Wise Owls’ March 18 Newsletter

The Wise Owls Newsletter

March 18, 2013

 

Hello everyone!

What great students your children are!  You should be very proud of them as they led you through our classroom and the conference.  Everyone has some good goals to work on for the next 3 months of school, which will be fun and packed with great learning.  Here are some things from the conference that you need to know/and or do:

  1.  Fill out and turn in the completed “Conference Checklist”.  This was on your child’s desk to do with them.
  2. Fill out and turn in the “Community Member Reflection”. This was on your child’s desk to do with them.
  3. Fill out and turn in the “Learner Reflection”.  This was on your child’s desk to do with them.
  4. Your child should interview one of you on the “Biography interview”.  This was on your child’s desk to do with them.  Turn this in this week.
  5. Go onto my blog on the school website to practice learning to type under “Dance Typing”
  6. Practice using a dictionary at home and at school!
  7. Use your word wall at home when you read and write!  Make sure you write your word wall words on your “at home word wall” each week.  I will type up the current word wall words and include them in my newsletter after spring break.
  8. A “number sentence” just means an equation…example, 12+18=? is a number sentence.

 

Homework

Flat Stanley is coming to your house!  Please read the enclosed homework that is included.  You need to:

  1. Mail 1 Flat Stanley to a relative with the stapled packet that says “Dear________” at the top.
  2. Keep 1 Flat Stanley and write of his adventures with you over spring break in the journal pages provided titled “Flat Stanley’s Spring Break Adventures”.  This is due April 1st.

 

Great People

“Hall of Fame”

This will be Wednesday, March 20th from 8:15-9:00 AM in the library.  Please have your child come dressed as their Great Person!

Here are the “Great People we met the week before last that I promised to tell you about:

George came as Jesus and taught us all about this man from over 2000 years ago.

Anika was Nadia Comaneci was an Olympic gymnast who scored a perfect 10 on the uneven bars.

Kyle taught us about the father of our country, George Washington.

Andy taught us about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he worked for equality for all people through peace and understanding.

Liam told us about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

Cole was Vincent van Gogh whose most famous painting sold for 82 million dollars.

Caelan was Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat on the front of a bus in the 60’s and from that, helped change the laws.

Chloe was Susan B. Anthony who worked her entire life to help women get the right to vote.

Earl was Walt Disney, who we all love!

Brodyn gave us the life story of our current president, Barack Obama.

Jasper was J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Leina was Florence Nightingale who was one of the first women nurses in the world to help during a war on a battlefield.

Sydney taught us about Sacajawea and how this famous Shoshone woman helped Lewis and Clark in their expedition across the West.

Charlie was Paul McCartney, the famous Beatle!

Brandon was Dr. Seuss, an author we all love for his rhyming and nonsense.

 

 

Word Work (spelling, writing and reading) we are keeping the same words for this short 3 day week. Please practice!

 

goes                      right

 

bright                             light

 

never

 

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

March 20:  2nd grade “Hall of Fame” 8:15-9:00 AM. Come dressed as your great person!  Bring a change of clothes to change into!

 

March 22:  Homework due

 

March 23-31:  Spring Break

 

April 1:  “Flat Stanley’s Spring Break Adventures Journal” is due.

 

 

Wise Owls Newsletter March 11, 2013

The Wise Owls Newsletter

March 11, 2013

 

Hello all!

What great people we met last week! We met many famous people last week and I will tell you all about them in next Mondays’ newsletter. Right now, we need to focus on our conferences, which begin today!  A schedule is on the back of this newsletter.  Remember, please come in 30-40 minutes prior to your conference as you have a lot to do with your child and they have a lot to share with you!  EXAMPLE:  If you sign up for a conference time beginning at 3:00, you will arrive at 2:20 or 2:30. The first part of the conference will be led by your child in our classroom.  The scheduled time at 3:00 will be a conference with me.  When you come in, you will go to your student’s desk and take the packet that I son it.  It will tell you exactly what to do.  Here is what the first part of the packet says so that you will be ready to have a wonderful, positive, empowering experience with your child:

Dear Parents,

Again, thank you for taking the time to come in and display a positive interest in your child’s progress and support and encourage them about his/her work here at school.  Your child will be taking the lead, but to ensure they are on task, I have made this cue card for you.  I want your child and you to get the best possible learning experience, with them as a teacher.  The goal for your child is: To empower them, in the “adult role” of teaching and informing their parents about their life as students!  The goals for the parents are:  To share the joy that is found in school and to positively support the developmentally appropriately levels of learning that your child demonstrates.  The goal for me, as your child’s teacher is:  To help build positive self-esteem by sharing our school routine and progress with key adults.

 

 

Great People “Hall of Fame”

This will be Wednesday, March 20th from 8:15-9:00 AM in the library.  Please have your child come dressed as their Great Person!

 

Pennies for Patients

Please put your pennies in the box provided for leukemia and lymphoma society.  Let’s raise some money for this cause!

 

Word Work (spelling, writing and reading) we are keeping the same words for this short 3 day week. Please practice!

 

question                       hour

 

found                           until

 

believe

 

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

March 11, 12, and 14:  Student led conferences and sharing of Great People Unit.

 

Monday, March 18:  Homework due

 

March 20:  2nd grade “Hall of Fame” 8:15-9:00 AM

 

March 23-31:  Spring Break

 

 

Wise Owls Newsletter March 4, 2013

The Wise Owls Newsletter

March 4, 2013

 

Great Person Unit

What great people we met last week! We met:

Eva Peron:  Lily taught us that she was great because of her work with poor people in her country as well as being the first lady of Argentina.

Audrey Hepburn: Emily taught us that besides being a great actress, she helped kids through UNICEF.

Marie Curie:  Ksenya taught us that Marie Curie was awarded the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discoveries and studies of the elements radium and polonium. 

Helen Keller:  Clara taught us about Helen Keller and the amazing life she led as a blind and deaf person.

Annie Besant:  Mia taught us that Annie influenced the evolution of woman’s rights and worker’s rights, beginning in Great Britain.

Rachel Carson:  Karah taught us that Rachel was known for her environmental movement and how DDT affects food and the animals and people that eat the food that has this pesticide on it.

Eric Liddell: Trevor taught us that Eric won the 1924 Olympic Gold Medal for the 400 Meter race as well as being a missionary in China.

Queen Elizabeth 1:  Maude taught us that Queen Elizabeth ruled England for 44 years with relative stability and prosperity.

Leonardo daVinci:  Theo taught us that Leonardo was a “renaissance” man…a man who was an inventor, sculptor, painter, scientist, and many more!

Kerri Strug:  Ava taught us that Kerri is famous for her gymnastics and her famous vault in Atlanta, GA.

Amelia Earhart:  Stella taught us that Amelia was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Anne Frank:  Adelia taught us that Anne is a Jewish girl that had to go into hiding during WW II. She is best
known for the diary that she kept.

Princess Diana:  Ruby taught us that Princess Diana was a supporter of many charities and was loved by the people of England.

Abraham Lincoln:  Tyler taught us that Abe freed the slaves and was a great president for our country.

 

 

Great People “Hall of Fame”

This will be Wednesday, March 20th from 8:15-9:00 AM in the library.  Please have your child come dressed as their Great Person!

World Education Games

We are playing against people around the world this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!  Please practice at home!

Pennies for Patients

Please put your pennies in the box provided for leukemia and lymphoma society.  Let’s raise some money for this cause!

Conference sign ups

Please check the back of this newsletter for a conference sign up.  If you have not yet signed up, please do or let me know an open time and I will sign you up.  Our spring conferences will include your child!  The conference time that you select will be the “official time” with me. However, you will need to include 30-40 minutes before your scheduled time to celebrate your child’s learning as a family.  It will be an Open House format.  EXAMPLE:  If you sign up for a conference time beginning at 3:00, you will arrive at 2:20 or 2:30. The first part of the conference will be led by your child in our classroom.  The scheduled time at 3:00 will be a conference with me.

Word Work (spelling, writing and reading)

question                       hour

 

found                           until

 

believe

 

Upcoming Dates:

Feb. 25-March 8:  Great People presentations.

 

March 8:  Homework due on Fridays again!

 

March 7:  Stafford science fair

 

March 11, 12, and 14:  Student led conferences and sharing of Great People  Unit.

 

March 20:  2nd grade “Hall of Fame” 8:15-9:00 AM

 

March 23-31:  Spring Break