Week of December 3rd

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

We had a fabulous field trip to Historic Yates Mill, and we hope you heard lots of interesting facts about the mill and the experience. Thank you to our parent chaperones for helping on that cold day!

Brrr…We sure had a blast of winter this week! With this early taste of cold temperatures, students are encouraged to dress for the weather. As the cool weather settles in, students are also reminded that athletic bottoms are not acceptable for our dress code.

In preparing for the week ahead, please remember that there will be a poem due next Tuesday, December 4th. Students should submit a typed copy of their poem to their teacher and also keep a copy in their green homework folder. The theme for this week’s poem is holiday with a minimum of 4 lines. Please remember that four lines is the minimum length required, and students are welcome to exceed the minimum line length. Students will recite poems on Friday, December 7th. As students work to memorize and practice their poetry, they are encouraged to speak slowly, clearly, and with expression!

We continue to encourage student independence in second grade. This begins with students’ arrival at school in the morning. Please allow your child to walk into school independently. Students will begin their morning routines and their day of learning upon their arrival at school. Parents, please plan to drop your child off at front carpool or back carpool and encourage them to walk into the building independently.

CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Friday, December 7th – Ravenscroft Family Basketball Night – Ravenscroft vs Greensboro Day – games in Cox Court (MS) and Finely Main Arena – starting at 3:45 pm with games being played until Boys Varsity game starts at 7:45 pm
  • Saturday, December 8th – Winter Wonderland Pancake Breakfast (9am-noon) $5.00 per person – see Ravenscroft Weekly Calendar for details 
  • Monday, December 10th – 2nd and 3rd Grade Strings Concert (6:30-7:30 pm) in Jones Theater

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Language Arts

  • Noticing and utilizing text features in reading to help determine key words
  • Using context to build knowledge of unknown words and asking questions to understand keywords such as,  How is this word similar to ___?
  • Solving unfamiliar words by using strategic and flexible thinking
  • Rereading nonfiction texts to sound like “experts” about a topic
  • Using a table of contents page to plan, organize, and draft information books
  • Organizing topic-specific information by sections and chapters
  • Incorporating nonfiction text features (captions, sidebars, diagrams, etc.) in writing to teach readers about a topic
  • New spelling sorts will be sent home on Monday, December 3rd

Math

  • Discussing place value and representing 3-digit numbers using base-10 blocks and expanded form notation
  • Using place value and expanded form to compare 3-digit numbers
  • Using Base-10 blocks to make sense of  3-digit numbers and trading; when needed

Science

  • Conducting experiments to explore force (a push or pull) and the role friction plays on the force of an object
  • Exploring what it means for an object to be at rest
  • Analyzing how much force is needed to move objects across a variety of surfaces

Social Studies

  • Identifying key community members and how community helpers make communities a better place to live
  • Understanding how government services add value to our communities
  • Exploring how governments establish order, provide security, and create laws to manage conflict

Music

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