Mrs. Tracy Caputo « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar
Dear Parents, families, and students,
Another great week is in the record books! I forgot to mention in my last post, that the children will be tracking their progress each week. They have a data folder that they use to graph their performance on the weekly assessments. This folder will come home every Monday for you to review with your child. Please remove the assessments and sign on the signature page. The folder should be returned the following day.
I will be placing your child's username and password information for our reading and social studies curriculum in the inside cover of their agenda. This one username and password will gain them access to both. If you have any questions, please contact me.
The first Scholastic book order came home this past week. If you would like to order books for your child, please have the order form and payment (check made out to scholastic) turned in by Friday, August 29th. This a great opportunity to increase your child's at home library, plus it enables me to get free books for our classroom library.
Several important events are coming up. Please add them to your calendar. First, is our first Buffalo P.R.I. D.E. meeting of the school year. It will be held on Tuesday, September 2nd, at the Savannah Center. The second event will be later that week on Thursday. Our Open House will be held from 6:00 P.M- 7:30 P.M. This is an evening to learn more about what your child will be learning throughout the year, my classroom discipline policy, grading, homework, daily schedule, plus several other tidbits of information. I hope to see you there! Both opportunities are a great way to begin earning those important informational PI hours. Finally, the school's annual Founder's Day will be on Friday, September 12th at the high school from 5-9. We will be pairing with Miss Branfoot's class, and as soon as I get confirmation on our booth, I will be sending home a sign-up sheet. In the meantime, if any parent has a canopy tent that we may use for the evening, please contact me. It looks like September is shaping up to be a busy month!
In reading this week, we will work with the comprehension strategy of asking and answering questions. Recognizing characters, setting, and story events will comprise the comprehension skill. The children will be expected to answer the essential question: How can a pet be an important friend? The children's spelling lists will focus on two-letter blends. This is the week that the "gold" list begins. Your child can practice their spelling words on www.spellingcity.com. I will be showing the students on Monday how to access their spelling list and what activities they can do. I will also send the directions home just in case they forget. They will have a spelling assessment on Friday. Understanding what the subject of a sentence is, and locating it will be the grammar skill for the week.
The first part of the week in math, we will review and take the assessment for chapter one. On Wednesday, we will begin chapter two: Numbers to 1,000. Grouping tens and ones, exploring 3-digit numbers, and modeling 3-digit numbers will comprise the math lessons for the remainder of the week. The class did a fantastic job on their first fact assessment! If your child is in need of extra practice, please visit www.themathfactcafe.com or www.themathworksheet.com.
What a fun time we had in social studies on Friday! The children began their paper mache globes. It was messy, but well worth seeing the excitement in the children's faces. A huge thank you to my extra helpers that were able to come in and lend a helping hand. This week the children will be painting their globes and labeling them with the 7 continents, oceans, north and south poles, equator, and the prime meridian. This will be the first project grade for them. It is my goal to review the unit and have the children complete the assessment by Thursday. We will then skip over to science and learn to work like a scientist.
I wish everyone a very productive week!
Parent Night-Common Core pamphlet -
2nd grade expectations - Information provided at parent night
AR home connect information -
Cold Read Strategies - Tips for completing cold reads
Evidence based words - words/phrases to use when citing test evidence
Expository Writing Frame -
Mega Math (Think Central Web site) - List of games to play to reinforce math skills
Mrs. Caputo's rules and discipline plan -
Narrative Writing Frame -
PayPAMS - sign up to receive email alerts on child balances
Think Central directions -