Wise Owls Newsletter Sept. 25, 2017

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Hi everyone!

We’ve got exciting news! Our class will be using VocabularySpellingCity for word study, and your child has access to this great tool from home! VocabularySpellingCity is an educational website and app that allows students to gain and retain word knowledge through practice with engaging vocabulary, spelling, writing and phonics activities. You can access VocabularySpellingCity online by: (and please let your child practice logging in!)

1. Going to our school website on any browser. The kids are learning to use the google browser.

2. Click on “classrooms” at the top.

3. Click on my web page at the bottom of the three teachers

4. Scroll down and find the “writing” section on the right hand side.

5. Click on “spelling city”.

6. Log in under “student”. Please log in so that I know how many minutes you were online! We are on week 1. . The words are: all, but, from, had and have. I know some of you may already know how to spell these and that is OK!There are also five “family” words to practice.

7. Work on learning to spell the word on line and also play “Hangmouse” to begin with. Feel free too explore other games too.

For those that need a challenge, you may also do Week 1 Challenge words. We will have a test on these words at the end of this week. Please do not take the test at home! You may take the practice test but do not click on the “test me”.

Questions: Please email me!

So, we have reading everyday and some kind of word work everyday from Spelling City. You choose which game you would like your child to play. Also, please remember to play some games with paper and pencil such as hangman! They will need a practice spelling test on paper from you before Thursday too as our test will be Thursday of this week. Practice spelling the words in the car while driving, eating around the table, etc. Be creative! Clap the letters, snap the letters, cheer the letters, stamp the letters…you get the idea. The goal is for your child to know these words forwards and backwards. Thank you.

Here is a conference list again. Please sign up if you haven’t already. I look forward to meeting with all of you!

Fondly,

Angie Wise

Ms. Wise’s Conference sign-up Fall 2017

Hello everyone!

Many of you expressed an interest in conferencing early with me due to conflicts and I wanted to give you a variety of times (early morning, mid-day, early to late afternoon and one mid to late morning day). Please take a look below and write either a 1, 2 or 3 in a slot that you would be able to attend. If you do not see a time that looks good to you, please email me and we will arrange a time that works for both of us. I want this to be easy for you and I want to be as flexible as possible as we make year-long goals together for your child!

Fondly,

Angie Wise

Child’s name__________________________Parent Name_______________________

Monday, Sept. 25

7:30 AM Caleb Freitas (Tasha and Michael)

3:40________________________________

4:00 PM Whitney Amos(Nicole and Rusty)

Tuesday, Sept. 26

7:30 AM Robinson Whitcomb (Laura)

11:30 AM Beau Johnson (Catherine)

Wednesday, Sept. 27

7:30 AM_________________________________

11:30 AM Graham Fuller

2:15 PM ___________________________________

2:35 PM Elliot Bresee-Hainley

Thursday, Sept. 28

7:30 AM Titan Leeser (Karl and Linda)

11:30 AM Madison Megarry (Michelle)

Monday, Oct. 2

7:30 AM Drew Butler (Jeremy and Karin)

Tuesday, Oct. 3

7:30 AM Sarah Wieland (Jenny)

Wednesday, Oct. 4

7:30 AM Mia Luccio (Laura)

Thursday, Oct. 5

7:30 AM Alexis Rowan

Tuesday, Oct. 10:

2:20 PM _______________________________________________

2:40 PM Gerald Tattersall (Roger)

3:00 PM Declan Lombardi (Jana)

3:20 PM________________________________________________

3:40 PM Michael Gong (Wen Jiang)

4:00 PM Colleen Smith (Stacy and Steve)

4:20 PM Amelia Netzel (Laura)

4:40 PM Kelsey Smith (Kelli)

Wednesday, Oct. 11:

9:00 AM Mia (Brian and Morgan Luccio)

9:20 AM Parker (Amy)

9:40 AM Caylin Cisneros (Angela)

10:00 AM Belle Anderson (Kyle and Diana)

10:20 AM Carina Biallas

10:40 AM____________________________________________

11:00 AM________________________________________________

Wise Owls Newsletter Sept. 18, 2017

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Hi Parents,

I hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying the fresh rain which seems to be cleaning our air. Today the kids were rushing to the windows to listen to the thunder and watch the rain pour down….one would think they h.ad never seen rain before!

Tomorrow, Tues. September 19th we will be celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day! As part of our unit on maps and directionality, we will be celebrating Pirate Day! We will have pirate math, pirate reading, pirate writing, and we will work on our mapping skills while navigating with a compass rose.

**Please feel free to send your child dressed as a pirate! But, keep it simple! Use what you might already have around the house, a bandanna, a white shirt, a big belt, a homemade eye patch…no need to buy an extravagant costume.

Later this week we have our community field trip to West Linn on Thursday, Sept. 21. We are taking a walking tour of some of the local businesses as party of our study on communities and maps. We will depart Stafford at 9:00 (so parents that are coming with us, please arrive by 8:45 to Stafford) and return by 11:30. Please dress your child in good walking shoes and send them with a waterproof jacket. Your child will also need a packed lunch and a snack to eat while on the bus to and from the West Linn community.

Attached is a sign up for conferences. Please choose a first, second and third choice and return or email me back. I look forward to setting goals for the year with you about your child!

Have a great week! See all your little pirates tomorrow!

Ms. Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Sept. 14, 2017

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HI all!

We have lots going on! I’ve sent home lots of paperwork to be signed and filled out so thank you to those who have gotten it in! I’ll keep resending them home! The fieldtrip next Thursday is the most important paper I need returned so that your child can attend. Thank you for sending this home!

I also wanted to ask if any of you are interested in teaching the Junior Achievement lessons on community? The lessons are all written out and you just follow them. If you are interested, please let me know as well as either contact Lane Kadel (a parent here at school) and/or the main facilitator :
Jennifer Arritola I Director of In-Class Programs

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington

7830 SE Foster Road I Portland, OR 97206

971-255-4945 – Direct Line

503-312-3036 – Cell Phone

It is really worthwhile!!!!!

Also, next Tuesday, is PIRATE DAY! We will dress as pirates as we study and learn mapping skills before going on our community fieldtrip on Thursday. Maps are in integral part of our community lessons so that we know where things are and begin to understand directionality. It will be fun!

Fondly,

Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Aug. 29, 2017

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Dear Parents, August 29, 2017

We are off to a great start in this new school year. Your children are amazing! It has been such a pleasure getting to know each new “Wise Owl” as he/she shares about themselves. If your child did not bring something to share then please send something in tomorrow so that we can continue to be introduced to our new set of Wise Owls.

In the beginning of the school year, we take time to build community within our classroom. It creates a positive, nurturing and safe learning environment for all. It is my hope that your child feels a part of our Wise Owl community. My goal is to make every child feel important and special each and every day.

On curriculum night, Thursday, September 7th, I will share with you our year long vision for second grade and review our curriculum. This evening is extremely important for you to attend. Please mark the date on your calendars. It begins at 6:00 in the gym. I will also post weekly or bi-weekly information on our classroom blog.

Snacks and Water Bottles
We have a daily snack time at school. Your child is invited to bring a HEALTHY snack each day. It’s a good time to reinforce fruits, vegetables proteins and whole grains during snack time. I also encourage the students to have a water bottle at school. Water keeps the body hydrated and helps the brain focus on learning. We tend to have students who are allergic to peanuts, so it is just best to try and avoid this in our snacks and lunches.

Emergency Kits
Be sure to turn in your child’s emergency kit as soon as possible. If you need another copy of the list for the emergency kit, please ask the office.

Items needed
Please recheck the supply list! We need baby wipes! Please send some in if you have not already. We forgot to put this on the supply list. If you think your child needs an extra pencil box to put everything in, then please send one in. I may ask for other items throughout the year so thank you in advance. Also, send in your child’s favorite “just right” book from home!

Volunteers
On curriculum night, I will have a volunteer survey for you to complete. For now, if you find you have some extra time and would like to help with clerical work and completing projects for the Wise Owls, please come in and check my “to do” box on the counter to the right of the door, inside the classroom. Regular volunteer hours will begin near the end of September.

Reading Homework
Our official homework will begin with home reading throughout September. Look for the record sheet in the brown manila homework envelope and record your child’s daily reading. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. You can contact me through email or phone. If you have an urgent matter during the school day, contact the school office. They can relay any information to me in a timely matter. I look forward to working together with you and your child to make second grade the best year yet.

Daily Schedule/Specials 1:30-2:00
Monday: PE (wear sneakers on PE days)
Tues: Library
Wed.: Music
Thurs: Music
Fri.: PE
Chinese: 1:00 Tuesdays

Sincerely,
Angie Wise
wisea@wlwv.k12.or.us