from all of our research. We are now in the process of typing it into Google Docs on the computer. Once finished typing, we will edit and revise so that it makes sense.
4. Art and Volunteers: We are also doing art to go along with our animal unit. If you can help at all next week, anytime, please email me when (days and times). I would love your help with the backgrounds of murals for each ecosystem and adding 3-D plants!
Your kids have earned their 3rd class room reward this year for working as a class community! We are going to celebrate this tomorrow, March 1st in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s “read across America” day which is celebrated both March 1 and 2 for his birthday. Your child may wear pajamas, bring extra snacks, a stuffed animal that goes along with a Dr. Seuss book, Dr. Seuss books, and Dr. Seuss movies and videos. We will choose a video or movie together.
What a fabulous group of kids! Yay!
Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Feb. 12, 2018

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Wise Owls Newsletter
Feb. 12, 2018

Dear Parents,
Happy Chinese New Year (Feb. 16)! Happy Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)! Happy 100th day of school (Feb. 15th!) This is a week of lots of c We are looking forward to serving breakfast to our special guests! celebrations around culture, friendship and math! We have something planned every day for Chinese New Year…this is school-wide The Valentine Breakfast is Wednesday at 8:00 AM. Please send in your child’s Valentines to deliver tomorrow and we will open them sometime on Wednesday, Feb. 14th after our Valentine breakfast.
Welcome our new student, Natalie Nocket! Natalie arrives tomorrow, Feb. 13th. In order to help make her feel welcome, please make her a Valentine’s day card. A homemade one would work! Thank you!
In math this week we will do everything around the number 100! Please practice counting by 5’s, 10’s, 2’s, then go up to 3’s and try 4’s too! This is beginning multiplication. How many ways can you make the number 100 as the answer? Use subtraction as well as addition.
In spelling, we are on Week 14 of Spelling City. It is a review of geometry words
(square, circle, rectangle, angle and triangle) as well as word family words that end in ed and ing (named, naming, lived, living and closed). Have a discussion with your child about these endings and words that you can change to use them.
What a fun week it will be!
Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Feb. 6, 2018

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Wise Owls Newsletter
Feb. 6, 2018

Dear Parents-
This Friday, Feb. 9th we have our field trip to the Rice Rock Museum. This is a fun way to celebrate the learning of rocks and minerals that we did in January! Buses will depart at 8:00 AM and we will return around 12:00. Please make sure your child arrives on time, as we are leaving at 8 AM sharp. Please pack your child a lunch and snack, as we will NOT be eating in the cafeteria.

Our reading in January had a strong focus on non-fiction texts. We are continuing our non-fiction reading through the month of February. We are learning about non-fiction text features, learning new keywords and vocabulary, and practicing “expert” talk on non-fiction topics. 2nd graders are selecting their own animal to study and learning about the different ecosystems.

Our non-fiction writing unit is all about the animals we select to study. Students will learn how to write an introduction, describe their animal, the foods it eats, their behaviors and their ecosystem. We will learn how to add specific text features in our writing (glossary, diagrams).

Second grade is working on solving 2-step story problems, reading and writing 3-digit numbers, developing efficient strategies for adding 2-digit numbers, and adding and subtracting tens and ones to/from a 2 or 3-digit number. Second graders are also learning about digital and analog clocks and how to tell time to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour.

Our Valentine Breakfast is at 8:00 AM on Feb. 14th. We are going to do it differently this year and host it as a second grade team in the MPR. Each class will have their own food, tables, and volunteers toasting the waffles. Guests, you will sit with your second grader and they will serve you at the appropriate time! It will last about an hour. I believe I have contacted most of you about what you are donating. If you have not gotten an email from me personally can you please email me? Thank you!

Wednesday 2/7-Early Release
Wednesday 2/14-Valentine Breakfast at 8 AM
Thursday 2/15-100th day of school
Monday 2/19-No School-President’s Day
Have a great week! Let me know if you have any questions.

Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Jan. 29, 2018

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Hi all!

Can you believe we have been in school 90 days? WOW! We are more than half way through (We have 172 school days total.) I want to thank all of you who have sent in who your child’s special guest will be for our Valentine’s day breakfast. This note was sent home last week. I will attach it to this newsletter for those of you that still need to return it. If you need a hard copy, please email me and let me know. Just a reminder that I will only need 4 or 5 volunteers. If you are a special guest, you are sitting with your child and NOT volunteering. I think I will have to say no to some volunteers as we do not want 26 special guests and 26 volunteers! I’m sure you understand.

In math, we are learning about adding 3 digit numbers, adding plus 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 20, 25 and 30 as well as subtracting those numbers too. We are learning in the form of games (capture 5 and make a dollar are the two games your child have learned thus far). IXL “I” is a good one to practice as well as review the money and telling time.

In spelling the word wall words are: penny, nickel, quarter, hundred and thousand. The kids are learning to spell the number words as part of our math unit. Please practice Spelling city Week 13. Please also remember to have your child write the words on paper. Some ideas would be to play hangman, write the word 3 times, in ABC order and to write a paragraph or sentences using the words.

Have a great week and I’ll be in touch soon individually with those of you donating items for our valentine breakfast.



Wise Owls Newsletter Jan. 16, 2018

Wise Owls Newsletter
January 16, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope you had a wonderful relaxing three-day weekend! I know I did! We are talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and why we were out of school yesterday. Your child may have some questions on this subject and it makes for a wonderful discussion around the dinner table. Key words such as peacefully, nonviolent, segregation, equal rights, sit-ins, protests and Nobel Peace Prize were some that were discussed from our conversations today.

Both fieldtrip permission slips and money is due! The Rice Rock museum is Feb. 9 and the parents going are: Kyle Anderson, Jill Biallas, Karin Butler, Roger Tattersall and Laura Luccio.

The Frog and Toad play is May 11 (we have to pay the fees this week!) and the parents going are: Michael Freitas, Angela Cisneros and Ashley Sanders. I have room for two more parents. Parents who have not gone on a fieldtrip get first dibs. Please email me if you wish to go as we need to collect funds in the next couple of days! Thank you!

In reading, we are also working on looking for and finding key words when reading nonfiction books. If your child brings home a nonfiction book or Time for Kids article, look at the bold words, the glossary, index, pictures and captions. Reading nonfiction can be difficult but with some clues, it makes it easier!

Spelling City, Word Work and Writing Workshop

Knowing not only how to spell words but the meaning of words is so important when your child is writing. Knowing how to spell sight words (word wall words) are essential for getting the basics down when writing a story. If children know these main sight words, they they can focus on their story and the beginning, middle and ending. Keeping a journal at home and having your child write stories is something I strongly encourage. Let them bring their story to school to share and we will celebrate their writing!

As we begin the second part of our second grade year, I have high expectations that second graders will be accountable for their word work in Spelling city. This week’s, Week 11, 5 main word wall words are; one, two, three, four and five. There are 5 word family words on the regular Week 11 list as well and they are number words too: six, seven, eight, nine and ten. Of course, if your child wishes to work on the challenge words for week 11, then please have them do that! That would mean that your child is working on 20 words for the week! Wow! Great challenge to those families and children that want to do this in the New Year! Next week will be Week 12 in Spelling city.
For those families that wish to write their words on paper some ideas are: Write your words 3 times each, put your words in alphabetical order, play Hangman, write your words in sentences or a small paragraph, etc. We play Word wall bingo, word wall concentration, rainbow write and each child has their very own “word wall” that they write their words on each week in their desk.

IXL and Math
For IXL the next month, please focus on areas that you notice your child has not practiced. You can tell this by looking at the “medals” beside each Common Core Goal number in IXL, AFTER your child has logged in. (If you need your child’s log in, please email me and I can help you.) We are reviewing all that we have studied since September as we will be taking our district wide MAPS test in a couple of weeks. Here is a run-down of the IXL and Common Core Goals we have touched on: A (Counting and number Patterns, B (Comparing and Ordering Numbers), C (Names of Numbers), D (Patterns), E (Addition, One-Digit), G (Addition, Two-Digit), I (Addition-Three Digits), L (Mixed Operations), M (Place Value), P (Money), Q (Time), R (Data and Graphs), T (Two-Dimensional Shapes), U (Three-D Shapes), W (Fractions). It is up to you, your child, and your family how much extra Math IXL time you want. Also, if you and your child want extra “paper work” please let me know and I will show your child where they can get it in the classroom.


Angie Wise
2nd Grade Teacher,
Stafford Primary School

Wise Owls Newsletter January 8, 2018


The Wise Owls Newsletter

January 8, 2018

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! Last week was a whirlwind with starting new units and catching up with all the kids…it was also my infusion week where I go to the infusion center for 3.5 hours a day after school, so it was really busy! I am all rested up this week and feel great! I absolutely love coming to school every day seeing this wonderful group of children learn and grow. Let’s keep our room safe and healthy for the new year!


I am so grateful for all of the help we have received this year. As we get back into the swing of things, please check the schedule on the bottom/back of this newsletter. It is a perfect time to email and let me know when you would like to volunteer in our classroom!

Fieldtrip to Rice Rock Museum

Our fieldtrip will be Feb. 9 to the Rice Rock Museum in celebration of our geology study and study of rocks in EVERY Ecosystem! We are limited to 5 chaperones per class on this fieldtrip due to the venue. I took first come, first serve on this and these are the parents who will be attending: Kyle Anderson, Jill Biallas, Roger Tattersall, Laura Luccio and Karin Butler. If you have not yet paid or sent in the permission slip for the fieldtrip pleases do so. Students are $4 and the adults listed are $5. When we go to the zoo in March, we do not limit the number of adults going! All are welcome! Thank you for understanding.

On another note, we have a fieldtrip planned for the Newmark Theater in Portland to See Frog and Toad on May 11th! We have to prepay the tickets and this is due this Friday! Please send in the money (separate from the Rice Rock Museum, made out to Stafford Primary) and SEPARATE fieldtrip permission slip by THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 15TH. The play is $8.00. Again, if you need assistance, please email me. No matter what, please send in the signed fieldtrip permission slip. I can take 5 parents who have not gone on a fieldtrip first who would like to go. Please indicate on the permission slip if you have not attended a fieldtrip and would like to go. Thank you.


We are focusing on NONFICTION books in reading workshop and are working on looking at keywords, text features, glossary and the index to help us “think what is this book teaching me” and “what questions do I have?”

Writing and Math

In writing, we are focusing on writing lab reports by following the scientific process of:

1. Asking a question

2.Making a hypothesis

3.Writing out procedures

4.Making a conclusion.

This goes perfectly with our reading and analyzing the math unit of data, graphs and charts.

Spelling City

We are working on Week 10 in Spelling City. The word wall words are: pick, does, our, each and would.

The family words are:

night, bright, sight, try and why

Looking forward to a great 2018!

Ms. Wise

Angie Wise
2nd Grade Teacher, Stafford Primary School

Upcoming Dates:

Jan. 15: No School. MLK Day.

Jan. 17: Early Release day at 12:10

Parent Volunteers for Ms. Wise’s Wise Owls

9-10 AM: Wen Jiang (Michael) Every other Week-you decide


9-10: Nicole Robbins (Whitney) Every other week: 2nd and 4th weeks of the month

9:15-10: Laura Netzel (Amelia) Every other week: 1st and 3rd weeks of the month


8-10: Jenny Wieland (Sarah)

12-1:15: Roger Tattersell (Gerald) Every other week: 1st and 3rd weeks of the month

12-1:30: Shane Fuller 1x a month. First Wed.


10:30-11:30 Morgan Luccio (Mia) when available

12-1:20: Angela Cisneros (Caylin) Every other week?


8-10: Karin Butler (Drew) every other week 1st and 3rd weeks of the month

Wise Owls Newsletter Dec. 11, 2017

Wise Owls’ Newsletter Dec. 11, 2017

Hello all!
What a fantastic Culture Fair we had on Friday! Your children were fantastic with reading and memorizing their stories about their family, name and tradition! It was so much fun to learn about each child as they presented to you and to others. Thank you so much for your participation! It was and IS a great beginning to the holidays!
I also wanted to remind you of our Winter party, Thursday, Dec. 14 from 8-9:15. Be on the lookout for an email from Diane Anderson (Belle’s mom) to coordinate!
On Friday, Dec. 15, our class has earned a class prize by filling the jewels in our glass jar for working so well as a classroom community. You may send in a DVD and we will vote on one to share as our “Prize”. This is our second class reward this year! Yay! Your child may also wear their pajamas, bring extra snacks and a small pillow or stuffed animal for cuddling up and watching our movie on Friday.

Here’s what we are up to this week:
Word Work: We will not have spelling words this week. Enjoy your family time together!
Social Studies: We will continue to celebrate our very own stories and family experiences with the other second grade classes this week. Our culture means so much to us!

Writing: As we write cards to our friends and families, we are continually working on editing and making sure all word wall words are spelled correctly, we have capitals at the beginning of our sentences and punctuation at the end. I encourage you to have your child write individual holiday and thank you cards this Winter break and have them edit, revise and get better at knowing their word wall words by memory.
Math: We are working on Geometry. I sent home a letter last week and will again today describing this unit of study. 2nd graders will learn how to identify attributes of 2-D and 3-D shapes, learn about rectangular arrays, and how to divide 2-D shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths. We will learn how to build and draw 2-D shapes, compose and decompose shapes in different ways, and use geometric language to describe and identify important features of 2-D shapes. The IXL strands that goes with this unit of study are the letters “T, U, V and W”. I encourage you to work on these over the Winter break along with adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers.
Reading: Please read every day over the break! What a fun relaxing thing to do after so much excitement!
Thank you and enjoy these next few weeks of family time! Happy Holidays!


Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter November 27, 2017

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Wise Owls’ Newsletter Nov. 27, 2017

Hello all!
I hope you had a wonderful relaxing Thanksgiving week! I was here beginning report cards which come home Dec. 8. But, I did have time to relax and enjoy the holiday with friends. I also wanted to remind you of our Winter party, Thursday, Dec. 14 from 8-9:15 (or so). Be on the lookout for an email from Diane Anderson (Belle’s mom) to coordinate! Here’s what we are up to this week:
Word Work: We are on week 8 in Spelling City. Our word wall words are: their, were, where, through and don’t. Our family words are float, toast, cold, our and thrown. There are lots of ways to practice. Be on the lookout tomorrow for Word Wall concentration to be coming home from your child. Play this “memory game” with them and help them learn our “no excuse” word wall words! You can also make this game with the word family words as well.
Social Studies: We have finally finished our Community unit with the finale being Jr. Achievement. These are lessons taught by a “community member” and is done in each grade level. If you have a 5th grader, you have heard of “Biz Town” which is part of the Jr. Achievement lessons. A HUGE thank you to Michelle Megarry (Madison’s mom) for teach 5 lessons to our class about how the government works as well as money and taxes in our community! Your child is bringing home their “community visits” paper from our community fieldtrip earlier this fall to the West Linn Community. I encourage you to have your child fill out each section in full sentences with a beginning, middle and ending. This is for practice only and may be kept at home.
Writing: We are continuing our Writing and Social Studies unit with our “Family, Culture and Tradition Study”. Your child sent in a rough draft of their name, ancestors and traditions. We are now in the process of typing those into google slides…ALL DONE BY YOUR CHILD! They are learning about the workings of a computer, a keyboard, capital letters and punctuation as well as adding pictures from online. Just go into Google and have your child show you! They each have their very own Google log in and slide show on this unit started! You may help them revise and edit and add their very own family picture.
Math: We are working on adding fluently to 20. Check out the game “close to 20” that is coming home today. Play a version with your child with real cards. Raise the number to 30 if they are fluent and so on. We are also working on knowing our coins and their values. Give your child a handful of coins and have them add it up. If they get it, they can keep it! This is something that is a very difficult concept for them. Thank you for your help. Please read the attached “math family letter” about what we are doing in math. Please know that IXL is an enrichment but useful math tool for your child to use at home. The money IXL is letter “P”. In adding two digit numbers, the IXL is “G”.
Reading: I hope everyone is reading “just right” books! We have been working hard on knowing what a just right book is…a book that they know how to read, that they understand (comprehend) and can retell fully and that they make no more than 2-4 mistakes per page. Your child should also be able to tell you the central message of the story or what the author was trying to teach them. If your child is making more than 5 mistakes per page the book is too hard. Please send it back in and ask them to check out another book.
Thank you and enjoy these next few weeks of family time!


Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Nov. 13, 2017

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Hi all!
This is our last week of school before Thanksgiving week! Your family will get a week of family time! (I am, however, here at school next Monday and Tuesday if you feel the need to call, email or touch base with me.)

Last week, I asked for each of you to help your child find out about their name, their ancestors and at least one tradition that your family does sometime in the fiscal year. They were to write this on the rough draft that was sent home last Monday. Today, your child began TYPING their information into GOOGLE SLIDES. They are making a SLIDE PRESENTATION! Yes, your children are incredibly smart, creative and are learning a ton about their family and ancestors! If you WANT to WORK on your GOOGLE SLIDE PRESENTATION AT HOME, all you need to do is sign in under Google. Your child knows their account number. It is the P________ number. The SAME sign in for Typing Agent and Rosetta Stone. Make sure and use the COPY ONLY SLIDE…or else it goes to everyone. Maybe you can add a REAL family picture to your child’s Google slide presentation? Also, please help your child EDIT and REVISE.

Our Word wall words over the next week is Week 7. The words are: really, dear, who, brother and sister. The family words are: grandmother, grandfather, uncle, aunt and relative. The first 5 words are our “no excuse” words! They should be memorized so please practice them in the car, at the dinner table, and on paper. Thank you!

In math, we are learning that if we color 36 squares on a 100 chart, then how many squares are left? How would you write that equation? There are several ways:
36 + ? = 100
? + 36 = 100
100 – 36= ?
100 – ? = 36
These are called FACT FAMILIES. Please help your child with writing these in the pages coming home today.

IXL Letter K really goes along with fact families. They call it RELALTED FACTS. I encourage you and your child to log on and look at it together!

In science we are continuing to learn about our earth, the inside and outside and what makes it up…Geology! Collecting rocks and trying to identify them is an easy and fun way to start at home.

Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Wise Owls newsletter Nov. 6, 2017

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Families, Traditions & Interviews

Let’s celebrate and learn about our families!

As a continuing part of our study of communities, we will start to document life stories of our families and relatives. Throughout November, we want to interview family members. After all, our families are the foundation of a strong community. Spending time with family members and listening carefully to stories they tell about their lives is an important way we learn about family values and traditions.
Assignment One
Photo of my Family
Due: Tomorrow if possible!
Second Graders will be completing an art project based on their immediate family.
Please send in a photo of your family for use throughout this project.

Assignment Two
Rough Draft of your family, culture and tradition study writing packet.
Due: Monday, Nov. 13
Second graders will be learning and writing about their own family heritage how their name was selected, the story of your ancestors and a family tradition that is practiced with your family sometime throughout the year. This rough draft is due Monday, Nov. 13. We will write our final draft in school. Our learning targets in writing are: writing with a beginning, middle and ending and using capitals and punctuation in the correct places.

Hi all!
The next couple of weeks are going to be quite busy! We are beginning a family unit that will be focusing on storytelling, listening and speaking and writing. This is our very first writing homework project. Remember, the one your child has at home and that is attached to this email is a rough draft.

Our Word wall words over the next week is Week 6. The words are: very, because, some, with, and nice. The family words are: clean, please, feast, seem and sleep-long e words. The first 5 words are our “no excuse” words! They should be memorized so please practice them in the car, at the dinner table, and on paper. Thank you!

In math, we are continuing to learn that 86 is written with 8 strips or lines of 10 and 6 ones. I sent letters home last week explaining this. When kids add 86 to 43 they would add 6 ones and 3 ones to make 9 then 8 strips and 4 strips of ten to make 12 strips which is 120. Then they would add 120 +9 to make 129. IXL Letter M really explains this well. I encourage you and your child to log on and look at it together!

In science we are continuing to learn about our earth, the inside and outside and what makes it up…Geology! Collecting rocks and trying to identify them is an easy and fun way to start at home.

In writing and social studies, we are continuing our community with the smallest part: our families. The assignments and unit of study are described below.

Volunteers: please come in if you have not been in a while or email me if you forgot when you signed up to volunteer. Thank you to those that consistently remember and come in. You are awesome!

Have a great week!

Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Oct. 30, 2017

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Wise Owl’s Newsletter
Oct. 30, 2017

Hi all!
We are having our Fall Festival celebration tomorrow at 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM. Feel free to come if you want! Belle’s mom, Diana, has tons planned for us. Thank you! Here is what is happening this week in our subjects at school:
Spelling: Our word wall words are: into, first, little, many and just. There are lots of ways to practice at home such as clapping the spellings, snapping, stomping, etc. You can play hangman or write them three times each or in sentences. You decide how you want to practice them. Of course, Spelling City Week 5 has several ideas for learning these words as well. The family words are: space, race, once, huge and gym.
Math: Your child is bringing home a letter describing what we are learning about in math over the next several weeks. There are examples for solving the problems on this page so that you can help your child at home if need be. The papers that are sent home with the newsletter are for your child to work on at your own pace. The IXL that goes along with this is place value: M. We have been working on this for a couple of weeks at school.
Science: We are learning about Geology! Please ask your kids what they have learned so far about our Earth! This would be a great discussion to have over the dinner table.

Ms. Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Oct. 23, 2017

Wise Owls Newsletter
Oct. 23, 2017

Hi everyone!
What a wonderful sunny week we are having! Enjoy the sunshine for sure! Here is what we are working on in class this week:
Spelling/Word Work/Writing
Our word wall words this week are: been, out, know, down and about. It is WEEK 4. There are also 5 family words that are part of studying too. Please go online to practice your words sometime this week. We also did “word wall concentration” in school today with the 5 sight words. Please practice this game with our children this week! We want these spelling words to transfer into your child’s writing, which is “narrative” about themselves. Please ask them what they are writing. Discuss “beginning, middle and ending” with them. Have them “retell” you their writing at school and help them to add “juicy” details.
Your kids are working on retelling their stories to you with a beginning, middle and ending so that they understand that what they are doing in reading, is what they are supposed to be doing in writing: writing a juicy story with details. Please have them retell their stories to you.
We are beginning a new unit, Unit 3, on place value or breaking down big numbers into ones, tens and hundreds. We do this with regular adding and subtracting, as well as with story problems. Some very last pages of Unit 1 went home with your child today to solve using this method. Please return when you are finished.
If you want to try IXL, the place value we are working on is the letter “M”.
Fall Party
Our first of 4 parties is next Tuesday from 8-9:30. An email was sent home from Belle’s mom via me about volunteering. Also, we are asking for donations of $10 or $15 or whatever you can donate to help pay for the 4 parties. Please make your checks out to Stafford and thank you to those that have already donated!

Thank you and have a great week!
Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Oct. 16, 2017


Hi all!

What great conferences we had! I really enjoyed making goals with you about your child for the year. It is always nice to meet with you and learn more about you and your family. Thank you for taking the time to come in and talk with me. My door is always open! Here is what is happening this week academically:


It’s Week 3 on Spelling City. The five word wall words are: why, when, then, there and our. Remember to play written games such as hangman, to clap out the spelling in the car and to “quiz” your kids orally and on paper. The spelling city website is available as a bonus for those that have computers. If these words are too easy, then I strongly encourage your child to do the Week 3 Challenge Words too. You can find them on my blog under Writing on Spelling city. Your child does need to log in. If you can not find your log in, please email me and I will get that to you.


A packet is coming home with your child today from their math book. We are working on adding coins, counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s as high as you can go, and reading and solving story problems using place value or tens and ones. I discussed with you at conference time about how to break down a number into tens and ones. This is the next step in solving story problems. The IXL enrichment that goes along with this is “M”. Start with number 1 and work your way down as it is sequential. We will be doing this in class as well if you don’t or can’t at home. The homework math packet can be returned whenever your child finishes it! Thank you!


Reading was discussed with every single one of you at conference time. The most important thing is that your child is reading “just right” books…books that they can use their voice to sound like the characters, to make the book sound smooth, to “read” like a professional storyteller with props, gestures and sound effects. They should be stopping at punctuation and looking ahead to see if the sentence is a question, statement or exclamation. You can only do this with books that are not too hard!

Party Funds

Our fall Party is Oct. 31st from 8:00-9:30 this month. A note from Belle Anderson’s mom was sent home via email last week asking for donations of either $10 or $15 for our 4 celebrations this school year. Please make your checks out to Stafford Primary. Thank you!

Have a great week!


Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Oct. 3, 2017


HI everyone!

What great conferences we are having so far! We are making great goals together and you get to see what your child is working on this year in second grade.

Some of the main goals for second graders in reading are comprehension and retelling skills. Of course, all kids should be reading Just Right books by now! Please ask your child to retell their stories, to give details such as character and setting and if there is a problem and solution, do that too!

In writing the student goals for second grade are writing with a beginning, middle and ending. We began our narrative writing by using the pictures you sent in and writing a biography on ourselves. It is a work in progress this week! If you have not yet sent in pictures for your kids to get ideas about their lives, please do so. Proofreading or rereading will help with adding in punctuation and capitals in the correct places. Keeping a diary or journal at home would be ideal for practicing writing stories.

Part of reading and writing is Word Work or our Word Wall Words. This weeks 5 sight words are: how, said, they, like and what. It is Week 2 on Spelling City. Remember to actually have your child practice writing the words on paper too! Playing “Hangman” on paper is a fun game! They play HangMouse on Spelling city so they should know how! If not, please teach them.

In Math, the kids are learning strategies of simplified ways to add thier KNOWN math facts. Adding plus 1, or plus 2, doubles, and plus 10 are easy ways to learn math facts. If the kids know their doubles, they should know how to add their neighbors (3+3=6, so 3+4 is one more so 7). I sent home a letter in your child’s backpack explaining this more in depth yesterday. Quiz them their math facts when driving in the car so that they know them forwards and backwards! If they know 5 + 8 = 13, then what is 8 + 5? The same!

IXL: This is a new log in math website that I showed the children how to use today. It correlates with the Common Core math Goals. Right now, we are working on:
L.1 Add and subtract numbers up to 20

Please help your child log in to practice these math facts. IXL is enrichment and not required, but I will always let you know which IXL Common Core Goal correlates with our math for the week so that those that want the extra practice may have it!

Have a great week!


Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Sept. 25, 2017

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Hi everyone!

We’ve got exciting news! Our class will be using VocabularySpellingCity for word study, and your child has access to this great tool from home! VocabularySpellingCity is an educational website and app that allows students to gain and retain word knowledge through practice with engaging vocabulary, spelling, writing and phonics activities. You can access VocabularySpellingCity online by: (and please let your child practice logging in!)

1. Going to our school website on any browser. The kids are learning to use the google browser.

2. Click on “classrooms” at the top.

3. Click on my web page at the bottom of the three teachers

4. Scroll down and find the “writing” section on the right hand side.

5. Click on “spelling city”.

6. Log in under “student”. Please log in so that I know how many minutes you were online! We are on week 1. . The words are: all, but, from, had and have. I know some of you may already know how to spell these and that is OK!There are also five “family” words to practice.

7. Work on learning to spell the word on line and also play “Hangmouse” to begin with. Feel free too explore other games too.

For those that need a challenge, you may also do Week 1 Challenge words. We will have a test on these words at the end of this week. Please do not take the test at home! You may take the practice test but do not click on the “test me”.

Questions: Please email me!

So, we have reading everyday and some kind of word work everyday from Spelling City. You choose which game you would like your child to play. Also, please remember to play some games with paper and pencil such as hangman! They will need a practice spelling test on paper from you before Thursday too as our test will be Thursday of this week. Practice spelling the words in the car while driving, eating around the table, etc. Be creative! Clap the letters, snap the letters, cheer the letters, stamp the letters…you get the idea. The goal is for your child to know these words forwards and backwards. Thank you.

Here is a conference list again. Please sign up if you haven’t already. I look forward to meeting with all of you!


Angie Wise

Ms. Wise’s Conference sign-up Fall 2017

Hello everyone!

Many of you expressed an interest in conferencing early with me due to conflicts and I wanted to give you a variety of times (early morning, mid-day, early to late afternoon and one mid to late morning day). Please take a look below and write either a 1, 2 or 3 in a slot that you would be able to attend. If you do not see a time that looks good to you, please email me and we will arrange a time that works for both of us. I want this to be easy for you and I want to be as flexible as possible as we make year-long goals together for your child!


Angie Wise

Child’s name__________________________Parent Name_______________________

Monday, Sept. 25

7:30 AM Caleb Freitas (Tasha and Michael)


4:00 PM Whitney Amos(Nicole and Rusty)

Tuesday, Sept. 26

7:30 AM Robinson Whitcomb (Laura)

11:30 AM Beau Johnson (Catherine)

Wednesday, Sept. 27

7:30 AM_________________________________

11:30 AM Graham Fuller

2:15 PM ___________________________________

2:35 PM Elliot Bresee-Hainley

Thursday, Sept. 28

7:30 AM Titan Leeser (Karl and Linda)

11:30 AM Madison Megarry (Michelle)

Monday, Oct. 2

7:30 AM Drew Butler (Jeremy and Karin)

Tuesday, Oct. 3

7:30 AM Sarah Wieland (Jenny)

Wednesday, Oct. 4

7:30 AM Mia Luccio (Laura)

Thursday, Oct. 5

7:30 AM Alexis Rowan

Tuesday, Oct. 10:

2:20 PM _______________________________________________

2:40 PM Gerald Tattersall (Roger)

3:00 PM Declan Lombardi (Jana)

3:20 PM________________________________________________

3:40 PM Michael Gong (Wen Jiang)

4:00 PM Colleen Smith (Stacy and Steve)

4:20 PM Amelia Netzel (Laura)

4:40 PM Kelsey Smith (Kelli)

Wednesday, Oct. 11:

9:00 AM Mia (Brian and Morgan Luccio)

9:20 AM Parker (Amy)

9:40 AM Caylin Cisneros (Angela)

10:00 AM Belle Anderson (Kyle and Diana)

10:20 AM Carina Biallas

10:40 AM____________________________________________

11:00 AM________________________________________________