Week of October 25th

Hello families,

It was so fun talking to you this week for conferences! Thank you for your open communication and dedication to your child's success.
Read to the end for information about Halloween and picture retake day!
In reading this week, we will use the story Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin to help learn the skills below. Our big focus is on drawing conclusions, so we will be using clues in the text to answer questions about the story and the characters. We will also revisit story structure including beginning, middle, and end.
We will continue to work on writing an informational paragraph including a topic sentence, three details, and a conclusion.
We're back into our spelling routine this week with words that end in double consonants and "ck". This would be a great week to practice by sorting words into categories and remembering that each end sound is made with two letters. 
In math this week, we will begin our Module 3 on place value, counting, and comparison of numbers to 1,000. Please take a minute to read the attached Parent Tip Sheet, as this is our biggest concept for 2nd grade, and we will build on it all year long. You will see lots of work coming home with pictures of place value charts with "quick tens and ones" to model numbers. This helps build number sense and will be essential when we move on to addition and subtraction strategies. Have your kiddo teach you how to do it! Teaching others has a 90% retention rate!
We will be starting our Data folders this week. Students will take ownership of their growth in reading fluency, their monthly iStation tests, and lessons passed on iReady. This is how we focus on personal growth and goal setting. 
On Friday, the 29th, we will celebrate Halloween at school. In place of a traditional "class party," we will be doing Halloween-related academic activities all day and have a school-wide costume parade in the afternoon. Students are encouraged to wear a costume to school that is appropriate, without masks/face painting or weapons. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have parent helpers for our celebrations this year, but if you would like to send in a healthy treat such as fruit, vegetables, or crackers, please let me know. It should be a great day filled with fun and learning!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Oct. 27th (Wed.) - Picture Retakes (see attached flyer)
  • Oct. 29th - Halloween Celebration 
  • Nov. 22nd-26th - Thanksgiving Break
As always, please don't hesitate to reach out for anything you need. I absolutely love talking with you and working together to build a strong support system for your child.
Enjoy the long weekend!