Learner Profile 

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! 

Heart, Mrs. Polhamus

 

The Brilliant Bunch can show Empathy and Cooperation to be Caring.

The Brilliant Bunch can show Curiosity and Independence to be Knowledgeable.

The Brilliant Bunch can show Enthusiasm and Appreciation to be Open Minded.

 

Our "Brilliant Bunch" Daily Schedule

9:05-9:15 Morning Routines & Announcements

9:15-9:30 D.I.R.T.

9:30-11:20 Language Arts

11:26-11:56 Lunch “Wildcat Café

12:00-12:25 Math

12:25-12:55 Recess

12:55-1:50 Math

1:50-2:45 PYP Science & Social Studies

2:45-3:30 ENCORE

3:30-3:45 Pack & Stack

3:45-3:55 D.I.R.T. & Dismissal

 

                  Encore Schedule

Red Day 1 P.E.

Red Day 2 Art

Red Day 3 P.E.

Red Day 4 Music

Red Day 5 Library

Blue Day 1 P.E.

Blue Day 2 Art

Blue Day 3 P.E.

Blue Day 4 Music

Blue Day 5 Guidance

 

A Welcome Letter to the 2021-2022 “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 our “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 five beautiful boys! Miles Polhamus “Heir” age 21 (Junior at Virginia Tech), Liam Polhamus “Spare to the Heir” age 19 (Plebe at The United States Naval Academy), Owen Polhamus “Heir to the Spare” age 17 ( Football Player and Junior at Gainesville High), Ryan age 11 (Our Darling Exchange Student from Seoul, Korea. Attending Sixth Grade at Wakefield), and Milo age 9 (Our Perfect Puppy!). Shout Out to Our Former 4 Year Exchange Students, Peter and Minwoo! Peter is currently in the Korean Military and will return to Indiana State University in the spring 2022. Minwoo will attend Perdue University in the fall of 2021. 

This is my Fourteenth-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 BMES.  I look forward to nurturing an amazing learning endeavor with your precious child and his/her family this school year!

Warmest Regards, Marylouise Polhamus

 

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?
  

Pebble go Website / Pebblego next - 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

  

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 9/13 & Friday 9/17 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 an email 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 this 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!

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.


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:


 





 

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