Ms. Clement

Room 215

February 13th, 2017

February 13 to 17

This week Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the place, and second grade makes it a big deal.  Unfortunately we cannot permit an avalanche of candy in our classrooms.  We realize many of you have already made purchases for this kind of shared experience.  If you have purchased candy please save it for home use. We ask two things for tomorrow:

  1. No candy
  2.  If you make or purchase Valentines for the class that you make one for each student.  A class list will be attached.

Class Dojo is an electronic communication tool used by specialty teachers.  Please do not try to communicate with your child’s homeroom teacher through Dojo this year. If you have any questions about Dojo please let us know.

Our next field trip is scheduled for March 17th to the Shedd Aquarium.  Space for chaperones is limited.  Please let us know if you can attend.

African American Heritage Gallery walk is this Thursday.  See the accompanying flyer for more details.  We hope to see you there!

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
also, fly, gone, have, horse, look, river, said, saw, something

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing ApplicationNote parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1 A Story About Me
Think of friends you have visited in their house or apartment.  Write a story about your visit.  Tell why it was fun or exciting.

Choice 2: My Dream Home
If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Would you live in a castle, on a houseboat, or in an igloo?  Write about your dream home. What is special about it?  What does it look like?

February 6th, 2017

February 6 to 10

We begin the week with an anti-bullying video/seminar. Students will gather in the auditorium on Monday at 930 to view and after discuss the issue of bullying.

Reminder: African American Hero project is due no later than Friday February 17. Any early submissions are welcome and advised. Waiting until the last day is discouraged.

Please be mindful of the temperature fluctuations indoors and out and have you child dress in layers when possible. A warm outer wear is always advised just in case. Also, it is suggested that all articles of clothing be labeled with the child’s name.

Please continue to contribute snacks and a water bottle for your child’s desk.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
earth, core, soil, dirt, erosion, ocean, lake, river, brook, stream

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: A Poem
Write a poem about a journey you have taken. It may be a small journey, just to the corner store, or a longer journey to a vacation spot. Tell how you traveled and how long it took to get to the destination.

Choice 2: Travel Poster
Pretend you own a travel agency. You need to advertise a special destination you are featuring. Make a poster to tell about the place. Draw a picture and write sentences about it under the picture.

 

January 30th, 2017

Jan 30 to Feb 3

 

Dear Parents,

PTO fund raiser is this Thursday evening at the Prometory on 53rd and Lake Park. Please join us for some good times for a great cause!

This Friday was to be a planning and preparation day for teachers, but as many of you already know, the Board of Education has declared that it will be a furlough day for teachers. The result of the 4 furlough days is a 2% cut in pay for teachers. This is in addition to a pay reduction last year. We will be meeting at City Hall on Friday to let the mayor and they city know how distructive this is for students and the families we serve. Please join us if you are able. More information can be found on the Parents for Teachers web site and at Raise your Hand web site.

PLEASE note that the projects are due NO LATER than February 10th. If you still have questions about the project do not hesitate to ask. Writing application is due Thursday this week.

Please keep sending snacks, pencils and water bottles. We go through snacks and pencils farely quickly and each child should have a water bottle with sports lid to stay hidrated.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.

 

January 17th, 2017

January 17 to 20

Tomorrow we are going to the theater.  Chaperones have already been established.  For those of you who wanted to come please consider coming on our next trip.  Our apologies, the seating was so limited.  It is recommended that your child bring a lunch, though they will still be able to get a school lunch if they are not able to bring their own.  It is also recommended that the kids wear a Ray school shirt.  These can be purchased for $10 through Ms. Clement rm 215.

Please look for the instructions and rubric for the African American Heritage project in this week’s folder.  Projects will be due in mid February.

This week please review sight words to date.  Also review types of sentences and the importance of story structure.

We will take a unit math test this Friday on time, place value, measurement in inches and centemeters, and counting coins.

Please send a water bottle with a sport lid.

Please note that if your child did not turn in a writing application last week they currently have a 0 (F) in grade book and should plan to make up that assignment.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday.  Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
review words to date (found in all the previous blog entries)

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1:Bully bully
Write about a time you have witnessed bullying.  Tell what you did in response to the bullying.

Choice 2:Theatre
Write about a time you attended a show at a theatre.  Tell what you saw and with whom you attended.  Was it a movie, a dance performance, a musical concert, or a play?

January 9th, 2017

January 9 to 13

Happy New Year to all!!

We have exciting plans in the new year.  This month is African American Heritage Month.  Second grade will participate in the event with our second research project/presentations.  We will all be reading a novel titled The Hundred Dresses.  This book revolves around some important concepts involving school bullying.  We will also attend the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s theatrical interpretation of the book.  Math this month continues to explore place value, measurement and addition and subtraction drills.  In science we will embark on a new study; more information to come in this subject.

Room 214 is experiencing Pencil Panic!  Please look around your home and contribute any pencils you are not using.

BE ADVISED: Please have your child dress in layers.  Mark clothing articles with child’s name.  We plan to go outside whenever the weather allows.  Please also make sure your child has a water bottle with sport lid.  We need snack donations.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday.  Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
against, along, bird, different, girl, hold, morning, night, part, someone

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1:Riddles
What zoo animal always carries a trunk but never has to pack? An Elephant!  Write more riddles about animals in the zoo.

Choice 2:Zoo Animal Favorites
In your opinion which is the most interesting animal in the zoo?  Explain why you think so.  Try to include some facts about your animal choice.

December 19th, 2016

December 19 to 23

Happy Winter Everyone!

This Friday we will be a part of an informal winter celebration assembly at 9:15am.  Parents are welcome, but be mindful that there may be standing room only.

This week’s homework will be light.  A double sided reading contract will be sent home for the break as well as this week’s reading log.  Please return all 3 reading contracts to receive a pizza coupon in January. There will a math assignment today through Wednesday.  No writing application this week.  We encourage you to have your child find authentic writing experiences such as thank you cards or letters to extended family. None of this writing is meant to be turned in to us though.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

December 9th, 2016

December 12 to 16

December 12 to 16

We have just this week and next before our long break.  In these weeks the weather may prevent us from going outside, but when the temperature is above 25* we will go out.  Please send your child dressed for that possibility.

Try to label clothes and other belongings with name and room number.  The new lost&found policy involves donating all unclaimed items to Goodwill at the end of each month.

We will continue our home assignments right through the holidays Well, reading daily is highly recommended)

This week and next we will have our regular assignment schedule and for the 2 week break we will provide a double sided reading contract.

We have a very limited number of seats for our January 18th field trip.  Interested chaperones should speak directly to the classroom teacher to find out if any space is still available We are running very low on snacks again.

This week in second grade students will be taking a look at clocks and measurement. We will practice making inferences and predations in our reading.  Students will also learn about the prefixes “pre” and “mis”.

Note only 9 students in room 214 turned in writing applications last week.  This means a 0 or F in gradebook for the missed assignments.  Please make sure your child keeps up with home assignments.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday.  Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
another, far, grow, hard, heard, kind, light, more, some, to

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing ApplicationNote parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: Creative Writing
Write a fairy tale about a king or queen who lives in a very unusual kingdom and who has the same name as you!  Begin with these words, “Once upon a time…”

Choice 2: A Thousand Thanks
Pretend you have just spent the weekend at a castle.  Write a thank you note to the prince and princess you stayed with.  Tell them what you liked most about your visit

December 5th, 2016

December 5 to 9

Please turn in your trip slips and fee as soon as possible.  We need to pay the theater to keep our seats reserved. Thanks

As the weather continues to be unpredictable we would like to suggest a few things.  First, consider packing a change of clothes (socks included).  Second, please try to label your child’s belongings with name and classroom number for faster retrieval if lost. Finally please please provide your child with a water bottle with sports lid to have at their seat.  The radiant heat makes the air very dry in the school building.

We are running very low on snacks again.

Home assignments: (Reading logs are due each Monday.  Writing assignments are due each Friday.)

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
because, better, go, old, really, right, they, was, you

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1:Tongue Twisters
Write silly sentences about farming.  Try to begin each sentence with the same letter sound.

Choice 2: Barn Beautiful
Pretend you are a very smart farmer.  You have just built a wonderful new barn for your animals.  Draw a picture of your barn.  Then write about it.  Tell what it looks like and how it is special.  Stretch your imagination!

November 28th, 2016

Novemeber 28 to October 2

 

Welcome back!

We are resuming our regular schedule this week. Home assignments and school schedules are back to normal for now!

Please send in your trip slips and fee right away.

Please consider contributing healthy snacks and small items (in bulk) for our Warrior store.

Please mark hats, scarves etc. with your child’s name and room number.

Reading logs are due each Monday. Writing assignments are due each Friday.

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE. afraid, dark, for, kept, many, might, own, show, why, would

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher) independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: Creative Writing Pretend you won a lot of money in a contest. Write a story about how you will use the money to protect the world’s water, land and air. Begin your story with the words…”As soon as I get the money I will…”

Choice 2: A List Pretend you are in charge of all the packages and other things a train is carrying. Write a list that tells what is in each boxcar. Tell where each package, box, or thing is being sent.

 

 

November 14th, 2016

November 14 to 18

Dear Warrior Parents,

Please turn in the lunch forms even if you do not intend to have your child eat the school lunch. The forms are a very improtant part of the funding for the school.

We are going to the Field Museum on Wednesday. Please pack a large lunch for your child.  It is reccomended that it be put inot a disposable bag so that we do not lose any lunch pails on the trip.

We need snacks.  Please consider buying something healthy for the whole group the next time you are at the market.

Students need water bottles for their desks. as the weather gets cold we are experiencing very dry air in the school and we get very thirsty.  It is difficult to get out to the fountain without disrupting lessons.

Be aware that we are asking students read every day at home even on weekends and over holidays.  Please try to keep up with the reading contracts so students can receive the pizza incentive each month( 4 contracts a month arerequired)

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words:  THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
before, eye, few, happy, high, my, opemn, people, starts, yellow

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: An Ad
Pretend your family owns a summer camp.  Write an ad about the camp.  Tell what children will like about the place.  Tell about indoor and outdoor games and sports children will play there.

Choice 2: Dear Diary
Pretend you went on a camping trip in the woods.  Make a diary entry that tells about your trip.  Did anything funny happen?  For each day of your trip, write the date and what you saw and did.

November 7th, 2016

November 7 to 11

Wierd Whacky Week!

Wednesday is Parent Conference day (no school for students.)  Students are welcome to attend the conferences.  Conferences last only 10 minutes, so please come prepared with any questions you have.  If you require additional time you will be asked to set a separatee meeting time.  You are invited to email us with a few convenient times (noon to 550pm)

This week students will begin the Native American Research projects.  They are encouraged to read about or watch videos on Native American people of long ago.  Because of the unusual week and the emphasis on research there will not be a writing application due this week.

Please review all sight words we have assigned so far this year.

Math home assignemnets will be as usual.

Home Assignments:
Read about Native Americans of Long ago
Math pages Mon, and Tues only
Review all sight words to date (found in all previous news letters on the school web site.)

October 31st, 2016

October 31 to November 4

We had a very successful trip to the Farm!!!!

We are walking to the University on Wednesday for a film screening.  Parents are welcome chaperone.

Home assignments:

Reading minimum 15 minutes daily —weekends too! (log printed on the back of this sheet)

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words:  THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
before, eye, few, happy, high, my, open, people, starts, yellow

A “Writing Application” project will last all 5 days of the week Monday: Plan (choose from the 2 topics provided) Tuesday Draft, Wednesday revise (make it better) Thursday edit (check for errors) Friday publish (turn it in to the teacher)

Writing Application: Note parents may “share the pen” if needed as we start the year and turn it over to more independent writing as we progress.

Choice 1: Creative Writing
Pretend you traveled back to the time when dinosaurs lived.  Write a story that begins like this:  I looked around and saw dinosaurs everywhere!

Choice 2: Extra! Extra!
Pretend you found a large dinosaur fossil.  What kind of dinosaur fossil is it?  Where and how did you find it?  Write a newspaper story about your fossil.