Padlet Challenges

Spelling, math and vocabulary practice can be fun. We are inviting all second graders to add to our Padlets this week as a homework challenge. Padlets are online sticky note pads. They are a great way to communicate and collaborate.

Directions: First, double click anywhere on a Padlet. Next, write your name in the box.  Finally, write a sentence using the spelling word. Be creative with your sentence.

Week 5 – Spelling Padlet using the word gym

Week 5 – Spelling Padlet using the word science

Week 5 – Math Padlet – Money

The Padlet Challenge

Spelling and vocabulary practice can be fun. We are inviting all second graders to add to our Padlets this week as a homework challenge.  Padlets are online sticky note pads. They are a great way to communicate and collaborate.

Directions: First, double click on anywhere on a Padlet. Next, write your name in the box (add your state or country if you are not from Stafford). Finally, write a sentence using the spelling word. Be creative with your sentence.

Fall Harvest Party

Harvest Celebration Invitation

Where: Wise Owl’s room, room 23

When: Friday, October 31st

What time:  9:30 – 10:40

The Owls will be celebrating the fall harvest season on Friday, October 31st from 9:30 – 10:40. Volunteers will help set up the celebration at 9:10 when the owls have recess. We are planning games, a book station, a craft station, and a snack.

We are collecting donations for our celebration fund this year.  A suggested donation is $20 for the 4 yearly celebrations which include Fall Harvest, Winter Polar Express, Valentine’s/Friends Day Breakfast with a Parent and the End-of-the-Year Second Grade Tropical Vacation Party. Checks can be made to Stafford Primary with a note indicating the money is for our Class Celebration fund. This is simply a donation and not meant to be a hardship for any family.

We Love Geology!

Geology Rocks


The  excitement in the room was incredible as we began researching rocks and minerals this last week.  We are all enjoying reading our geology books, and sharing interesting facts with each other. It was obvious to me how everyone was highly engaged in their own learning, reading for understanding, asking questions and searching for answers.

Time flies in class when we are directing our own learning and enjoying the feeling that what we are learning is important.  These are magical moments of learning together.   I dare say, pyroclastic at times.  We know it as the flow, which is, of course, different from the lava flow.  At that point it is not a job we are doing or work to be completed, it is our passion and we are pursuing it.  This is an important lesson we are learning.  What a privilege it is to work together like this.

We began our study with looking at the layers of the earth, which are inner core, outer core,the mantle, and the crust.  We learned the 3 rock types: sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic. We have enjoyed exploring the various parts of the rock cycle and thinking about how rocks are formed.

We are so lucky to be so close to our own very special volcanoes, Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mt. St. Helens, in Washington State.  Geologists and Volcanologists continually study Mt. St. Helen’s and track its every movement to help us learn more about our ever changing land forms.


What interesting fact do you know about rocks?

Second Grade Celebrations



We need your help to make Ms. Wise’s 2ndgrade holiday parties a success!

There will be a total of 4 parties kicking off with our fall celebration on October 31st.

Then a holiday party before winter break, a Friendship Celebration in February, and an end of the year party.  A typical donation of $20.00 per child would really be helpful in purchasing treats and prizes for the parties. Please make your checks payable to Stafford Elementary, and send them in to Ms. Wise.

It would also be helpful if you would send me a quick email so I can keep track of who has paid.  My email is:

Many thanks,

Angela Bevill-Kohler (Logan’s mom)












Wise Owls Newsletter Oct. 20, 2014

Wise Owls Newsletter

October 13, 2014

Money and Math!

As we discussed at conferences, we will be learning about money amounts and how to add and subtract it this year.  Please send in a ziplock or small container with your child’s name on it:  10 pennies, 5 nickels, 10 dimes, and 5 quarters.  Having REAL money to look at and use sure makes it much easier for your children!  Also, a quick way to help your child add money is to give them a small amount of change each day.  If they can add it up correctly, they keep it! If not, you keep it!  It will encourage them to add money for sure!  Our IXL math homework this week is all about money!


One of the things we talked about at conferences was writing.  In first grade, we focus on “getting our ideas down”.  The students are working on writing what happened at the beginning of the story, in the middle, and at the endKeeping a journal at home and trying to write at least one story a week would be great.  The kids tend to write stories about their own lives, which are called narratives.  Once the story is written (have them sound out the words to begin with, unless of course it is a word wall word!), they can reread and edit.  Editing is making sure capital letters are at the beginning of the sentence and lowercase letters throughout.  Punctuation should be at the end of the sentences and of course, spaces should be between words.  Encouraging your child to “just write” is a start!

Upcoming Dates:

Oct. 29:  Early Release Day at 12:10 PM

Oct. 31:  Harvest party from 9:30-10:45.  Who wants to help?  Contact Angela Bevill at

Nov. 5:  Fieldtrip to see the play Ivy and Bean at Newmark Theater in Portland 11-1:20.















Second Grade Geology Unit Rocks!

Get ready Wise Owls for the opening week of our Geology Unit! We can’t wait to take you to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals on Wednesday, October 15th.  We will be leaving school by 8:05 and plan to arrive back to school by noon. Don’t forget to pack several hearty snacks and a sack lunch for the bus ride home. Think about packing foods that are easy to eat on the bus.  As you read the following definition of the museum, you’ll begin to get excited about our first field trip!

“The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is a non-profit museum in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. Located just north of the Sunset Highway on the northern edge of Hillsboro, the earth science museum is in the Portland metropolitan area. Opened in 1997, the museum’s collections date to the 1930s with the museum housed in a home built to display the rock and mineral collections of the museum founders. The ranch style home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first of its kind listed in Oregon.

The museum sits on 23 wooded acres (9.3 ha), with the main building containing 7,500 square feet (700 m2) of space. Collections include petrified wood, various fossils, fluorescent minerals, meteoriteszeolites, and a variety of other minerals. With more than 20,000 specimens, the museum is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The facility has around 25,000 visitors each year, many of whom are on school tours.” Wikipedia

That’s us!  We’ll be on our first school tour.  Second graders rock!