Welcome to the "Brilliant Bunch" Second Grade Class!
We Work Each and Every Day the "Wildcat Way" with Swag!
Please feel free to contact me at anytime as your child's safety, happiness, and learning success are
my first priority!
Important Upcoming Dates
May 24th- Blandy Farms,
2nd Grade Field Trip 9:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
May 26th- Fourth Quarter Interims Distributed
May 29th- No School, Memorial Day
June 9th- Donuts with Dad
June 13th- BMES PTO Meeting
June 15th- End of Fourth Grading Period
June 15th – Last Day of School for Students. Happy Summer!
What are we learning?
Reading: Fairy Tales and the elements which qualify tales as “Fairy Tales.” Continue DRA Assessments.
Writing: Practice writing a personal narrative incorporating the qualities which make a personal narrative a powerful writing piece.
Grammar: Prefixes II
Science: Inquiry into Continents, Magnets and contributions of Christopher Columbus. Introduce Wonder Wall on continents and oceans. Introduce magnets and key terms to include: poles, attract, repel, loadstone, iron, and nickel.
Math: Introduce capacity and units of capacity to include: cups, pints, quarts, gallons, and liters.
Students will estimate and measure liquid volume in cups, quarts, gallons, and liters.
May 23rd- Continents Quiz
May 25th- Grammar Quick Check Prefixes II
May 26th- Reading Quiz-Elements of a Fairy Tale
May 26th – Math Quick Check– Capacity
Blandy Experimental Farm Field Trip
On Wednesday, May 24th second grade will leave BMES at 9:20 a.m. and return to school by 1:00 p.m. Students should dress appropriately for this walking field trip by wearing tennis shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and comfortable outdoor clothing.
All children who did not order a bagged lunch from the BMES Café, will need to bring a healthy lunch in a disposable bag, as we will be eating a picnic lunch on the grounds of the farm. Thank You!
Our June Celebration Picnic:
On Friday, June 2nd an “End of Year” celebration picnic has been planned in honor of our students’ hard work and achievement of their second-grade learning goals!
We are going to need your support to make this celebration an enormous success for all our second graders! Please look for the “Picnic/Celebration Flyer” in your child’s communication folder to volunteer and/or support this day. Kindly, let us know if you are available to help by returning the form no later than May 26th.
As well, please be sure to send a dry, labeled snack and water bottle with your child on this special day, as we will be outside all morning! Please put sunscreen on your child prior to sending them to school.
2017-2018 Placement Letters, A Note from Principal Balkcom:
As we start laying the groundwork for a successful 2017-2018 school year, our team will be working together to determine the best placement for your child in one of our engaging, learning filled classrooms. Some parents have appreciated an opportunity to provide their perspective in this process and we welcome your feedback. Please print and submit your written feedback on the recommendation form which is attached if you would like to provide additional information for our team to consider as we determine the best fit for your child in the coming school year. Please keep in mind that you cannot request specific teachers since our teacher assignments are based on student numbers and often teachers move to new grade levels over the summer. Please also remember that this is optional and we will dedicate the same high level of attention to placing your child if they do not have a parent feedback form submitted. We will accept recommendation forms until Friday, May 19, 2017.
Water Safety at Colgan High School:
Second grade will be going to Colgan High School on Wednesday, May 3rd. Students will attend the Prince William Aquatic center for a fun filled lesson about water safety. During the 90-minute class, students will rotate through three 30 minute sessions with a team of trained lifeguards. There will be several staff members, lifeguards, and chaperones on deck to ensure the safety of all children. The Aquatics center has a spectator seating area where parents are welcome to come and watch. Please be sure to send in your child’s permission slip no later than Friday, April 28th.
Water Cycle Study Guide: A study guide to support our IBPYP Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works, will be sent home in your child’s Blue Communication folder. Our Central Idea –Weather patterns such as seasons and how the water cycle affect people, will direct our focus of study upon evaporation, condensation, precipitation, water pollution, water conservation, water supply, ways to conserve water, wells, and reservoirs. Your child will maintain a second copy of this study guide in there PYP Interactive Notebooks.
A Reminder Note from the School Nurse:
As many of you may be aware, we are seeing some cases of the flu, strep, and norovirus in our area. Please help us to contain the spread these viruses in our school by keeping children home when showing any symptoms of illness. Remember children should remain home for 24 hours after symptoms subside before returning to school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Together we can keep the children of Buckland Mills healthy!
Stephanie Miller, RN
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.
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.
All students have information regarding their individual RAZ kids reading accounts with their personal username and the password.
As the year continues to progress, teachers will adjust Raz Kids reading levels as needed to ensure students are accessing books that they can read independently and find interesting to read.
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 to gain access to a multitude of leveled books to read J
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.