Math Update…

We have a classroom full of detectives!!!   Beginning this week our second graders are learning how to solve word problems using strategies that encourage them to think through questions, draw pictures, write equations and check their answers.    This will be our focus for the next few weeks :).  We will investigate add to, take from, collective, missing/extra information, comparison and two step word problems.  Below find the most recent parent letter.

Reading Counts Starts Today…

Today your child will be coming home with a Reading Counts book ( similar to WEB reading last year if you were at Georgetown).  Each child has selected a good fit book within their independent reading level to take home and read and they are SO EXCITED!!!  Reading Counts is a reading incentive program (separate from our curriculum) that promotes reading habits and also rewards children for their efforts.    Please see the following link for more informationREADING COUNTS.  Here is how we use Reading Counts at Georgetown.

1.  Each child’s independent reading level is determined through teacher assessments.  Levels will be similar to last year (within a level or two)- they may change a bit as I begin assessments with your child over the next few weeks. 

2.  Each child is given a goal number of points to achieve during the semester based on their reading level.  Each book has an assigned point value which can be found on the inside cover of the book.

3.  Students select a book at their reading level and read it at home and/or at school.  Books are labeled with reading levels A – Z on the spine of the book. 

4.  When children are finished with the book they sign up to take a RC comprehension quiz on the computer/ipad for that particular book here at school. They can only take these quizzes at school. We will have parents here to help with quizzes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. We will not take a quiz on Wednesday. Students should aim to read their first book they got today a few times and then bring it back on Monday (9/17) to take a quiz! 

5.  If the quiz is passed ( 8/10 questions answered correctly), then another book is checked out.  If the quiz is not passed,  students take the book home again and reread or select a new book from the library.

6. At the end of the semester (mid Jan),  students who have met their goal receive a prize and a ticket into our end of the year BIG prize drawing.  Last year it was an Ipad Mini and Target gift cards….YEAH!

Please see your child’s book bag today for more specific information.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Math Update…

Our second grade mathematicians have been working hard to build their math strategies.  We are learning about math facts through the use of math mountains.    Below please find a parent letter for more details.


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As children are introduced to strategies and new topics/instruction, they have an opportunity to practice using games, hands on activities, math journal work, partner practice and fact fluency through each of their work sites.  Our learners visit all of the work sites each day and have done a FABULOUS job getting to work quickly and quietly.

GROWTH MINDSET….

Mrs. Reagan posted the below information on the school blog regarding our growth mindset approach to learning. We are so excited to begin this journey!

The staff book study for the 2018-19 school year is GROWTH MINDSET COACH. It is a month by month guide that helps us shift our teacher  and student thinking to a GROWTH mindset approach to learning. Teachers know that the actions they take (body language, word choice) show our students what we expect of their learning. Sometimes the words we use give children the impression that their ability to learn is fixed or pre-determined. This happens when we make statements like: “You’re so smart! or “You’re a math genius”  or “Spelling comes easily to you.” These statements imply that some kids are born smart, genius like and/or that learning comes easily. This reinforces a FIXED MINDSET.

Many of us were raised in these messages, so we must intentionally shift toward a GROWTH MINDSET approach to teaching and learning. By doing this, our word choice reflects the philosophy that our brains are always growing and as a result, with lots of practice and support, every child and adult is a learner. To help you understand this approach, I encourage you to visit MINDSET WORKS parent tips page.  It is FILLED with helpful information about this approach.

Each month, we’ll introduce a new GROWTH MINDSET PHRASE to our students and expand their beliefs about their own ability to learn through practice, mistakes, failures and more practice. This months phrase is above — Everyone Can Learn. 

This week, we will continue to focus on welcoming all the children by building routines and relationships. We know that Tuesday could be a little tricky for some of our kindergarteners (and maybe a few Gr 1-5 kids) after four days at home. We’re resting up to provide extra TLC to help them out!

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Mrs. Reagan

First few days of second grade…

 

The first three days as a second grade family have been AMAZING!  We have been learning about classroom procedures, expectations and getting to know one another.  Setting the classroom climate is key for our learning this year. 🙂

Together we created a classroom promise and the children created mini faces to make their pledge to one another.  Thanks for sharing your children with me, I am really enjoying getting to know them! Have a wonderful long weekend!

Last Minute Reminders before our first day….

It was wonderful to meet everyone at Open House Wednesday night! Thanks for attending! It made me very excited for the upcoming year! We have an amazing group! Before our exciting first day, here are three important reminders…

Student Information Forms – Please send in the student information forms (received at Open House) back to school on Tuesday. Double check to make sure that your contact information is correct for our files.

Me Bags – At Open House, your child also received a Me Bag. We will enjoy sharing these bags as we get to know one another throughout the first week of school. Please make sure that your child’s name is on his/her bag before sending it to school on Tuesday.

Water Bottle and Snacks – Your child should bring two healthy nut free snacks and a filled water bottle (no juice please) to stay fueled every day. Morning and afternoon snacks are essential for maintaining energy and attention. Please do not send candy or sugary snacks. High sugar foods cause an energy crash that makes learning difficult. If your child ever forgets a snack, we have a great supply of graham crackers (thanks for your donations!). For more information on snack ideas, you can click the Nut Free Snack List found on the blog. 

Birthdays-  You can send an edible or non-edible pre-arranged treat the for your child’s special day. These treats do need to be store bought and nut free. Thanks so much! We will celebrate summer birthdays in May/June.

**Finally, with the start of a new school year many students experience some anxiety. Here is link to an excellent blog post to help children through these stressful moments. 13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

Looking forward to seeing those wonderful second graders on Tuesday. 🙂

Open House is tomorrow!

I am looking forward to seeing all my new second graders tomorrow at Open House! Come to drop off supplies, tour our classroom, meet me and your new classmates!  I will see you tomorrow, Wednesday, August 22 from 6:30-7:30 pm in room 208, last room in the 2/3 hallway! 

Please bring these supplies to our Open House: 

  • pencil box (make sure that it can open and close easily)
  • earbuds (please label with your child’s name, a piece of tape works well)
  • gym shoes (kept in your child’s locker)
  • 1 box of dry erase markers (any size and color)
  • sticky notes (3×3 size)
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1 pair of child’s scissors, labeled with your child’s name
  • 1 box of Kleenex
  • 1 box of bandaids
  • 1 container of Clorox wipes
  • 1 small pack of 24 crayons, to fit in pencil box
  •  notebook, wide ruled

Important items your child should bring to school every day.

  • backpack (big enough for a lunchbox, folder, library book, and winter snow gear)
  • filled water bottle (water only, no juice please)
  • 2 healthy snacks (one for the morning and one for the afternoon… second graders get hungry!)

School Directory

Hi Families!

Georgetown Elementary is working on a school directory.  Please read below for more information.

The purpose of this directory is to help parents connect with other parents for child get togethers (playdates, birthday parties).

We do not share parent emails at the office or teacher level. If you would like to connect with other parents to arrange child get togethers, you must complete this SCHOOL DIRECTORY FORM. Once it is completed, the form will be emailed to all parents who completed the form. This form will not be published on the school website nor will it be printed and distributed.

School Supply List

Happy July! I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July holiday! I will give your child many tools that we will use every day ( pencils, folders, notebooks), but I would love some help with these specialty items.

Please bring these supplies to our Open House on Wednesday, August 22. 

  • pencil box (make sure that it can open and close easily)
  • earbuds (please label with your child’s name, a piece of tape works well)
  • gym shoes (kept in your child’s locker)
  • 1 box of dry erase markers (any size and color)
  • sticky notes (3×3 size)
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1 pair of child’s scissors, labeled with your child’s name
  • 1 box of Kleenex
  • 1 box of bandaids
  • 1 container of Clorox wipes
  • 1 small pack of 24 crayons, to fit in pencil box
  •  notebook, wide ruled

Important items your child should bring to school every day.

  • backpack (big enough for a lunchbox, folder, library book, and winter snow gear)
  • filled water bottle (water only, no juice please)
  • 2 healthy snacks (one for the morning and one for the afternoon… second graders get hungry!)

Donation Items: (items we will all share) :OPTIONAL!!! 

  • box of graham crackers
  • washable markers
  • large box of crayons
  • page protector sheets
  • colored pencils
  • disinfectant wipes

Thanks so much for helping your child get ready for second grade! Please email me if you have any questions. 🙂

Ms. Yankee (myankee@hpseagles.net)