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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September 18th, 2017

Weekly Overview September 18, 2017

Happy third week of second grade!  Looking forward to a fun and productive week.

Thanks for the snacks coming in!!

$85.00 class fee is due when you can turn it in.  Thanks

Please remember that every Wednesday is Ray Spirit Day!  Your child should wear their green and white!  Also, because Wednesday and Friday are gym and health days, easy days to remember to wear green and white!

Language Arts:  This month we will be working on your child asking and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.  Work on at home!

Also this week we will be working on compare and contrast in a story, writing complete sentences and writing a friendly letter.  We will also be talking and learning about prediction and inferences in stories.  Ask these kinds of questions when your child is reading at home.  Thanks

Homework:  We will start using a Reading Log this week.  Your child will have this in their Homework Folder and should just always keep it in their folder.  Help you child with the routine.  They (or you) should date it, circle Home, write the Title of the book and the minutes read, and check off the Finished It! box if/when the book was finished.  I will staple about 10 sheets together, and your child will get a new Reading Log packet when this current one is completed.  Thanks for all your help in this-it is their most important homework:)!!

Math:  Lessons this week include working on our number scrolls, counting coins, number grid puzzles, equivalent names for numbers (50 +20=70, 75-5=70, etc.), working with two cards to make 100.

Homework:  The Everyday Math homework does not start until the end of Unit 1, sometime next week, so I will be sending home Math Fact Practice sheets this week.  I will send home a packet today and it is due Friday.  Thanks.

Have a wonderful week and thanks for your help in these beginning weeks!!

Sincerely, Jean Clement

September 11th, 2017

Weekly Overview September 11, 2017

Good morning the second week of 2nd Grade!!  We had a fun, active first week of learning about each other and getting to know 2nd grade.

Please come to our Open House this Thursday from 4:00-6:00 if you can!!!

We have been getting to know routines and schedules during our first 4 days.  I hope your child is feeling comfortable and organized in the room.

Your child should have their Homework Folder with them each day when they come home.  Please get in the habit of checking this each day for homework and notes.   Remind your child that they should take it out of their backpack each morning when they come to school and they put it in their Seat Sack.  Thanks

Please remember to pay the $85.00 classroom fee.

Please bring in snack for the classroom.  We all eat the same snack each day.  We need enough for 25 students.  Thanks for the snacks that have already come in!!

We now have a water filter drinking fountain station outside the cafeteria, so please have your child bring in a reusable water bottle and they can fill it up every day during lunch!!!  Thanks PTO!!!!

 

Language Arts:  We have been focusing on community building and reading books and completing activities around that theme.  We will also continue this through this week.  I have started a chapter book Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.

Social Studies:  Language Arts and social studies, during these first few weeks will be focusing on our Community, what that means to us and how we all work together.  We have a new program titled second step that focuses on Skills for Social and Academic Success.

Homework:  Your child will have a parent letter introducing you to second step and they will also have a Homework worksheet from the program this is due this Wednesday.  This will give you two nights to help your child complete it.

Your child will also be getting a Reading Log this week to help them keep track of their reading at home.  You should record, with your child, each night what they have read and how many minutes they read.

Thanks

Math:  We are using Everyday Math and are working on putting in place routines in our classroom-weather charts, days in school, calendar, job duties, etc.  We will continue these beginning of year routines and will also work with money, number scrolls,  and number grid puzzles.

Homework:  Will start tomorrow and we will have homework usually Monday through Thursday in Math.

Science:  Our first unit will be Solids and Liquids.  A note will go home on Wednesday introducing you to the unit.  We will also start our unit on Wednesday.  We even had a lava lamp brought in last week-a great segway into our solid and liguid unit!!!:)

I am looking forward to a new week working with your children!

Sincerely, Jean Clement

September 8th, 2017

First week of 2nd grade!!

Dear Parents,

Just wanting to let you know that I think the first week was wonderful!  Hope your child felt the same.

I will try and update this Blog each Monday morning, during the first hour!

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Thanks for all your help so far.

Jean Clement

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?