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Hello Mrs. Winters 2nd Grade Families!

The Spelling words for the week of September 29-Oct. 3 are:  box, bug, but, cub, fuse, fun, huge, hum, look, mud, mule, nose, their, use, yes    

If you wish to view the areas of academic study and special dates and events, please see the pdf below entitled "Newsletter Sept. 2014."

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 is to be worked on during the week but turned in on Friday mornings. The Reading Log is to be turned in on Friday mornings. 

The second Grade Annual PARENT NIGHT will be Oct. 9th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  A letter was sent home on Monday, Sept. 29th with all the details.  I hope you will plan to attend and set this important night aside.  The information classes that night will be "Technology for Your Second Grader and You," "Second Grade Expectations for a Successful Year," and "Text Evidence and Other Reading Strategies," and are all to help your child succeed.  I look forward to seeing you here!  (Informational PI time given).

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 the first quarter they will be on addition facts, the second quarter they will be on subtraction, 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."

In Science we will begin Unit 1 "How to Think like a Scientist."

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 kay.winters@tvcs.org (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.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/flash/stage1.shtml 

Computer web sites for curriculum support:

Reading and Social Studies:  http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/w9to6

Math and Social Studies:  https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com   

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!   

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/flash/stage1.shtml

You can check your child's AR information from home.  The link to this site is:  http://www.tvcs-ar.org/RenaissanceServer/HomeConnect/Login.aspxIf you have a book at home and want to know if it is AR you can use www.arbookfind.com to check it out!  You can find out the level and maximum of number of points also.

Love,

Mrs. Winters

Contact: Kay.Winters@tvcs.org

PDF documents
Zoo Field Trip Consent Form -
Newsletter Sept. 2014 -
Zoo Information Letter -

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