Wise Owls Newsletter May 21, 2015

The Wise Owls Newsletter

May 21st, 2015


Ecosystem Museum

Please plan on coming to our ecosystem museum next Friday, May 29th!  We will host an open house from: 8:10-9:10 in the MPR.  It will be in the style of the science fair.  Your child has done a ton of research and artwork that will be on display on the tables.  Please move around, talk to as many 2nd graders as you can and come prepared to ask questions about the research the children have done as well about the ecosystem they chose to study further.  We can’t wait to share with you what we have been learning these past 2 months!

 Field Day

Field day is Tuesday, June 9 from 8:00-12:00.  Volunteers are ALWAYS needed!  If you can volunteer, please call the office to sign up.  Thank you.

Reading at Home

This is our very last week of taking books home from our classroom library.  Please try and read and return books daily so that the children can finish their books with you.  Of course, we will continue to read here in the classroom until the very last day!  Taking books home was the very first thing each child did in my classroom on the very first day of school.  I am currently in the process of assessing each child in their reading skills and I am so excited by how well they are reading!  They ARE great readers!  Please continue to read every day over the summer and their third grade teachers will be so impressed!

Upcoming Dates:

May 29th: 8:10-9:10:  Ecosystem Museum in the MPR.  It is an open house!

May 26, 27 and 28:  Parent help with animals for murals!  Please come in anytime!  You do not have to be signed up!  Thank you!

June 1, 2, 3 and 4:  Parent work parties to help with memory books!  Please come in anytime!  You do not have to be signed up!  Thank you!

June 5:  No school for kids.  Report card prep day.

June 9:  Field day 8am to 12 pm.  Volunteers needed!  Please call the office. 

June 10:  Portfolio and memory book share (8:30-9:10) and 2nd grade end of year party 9:30-11:00. 

June 12:  Kids last day.  Early release 10:40 AM.

June 15:  Teacher’s last day.

Aug. 25: Teacher’s first day of school

Aug. 27:  Supply drop off and ice cream social.  1-2 pm.

Aug. 31:  First day of school

Sept. 7:  Labor day.  No school.

Sept. 10:  Curriculum night.






Africa Bridge Celebration

Last week was a wonderful week learning the art of African drumming, dancing and singing with our artist in residence, Okaidja Afroso. Okaidja, a native or Ghana, is an incredible singer, dancer and songwriter. He taught us how to hear the rhythm, to practice keeping a beat and how to look to each other to drum as a community. He taught us how to move our bodies to the rhythm.


But, Okaidja taught us more than just drum beats and dance moves. He shared with us his passion for music. He communicated to us the joy and peacefulness that comes with letting yourself become one with music. We were excited to experience that together with him.


On Friday we could feel the joy as we drummed and we danced celebrating the end of our Africa Bridge Reading Challenge Project. It was a spectacular performance for our parents and other classes that attended. We were excited to reveal that we have raised over $4,500 so far to help our buddy school this year.


Dr. Roger Woehl, the president of Africa Bridge, celebrated with us and surprised us by letting us know that there is a local foundation that has offered to match whatever amount Stafford raises this year. That means that right now we will have a total donation of $9,000 for our buddy school. We are so grateful for this generous gift! It is amazing to see how we can make a difference in the lives of others when we work together.

Congratulations Second Graders!

You have the power to change lives and you are doing it.  

Here’s to you!

How does it feel to know you are changing the lives of our friends in Tanzania?

Africa Bridge Celebration Week!

Okaidja Afroso

This week, Okaidja Afroso will be visiting Stafford as our Artist in Residence. It’s been our second grade tradition to invite Okaidja to help celebrate our world outreach to Africa.  He is presenting his Dancing Feet and Talking Drums residency to our second grade classes in support of our Africa Bridge Read-a-thon. Under the Artist in Residence headingwe 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 8th from 8:10 – 9:30.  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 4th – 7th in our classrooms.  Any checks should be written to Africa Bridge and are eligible for tax deductions. Tax donation forms will be sent home after donations are turned in this week.

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!  It’s exciting and so rewarding for us to help change the lives of our friends in Tanzania.