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

Dear “Brilliant Bunch” Families,

I look forward to a final Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 11th at 12:00 p.m. Our Theme will be Summer Attire, Popsicles, and our Favorite Second Grade Memories!

On June 12th, from 11:00am-12:00pm, second grade families are invited to pick up classroom materials and to close out the school year with a car parade with their teacher! I have packed each student’s Roar to Success Binder, Folders, Composition Books, Handwriting Book, Pencil Boxes, Art Work, and Personal Belongings from their Cubbies, and Preordered Year Books.

Please see the following chart detailing the exact location to drive to in order to pick up your child’s materials: 

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 child’s 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 the attached Instructional Calendar for the week of June 8th, Our Brilliant Bunch Father’s Day Coupons, “B.B.” Father’s Day Diamante Template, “B.B.” Father’s Day Diamante Final, and the flyer for the June 12th's Car Parade. 

Once again thank you so much for your patience, understanding, and support throughout this school year and the end of school year process.

Warmest Regards, Thoughts, and Prayers,

Marylouise Polhamus

 

 Brilliant Bunch Online Learning Resources: 


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-Sharing the Planet

Central Idea-All living things are dependent on people using resource responsibly.  

IBPYP-Famous Americans and Matter

Transdisciplinary Theme-How we organize ourselves

Central Idea-All people and things contribute to change.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Communities have changed based on the work of others.
  • People create change.
  • Matter is changed.

Questions to Think About-

  • How have famous Americans changed the world we live in today?
  • What are the characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases?
  • How does heat effect change in Matter?

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