Thursday, January 11, 2018

Classroom News ~ January 11, 2018


January 11th, 2018

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow, Friday January 12th is our annual Camas Ridge Dream March.  We will be marching with our Community Time classes. The assembly begins at 12:30 and the festivities should be over around 1:30. All families and siblings are welcome to come and march with us.  It is always a very exciting event.
This week we finally started construction of our Medieval Castles. Students are learning vocabulary words such as battlements, bailey, keep, tower, barbican, drawbridge, etc… It has been quite the engineering project to wrap up our historical study of ancient times. 
In math students continue to work on adding single and double-digit numbers.  We decompose the numbers so we can add in our minds using place value.  Our number talks are very exciting with many students very excited to share their thinking.  We completed our measurement unit and now our focus is relating addition to measurement using number lines.  This seems to be much more difficult as there are so many parts in each story problem to consider. 
In science we are beginning a new unit this term. Second grade students are going to explore solids and liquids.  We have some explosive experiments and some messy gak making coming up in the next few weeks. In addition we will continue our science notebook journaling. We will also be trading classes and learning from Mrs. Walker as well. It is certainly going to be a fun unit.
Next week we will do our second week of district testing in math and reading. This is a very low stress assessment and it gives students opportunities to show what they know!

Some dates to put on your calendar include:

NO SCHOOL Monday, January 15 ~ Martin Luther King Day
NO SCHOOL Friday, February 2 ~ Grading Day
NO SCHOOL Monday, February 10 ~ President’s Day
FEBRUARY 14th ~ Valentine’s Celebration
NO SCHOOL Friday, March 9 ~ Professional Development
NO SCHOOL March 26-30 ~ Spring Break

If you are looking for a way to help our class we need the following:
***A Friday Library Volunteer… We attend library every Friday, 10:45 – 11:15. If you can be at school to help us find and check out books, we would be very grateful!
***A Reading Volunteer … Tuesday and Friday… It could be first thing in the morning directly after drop off.
*** Class Snack   ~ Thank you to all who have donated so far this year
*** A Valentine Party Coordinator

Finally, in Friday folders I have our first book orders of the New Year. Please order online before February 1. My Scholastic classroom code is 149VD.  Your purchases help our classroom earn free books.  We are readers and new books are always exciting!
I’m sure I have forgotten something in this newsletter, but that only gives me reason to write to you again very soon.  Happy New Year everyone!  Thank you for all you do to support our class and your child.

~Donna, 2nd Grade Teacher

Monday, November 13, 2017

Field Trip Wednesday & Classroom News, Nov 13


Dear Families,

We have a field trip to the University of Oregon Museum of Cultural and Natural History this Wednesday, November 15th.  I still need permission slips from 6 students.  Please check your child’s backpack tonight for an orange permission slip.

Wednesday was an exciting morning.  Second graders finally were able to erupt their volcanoes.  If you want to erupt the volcano at home all you need is baking soda and vinegar.  Your child can show you how it works!

In other news we are continuing our study of bats.  Last week we put a few layers of paper mache on our nocturnal creatures.  Next some students have decided to add wings as well.  We are hoping to have our bats completed by art walk, December 7th. In Language Arts students are finishing up their final drafts of their ‘Bat Stories’.  Students were challenged to integrate true bat facts with a creative writing story.  It has been exciting to explore the entire writing process, drafting, editing, revising, and completing a final draft for this assignment. 

Our language arts focus is slowly transitioning from bats to Medieval Times.  This was such a popular topic during project I decided to incorporate it into our literacy activities.  Students are in literature groups reading Knights & Castles or Knight Before Dawn.  Each student will complete a novel study for this unit.  After Thanksgiving Break students will create their own castle.  Please start saving as many shoe boxes and empty paper towel cardboard rolls as you can.  We need 30 shoe boxes and enough empty paper towel cardboard rolls for each student to have at least 4 (120 total).  Thank you for your donations!

Wishing you a wonderful week,
~Donna

Monday, October 30, 2017

Harvest Party & Classroom News Oct 30th

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Monday, October 30th, 2017

Dear Families,

Thank you to everyone who attended conferences last week.  It was wonderful talking with all of you.

This week is very exciting because we have our traditional costume parade on Tuesday.  Students can wear costumes during the morning. Please leave all pretend weapons, masks, and extremely scary items at home for your evening fun.  Also, our class is having a Harvest Celebration.  If you are able to send in healthy treats to share we would really appreciate it.  If you want to attend the celebration tomorrow afternoon this is our schedule: 1:00-1:15 set up (0ne or two parents to help would be amazing), 1:15-1:30 eat treats, 1:30 – 2:00 movie with room 14.  Please email if you are sending in treats or planning to attend.

Please DO NOT send in candy for snack on Wednesday.  All school snacks are required to have some nutritional value. 

In other news, Art Block begins on Thursday. This is a very special time at Camas Ridge because EVERY student in the building will be learning art techniques.  At Camas Ridge we value art education. Mark your calendar for December 7th. This is our first Art Walk of the year.

Have a Wonderful Week!
~Donna