We are committed to providing a quality education for your child and will encourage children to become independent and self-confident throughout the school year. We value communication between home and school, and we work hard to develop partnerships with families. Most importantly, we work to ensure that school is a positive place for your child.
2nd Grade November Newsletter
It’s November and great things are happening in 2nd grade. Our class is thankful for many things and I am thankful to have these amazing students in my class! We are well into the school year and are learning many fun and exciting new things.
Students are continuing to use illustrations and text to support understanding of fiction stories, retelling stories, and identifying the central message.
Our next unit focuses on non-fiction text and distinguishing between important and unimportant information, building knowledge and vocabulary development, main topic and key details, identifying main idea, comparing/contrasting, and summarizing.
*Be sure to look at each week’s spelling patterns/words. These are the yellow packets of skills that you received at conferences. New ones will go out at the start of a new unit (in about a week).
We’re starting a math unit all about measurement. We’ll be working on telling time to the nearest hour, half hour and 5 minutes. Also, we will begin to measure with objects, inches to the nearest ½ inch, and with feet. We will continue to work with addition and subtraction strategies to develop fact fluency & place value, and you can also practice this at home :)
Students are just finishing their informative/explanatory texts about animals in which they introduced a topic, used facts and definitions to develop points, and provided a concluding statement or section.
Next up is writing multi-paragraph opinion pieces that include reasons and details to support our opinions.
Students are studying weather patterns/seasons, and how it affects people, plants, and animals.
Important Upcoming Dates:
- Nov. 3-Chick-Fil-A spirit night 5-8 (120th and Washington)
- Nov. 11- Veterans’ Day-NO SCHOOL
- Nov. 15- picture retakes
- Nov. 21-25 Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL
Please have your child return all completed homework the next day. When your child brings home a reading group folder, be sure to have your child do his/her reading assignments and parents should sign the reading log in the reading folder. Students should do all work in pencil so that corrections can be made. Be sure to check your child’s backpack and folder nightly, as there may be assignments that need to be corrected or finished, so please be on the look-out.
2nd Grade December Newsletter
We’re almost half-way through 2nd grade, but we are very busy learning lots of new things in this short school month. The holidays are upon us and we’ll be ringing in 2023 before you know it! Please check out what we will be learning this month.
Students will be studying non-fiction and use information gained from illustrations to better understand characters, setting or plot. Also, identifying the main topic and details and distinguishing different characters’ point of view.
We’re currently working on measurement, especially using standard units of measurement such as feet, inches, and centimeters. We have also been working with place value. Students should be solid in their ones, tens, and hundreds places and what values those numbers represent: 752 = 700+50+2.
Students are now working on their opinion writing. We have been writing multi-paragraph opinion pieces that include reasons and details to support our opinions on various topics. Each paragraph includes a topic sentence, details, and a closing sentence. Our final project will be an opinion letter to our favorite restaurants and supporting our opinions with reasons.
Students just finished up how organisms adapt and change by their environment and how our weather influences these changes and took their final test.
We will be starting a unit on geography of our community, natural vs. manmade resources, and renewable and non-renewable resources.
Important Upcoming Dates:
- Dec. 2nd: Skyview’s Winter Wonderland
- *You must purchase tickets ahead of time, there are no tickets being sold at the door
- Dec. 15th: Holiday Parties 8:15-9:15 am in classrooms, Talent Show Day
- Dec. 16th: NO SCHOOL for students (teacher work day)
- Dec. 19th-Jan. 2nd: Winter Break
- Jan. 3rd: Students return to school (Tuesday)
Always be sure to check your child’s nightly homework and reading group work. We will be starting to have more reading group assignments, in addition to math homework.
Also, be sure to check your child’s backpack and folder nightly, as there may be assignments that need to be corrected or finished.
Mrs. Kuzmich & Mrs. Quintana
2nd Grade January Newsletter
We hope everyone had a relaxing break and enjoyed ringing in the new year. It’s hard to think that we are almost half way through 2nd grade! We can’t wait to see how much students have grown with our mid-year testing and assessments this month.
This month we are taking our MAPS tests. These are computerized tests that track growth throughout the year in math and reading. Your student took these at the beginning of the year and the mid-year tests will give us an indicator of the growth that they have made and what areas they can focus on to improve upon. We will discuss these tests more in depth at spring conferences.
Next Friday, January 13th, is our mid-year assessment day. We will send out a link through Dojo to sign up for a time slot, so please be on the look-out. Also, due to getting back into routines, MAPS testing, and preparing for all the parts of mid-year reading testing, we will restart guided reading groups on January 17. The next few weeks we are continuing to do more whole group reading and one on one reading testing.
This month, we are also continuing nightly reading logs. You will receive a January reading log this week in your child's homework folder. Students may color in 1 snowflake for every 15 minutes that they read. Our goal for the month of January is 300 minutes. Students may read library books, books at home, or if they have a reading group assignment, that book can count as their nightly 15 minutes of reading. Please sign the bottom of the form and return it at the end of the month. Those that meet their monthly goal will earn a special prize!
Our Box Tops fundraiser is on-going all this year. Please download the app for your phone and simply just scan your receipt. Skyview gets 10 cents for each Box Top and the money can add up quickly. The money earned will go toward new learning resources for our students!
Here’s what we’re learning this month!
Reading: Students are continuing their 3rd reading unit. Students will be studying non-fiction and use information gained from illustrations to better understand characters, setting or plot. Also, identifying the main topic and details and distinguishing different characters’ point of view.
Math: We’re currently working on computation, adding and subtracting by 10 and 100s. There is a strong emphasis on place value and students are having to solve story problems as well. In addition, money and making change is also a concept that we are working on in this math unit.
Writing: Students are continuing to work on their opinion writing. We have been writing multi-paragraph opinion pieces that include reasons and details to support our opinions on various topics. Each paragraph includes a topic sentence, details, and a closing sentence. Our final project will be an opinion letter to our favorite restaurants and supporting our opinions with reasons.
Science: We are beginning our science unit on forces and motion, where kids will explore pushes and pulls with lots of hands-on experimenting.
Important Upcoming Dates:
- Jan. 13th-Assessment Day, students come to the time slot that you signed up for
- Jan. 16th- NO SCHOOL, MLK Day
- Jan. 25th- PTO Meeting 6-7 (in-person @ Skyview)
Homework will continue to come home every night (except Fridays). Please ask your child to show you their homework and have them explain it to you. Everything that comes home is nothing new, it is a continuation of concepts learned that day so if your child is having a lot of difficulty, please let me know. All homework assignments are due the next day and students will either earn or lose Dojo points depending on whether or not their assignment is turned in.Before break, it seemed that some students were forgetting their homework and reading group work more often. Please help your child set a routine for getting their work done and back in their folders and backpacks so that they are prepared for the next day.