Learner Profile 

Welcome to the "Brilliant Bunch" Second Grade Class!
We Work Each and Every Day the "Wildcat Way" with Swag!

Mrs. Polhamus 
Please feel free to contact me at anytime as your child's safety, happiness, and learning success are my first priority! 
Mrs. Polhamus

Important Notes

Welcome to Second Grade!!  I appreciate your patience and understanding this first week of school as we worked together to face the challenges of new technology and begin to navigate our virtual schedule!  It was wonderful seeing all my new students smiling faces and begin to get to know each of them! At BMES….Every Minute Counts, Every Child Matters, and Every Child Succeeds!

Heart, Mrs. Polhamus

September 14th –Week 2

Now that we have had some time to get to know each other, next week students will begin their day at 9:30 on Canvas!  They will go to the Language Arts button and do their 20 minutes of independent reading time and complete any incomplete work.

Our first live meeting for the day will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Zoom.  We will meet again on Zoom at 1:45 for our live Math lesson!

Important Dates

October 12th- No School for Students- Teacher Workday

October 30th - End of First Grading Period

November 2nd – No School for Students- Parent Teacher Student Conferences.

November 3rd- Election Day

November 11th – No School Veterans Day

 

Announcements

Zoom Etiquette:

Special thanks to our second graders who are working hard to follow all ZOOM Expectations! We appreciate when you are:

  1. On Time
  2. Have your Quiet Place
  3. Come Prepared
  4. In Camera View
  5. Mute Yourself
  6. Participate
  7. Chat Responsibly
  8. Communicate Clearly
  9. Show Respect

Office Hours

Each morning our office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

To access your child’s Teacher’s “Personal Meeting Room”, you will need to click on the link located at the bottom of the teacher’s email indicating “Zoom Office Hours”

Return to Learning Forms

The “Return to Learn” packets may be found in Parent Vue on the BMES Web Page. Online packets are due to be completed by September 18th

Directions were sent in an email last week and Principal Stroud is sending an email with those directions again. It is imperative that you follow these directions carefully! Otherwise you may be locked out and it will require a great deal more effort on your part and the part of the school. Thank you for completing these important forms carefully and in a timely manner.

 

Instructional Bags

Please try to stop by school by close of business today or early next week if you had not yet had the chance to pick up your child’s Blue Instructional Learning Bag.” This resource is filled with many useful learning resources and supplies which your students will need to access daily during their virtual learning days. These bags are in labeled boxes by teacher outside the school building!

 

What are we learning?

Reading—Making Connections

Writing— Launching the Writing Workshop.

Social Studies--Citizenship, “What makes a Good Citizen?”

Code of Behavior- trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring. IBPYP Learner Profiles and Learner Attitudes.

Math— Fact Fluency Strategies. Counting On, Communicative Property, Count Back, Think Addition to do Subtraction, Fact Families, and story problems. Begin Place Value.

IBPYP Civics Unit

Central Idea:

   As citizens of a diverse world, we value the relationships between the interconnectedness of individuals and citizens, from local and global perspectives.

Transdisciplinary Theme:

  Who we are- An inquiry into the nature of the self, beliefs, and values, human relationships including family, friends, communities and culture.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Communities have changed in many ways over time. (Change)
  • Citizens have responsibilities to their communities.(Responsibility)
  • What unites us as North Americans? (Perspective)

Questions to Think About:

  • Why have communities changed over time?
  • How have communities changed over time?
  • What are the Responsibilities of citizens?
  • Why do people vote?
  • What symbols and practices honor and foster patriotism?

IBPYP Learner Profiles:

Caring:

I care about people, plants, animals, and the Earth. I help others and I look after the environment.

Communicator:

I can share my ideas with others in many ways, and in more than one language. I listen to others.

Well-Balanced:

I look after my mind and body. I try to stay healthy and happy.

Risk-Taker:

I have confidence to try new things. I stand up for the things I believe in.

Open-Minded:

I listen to other people and respect their ideas.

Principled:

I tell the truth and I’m fair. I share and play well with others.

Thinker:

I think carefully and show initiative. I make good decisions and I am a problem solver.

Knowledgeable:

I know about many things and I remember what I have learned.

Inquirer:

I am curious. I enjoy learning. I try to find out new things.

Reflective:

I think about my own work. I know when I have done well and when I could have done better.

 

 A Welcome Letter to the 2020-2021 “Brilliant Bunch!” BMES Second Grade Class 

Welcome to the “Brilliant Bunch” and our Very “Happy” Class!

My name is Marylouise Polhamus. I am very excited to have your child join the “Brilliant Bunch” this school year. We will enjoy a delightful learning adventure that will expand our minds, broaden our hearts, and make the world a bit more beautiful!

I am Blessed to be among the finest educators of PWCS teaching at Buckland Mills Elementary School. It is a pleasure to serve at such an extraordinary IBPYP school with such amazing students, phenomenal families, and an exemplary administration and faculty.

Originally from Fallston, Maryland, I moved to Virginia to attend Virginia Tech. I graduated from VT with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. I then attended George Mason University and earned a master’s degree in Elementary Education.

I am married to my “Middle School Sweetheart.” We have six beautiful boys! Miles Polhamus “Heir” age 20 (Sophomore at Virginia Tech), Minwoo age 19 (Our Precious Exchange Student from Seoul, Korea. Senior at Wakefield) Liam Polhamus “Spare to the Heir” age 18 (Rat at Virginia Military Institute), Owen Polhamus “Heir to the Spare” age 16, Ryan age 11 (Our Darling Exchange Student from Seoul, Korea. Fifth Grade at Saint Veronica’s) and Milo age 7 (Our Perfect Puppy!)

This is my twelfth-year teaching in PWCS. In those few years, I have had the pleasure of working as an Innovative Experimental Programs Teacher, Reading Intervention Specialist, Coordinated Early Interventionist, and Second Grade Teacher. My prior teaching experience includes working for Fairfax County Schools as a “Multi Age” primary grades teacher and Reading Recovery Specialist.

Effective communication is essential to your child’s greatest success and to the success of our “Brilliant Bunch” Class. Please feel free to contact me by email polhamme@pwcs.edu at any time with “Glows/Grows”, Questions, Concerns, or a Blessing your “Brilliant One” has shared with you at home. It may just be a Blessing to us All!

I am delighted and Blessed with the opportunity be your Child’s Second Grade Teacher at BMESJ  I look forward to nurturing an amazing learning endeavor with your precious child and his/her family this school year!

Warmest Regards, Marylouise Polhamus

 


Pebblego Website / Pebblegonext - Online Reading,Science,& Social Studies
A wonderful resource for Inquisitive Minds! Second grade has utilized this web site to enrich our studies in science and social studies. The Brilliant Bunch LOVES this resource and will enjoy furthering their knowledge base of Famous Americans, States of Matter, and then SOME MORE LEARNING!

Pebble Go appears
 to designed primarily for grades K-2 and Pebble Go Next for upper grades. Please take a moment to share and explore this amazing resource with your children.

Raz-Kids Online Reading


Raz-Kids is a free online leveled student reading program with interactive eBooks and reading quizzes which students may access online or through a mobile app.

This incredible resource provides our second-grade students the opportunity to access hundreds of books within a uniquely leveled individual library created by their teacher.

As the year progresses, teachers will adjust Raz-Kids reading levels as needed to ensure students are accessing books they can read with ease and independently. 

This is a great way to make reading fun at home             
 Go to 
Raz-Kids log in page, click on kids login, if you don't go in through thiis link, you may have to type in mpolhamus0, and your child’s name.  Next, your child will type in their password (name+ numeric birth date-month and day i.e.Marylouise0218) to gain access to a multitude of leveled books to read.

IXL Math
We are excited to utilize and share IXL with our second-graders and their families.   IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited
 math practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to Virginia SOL. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child's progress! Your teacher will provide you all the information you need to get your child started.

IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child's demonstrated understanding of the material. Your child's results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on Analytics. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.

We hope you'll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Please go in through Clever and use your child's State ID number as a username and password.

Some of the optional activities require students to use their Clever accounts to access the videos on Brainpop Jr..  To get to Clever you will need to go to the BMES webpage, 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.

 

IBPYP Learner Profiles:

Caring:

I care about people, plants, animals, and the Earth. I help others and I look after the environment.

Communicator:

I can share my ideas with others in many ways, and in more than one language. I listen to others.

Well-Balanced:

I look after my mind and body. I try to stay healthy and happy.

Risk-Taker:

I have confidence to try new things. I stand up for the things I believe in.

Open-Minded:

I listen to other people and respect their ideas.

Principled:

I tell the truth and I’m fair. I share and play well with others.

Thinker:

I think carefully and show initiative. I make good decisions and I am a problem solver.

Knowledgeable:

I know about many things and I remember what I have learned.

Inquirer:

I am curious. I enjoy learning. I try to find out new things.

Reflective:

I think about my own work. I know when I have done well and when I could have done better.

 

RAZ Kids Online Reading

 

RAZ Kids is a free online leveled student reading program with interactive eBooks and reading quizzes which students may access online or through a mobile app.

This incredible resource provides our second-grade students the opportunity to access hundreds of books within a uniquely leveled individual library created by their teacher.

As the year progresses, teachers will adjust Raz Kids reading levels as needed to ensure students are accessing books they can read with ease and independently. 

This is a great way to make reading fun at home.  Go to www.kidsa-z.com, click on kids login, type in mpolhamus0, and your child’s name.  Next, your child will type in their password (name+ numeric birth date-month and day example: Marylouise0218) to gain access to a multitude of leveled books to read J

Blue Communication Folders:

Beginning Monday 9/11 & Friday 9/15 and every other Monday & Friday that follows, you will find all your child’s graded classwork, quick checks, quizzes, and/ or tests will be sent home via their individual “Blue Communication Folder.”J

Each Friday, you can expect a newsletter outlining “Important Notes, Announcements, Upcoming Dates, Curriculum Information and Assessments for the upcoming week.” Please use this newsletter to support the success of your child and his or her learning goals!

Study Guides

A study guide for our social studies unit on “Civics” was sent home last week. If you have not received a study guide, please request one from your child’s teacher.  Occasionally, a math study guide may come home at the beginning of a unit, as well. These are simply to afford you, the parents, to see what our academic focus is in class.  It is a tool for you to use with your child to review and practice at home.  The study guides do not need to be returned to class at any point.  Please don't have your child complete all the activities the first day they bring it home, because all concepts and skills may not have yet been taught in class.  We encourage you to wait and have your child work on potential activities at the back of the packet a night or two before an upcoming quiz or test!


IBPYP Learner Profiles:

 

Super_Learner

Caring:

I care about people, plants, animals, and the Earth. I help others and I look after the environment.

Communicator:

I can share my ideas with others in many ways, and in more than one language. I listen to others.

Well-Balanced:

I look after my mind and body. I try to stay healthy and happy.

Risk-Taker:

I have confidence to try new things. I stand up for the things I believe in.

Open-Minded:

I listen to other people and respect their ideas.

Principled:

I tell the truth and I’m fair. I share and play well with others.

Thinker:

I think carefully and show initiative. I make good decisions and I am a problem solver.

Knowledgeable:

I know about many things and I remember what I have learned.

Inquirer:

I am curious and I enjoy learning. I try to find out new things.

Reflective:

I think about my own work. I know when I have done well and when I could have done better.

IBPYP Learner Attitudes:


Basic Math Facts:
If your child has not yet mastered basic math facts to 12, please be sure to support him or her at home with flash cards, manipulatives, and/or basic counting games. As we continue to teach more challenging math objectives in second grade these fundamentals will be necessary for success with computational fluency and accuracy.

Weekly Communication

Each Monday & Friday you will find all your child’s graded classwork, quick checks, quizzes, and tests being sent home via the “Blue Communication Folder.”

Each Friday, you can expect a newsletter outlining Important Notes, Announcements, Curriculum Information and Assessments for the upcoming week. Please use this newsletter to support your child in his/her learning.





 

Sincerest thanks for the lovely “Brilliant Bunch” Valentine’s Day! Love was in the air on this very special day in our second-grade class. I greatly appreciated spending the day with the “B.B.” filled with Valentines and “Sweet Acts of Kindness.” Lovely and generous thoughts were enjoyed by all!

I especially appreciated the beautiful words of appreciation, homemade cards, gourmet chocolates, roses, Pentomino’s, Sharpie Markers, Mechanical Pencils, and a bounty of other thoughtful gifts! Hearts and Lots of Love, Mrs. Polhamus

Sincerest thanks for the lovely “Brilliant Bunch” Valentine’s Day! Love was in the air on this very special day in our second-grade class. I greatly appreciated spending the day with the “B.B.” filled with Valentines and “Sweet Acts of Kindness.” Lovely and generous thoughts were enjoyed by all!

I especially appreciated the beautiful words of appreciation, homemade cards, gourmet chocolates, roses, Pentomino’s, Sharpie Markers, Mechanical Pencils, and a bounty of other thoughtful gifts! Hearts and Lots of Love, Mrs. Polhamus

Sincerest thanks for the lovely “Brilliant Bunch” Valentine’s Day! Love was in the air on this very special day in our second-grade class. I greatly appreciated spending the day with the “B.B.” filled with Valentines and “Sweet Acts of Kindness.” Lovely and generous thoughts were enjoyed by all!

I especially appreciated the beautiful words of appreciation, homemade cards, gourmet chocolates, roses, Pentomino’s, Sharpie Markers, Mechanical Pencils, and a bounty of other thoughtful gifts! Hearts and Lots of Love, Mrs. Polhamus