Hi Families,

It’s been really exciting to get to know your children!  We hope that they are sharing with you all of the great things happening at school, like NDI, our new reading partners, and their new Calendar Math routine, including Joke of the Day.

Reading:

As we continue developing our routines for Reading Workshop, the children are learning how to use post-its to show their thinking while reading a text.  Some things you may see your child jotting on post-its are: events that are important to remember, something they’ve learned about a character, and a spot they have a question about. Our goal is to have the children push their thinking while reading and eventually be able to provide evidence to support their jots.  We have all been working hard on focusing our attention on comprehension, as well as decoding.

As a reminder, over the next few weeks, we will be conferring and reading with your child to learn more about him/her as a reader.  Please note, it is very common for reading levels to go down over the summer months, often children have not been practicing the same skills we work on at school while they read. We’d appreciate if you can help your child stay patient while waiting for his/her assessment (we have lots of reading to do) and also by being supportive of his/her new reading level.  Once we’ve read with your child, he/she will be using a bookmark indicating his/her current reading level, book shopping day, and how many books to bring home each night.

Writing:

The children are really enjoying drafting their personal narratives.  We’re inspired by the books we read and we’ve started creating well-crafted pieces that include interesting leads and endings, dialogue, powerful words, internal monologue, and beautiful illustrations.  A huge component of second grade writing is learning to edit and revise your own piece, so we will be spending a lot of time using checklists and hearing partner feedback.

Math:

In addition to our daily Calendar Math routine, we’re continuing our work in our first math unit.  The children are enjoying learning more math routines and are looking forward to playing fun math games.  We’ve been exploring various math tools, such as the number line, calendar, and 100s chart, and discussing ways they help us to understand numbers.

Social Studies:

We’re continuing our discussion of communities and working together as a class.  We’re looking forward to launching our NYC study soon!

Other Notes of Importance:

  • Birthday Snack – We love celebrations! Keep in mind the celebration should be 10-15 minutes  as to not interfere with our academic work.  For our birthday celebrations this year, we invite you to join our class and share a special book of your family’s choice.  Please note, we will not be celebrating with food.  Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.
  • Changes to dismissal need to be given in writing.  Please send a note at the beginning of the week or the morning of a dismissal change.
  • PLEASE label your child’s sweaters and anything else he/she might take off during the day! There are lots of articles of clothing that come into the room in the morning and then are not claimed (or are lost) by the end of the day.  This will make it easier for us to help the children keep track of their things.
  • Please remind your child that any toys brought to school may not be taken out during classroom time.  

Thanks so much for your support!  We can’t wait to share with you all the fantastic work the children have been doing!  

All our best,

Allison and Robyn