This Friday will be another 'Patriot's Friday!' Wear Patriots gear and/or red/white/blue to show support for the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday! Friday is also report card day! Believe it or not, your second grader is now closer to third grade than they are to first grade! Whoa! :) Please ask your child to deliver his/her report card to you if they don't. As with last quarter, please keep what is inside the envelope. I need the signed, empty envelope returned as soon as possible. THANKS! A few things to consider when reviewing your child's second quarter report card: *If your child has maintained a grade it means your child continues to perform at that level, even though expectations have increased to a mid-year level. It is okay to maintain. *Please use the report card as a tool to discuss your child's feelings, likes, and dislikes about school. What do they feel is easy and what is more challenging? Do they have any goals they need your help to achieve? *If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch. A quick conversation between us can explain SO much more than a number or letter on a piece of paper!
We are again in need of donations of tissues and cleaning wipes. I believe the wiping down of desks after eating cuts down on the spreading of germs. THANK YOU also for all of your donations to our class theme basket. Our basket was FABULOUS and the winner (ME!....LOL!) was blown away by everything that was in it!
Valentine's Day information has been sent out. I am sending home a list of classmates and an at home mailbox craft project. I have also sent out a sign-up genius with requests for donations and borrowed items. Any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated! Here is the link once more: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44ada82ea4f85-valentines3
Today the kids were able to complete their January shopping. We talked about how it will be our last 'trinket' type store for a while. Our February store will be called 'Totally Text' and will be a book store! I would love any donations of gently used, second grade appropriate chapter books that I could sell at our store on the Friday before February vacation. Donations can come in any time before Thursday 2/19.
Some things to look forward to: *Reading Challenge – Again this year, Mrs. Howe’s fourth graders are challenging each class to set a reading goal. Our class will be setting a goal based on reading a certain number of books. Older classes will be counting the total number of words read. Once the goal is set, the students are asked to read towards obtaining the set goal. The reading challenge begins on Monday, February 5th and ends on Monday, April 2nd. Books your child reads for the weekly reading log count towards the reading challenge – it’s a 2-for-1 deal! Your child will be reading both at home and at school to work towards our goal. To ‘qualify’ as a book read your child must: Read the book independently – or with minimal help (We talked about how all those ‘little kid’ books would be GREAT places to start! Short, quick, easy books!) Record the title and author on a slip of paper If at home, have a parent initial the paper and bring it to school There is an added bonus that can make this into a 3-for-1 deal….If your child chooses to write the title of 5 books he/she read on a special form I’ll be sending home, the form can be mailed in (by you) to redeem free Fisher Cats tickets! Here is a link for more information: http://www.milb.com/content/page.jspsid=t463&ymd=20100426&content_id=9586278&vkey=team3
*Shopping at ‘Totally Text.’
*Landforms Project – We are just beginning a new Wonders unit and it will focus a lot on physical geography and how people interact with the land. After February break, your child will be given instructions for an at-home project focusing on identifying both water and land features. The children will bring in completed projects and present to the class one at a time, after practicing – of course! The children are usually super excited to work on this project and want to start right away!