Wise Owls Newsletter Jan. 16, 2018

Wise Owls Newsletter
January 16, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope you had a wonderful relaxing three-day weekend! I know I did! We are talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and why we were out of school yesterday. Your child may have some questions on this subject and it makes for a wonderful discussion around the dinner table. Key words such as peacefully, nonviolent, segregation, equal rights, sit-ins, protests and Nobel Peace Prize were some that were discussed from our conversations today.

Both fieldtrip permission slips and money is due! The Rice Rock museum is Feb. 9 and the parents going are: Kyle Anderson, Jill Biallas, Karin Butler, Roger Tattersall and Laura Luccio.

The Frog and Toad play is May 11 (we have to pay the fees this week!) and the parents going are: Michael Freitas, Angela Cisneros and Ashley Sanders. I have room for two more parents. Parents who have not gone on a fieldtrip get first dibs. Please email me if you wish to go as we need to collect funds in the next couple of days! Thank you!

In reading, we are also working on looking for and finding key words when reading nonfiction books. If your child brings home a nonfiction book or Time for Kids article, look at the bold words, the glossary, index, pictures and captions. Reading nonfiction can be difficult but with some clues, it makes it easier!

Spelling City, Word Work and Writing Workshop

Knowing not only how to spell words but the meaning of words is so important when your child is writing. Knowing how to spell sight words (word wall words) are essential for getting the basics down when writing a story. If children know these main sight words, they they can focus on their story and the beginning, middle and ending. Keeping a journal at home and having your child write stories is something I strongly encourage. Let them bring their story to school to share and we will celebrate their writing!

As we begin the second part of our second grade year, I have high expectations that second graders will be accountable for their word work in Spelling city. This week’s, Week 11, 5 main word wall words are; one, two, three, four and five. There are 5 word family words on the regular Week 11 list as well and they are number words too: six, seven, eight, nine and ten. Of course, if your child wishes to work on the challenge words for week 11, then please have them do that! That would mean that your child is working on 20 words for the week! Wow! Great challenge to those families and children that want to do this in the New Year! Next week will be Week 12 in Spelling city.
For those families that wish to write their words on paper some ideas are: Write your words 3 times each, put your words in alphabetical order, play Hangman, write your words in sentences or a small paragraph, etc. We play Word wall bingo, word wall concentration, rainbow write and each child has their very own “word wall” that they write their words on each week in their desk.

IXL and Math
For IXL the next month, please focus on areas that you notice your child has not practiced. You can tell this by looking at the “medals” beside each Common Core Goal number in IXL, AFTER your child has logged in. (If you need your child’s log in, please email me and I can help you.) We are reviewing all that we have studied since September as we will be taking our district wide MAPS test in a couple of weeks. Here is a run-down of the IXL and Common Core Goals we have touched on: A (Counting and number Patterns, B (Comparing and Ordering Numbers), C (Names of Numbers), D (Patterns), E (Addition, One-Digit), G (Addition, Two-Digit), I (Addition-Three Digits), L (Mixed Operations), M (Place Value), P (Money), Q (Time), R (Data and Graphs), T (Two-Dimensional Shapes), U (Three-D Shapes), W (Fractions). It is up to you, your child, and your family how much extra Math IXL time you want. Also, if you and your child want extra “paper work” please let me know and I will show your child where they can get it in the classroom.


Angie Wise
2nd Grade Teacher,
Stafford Primary School

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