Weekly FYI

FYI from Polly for week of May 1-5

Dear 102 Families,                                                               4/29/17                                                                                                                        


*We still need a few more students to get their Flint Hills Children’s Festival field trip slip in ASAP. Thank you SO MUCH for the generous scholarship donations for this field trip ... it helps enormously!  AND for the chaperones that are willing to meet us there!!!

**MEDIA BOOK CHECK OUT will be on Friday this week.

***Thank you so much for the donations of wipes & facial tissue. I think we should now have enough for the rest of the school year.

****We will have our 3rd & last Art Adventures presentation this Tuesday.  

MATH: We will continue focusing on solving story problems about grouping & sharing collections (multiplication & division.)



FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.



WRITING/SCIENCE: We will continue our work within the new Earth science unit titled “Air & Weather.” In this unit, students will use tools to measure weather conditions, collect evidence about weather conditions, use the evidence to describe weather conditions & identify the properties of air. As always, we will continue to write in our science notebooks about what we are observing and learning.  



READING: We will continue our focus on fairy tales. Students will continue to work on comparing & contrasting different versions of the same fairy tale, identify a character’s point of view, show different points of view by changing their voice when reading dialogue for each character, and describe how characters in a story respond to major events & challenges. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read, on a log, and may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa, or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad. We hope that you and your child are continuing to read every night!

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of May, students will learn about Insects, Ocean & Shore, America the Beautiful, and Sun, Moon, & Stars.

FIELD TRIPS &

SPECIAL EVENTS

TUESDAY, May 2 - Art Adventures presentations

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)

Tuesday, May 16, 9:00-11:00 - OPTIONS

Friday, May 26, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies *April was our last Buddies get together because our Buddies will have a field trip on the May 26th date.

Monday, May 29 - NO SCHOOL due to national holiday - Memorial Day

Friday, June 2 - Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, 9:30am-1:00pm

Tuesday, June 6, 1:45pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade *every K-4 Marcy student will create a costume to represent a vocabulary word of their choice & march in a parade to display them ... parents invited to view the outdoor parade.   

Wednesday, June 7 - K-4 FIELD DAY

Tuesday, June 13 - Mpls Institute of Arts field trip, 9:30-11:30am. *field trip permission slip coming later & we will be happy to have as many parent chaperones as possible  

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School

FYI from Polly for week of April 24-28

Dear 102 Families,                                                               4/22/17                                                                                                                        


*Please help your student to get the Flint Hills Children’s Festival field trip slip in ASAP. Only about half the class has returned them. I realize the field trip isn’t until June 2nd, but we are required to pay ahead of time to reserve our spot. Thanks to those of you who have offered to meet us there, after the performance, in order to break into small groups to tour all the outdoor activities & eat lunch there. We have enough parents who have volunteered to come along to allow small groups but would not turn down more volunteers.

**NO MEDIA BOOK CHECK OUT THIS WEEK due to the Spring Scholastic Book Fair

***Our class will be visiting the Book Fair on Thursday, 12:35-12:50pm. Students may browse or bring money to spend. If they bring money, please make sure they have it in some sort of coin purse or baggy. Thank you!

****The Marcy Family Dinner & Talent Show will be on Thursday evening this week ... dinner beginning at 5:00pm.

*****We have run completely out of facial tissue & almost out of wipes. We would gratefully accept donations. We have been going through wipes quickly due to eating lunch in classroom & needing to wipe each table off every day.

******Students will have a substitute teacher on Friday so that I can attend & celebrate my younger daughter’s graduation from U of M audiology doctorate program. We are so excited for her! Alyssa will lead all parts of the school day.  

MATH: We will continue focusing on solving story problems about grouping & sharing collections (introducing multiplication & division.) 

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.



WRITING/SCIENCE: We have wrapped up the science unit, “Balance & Motion.”  We will now begin a new Earth science unit titled “Weather.” In this unit, students will use tools to measure weather conditions, collect evidence about weather conditions, use the evidence to describe weather conditions & identify the properties of air. As always, we will continue to write in our science notebooks about what we are observing and learning.  



READING: We will continue our focus on fairy tales. Students will continue to work on comparing & contrasting different versions of the same fairy tale, identify a character’s point of view, show different points of view by changing their voice when reading dialogue for each character, and describe how characters in a story respond to major events & challenges. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read, on a log, and may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa, or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad. We hope that you and your child are continuing to read every night!
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of April, students will learn about Earth Day, Egg Animals, Spring Soil, Plants & Flowers.



FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

TUESDAYS, April 25 & May 2 - Art Adventures presentations

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)

Tuesday, May 16, 9:00-11:00 - OPTIONS

Friday, May 26, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies *April was our last Buddies get together because our Buddies will have a field trip on the May 26th date.

Monday, May 29 - NO SCHOOL due to national holiday - Memorial Day

Friday, June 2 - Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, 9:30am-1:00pm

Tuesday, June 6, 1:45pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade *every K-4 Marcy student will create a costume to represent a vocabulary word of their choice & march in a parade to display them ... parents invited to view the outdoor parade.   

Wednesday, June 7 - K-4 FIELD DAY

Tuesday, June 13 - Mpls Institute of Arts field trip, 9:30-11:30am.  

Thank you for reading this!!






 

FYI from Polly for week of April 17-21

Dear 102 Families,                                                               4/15/17                                                                                                                        


*All three grade 2 classrooms will be enjoying an artist residency with Christian Adeti who specializes in West African storytelling, drumming, & dance. Students will have a final performance with him this Friday at 2:00pm. Hope to see you there! Our learning & practice time with the artist will be Mon.-Thurs. 9:15-10:15 am. See attached information about Christian Adeti

**Media Book Check Out will be on Friday, April 21 this week.

***Marcy T-shirt designs are this Tuesday, April 18

****Students will enjoy a popcorn party to celebrate our reading work (it got postponed to this week)

*****THIS Friday, April 21, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies *this will be our lsat time with our Big Buddies because they will be on a field trip on the May Buddies date.

******We will soon enjoy visits from an Art Adventures presenter & hope to follow up with a field trip to MIA in May or June.

MATH: We will continue focusing on solving story problems about grouping & sharing collections (introducing multiplication & division.)



FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list. *Spelling will be cancelled for this week in order to accommodate our artist residency.



WRITING/SCIENCE: We continue working our way through the science unit, “Balance & Motion.” In this unit, students will compare an object’s change in position to other objects or a background, make objects that move in different ways & at different speeds, explain how push & pull forces make an object move, and describe how objects fall on Earth. We will continue to write in our science notebooks about what we are observing and learning.  



READING: We will continue our focus on fairy tales.

Students will continue studies of fairy tale structure. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log and may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa, or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad. We hope that you  and your child are continuing to read every night!

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of April, students will learn about Earth Day, Egg Animals, Spring Soil, Plants & Flowers.



FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS



EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)

Monday - Friday, April 17-21 - ARTIST RESIDENCY with Christian Adeti - possible final event for parents on Friday, April 21, 2pm  



THIS Friday, April 21, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School

FYI from Polly for week of April 10-14

Dear 102 Families,                                                               4/8/17                                                                                                                        


*Spring class photos will take place this Wednesday, at 12:45pm. We hope every student will be in our class photo. Every student will get a free class photo at the end of the school year. Individual photos will also be taken of those students whose parents indicate they want one.

**Media Book Check Out will be on Friday, March 14 this week.

***Marcy T-shirt designs are due Tuesday, April 18

****Possible student final performance from work with artist residency, with Christian Adeti - Friday, April 21, 2:00pm - this is still TBA, we won’t know for sure until we meet with the artist - hope you will be able to come, when it happens

MATH: We will begin focusing on solving story problems about grouping & sharing collections (introducing multiplication & division.)

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.



WRITING/SCIENCE: We continue working our way through the science unit, “Balance & Motion.” In this unit, students will compare an object’s change in position to other objects or a background, make objects that move in different ways & at different speeds, explain how push & pull forces make an object move, and describe how objects fall on Earth. We will continue to write in our science notebooks about what we are observing and learning.



READING: We will wrap up our focus on poetry & begin a new focus on fairy tales. Students will identify specific features & story elements of fairy tales,   study illustrations to help understand fairy tales, and identify how characters change across a fairy tale. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log and may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa, or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad. We hope that you  and your child are continuing to read every night!

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of April, students will learn about Earth Day, Egg Animals, Spring Soil, Plants & Flowers.



FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS:


EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)

Monday - Friday, April 17-21 - ARTIST RESIDENCY with Christian Adeti - possible final event for parents on Friday, April 21, 2pm (TBA)



Friday, April 21, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies

Thank you for reading this!!
 

 

FYI from Polly for week of March 27-30

Dear 102 Families,                                                               3/25/17                                                                                                                        


*Again, thank you so much for the CTC “Sneetches” field trip scholarship donations which paid for many who could not afford the fee.

**We hope to have Media Book Check Out on Thursday, March 23 this week since there is no school on Friday, our usual check out time.

***Students are invited to dress up as a book character on Thursday, March 30. ANY book character is welcome (no weapons please & make sure students can participate in any normal school activities with the costume on that they choose to come in.) Alyssa & I are planning to dress up as Sneetches. Dressing in a costume is totally optional, of course.

****NO SCHOOL on Friday due to Record Keeping Day

*****NO SCHOOL April 3-7 due to MPS Spring Break



MATH: We continue focusing on practicing a splitting strategy (by place value) to solve addition and subtraction problems with 2-digit & 3-digit numbers up to one thousand. Example: 236+605=___ / 200+600=800, 30+0=30, 6+5=11, 800+30+11=841



FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.



WRITING/SCIENCE: We continue working our way through the science unit, “Balance & Motion.” In this unit, students will compare an object’s change in position to other objects or a background, make objects that move in different ways & at different speeds, explain how push & pull forces make an object move, and describe how objects fall on Earth. We will continue to write in our science notebooks about what we are observing and learning.



READING: We will begin to focus on poetry. In particular students will begin to describe pattern & rhythm, alliteration, rhyme, & repetition. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log and may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa, or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad. We hope that you are continuing to read every night!
 *In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of March, students will learn about Earth Day, Egg Animals, Spring Soil, Plants & Flowers.



FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS



EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)



Friday, April 21, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies

Friday, March 30 - Story Book Character Dress Up Day



Friday, March 31 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers



April 3-7 - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK!



Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School

FYI from Polly for week of March 20-24

Dear 102 Families,                                                                3/18/17                                                                                                                        


*Please support your student to get their permission slip in for “The Sneetches” at the Children’s Theater Company for THIS Friday, March 24 (the cost for the trip is $8!) Again, thank you so much for the generous scholarship donations! They go to immediate use always! The bus leaves at 9:45am for the performance & returns to school around 12:45pm. We will eat at school upon return.  

**All After School classes are in full swing beginning this week. In the Friday Folder, you will find your student’s after school class schedule.

***Students will attend a presentation by author, Debra Fraser, on Tuesday, 12:45-1:40

****We hope to have Media Book Check Out on Thursday, March 23 this week since we will be gone on a field trip during our usual Friday time.

*****Students are invited to dress up as a book character on Thursday, March 30. I have attached a colored picture of a “Sneetch” in case your student is interested in that costume, but ANY character is welcome (no weapons please & make sure students can participate in any normal school activities with the costume on that they choose to come in.) Alyssa & I are planning to dress up as Sneetches. Dressing in a costume is totally optional, of course.



MATH: We are focusing on using a splitting strategy (by place value) to solve addition and subtraction problems with 2-digit & 3-digit numbers up to one thousand. Example: 236+605=___ / 200+600=800, 30+0=30, 6+5=11, 800+30+11=841



FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.



WRITING/SCIENCE: We continue working our way through the science unit, “Balance & Motion.” In this unit, students will compare an object’s change in position to other objects or a background, make objects that move in different ways & at different speeds, explain how push & pull forces make an object move, and describe how objects fall on Earth. We will continue to write in our science notebooks about what we are observing and learning.



READING: This week, students will learn to identify & evaluate the theme of a book. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log and may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa, or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad. We hope that you are continuing to read every night!


*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of March, students will learn about Dr. Seuss, spring weather, St. Patrick’s Day, & STEM News.



FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS


EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)


Friday, April 21, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies
Friday, March 24, 9:45-12:30 – Field Trip to see The Sneetches at the Children’s Theater
Friday, March 30 - Story Book Character Dress Up Day


Friday, March 31 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers


April 3-7 - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK!



Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School

FYI from Alyssa for week of March 13-17

Hello 102 Families,                                                                                                                                    3/11/17
 

*Hello, families! For the following two weeks (March 6 – 17), I, Alyssa will be lead teaching. Polly will continue to be in the room to provide support and continuity to the students. I am looking forward to being engaged in every aspect of the day with your children. Feel free to let me or Polly know if you have any questions.

*We have the opportunity to go see The Sneetches at the Children’s Theater Company on Friday, March 24! Look for a permission form in your child’s Friday folder and return to school ASAP – the cost for the trip is $8.

*This coming week is a little different for afterschool classes. Community Education classes are finished. However, GEMS/GISE, Math Games, and Story on a Stick will continue to meet through this week. Please check in with your child to ensure they know where they are going each day after school. The new session of afterschool classes will begin March 20.

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies. We begin using a splitting strategy to solve addition and subtraction problems.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: Last week, we studied Ojibway history, using different stories to learn about important aspects of Ojibway culture.  We took time each day to respond to the stories through writing and drawing. This week, we will begin a new science unit, “Balance & Motion.” This week, we will be examining balance, including balancing different shapes on your finger, using counterbalances, and making mobiles. We will continue to write in our science notebooks about what we are observing and learning.

READING: This week, students will learn strategies to help them engage with books. They will be challenged to respond to characters, think about the author, put themselves into a book, recognize emotions while reading, and think about alternative endings and settings. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log and may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Polly, or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad. We hope that you are continuing to read every night!
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of March, students will learn about Dr. Seuss, spring weather, St. Patrick’s Day, & STEM News.

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)

Friday, March 17, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies

Friday, March 24, 9:45-12:30 – Field Trip to see The Sneetches at the Children’s Theater

Friday, March 31 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

April 3-7 - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK!

Thank you for reading this!!

 

--
Alyssa Wilt

 

FYI from Alyssa for week of March 6-10

Hello 102 Families,                                                                                                                                    3/4/17
 

*Hello, families! For the following two weeks (March 6 – 17), I, Alyssa will be lead teaching. Polly will continue to be in the room to provide support and continuity to the students. I am looking forward to be engaged in every aspect of the day with your children. Feel free to let me or Polly know if you have any questions.

***Hey Marcy Families Pi day is upon us!  To celebrate, Marcy will have a building pi day competition of who can recite the most correct digits of pi!  Last year the winner was able to recite 191 digits of pi. The representatives from each grade will compete at the Buddies Assembly Friday March 17th at 9 AM.  Join us if you can. A sheet went home last Friday with the first many digits in pi.

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies. We have been especially focusing on using an empty number line as a tool for figuring out addition & subtraction story problems.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We are officially finished with our “Solids & Liquids” units! The students have done an excellent job of exploring different materials and acting like scientists to learn what the difference is between solids and liquids. Feel free to ask them about what they learned and have some discussions about different solids and liquids around the house. We will be spending a week focusing on Ojibway history, using different stories to learn about important aspects of Ojibway culture.  We will then respond to the stories through writing and drawing. The following week, we will begin a new science unit, “Balance & Motion.”

READING: This week students will learn strategies they can use to better understand nonfiction texts. They will be challenged to identify the purpose of nonfiction books, evaluate a book to see if it matches the purpose, ask questions about the author, evaluate the authenticity of information, and evaluate books as a whole. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log and may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Polly, or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad. We hope that you are continuing to read every night!
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of March, students will learn about Dr. Seuss, spring weather, St. Patrick’s Day, & STEM News.

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)

Friday, March 17, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies

Friday, March 31 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

April 3-7 - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK!

Thank you for reading this!!

 

FYI from Polly for week of February 27-March 3

Dear 102 Families,                                2/25/17


*FRIDAY, March 3 - Media Book Check-out - 12:35-12:50 *possible change due to testing in library

**Also Friday, March 3, 2:25pm - grade 2 students will attend a brief Dr. Seuss show

***Hey Marcy Families Pi day is upon us!  To celebrate, Marcy will have a building pi day competition of who can recite the most correct digits of pi!  Last year the winner was able to recite 191 digits of pi. The representatives from each grade will compete at the Buddies Assembly Friday March 17th at 9 AM.  Join us if you can. A sheet went home in yesterday’s Friday Folder with the the first many digits in pi.

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies. We have been especially focusing on using an empty number line as a tool for figuring out addition & subtraction story problems.   

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group,
every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We will wrap up our work within a science unit titled “Solids & Liquids.” During this unit, students will identify properties of objects & liquids, describe the properties of water as it changes between solid & liquid, and record what happens when water changes from a solid to a liquid. Writing practice happens during the recording of science observations & conclusions in science journals.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of February, students will learn about Dr. Seuss, spring weather, St. Patrick’s Day, & STEM News.

READING: This week students will learn strategies they can use to better understand the characters in the books they are reading. They will be challenged to identify the traits of characters, recognize how characters develop in a story, determine how time & place have influenced a character,, recognize the author’s motives for choosing characters, and compare characters to themselves & others. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad.


FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)

Friday, March 17, 9:00-10:30 - Next Assembly & Buddies

Friday, March 31 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

April 3-7 - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK!

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

 

FYI from Polly for week of February 21-25

Dear 102 Families,                                2/18/17

*Monday, Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day National Holiday

**It was wonderful connecting with so many of you at conferences! Thanks for making this a priority!

*** Thursday, Feb. 23 - Marcy Writers’ & Artists’ Fair - 5:30pm-7:00pm *come to view the opinion writing piece, that our students completed about their favorite family celebration in class, put into the book they made, in the fall, at MN Book Arts, cover designed in ART with Lorna, word processed photo designed in GRAPHIC ARTS with Steven.

****FRIDAY, Feb. 24 - Media Book Check-out - 12:35-12:50 *possible change due to testing in library

*****We will be celebrating Marcy African American Parent Involvement Day on Friday, February 24th, with an all school assembly and Mike Mello’s brass band, who will be performing for us. All parents are welcome! The National African American Parent Involvement day is scheduled for the 2nd Monday of the month in February and parents are welcome to visit on this day, as well, but our All-School assembly will occur on Friday, the 24th at 9:00am.
******Hey Marcy Families Pi day is upon us!  To celebrate, Marcy will have a building pi day competition of who can recite the most correct digits of pi!  Last year the winner was able to recite 191 digits of pi. The representatives from each grade will compete at the Buddies Assembly Friday March 17th at 9 AM.  Join us if you can. A sheet will be in the next Friday Folder with the the first many digits in pi.

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies. We have been especially focusing on using an empty number line as a tool for figuring out addition & subtraction story problems.   

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group,
every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We continue our work within a science unit titled “Solids & Liquids.” During this unit, students will identify properties of objects & liquids, describe the properties of water as it changes between solid & liquid, and record what happens when water changes from a solid to a liquid. Writing practice happens during the recording of science observations & conclusions in science journals.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of February, students will learn about how kids changed the world, the truth about sugar, the lives of George Washington & Abraham Lincoln, and amazing animal teeth & dental health.

READING: This week we continue our focus on “Visualizing.” Students will compare their image to the author’s, practice using background knowledge to visualize, use words & phrases to visualize a character in a poem, compare their mental images with those of others, and use visualizing to connect familiar & new ideas. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad.


FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, testing, etc.)

Monday, Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day National Holiday

Thursday, Feb. 23 - Marcy Writers’ & Artists’ Fair - 5:30pm-7:00pm *come to view the opinion writing piece, that our students did on their favorite family celebration, put into the book they made, in the fall, at MN Book Arts.

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

 

FYI from Polly for week of February 13-17

Dear 102 Families,                                2/11/17

*See attached updated Winter Conference Schedule & let me know your preference, at least 2 choices please. I will confirm a choice by email.

**THURSDAY, Feb. 10 - Media Book Check-out - 12:35-12:50

***Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - 1:00pm - optional participation *If a child chooses to participate, he/she MUST bring a valentine for every classmate. A valentine name list was sent in the 1/20/17 Friday Folder ... please no candy ... students may make a valentine mailbox for themselves at home & bring it to school ... if students want to bring valentines & mailbox in before the 14th, we can store them here ... it’s always a disappointment if valentines are left at home, by accident, on the 14th.

****Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30am-3:30pm - Winter Conferences

*****Friday, Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day National Holiday

******We have a good supply of wipes & facial tissues now. Thank you so much for all the donations!

*******We will be celebrating Marcy African American Parent Involvement Day on Friday, February 24th, with an all school assembly and Mike Mello’s brass band, who will be performing for us. All parents are welcome! The National African American Parent Involvement day is scheduled for the 2nd Monday of the month in February and parents are welcome to visit on this day, as well, but our All-School assembly will occur on Friday, the 24th at 9:00am.

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.  

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group,
every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We continue our work within a science unit titled “Solids & Liquids.” During this unit, students will identify properties of objects & liquids, describe the properties of water as it changes between solid & liquid, and record what happens when water changes from a solid to a liquid. Writing practice happens during the recording of science observations & conclusions in science journals.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of February, students will learn about how kids changed the world, the truth about sugar, the lives of George Washington & Abraham Lincoln, and amazing animal teeth & dental health.

READING: This week we focus on “Visualizing.” Students will compare their image to the author’s, practice using background knowledge to visualize, use words & phrases to visualize a character in a poem, compare their mental images with those of others, and use visualizing to connect familiar & new ideas. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad.


FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - 1:00pm - optional participation *If a child chooses to participate, he/she MUST bring a valentine for every classmate. A valentine name list was sent in the 1/20/17 Friday Folder ... please no candy ... students may make a valentine mailbox for themselves at home & bring it to school ... if students want to bring valentines & mailbox in before the 14th, we can store them here ... it’s always a disappointment if valentines are left at home, by accident, on the 14th.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30am-3:30pm - Winter Conferences - I will scan & send updated conference schedule (same as in fall) every weekend attached to my FYI newsletter.

Friday, Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day National Holiday

Thursday, Feb. 23 - Marcy Writers’ & Artists’ Fair - 5:30pm-7:00pm *come to view the opinion writing piece, that our students did on their favorite family celebration, put into the book they made, in the fall, at MN Book Arts.

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of February 6-10

Dear 102 Families,                                2/4/17

*See attached updated Winter Conference Schedule & let me know your preference, at least 2 choices please. I will confirm a choice by email.

**FRIDAY, Feb. 10 - Media Book Check-out - 12:35-12:50

***Thank you for the wipes & facial tissues donated. We will gratefully accept more of these 2 things!  

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.  

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list, in their group,
every week, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We continue our work within a science unit titled “Solids & Liquids.” During this unit, students will identify properties of objects & liquids, describe the properties of water as it changes between solid & liquid, and record what happens when water changes from a solid to a liquid. Writing practice happens during the recording of science observations & conclusions in science journals.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of February, students will learn about how kids changed the world, the truth about sugar, the lives of George Washington & Abraham Lincoln, and amazing animal teeth & dental health.

READING: This week we focus on “Self-Monitoring & Self-Correcting.” Students will  practice self-monitoring by asking: “Does this make sense?”, reread when meaning is lost & to identify important ideas, distinguish between important ideas & details, & practice identifying the main idea. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers. When students aren’t meeting in their reading groups, they may choose to use the MyON Reading Program, on an i-pad.

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - 1:00pm - optional participation *If a child chooses to participate, he/she MUST bring a valentine for every classmate. A valentine name list was sent in the 1/20/17 Friday Folder ... please no candy ... students may make a valentine mailbox for themselves at home & bring it to school ... if students want to bring valentines & mailbox in before the 14th, we can store them here ... it’s always a disappointment if valentines are left at home, by accident, on the 14th.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30am-3:30pm - Winter Conferences - I will scan & send updated conference schedule (same as in fall) every weekend attached to my FYI newsletter.

Friday, Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day National Holiday

Thursday, Feb. 23 - Marcy Writers’ & Artists’ Fair - 5:30pm-7:00pm *come to view the opinion writing piece, that our students did on their favorite family celebration, put into the book they made, in the fall, at MN Book Arts.

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of January 31 - February 3

Dear 102 Families,                                1/28/17

*Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

**See attached updated Winter Conference Schedule & let me know your preference, at least 2 choices please. I will confirm a choice by email.

***FRIDAY, Feb. 3 - Media Book Check-out - 12:35-12:50

****You will find a sheet, in Thursday's "Friday Folder" that explains how your child can access many wonderful books online through the MyON Reading Program. Fell free to assist your student to explore this reading opportunity at home. Students will have opportunities to explore it in class & at in after school classes as well. It offers the choice of being read to, as well.

*****We would gratefully accept donations of Facial tissues & surface cleaning wipes...we are almost out of all of both of these items.

******We are excited to announce that the lunch time routine will be changing. Grade 2 teachers will begin, this Tuesday, to pick up students at recess, stop by the lunchroom to pick up school lunches, & then all will eat in the classroom. We are so excited to have this experience back. We have to be VERY careful to clean up after ourselves well so as not to create a mouse problem. My goal is to read aloud to students as they eat.

*******Alyssa, my co-teacher from U of M, will gradually take the lead on teaching over the next few months, with her full time teaching in March for 2 weeks. I am always in the room assisting & guiding. She has already taken on several reading groups & spelling groups & will lead the science unit with the whole class beginning this week. Yahoo!!!!  

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.  

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group at least every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list. We have begun trying weekly quizzes & new spelling lists & readjusting as needed per group (with so many short weeks lately, we are not always doing a new list per week.) Our second graders seem ready for more frequent lists & tests.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We are working within a science unit titled “Solids & Liquids.” During this unit, students will identify properties of objects & liquids, describe the properties of water as it changes between solid & liquid, and record what happens when water changes from a solid to a liquid. Writing practice happens during the recording of science observations & conclusions in science journals.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of February, students will learn about how kids changed the world, the truth about sugar, the lives of George Washington & Abraham Lincoln, and amazing animal teeth & dental health.

READING: We will continue through Unit 6, with titled “Taking Notes on Fiction.” This week students will match a graphic organizer (concept web, sequence chart, Venn diagram, biography chart) to a text, take notes as they read & practice it, and then write a summary of a text using the graphic organizer. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - 1:00pm - optional participation *If a child chooses to participate, he/she MUST bring a valentine for every classmate. Valentine name list was sent in the 1/20/17 Friday Folder ... please no candy ... students may make a valentine mailbox for themselves at home & bring it to school ... if students want to bring valentines & mailbox in before the 14th, we can store them here ... it’s always a disappointment if valentines are left at home, by accident, on the 14th.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30am-3:30pm - Winter Conferences - I will scan & send updated conference schedule (same as in fall) every weekend attached to my FYI newsletter.

Friday, Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day National Holiday

Thursday, Feb. 23 - Marcy Writers’ & Artists’ Fair - 5:30pm-7:00pm *come to view the opinion writing piece, that our students did on their favorite family celebration, put into the book they made, in the fall, at MN Book Arts.

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School

FYI from Polly for week of January 23-26

Dear 102 Families,                                1/21/17

*Friday, Jan. 27 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day

**Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

***See attached Winter Conference Schedule & let me know your preference, at least 2 choices please. I will confirm a time with email.

****THURSDAY, Jan. 25 - Media Book Check-out - 12:35-12:50 *since there is no school on Friday

*****Alyssa, my co-teacher from U of M, will gradually take the lead on teaching over the next few months, with her full time teaching in March for 2 weeks. I am always in the room assisting & guiding. She has already taken on several reading groups & spelling groups & will lead the science unit with the whole class beginning this week. Yahoo!!!!  

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.  

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list. We will begin trying weekly quizzes & new spelling lists & readjust as needed per group. Our second graders seem ready for more frequent lists & tests.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We have wrapped up our economics studies. Soon you will see your student’s “History of Money” booklet come home in the Friday Folder. This week we return to science with a unit on “Solids & Liquids.” During this unit, students will identify properties of objects & liquids, describe the properties of water as it changes between solid & liquid, and record what happens when water changes from a solid to a liquid.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of January, students will learn about Polar Habitat, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Our New President, Lunar New Year.

READING: We will begin Unit 6, week 1 titled “Taking Notes on Fiction.” This week students will use sticky notes to record important ideas in the story, match a graphic organizer to a text, use a graphic organizer to understand a text, talk about a story & to take notes & write a summary of a text. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Friday, Jan. 27 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day

Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - 1:00pm - optional participation *If a child chooses to participate, he/she MUST bring a valentine for every classmate. Valentine name list was sent in the 1/20/17 Friday Folder ... please no candy ... students may make a valentine mailbox for themselves at home & bring it to school ... if students want to bring valentines & mailbox in before the 14th, we can store them here ... it’s always a disappointment if valentines are left at home, by accident, on the 14th.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30am-3:30pm - Winter Conferences - I will scan & send conference schedule (same as in fall) in a week or two.

Friday, Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day National Holiday

Thursday, Feb. 23 - Marcy Writers’ & Artists’ Fair - 5:30pm-7:00pm *come to view the opinion writing piece, that our students did on their favorite family celebration, put into the book they made, in the fall, at MN Book Arts.

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of January 17-20

Dear 102 Families,                                1/14/17

* Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK National Holiday

** Friday, Jan. 20 - Assembly & Buddies - 9:00-10:30

*** Friday, Jan. 20 - Media Book Check-out - 12:35-12:50

MATH: We continue with our work within the math trajectory in which students will practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.  

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list. We will begin trying weekly quizzes & new spelling lists & readjust as needed per group. Our second graders seem ready for more frequent lists & tests.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We continue with our economics studies. Our focus this week will be on the human history of bartering / trading / exchanging and money. *Next week we return to science with a unit on “Solids & Liquids.”
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of January, students will learn about Polar Habitat, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Our New President, Lunar New Year.

READING: We will continue within Unit 5, week 4 titled “Identifying and Using Nonfiction Features & Structures.” This week students will using maps, sidebars, illustrations & photographs, the afterword, & identify the time-order text structure to understand a nonfiction text. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK National Holiday

Friday, Jan. 20 - Assembly & Buddies

Friday, Jan. 27 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day

Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - 1:00pm - optional participation *If a child chooses to participate, he/she MUST bring a valentine for every classmate. Valentine name list will come home soon ... please no candy ... students may make a valentine mailbox for themselves at home & bring it to school ... if students want to bring valentines & mailbox in before the 14th, we can store them here ... it’s always a disappointment if valentines are left at home, by accident, on the 14th.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30am-3:30pm - Winter Conferences - I will scan & send conference schedule (same as in fall) in a week or two.

Friday, Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day National Holiday

Thursday, Feb. 23 - Marcy Writers’ & Artists’ Fair - 5:30pm-7:00pm *come to view the opinion writing piece, that our students did on their favorite family celebration, put into the book they made, in the fall, at MN Book Arts.

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of January 9-13, 2017

Dear 102 Families,                                1/7/17


* Tuesday, Jan. 10 - OPTIONS 9:00-11:00am

** ALSO Tuesday, Jan. 10 - FAST Reading Test 1:45 pm *Marcy is piloting this test in replacement of MAP test - this is shorter & taken on an i-pad, in the classroom.

*** Thursday, Jan 12 - FAST Math Test 1:45 pm

**** Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK National Holiday

MATH: We will now return to our work within the math trajectory in which students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.  

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list. We may soon be altering the spelling lists to a new one each week. Our second graders seem ready for more frequent lists & tests.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We continue with our economics studies. Our focus this week will be on the human history of bartering / trading / exchanging and money.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of January, students will learn about Polar Habitat, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Our New President, Lunar New Year.

READING: We will continue within Unit 5, week 2 titled “Identifying and Using Nonfiction Features & Structures.” This week students will use contents page, headings, glossary, index, charts, graphs, tables, etc. to understand a nonfiction text. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Tuesday, Jan. 10 - OPTIONS 9:00-11:00am

ALSO Tuesday, Jan. 10 - FAST Reading Test 1:45 pm *Marcy is piloting this test in replacement of MAP test - this is shorter & taken on an i-pad, in the classroom.

Thursday, Jan 12 - FAST Math Test 1:45 pm

Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK National Holiday

Friday, Jan. 20 - Assembly & Buddies

Friday, Jan. 27 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day

Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of January 3-6, 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Dear 102 Families,                                12/31/16

*Welcome back to school! Hope your Winter Break was everything you wanted it to be, or at least close to that.

**NO SCHOOL Monday, January 2

***Thank you for all your generous congratulations on our new grandchild for the many thoughtful holiday gifts.

MATH: We spent the last week before Winter Break & will continue that focus this first week back of students becoming proficient in finding the value of a group of coins up to $2.00. We will then continue to work through the math trajectory in which students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.  

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list. We may soon be altering the spelling lists to a new one each week. Our second graders seem ready for more frequent lists & tests.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will return to our economics studies. Our focus this week will be to learn to classify the 3 main types of resources (natural, human, capital.)
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the month of January, students will learn about Polar Habitat, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Our New President, Lunar New Year.

READING: We will continue within Unit 5, week 2 titled “Identifying and Using Nonfiction Features & Structures.” This week students will use nonfiction features to preview & predict, use labels & diagrams, recognize & use italicized words, use photographs & captions to understand nonfiction text, and identify how nonfiction authors pose questions. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy, Alyssa or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Dec. 19 - Jan. 2 - WINTER BREAK (School resumes on a Tuesday, Jan. 3 this year)

Tuesday, Jan. 10 - OPTIONS 9:00-11:00am

ALSO Tuesday, Jan. 10 - FAST Reading Test 1:45 pm *Marcy is piloting this test in replacement of MAP test - this is shorter & taken on an i-pad, in the classroom.

Thursday, Jan 12 - FAST Math Test 1:45 pm

Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK National Holiday

Friday, Jan. 20 - Assembly & Buddies

Friday, Jan. 27 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day

Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of December 12-16

Dear 102 Families,                                12/10/16


Students will have a special week with creating their sock snow people and another Buddies get together on Friday. Expect the sock snow people to come home on Friday with student.

** YES! After School Classes are happening this week.

***HAPPY WINTER BREAK!!!  

MATH: We continue work through the math trajectory in which students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are currently focusing on opinion writing. The writing learning goals are for students to write an opinion piece that includes an introduction, states an opinion, supplies reasons that support the opinion, uses transition words like: because, also, in addition to, to connect opinion and reasons, and provides a concluding statement or section.  
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the months of November & December, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: beavers, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, economics.

READING: We will begin Unit 5 titled “Setting & Monitoring Your Purpose for Reading.” This week students will identify whether a book is fiction or nonfiction, their purpose for reading, use their purpose to generate questions, practice scanning a text, and identify the author’s purpose. We will be focusing on nonfiction literature. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Friday, Dec. 16 - Assembly & Buddies

Dec. 19 - Jan. 2 - WINTER BREAK (School resumes on a Tuesday this year)

Tuesday, Jan. 10 - OPTIONS 9:00-11:00am

Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK National Holiday

Friday, Jan. 27 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day

Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of December 5-9

Dear 102 Families,                                12/3/16


* We now have enough socks, rice & doo-dads to complete our sock snowperson project. Thanks you for all the generous donations!!!!!

MATH: We continue work through the math trajectory in which students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We continue our work in a unit integrating economics & opinion writing this week. We are particularly focusing on opinion writing these last few weeks before Winter Break. The learning targets for the economics unit are the following: to defend how I make my best choice to reach a goal, distinguish the trade offs of a decision, describe the opportunity costs of a choice, classify the 3 main types of resources, and identify any generally accepted items used in making exchanges, as money. The writing learning goals are for students to write an opinion piece that includes an introduction, states an opinion, supplies reasons that support the opinion, uses transition words like: because, also, in addition to, to connect opinion and reasons, and provides a concluding statement or section.  
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the months of November & December, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: beavers, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, economics.

READING: We are working through Unit 4 titled “Understanding Story Grammar.” This week students will learn about using text features (table of contents, words in italics, punctuation that indicates dialogue, illustrations, headings, glossary, index, & booklists) to help them access information & enjoy what they read. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Friday, Dec. 16 - Assembly & Buddies

Dec. 19 - Jan. 2 - WINTER BREAK (School resumes on a Tuesday this year)

Tuesday, Jan. 10 - OPTIONS 9:00-11:00am

Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK National Holiday

Friday, Jan. 27 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day

Monday, Jan. 30 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

 Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of November 28 - December 2

Dear 102 Families,                                11/27/16

*After School Classes resume this week.

**Please know that the Winter After School Packet went home with your student last Tuesday.

***Before Winter Break, we would like to complete a sock snow person project. If you can contribute any of the following supplies, we would be very grateful: tube socks (sized for big children or small adults,) rice (for stuffing - need lots of it,) old colorful & patterned socks that will be cut apart & used as stocking caps. Thank you for considering. You can also send in “doo-dads” to be used as eyes, arms, & general decoration but please send yours labeled in a plastic container with a lid (marked with child’s name) so we can return leftovers to you. I do have some doo-dads to share for this already. If your child wants to bring their own doo-dads to use & not share that works too. Send in with name & “for own use” and we will keep them until project day. * A parent has already volunteered to supply a large bag of rice. Thank you Susan (Oscar’s mom)!!!!!!  

MATH: We continue work through the math trajectory in which students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We continue our work in a unit integrating economics & opinion writing this week. The learning targets for the economics unit are the following: to defend how I make my best choice to reach a goal, distinguish the trade offs of a decision, describe the opportunity costs of a choice, classify the 3 main types of resources, and identify any generally accepted items used in making exchanges, as money. The writing learning goals are for students to write an opinion piece that includes an introduction, states an opinion, supplies reasons that support the opinion, uses transition words like: because, also, in addition to, to connect opinion and reasons, and provides a concluding statement or section.  
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the months of November & December, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: beavers, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, economics.

READING: We are working through Unit 4 titled “Understanding Story Grammar.” This week students will learn about how authors use literary devices that provide clues & involve the reader in the text. These literary devices can be personification, alliteration, puns, humor, and voice. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Friday, Dec. 16 - Assembly & Buddies

Dec. 19 - Jan. 2 - WINTER BREAK (School resumes on a Tuesday this year)

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of November 21-28

Dear 102 Families,                                11/19/16

*NO ALC this week & NO SCHOOL Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday due to Thanksgiving Break. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

**Before Winter Break, we would like to to complete a sock snow person project. If you can contribute any of the following supplies, we would be very grateful: tube socks (sized for big children or small adults,) rice (for stuffing - need lots of it,) old colorful & patterned socks that will be cut apart & used as stocking caps. Thank you for considering. You can also send in “doo-dads” to be used as eyes, arms, & general decoration but please send yours labeled in a plastic container with a lid (marked with child’s name) so we can return leftovers to you. I do have some doo-dads to share for this already. If your child wants to bring their own doo-dads to use & not share that works too. Send in with name & “for own use” and we will keep them until project day. * A parent has already volunteered to supply a large bag of rice. Thank you Susan (Oscar’s mom)!!!!!!  

***Thanks to donations from parents, we now have enough bags for students to carry their outdoor gear in, at school.

MATH: We continue working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We continue our work in a unit integrating economics & persuasive writing this week. The learning targets for the economics unit are the following: to defend how I make my best choice to reach a goal, distinguish the trade offs of a decision, describe the opportunity costs of a choice, classify the 3 main types of resources, and identify any generally accepted items used in making exchanges, as money.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the months of November & December, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: beavers, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, economics.

READING: We will begin Unit 4 titled “Understanding Story Grammar.” This week students will continue to focus on identifying and  understanding main characters, setting, and a plot that involves solving a problem. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Friday, Dec. 16 - Assembly & Buddies

Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of November 14-18

Dear 102 Families,                                11/12/16

Your student has a “Family Home Project” to complete ASAP. Please find it in their Friday Folder. It involves designing a feather of thankfulness to add to our class turkey at school.

** Before Winter Break, we would like to to complete a sock snow person project. If you can contribute any of the following supplies, we would be very grateful: tube socks (sized for big children or small adults,) rice (for stuffing - need lots of it,) old colorful & patterned socks that will be cut apart & used as stocking caps. Thank you for considering. You can also send in “doo-dads” to be used as eyes, arms, & general decoration but please send yours labeled in a plastic container with a lid (marked with child’s name) so we can return leftovers to you. I do have some doo-dads to share for this already. If your child wants to bring their own doo-dads to use & not share that works too. Send in with name & “for own use” and we will keep them until project day.  

***A few students have brought in large bags for their winter clothes transporting. I hope many more will in the next few weeks.

MATH: We continue working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Spelling groups continue for the rest of the school year. Students will receive and explore a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list.   

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:  We have begun a new unit integrating economics & persuasive writing this week. The learning targets for the economics unit are the following: to defend how I make my best choice to reach a goal, distinguish the trade offs of a decision, describe the opportunity costs of a choice, classify the 3 main types of resources, and identify any generally accepted items used in making exchanges, as money.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the months of November & December, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: beavers, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, economics.

READING: We will begin Unit 4 titled “Understanding Story Grammar.” This week students will focus on identifying and  understanding main characters, setting, and a plot that involves solving a problem. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Friday, Nov. 18 - Assembly & Buddies

Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of November 7-11

Dear 102 Families,                                11/5/16

* The Book Arts field trip went beautifully. It was just an amazing day! The weather was perfect which added to the pleasure of making the walks to & from the MN Book Arts Center (not far from the Guthrie) I cannot thank you enough for the scholarship money that many of you provided. It went to immediate use to cover for those students’ families who could not pay. Many thanks to the parent chaperones!

**A few students have brought in large bags for their winter clothes transporting. I hope many more will in the next few weeks.

***Students will be participating in an all-school vote for US President on Tuesday morning in class.

****Photo Retake Day is this Thursday.   
 
MATH: We continue working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Our Spelling Groups begin this week. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving on to a new list. Last week we practiced the different spelling activities with a common list for all.  

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We have wrapped up our unit on personal narrative writing. We celebrated their writing in an Authors’ Celebration last Wednesday where each student shared one writing piece with the class. Your student will bring their stories home in the next Friday Folders. We will begin a new unit integrating economics & persuasive writing this week. The learning targets for the economics unit are for each student are the following: to defend how I make my best choice to reach a goal, distinguish the trade offs of a decision, describe the opportunity costs of a choice, classify the 3 main types of resources, and identify any generally accepted items used in making exchanges, as money.
*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the months of November & December, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: beavers, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, economics.

READING: We are working through Unit 3 titled “Readers Making Sense of Text.” This week students will learning to make inferences about information in a text in order to understand more about the ideas in a book. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Friday, Nov. 18 - Assembly & Buddies

Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of October 31 - November 2

Dear 102 Families,                                10/29/16

*This is Marcy Spirit Week, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 ... Monday is “Costume Day,”  Tuesday is “Wacky Hair Day” and Wednesday is “Class Color Day” (red is our grade 2 color) Please read the Parents Press about costume rules.

**Tuesday is our field trip to MN Book Arts - we will be walking there so please send your child with appropriate outdoor clothing - thank you to all the chaperones that have indicated they will join us - we will leave the building at 9:00am, heading towards the Stone Arch Bridge - all chaperones must print out, fill out, & return the criminal record history release form attached to this email by Tuesday. Thank you.

***Thursday & Friday, Nov. 3 & 4, NO SCHOOL due to Teacher Professional Development & Teacher Record Keeping Day.

**** Looking way ahead...our grade 2 students have to travel to Centers, then recess, then lunch (and to media book check-out on Fridays only) with all their outdoor clothing & lunchbags this year, due to our schedule. I am thinking that something like an IKEA bag would work well for each student to have to carry all their gear. If you are able to provide an IKEA bag for your student with a sturdy luggage tag attached with their name & room number on it, that would be awesome. You can send it in any time and we will store them until the cold is upon us. If this isn't workable for your family, we will use some of the supply money that parents sent in to buy enough IKEA bags for students that don't have one by November. I think this plan will cut down on loss of mittens, hats, scarves, boots, etc. Currently students just place their jackets & lunchbags in a designated spot for the class & outdoors during recess.     
 
MATH: We continue working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list. Currently students listen to a read aloud during this time. We will begin a new chapter book soon.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We are continuing our focus on writing personal narratives, about things that have really happened to us in our lives, particularly small moments that we want to stretch into longer stories with lots of details. We will wrap this up by Wednesday and move on to an integrated unit of economics & persuasive writing.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES, for the months of November & December, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: beavers, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, economics.

READING: We are working through Unit 3 titled “Readers Making Sense of Text.” This week students will be learning about building vocabulary & concept knowledge. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Monday - Wednesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 - Marcy Spirit Week

Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Book Arts field trip (walking - leave Marcy 9am / return by 12pm)
*We will need chaperones on this one!

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 3 & 4, NO SCHOOL due to Teacher Professional Development & Teacher Record Keeping Day.

Friday, Nov. 18 - Assembly & Buddies

Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break



Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of October 24-28

Dear 102 Families,                                10/21/16


* It was wonderful seeing you at conferences!

**Our Fall Fun Theme Basket is "Halloween" again. Students voted for this theme. For those families new to this, at Marcy's Fall Fun Event on Oct. 28th (a school carnival of sorts) each Marcy classroom gathers a basket of new items (donated by parents, from that classroom, that are able to participate.) The basket of items, under the class chosen theme, is then wrapped and displayed at the Fall Fun Event & attendees are invited to buy chances to win it. Thanks to all of you for contributing, if you can. We need Halloween themed items (please no fake blood or weapons.) We now have a basket & some wonderful items in it!

***We will be visiting the Scholastic Book Fair, as a class, this Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:35-12:50. Students may bring money to spend or browse. PLEASE send any money with your student in a baggy or coin purse with student’s name on it.

****Marcy Spirit Week is Oct. 31-Nov. 2 ... Monday is “Costume Day,”  Tuesday is “Wacky Hair Day” and Wednesday is “Class Color Day” *more info will be forthcoming about what colors are assigned to each grade *Please read the Parents Press about costume rules.

***** Looking way ahead...our grade 2 students have to travel to Centers, then recess, then lunch (and to media book check-out on Fridays only) with all their outdoor clothing & lunchbags this year, due to our schedule. I am thinking that something like an IKEA bag would work well for each student to have to carry all their gear. If you are able to provide an IKEA bag for your student with a sturdy luggage tag attached with their name & room number on it, that would be awesome. You can send it in any time and we will store them until the cold is upon us. If this isn't workable for your family, we will use some of the supply money that parents sent in to buy enough IKEA bags for students that don't have one by November. I think this plan will cut down on loss of mittens, hats, scarves, boots, etc. Currently students just place their jackets & lunchbags in a designated spot for the class & outdoors during recess.     
 
MATH: We continue working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list. Currently students listen to a read aloud during this time. We are reading “James & the Giant Peach” & many other stories.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We have switched our focus to writing personal narratives, about things that have really happened to us in our lives, particularly small moments that we want to stretch into longer stories with lots of details.
We will also be working in a civics unit for social studies where students will learn to categorize rules for different settings, explain the importance of obeying rules, explain the difference between rights & responsibilities, identify rules for a fair vote, organize a fair voting process, explain why it is important to vote, explain the importance of constitutions, and describe the purpose of the U.S. Constitution.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES this month, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: fire safety, bats, seasons change, & voting.

READING: We are working through Unit 3 titled “Readers Making Sense of Text.” This week students will be thinking about what they already know about a topic before & during their reading. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Friday, Oct. 28 - Marcy Fall Fun event (evening 5-8pm)

Monday - Wednesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 - Marcy Spirit Week

Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Book Arts field trip (walking - leave Marcy 9am / return by 12pm)
*We will need chaperones on this one!

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 3 & 4, NO SCHOOL due to Teacher Professional Development & Teacher Record Keeping Day.
Friday, Nov. 18 - Assembly & Buddies

Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break



Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of October 17-21

Dear 102 Families,                                10/15/16


* Please take a look at the scanned attachment of the fall conference schedule & email me your top 3 choices for times. I will then send you a confirm email. Thanks! Looking forward to connecting with all of you to set some goals for 2nd grade with your child. We have interviewed each student about their strengths & needs for improvement & we will share their thoughts with you & develop a plan together at conferences.

**Our Fall Fun Theme Basket will be "Halloween" again. Students voted for this theme. For those families new to this, at Marcy's Fall Fun Event on Oct. 28th (a school carnival of sorts) each Marcy classroom gathers a basket of new items (donated by parents, from that classroom, that are able to participate.) The basket of items, under the class chosen theme, is then wrapped and displayed at the Fall Fun Event & attendees are invited to buy chances to win it. Thanks to all of you for contributing, if you can. We need Halloween themed items (please no fake blood or weapons) and a basket. We now have a basket & some wonderful items in it!

***NO SCHOOL this Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. See you at conferences!
Conferences will be happening on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30am-3:30pm

****Marcy Spirit Week is Oct. 31-Nov. 2 ... Monday is “Costume Day,”  Tuesday is “Wacky Hair Day” and Wednesday is “Class Color Day” *more info will be forthcoming about what colors are assigned to each grade *Please read the Parents Press about costume rules

***** Looking way ahead...our grade 2 students have to travel to Centers, then recess, then lunch (and to media book check-out on Fridays only) with all their outdoor clothing & lunchbags this year, due to our schedule. I am thinking that something like an IKEA bag would work well for each student to have to carry all their gear. If you are able to provide an IKEA bag for your student with a sturdy luggage tag attached with their name & room number on it, that would be awesome. You can send it in any time and we will store them until the cold is upon us. If this isn't workable for your family, we will use some of the supply money that parents sent in to buy enough IKEA bags for students that don't have one by November. I think this plan will cut down on loss of mittens, hats, scarves, boots, etc. Currently students just place their jackets & lunchbags in a designated spot for the class & outdoors during recess.     
 

MATH: We continue working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list. Currently students listen to a read aloud during this time. We are reading “James & the Giant Peach” & many other stories.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We have switched our focus to writing personal narratives, about things that have really happened to us in our lives, particularly small moments that we want to stretch into longer stories with lots of details.
When our insects make transformations (we are waiting to see waxworm pupae turn into moths & milkweed bugs grow into adults,) we will focus on them & record what we see & learn. We are working through a life science unit titled “Insects.” A parent letter went home in the 9/2/16 Friday Folder about this unit. Students are now observing, writing about, & caring for 3 types of insects: Darkling Beetles in all stages of development, silk moths in larva & pupa stages, and milkweed bugs in egg & nymph stages. Students will learn that insects need air, food, water and space, they have characteristic structures & behaviors, the life cycle of the beetle is egg, larva, pupa, & adult which produces eggs, and live organisms need to be treated with care & respect. Students will be recording their science observations in a science journal.

We will also be working in a civics unit for social studies where students will learn to categorize rules for different settings, explain the importance of obeying rules, explain the difference between rights & responsibilities, identify rules for a fair vote, organize a fair voting process, explain why it is important to vote, explain the importance of constitutions, and describe the purpose of the U.S. Constitution.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES this month, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: fire safety, bats, seasons change, & voting.

READING: We are working through Unit 2 titled “Readers Making Sense of Text.” This week students will be exploring the connections they make when they read. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30am-3:30pm - Fall Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Friday, Oct. 21 - NO SCHOOL due to conferences & MN State Teachers’ Convention

Friday, Oct. 28 - Marcy Fall Fun event (evening 5-8pm)

Monday - Wednesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 - Marcy Spirit Week

Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Book Arts field trip (walking - leave Marcy 9am / return by 12pm)
*We will need chaperones on this one!

Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Friday, Nov. 18 - Assembly & Buddies

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

FYI from Polly for week of October 10-14

Dear 102 Families,                                10/8/16


* Please take a look at the scanned attachment of the fall conference schedule & email me your top 3 choices for times. I will then send you a confirm email. Thanks! Looking forward to connecting with all of you to set some goals for 2nd grade with your child. We have interviewed each student about their strengths & needs for improvement & we will share their thoughts with you & develop a plan together at conferences.

**Our Fall Fun Theme Basket will be "Halloween" again. Students voted on the theme this week. For those families new to this, at Marcy's Fall Fun Event on Oct. 28th (a school carnival of sorts) each Marcy classroom gathers a basket of new items (donated by parents, from that classroom, that are able to participate.) The basket of items, under the class chosen theme, is then wrapped and displayed at the Fall Fun Event & attendees are invited to buy chances to win it. Thanks to all of you for contributing, if you can. We need Halloween themed items (please no fake blood or weapons) and a basket. Even a laundry basket works well.

*** Uli will be presenting another healthy food lesson this week with our class on Wed. at 1:45pm.

**** Students are encouraged to keep adding “small moment” ideas into their “Tiny Moments Booklet” which will serve as springboards for writing personal narrative stories.

***** We welcomed a new student into our classroom this week, Gabriella.

****** Students now have access to ST Math as homework...please read the instructions that were sent home in the Friday Folder. It is optional to work on it at home.

******* Looking way ahead...our grade 2 students have to travel to Centers, then recess, then lunch (and to media book check-out on Fridays only) with all their outdoor clothing & lunchbags this year, due to our schedule. I am thinking that something like an IKEA bag would work well for each student to have to carry all their gear. If you are able to provide an IKEA bag for your student with a sturdy luggage tag attached with their name & room number on it, that would be awesome. You can send it in any time and we will store them until the cold is upon us. If this isn't workable for your family, we will use some of the supply money that parents sent in to buy enough IKEA bags for students that don't have one by November. I think this plan will cut down on loss of mittens, hats, scarves, boots, etc. Currently students just place their jackets & lunchbags in a designated spot for the class & outdoors during recess.     
 

MATH: We continue working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list. Currently students listen to a read aloud during this time. We are reading “James & the Giant Peach” & many other stories.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We have switched our focus to writing personal narratives, about things that have really happened to us in our lives, particularly small moments that we want to stretch into longer stories with lots of details.
When our insects make transformations (we are waiting to see waxworm pupae turn into moths & milkweed bugs grow into adults,) we will focus on them & record what we see & learn. We are working through a life science unit titled “Insects.” A parent letter went home in the 9/2/16 Friday Folder about this unit. Students are now observing, writing about, & caring for 3 types of insects: Darkling Beetles in all stages of development, silk moths in larva & pupa stages, and milkweed bugs in egg & nymph stages. Students will learn that insects need air, food, water and space, they have characteristic structures & behaviors, the life cycle of the beetle is egg, larva, pupa, & adult which produces eggs, and live organisms need to be treated with care & respect. Students will be recording their science observations in a science journal.

We will also be working in a civics unit for social studies where students will learn to categorize rules for different settings, explain the importance of obeying rules, explain the difference between rights & responsibilities, identify rules for a fair vote, organize a fair voting process, explain why it is important to vote, explain the importance of constitutions, and describe the purpose of the U.S. Constitution.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES this month, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: fire safety, bats, seasons change, & voting.

READING: We are working through Unit 2 titled “Readers Making Sense of Text.” This week students will focus on summarizing what they read in order to understand & remember more of the important information. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  

FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Monday, Oct. 10 - Fall Afterschool Classes begin this week

Wednesday, October 12 - 2nd Uli visit

Friday, Oct. 14 - Assembly & Buddies *Brain Day focus

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Friday, Oct. 21 - NO SCHOOL due to conferences & MN State Teachers’ Convention

Friday, Oct. 28 - Marcy Fall Fun event (evening 5-8pm)

Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Book Arts field trip (walking - leave Marcy 9am / return by 12pm)
*We will need chaperones on this one!

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School


 

Additional FYI for week of Oct. 3-7

Dear 102 Families,

1.) Updated Conference schedule is attached. Sorry for forgetting to attach to my first FYI yesterday.

2.) Our Fall Fun Theme Basket will be "Halloween" again. Students voted on the theme this week. For those families new to this, at Marcy's Fall Fun Event on Oct. 28th (a school carnival of sorts) each Marcy classroom gathers a basket of new items (donated by parents, from that classroom, that are able to participate.) The basket of items, under the class chosen theme, is then wrapped and displayed at the Fall Fun Event & attendees are invited to buy chances to win it. Thanks to all of you for contributing, if you can. We need Halloween themed items (please no fake blood or weapons) and a basket. Even a laundry basket works well.

3.) Looking way ahead...our grade 2 students have to travel to Centers, then recess, then lunch (and to media book check-out on Fridays only) with all their outdoor clothing & lunchbags this year, due to our schedule. I am thinking that something like an IKEA bag would work well for each student to have to carry all their gear. If you are able to provide an IKEA bag for your student with a sturdy luggage tag attached with their name & room number on it, that would be awesome. You can send it in any time and we will store them until the cold is upon us. If this isn't workable for your family, we will use some of the supply money that parents sent in to buy enough IKEA bags for students that don't have one by November. I think this plan will cut down on loss of mittens, hats, scarves, boots, etc. Currently students just place their jackets & lunchbags in a designated spot for the class & outdoors during recess.     


Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 2
Marcy School

FYI from Polly for week of October 3-7

Dear 102 Families,                                10/1/16

Students will take their 2nd FAST test, in the classroom, on i-pads, this Monday at 9:10am. It is projected to take 30 minutes. This will be the math portion. As explained in the Parents Press, this will replace the MAP test for this year. It will be given fall, winter, & spring. Please avoid any planned absences for your student or late arrivals on Monday. Thank you! *The FAST test for reading, last Thursday, went well.

** Please take a look at the scanned attachment of the fall conference schedule & email me your top 3 choices for times. I will then send you a confirm email. Thanks! Looking forward to connecting with all of you to set some goals for 2nd grade with your child. We have interviewed each student about their strengths & needs for improvement & we will share their thoughts with you & develop a plan together at conferences.

*** Students will have a substitute teacher this Tuesday as Marcy grade 2 teachers are required to attend a curriculum planning meeting all day. Mary Legris will be subbing for me ... students know her from last year.

**** Fall school photos will take place on Wed. at 1:15pm

***** Uli will be presenting his first healthy food lesson with our class on Wed. at 1:45pm.

****** Students have a homework assignment for the weekend to continue to add “small moment” ideas into their “Tiny Moments Booklet” which will serve as springboards for writing personal narrative stories.  

MATH: We continue working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list. Currently students listen to a read aloud during this time. We are reading “James & the Giant Peach,” nonfiction insect books, and stories written by Ezra Jack Keats.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We have switched our focus to writing personal narratives, about things that have really happened to us in our lives, particularly small moments that we want to stretch into longer stories with lots of details.
When our insects make transformations (we are waiting to see waxworm pupae turn into moths & milkweed bugs grow into adults,) we will focus on them & record what we see & learn. We are working through a life science unit titled “Insects.” A parent letter went home in the 9/2/16 Friday Folder about this unit. Students are now observing, writing about, & caring for 3 types of insects: Darkling Beetles in all stages of development, silk moths in larva & pupa stages, and milkweed bugs in egg & nymph stages. Students will learn that insects need air, food, water and space, they have characteristic structures & behaviors, the life cycle of the beetle is egg, larva, pupa, & adult which produces eggs, and live organisms need to be treated with care & respect. Students will be recording their science observations in a science journal.

We will also be working in a civics unit for social studies where students will learn to categorize rules for different settings, explain the importance of obeying rules, explain the difference between rights & responsibilities, identify rules for a fair vote, organize a fair voting process, explain why it is important to vote, explain the importance of constitutions, and describe the purpose of the U.S. Constitution.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES this month, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: fire safety, bats, seasons change, & voting.

READING: We are working through Unit 2 titled “Readers Making Sense of Text.” This week students will focus on using a variety of strategies to figure out unknown words as they read, in order to better understand what they read. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.  


FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday, September 29, 1:45pm (approx. 30 min.) - FAST reading test

EVERY Friday - 12:35pm - Media Book Check-out day *unless the library is closed for some reason (Scholastic Book Fair, Krista is absent, etc.)

Monday, October 3, 9:10am (approx. 30 min.) - FAST math test

Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Fall School photos + 1st Uli visit (healthy foods presenter)

Monday, Oct. 10 - Fall Afterschool Classes begin this week

Wednesday, October 12 - 2nd Uli visit

Friday, Oct. 14 - Assembly & Buddies *Brain Day focus

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30am - 3:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Friday, Oct. 21 - NO SCHOOL due to conferences & MN State Teachers’ Convention

Friday, Oct. 28 - Marcy Fall Fun event (evening)

Thank you for reading this!!

Polly Smull
Marcy Room 102, Grade 2

 

FYI from Polly for week of September 26-30

Dear 102 Families,                                                              9/24/16

* Students will take their 1st FAST test, in the classroom, on i-pads, this Thursday at 1:45pm. It is projected to take 30 minutes. This will be the reading portion. The math portion will happen the following Monday, Oct. 3. As explained in the Parents Press, this will replace the MAP test for this year. It will be given fall, winter, & spring. Please avoid any planned absences for your student or early pick-ups that day. Thank you!

** Students will have their 1st Marcy Library visit this Friday...they most likely will not have time to check put books as the first visit is to acquaint or refresh them with the library layout & rules. After this initial visit, every Friday will be our library  visit time, unless the library is closed for some reason.

***Please take a look at the scanned attachment of the fall conference schedule & email me your tops 3 choices for times. I will then send you a confirm email. Thanks! Looking forward to connecting with all of you to set some goals for 2nd grade with your child. We have interviewed each student about their strengths & needs for improvement & we will share their thoughts with you & develop a plan together at conferences.

MATH: We are working through Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I.”  In this unit students will be working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list. Currently students have a read aloud experience during this time. We are reading “James & the Giant Peach,” nonfiction insect books, stories written by Ezra Jack Keats, Julia Cook books on various child behavior dilemmas (in the realm of self control) & also Kevin Henkes (an author featured in Scholastic News this past week.)

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We are working through a life science unit titled “Insects.” A parent letter went home in the 9/2/16 Friday Folder about this unit. Students are now observing, writing about, & caring for 3 types of insects: Darkling Beetles in all stages of development, silk moths in larva & pupa stages, and milkweed bugs in egg & nymph stages. Students will learn that insects need air, food, water and space, they have characteristic structures & behaviors, the life cycle of the beetle is egg, larva, pupa, & adult which produces eggs, and live organisms need to be treated with care & respect. Students will be recording their science observations in a science journal.

We will also be working in a civics unit for social studies where students will learn to categorize rules for different settings, explain the importance of obeying rules, explain the difference between rights & responsibilities, identify rules for a fair vote, organize a fair voting process, explain why it is important to vote, explain the importance of constitutions, and describe the purpose of the U.S. Constitution.

We will work some informative writing experiences into science & social studies. This week students wrote a paragraph to prove that bugs are in the insect family but have some special features.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES this month, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: characteristics of rural, urban, & suburban communities, what makes good work habits from author & illustrator Kevin Henkes, how to be a good friend from a dog & cheetah who are BFFs, teamwork from ibis migration patterns.

READING: We are working through Unit 2 titled “Readers Making Sense of Text.” This week students will focus on asking questions (like: who, what, where, when, & why) to gain a deeper understanding of what they read. During reading time, students may be reading independently & then recording something that they have read on a log & also may be meeting in a reading group with Nancy or I or other reading support teachers.


FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday, September 29, 1:45pm (approx. 30 min.) - FAST reading test

Friday, Sept. 30, 12:35pm - Our 1st Media Book Check-out day *it will continue to be every Friday unless the library is closed for some reason

Monday, October 3, 9:10am (approx. 30 min.) - FAST math test

Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Fall School photos + 1st Uli visit (healthy foods presenter)

Monday, Oct. 10 - Fall Afterschool Classes begin this week

Wednesday, October 12 - 2nd Uli visit

Friday, Oct. 14 - Assembly & Buddies *Brain Day focus

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30am - 3:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Friday, Oct. 21 - NO SCHOOL due to conferences & MN State Teachers’ Convention

Friday, Oct. 28 - Marcy Fall Fun event (evening)

Thank you for reading this!!
Polly Smull
Marcy Room 102, Grade 2



 

FYI from Polly for week of September 19-23

Dear 102 Families,                                9/17/16


* Almost all CTC field trip slips in..yahoo!!

** Students are enjoying observing the development of our insects in class...mealworms to Darkling Beetles, waxworms to silk maths, and this week they will begin to watch & care for milkweeds bugs.

MATH: We have begun Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I” soon. In this unit students will be working skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list. Currently students have a read aloud experience during this time. We are reading “James & the Giant Peach,” “Elephant & Piggy” series stories, nonfiction insect books, stories written by Ezra Jack Keats & also Kevin Henkes (an author featured in Scholastic News this past week.)

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We begin the school year with a life science unit titled “Insects.” A parent letter went home in the 9/2/16 Friday Folder about this unit. We received our first shipment of creatures this week: mealworms. Students will learn that insects need air, food, water and space, they have characteristic structures & behaviors, the life cycle of the beetle is egg, larva, pupa, & adult which produces eggs, and live organisms need to be treated with care & respect. Students will be recording their science observations in a science journal.

We will also be working in a civics unit for social studies where students will learn to categorize rules for different settings, explain the importance of obeying rules, explain the difference between rights & responsibilities, identify rules for a fair vote, organize a fair voting process, explain why it is important to vote, explain the importance of constitutions, and describe the purpose of the U.S. Constitution.

We will work some informative writing experiences into science & social studies. Currently students are practicing writing an informative paragraph including a topic sentence, supporting details and a summary comparing the mealworm & waxworm larvae.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES this month, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: characteristics of rural, urban, & suburban communities, what makes good work habits from author & illustrator Kevin Henkes, how to be a good friend from a dog & cheetah who are BFFs, teamwork from ibis migration patterns

READING: We are now beginning unit 2 titled “Readers Making Sense of Text.” This week students will use background knowledge to make predictions, scan the text to make predictions, use a t-chart to keep track of predictions, compare predictions with others and practice revising their predictions.


FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS


Tuesday, Sept. 20 - CTC play field trip to see “Elephant & Piggy” *completely free & no parent chaperones needed

Friday, Sept. 30 - Our 1st Media Book Check-out day *it will continue to be every Friday unless the library is closed for some reason

Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Fall School photos

Monday, Oct. 10 - Fall Afterschool Classes begin this week

Friday, Oct. 14 - Assembly & Buddies *Brain Day focus

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30am - 3:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 19- Friday, Oct. 21 - NO SCHOOL due to conferences & MN State Teachers’ Convention

Friday, Oct. 28 - Marcy Fall Fun event (evening)

Thank you for reading this!!
Polly Smull
Marcy Room 102, Grade 2


 

 

FYI from Polly for week of September 12-16

Dear 102 Families,                                9/10/16


*MANY THANKS for all the generous donations of $ for school supplies. They are greatly appreciated.

**Please sign & return the CTC play permission slip ASAP...thank you!

***We are excited to have Sonya’s homeroom class as our Big Buddies. Sonya teaches 6th & 7th grade Social Studies. Since her homeroom group is just 20 students, some 102 students will share a Big Buddy. * we have 25 students in 102

****We continue to spend significant amounts of time practicing our class routines & building community.


MATH: We will begin Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I” soon. All year long students will be working skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We begin the school year with a life science unit titled “Insects.” A parent letter went home in the 9/2/16 Friday Folder about this unit. We received our first shipment of creatures this week: mealworms. Students will learn that insects need air, food, water and space, they have characteristic structures & behaviors, the life cycle of the beetle is egg, larva, pupa, & adult which produces eggs, and live organisms need to be treated with care & respect. Students will be recording their science observations in a science journal.

We will also be working in a civics unit for social studies where students will learn to categorize rules for different settings, explain the importance of obeying rules, explain the difference between rights & responsibilities, identify rules for a fair vote, organize a fair voting process, explain why it is important to vote, explain the importance of constitutions, and describe the purpose of the U.S. Constitution.

We will work some informative writing experiences into science & social studies.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES this month, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: characteristics of rural, urban, & suburban communities, what makes good work habits from author & illustrator Kevin Henkes, how to be a good friend from a dog & cheetah who are BFFs, teamwork from ibis migration patterns

READING: Our first unit is titled “Establishing Reader’s & Writer’s Workshop.” This includes the following goals - students will learn to select, read & comprehend fiction & nonfiction texts for enjoyment, interest, & academic tasks / read grade 2 fiction & nonfiction texts with support as needed, describe the overall structure of a story including how the beginning introduces the story & the ending concludes the story / describe the beginning, middle & ending of a story.


FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

THIS Friday, Sept. 16 - Assembly & Buddies *Peace Day Focus

Tuesday, Sept. 20 - CTC play field trip to see “Elephant & Piggy” *completely free & no parent chaperones needed

Thank you for reading this!!
Polly Smull
Grade 2

FYI from Polly for week of September 6-9

Dear 102 Families,                                9/3/16

*We have been working hard on coming together as a community, learning & practicing all the routines from arrival, morning circle, math, Centers, recess, lunch, etc., making our self portraits, and setting goals for ourselves.

**Please continue to get the packet of forms in. Thanks!

***MANY THANKS for all the generous donations of $ for school supplies. They are greatly appreciated.

****The grade 2 team has decided not to send home reading logs this year but we have high expectations that students will read regularly at home every day...at least 20 minutes.

MATH: We will begin Unit 1 titled “Number & Operation I”soon. All year long students will be working skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s starting at any random number both forward & backward, extending repeating patterns, using numbers to solve problems, composing & decomposing numbers to 20 automatically & applying to problem solving, describing & representing whole numbers up to 100, using mental strategies based on place value to add & subtract two-digit problems using decomposing, jumping, or compensation strategies.

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS: Students were given a spelling assessment on Friday. This will help determine where their phonics skills are at & what spelling lists they will work with. Spelling group work will begin later. Students will go over a new spelling list in their group every 2 weeks, complete many different activities with these words, and have a spelling quiz on them before moving onto a new list.
Students will also have daily phonics lessons & guided writing practice with the specific phonics concepts.

WRITING/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES: We begin the school year with with a life science unit titled “Insects.” A parent letter went home in yesterday’s Friday Folder about this unit. We receive our first shipment of creatures this week: mealworms. Students will learn that insects need air, food, water and space, they have characteristic structures & behaviors, the life cycle of the beetle is egg, larva, pupa, & adult which produces eggs, and live organisms need to be treated with care & respect. Students will be recording their science observations in a science journal.

We will also be working in a civics unit for social studies where students will learn to categorize rules for different settings, explain the importance of obeying rules, explain the difference between rights & responsibilities, identify rules for a fair vote, organize a fair voting process, explain why it is important to vote, explain the importance of constitutions, and describe the purpose of the U.S. Constitution.

We will work some informative writing experiences into science & social studies.

*In SCHOLASTIC NEWS MAGAZINES this month, students will learn about the following social studies & science topics: characteristics of rural, urban, & suburban communities, what makes good work habits from author & illustrator Kevin Henkes, how to be a good friend from a dog & cheetah who are BFFs, teamwork from ibis migration patterns

READING: Our first unit is titled “Establishing Reader’s & Writer’s Workshop.” This includes the following goals - students will learn to select, read & comprehend fiction & nonfiction texts for enjoyment, interest, & academic tasks / read grade 2 fiction & nonfiction texts with support as needed, describe the overall structure of a story including how the beginning introduces the story & the ending concludes the story / describe the beginning, middle & ending of a story.


FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, Sept. 16 - Assembly & Buddies *Peace Day Focus

Tuesday, Sept. 20 - CTC play field trip to see “Elephant & Piggy” *completely free & no parent chaperones needed

Thank you for reading this!!
Polly Smull
Grade 2

 

 

WELCOME to ROOM 102 at MARCY OPEN SCHOOL

Dear Room 102 Families,                        August 2016



Welcome to room 102! My name is Polly Smull and I have the great honor and privilege of teaching and learning with your children this 2016-2017 school year at Marcy. I have taught at Marcy for about 25 years including a few years of subbing. Before that, I was a parent volunteer which gives me a grand total of 31 years of history with Marcy. Although I have an elementary teaching license, my original teaching license was in art. I do like to weave the arts throughout the curriculum. Both of my own daughters attended Marcy K-8 and then went on to graduate from the South High School Open Program. They now are college graduates and one is currently in graduate school at U of MN. I live in Southeast Minneapolis. I am looking forward to being a grandma for the first time this December.



I’m excited to have a “co-teacher” (student teacher for the entire school year) from U of M, Alyssa Wilt.



Students will spend time each day reading independently, working in small guided reading groups with an adult, keeping track of what they read each day, have individual meetings with an adult about reading and may be assessed to monitor their progress during the school year using the Fountas & Pinnell testing system. Students will write each day and select certain pieces to take to a publishing level. They may also be working on their handwriting and on phonics skills. For math, we will follow the focused instruction math curriculum required by the school district. Science will be taught entirely in the classroom again this year. The 4 science units will be: Animal Life Cycles & Needs, Weather, Force & Motion, Properties of Solids & Liquids. The grades 2 team students will have the great fortune to work again with  a dance artist in a residency which culminates in a performance (time & date to be determined - more details on that later.) This will most likely happen in the spring. This special arts opportunity is funded by the Marcy Arts Partnership.  We will have a “Healthy Foods” presenter, Uli, this year in the fall. I will cover Social Studies with our Scholastic News Magazines which are always full of fascinating, kid appropriate, current events from around the globe. We will also have district assigned curriculum in social studies going covering topics of Citizenship & Government, Economics, History, and Geography (same as last year but moving up in depth.) I also encourage students to talk about current events in morning circle.



Our field trips this year will be going to a play in September at the Childrens Theatre titled “Elephant & Piggy” (a favorite book series of students), then possibly to Book Arts or Mill City Museum (to be determined) later in the fall or winter, to Mpls Institute of Arts in April or May, then to the Flints Hills Childrens Festival again in June. 


Our 1st grade team will have the same daily schedule for the entire year. Our team will consist of 3 teachers: Rachel (110) / Andrea (107) / Polly (102)

8:30 Arrival / Breakfast (in the lunchroom this year)

9:00 Circle

9:30 Math 


10:40 Centers (art, music, graphic arts, gym)

11:35 Recess (AEs cover this year / teachers’ lunch time)

12:05 Lunch (in the lunchroom this year with support staff supervising) 


12:40 Literacy Foundational Skills (new phonics program)


1:00 Integrated Writing, Social Studies, & Science   

1:45 Reading


2:45 Cleanup/Prepare for Dismissal

3:05 DISMISSAL 


Each Friday (or the last day of the school week) your student will bring home a folder full of papers. These papers could be permission slips, newsletters, various program flyers, after school class registration materials, homework assignments, and corrected papers. Math homework usually consists of unfinished in-class work that students need to finish at home to progress through a unit. There are 6 different math units that we cover over the entire school year. Students will have phonics work in school using variety of activities. Reading at home is probably the most important homework. A chart to keep track of reading at home will come home in the Friday Folder and will need to be returned monthly. Also, you can expect some home projects that tie in with various units in social studies & science. The first week of school we will be looking for emergency cards, discipline & weapons policy contracts, walking field trip & video release forms, and bus rules & regulations forms and many others to be filled out and returned. PLEASE GET THEM IN IMMEDIATELY!!! We may want to be able to go on a walk ASAP while the weather is still nice. 


I welcome your presence in the classroom at any time. I may not always be available to talk with you, as the students are always my first priority, but your help will always be welcome. Your assistance on field trips, for special classroom events, regular weekly help or spontaneous visits are all appreciated.



We will not be having a snack time in class because our lunch time is nicely placed in the middle of the day. If your child has allergies to any foods, please let me know. Make sure your student has a breakfast at home or school. If your student brings lunch from home, please do not send soda pop for their beverage or excessive sweets. Students may bring healthy snacks to share with the class to celebrate their birthdays or special event days which I will announce in advance. That could be cheese sticks or fruit or popcorn. Please see class website for birthday snack ideas.


The first weeks of school we will concentrate on becoming a community and assessing where students are at in math & reading.



Please send a note with your child or call me at school (668-1020) if you have concerns or questions and need an immediate response. If a response is needed, I will make every effort to get back to you the same day by telephone or a note. If you can wait for a response until the next day, you can e-mail me at psmull@mpls.k12.mn.us which I check every day. If you’re willing, I also would like to have an e-mail address from you so that I can contact you. I send an FYI e-newsletter every weekend to parents. If your child was in 102 last year, I have your email address already, unless it has changed. 



We’re looking forward to an amazing year! I hope to welcome you to 102 for the 2016-17 school year at the Ice Cream Social & Open House on Thursday, August 25th, 5:30-7:30pm. There is not another Open House, later in September, as there has been for years. It seems too early to have a sign-up sheet at for October conferences so I will do that by email in mid-September. I will have a sheet to share your e-mail address with me, if you are willing, in case you are new to our class or you need to update.



PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR STUDENT KNOWS HOW THEY WILL BE GETTING HOME ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.  

Thank you so much!! Looking forward to an incredible 2016-2017 school year!   Polly Smull & Alyssa Wilt