Welcome to Mrs. Norton's 2nd Grade Class Page!!
This year is going to be "PAWS-itively PAW-some!"

Dear Second Grade Parents,

I hope you all are well! 
Next week,  June 1st, 2020, we will continue our “Virtual Schoolhouse.”  This is in alignment with the School Division’s plan for “Continuity of Learning-Phase 4.” 
The plan can be seen in detail by clicking on the link. 
  
On June 12th, from 11:00am-12:00pm, 2nd grade families are designated this time to pick up all classroom materials that were left in the classroom and close out the school year with a car parade with their teacher! Please see the below chart detailing the location to drive up to depending on your teacher: 
June 12th  Front of Building Bus Loop
11:00am-12:00pm Chudy 
Polhamus 
Norton
Peabody
Perry
Please pay close attention to the time and location of your teacher! There will be no other time to pick up materials, so please coordinate with a neighbor or friends if you are unable to attend these times. For the safety of both your family and our staff, please stay in your car throughout the drop-off, car parade, and pick-up processes. 

Please see attached Instructional Calendar for next week as well as the flyer for June 12th's Car Parade. Thank you so much for your patience and support throughout this process.

I hope you all have had a wonderful week enjoying this gorgeous Virginia weather we’ve been experiencing!  Thank you so much for dropping off all your school books on Tuesday!  That will be so helpful in putting our library and classroom book shelves back in business for the next school year! 

I missed seeing the kids so much this week, so I’m really looking forward to our final Zoom meeting on Thursday June 11th at 1:30.  Our final Zoom meeting is going to be a party to reflect on the year and celebrate all the hard week we have done in the classroom and virtually from home together!  Please have your child dress in summer clothes (if they want to participate).  This could include tank tops, sunglasses, beach hats, or anything else “summery” you can think of for this party!  Normally, I would bring popsicles or ice cream for our end of year party, so if you can, please have your child come to our meeting with a bowl of ice cream, or popsicle treat!  Lastly, we are going to share with each other our favorite second grade memories and something we’re excited about for summer or in 3rd grade, so please help your child brainstorm before the meeting, so they are prepared to share with the group! 

The Flipgrid for this week is not our normal show and tell, rather an opportunity to reflect and share their thoughts and favorite moments about the year!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all your support this week!

All my best and big hugs to the kids!  1 more week..we can do this!!!

Mrs. Norton

Zoom meetings will be to have teacher/classmate contact and not for instructional purposes. Each teacher will also haveOffice Hours for 1 hour per week. This is a time for parents and students to reach out to their teacher with questions or needed support. Second grade office hours are on Mondays from 11-12pm.  I will of course be available to respond to emails outside these hours, it just may not be an immediate response!

Our grade level instructional schedule will be posted weekly to our webpages and attached to an email by 3pm each Friday afternoon.  We will create a Flipgrid weekly entitled "Show and Tell, which will allow students to share their written products, projects, or reading responses.  This will afford us the opportunity to view their work and provide them feedback.  Please have your child log into Flipgrid after completing any of the products in each of the subject areas to record a video to share their work.  

Some of the optional activities require students to use their Clever accounts to access the videos on Brainpop Jr. or other applications.  To get to Clever you will need to go to the BMES web page, click on students, and click on Clever.  Once you are in Clever you can click on login with Office 365 and use student email and password to access online resources.  If your child does not have their student email or password information, then please reach out to your teacher and they can provide it to you.

SeeSaw   

We will continue to incorporate Seesaw, that will help your children continue to review concepts learned this year at home.  Next week's schedule of learning activities, attached, will reference some activities to complete that are already in your child's Seesaw portfolio.  Once your child completes an activity, they will click the done button, which will allow me to see their work and provide them feedback.  Remember, all activities are optional, and not graded, but it's a great opportunity for review and for us to stay connected as learners.  All student's work is private, no other student can see what they do on Seesaw.

Reading and Writing
All their Raz-Kids accounts have recently been updated, so their libraries should be fairly full of new text to read and explore.  I encourage them to read a variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and take the quizzes after a few times of reading the book to check their comprehension.  If you have an extra notebook at home, have them write five sentences to retell what they learned from the book, or retell what happened in the story.  Encourage them to write detailed, complete sentences with capital letters, correct punctuation, and proper spelling.  


Cumulative Review Activities

I have created a Review Tic-Tac-Toe board for your child to use  to practice skills across the curriculum that we have learned about this year.  They could try to complete 3 in a row to make a tic-tac-toe, or just do the ones that interest them. 
Also, the 2nd grade team has created a Raz-Kids parent information letter telling you about how to become more informed about your child's reading and to keep track of what your children are reading and how they are doing on the comprehension quizzes.  I think you'll find this to be a useful tool in making sure your child is getting the most of their time they spend using the program to continue to build their reading fluency and comprehension. 

Be sure to check my web page frequently for updates, resources, and materials to help your child continue to learn at home!  We will have more information about at home learning in the coming days, and I will keep you posted as I hear more.  In the meanwhile....read, read, read, do some arts and crafts, use your online resources, enjoy your time with family and stay healthy!  I will be thinking of you all!


All my best!

Mrs. Norton