Friday, February 23, 2018


Feb. 26th- March 2nd:
Memory:
8th Commandment

Spelling:
Lesson 23

Grammar:
homophones

Reading:
Fairy Tales

Writing:
Focus will be on 5 paragraph Grandparents Day writing

Math: Test Thursday
The students are feeling confident about double-digit subtraction and it shows on their faces during math! We talked about how they felt at the beginning of the new concept compared to their feelings now that they are confident. I tried to highlight the importance of those uncomfortable feelings that come from new learning and how great they feel when they push through, work hard, and arrive on the other side. Going from novice to expert is a hard battle but instilling grit, determination, confidence, and wonder are the life-long necessary traits that will help them do great things. I am so blessed to walk through learning struggles with them! I share their same joy once I see their faces light up with that, "I get it!" look.

Science/Social Studies:
Market Day is coming!!!! We will shift to social studies as we begin to explore the topic of economics. Students will learn about consumers and producers by providing a good or service to sell to their classmates. Students will earn money prior to market day based on their "job performance" as a student, in addition to the money they earn selling their market day items. Students will create a "storefront" made up of a store sign (name of their choosing) and commercials to advertise their good or service to be sold. Please let me know if you have any questions. In the past, I have had students do things as simple as selling old books (with the permission of their parents) and providing face painting, to more extravagant things like ducktape wallets, individual containers of slime, and handmade cloth bookmarks. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Important Information /Reminders:
The Painted pot permission slips went home on Thursday. Please return at the earliest convenience. 

 The Zion Lutheran Cheer Squad is hosting a Cheer Clinic on Friday, March 23 from 3-6:00 in the Zion Lutheran Gym. 
We will begin with a fun warm-up and then divide the girls into age groups where participants will learn age-appropriate
stunts, cheers, and correct cheer techniques.  Participants will perform for parents, grandparents, and friends at 5:45 in the
gym.  Each participant will receive a Zion Lutheran Cheer t-shirt.  Registration is due by Wednesday, March 14 and you
can turn the form in at the School Office.


Grandparents’ or Special Friends’ Day is scheduled for Friday, March 9th from 8:00-11:00.  
Please plan on having a grandparent or special guest attend.  Your child must have an adult present.
Forms were sent home last week. Please let me know if you didn't receive it.



Reflecting on our week:  Last Friday was Compound Word Day! Students had a great time showing off their skills by identifying compound words all around them.

We met with our buddy class on Tuesday and created fun President Day bookmarks. It is always a treat to spend time with some of our preschool Bobcats from Mrs. Mudd's class




 Exploring motion during our Motion Mission lab...



Friday, February 16, 2018


Feb. 19th- Feb. 23rd:
Memory:
7th Commandment

Spelling:
Lesson 22

Grammar:
adverbs

Reading:
Making inferences

Writing:
Biographies

Math: Test Tuesday
I am planning on giving the math test on Tuesday however, we have hit a few rough patches (telling time to 5 min. intervals and double-digit subtraction) that might need additional time.  

Science/Social Studies:
Ch. 11 Forces 
I plan on giving a unit exam on Friday over Lessons 1-3. This may be adjusted based on the comfort level students have with the material. I will keep you posted if things change.
A study guide will come home on Tuesday. This unit is heavy on new vocabulary. 

Important Information /Reminders:

I have scheduled a field trip to The Painted Pot on March 8th. I am looking for a few parent drivers. Please let me know if you have completed the background check and would be available from 12:15-2:00. 

 BOX TOP contest is going on now until Feb. 21st! Keep those Box Tops coming! 

Jump Rope for Heart is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23rd. Second grade will participate from 8:10-9:10 in the gym.

Grandparents’ or Special Friends’ Day is scheduled for Friday, March 9th from 8:00-11:00.  
Please plan on having a grandparent or special guest attend.  Your child must have an adult present.
8:00 - 8:30 Arrive anytime between 8:00 - 8:30     
8:00 - 9:45 AM      Guests and students stay together and spend time at various activities.  A map will go home
with students and extra maps will be available that day. Family units decide where they want to start.
*ZION ASKS YOU STAY TOGETHER AS A FAMILY UNIT FOR PROPER SUPERVISION*
9:45 - 10:00 AM      Guests and students travel to the church sanctuary
10:00 - 11:00      Closing program and chapel
11:00 AM      Dismissal (from the church sanctuary)


Reflecting on our week: On Monday we introduced our new Science unit on Forces and Motion by bringing in The Magic House. 








We celebrated our last class party of second grade on Wednesday. As always, the Room Moms put a lot of time and energy into making it a fun afternoon. THANK YOU ROOM MOMS! <><





Friday, February 9, 2018


Feb. 12th- Feb. 16th:
Memory:
6th Commandment

Spelling:
Lesson 21

Grammar:
compound words

Reading:
Celebrating Balck History Month

Writing:
Biographies

Math: Test Friday

Science/Social Studies:
We will finish up Ch. 10 (Chemical and Physical Change)- Final Ch. 10 quiz will be on Tuesday.
We will start Ch. 11 Forces 

Important Information /Reminders:
Feb. 14th is Ash Wednesday! Valentine's Day is also on Wednesday. Please remember to bring in your Valentine boxes/bags for the party on Wednesday. 

BOX TOP contest is going on now until Feb. 21st! Keep those Box Tops coming! 

Compound Day Fashion Show:
Compound word day will take place this Friday, Feb. 16th. This will be chance for the kids to demonstrate their knowledge of our grammar skill for the week (compound words) in a fun and engaging way.
·      Students will need to come to school in their regular school uniform, and bring any of their clothing/supplies needs for their compound words in their backpacks or a separate bag to change into at the given time.
·      Students will take turns coming to the front of the room wearing their compound word outfit, and the rest of the class will have to write down all the compound words they see on their classmate.
·      After we have finished our activity, students will change back into their regular school uniform.
·      Examples of compound words students could use:
o   Gumball (wear a shirt with a gumball machine on it)
o   Sunhat
o   Bathrobe
o   Sunglasses
o   Headphones
o   Shinguards
o   Batman, Spiderman, Superman, etc.
·      Be creative and have funJ

Grandparents’ or Special Friends’ Day is scheduled for Friday, March 9th from 8:00-11:00.  
Please plan on having a grandparent or special guest attend.  Your child must have an adult present.
8:00 - 8:30 Arrive anytime between 8:00 - 8:30     
8:00 - 9:45 AM      Guests and students stay together and spend time at various activities.  A map will go home
with students and extra maps will be available that day. Family units decide where they want to start.
*ZION ASKS YOU STAY TOGETHER AS A FAMILY UNIT FOR PROPER SUPERVISION*
9:45 - 10:00 AM      Guests and students travel to church sanctuary
10:00 - 11:00      Closing program and chapel

11:00 AM      Dismissal (from the church sanctuary)

Friday, February 2, 2018


Feb. 5th- Feb. 9th:
Memory:
5th Commandment

Spelling:
Lesson 20

Grammar:
Abbreviations

Reading:
Context Clues

Writing:
Opinion writing

Math: Test Friday
The fact tests will only focus on subtraction facts at this point. in place of the 100 addition fact assessments, students will a have 50 subtraction fact assessment sheet that should be completed in 4 min. The number of subtraction facts will increase every week.

Science/Social Studies:

 Chemical and Physical Change
Solutions and Mixtures
Lesson 2 Quiz Thursday - look for study guide coming home on Monday (2/5/18).
Lesson 3 Quiz will be on 2/13/18- look for a study guide to come home on Thursday (2/8/18).

Important Information /Reminders:

Please make Valentine Boxes/bags at home and send them to school on Valentine's Day (Wednesday, Feb. 14th). I will have bags in case students forget or you do not have time to do this at home. The room moms have planned a fun party with lots of activities and there will not be time to make the Valentine boxes during the party. However, we WILL pass out Valentines.
Look for a class list in the Red Homework Folder  (coming home on Monday) to help students fill out Valentines for classmates.

As a heads up, I will have a sub. on Wednesday (2/7/18) and on Friday (2/9/18). I will travel to CCLS with Cheryl Haun and Mrs. Bernhardt on Wednesday, the 7th to discuss curriculum and strategies with teachers at CCLS. On Friday the 9th I will be at school in the morning, but will leave in the afternoon to travel to Springfield, IL with the Zion girls basketball team.

Today’s Lutheran Hour devotion  https://www.lhm.org/dailydevotions/default.asp?date=20180131   has a link to a wonderful article on sharing faith with our children and how to approach questions from kids.  Check it out!




Friday, January 26, 2018


Jan. 29th- Feb. 2nd:
Memory:
4th Commandment

Spelling:
Lesson 19

Grammar:
commas in a series

Reading:
Main Idea

Writing:
Complete sentences and editing marks

Math: Test Friday

Science/Social Studies:

 Chemical and Physical Change
This is usually a tricky chapter for students. Watch for study guides coming home (1/31/18- the first guide will be sent home). We will take about 2 weeks to go through the labs and lessons for these concepts. The first quiz will be on Friday (Ch.10 L1). It will be a short quiz of only three questions to make sure students have the basic idea.

Important Information /Reminders:

The Zion Auction is right around the corner on March 16th. If you didn't receive your invitation in the mail contact Julie Schmidt in the school office. 


Reflecting on our week: 
PJ day was AWESOME!


We had a STEAM challenge that helped us focus our thoughts on properties of matter and discovering the strongest shape to use when building a structure.








Chapel with our buddy class (Mr. Braddy) was a lot of fun.


While using bubble solution to think about both liquids and gases, students were given another STEAM challenge: to use pipe cleaners and straws to make a bubble wand.





Growing and learning with friends in a Christ-centered school!
Zion is the best place to be!