Weekly Overview January 22, 2018

Please join us at Raise Your Glass-our next fund-raiser next Thursday!!  Detail on Ray School E News!!

We have two new snacks today!!  Many, many thanks and please bring in a snack for 25 students if you have not done so in a while. Thanks!!

Black History Assembly is February 21st-see social studies below!!

Language Arts:  We have just finished our Guided Reading Assessments again.  Please ask your child their reading level and what they enjoy to read!  Please remember, that your child should be reading at home each night!!  Thanks and enjoy!

Homework:  Your child has a book report that is due this Thursday, just to change it up a bit.  It can be written about the whole book, or just a chapter that your child is on.  Have fun with it and help your child to turn it in this Thursday.

Math:  Lessons 5.3 through 5.6 will be completed this week.  We are focusing on money, making change, and counting up from, say, 38 cents, to 75 cents.  Help your child with this at home.  Some kids really have it, others are still needing extra practice.  Thanks for your help!!

Homelinks:  Monday through Thursday, 5.3-5.6

Science:  We have started our Unit on Land and Water!  What can your child tell you about land forms?

Social Studies:  Our Black History Month Gallery walk will be on Wednesday, February 21st this year!!  Your child will have a person that they will do a report on at home and turn it in by Friday, February 16th.  I will give the rubric out this week and this will be their language arts homework for the next several weeks.  This will give you plenty of time!!


Have a nice week,

Jean Clement

Weekly Overview January 16, 2018

Hope everyone had a good Martin Luther King Day.  I hope your children showed you the poems we read together about Dreams by Langston Hughes and talked about the stories that we read.

Our Black History Month Assembly will be Wednesday February 21st.  More information to come.  But, your child will work on a project for display for the month of February.  I will be sending the information home next week.

We need more snacks!!  Thanks!!

Please welcome Ms. Mo to our room for the next few Mondays.  She will be doing some observations and will teach a lesson or two.  A note is going home today for you to sign in allowing your child to participate in this.  Thanks

*Please always remember to have your child wear their Green every Wednesday and gym shoes every Friday!!!

Language Arts:  We will continue our non-fiction focus through the month of January.  I am seeing your children choose to read many non-fiction books!!!  We are discussing how to figure out the meaning of a word by using the text that it is in!!

Homework:  Is your child reading each night?  Thanks!!

Your child has a writing assignment that should be worked on each night, and turned in this Thursday.  Thanks for your help.  Remember to edit the work with your child.

Math:  Today we will review work from previous units.  They will be bringing their Math Journal 1 home this week and we will start in their new Math Journal 2 tomorrow.

Unit 5 is all about addition and subtraction!  This week we will be working with coins, working with calculators, and adding and subtracting up to 3-digit numbers!!  Please work with counting coins at home!!

Homework:  Addition, subtraction, and multiplication sheets will go home today-they do not need to be returned-work on at home.

Tuesday-Thursday- Homelinks 5.1-5.3.  As always, due the next day.

Science:  We will be starting a new unit this week-Land and Water and discussion will be around landscapes and how we and nature influence them (wow-pretty relevant now:(  ).

Social Science:  We will tie our lessons into science in discussions around landscapes and recycling.  We will also continue our step 2 with lessons on emotion management.  I also hope that you have heard about our Calm Classroom activities!!

Have a great week.  I am looking forward to our days together this week!!!

Sincerely, Jean Clement

Weekly Overview January 8, 2018

Welcome to 2018!!  Hope everyone had a fun-filled two weeks of family time!!!  I’m excited to be back!!

Language Arts:  We will continue to work with non-fiction for the rest of this month.  The older grades will participate in the Ray School spelling bee this week, so we will have our own, non-competitive version in our room this week-just working on vocabulary and spelling!!

Homework:  They have a writing assignment that is due Thursday.  I am going to talk with them about academic goals that they could write about, but whatever works for your child is fine.   Due Thursday.

Math:    We will work in Unit 4 covering The Inch, The Centimeter, and perimeter and area and have  our Unit 4 assessment on Friday.

Homelinks:  Monday through Wednesday, with a review sent home for Thursday homework.

Science:  We will wrap up our Science Unit on Solids and Liquids this week by investigating changes that happen (or not) when mixing some liquids and solids.

Social Studies:  We will continue to work with our Second Step Community building Lessons and beginning a Unit on Using Our Resources.

Have a great week!


Jean Clement

Weekly Overview December 11, 2017

Ray has a fun week planned for all students!!

Monday-Crazy color day

Tuesday -Pajama/stuffed animal day

Wednesday-Logo day or educational wear day

Thursday-Fun sweater day

Friday-Twin or jean day

Have fun!!!

Snacks are still needed!!  Thanks

STEM night is tomorrow from 5-6:30!  Come and have science fun!!!

Our class will be sing a song, along with the other second grade classes in our winter assembly this year!  We will be singing Feliz Navidad.  I will also send the words home to practice.  The assembly is next Friday, December 22, 2017.

Also this week…we will be taking the NWEA tests.  Probably Monday, Tuesday, and make-up Wednesday.  We have a room full of smart, wonderful second-graders, who, I am sure, will do their best:)!!

Language Arts:  We will continue to work in non-fiction books.  We will continue to focus on Main Ideas and details.  Discuss at home with their readings.  Thanks for your help.  Can they name the main idea and give you at least two details?  Can they think of a self-connection to the book they are reading?  We are also working on writing in complete, and well-structured sentences and questions.  Thanks for your help in this!!

Homework:  Your child will have a writing assignment with them today, that is due on Thursday.  As always, your child should be reading each evening.  Are they recording in their Reading Log?

Math:  We are working in Unit 4 on reading an analog clock and telling time to the 5-minute mark.  Did you see their A.M. through P.M. time frame of their day?  Hope so!!  We will be working on Place Value, even and odd numbers, comparing numbers, using base-10 blocks to show a number and continuing to work on our number facts!!  Are you practicing at home?  Thanks!!

Homework:  Homelinks Monday through Thursday.

We will have some activities around many different ways, and how different cultures celebrate holiday traditions.  A learning experience for all!!

Have a great week!  Thanks for all you do!


Jean Clement

Weekly Overview December 4, 2017

It’s December and we have a fun and busy month ahead of us!!

We need snacks!!  Your students thank you!!

Math:  We will finish up our Unit 3 Assessment today and move on to Unit 4 starting tomorrow!  This week, we will cover clocks and telling time, telling time to the nearest 5 minutes (practice at home!!), A.M. and P.M..  Unit 4 is Place Value and Measurement!

Homework:  No math homework tonight, because of our assessment today, but I will give your child a math packet that they can just do at home when you want them to.  Math facts packet:).  Homelinks Tuesday through Thursday, and look for the Unit 4 parent letter tomorrow.

Language Arts:  We will work in guided reading groups all week, our focus is still non-fiction/informational text.  We will be discussing main idea and details to support the main idea.  Ask your child about this skill when doing their reading at home.

Homework:  This week your child will write their own story.  Maybe discuss with them an animal story-we have been reading about animals and habitats in the classroom-but, really whatever they want.  Thanks for your help!

Social Studies:  We will work in our second step program this week,  discussing empathy.  We will do a lesson that focuses on land formations and weather.

Science:  Still working on Solids and liquids.  We will explore physical changes when mixing solids and liquids.  We will also do a fun little activity with The weird and Wonderful Octopus!

Again, thanks for all your help in having your child have a successful week!


Jean Clement


Weekly Overview November 27, 2017

I hope everyone had a family-filled long weekend!

Picture retake day is tomorrow!!

Please sign the form for Robocall and return to me or to the office!  We need all forms!!  Thanks

We are pretty much out of snacks, so please bring in enough for 25 students if you can!  Thanks

Our next field trip is to go to hear The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, so please return the form if you have not done so!  Thanks very much-it is due!!  I am so excited that we get to go to this!!

Remember Spirit Day is every Wednesday;  green and white should be worn!!!

Math:  Your children are loving multiplication!!  We are also working on subtraction and getting to know our addition facts quickly!!  Practice at home!

This week we will work on subtraction from 20 for the next two days, we will work with coins,, explore the rectangle, and have a unit 3 review on Thursday.  Our Unit 3 will be this Friday.

Homework:  Homelinks 3.9-3.11- Monday through Wednesday, then Unit 3 study sheet Thursday evening.

Language Arts:  This weeks story is Animal Building Homes.  We are working on non-fiction this week and our focus is comprehension-using the text and graphic features to help our comprehension.

Homework:  Your child will have their writing assignment with them today.  It is due Thursday.

Social Studies:  I am hoping to finish up our Native American unit this week!!

Science:  We have a few more lessons in our Solids and Liquids Unit, then we will do a fun, little lesson on the octopus on Thursday.

Have a wonderful week!  As always, thanks for your help!!

Jean Clement


Weekly Overview November 20, 2017

Two days of school and then Happy Thanksgiving!!

Our field trip is tomorrow.  We will leave first thing in the morning, and be back to Ray about 12:30.  We will eat lunch here when we get back.  Your child can bring their lunch, or I can send them to the cafeteria to get a school lunch, whichever is better for you.  We will all eat in the classroom!!  So excited about hearing the drums and learning more about a powwow.

After this holiday, we will need more snacks!  Thanks!

Picture retake day is November 28th.

Language Arts:  We will read and write as much as we can in the next two days!!  No homework this week-a homework pass tonight!

Math:  I hope you heard that we are also working on learning about multiplication and what it means!!  Everyone was really excited, and I saw many “oh…I get it now!” moments:)!!

Homework:  They will have one math homelinks tonight.

Social Studies:  Your child all gave a presentation about their dioramas and did a wonderful job!  Ms. Neely and Ms. Thole came in for some of them!!  Great job in helping your children parents!!  Thanks!

Please look for your child’s diorama today-they will go home so you can have them over the holiday:)

Science:  We will work with different sizes of beans today and make predictions on how many beans we can hold in one hand!

Have a safe and family-filled holiday.

Thanks for all you do.

Ms. Clement

Weekly Overview November 14, 2017

Hi!  Sorry, my site was acting up, but our tech help got it working again!!!

I will see you tomorrow for report card pick-up!!  Please email me if you have not signed up, or you can just stop in and sign up tomorrow.  So far, my most open time is between 4::15-5:10!!  But I have other scattered times, too.  Thanks!!

The dioramas look wonderful!  I feel that everyone has learned so much and have enjoyed their new knowledge!  Thanks for all your help!!

Please remember our field trip on November 21st!  We are going to a pow wow and it should be amazing!

Language Arts:  We will continue to work on our pop-up books related to the different Native  American cultures.  We all give our diorama presentations this week!!  And, I am seeing overall gains in our writing skills!!  I am seeing ownership in their work!!

Math:  We are working on addition and subtraction and working on 2-digit numbers.  Practice at home!!

Homework:  I will send homelinks home tonight, that will be due Thursday.  Thanks

Science:  We will be working with different sizes of beans this week, making predictions about how many we can hold, and completing some math number stories related to our science unit on liquid and solids.

Social Studies:  Knee deep into our Native American Unit!!

Weekly Overview October 30, 2017

YEAH!!!  Our class won the Pizza Party for having the most participants in the Taffy Apple sale!!!  We had 14 students and 2 teachers in that count!!!  Thanks you! Thank you! Thank you!  Date to be determined:)

Tomorrow is our field trip and we will be outside all day and it will be COLD!!!   Please have your child wear their hat, mittens, coat and warm shoes!!  It might be muddy.  Your child can take their lunch in their backpack and they will get a pumpkin to bring back in their backpack!!!  It should be a fun day!  Thanks for the parents that said they can come!!

Please remember that Friday is a Staff Development Day-students do not come to school!

We still have some Ray Logo to sell!  The t-shirts are ten dollars and fun to wear both Wednesday Spirit Day and Friday gym day!!

Language Arts:  We Have been learning about the Native Americans of the Plains.  This week we will move on and learn about the people and culture of the eastern woodland Native Americans.  We are all working in Guided Reading groups and reading and writing to each day!

Homework:  Worksheet that your child will have today, is due this Thursday.

Math:  We will be generating equivalent names for numbers and writing them in math boxes, playing name that number, working with frames and arrows and we will have our Unit 2 test this Thursday.  We will have a review on Wednesday.  The best way to study is just by going over the homelink worksheets.  Thanks.  We are also working on just quickly knowing our facts (addition and subtraction)!

Homework:  Homelinks Monday through Wednesday this week, no school Friday.

Social Studies:  We will continue to learn about the different Native American cultures.

Science:  We are manipulating solids and learning about physical changes.  (as opposed to chemical reactions/changes)


Weekly Overview October 23, 2017

Good Morning.  Looking forward to a busy, fun week!

Tomorrow is PICTURE DAY!!!!  Your child has their envelope if you want pictures!!

We will be going on our field trip next Tuesday, October 31st.  We will be outside, at the farm, so please make sure that your child dresses for the farm and the weather!  Have your child bring a lunch, and they can just keep it in their backpack and take their backpack on the bus!  Thanks.  We can have as many parents as can go, so if you can go and have not let me know, please let me know and come if you can!!

Thanks for the snacks coming in!!


Language Arts:  We will be covering different Native American regions of the United States and their different cultures over the next 4 or 5 weeks.  We started with The People of the Plains last week, and will start the Eastern Woodlands later this week.

We will also continue to read fables and folktales and talk about lessons/morals from these stories.

Your child is writing in their Journal each week in class.  Ask them what they are writing about.  Ask them the difference between this and their Writer’s Notebook!!  I can already see gains in their writing, penmanship, and sentence structure!

Homework:  Your child will have their writing assignment today, that is due Thursday.  They should also be reading each night, and please work with them about filling out their reading log!  It’s a nice way to talk with them about what they are reading and why!

Math:  Today’s lesson is on subtraction.   We will then have lessons of odd and even numbers, patterns and shapes, and reviewing our work with Math Boxes toward the end of the week.  Does the turn around rule work in subtraction? (Yes)!!! We will have our Unit 2 review assessment next Wednesday.

Social Studies:  We will be learning about the different Native American cultures through November.  We are also talking about and will complete some lessons about our government and how it is structured.

Science:  We are still working in our Liquids and Solids unit.  We will be discussing and investigating how solids come in all shapes and sizes.

Have a great week!!!

Jean Clement

Weekly Overview October 16, 2017

Good Morning.

Hope everyone looked over their child’s progress report.  Everyone seems to be doing their best and enjoying school!  Let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks

Please remember your $85.00 classroom fee!

Also, it’s not too late to turn in your Taffy Apple form today!!!  Many, many thanks for all who did!!!

Thanks for the snacks coming in!  All children are enjoying!

Our field trip is set for October 31st!  to the Children’s Farm!!  Should be a lot of fun!!

Language Arts:  Over the next few weeks will be focus our reading and discussions around Folktales and Fables.  What can your child tell you so far about Folktales?

We will also start to do activities around Native American and the different cultures they have represented in the United States.  We will have some extra activities in November, too.

Homework:  Your child will have their weekly vocabulary/writing assignment with them today, that is due Thursday!

Thanks for your help in this.

Math:  The Unit 1 math assessment went home last week.  Please look over it with your child, and practice anything that you think needs extra attention.  Thanks.  The Homelinks (homework sheets) have finally arrived!!  Your child will have the yearly overview from the unit with them today.  Keep it and it will help you see where we are each week/Unit.  There are about 10-12 lessons in each unit.  You can check the overview and follow along with our math program.

Homework:  So now your child will be taking home a homelinks sheet each Monday through Thursday, and completing one each night, and returning it the next day.  We go over it quickly, your child will put a smilie face on it (this shows that I have seen it) and it will be returned each night.  Thanks for your help in this homework.  If the homework is too challenging, work on a few of the problem for 5 to 10 minutes.  If your child can do more, turn the paper over and make some more challenging problems for your child to complete.  Their “home schooling”!!  Thanks

Science:  We are still working in our solids and liquids unit.  What can your child tell you? And did you play the memory game with the liquid vocabulary words?

Social Studies:  We will continue to work in our Second Steps program encouraging community building and those life-long skills that go along with that.  We  will also be going into our Unit on Native Americans.  More information to follow.

Thanks for all you do.  Our 2nd grade room is working nicely together and we are reading and writing a lot each day:)!!!

Have a great week!!!


Jean Clement


Weekly Overview October 2, 2017

Already October!!

A few Reminders:

-$85.00 classroom fee

-Thanks for the snacks, but we still need them coming in!!  Thanks

-Taffy Apple Sale!!  Please try and participate-if only buying an item or two!!  Orders due October 13th and pick up October 23-27!  Thanks for your help in supporting our school!!!

Language Arts:  This weeks lessons will include still asking and answering questions, What is a noun? and Cause and Effect in our stories.  We will also start to introduce Folktales and Fables!!

We will be writing in our Journals and in our Writer’s Notebooks!  Ask your child about these.

Homework:  The homework sheet is in your child’s homework folder.  The sheet is due Thursday.  Thanks!!

Math:  We will be comparing numbers, using the larger than, less than, and equal  signs. We will be working with numbers in the 10,00s!!    We will be counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s, and exploring Areas of objects.

Homework:  Our homelinks homework books have not arrived yet, so your child will have fact sheets again, due Friday!  Your children are getting so much faster (better) at just knowing these facts!  I big step/goal for second grade!  Thanks for your help.

Science:  We are working in our solids and liquids and comparing properties.  We built a structure (tower) last week.  What did your child tell you?  You could get some Objects and see how high a tower your child could build at home!!

Social Science:  We are discussing different communities and how we all work together in so many ways.  (So needed in this day and age).  Thanks for your input-your children are wonderful!!

Have a great week and I am really enjoying your children.  We are reading, writing, and working with numbers each day!!  Your child should feel pushed, but not stressed:)!!  Please let me know about anything if you see any need!!!

Thanks for all you do.

Jean Clement