Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Polar Express Party next week, Our Nut Free Zone Classroom, and Practice Math 36 Club!

Dear Parents! 
The time seems to be flying by so quickly! I can't believe that Christmas is almost here! I wanted to send out one more blog post before Christmas break.

I just wanted to send out a reminder that our classroom is a nut free zone. We have three children in our class with nut allergies. I've noticed that several children have been bringing things with nuts or peanut butter for snack time. Please make sure that this doesn't happen any more. I'd hate to have any child not get to eat their snack because it has nuts in it, but I can't have any child getting sick from being around the nuts either. So I ask for your help and cooperation in helping our classroom stay nut free.

Did everyone see the invitation that came home today for next week's Polar Express Party? We are all so excited for this fun day. Here are some tips to help make the day run smoothly.

  • Your child can wear pajamas or a robe, but make sure they are appropriate for the weather. They can be worn over regular clothing if they wish.
  • The children can bring slippers to change into once they get to class and the party starts. Make sure they have good shoes to wear coming to school and going home at the end of the day.
  • If your child wants to bring a pillow and a blanket, please put it in a large garbage sack with their name on it. They can also bring a stuffed animal friend but it needs to be small enough to fit in their backpack or the garbage sack. They can also bring treats to eat while watching the movie and snuggling with their animal in the afternoon.
  • Please make sure your child brings a small gift, $5.00 and under, for the gift exchange. It's best if you can send something that would work for either a girl or a boy.

One last reminder, when Christmas is over and school hasn't started back yet, please take the time to help your child practice their Math 36 club facts. There are only two children that have passed off the addition so far and I want every child to have their name placed on the Math 36 Club chart in our classroom. There are so many kids that are so close to passing off but need just a little extra practice. Let's make 2018 a great year by having everyone pass off their addition and subtraction math facts.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween Information, Book Orders, Parent-Teacher Conferences and a Literacy Tips

{Happy Halloween}
I wanted to give you some information about Halloween celebrations next week. 
  • Costumes:Children can come to school in their costumes. Please remember that they can not be wearing masks but can have painted faces. Also, don't bring any props that are weapons. 
  • Halloween Party: The party will be at 10:00 a.m.. We're grateful for the parents that have been planning the party for the class. If you want to send any candy to contribute to the party that would be great.
  • Halloween Parade: The parade will start at 2:00 p.m. If there is good weather we will parade outside around the perimeter of the school. In case of bad weather, we will parade through the gym.

{October Book Orders}
This month's Book Orders are only being done online at If you wanted to order this month you have all Saturday to go and order books. I'll not be closing the order until late Saturday, October 28th. Remember that my teacher code is HLCVM. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on November 8th and 9th. You can start signing up this coming Monday. An email will be sent out with instructions of how to sign up. This year we will be using Skyward to sign up for conferences. It's so important that you and your child come so we can discuss their progress so far in 2nd grade and celebrate their successes. 

The week of conferences will be a 4 day school week and Thursday will be a short day with no school on Friday, November 10th. 

{Literacy Tips}

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Animal Report Time, Picture Day on Wednesday, October Book Report & Literacy Moment

Animal Report Time
We are studying about a variety of animals at school. We are also learning about how to read and gather information in a book or an article. We will be doing the
Animal Report here at school. I just need you to help your child get a book on an animal or print out something from the Internet on an animal and send it school. The children are very excited to get working on their reports. Many of the students said that they had a book at home they could bring or they could find one at the library. Thanks for your help with this project.

Picture Day On Wednesday October 4, 2017
Please remember that tomorrow is our school picture day. All of the children will be having their picture taken regardless if you paid or not. If you want your child's picture for home remember that you could also pay for them online as well as send the money and order to school. The pictures will be taken in the morning before lunch time.

October Book Report
The month of October is always such a busy one. I told the children it would be a good idea to get the October Book Report done and turned in before all of the fun after school October activities start happening. Remember, that any book can be read, Take Home Reading Book, books from home, or from the public library. The September Book Reports were all very good. The children read them out loud to each other and now there are so many more books that the children are interested in reading. Thanks for your support with this! 

Literacy Moment
Comprehension is a huge factor in your child becoming a better reader. They need to understand what they read. Here are some Comprehension strategies you can use as your child reads to you every day.