Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week of December 18th

This sure is a busy time of year. I love that your sweet second graders have been praying every morning to help us all remember the true reason for this Christmas season! 
They sure have their eyes fixed on Jesus! 
Here are some notes for this short three-day week 
and a look back on some fun things from last week... 

This week's NEWS and NOTES
TODAY - December 18th - 2nd Change Challenge Collection 
TODAY - December 18th - CCLS Advent Service 6:30pm (your child should arrive by 6:25 and sit in the pews with our class)
December Reading Logs Due ANY DAY THIS WEEK!
December 20th - Class Christmas Party! 
December 21st - Christmas breaks begins
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Last week, we had a special visitor come in and help us find answers to questions we had about Jesus. We LOVE our pastors!
 We shared lots of learning during independent reading...


And, we also really enjoyed reading the story of Jesus' birth and making inferences... 
along with a little art lesson on color value...




 Come check out the finished masterpieces in the hall!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week of December 11th

Happy Monday! One more full week of school before Christmas break. The children are getting anxious, but it will be nice to have one more "normal" week of learning before our shortened week. Here's a look back on last week. 

Did you hear about our "Hour of Code?" 
If not, ask your second grader about how they dabbled with coding last week!
Wow! Many of them know way more than I do! 




CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION
This week we'll continue to read about the story of Jesus' birth. As we read, we'll discuss how we think the different characters were feeling and carry on the topic of "making inferences" as we read different perspectives of the Christmas story from The Bible. Your second graders sure have enjoyed using bibles, finding passages, and discussing their knowledge! 

PHONICS and SPELLING 
One more week of spelling before break! The students will read, sort, and spell words with the "bossy R" this week. These r-controlled words have the "ar" and "or" spelling patterns. 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
Inferring is kind of like the big umbrella and predicting fits neatly under it. But what’s the difference between them? We'll be investigating the two this week... Predicting is when you use your schema + clues the author gives you to make an “educated” guess. A prediction can usually be confirmed or denied through further reading. Making inferences also requires your schema + clues the author gives you to make a guess, but inferences are not clearly confirmed or denied through reading. Wow! We'll be working hard! 

GRAMMAR and WRITING
Second grade students will be challenged to identify linking verbs (am, are, is, was, and were) in a given sentence and will search to find if their own writing containing linking verbs! 

Speaking of their own writing... our nonfiction writing unit is coming to an end. Students have been publishing and practicing some "free writing" as they finish. Stay tuned for a nonfiction publishing party!

This week's NEWS and NOTES
  • December 18th - 2nd Change Challenge Collection 
  • December 18th - CCLS Advent Service 6:30pm 
  • December Reading Logs Due December 19th or 20th 
  • December 20th - Class Christmas Party! 
  • December 21st - Christmas breaks begins
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Week of December 4th

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... What a wonderful time of year!
Last week was a great week. It was so refreshing to dive back into our routines. 
Hopefully you heard, or maybe even saw, our class book arrived!! These second graders were thrilled to have their OWN PUBLISHED book! Wow! What an accomplishment!







We also celebrated Charlie's 8th birthday this week! 
Happy birthday, Charlie! 

And, our trip to Global Foods was a success! 
Hopefully those reports are coming along! 
We're excited to hear some of them next week already! 

Here's what's going on this week...

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT
Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation, a time of celebration of Jesus’ coming.
Just like a mom and dad have to prepare for a baby that’s on the way, or a host has to prepare to throw a party, we ask God to prepare our hearts for the birth of His son, Jesus. We will continue to use these weeks before Christmas to study the Christmas story, read it from The Bible, and maybe even do some inferring of the "characters feelings." 

PHONICS and SPELLING 
We'll be reading, sorting and spelling three letter consonant blends this week... (For example, words with scr, str, spr, squ). 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES
We can teach inferring for a variety of purposes. Children can infer how a character feels, about why a character behaves a certain way, or even the theme of a book. This week we'll continue to practice this higher level reading skill of making inferences. 

GRAMMAR and WRITING 
In grammar we continue our focus on verbs. This week we will zone into changing a verb based on its tense (past, present, or future). Your children are doing their best using all the phonics, spelling, and grammar rules they know to apply this skill in their writing!

Have you asked your child about what topics they have chosen to write nonfiction (informational) pieces of writing about yet? We're going to start publishing very soon! 

This week's NEWS and NOTES
  • December 4th (TODAY) - Afternoon field trip to Laclede Groves
  • December 7th - Santa's Workshop 
  • December 18th - 2nd Change Challenge Collection 
  • December 18th - CCLS Advent Service 6:00pm 
  • December Reading Logs Due December 19th or 20th 
  • December 21st - Christmas breaks begins
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week of November 27th

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying family over the break. Can you believe that Christmas break is roughly three and a half weeks away? This year is going by so quickly. I'm proud of all the learning happening EVERY DAY in our class! Thanks so much for sharing your children with me!  Here's what's in store for the week... 

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT
Advent is a season every year in which we are prompted to remember the incredible narrative of Christmas and the people God used to play a role in all of it. It’s an opportunity to reflect back and celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, and an opportunity to look ahead and remember that our risen king will one day return! For the next three weeks, we’ll look at the various men and women in the Christmas story, what they would do, where they go, and what they say. As we see how they give whatever God asked of them, we will be reminded of all the virtues, which will be an excellent review. 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES
As we continue to learn about "good reading habits," we will begin to explore making inferences. Making inferences can be a challenging skill... it requires students to read between the lines, to dig deeper and to find out the answer to the question, “what is the author really trying to say?" 
PHONICS and SPELLING
This week, students will read, sort and spell words with common consonant digraphs (sh, ch, wh, th), and practice alphabetizing the word lists. 

GRAMMAR and WRITING 
Wow! Your second graders sure have a lot of knowledge! They are working so vigorously on filling their nonfiction writing pieces with so many facts! As they write, they are also learning all about the elements of nonfiction and how to write to a particular audience. As we investigate texts and edit our own writing this week, our grammar focus will be on verbs. 

This week's NEWS and NOTES

  • November 29th - Afternoon field trip to Global Foods 
  • November 30th - November Reading Logs Due
  • December 4th - Afternoon field trip to Laclede Groves
  • December 18th - 2nd Change Challenge Collection 
  • December 18th - CCLS Advent Service 6:00pm 
  • December 21st - Christmas breaks begins

BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK! 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week of November 20th

Happy Thanksgiving! 
Two more days of school and then it's time for a well deserved break. It's time to celebrate all the amazing blessings God has given us! We have so much for which to be thankful!
 As the days lead up to Thanksgiving, I encourage you and your second grader to take some time every day to say a prayer of thanksgiving. By focusing on the reasons you and your kids have to be grateful, you can use everyday moments to make gratitude and thankfulness a part of your family’s daily life. 

Thank you Heavenly Father for blessing me with the opportunity to teach all of these beautiful children at CCLS.  I am grateful that you have connected each of our lives in ways that honor you and show how much you love each of us. 
Thank you for the love you provide to us through one another.
And we praise you, Lord, for all you have sacrificed for us through your Son, Jesus Christ. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. We are grateful for your forgiveness when we sin. Lord, let us never forget how much we owe to you, and let us always be humble before you. 
Thank you for providing and protecting.

In Your Holy Name, Amen. 

This week's NEWS and NOTES
  • First "Change Challenge" collection - November 20th (TODAY)
  • November 20th - CCLS University 7:00pm (tonight) 
  • November 22nd Thanksgiving Break begins 
  • November 29th - Afternoon field trip to Global Foods 
  • November 30th - November Reading Logs Due
  • December 4th - Afternoon field trip to Laclede Groves
  • December 18th - CCLS Advent Service 6:00pm 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week of November 13th

Happy (belated) Veteran's Day to all who have served, or are currently serving our county. 
The kiddos really enjoyed leaning about Veteran's Day last week. 
Stay tuned on Seesaw for pictures of "Our Veteran's Wall."
Did you watch the Veteran's Day Reader's Theater? 
Sorry about my amateur videography, ha! 

 They practiced hard! 


On another note, we your child is an official author! 
Our class book was sent to Student Treasures Publishing Company! If you ordered one, it should arrive just before Christmas break. What a wonderful Christmas present! 
Here is a silly picture of our writers! 

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT 
We will read about Ruth this week as we study the virtue of Self-Sacrifice. We define Self-Sacrifice as God's power for you to give something up to help others. Ruth willingly gave up her family, the comforts of her own culture, and her native land because she loved Naomi, her mother-in-law. She gave of herself expecting nothing in return. The "Big Question" this week is, "How does God's power help you live a life of self-sacrifice, despite the hard times you're facing?"

PHONICS and SPELLING
There are a lot of ways to spell "long i!" This week, students will read, sort and spell words with all of the "long i" spelling patterns. We will also practice putting the words in alphabetical order this week. 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
Your second graders are going to have an exciting week of exploring the similarities and differences between themselves and a Pilgrim boy or Pilgrim girl their age! We'll read "a day in the life of..." and work on comparing and contrasting! 

WRITING 
This week we are launching a new writing genre in writer's workshop - nonfiction! Your second graders will begin by learning from other nonfiction authors and expand their ideas to teach readers lots of information.

NEWS and NOTES 
  • Operation Christmas Child collection is on Wednesday, November 15th
  • First "Change Challenge" collection - November 20th
  • November 22nd Thanksgiving break begins 
  • November 30th - November Reading Logs Due
  • December 18th - CCLS Advent Service 6:00pm
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!