nd2 Grade News Mrs. Ealy’s Class October 12, 2012 Letter from Mrs. Ealy Dear Parents, Next Week’s Specials Congratulations to Oxbow exceeding our Fun Run goal of $10,000! The final total of money raised for our school was $10,157.82! We are so proud Monday – P.E. (Wear Sneakers) of each and every student! Every little bit of money that was donated is Tuesday – Art and Computers appreciated The money from the Fun Run will help buy more smart boards Wednesday – Music and P.E. (Wear Sneakers) for our classrooms! Because we reached our goal, each classroom will get an Thursday – Library and Music ice cream treat to celebrate. We are unsure of the exact date yet, but students Friday – Wellness will get to enjoy some ice cream in their classrooms! Thank you again! Bully proofing activities are done throughout the entire school year at Oxbow; however, all this month every Huron Valley School is participating in What We’re Learning About! National Bullying Prevention Month. We are helping students learn to recognize Math – This week we learned about fact families. We cut out fact bullying behaviors, understand what motivates bullies, devise new strategies for triangles at school and at home to practice with, as well as making fact standing up to bullies and realize the need to seek adult help to ensure our family houses. Look for the fact family houses in our centrum when schools are the healthy, safe places for learning that each student deserves. you come for conferences! Students were also introduced to a pan This week we observed National Bullying Prevention Day on Wednesday. balance and spring scale. We were able to pick different objects We said “Boo” to the bullies and wore orange! We also started a bullying around the classroom to compare and find their weight in ounces. We lesson using the book Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Throughout the next also explored name collection boxes. Students took a number and few weeks we will be working on other activities that go along with the wrote as many names as they could think of for it. We used addition book. and subtraction problems, tally marks, coins, words, and shapes to Our Halloween party will be in the afternoon on October 31st. Please look for detailed information about it in next week’s newsletter. If you describe the numbers. volunteered to bring something in, I will be sending home a reminder note next week as well. Reading – During reading this week we spend a lot of time focusing on As a reminder, students will need a document portfolio by November retelling and sharing ideas with partners. Student have been doing a 2nd to carry books back and forth from school. We will be starting to use these wonderful job talking about books with their partners, as well as the following week for our classroom book n’ bag program. If you are unable to making predictions about what is going to happen next. We also get one, please let me know. introduced our first type of connection which is text to self. This is Next week is the first session of conferences. I am looking forward to where students are able to connect something in the book to their own meeting everyone and discussing your child’s progress. It is very important to lives. attend conferences as well as be on time. Each conference is 15 minutes long and most of them are back to back. If you are late for our conference Writing – In writing weve continued working on building our stamina appointment, we will have to reschedule so that it does not affect the and independence. In addition to that, were learning how to add more conferences scheduled after you. details to our stories to give our readers a better picture in their minds. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Remember To do this, we learned about adding details such as our thoughts, the you can reach me by our folder, by email, or by phone. setting, action, dialogue, and even adding further description about a person, place, or thing. We also learned that dialogue, setting, action, Sincerely, Mrs. Ealy and thoughts can be used as a strong lead (or beginning) to hook our readers into our stories. We also worked with partners to see if our • Please remember to return library books every Thursday! stories were readable. This will become a big focus for our work this year: our work HAS to be readable, without assistance from others and • Please practice tying shoes at home! well spend time resolving the issues that are preventing our work from being read. Some issues that have impacted readability so far are: lack Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember of spaces, misspelled words, skipped words, messy handwriting, and not putting all of the sounds all the way through the word.Oct. 15 Market Day Pick-Up Health – This week we finished our unit on nutrition. We discussed theOct. 17 Parent Teacher Conferences five food groups, what types of foods go in each group, combinationOct. 23-26 Book Fair foods, and limited foods. We also talked about how important it is to incorporate at least 60 minutes of physical activity into our day. TodayOct. 25 Parent Teacher Conferences we had a “try-it” day for healthy foods. Thank you to everyone whoOct. 31 Halloween Party donated a healthy food for the kids to try and came in to help!