Ms. Clement

Room 215

June 6th, 2017

Supply List for 2017/2018

2nd Grade Supplies 2017/2018

Required List

3 Dozen # 2 Pencils (sharpened)
4 Marble Composition Books
8 Glue Sticks (no liquid glue)
1 Box of 24 Crayons
2 small Fiskar Scissors (pointed)
4  folders (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue)
2 ream of copy paper
Paper Towels
Kleenex
1 box Colored pencils
Sanitizing Wipes
2 boxes of baggies (1 quart size and 1 sandwich size)
1 ream construction paper (high quality — any color)
1 Color markers
Wish list
Cotton balls
Tooth picks
Popsicle sticks
Glitter
Tempera paint
Water color paint
White construction paper
Masking tape
tape
liquid glue
sequence
googly eyes
feathers
pompoms
embroidery floss
index cards (various sizes)
Sentence strips
Presentation sticky poster pads

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June 20th, 2017

End of Year

Thank you everyone for helping room 215 have a wonderful school year!  Everyone received their end of year packet, with their letter and worksheets to complete!!  Keep their journal going, enjoy all the suggestions for their Writer’s Notebook and complete math worksheets and continue to use these as a guide to do other work like them.

Also please to go ST Math, Raz-Kids and Star Fall on the internet for further work to prepare for third grade.  Their are many web sites to go to.  Put in third grade work and look at what works for your child.

Have a wonderful summer, and remember, if your child has work to return to me that they did over the summer, I will have an extra book for them in the fall!!  Keep up on the reading log, too!!!

Enjoy your summer and I will truly miss your children!!

Sincerely,

Jean Clement

June 12th, 2017

June 12 to 20

Dear Families,

As we approach the last day a few things you should note:

Tuesday June 20th is picnic day.  Please do not send in things that if lost or broken would be missed.  Please send a blanket or beach towel to sit on outside.  Send plenty to drink, snack etc. Parents are welcome to attend.  We will be half day outside and half day in watching a movie.

Math home assignments will continue through Thursday June 15th.

The following are summer suggestions.  If you would like a packet of work for your child for summer work please let Ms. Sheridan know, otherwise we will not be making those copies this year.  PLEASE NOTE:  if your child is not reading everyday this summer they lose important reading development time.  Research shows months can be lost.  Help us to close the “achievement gap” by insisting that your child read every day.

Please, please, please be sure your child has a water bottle to keep on their desk (sports lids only please)

Summer suggestions:
Read everyday.
Login to  Raz-kids and continue your online learning.
Visit the Chicago Public Library, and at least 2 museums.
Practice your math with STmath.com
Write every week.
If you need some ideas for get started, try these:
I feel happy when. . .
My favorite thing to do is. . .
On weekends I like to . . .
I was really embarrassed when . . .
My best friend and I . . .
When I get grouchy . . .
I wish my parents . . .
If I had three wishes…

Have a safe and fun summer!!!

June 5th, 2017

June 5 to 9

Thanks to all of the parents for helping make our trip to the forest preserve a success!

Please send in a snack for the class

Field Day for second grade is scheduled for Thursday.  Students are encouraged to wear Ray swag during field days

PLEASE NOTE HOME ASSIGNMENT CHANGES FOR THIS WEEK

Home assignments:

Reading Submit the book report each Friday
Math sheet–Mon through Thurs
Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
eight, near, once, paper, seven, upon, wash, who, woman, yourt

Writing Application

Please take these last few weeks to complete any and ALL incomplete writing application choices from the year.  All past topics can all be found on the Ray School Website under second grade teacher’s blog.  Please do your best to emphasize the writing process (Plan, draft, revise, edit and submit) as you make these assignments up.  Submit them as they are completed.

May 30th, 2017

May 30 to June 2

This is an exciting week in second grade!
Thursday we will attend the 3rd grade play.  It is always exciting to have students see their older peers in an activity that they can anticipate with excitement for the coming year.

Additionally the kids are taking the NWEA MAP assessment for the first time this week.  Make up testing will be end of week and into next week.  Please make sure your child is on time to school each day, as the testing schedule depends on it.

Friday is our final field trip.  Students must bring a lunch and must be on time. Any and all parents are welcome to chaperone.  Please remember that chaperoning is a responsibility.  Please turn off your phones during the trip and be present with our students.  All chaperones must ride the bus.  Siblings are not invited.

Ray Olympics for second grade is scheduled for next week.  Students are encouraged to wear the Olympic gear they purchased or any Ray swag during Olympics.

PLEASE NOTE HOME ASSIGNMENT CHANGES FOR THIS WEEK

Home assignments:

Reading Submit the book report each Friday
Math sheet–Mon through Thurs
Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
above, enough, falling, happened, lived, loved, should, sorry, want, while

Writing Application

Please take these last few weeks to complete any and ALL incomplete writing application choices from the year.  All past topics can all be found on the Ray School Website under second grade teacher’s blog.  Please do your best to emphasize the writing process (Plan, draft, revise, edit and submit) as you make these assignments up.  Submit them as they are completed.
http://rayschool.weebly.com/teacher-websites.html

May 22nd, 2017

Parents you are invited to a “Parent &Teacher Driving Testing Policy” planning meeting this evening at 6:30
the Teacher’s Union Headquarters at 1901 W Carroll (intersection of Damen and Carroll)

Fidget spinners are not permitted at school. Please leave these at home.  They are causing much disruption and fights.

Our next and final field trip is June 2nd

This week we continue the A-B-C Countdown!
5/22 – F – Fruit Day
5/23 – G – Game Day
5/24 – H – Hat and Hula-Hoop Day
5/25 – I – Identical Day
5/26 – J – Joke Day

The final standardized testing window is now open, which means we must all be as quiet as possible in the halls and on the stairs so as to not distract the students testing.

AS we come to a close please help your child by often discussing the routines that are ahead.  Often the uncertainty of the summer weeks can make people anxious.  This anxiety can lead to disruptive behaviors.

Please provide your child with a water bottle to keep on their desk.

Please contribute snacks for the group if you have not already.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

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

Reading Submit the book report each Friday WITH THE WRITING APPLICATION

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
buy, called, even, father, maybe, outside, tomorrow, town, water, where

A “Writing Application

Choice 1:A Story
Write a one page story beginning with this sentence: “When Pat planted her garden everything went wrong.”

Choice 2: Creative Writing
Write a story beginning with this sentence:  “Something unusual happened when Chris went to the theater.”

May 15th, 2017

May 15 to 19

Just for fun the administration has devised a fun way to end the year with a 26 day count down.  Look for the list of activities in the take home folder.  Today was A = Alma mater swag, tomorrow is B= Bandana Day

Our next, and final field trip will be June 2nd.  We are visiting the forest preserve in Hinsdale.  We welcome all parents to help chaperone.  Look for that trip slip in the folders coming soon.  Please return it promptly.

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

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

Reading Submit the book report each Friday WITH THE WRITING APPLICATION

Math sheet–Mon through Thurs

Sight words: THESE WORDS ARE PRACTICED FOR READING FLUENCY: SEE THE TEACHER FOR SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRACTICE.
again, ago, alone, don’t, every, follow, goes, head, now, won’t

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Personal Narrative
Write about a musical experience you especially enjoyed.  Were you at a concert?  Were you listening to the radio, a CD, or a tape?  What was outstanding about the music?

Choice 2: A Counting Book
Make a counting book for young children.  Be creative; draw your own pictures or cut an paste pictures for each number.  Write a phrase for each numeral.

May 8th, 2017

May 8 to 12

This is new, though it is very similar to last week’s news!

We have just 6 weeks left in second grade.  We have started to look over the writing kids did for home work through the year.  If you are behind in those assignments you have very little time to make that up.  There are several students who have not turned in writing for several weeks which leaves zeros in the gradebook for those assignments. Writing due each Friday.

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.  (see last week’s notice)

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

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.
ball, done, hear, learn, leaves, only, our, through, were, young

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Book Entry
Imagine that you have been asked to write an entry for the Book of World Records about a person who spent four months living on a glacier.

Choice 2: The Icemen Cometh
Write a short story about the fictional adventures of two characters who are investigating the glaciers of Greenland.  Who are these characters?  Are they people or animals?  Why are they doing this?  Are they facing any dangers?  What are they finding?

May 1st, 2017

May 1 to 4

Please let a teacher know if you are interested in presenting for our Passport program.  (see last week’s notice)

The walk a thon is coming!  The school is raising money for this really cool water fountain that fills water bottles easily. A really great cause for the students, the staff and the Mother Earth!

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Ray logo shirts are $10.  You can wear them every Gym Day!!

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.
coming, idea, knew, down, four, give, great, large, though, write

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: A Speech
Imagine you are running for class president. Why should your classmates vote for you? Write a short campaign speech.

Choice 2: An Explanation
What career would you choose if you had to make a choice today?  Write  a paragraph explaining why this career appeals to you.  What education or training would you need to pursue this career?

April 21st, 2017

April 24 to 28

Field trip is April 27th.  We have a very limited number of tickets and chaperones have already been established.  If you had hoped to attend and have not already confirmed with the teacher please accept our apologies and consider coming to our next and final trip on June 1.

This week we will begin a math unit that includes some geometry.  We will continue to look at earth materials and engineering.  In Lang. Arts we are reading a story called The Goat in the Rug.

Second grade is hosting a special “Passport Program” in which parents are invited to come to speak about a different country or place on the globe that they have some knowledge about.  Presentations are short (15 minutes max) nd include pictures, food sample, clothing etc that teach us something about another place.  If you would like to present please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible.

April 27th is the final PTO meeting and it will honor parent volunteers from the school year.  Please attend if you are able.

Thank you for all the snacks that have been coming in!  If you have not contributed snack in some time please contribute something for the whole group.

Walk-A-Thon

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.
coming, down, four, give, great, idea, knew, large, though, write

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: Compare and Contrast
Look at a picture of a bicycle from current day and a picture of an old time bicycle and compare and contrast how the bike looks now compared to a long time ago.

Choice 2: An ad
Imagine that you have an unusual bicycle to sell.  Write an advertisement that answers the following questions:  What are the selling points of the bike?  How is it different from other bikes?  Why is it fun to ride? Write a catchy title.

March 31st, 2017

April 3 to 6

This week we will end on Thursday.  Friday is a teacher furlough day.  And next week is Spring Break.
Homework assignments will end Wednesday evening, but please encourage our child to read every day.

We are so hungry for snack around 2 in the afternoon.  Please contribute something healthy we can all eat (nothing perishable due to the break)

Parents remember second graders often experience some anxiety when a long break in their routine is upon them.  Please be extra patient with your child as we lead to the week away from school.  And do your best to establish a concrete routine for over the break so your child can feel confident about what is expected.

This week we will take a close look at fiction variations (Cinderella and 3 Pigs, etc)
We will take a look how plant roots help with erosion.

Home Assignments:
Book report due Thursday
Math sheets Mon through Wednesday

March 27th, 2017

March 25 to 30

Dear Parents,

We are still collecting food donations for the food drive.

We are really in need of snack contributions and pencils.

This week we will hear all of the Women’s history presentations.  Projects were due today.  If your child needs an extension this should have been arranged with your teacher in advance to avoid a ) in gradebook.

Buy your Ray School logo items before the prices go up next year!!  Shirts are $10 sweat pants $15.
Good for gym days and Warrior Wednesdays!.

This week we will continue a conversations about engineers in science.

This week students will be assigned a weekly book report/project instead of reading contracts.

We will begin unit 7 in math which is “Whole Number Operations and Measurement and Data”

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.
boy, does, everyone.field, floor, found, into, their, toward, what’s

A “Writing Application

Choice 1: Creative Writing
Imagine a tree has just been stolen from the tree farm where you work.  How would you describe the tree? Write a paragraph telling the detective everything you can remember about the tree.

Choice 2: A Speech
Imagine that you are running for class president. Why should your classmates vote for you? Write a short campaign speech.