Wise Owls Newsletter May 12, 2014

HI all!
We have begun our animal reports and they are very exciting!  It is really great to see the kids look out around the room, speak with expression and tell us about their animal from first person.  It is really imperative to talk about how we, as humans, affect your animal and their ecosystem.  Have a discussion about this around the dinner table or in the car please!  Only us can help the animals and plants…they do not have a voice for what is happening in our world. 
Many dates need to be added to your calendar!  As of today, there are only 22 school days left before the last day for kids on June 13th (I will be here through June 18th).
Put these dates on your calendar:
Today-May 22:  Animal presentations.  A schedule  was sent home via email.
May 30th (Friday):Ecosystem Museum in the MPR.  There is a time change!  It will be from 9:30-10:30, drop in…just like the Hall of Great People.
June 10 (Tuesday):  Field day.  Volunteers are needed from 8 AM-12 PM.  If you can volunteer, please let the office know!
June 11 (Wednesday):  Memory book share and class party. 
8:45:  Memory Book Share in the classroom
9:30-10:45:  Class party on the front lawn with all of the second graders
10:45-11:25:  Pizza and ice cream!
June 13th (Friday):  Kids last day of school. School ends at 10:40 AM today.
Thanks so much for all your help!  Again, if you can come in to volunteer, I am sure needing your help…and the kids are too! Thanks a bunch!
Angie Wise

Africa Bridge Assembly

Assembly Friday, May 9th

8:10 – 9:10 in the MPR

Tomorrow is our Africa Bridge Celebration assembly!  Second graders will be performing African drumming and dancing taught by Okaidja Afroso, our artist in residence. We invite our second grade parents, siblings and relatives to attend this assembly and celebrate with us.

Thank you for sending in your Africa Bridge Read-a-thon donations this week. It’s not too late to send in your donations tomorrow!  We are excited to reveal the total amount of money raised by our second graders at the assembly. We are making a difference in the world!

Wise Owl Newsletter May 5, 2014

The Wise Owls Newsletter

May 5th, 2014

Animal Presentation Sign ups

Attached to this newsletter is a calendar and a sign up for your child to present their animal speech.  Please choose 3 times that might work for you.  I will do my best to give you your first choice, but know you will get one of the three times you sign up for.  It is due Wed., May 7th, but of course, the earlier you return it, the better your chances of getting your first choice!

Animal Speech Reports

We have worked really hard this past several weeks to do as much research on our animal and write it in first person.  Your child is bringing home the work they have done, but will need to finish the rest at home this week.  They will also need to either copy it or rewrite it onto index cards for their speech they will be giving the class beginning next week.  The animal report paper I am sending home with the kids today is due back to me with the homework menu this Friday or Monday.  Thank you!

Africa Bridge

Please collect and send in your monies by this Thursday, May 8th.   Your child brought home a list last week stating how many books they read at school as well as minutes for Africa Bridge.  Our total amount will be revealed at Friday’s African drum and dancing assembly from 8:15-9:15!  Thank you again for donating to this very important cause.


Okaidja  Afroso

Our second graders will have the pleasure of working with Okaidja Afroso, a native of Ghana, this week of May 5-9.  He will be presenting his Dancing Feet and Talking Drums residency to our second grade classes in support of our Ecosystem Unit and African study.   Second grade students will be performing their African drumming and dancing for our Africa Bridge Celebration on Friday, May 10th from 8:15 – 9:15 in the MPR.  We would love for you to attend this wonderful assembly.

Upcoming Dates:

May 7th:  Animal presentation times due

May 9th or May 12th:  Animal Research papers need to be returned and dioramas due

May 12th-May 22nd:  Animal presentations

May 30th: 8:15 African drumming and singing assembly for our 2nd grade parents…presented by the second graders!

May 21:  Early Release at 12:10.

May 26:  Memorial Day.  No school

June 6:  No school for kids.  Report card prep day.

June 13:  Kids last day.  Early release.

June 18:  Teacher’s last day.




Second Grade IXL Challenge



May 1st – 30th 

Stafford Second Grades will be competing in an all out challenge to see which class can become the strongest mathematicians! 

Classes will compete from Thursday May 1st – Friday May 30th.

Teachers will announce updates every Friday! We will be looking at both time spent and number of problems completed!  Individuals will also be recognized for skills mastered! 


Each week the winning class will earn an

extra recess on Friday!

The overall winners will receive an

Popsicle Party in June!

The ultimate goal is a win for your class, but individuals can be winners too!

Each week the top 5 individuals from each class will be recognized by their individual teachers!

The overall top 5 from each class will be invited to the

Popsicle Party!

African Drumming

Okaidja Afroso

Next week, Okaidja Afroso will be our Artist in Residence. It’s been our second grade tradition to invite Okaidja to help celebrate our worldwide outreach to Africa.  He will be presenting his Dancing Feet and Talking Drums residency to our second grade classes in support of our Africa Bridge World Outreach and Ecosystem Unit. Under the Artist in Residence heading, we have a link about Okaidja for your family to enjoy.

Second graders will be performing at an assembly to showcase their newly acquired skills with drumming and dancing on Friday, May 9th from 8:10 – 9:10.  We will also be revealing the amount of money we’ve raised through our reading efforts in April to make a difference in the world. We encourage all second grade families to join us at this assembly and celebrate with us!

As you know, our monetary gifts and good wishes will be given to Africa Bridge to support their outreach to our friends in Tanzania. Donations from the Read-a-thon will be collected from May 5th – 8th in our classrooms.  Any checks should be written to Africa Bridge and are eligible for tax deductions.

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all the Second Grade Families for supporting our efforts to Read to Feed and Read to Build!