We've had a GREAT first week back from Spring Break. Can you believe these kids are almost ready for 3rd grade? This week, we started new units in all our subjects. In reading, we're working on making connections, especially between different texts. In math we started exploring fractions and next week we'll use fractions to help us solve problems. In social studies, we began a new unit on geography - look for a study guide in today's Friday folder. Our test is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd. In writing, we'll be working on a long-term autobiography/personal narrative project. This is a great time to share stories with your child about your favorite memories with them. We're also going to be practicing writing addresses for our DLI next week, so please make sure your child knows his or her complete address - number, street name, city, zip code.
Our class will be going on a field trip to Mount Vernon on Thursday, May 4, 2017
The purpose of this trip is to help children develop an understanding of changes in communities over time.
The cost of admission for this field trip is $9 per child
. Please send cash payment in the exact amount, as change cannot be provided.
This field trip is non-refundable. Your child will need to dress for a day outdoors. Be sure to wear walking shoes. There is a lot of walking! Buses will leave the school around 9:30 am. We will return to school around 1:30 pm.
Your child should have brought an information letter an permission slip home before Spring Break. Please return the permission slip and money by April 21st
We will need 5 parents to accompany us on the trip and closely supervise a small group of students (including your own child). Please return the Parent Volunteer slip as soon as possible if you are interested in coming. We anticipate a large number of volunteers, so we will conduct a lottery to select the chaperones.
The Living Museum is Coming!
We have been working really hard on our Famous Americans project! We'll have a dress rehearsal of our museum on Thursday, so please come to school dressed as your Famous American. Your costume can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be - even a sign around your neck will work!
We can't wait to host families and friends at our Living Museum during Authors & Artists Night on Thursday evening! Doors will open at 6:15 PM for our celebration of Westridge's designation as a PWCS School of Excellence. The Living Museum will be open in our classroom, Room 117, from 7:00-8:15 PM. We hope to see you there!
Fun Run - The Day After
Thank you so much for supporting this year’s Westridge Knights Fun Run! The program was a huge success and I know everyone had a lot of fun. There’s a little more left to do.
As a class, we raised $2092.00 However, we need your help collecting all our pledges. Our goal is to collect 100% of all pledges by 04/04/2017.
Please encourage your student to thank all sponsors. Pledges can be paid by cash, check or credit card online on funrun.com (if available).
If an email address was entered with the original pledge on funrun.com, your sponsor will receive an email reminder to fulfill their pledge. If not, they can mail cash or check to you and you can send it all into the school with your child’s collection envelope (coming home today).
Thank you again for your support! Let me know if you have questions.
We came, we ran, we're tired!
Thank you so much for supporting us for our fun run this morning! We had a great time! Look for a new message tomorrow and a collection envelope so you can send in your pledges!
The Fun Run is Almost Here!!!!
Tomorrow is the Westridge Knights Fun Run! Thank you to all our families who have been working hard to raise funds for our school. Your support means so much. Our class has already pledged $56 per lap!
With only one day left in the program, tonight is the LAST NIGHT for pledging before the Westridge Knights Fun Run. Would you consider reaching out to one or two more sponsors tonight?
If you have any questions, please let me know. We hope to see you and your family tomorrow at the big event!
Have a wonderful day!
PS - It’s not too late to register your child on funrun.com and earn a free prize. Use our school registration code: 313841
Thank you again for supporting our school through the Westridge Knights Fun Run!
This weekend we are issuing a special challenge. Visit funrun.com to see the bonus prize your child can earn simply by getting a total of $2 per lap in new pledges (or $60 in flat donations) this weekend only.
And if you’re looking for an easy way to ask for a pledge, create your very own Student Star Video by uploading a photo of your student to funrun.com. It’s a fun movie trailer starring your child! You can share it on email or social media to ask for a pledge.
Thank you again for helping our class.
PS - If you haven’t registered your child on funrun.com, use our school registration code: 313841
Countdown to the Fun Run!!
Our class is having a blast preparing for the Westridge Knights Fun Run coming up soon! Plus, we started learning how to “make a difference” through the Fun Run’s character theme, Backyard Box Office. We’re learning from REAL kids who are dedicated to making people’s lives better. From inventors, to world-class speakers, to business owners, to world-record holders, these five kid difference-makers are inspiring our students to practice five “Character Acts” so they can also make an impact in our community.
Remember, as you connect to sponsors for the Fun Run, make sure all pledges are entered on funrun.com. The more pledges we get, the more incentives our class earns on our Pledge-O-Meter. Plus, for every $30 per lap our class pledges, three meals will be given to a local person in need through our giveback initiative, A Million Students Strong. Our students are excited to rise to the challenge and give back to our community!
Thank you for your generosity and supporting our school. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Have a great day!
PS - Make sure to register your child on funrun.com. He or she will receive a FREE GIFT just for being signed up. Use our school registration code: 313841
Tomorrow is class picture day!
In addition, tomorrow is library day. Library will be on alternating Tuesdays from now until Spring Break.
Famous Americans Project
Please remember to return your project slip by Friday, March 17th
to let me know which Famous American your children will be researching for their projects. This will help me prepare some materials in advance. Thanks for your help!
Due to the unexpected return of winter, our matter test that was previously scheduled for tomorrow will now be Monday, March 20th.
Sniffle season is still with us. If you could spare a box of tissues for our classroom, we would greatly appreciate it!
Next week will be exciting! We will finish our Matter unit in science and have our test on Friday. A study guide should be in your child's Friday folder today. We will also be starting an exciting project combining our study of Famous Americans with writing. Students will choose a Famous American to research, write about, and give a speech as. Look for more information to come home on Monday, and check out the Files and Documents section for a copy of the handout. In reading, we will continue predicting, as well as reviewing story elements and main idea. In math, we will begin another unit on place value and number sense. We will identify place value to 3 digits, skip count backwards, add and subtract 2-digit numbers, and count and compare money to $1.50. IXL has lots of great practice sections for these skills.
We will be wrapping up our study of Famous Americans this week! Our test will be Friday, March 3rd. We will revisit Famous Americans for a research project next month, and a field trip to Mt. Vernon in May. Look for more information to come home soon regarding these opportunities.
In math, we have begun a unit on patterns. There is a new game on our Symbaloo to help practice skip counting. You can also use IXL.com 2nd grade Section A and D, and 3rd Grade Section R to explore more patterns activities.
In reading, we are working on making inferences and predictions about our reading. More important than just guessing, we are learning to justify our ideas based on clues from the text.
We have finished our weather reports in science! Check out our Chatterpix presentations at this link:
Weather Reports on Sway
We'll also be writing short books on storms to add to our class library.
Library will be on Friday this week.
We're celebrating Read Across America this week -
Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday
Thursday - Cat in the Hat Day
Friday - Fox in Socks Day
The 102nd Day of School was a success! Check out the "News in Pictures" section for a slideshow of age-progression photos!
It's been a great start to the second half of 2nd grade! Can you believe we're halfway done already? We started new units in math and reading this week. In math, we're focusing on place value to the hundreds place. We'll add, subtract, round to the nearest 10, compare numbers using >, <, and =, and count money, too! In reading we're learning to use what we know about story elements and main ideas to help us write summaries.
We're finishing up our weather unit with a research project on storms. Thanks Mrs. Youngblood and Mr. Hoyle for helping us! Our weather test will be Thursday, February 9.
Next week is Spirit Week!
Monday: School shirts/Blue and White Day!
Wear your Westridge shirt or something blue/white/gray!
Tuesday: Tie-Dye Shirt Day!
Weds.: Favorite Sports Team Shirt Day!
Thurs: Hawaiian Shirt Day!
Perfect to wear for Fuddruckers Spirit Night!
Friday: Super Hero Shirt Day!
We will be celebrating our great friendships in second grade on Tuesday, February 14. Children may bring valentines for their classmates, as well as decorated bags or boxes to keep their valentines in. If your child would like to send in valentines, please use the Friendship Tree that was sent home yesterday to ensure there is a valentine for each child in class. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Also, tomorrow is Day 4, so we will be going to the library.
Happy New Year! We've been busy the past week wrapping up our studies of graphing and economics that we started before break. Now, we're moving on to probability. You can use IXL.com section X2 to practice using probability vocabulary. Today we will start talking about weather in science. We will cover the types of precipitation, natural disasters, and how to measure weather. In reading, we are working on making inferences by using information from a text and our background knowledge to figure out something the author doesn't tell us.
The PTA holiday store has been a big hit! Though we had our class shopping day yesterday, students will be allowed to return to the store throughout the day tomorrow if they still have some shopping to do. Please make sure money is sent in a bag or envelope labelled with your child's name.
Good morning, families! We are in need of small bottles of water for our field trip on Friday. We have 26 students in our class this year. If you are able to donate some or all, please let me know. Thank you!
Thanks so much to all who volunteered to chaperone our field trip next Friday. All chaperones have been notified. Please remember that the students will be eating lunch after we return from our field trip, so they will need to bring their lunch from home or pre-order a lunch from the cafeteria
for that day. Please let me know right away if you still need to order a cafeteria lunch for your child.
Next week we will finish up our math unit on place value and comparing numbers. We'll be using words and symbols to tell how numbers and equations are greater than, less than, or equal to each other. In reading we'll be using story elements to help us summarize a text. Summarizing can be difficult - unlike a retell, where you tell everything that happened, a summary has only the most important information or events from the text. We'll be working on this throughout the year. For now, see if your child can tell the story in 3-5 sentences, using the characters, setting, problem, and solution. In social studies, we will learn about our last group of American Indians, the Pueblo of the Southwest. There will be a quiz on Friday, and our end-of-unit test is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th.
A group of industrious parents are planning some fun activities for our last day of school before winter break. Please let me know if you'd like to help, and I will put you in touch with them.
Be sure to check your child's Take-Home Folder for information about our first field trip. We will be visiting the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian on Friday, December 9
. There is no cost for this trip, but please return the permission slip and blue form to let us know if you will be sending a lunch with your child or will need the cafeteria to provide one. We will need 5 chaperones
for this trip, so please indicate on the blue paper if you would like to come with us.
We had a blast this week using popsicle sticks, toothpicks, twine, paper, and glue to create Powhatan longhouses! Coming soon - a News in Pictures section to show you what we've been working on. We started learning about the Lakota today, and expect a quiz on Friday, 12/2.
In math, we are working on our second place value unit. In this unit, we will focus on using models to represent numbers in different ways and using symbols (<, >, =) to compare numbers. We'll also discuss odd and even numbers, skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, and continue to work on problem solving.
We will start our next reading unit on Monday, focusing on using story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution, plot) to summarize a text. Please continue to read every day to improve fluency and comprehension.
Time is flying by! This week we finished our unit on American diversity and unity. Next week, we will start our Native American unit, beginning with the Powhatans of the Eastern Woodlands. Look for an information sheet to come home mid-week. In math, we will finish our geometry unit next week. Help your child prepare for our test by asking them to describe and compare shapes using our math vocabulary terms - side, vertex (vertices), edge, and face. In reading, we'll be starting a unit on identifying important information in a text and sequencing information. Have your child tell you the steps needed to do something, and look for clue words like first, next, then, and last.
Don't forget - Monday is Book Character Dress Up Day! Come dressed and bring your book with you!
PTA Needs You!
Have you joined the Westridge PTA? This great group will keep you informed about events and activities at Westridge. It's a wonderful way to be involved with your child. If you're interested in being the PTA liaison for our classroom, please let me know. We're looking for someone who will be able to share information from PTA meetings, or answer questions other parents may have. Even if you aren't ready to take the lead, please consider joining the PTA to help support our school.
We've had a busy week! Next week, we will continue our study of character traits in reading, and finish up our symmetry study in math. We'll begin studying 2D and 3D shapes - identifying their properties and comparing/contrasting the shapes.
is coming up on Friday, October 21st.
If your child would like to dress in clothing that represents your heritage, please send them to school already dressed!
Our Fall Celebration
will be on Monday, October 31st.
Many families are helping to plan fun activities and snacks for our class. Please let Mrs. Russell know if you'd like to add your name to the list of helpers. We'll need people to help in class, as well as with preparing supplies and donations.
Scholastic Book orders were sent home on Friday. Look for a coupon in your child's Take-home folder on Monday for a fee book if you place a $10 order. You may order by sending the order form back to school, or online at https://orders.scholastic.com/GK3R2
are coming soon! Please contact Mrs. Russell to sign up for a time, or use the website below:
Fall Conference Sign Up
It was great to see so many families at Back to School Night! If you weren't able to make it, please check your child's Take-Home Folder for some handouts about reading, talking about the school day, and how to login to IXL.com, a great website to practice math skills.
Next week, we'll be starting new units in both reading and math. In reading, we will be analyzing character traits to help us understand fiction. Ask your child to describe the characters in a story - using what they say, do, and think to help. In math, we'll begin our geometry unit. We will be describing the properties of shapes and exploring symmetry. In social studies, we will start our study of diversity and culture. Look for a note to come home early next week about a fun project we'll be working on for the end of the unit.
Book Character Dress-up Day
is coming October 31st. We'll also have a fall celebration that afternoon. Let me know if you didn't have a chance to sign up at Back to School Night but you'd like to help.
Parent Teacher Conference Day
is Monday, November 7. You can sign up for a time on SignUpGenius at the link below, or contact me directly to schedule a time to meet.
Fall Conference Sign Up
What a crazy week! Our class did great yesterday - they knew exactly what to do and followed directions without any problems!
I look forward to seeing you at our rescheduled Back to School Night - Thursday, October 6th. Rotations start at 6:30.
Next week, we'll be wrapping up our main idea unit in reading. Students should be able to tell what a passage is mostly about and identify facts or details that tell more about the main idea. In writing, we'll continue working on personal narratives throughout the next month. You can help by talking to your children about things that have happened to them - even ordinary moments can make great stories if you tell all the details that happened.
In math, we will be reviewing telling time to the nearest hour and half-hour. Here is a great game to practice: Stop the Clock
Also, we'll be practicing identifying coins and counting different amounts of money.
We'll finish up our science unit on magnets next week. Look for a study guide in your child's Take Home folder. A quiz is tentatively scheduled for next Friday.
We have been busy in 2nd grade! In reading, we are working on identifying the main idea and supporting details in our reading. This will really help our writing, too! We started our writers' workshop this week, and students are on the lookout for everyday moments that will make a great story. In math, we continue to work on solving 1-digit addition and subtraction problems, especially ones with missing addends. For example, 4 + ? = 7 In science, we are learning about how scientists use the scientific method to answer questions about our world. Please keep reading every day, and practice basic math facts to help the students stay sharp. Thank you so much for all your support at home! We can't do it without you!
It's been a great first week. We've been using ClassDojo.com to keep track of all the quality behaviors we display each day. Every child should have brought home a custom report with directions on how to sign up for a personal account to keep track of your child's work habits and behavior. Please let me know if you have any questions!