Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week of September 17th

Another short but wonderful week!
Here's a look back on last week... 
We made a Venn Diagram to discuss expectations during Guided Reading... 
And the students have been LOVING learning about
how to use their chrome books...




This week's objectives:

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT
We continue to read from Genesis - this week we will study about the sacrifice of Isaac. As we read about how God asked Abraham to give up his only son, we will discuss Self-Sacrifice. We define Self-Sacrifice as God's power for you to give up something to help others. This week's "Big Question" is, How can you give to God what matters most to you? 

PHONICS and SPELLING
This week we will read and sort words with "short o" and "long o" (specifically with the o-consonant-e rule). We are also working on learning sight words or commonly misspelled words in your child's writing. 

**A Note About Spelling Homework**
It would be helpful for you and your child to review spelling homework together, specifically the sentences your child writes using the spelling words. I encourage you to review and help your child "edit" their sentences, especially with things such as capital letters, punctuation, or even the misspelling of certain sight words that you feel your child should know.  

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES
This week we will read a story called Jamaica Tag-Along and discuss how the characters we read about can relate to our own feelings and personal experiences. 

GRAMMAR
Our mentor sentence this week comes from another Kevin Henkes book, Chester's Way. We will continue to study sentence structure and nouns, but we will also discuss dialogue. 

WRITING 
This week's writers' workshop sessions will focus on noticing author's craft, and creating personal narratives that have a particular effect on the reader. Revising and editing are also a continued target because each child is always in a different place in the writing process.

NEWS and NOTES
  • September 21st - Casual for a Cause CCLS-Uganda 
  • September 21st - Field Trip to Eckert's Apple Farm 
  • September 28th - September Reading Logs due
  • September 28th and 29th - Carnival at LHSS 
  • October 11th - CCLS University Night 
  • October 12th - End of 1st Quarter 
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!




Monday, September 10, 2018

Week of September 11th

Another great week! 
I'm amazed at the way your children have latched on to the idea of "Reader's Workshop." They're doing a fabulous job self-assessing their book choices, and have worked hard on building independent reading stamina. Guided reading groups will start this week!

We really focused on THINKING about READING last week. 
To aid in that, everyone started using reader's notebooks. 
They were excited to share what they learned as well...
Come check out our hallway sometime soon and see 
our responses to reading Kevin Henkes books.

Here's what's in store for next week... 

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION
We will read from Genesis about Abraham and Sarah and discuss the virtue of INTEGRITY. We define integrity as God's power for you to do the right thing. As we read we will ask ourselves this "Big Question," How can you continue to do what is right even when you don't understand God's plan?

PHONICS and SPELLING 
This week we will read, sort, and spell words with "short i" and "long i" (specifically with the i-consonant-e spelling pattern). You'll notice that I will also be mixing in some commonly misspelled sight words into our pre-test spelling lists.

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
As we discuss different genres this week, we will continue to think about the characters in our fiction stories and try to make connections. One of our read-aloud books is a Historical Fictional called, Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings. This book demonstrates an excellent lesson on diligence and courage! 

GRAMMAR and WRITING 
This week we will learn about the difficulties writers face as they revise their rough drafts. We'll work on editing and revising and making plans to improve. Our mentor sentence this week will come from the book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin. We will continue to discuss common nouns, proper nouns and punctuation. We will also learn about writing friendly letters. Fingers crossed: the kids even get to type a letter on the chrome books this week! 

NEWS and NOTES
  • September 13th - School of Distinction Celebration 
    • Stay tuned for information about this day!
  • September 14th - NO SCHOOL - teacher professional development 
    • the school lunch menu has a lunch option for the 14th - that is incorrect
  • September 21st - Casual for a Cause CCLS-Uganda 
  • September 21st - Field Trip to Eckert's Apple Farm 
  • September 28th - September Reading Logs due
  • September 28th and 29th - Carnival at LHSS 
  • October 11th - CCLS University Night 
  • October 12th - End of 1st Quarter 
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Week of September 4th

Happy Tuesday! I hope you were all able to enjoy an extra day off!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules last week to come to school and learn about second grade. The children sat so quiet waiting for their guests! 
If you weren't able to make it, you should have received an e-mail from Mrs. Leet with our PowerPoint presentation. Please let us know if you have any questions.

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT 
This week we will read from about Noah from Genesis and learn about DILIGENCE. We define diligence as God's power for you to complete good work. As we read we will discuss this "Big Question," How do I diligently complete everything just as God commands me?

PHONICS and SPELLING
This week's word study will focus on "short a" and "long a" (with the a-consonant-e spelling pattern). We will still have the test on Thursday even with the shortened week.

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
We are learning so much about "what good readers do." One thing good readers do is read "just right" books... The students practiced this really well on that rainy day last week

We'll continue to learn about character feelings and the connections we have with books, and discuss how that helps our comprehension. 

WRITING and GRAMMAR 
We'll learn about nouns through our mentor sentence this week, which comes from a Kevin Henkes book called Chrysanthemum. We will read a variety of his books and study how writers zoom into small moments and use descriptive details. 

NEWS and NOTES 
  • September 14th - NO SCHOOL - teacher professional development 
  • September 21st - Field Trip to Eckert's Apple Farm 
  • September 28th and 29th - Carnival @ LHSS
  • Did your child complete the "CCLS Summer Reading Challenge?" You will be receiving information about that free dress day soon, but please feel free to send in whatever your child used to track their summer reading at any point. 
Here's some more fun from last week... 




BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Week of August 27th

Wow! What a great first full week of school. We're still practicing rituals and routines as we continue to get to know each other. This foundation is vital as your child grows and takes risks as a learner this year.

Here's a look back on some things last week.
Some students tried "buddy reading" during Reader's Workshop...
Everyone wrote about what they did this summer. 
They sure had a lot to say!

Several of the children were very eager to practice using an app called "Epic" last week. Epic is a subscription based eBook service for kids with thousands of book selections. Students can search books by subject, genre, and age, and some even have an audio or read-to-me option. You enable access Epic for your child at HOME! 
Look for an Epic note in your child's folder today. 

This week's objectives 
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT (CCFP)
We will read from Genesis 3 and discuss the virtue RESPECT as we learn about how Satan convinced Adam and Eve to sin.We define respect as God's power for you to honor him and others. This week's "Big Question" is, How can you respect God and others when faced with temptations to choose your own way?

PHONICS and SPELLING
A paper copy of your child's first spelling list came home on Friday.   
This week's spelling rule is short vowels. 
You can always access your child's list in several places... the paper copy, your child’s planner, Seesaw, or Spelling City.  
The pink homework sheet is due on (or before) Thursday.  
The first spelling test is also on Thursday. 
If you have any questions regarding our "differentiated spelling approach" please ask.

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES
As we build our reading community this week, our reading goals will include understanding the characters feelings, making text- to-self connections, and answering questions to understand the story's details. 
 

We will also start vocabulary this week!







GRAMMAR 
Mentor sentences are the perfect way to teach grammar and author's craft through examples of excellent sentences from our favorite read-aloud books! This week we'll focus on capital letters and punctuation, through a mentor sentence from the book, Officer Buckle and Gloria

WRITING
This week we'll be studying from the masters for inspiration and ideas for writing personal narratives, as we generate ideas for writing using our tiny topic notebooks. 

NEWS AND NOTES
  • August 28th - Curriculum Night
  • September 3rd - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 
  • September 14 - NO SCHOOL - teacher professional development 
  • September 21st - Field Trip to Eckert's Apple Farm 
  • September 28th and 29th - Carnival @ LHSS
  • Did your child complete the "CCLS Summer Reading Challenge?" You will be receiving information about that free dress day soon, but please feel free to send in whatever your child used to track their summer reading at any point. 
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Week of August 20th

Well, we did it! We survived the first week of school! 
I'm absolutely thrilled to begin this journey with you and all of your precious second graders. As a CCLS graduate, I feel extremely blessed to be back in this loving community as an educator. I pray that we live each day knowing "He makes us brave".

Here's what's in store for the week... 

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
This week we will read from Genesis 1, and discuss integrity. We define integrity as God's power for you to do the right thing. As we read, we'll ask ourselves, "How does the goodness of creation show God's integrity?" 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
This week we will continue to review readers workshop expectations, focus a lot on how to choose "just right" books to read independently, and learn a few specific ways to help ourselves comprehend what we are reading.

I hope you found your child's RED folder in his/her backpack. I encourage your child to use what we're learning at school, at home, and find "just right" books to read while reading independently. Reading to your child also counts towards your child's goal and has very positive effects. 
WRITING
This week in writing we will be working on our summer poster stories. Our focus will be brainstorming topic sentences, a body with details about our summers, and a concluding sentence. This first writing piece helps me get to know and assess everyone's various writing talents. I can't wait for our little authors to take off! 

NEWS AND NOTES
  • Elementary campus - school picture day 
  • Curriculum Night (for parents) August 28th 7:00pm
  • No School Labor Day - September 3rd 
  • Did your child complete the "CCLS Summer Reading Challenge?" You will be receiving information about that free dress day soon, but please feel free to send in whatever your child used to track their summer reading at any point. 
I'm so excited for this school year!
Please contact me if you have questions or concerns. 

Mrs. Klug 
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Here's a look back on last week... 
Happy Birthday to Annalise!

We read the book How Full is Your Bucket and discussed how to keep our "buckets full" every day.  Each one of us signed our list of classroom expectations.
Here we are during "readers workshop." 
My goal is for each child to view reading as a purposeful and important part of their lives. Part of that is making their own decisions about their reading. Here we are practicing reading independently... They were so excited to "book shop" and start reading! 


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Last Week of School

Last Week of School



It's the last week of school!!!

Dear Parents,
The end is here. It is time for me to give you back your children, the same children you confidently entrusted to my care last fall. I give them back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible and more mature than they were then. 

Although they would have attained this growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch their personality unfold day by day. I give them back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other. 

We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give them back I must. Take care of them, for they are precious. They are gifts from God. 

As your children come home this week, I pray that they will continue to hunger for God's word daily. I pray that they will keep their feet on the path of righteousness. I pray that their minds will grow in the knowledge of the Lord, and I pray that that God will protect them and bring them healing and wholeness. 

I wish them well, I'll cherish them as they walk out the door. Wherever life may lead them, they're in my heart to stay! Thanks for an amazing year!

Love, 
Mrs. Klug


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Week of May 14th

My heart is overflowing from all the joy we shared last week.
Wasn't it amazing to see your children boldly share God's Word during chapel? 
They did an awesome job!


Only two weeks of school left! This week is going to whiz by with a Monday field trip and "Field Day" on Friday! Here's what's happening during this fun-filled week...

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT 
This week we will revisit the virtue courage as we read about Paul on Mars Hill from Acts 17:16-34. When Paul enters the city, he sees idolatry and becomes angry. Paul had courage and used his spiritual gifts to help teach the Athenians. We define COURAGE as God’s power for you to overcome fear. Therefore, as we read, we will ask ourselves this BIG QUESTION, “How will you find the courage to make Jesus known?”

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES
Freckle Juice? Ever tried it? I'm really excited to finish up the year with a class “book club” based on the book Freckle Juice by Judy Blume. We will be reading and responding to the book this week and next, between all of our other fun activities.

NO SPELLING this week!! Spelling is OVER for the year!! However, PLEASE keep your children writing over the summer and keep them accountable for using the spelling patterns we've learned AND make them responsible for spelling sight words correctly. Whether it's writing a grocery list, creating a story or responding to a book, keep those kids writing!!! They are great writers! Please shoot me an e-mail if you'd like a list of the second grade words. 

WRITING 
The author celebration was a HUGE success! Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to come and rejoice in your child's writing accomplishments! I'm extremely proud of all their hard work! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for pictures!

NEWS and NOTES

TODAY – Field Trip to Botanical Gardens
May 16th – May Reading Logs Due
May 18th – Field Day and Class Pizza Party
May 25th – Last Day of School – 11:00 dismissal
o    Closing Worship at Webster
o    All school Picnic at Kirkwood Park following dismissal 



















BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK