Week of December 18th

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner! Please remember that our last day of school will be Wednesday, December 20th. This is an early release day and the students will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Please enjoy your time off with your family and friends. We look forward to hearing about everyone’s adventures when we return to school on January 3rd.

On Tuesday, December 19th we will have our Second Grade Holiday Luncheon. Parents are welcome to join their child for lunch from 11:00-11:50 (please bring your own lunch since we will only provide pizza for the students). In addition, you are welcome to send in a special treat, or dessert, for the second graders to enjoy. We have 57 total students and please only send in nut-free treats.

CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Monday, December 18th: Holiday craft rotations (in second grade classrooms)
  • Tuesday, December 19th: Second Grade Holiday Luncheon/Celebration (teachers will provide lunch for the students) and rehearsal for LS Holiday Sharing (12:00 -12:45 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, December 20thX DAY – Lower School Holiday Sharing (10:00-11:00 a.m. – Finley Center Main Arena) and EARLY DISMISSAL (11:45 a.m.)
  • Thursday, December 21st-Tuesday, January 2nd: Holiday Break (NO SCHOOL)
  • Wednesday, January 3rd: Classes Resume (Day 5)

ACADEMIC UPDATES 

Language Arts

  • Partnering with Winston Library to investigate research methods and resources used for writing nonfiction
  • Taking notes using nonfiction books and online databases and citing our sources
  • Learning about the “Super 3” and engaging in the planning phase of our research projects
  • Rereading and revising our drafts to increase the amount of specific information (facts) to help others learn more about our topics
  • Reviewing and practicing learned spelling patterns and writing/using contractions appropriately (ie: I will=I’ll)
  • Noticing and utilizing text features in our reading in order to help us figure out key words
  • Understanding subject specific keywords to enhance our knowledge of a topic

Math

  • Measuring with U.S. Customary and Metric systems

Science

  • Conducting experiments to explore force (a push or pull) and the role friction plays on the force of an object
  • Developing specific vocabulary used in discussing force and motion

Social Studies

  • Continuing our exploration of community jobs and services

SPECIAL AREA UPDATES

Music:

Hello Parents, there isn’t much new information for this month as we are gearing up for our Holiday performance.  Here is the link to the blog so your children can continue to practice their Holiday sharing song…Thanks!
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