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Hello Mrs. Winters 2nd Grade Families!

The Spelling words for the week of October 27-31 are: bring, far, have, huge, isn't, off, out, saw, shrub, side, that, their, until, use, yes 

Monday through Thursday nights all students will have homework.  It will consist of a math sheet that matches and reinforces the math lesson taught that day, reading OUT LOUD for at least 15 minutes (recorded on their Reading Log and signed by a parent), and a Language Arts assignment (spelling, grammar, vocabulary, etc.) that matches our daily work.  Math homework is to be turned in daily, the Language Arts assignment this week is to be turned in each day. The Reading Log is to be turned in on Friday mornings. 

BUFFALO BASKET BENEFIT. . .This adults only fundraising event has become the talk of the town as it plays hosts to the popular "Classroom Basket Auction."  Each homeroom class at The Villages Charter School chooses a theme  - ours this year is "Emergency Readiness Kit." A huge thank you to everyone who donated the wonderful items for our basket.  An extra special thank you to a wonderful parent who has volunteered to wrap our basket - thanks Mrs. Buch!  All donated items will earn Parental Involvement Hours (PI) based on the $ value of the item but you must turn in your receipts to receive PI hours.  The Basket auction this year will be held November 8th at the Lake Miona Recreation Center.  Tickets for this VERY FUN event are being sold at each of the school offices. 

BOOK-O-WEEN is this Friday, October 31st!  A note was sent home with information about our special day, but here are a couple items to keep in mind:  Please help your child choose an appropriate outfit to represent a character found in a children's book.  Masks that cover the entire face, costumes that are gruesome, toy guns, swords, or weapons of any kind are not permitted for the safety of all.  Your child needs to have the book that matches their outfit with them to hold during the parade.  I'm collecting the books now so no child will have forgotten their book on Friday morning.  The children will need athletic shoes for P.E.  Finally, I've told the children that they should come to school in their costumes since our parade begins at 8:30 a.m. here at the Intermediate Center, as there will not be time to change at that time.  They may wear their costumes to school and stay in them all day, OR they may wear a uniform under their costume and take the costume off mid-morning, OR they may wear their costume to school and bring a change of clothes (uniform pants and shirt only - no other casual clothes - it is not a dress down day) then change from their costume to a uniform mid morning.  Any of these choices are OK with me, but since Book-O-Ween is on Halloween I'm thinking they may want to change out of their costumes and not be so tired for their evening festivities, (also there is less chance their costumes will be damaged if they plan to wear them that night). 

It is RED RIBBON WEEK!  A note went home explaining that it is a nationally recognized week as the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program.  Tuesday, October 28th the children are to wear their burgundy uniform shirts. 

All paperwork was recently sent home for second grade students to go to on their first FIELD TRIP to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.  The students will get to see a live educational production and enjoy a meal during the performance.  We are so looking forward to this trip and are doing a number of activities to prepare the students for the experience.  If you are interested in being a chaperone please indicate on the bottom portion of the field trip letter and return the completed little slip to me on or before Wednesday, October 29th.  A drawing will be held on Thursday, October 30th and parents  will then be notified which three were chosen in the drawing to serve as chaperones for the trip.  

ANIMAL HABITATS:  Students are to complete two little booklets on Animal Habitats and return them by Monday, November 3rd.  Students are to choose two animals each from a different habitat. Select the habitat from: Rain Forest, Desert, Arctic, Prairie, Woodland, Ocean.  Students already completed one of these booklets using the jungle as their animal habitat, and have that booklet as a sample to use to complete the other two.  A letter was sent home explaining this science work activity.

 Please check your child's agenda every day.  This is the primary way you and I have to communicate with one another.  Write in any special notes you want me to see - including for example, if your child will leave a little early for a doctor's appointment, or that they will need to stay in aftercare, or be picked up by someone other than the usual person, etc.  

Also in the agenda, your child writes the number from our Clip Chart Behavior Plan on which they ended the day.  You will be provided with a copy the the Clip Chart Behavior Plan, but here's a quick overview:  All students begin each day on "Ready to Learn" (4 points).  During the day their choices may cause their "clip" to move up or down on a range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).  At the end of the day every student marks their ending clip points in their agenda.  20 or more points for the week earns "Wondrous Whelks Treasure Box" on Friday afternoon - Hurrah! 

In math we are working on basic math facts.  Assessments will be given each week (usually Wednesdays) throughout the year.  During this second quarter they will be on subtraction facts, third quarter is a mixture of addition and subtraction, and during the fourth quarter it will be multiplication. These math fact assessments are 20 problems to be completed within a two minute time frame. Parents, please help your child learn these important math facts so they may answer them as "fast as a snap."

I want each of you to always feel very comfortable coming to visit our classroom, and coming to me with any questions or concerns.  You may contact me through e-mail at (use "Student" in the subject line), by writing notes in your child's agenda, or by calling 352-259-2300.  Also, please continue to check this website regularly to stay updated on all that we will be doing this year. 

Students will be working on proper computer keyboarding skills during this year.  Below is a web site they may log on at home and practice as much as they want!  PLEASE encourage them to do this - it's fun and an important skill - and something they can work on any time. 

Computer web sites for curriculum support:

Reading and Social Studies:

Math and Social Studies:  When you log into Think Central choose " Florida" for the state, "The Villages Charter District" for the district, and "Villages Charter School Interm School" for the school.     

Typing:  Spend more time working on proper computer keyboarding skills. Below is a web site they may log on at home and practice as much as they want!  Please help kids spend about 10-15 minutes each night doing this - it's a fun and an important skill - and something they can work on all year long - and the summer too!

You can check your child's AR information from home.  The link to this site is: you have a book at home and want to know if it is AR you can use to check it out!  You can find out the level and maximum of number of points also.


Mrs. Winters


 November 2014
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