Family, Culture and Heritage

Our Family Stories: The Story of My Ancestors

We know that our ancestors are family members from long ago who came to the United States from a different country. We have learned that many of our customs and traditions come from the countries of our ancestors.

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It is interesting to learn about all the different cultures that are represented here in the United States. We are exploring those countries this week on the website called Time for Kids: Countries of the WorldJust click on the link above or the picture to get there and explore yourself.

What countries are your ancestors from?

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Our Family Stories: The Story of My Name

We have learned that the family is an important building block of a strong community. We each play an important role in our family, and the name they have given us is special. We are learning the stories of how we got our names.

Do you know the story of your name?

Wise Owls Newsletter Nov. 17, 2015

The Wise Owls Newsletter

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Nov. 17, 2015

 

Family, Culture and Ancestors Unit

Your children are really beginning to learn about themselves and their family in depth! They love telling each other the story of their name and where their ancestors are from. We’ve made flags from the countries of where your child’s ancestors are from and they are flying from your child’s desk.  They are so proud to be able to tell others about their ancestors and their heritage!  The tradition that you do yearly with your family is the last story your child will be telling.  We can’t wait to hear about all 3 stories when your child presents after Thanksgiving break.  I will send home all 3 papers (name story, ancestor story and tradition story) this Friday, Nov. 20.  Over Thanksgiving, please have your child practice reading and eventually “telling” their story in front of an audience:  you, their grandparents  relatives and friends.  The “extra” presentation board (poster board, tri-fold, PowerPoint, family picture album, etc.) can come in on the day your child is presenting.  The purpose of this unit is for your child to learn about themselves, their ancestors and their culture.  They culminate this unit with a “speaking” presentation in front of the class…and of course with their new wonderful knowledge about their heritage!

 

Old Magazines Needed!

Please send in your old magazines for a special project we will be doing! Thank you!

Community Fieldtrip

We are having our Community fieldtrip this Friday, Nov. 20 to the post office, bank, library, and a local grocery story as a final piece to our community unit. Any and all parents are welcome to come! You may either ride the bus with us at 8:45 from Stafford or meet us at 9:15 in the parking lot of Market of Choice grocery store on Hwy 43 in West Linn.

 

Mystery Reader

During these upcoming holidays, you may have a special guest visiting you at your home. If they would like to be a mystery reader, we would love that!  Please email me if this is something you or a family member are interested in doing and we will set up a time and date!

 

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 20:  Community fieldtrip.

Nov. 22-29: Thanksgiving Break for Kids.

Nov. 23:  Staff Development day.

Nov. 24:  Teacher report card prep day

Nov. 30-Dec.10:  Name, Ancestor and Tradition Presentations

Dec. 9:  Early release day at 12:10

Dec. 17:  Winter Party

Dec. 18:  Last day of school before winter break

Dec. 19-Jan. 3:  Winter Break

Jan. 4:  Staff Development Day

Jan. 5:  First day of school for kids in 2016

 

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Second Grade Community Fieldtrip!

Our Community

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The City of West Linn Field Trip

When:  Friday, November 20th

Time:  8:45-11:45

Where and why:  We will be taking a tour of some of the local businesses in the city of West Linn as part of our study of Communities. We will be visiting:

    • local grocers at a grocery store
    • the postal workers at the post office
    • bank tellers at the bank
    • librarians at the library

 

  • We are excited to visit these businesses that provide important goods and services to us.  We invite parents to join us on our tour. We will be visiting The Market of Choice, KeyBank, The Post Office, and The West Linn Library.

 

  • Schedule:  8:45   Buses depart Stafford.  11:45 Buses arrive back at Stafford.                                                       

 

  • If you would like to chaperone please let me know on the permission slip form. Any parent can come. You can ride the bus or meet us there outside Market of Choice

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Angie Wise

 

Family Padlet

Families

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Family are the people who love you.

Families are the the smallest form of a community. Each family is unique. Families can be big. They can be small. They can be somewhere in between. But, what they all have in common is that they are the people who love you. Click on the Family Padlet to share what family means to you.

Over the next few weeks we will be listening to the special stories of how we got our names, where our ancestors are from and important family traditions. Our families hold the keys to these stories for us!

Wise Owls Newsletter November 2, 2015

The Wise Owls Newsletter

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Nov. 2, 2015

Homework

Homework this week includes a “Writing” section about the smallest part of our community…your child. Please have a conversation with your child about how they got their name. They will need to write a rough draft in their homework notebook about their name, then a final paragraph on the paper provided.  As a class, we talked about “being independent” and doing their homework without you having to sit right beside them.  At school, I have 21 students who can all write independently for up to 30 minutes at a time!  And yes, they are ALL writing!  Today, every child wrote an entire story about what they did over Halloween.  Ask them!  Your child can write independently at home too!  This is called “building stamina”.  If you have high expectations for your child then you will usually find they CAN DO IT!  I am asking for all homework notebooks to come in on Thursday to be checked.  They are due every Thursday.  Please make sure and write the date at the top of each page when your children do their homework.  Also, please double check your child’s homework for capitals, periods and lowercase letters in the correct spots.  Have them edit and revise BEFORE they write their final copy on the paper that was attached to the homework sheet that was sent home last Thursday.  Thank you!

Community Unit

Who are the members in our community? What are their jobs?  How does our community work?  These are the kinds of questions we will be finding answers to.  Have a conversation with your child about our community and help explain to them how it works!  We are very lucky to have some great Junior Achievement lessons about our community that Lane Kadel, a member of our community, taught us this past week.  I am sending home the paperwork from these classes today.  Please talk to your child about what they learned about their community! Thank you Lane!

We are hoping to have a Community fieldtrip on Friday, Nov. 20 to the post office, bank, library, and a local grocery story as a final piece to our community unit. Details to come as I have them!

Halloween Party

Thank you Jill Tsai for planning our Fall Party! It was a lot of fun and everything was planned so well! Thank you to you, Jill and to all the parents who came in to help! We are asking for donations of $5.00 per party or $20 for all 4 parties throughout the year. If you have not yet made your donation, please send in ash or a check made out to Stafford Primary in an envelope marked “Party funds”. Thank you.

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 5: Homework due every Thursday!

Nov. 11: No School. Veteran’s Day

Nov. 20:  Possible Community fieldtrip.  Details soon!

Nov. 22-29: Thanksgiving Break for Kids.

Nov. 23:  Staff Development day.

Nov. 24:  Teacher report card prep day

Dec. 9:  Early release day at 12:10

Dec. 17:  Winter Party

Dec. 18:  Last day of school before winter break

Dec. 19-Jan. 3:  Winter Break

Jan. 4:  Staff Development Day

Jan. 5:  First day of school for kids in 2016

Have a great week!

Fondly,

Angie Wise