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Friday, May 11, 2018

 

 

 

Dear Second Grade Families,

 

Thank you to all who came to conferences! We enjoyed meeting with all who were able to make it. Please read carefully below about the week ahead.

 

Reminders

Thank you to those who have sent us your Melvin Bubble writings! We have loved reading what you all wrote to describe your kids from your perspectives J As a reminder, please have your letters, your family’s letters, and your child’s letter typed up and turned in by Monday, May 14th. It will take us time to put together the books so please get them in on time. If you are sending a digital copy via e-mail, please send to your child’s homeroom teacher. Thank you for helping us create this wonderful memory for the kids.

 

Literacy

Next week in Literacy, we will be finishing up our story Charlotte’s Web. We have loved getting to read this classic with your kids!

 

STEM

The kids are working hard on their Lego Wedo robotic inventions and we would like to share their amazing creations with you next Thursday, May 17. We will present the inventions during each class period in the STEM tech lab located in the library. Below you will see the schedule for each class period.

Singleton: 12:25 – 12:55

Kyster:  1:10-1:40

Brubaker: 1:55- 2:25

Fisher: 2:40- 3:10

We hope you can join us and celebrate our inventors’ amazing creations.

Friday, May 18th, Mrs. Weiss is looking for a few parents in each class to help us sort out the Lego kits. Below are the class times.

Kyster 12:15-1:00

Singleton 1:00-1:45

Fisher 1:45-2:30

Brubaker 2:30-3:15

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

History

We loved learning all about Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jackie Robinson. We will be continuing to learn about Civil Rights Leaders next week.

 

Our whole team would like to wish all of you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend! We hope your kids spoil you J

 

Sincerely,

Miss Singleton, Mrs. Brubaker, Ms. Fisher, and Ms. Kyster

 


For more event dates, please visit the Event Calendar on www.aak8.org. For questions or concerns about an event date, please contact Trish Cummings.

 

 

 

May 4, 2018

 

Dear Second Grade Families,

 

It has been a busy week in 2nd grade! We had a ball at our field trip on Tuesday to 4 Mile Farmhouse and have enjoyed the cozy rainy weather together. Please read further to see what the week ahead will look like.

 

Reminders

Literacy conferences will be held on Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th starting at 4:30. Please sign up for one 10-minute slot with your child’s Literacy teacher and be on time for your slot. We look forward to sharing their growth with you.

 

Literacy

Next week in Literacy, students will be creating a narrative writing piece and using a “story mountain” to help them put their wonderful ideas in the proper order. We will also be continuing our novel Charlotte’s Web.

 

Science

We will be continuing our STEM unit on Lego Robotics and are loving every minute of it!

 

History

We wrapped up our study of immigration in America and are now starting our new unit on Civil Rights Leaders. Students were assigned to a civil rights leader and are working in groups to do research on them in class. Next week they will be presenting to the class the information they gathered on their assigned leader. Be sure to ask them who they did research on!

 

We hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Miss Singleton, Mrs. Brubaker, Ms. Fisher, and Ms. Kyster

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Hello Second Grade Families,

Second grade had a great week this week, here is what we have coming up next week!


Field Trips
We are so excited to be able to support our amazing second grade actors in Singing in the Rain! We are going on April 19 to the PACE Center in Parker. Please sign your student up for this awesome field trip! Look for further communication from your student’s homeroom teacher about chaperoning.
1718 CP - Ms. Fisher's Class
1718 CP - Ms. Brubaker's Class
1718 CP - Ms. Kyster's Class
1718 CP - Ms. Singleton's Class


History
We just concluded our unit on Westward Expansion. Be sure to ask your student, which Oregon Trail challenged, was the most fun! We will begin our new History unit on the Civil War. This unit is always fun because the students enjoy learning about the battles between the North and the South.

Science
We are going to be continuing to learn about plants with our study of bean seeds. Ask your student if their bean has sprouted yet!

We have a very exciting experiment coming up if you have any of the following that you could send in we would be very grateful:
-tin cans
-soil
-flower seeds
-grass seeds
-nylon (used, but clean) socks

Literacy
We are working on a multi-paragraph report on the Statue of Liberty. We are so impressed with your student’s ability to write multiple paragraphs. Be sure to ask your student about one fun fact they learned about the Statue of Liberty.







Best,


Mrs. Brubaker, Ms. Fisher, Miss Kyster, and Miss Singleton

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

 

 

Dear Second Grade Families,

 

 

Literacy

We will be continuing drafting our multi-paragraph informative writing about the Statue of Liberty.  Also, we will be starting chapter 11 in our Shurley Grammar. We will be identifying possessive pronouns.

 

Science

We started our unit on plants this week. Be sure to ask your kids about different ways that seeds can travel. Please send your child with an empty, cleaned out can (soup, canned veggies) for a science experiment. If you have more than one sitting around, please send them for those who may not have one.

 

History

This week on the Oregon trial we learned about the Pony Express and the race to finish the transcontinental railroad. We also wrote letters to “our families” back east telling them about our journey. Make sure to ask your students what happened on their journey west.

 

.On Thursday, we had two presentations put on for our students by 17 Mile Farmhouse. They came and shared with us the farmhouse’s importance on the Oregon Trail and the different types of habitats we have in Douglas County and the animals that inhabit it. Make sure to ask your students what their favorite part was!

 

Sincerely,

Miss Singleton, Mrs. Brubaker, Miss. Fisher, and Miss. Kyster

 


For more event dates, please visit the Event Calendar on 
www.aak8.org. For questions or concerns about an event date, please contact Trish Cummings.

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 16, 2018

 

 

Dear Second Grade Families,

 

Thanks everyone for signing up for the field trip! We had a blast panning for gold and experimenting with the different simple machines at the Western Museum of Mining.

 

Literacy

After break, we will be continuing drafting our multi-paragraph informative writing about the Statue of Liberty.  

 

Science

We had so much with our Simple Machines unit! We are excited to begin our last Science unit on Plants. After break, we will be learning about seed dispersal. Make sure to ask your kids about how a tree could travel halfway around the world!

 

 

History

Another exciting week down the Oregon Trail has lead us through a variety of challenges and triumphs. After break, we will be learning about the Pony Express and about the life of cowboys.

 

 

We hope you all enjoy your break!

 

 

Sincerely,

Miss Singleton, Mrs. Brubaker, Miss. Fisher, and Miss. Kyster

 


For more event dates, please visit the Event Calendar on www.aak8.org. For questions or concerns about an event date, please contact Trish Cummings.

 

 

 

 

March 9, 2018
 
Dear Second Grade Families,

We are ending the week with beautiful weather and getting closer to Spring Break! Below you will find important information about our week ahead!

Reminders
Second grade will be going on a field trip on Thursday, March 15th to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Please make sure to have your child signed up before Thursday so that we do not need to contact you again.

Thank you so much to those who have donated towels and blankies for the shelter animals. It is so wonderful watching the kids come in excited about the difference they are making in an animal's life. We will continue to collect until Friday, March 16th.

Literacy
Next week in Literacy, students will be continuing to learn about informative writing and that we use facts to create this writing. We will be starting an informative writing on the Statue of Liberty and continuing this after Spring Break as well.

Science
We have loved learning about the Simple Machines in our engineering unit. We appreciate all your support from home in getting the kids' leprechaun traps finished and turned in on Wednesday, March 14th. We hope this is a fun and interactive project for them to work on at home (and that it doesn't anything extra to your already full plates :). We can't wait to see what they come up to incorporate the simple machines!

History
We have a had a blast launching our Westward Expansion unit! Next week we will continue to learn about the different hardships the pioneers faced and what motivated them to keep moving west! Be sure to ask your student which pioneer challenge is their favorite so far.

We hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Last weekend before daylight savings time, yay!

Sincerely,
Miss Singleton, Mrs. Brubaker, Ms. Fisher, and Ms. Kyster
March 2nd, 2018
 
 
Dear Second Grade Families,

Literacy
Next week we are starting to learn how to create multi-paragraph informative writings.

Science
This week we focused on engineering and how to build a house for the three little pigs. Ask your students how their house held up against the “Big Bad Wolf.” We are going to continue our Simple Machines unit next week and learn about different machines that they can put into their leprechaun trap!

History
Be sure to ask your child which American Symbol they believe is the most important. Next week we are starting Westward Expansion!

A note from our Rebel Service Club

To benefit Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, CO, our service club students have made a goal to collect 600 used towels and blankets to donate! We are currently 1/3 of the way, & our kiddos have collected 201 towels and blankets!! This project (and goal) was thought of, researched, and created by our awesome kids & they are so excited!

We are so thrilled to extend this project and invite your children to help in our collection efforts!! The elementary homeroom class who collects the most blankets and towels will win a popsicle party!  Collections begin today and the final day will be Friday, March 16th!

Classroom Supplies

-As the year is getting closer to the end of the year, there are a few things our classrooms are running very low on.
• Glue Sticks
• Lysol Wipes
• Kleenexes

Reminder:

We are going to be going to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry on March 15th. If you have not signed up on the school store yet, please be sure to do so.


Sincerely,
Ms. Fisher, Ms. Kyster, Mrs. Brubaker, and Mrs. Singleton
February 23, 2018
 
Dear Second Grade Families,
 
Literacy
We will begin Chapter 9 in Shurley Grammar.  We will be looking at subject-verb agreement rules.
 
Science
Next week we will be starting a new unit on simple machines. This is an engineering unit where the kids will have opportunities to create their own simple machines. Be on the lookout for an at-home assignment coming your way next week!
 
History
We will complete our travels around the U.S. looking for important signs and symbols next week.  Be sure to ask you child about all the places we have been!
 
 
Field Trip
We have our next field trip on Thursday, March 15th to The Western Mining Museum in Colorado Springs.  Be sure to go to the school store to register.
 
Reminders
3rd Trimester ends today, February 23, 2018.
On Tuesday, February, 27th, we have a 1 hour delay start.  Carpool will start at 8:35am.
 

Sincerely,

Miss Singleton, Mrs. Brubaker, Miss Kyster, and Ms. Fisher

 
February 15, 2018
 
Dear Second Grade Families,
 
Literacy
We will continue our unit of friendly letter writing.  Be sure to ask your students the 5 parts of a friendly letter and have them sing the friendly letter chant to you.
 
Science
We have been simply amazed by the effort the kids are putting into their habitat dioramas. Thank you so much for allowing them to raid your household of any usable items. It is so fun to watch them work together to create them. We will be wrapping this up next week and presentations of the habitats to their classmates will be Thursday (if all goes as planned J). Thank you again for your support from home with this!
 
History
We will begin our unit on U.S. Signs and Symbols.  We are going to be traveling tourists visiting many states to learn about several Signs and Symbols that have shaped America.
 
Valentine's Day
Thank you to all of you that showered us with sweet valentines.
Thank you to the room moms for making our parties such a huge success.  Be sure to ask your child about the cool cards we made for a young child that will not have the chance to attend school and receive valentines himself.  We sure made his Valentine’s Day so special this year.
 

Sincerely,

Miss Singleton, Mrs. Brubaker, Miss Kyster, and Ms. Fisher

Dear Second Grade Families,

 

Literacy
We will begin to work on the parts of a friendly letter and writing a friendly letter next week.
 
Science
We will begin breaking into groups next week to start our fun Habitat project.  Be on the lookout for an email next week with more details.

 

History

We will finish our unit on the War of 1812 next week and begin our unit on Signs and Symbols.  Be sure to ask your child the nickname for the U.S.S. Constitution and how it got that name.

 

Valentine’s Day

We will be holding our parties on Wednesday, February 14 at 2:30pm.

Please send in 25 unaddressed Valentine’s (please do not fill in the TO line, only sign the FROM line).  It is much easier for the students to pass out the Valentine’s when they are NOT addressed to students specifically. Valentine’s must NOT include any food items, per our American Academy policy.  If you send in food items, your child will not be permitted to pass out Valentine’s.

 

Sincerely,

Miss Singleton, Mrs. Brubaker, Ms. Kyster, and Ms. Fisher