It was a busy week getting to know one another as we settled into our second grade routine. On the first day of school, many children admitted to having “butterflies in their stomachs.” We are all adjusting to the many changes this year and to our new learning/playing spaces. As the week progressed, we learned more about one another and second grade didn’t seem so scary after all! We are off to a great start and look forward to a wonderful new school year.
This week, the children learned their way around our new school and classroom, sketched and painted self-portraits, worked on the iPads for math and for a project called Dot Day (see the classroom blog for more information), and much more! Be sure to see the Gallery for all the highlights from our first week of school. We’re looking forward to telling you more about second grade and our curriculum at Parents' Night this upcoming Tuesday, September 17th.
PARENT SURVEY AND INFORMATION FOR THE CLASS DIRECTORY
We invite you to tell us a little more about your child and to share information that you'd like published in a class directory (to be shared only with parents and teachers in our class). Please go to the home page to find out how to begin. We are trying to "go green" and send home as little paper as possible, with the exception of student work. As with all technology, sometimes problems arise and we are learning through the process. Please let us know if you have any trouble with these Google forms.
MATH TOOLS NEEDED
As a part of your child’s math tool kit, he/she needs a collection of coins. These coins will be used throughout the year during math time as we learn to add coins together or make change. Please send the following coins to school in a small ziplock bag, labeled with your child’s name by Friday, September 20th. We will return them at the end of the year:
20 pennies 10 dimes 5 nickels 4 quarters
SNACK/LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED
We always try to have extra snacks and lunch items on hand for times when a lunchbox is forgotten at home, when food falls on the floor, or when a child is still feeling hungry. If you’d like to help, we could use some peanut/tree-nut free granola bars, pretzels, etc. that are easy to store. Cup O’ Noodles and instant Mac ‘n Cheese work well as lunch substitutes. Thank you!
DAYS IN SECOND GRADE
We hope that you have all had the chance to explore our classroom website. Here you will find answers to many general questions, how to contact homeroom and special area teachers, a classroom blog that contains frequent updates about classroom happenings, photo & student work galleries, weekly newsletters, and more!
Because there is so much information to share each week, we invite you check the classroom blog often to learn more about your child’s experience in second grade. We will often include many things that we just cannot fit into our newsletters. You can also use an RSS reader to subscribe to the blog and we invite you to follow us on twitter where we will post news/photos daily.
We welcome feedback on our class webpage and hope to get the children more involved in it as the year progresses. Please know that we will never post names attached to photos. Sensitive information will be password protected, such as our class schedule and directory. All comments on the webpages are moderated by teachers. If you'd like to leave a comment, please do not include your last name. For example, if you are commenting on a classroom project that's described in the blog, you can sign your comment as ___________'s mom or dad. We will share more information about our use of technology and social media later. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
FALL SCIENCE COLLECTION
Now that the season is changing, we will invite children to begin adding to our autumn science collection. Soon, the children will start collecting all sorts of beautiful fall leaves. We’d like to add some pumpkins, gourds or other fall plants to our nature collection. If you are at a farmer’s market, pumpkin patch or even just the grocery store, we invite you to pick up a few things to share with the class and bring a little nature indoors.
Thank you to our room parent volunteers this year. We so appreciate their support and help in planning classroom celebrations, potlucks and more! Please let me know if I forgot anyone or if you would like to be added to the list, please contact Saima. Our room parents are:
Primary Contact: Saima Sufi
Parent Event: Sandy Wang, Nancy Stern and Kate Surmeier
Garbanzo: Saima Sufi
Support and Artwork: Shelly Quiles and Kathleen Degnan
Others: Iona Calhoun-Battiste
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, October 14th and Friday, October 25th. Look for an email later in the week describing how you can sign up online. We will not post a sign-up sheet in the classroom. We’re hoping everyone will find the online system easy and convenient.
Enjoy the weekend!