Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30

The last day of April is here...according to our 200's chart, there are 32 more school days left.  Wow...the year has flown by!

Here are some thoughts from the student today...

Evan appreciated how Sami was nice when he scored a goal during soccer and Sami was glad that Evan stopped what he was doing on the playground to join him in his soccer game!

Aoife enjoyed learning new information we about the grasslands of the world!

Madeline was glad when Katie, Ave, Riley, Lainey, and Kira let her join their game at recess.

Grace thanks Peter for teaching her how to play bump at recess.

Lainey appreciates that Aoife taught her how to play Mancala during choice time.

Aoife believes Hannah is a good friend because she lets other people choose the game!

The students will be thinking about how they will share their knowledge of the grassland biome tonight and be ready for their project work tomorrow.
Have a great day!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday April 29- Book Order Info

Hi Everyone!  I hope you enjoyed a sun filled weekend!

Book orders went home today.  This is the last opportunity of the school year to order books through Scholastic.  Our on-line ordering code is L6VB8.  This is the easiest way to order and you get a free gift when you do.  Please order by Friday, May 3.  Thanks!

For homework this week, please take time to help your child read and research more about the animal they have chosen for their animal research report.  Thanks!

If you can, please donate some glue sticks to the classroom.  We have had a busy, creative year and we are OUT of glue sticks!  A big thanks if you can help in this way!

From the students:
Aoife enjoyed art and poetry writing.
Ava liked learning the new math game: Anything But 1.  We have been learning games to help us understand probability in mathematics.
Evan complimented Peter for being a great partner  during choice time.

Have a great day!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Duniway Room 13,

What a fabulous Friday! We shared our amazing habitat projects, researched our class animals, and played fun math games. I will miss all of you and hope you have a wonderful rest of the year! Enjoy the pictures of our Polar habitat creations, and have a great weekend!

Mrs. Tracy and Mrs. Robb!

Lainey, Aoife, and William sharing Polar projects!

Seth displaying his diagram!

Sami talking about his interactive game-board!

Evan sharing and discussing components of each game.

Pointing out special features!

Lainey and Ava are engaged in Catalina's description!

Riley describing her creation to Della and Maddy.

Teddy explaining his game design!

William and friends playing a game on the carpet!

Close up :)

WOW! What a game!

Playing their creative Polar habitat game!

Mrs. Tracy and Sami playing Sami's fun iceberg game!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Dear Room 13,

Today was a great day of creating! We had lots of fun assembling our polar habitat projects and narrowed down our animals for research.

Student compliments today:

Maddy thanked Aoife for being kind during recess when asked to play together.
Cole recognized that William was a good sport when he lost during the math game.
Evan saw that Sami was flexible when he couldn't be his partner during math centers, and Sami enjoyed playing with Maddy instead.

Tomorrow is my last day (Mrs. Tracy). I want to thank you all for having me and I have loved being a part of this community at Duniway. You have amazing, and talented young learners. It was a joy to to teach them as well as learn from them. Thank you.

Mrs. Tracy

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dear Second Grade Families,

We are excited to begin our habitat and animal unit. Each student should be thinking about and deciding upon an animal that they would like to spend the next 4-6 weeks researching and writing about. This animal needs to be specific and unique, something they do not know a lot about. Example: Blue ringed octopus, tiger shark, etc. They can choose! Also, we are encouraging bringing in materials, books, and or research done from home to enhance learning of specific animal. Today we learned about Antarctic and Arctic Polar regions.

Student Compliments:
Cole thanked Peter for sharing glue stick and materials during math fraction creating.

Della thanked friends Aoife, Catalina, and Riley for playing with her on the playground. They were thoughtful and made her feel welcome.

Peter complimented Bailey for helping share knowledge during math, and figuring out the fraction pieces.

It was a wonderful sunny day of learning! See you tomorrow!

Mrs. Robb & Mrs. Tracy

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday April 22

H everyone!  I hope you enjoyed looking at the wonderful information books about weather that your child brought home!  This is Mrs. Tracy's final week in our classroom.

For planning purposes, IF you are TAKING YOUR CHILD TO WORK on April 25 (this Thursday), drop me quick email.  Thanks!

News and compliments from today:

Sami wanted to tell Zac that he really appreciated it when Zec helped make him feel better when he was "out" during a game at recess.

Bailey really appreciated Evan's flexibility when Evan let him be the banker during 'Hawaiian Dream Vacation' math game.

Ava and others enjoyed Mrs. Tracy's project designing and drawing abstract art trees in honor of Earth Day! 

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Good Afternoon,

We had a fabulous day today! Students enjoyed creating and displaying all of their amazing weather unit books. They can tell you all they know about weather now!

Student compliments today include;

Seth appreciated how Evan shared materials during weather book making. Thank you Evan!

Ava enjoyed Catalina and how she shared pencils during weather book creating.

Evan thanked Peter for being patient and a wonderful banker during the math time at the Trip to Hawaii game center.

Savannah thanked Hannah for being a helpful partner during weather book making and sharing materials.

Zac created a fabulous cover!

Sami enjoyed making his "Storm Book"

William displayed excellent effort!

Great job!

Creating together!

Sharing ideas together.

Teddy masterfully piecing together his book!

Katie excited to share her thinking about how she put her book together.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 16

We had a very busy day learning a little about climate and Reading Arthur's Funny Money while we practiced adding and subtracting with dollars and coins!

TOMORROW is our field trip!  Yeah!
Here is the schedule:
 10:45 school begins.  Students will work quietly at seats while we go over final details.
11:10  Load up cars and go.  The students will take their cold lunches with them in your cars.
11:30-12:00 Lunch at the park.  Encourage students to eat slowly...finishing lunch faster will not make the hike begin sooner!  :)  Put lunch boxes back into cars.  Visit bathroom!

12:00-2:00 Hike and class at the park!

2:00 Load up and back to school!

Please wear appropriate clothes for hiking in the woods- sturdy shoes, long pants, layers. 

See you all tomorrow!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday April 15

I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful sun today! 

Today we enjoyed an art project where we learned to draw a 3-D hand!  We also heard and read a lovely story from Ezra Jack Keats called "Whistle for Willie."  It's about a boy who does not give up when he wants to learn something new, even though it is hard to learn!

Evan appreciated it when William helped set up the math game they were playing.

Cole enjoyed playing a math game with Mrs. Robb when he could not find a student partner.

Sami though it was kind when Evan shared books and read with him during quiet reading time.

Savannah appreciated it when Madeline and her friends included her in their game at recess.

Homework and a class picture order form went home today!

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Dear Room 13!

Today was a busy day! We had a fantastic time learning about tornadoes and making flip books that talk about different types of tornadoes. We are also sharing what we know about perimeter and area during math! Hope you have a wonderful three day weekend and we will see you Monday!

Mrs. Tracy and Mrs. Robb!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Good Afternoon,

Note: If you have any extra greeting card envelopes, larger size, could you please drop them by? We will need them for our cumulative weather project next week! Thanks!

Compliments today:

Hannah thank Della for being helpful during math game and reminding of rules.
Seth thought playing the new math center with Hayden was enjoyable and he made it fun.
Bailey said Hayden was a great friend at recess.

See you tomorrow!
Mrs. Tracy

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Good Afternoon,

Today was an exciting day of learning! This is just a little of what we learned: wrote descriptive weather poems, learned a Monopoly style money game focusing on adding and subtracting, and made a stormy weather flip book for our science unit!

Friendly reminder: 

If you haven't already, turn in both money and field trip forms for our upcoming field trip.

Compliments from today:

Cole appreciated how Seth and Colin helped him pick up his crayons when the spilled on the floor.

Happy Birthday Peter! He said he enjoyed playing the new money game with Riley and Catalina during math workplace stations.

Aoife thought Hannah was kind with her words at recess.

This is such a wonderful group of students!  I appreciate being here and enjoy teaching them everyday!

Mrs. Tracy

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday April 8

Hi Everyone!
We have had an extraordinary amount of volunteers offering their time and cars for this field trip.  We will only need eight parents, so not everyone can attend this time around.  I have emailed everyone who has offered with information.  On a personal note, I am consistently amazed by the outpouring of support by the parents in our room.  You are fantastic partners in your child's education. -Mrs. Robb

Please return all permission slips ASAP. 

News from today:

Lainey and many other students really enjoyed the art project today.  The artists used sharpie pens and water colors to create sunsets with foreground silhouettes.  They turned out great!

Evan thought is was very friendly that Cole taught him a new math game.

Savannah thought it was very kind when Aoife and Hannah noticed that she was a little lonely at lunch recess and offered to play a game with her.

Hayden appreciated it when Bailey, Seth, and Zac played a game with him during recess when he asked them.

Thanks everyone!  Homework is returned on Thursday this week.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Good Afternoon,

 Friendly reminders:

Thank you for already bringing in field trip slips! We are so thankful to all of you volunteering to drive this year. Don't forget when you bring in a permission slip to also include the $5.00 for the cost of the day. This is only needed for students, not parents.
Homework is due tomorrow, as well as any library books, for we will be visiting the library to check out new books for the week!

End of the day compliments:

Sami gave Savannah a compliment for helping him understand the best way to play the I-spy game on the I pad during choice time, this showed she really cared.
Della liked it that Evan said he would play a math game with her during math centers today. He was kind and thoughtful.
Lainey appreciated how Teddy recognized her creation and said "that looks good!" on the I pad during choice time, that made her feel good.
Hayden appreciated how Kora traded I pads with him, because he wanted to play a game that was only on her I pad, she was very kind for sharing.

See you tomorrow!

Mrs. Tracy

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Good Afternoon!
Today we had fun learning about how rain and hail form in clouds. We practiced counting and adding using base ten visuals! Students received a permission slip and important information regarding our upcoming field trip to Tyron Creek on April 17th! Please return the slip no later than Thursday, April 11th. This will help us plan out those details for rides and student groups.

Student compliments:

Evan complimented Cole on how he shared the I-pad game during math and choice time.

Savannah complimented Maddy on how she was kind in inviting her to be her partner during math workplaces.

Aoife complimented  Della for being nice and playing Beat you to $1.00 when she needed a partner.

Looking forward to tomorrow!
Mrs. Tracy

Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday, April 1st, 2013

We had a wonderful first day back! We read Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco, a story about a little girl and her grandmother caught in a thunder storm. This story also ties seamlessly into our weather unit. During math we practiced our multiplication skills and reviewed our coin values. We had an assembly at the end of the day that was filmed from the OPB network. The interactive dancing, clapping and singing from the "Al-Andalus Ensemble" taught us about middle eastern music and rhythm.
Reminders: Homework went home today to be completed by Friday. Book order forms also need to be turned in by Friday or ordered online.
See you tomorrow!
Mrs. Tracy