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2/26/2021

Dear Second Grade Families,

We hope you are having a great Friday! Below you will find some updates and information.

Academics:

Math: Chapter 7: Money and Time

Wit & Wisdom: We are still studying Civil Rights Heroes such as Martin Luther King Jr and Ruby Bridges.

Social Studies: We are studying the Civil War and the events that led up to it. Next week, we will begin a new unit, Fighting For A Cause, which will focus on ordinary people who stood up for what they believed in and made a big difference! Some of the people we will learn about include: Susan B. Anthony, Jackie Robinson, and Cesar Chavez.

Core Virtues: The Core Virtue for March is Mercy. Mercy acts not only to end the distress of those in need, but extends to those who have wronged us and, in strict justice, “deserve” much less.

Other Information and Announcements:

Spelling Test: Next week our literacy homework will look a little different this week! We will begin having spelling tests each Friday. On Monday, students will bring home a list of 10 words that they are expected to practice and know by the test each Friday.

Patriotic Program: Second Grade will begin working on a modified version of our yearly Patriotic Program adhering to COVID guidelines. Unfortunately, we will not be able to welcome a live audience to our performance, but it will be recorded and shared later this quarter, the exact date is still to be determined.


Students will be learning a variety of songs related to American history in Music class and will also have important speaking parts. Over the next few weeks, please help your kiddos practice what they are learning in class to help make their performance extra special! More details and information to come!

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns! Have a fabulous weekend!


Sincerely,

Ms. Urdahl and Mrs. Scheid

2/11/2021
Dear Second Grade Families,

We hope you had a fabulous (short) week. Happy Thursday! There are not many announcements this week. 😀


Academics:


Math
: We just took our Chapter 6 test today! When we return to school on Wednesday we will start Chapter 7: Money and Time.


Wit & Wisdom:  We are now studying Civil Rights Heroes such as Ruby Bridges and Martin Luther King Jr.


Social Studies:

We just started a new unit on The American Civil War, this includes information on things like slavery, and historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln.

 

Core Virtues:

Our core virtue for the month of February is Love of Country.

 

Other Communication/Happenings:


Reminder: No school

Just a friendly reminder there will be no school for students Friday, February 12th through Tuesday, February 16th. Classes will resume as normal on Wednesday, February 17th. Enjoy the break!

 

Happy (early) Valentine's Day! We hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!


Sincerely,


Mrs. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl


2/5/2021

Dear Second Grade Families,


We hope you had a fabulous week. Happy Friday!


Academics:


Math: Chapter 6: 3 Digit Addition and Subtraction.


Wit & Wisdom:  We are now studying Civil Rights Heroes such as Ruby Bridges and Martin Luther King Jr.


Social Studies:

We just started a new unit on The American Civil War, this includes information on things like slavery, and historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln.

 

Core Virtues:

Our core virtue for the month of February is Love of Country.

 

Other Communication/Happenings:

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Ms. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl will be starting conferences on Monday, February 1st via zoom.

 

❤Valentine’s Day Celebration: ❤

We will be having a Valentine’s Day Celebration on Thursday, February 11th.  Children can bring in cards for their friends and they are allowed to have a treat attached to the card as long as it is pre-packaged.  Remote learners can participate too!  We are happy to collect cards for those students here at school and parents can come pick them up. It is much easier to pass them out if names are not written on the Valentine's cards.  Both classes have 21 students.


Valentine's Party Dress Up

Students can wear fun Valentine's themed outfits for our Valentine's Day celebration on February 11th. This could be anything that has hearts, is red, or pink! 

 

Paper Towel Tubes:

Please send in any empty paper towel tubes for a project in art and an upcoming STEM project for Valentine’s Day.  


We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,


Ms. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl


1/22/2021

Dear Second Grade Families,

We hope you are having a great Friday so far!  Below are the second grade updates:


Subjects:

Math

We are finishing up Chapter 5: 2-Digit Subtraction.  We will review on Monday and take the test on Tuesday.  This is one of the most challenging concepts that we cover in 2nd grade, so please take time to look over and review your child's homework each night and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We will begin Chapter 6 next week which is also challenging. 

 

Wit & Wisdom

We finished up Module 2: The American West and will begin Module 3: Civil Rights Heroes next week.

 

Social Studies:

We are studying Westward Expansion and different inventions that made traveling easier.  

 

Other Communication/Happenings:

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Ms. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl will be starting conferences the week of Monday, February 1st.  A sign-up sheet will be sent out by each teacher.  


❤Valentines Day- Card Boxes: ❤

For Valentine's day we will be decorating small boxes to put our valentines cards in! Each student will need 1 small box (such as a shoe box or a tissue box). Please be thinking about this over the next couple weeks so that you are prepared when the time comes. We will let you know when to send these in. Please do not send boxes now, we do not have room to store them.  We will decorate the boxes on Friday, February 5th.  

 

Valentine’s Day Celebration:

We will be having a Valentine’s Day Celebration on Thursday, February 11th.  Children can bring in cards for their friends and they are allowed to have a treat attached to the card as long as it is pre-packaged.  Remote learners can participate too!  We are happy to collect cards for those students here at school and parents can come pick them up.  Both classes have 21 students.

 

Paper Towel Tubes:

Please send in any empty paper towel tubes for a project in art and an upcoming STEM project for Valentine’s Day.  

 

Newspaper:

Please send in any extra newspaper you have lying around for a STEM project this Monday.

 

Thank you for your support!  Have a fabulous weekend!


Sincerely,


Ms. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl

 


1/15/2021

Good Afternoon Second Grade Families,

Happy Friday! We hope your week is going well and you are all happy and healthy!  Below you will find some updates and information from this week and for the future.
Math
We continue to work on Chapter 5: 2-Digit Subtraction. This is one of the most challenging concepts that we cover in 2nd grade, so please take time to look over and review your child's homework each night and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 
Wit & Wisdom
We are continuing Module 2: The American West. 
Social Studies
We continue to learn about The War of 1812.
Core Virtues/RAK
The Core Virtue for January is courage. Please take time to discuss this concept with your student.

❤Valentines Day- Card Boxes ❤
For Valentine's day we will be decorating small boxes to put our valentines cards in! Each student will need 1 small box (such as a shoe box or a tissue box). Please be thinking about this over the next couple weeks so that you are prepared when the time comes. We will let you know when to send these in. Please do not send boxes now, we do not have room to store them.
Enjoy your three day weekend! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Sincerely,
Ms. Urdahl and Mrs. Scheid

1/8/2021
Good Afternoon Second Grade Families,

Happy Friday! We hope you had a great week. It has been so wonderful having our kiddos back in person.  Below you will find some basic updates and information about what we have been working on in class this week.
Report Cards
Report cards for the second quarter are coming home today in your child's green Friday folder. Please check their folder to make sure you get this important information.
Math
This week we started Chapter 5: 2-Digit Subtraction. This is one of the most challenging concepts that we cover in 2nd grade, so please take time to look over and review your child's homework each night and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Wit & Wisdom
We are continuing Module 2: The American West. 
Social Studies
We have started a new unit! This unit is all about The War of 1812.
Core Virtues/RAK
The Core Virtue for January is courage. Please take time to discuss this concept with your student.
Homework Reminder
Purple Math Folder: Please remember that students have nightly math homework, this can be found in their purple folder. This homework is always due the following day.
Red Literacy Folder: Please remember students have a weekly reading log, this can be found in their red folder. This homework always goes home on Monday and is due on Friday.
Green Friday Folder: Friday folders come home each Friday with your student's completed work and important school updates. This folder should be returned on Monday.
Please take a few minutes each night to make sure that students have completed their homework and that they have all their materials for the following day. We are practicing being responsible and prepared at school and you can help your student grow by reinforcing these skills at home.
Donation Request
Second grade is in need of some additional supplies, if you are able to donate these materials it would be greatly appreciated.  
Thank you so much for supporting us and your students. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sincerely,
Ms. Urdahl and Mrs. Scheid


12/11/2020

Happy Friday! We have made it through two weeks of Remote Learning, just one more to go! Below you will find some updates and information for the following week
Remote Learning Plan

Attached you will find the Remote Learning Plan for Week 16. This plan can also be found under the "Remote Learning Plan- Weekly Schedule" tab of Google Classroom. 
Acadience Testing Sign Up
If you have not done so already, or heard otherwise from me, please sign up for a day and time next week to bring your student in for Acadience Testing. If you are unable to attend or have any questions about this assessment, please let me know. 
Wit & Wisdom- In-Sync
Due to some technical issues, Wit & Wisdom for Week 16 will be listed on Google Classroom. You can find it under the "Wit & Wisdom- In-Sync" tab. 
Fun Friday Before Winter Break
On Friday, December 18th we will be doing some fun holiday and winter activities to kick off winter break. Students can wear their favorite Holiday outfit for this Zoom class! 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful weekend!
Sincerely,
Ms. Urdahl and Mrs. Scheid

12/4/2020

Good Afternoon Second Grade Families,

Happy Friday! We made it through our first week of Remote Learning!  Below you will find a few announcements and reminders.
Schedule and Attachments:
Attached you will find the Remote Learning Plan for Week 15, this can also be found on Google Classroom. Please remember that all assignments for Week 15 will be posted on Google Classroom by 3:30 today, December 4th.
NWEA MAPS Testing- December 8th and December 10:
Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10th all second graders will be taking NWEA MAPS Testing. We are asking students to please come in person for a one hour time slot on both days. If you are unable to attend during these times for any reason, please let us know right away.
If you have not done so already, please sign up for a time slot.
Zoom Class Expectations: 
- A Quiet Learning Environment: When students are on Zoom they are expected to be in a quiet learning environment with as few distractions as possible. This means that students should not be playing with toys or pets while they are in class.
-Uniforms:  Please remember that even though students are at home, they are still expected to wear their uniform while on Zoom. This will help them be in a "school" mindset and get their brains ready for the day.

Geodes/Small Groups:
We will be reading the Geodes stories during our small group instruction time.  It is good practice for students to read the Geodes stories on their own in addition to this directed time. The journal entries are listed on Google Classroom. These will be completed independently and should be uploaded to Google classroom. Please have your child write at least three sentences per journal entry.
 
Optional- Show and Tell Friday:
Ms. Lidia, the second grade teacher's aide, will be hosting an optional show and tell next friday, December 11th, for all second graders from 12:00 to 1:00. Students can bring one item to share with the group! 
Office Hours:
If you or your child have any questions or are struggling with any assignments, please reach out to set up a meeting. We are here to support you and your family as much as we can!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Sincerely,
Ms. Urdahl and Mrs. Scheid

11/20/2020

Dear Second Grade Families,

Happy Friday! Below you will find some updates and information regarding Remote Learning and materials.

Updated Remote Learning Schedule:
In order to meet the needs of the majority or our students, there have been some slight changes made to our daily Zoom schedule. Please see the attachment below for our updated daily Remote Learning schedule. Keep in mind that all lessons will be recorded and posted to Google Classroom so that your child may view them at any time throughout the week if they are not able to log on live.

Remote Learning Plans:
There will be two remote learning plans posted on Google Classroom each week, one for Mrs. Scheid's class and one for Ms. Urdahl's class. This is where you will find all assignments and zoom links. Please make sure that you are referring to the remote learning plan for your student's class. Note that times may differ slightly between teachers based on our specials schedules and the needs of our students.

Reading Groups:
I will be doing remote reading groups during our time online. Please check your email for the exact time that your student's group will be meeting throughout the week and let me know if you have any questions about this process.

Material Pick Up:
Materials for remote learning will be sent home with your child as they leave the classroom today. If your student was not present at school today, you will be required to pick up materials today from 3:30 to 4:00 or Monday, November 30th during school hours.

Please Return these Items:
Please make sure to keep track of these items while you are away. They will need to come back to school when students return.
Journey of a Pioneer
Plains Indians
The Buffalo are Back
White board and Dry Erase Marker
Visual Arts Sketchbook
Response Journal
Folders
COGAT Scores:
COGAT scores are in your child's Friday Folder along with a description of their cognitive profile. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding these scores.

Thanksgiving Letter:
Students wrote letters today to a family member or friend! Please check out what they wrote and help them send them out.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break! Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.
Happy Thanksgiving! 
Sincerely,
Ms. Urdahl and Mrs. Scheid

11/13/2020

Dear Second Grade Families,

Happy Friday!  Please read the important information below and learn about the topics covered this week in second grade:

Math: Chapter 4: 2-Digit Additon 

Wit & Wisdom: Module 2: The American West:  We have been studying the Plain Indians and the impact that the settlers, American Indians, and buffaloes had on the American West.

Fundations: vowel-consonant- e words, vowel-consonant- e exceptions, compound words, spelling options for /z/

Social Studies: Ancient Greece: Olympic games, Life in Sparta vs. Athens, Greek gods and goddesses, the importance of olives, and Athens: The birthplace of Democracy

Communication:

-Please keep in mind that math instruction begins at 8:00 AM Monday-Friday.  When children are habitually late, they are missing instructional time.

-Math homework is assigned nightly.  It is very important that your child is completing the assignments and bringing them back the next day. The students have been working on learning how to regroup which is a very important foundational skill. Homework is part of the children’s grade next year so we want to help build good habits now. 

-Literacy homework is due on Fridays. 

Have a great weekend!


11/6/2020

Good Afternoon Second Grade Families,

Happy Friday! We hope you are all still happy and healthy and had a wonderful week.
Math:
This week we started Chapter 4: 2-Digit Addition.  This is a new and tricky concept for some students.  Please continue to support and practice with your kiddos!
Wit & Wisdom:
On Wednesday we started Module 2: The American West. Throughout this module we will be learning how the actions of American Indians and early Americans impacted the prairie and the American West. 

Social Studies:
In social studies we just finished up our unit on Ancient Asia and are now moving on to Ancient Greece. Students especially enjoyed learning about Mount Olympus and the gods and goddesses who lived there!

Core Virtues: 
The core virtue for November is wonder.
SeeSaw Sign In
In the event that we go remote this year we will be using Seesaw in addition to Google Classroom to share our learning. Please join our class R.M.A.E. Spectacular Second Grade today!

If you’re using Seesaw for the first time:
Go to app.seesaw.me
Choose "I’m a Student"
Type in the code: ZNOX BMFMThis code expires on November 12, 2020
Finish creating your account using your school Google account or email address

If you’ve used Seesaw before and have an account:
Go to app.seesaw.me
Choose "I’m a Student"
Sign in using your school Google account or email address
Click on your profile icon on the top left
Click on the +Join Class button
Type in the code: ZNOX BMFMThis code expires on November 12, 2020

Have a fabulous weekend!

10/30/2020

Good Afternoon 2nd Grade Families,

Happy Friday!

Math:
Monday we will be taking our Chapter 3: Basic Facts and Relationship assessment. Tuesday we will begin Chapter 4: 2-Digit Addition.

Wit & Wisdom:
Next week we will be finishing up Module 1: Season of Change during which we practiced the process of writing a paragraph using a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a conclusion. We will begin Module 2: The American West on Wednesday.

Social Studies:
Monday we will be finishing up our unit on Ancient Asian Civilization and moving on to Ancient Greece!

Core Virtues:
Our Core Virtue for the month of November is Wonder. Wonder is the first step to knowledge.

Report Cards:
Report cards came home this afternoon in your student's Friday Folder.

Online Login:
With the possibility of going remote always looming overhead, please make sure that your student has access to Google Classroom and Think Central (Math).

Log into Google Classroom:
-Go to Google on a web browser
-Click "sign in" on the upper right (if you are already signed into a google account click on the circle on the upper right to choose a different account)
-Click use another account
-Enter your child's email address (first initial, last name, 27 @rmae.org, ex: jscheid27@rmae.org)
-Click next
-Enter password
-Your child’s pw is their student ID number
-You can find your student’s student number in Infinite campus (https://campus.jeffco.k12.co.us/campus/portal/parents/Jeffco_IC.jsp)
-Log in
-Click today in the left hand menu
-You will see the student number listed under your child's name
-The password has to be 8 digits so if your child's student ID is less than 8 digits add zeros to the beginning to get it to 8 digits
-Click next
-Read account setup and click accept
-This will probably take you back to the google homepage, click the 9 dots in the upper right hand corner.
-Scroll down and click "classroom"
-Ensure that your child's email address is listed in the box and click continue
-Click on student as your role.
-This will take you to the google classroom.
-Click on join for “Spectacular Second Grade”
-It will show you how to add posts, you can just click “got it”
The classroom code is gqba6ft.

Log in to Think Central
-To login, go to https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do
-Fill in the drop down menus (United States, Colorado, Private School, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen)

-Click Remember My School and bookmark the page for easier login next time

-Enter your child’s username (first initial, last name, 27, ex: jscheid27)

-Enter the password (rmae1234)


Click on My Library to browse the resources available for extra practice at home. Some of the great resources available include:

-Mega Math (math games)

-Interactive Student Edition (extra instruction and practice to go with lessons)

-Math Readers

- itools (virtual manipulatives)

-eglossary (math vocabulary definitions)

-Math on the Spot Videos to go with each lesson

- intervention activities

-Animated Math Models

-STEM project



Thank you so much for supporting your students! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Have a fabulous Halloween weekend!


10/15/2020

Dear Second Grade Families,


Happy Thursday!  Please read the important information below and learn about the topics covered this week in second grade:


Math: Chapter 3: Basic Facts and Relationships (strategies to improve mental math)


Wit & Wisdom: The students began studying the book, “Sky Tree” and analyzing the changes in weather portrayed by the illustrations.


Fundations: trick words, review of skills, phrasing


Social Studies: Ancient Asia- The Yellow and Yangtzee Rivers, the invention of paper, calligraphy


STEM: The kids used newspaper, tape, and wooden blocks to build The Great Wall of China.


Communication:


-CogAT Testing Make-ups will be given on Tuesday when we return to school.


-We enjoyed meeting with everyone for parent/teacher conferences!  Thank you for taking the time to do so! 


Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl




10/2/2020

Dear Second Grade Families,

I hope this email finds you well! Happy Friday!

Weekly Rundown:

Math:
This week we finished up most of Chapter 2: Numbers to 1000. On Monday we will be reviewing what we have learned throughout this chapter and Tuesday will be our Chapter 2 Assessment.

Wit & Wisdom:
The children have been studying the book “A Color of His Own” and discussing and writing about the central message of a story, verbs, adjectives, vocabulary words, problem/resolution, etc. They also wrote informative paragraphs including a topic sentence and three sentences with supporting details and transition words. Next week we will begin working on the conclusion sentences.

Social Studies:
We have started a new social studies unit that discusses Early Asian Civilization. This week we have been learning about Ancient India Civilization. The students were especially interested when we had the chance to learn about Hindus/Hinduism. Ask your student about what they have learned so far!

STEM/Core Virtues:
This week students got to do a fun STEM project where they got to build a tower!
Since it is a new month we have a new Core Virtue to focusing on. This month we will be focusing on diligence!

2nd Grade Reminders/Communication:

Upcoming Pajama Day:
Students have been working so hard that they have earned a class reward! Our class voted to have a pajama and stuffed animal day. This means that on Friday, October 9th students can wear their favorite (school appropriate) pajamas. They may also bring one small (backpack sized) stuffed animal.

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up:
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be October 12th-October 15th, which is right around the corner! Please keep an eye out for a conference signup which should be coming out in the next few days. Thank you!

Google Classroom:
If you have not done so already please make sure you have logged your child in our Second Grade Google Classroom.

-Go to Google on a web browser
-Click "sign in" on the upper right (if you are already signed into a google account click on the circle on the upper right to choose a different account)
-Click use another account
-Enter your child's email address (first initial, last name, 27 (year your child will graduate from RMAE) @rmae.org, ex: jscheid27@rmae.org)
-Click next
-Enter password
-Your child’s pw is their student ID number
-You can find your student’s student number in Infinite campus (https://campus.jeffco.k12.co.us/campus/portal/parents/Jeffco_IC.jsp)
-Log in
-Click today in the left hand menu
-You will see the student number listed under your child's name
-The password has to be 8 digits so if your child's student ID is less than 8 digits add zeros to the beginning to get it to 8 digits
-Click next
-Read account setup and click accept
-This will probably take you back to the google homepage, click the 9 dots in the upper right hand corner.
-Scroll down and click "classroom"
-Ensure that your child's email address is listed in the box and click continue
-Click on “student” as your role.
-This will take you to the google classroom.
-Click on join for “Spectacular Second Grade”
-It will show you how to add posts, you can just click “got it”

Homework:
-Green Friday Folders will go home on Friday and should be returned back, empty, on Monday.
-Purple Math Folders should be returned to school every day. Make sure you are reviewing the math with your child each night.
-Red Literacy Folders are due back on Fridays. Children are expected to read a minimum of 15 minutes per night.

Thank you all for supporting your student's learning this year! We appreciate all that you do.

Have a fabulous weekend!
_________________________________________________________________
Week of 9/28

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please read the important information below as well as learn about the topics covered this week in second grade:

Google Classroom: Please login to our Second Grade Google Classroom. The reason behind logging into Google Classroom is if we have to go remote suddenly or if your child is staying home but is well enough to participate via Zoom. We will occasionally ask you to submit assignments through Google Classroom to make sure everyone knows how. See the directions below for how to do this:

-Go to Google on a web browser
-Click "sign in" on the upper right (if you are already signed into a google account click on the circle on the upper right to choose a different account)
-Click use another account
-Enter your child's email address (first initial, last name, 27 (year your child will graduate from RMAE) @rmae.org, ex: jscheid27@rmae.org)
-Click next
-Enter password
-Your child’s pw is their student ID number
-You can find your student’s student number in Infinite campus (https://campus.jeffco.k12.co.us/campus/portal/parents/Jeffco_IC.jsp)
-Log in
-Click today in the left hand menu
-You will see the student number listed under your child's name
-The password has to be 8 digits so if your child's student ID is less than 8 digits add zeros to the beginning to get it to 8 digits
-Click next
-Read account setup and click accept
-This will probably take you back to the google homepage, click the 9 dots in the upper right hand corner.
-Scroll down and click "classroom"
-Ensure that your child's email address is listed in the box and click continue
-Click on “student” as your role.
-This will take you to the google classroom.
-Click on join for “Spectacular Second Grade”
-It will show you how to add posts, you can just click “got it”

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Literacy Homework: Children are expected to read a minimum of 15 minutes per night. Next week we will be sending a reading log home. Any Fluency Passages for the week will also be sent home on Mondays to practice throughout the week. Red Reading/Literacy Homework Folders should be returned every Friday.

Math: This week we completed Chapter 1: Number Concepts, took the assessment, and moved on to Chapter 2: Numbers to 1,000. Please make sure to check your child’s math homework each night and work with them on anything they are struggling with. You are your child’s best teacher! Please send the lesson and homework back to school the next day in the purple folder. Math homework is sent home on Fridays as well but most children finish during the school day.

Literacy: We are still working on Module 1: Seasons of Change. The students have been discussing and writing about the changes in fall for plants, animals, and people. We have been focusing on how to determine the main topic of a text and starting to draft informational paragraphs.

Fundations: Skills: vowel teams (ea, ee, ay, and ai), glued sounds, bonus letters

Science: Cycles in Natures (daytime and nighttime, reason for the seasons, and life cycle of a plant)

Testing: Both classes have completed Beginning of the Year Dibels and NWEA MAP testing. We are now working on DRA tests for each student. Results will be shared during Parent/Teacher conferences.


Communication/Reminders:


-Please send a water bottle labeled with your child’s name every day. We are not using water fountains this year but we do have water bottle filling stations.

-Remember to label the tag of all of your child’s belongings with their name on the tag.

-Face Mask Tip: Small rubber bands used for hair can be used to tighten masks so they stay over the nose.

-Thank you to everyone who was able to join live for Back to School and those who watched the video later!

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!


Week of 9/21/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please read the important information below as well as learn about the topics covered this week in second grade:

Math: Chapter 2: Numbers to 1,000

Wit & Wisdom: The children have been studying the book “The Little Yellow Leaf” and discussing and writing about the central message of a story, verbs, adjectives, vocabulary words, problem/resolution, etc. They also wrote informative paragraphs including a topic sentence and three sentences with supporting details and transition words.

Fundations: glued sounds, short and long vowels, closed syllable words, closed exceptions, trick words, bonus letters

Science: We have learned about several different life cycles in nature including trees, chickens, frogs, and butterflies. The caterpillars have arrived at school for the children to observe the life cycle of a butterfly in person! We will be releasing the butterflies after their metamorphosis.

RAK/Core Virtues: The children watched a story about respectful listening and had a discussion about what respectful listening looks and sounds like.

Reminders/Communication:

-Please make sure you have logged your child in our Second Grade Google Classroom.

-Go to Google on a web browser
-Click "sign in" on the upper right (if you are already signed into a google account click on the circle on the upper right to choose a different account)
-Click use another account
-Enter your child's email address (first initial, last name, 27 (year your child will graduate from RMAE) @rmae.org, ex: jscheid27@rmae.org)
-Click next
-Enter password
-Your child’s pw is their student ID number
-You can find your student’s student number in Infinite campus (https://campus.jeffco.k12.co.us/campus/portal/parents/Jeffco_IC.jsp)
-Log in
-Click today in the left hand menu
-You will see the student number listed under your child's name
-The password has to be 8 digits so if your child's student ID is less than 8 digits add zeros to the beginning to get it to 8 digits
-Click next
-Read account setup and click accept
-This will probably take you back to the google homepage, click the 9 dots in the upper right hand corner.
-Scroll down and click "classroom"
-Ensure that your child's email address is listed in the box and click continue
-Click on “student” as your role.
-This will take you to the google classroom.
-Click on join for “Spectacular Second Grade”
-It will show you how to add posts, you can just click “got it”

-Homework: Purple Math Folders should be returned to school every day. Make sure you are reviewing the math with your child each night. Red Literacy homework folders are due back on Fridays. Children are expected to read a minimum of 15 minutes per night.

-At Home Volunteers: We are looking for parents to pull and sort workbook pages.

Conferences: Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up in the middle of October. More details will be shared at a later date.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Urdahl and Mrs. Scheid


Week of 9/14/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please read the important information below as well as learn about the topics covered this week in second grade:

Google Classroom:
Please login to our Second Grade Google Classroom. The reason behind logging into Google Classroom is if we have to go remote suddenly or if your child is staying home but is well enough to participate via Zoom. We will occasionally ask you to submit assignments through Google Classroom to make sure everyone knows how. See the directions below for how to do this:

-Go to Google on a web browser
-Click "sign in" on the upper right (if you are already signed into a google account click on the circle on the upper right to choose a different account)
-Click use another account
-Enter your child's email address (first initial, last name, 27 (year your child will graduate from RMAE) @rmae.org, ex: jscheid27@rmae.org)
-Click next
-Enter password
-Your child’s pw is their student ID number
-You can find your student’s student number in Infinite campus (https://campus.jeffco.k12.co.us/campus/portal/parents/Jeffco_IC.jsp)
-Log in
-Click today in the left hand menu
-You will see the student number listed under your child's name
-The password has to be 8 digits so if your child's student ID is less than 8 digits add zeros to the beginning to get it to 8 digits
-Click next
-Read account setup and click accept
-This will probably take you back to the google homepage, click the 9 dots in the upper right hand corner.
-Scroll down and click "classroom"
-Ensure that your child's email address is listed in the box and click continue
-Click on “student” as your role.
-This will take you to the google classroom.
-Click on join for “Spectacular Second Grade”
-It will show you how to add posts, you can just click “got it”

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Literacy Homework: Children are expected to read a minimum of 15 minutes per night. Next week we will be sending a reading log home. Any Fluency Passages for the week will also be sent home on Mondays to practice throughout the week. Red Reading/Literacy Homework Folders should be returned every Friday.

Math: This week we completed Chapter 1: Number Concepts, took the assessment, and moved on to Chapter 2: Numbers to 1,000. Please make sure to check your child’s math homework each night and work with them on anything they are struggling with. You are your child’s best teacher! Please send the lesson and homework back to school the next day in the purple folder. Math homework is sent home on Fridays as well but most children finish during the school day.

Literacy: We are still working on Module 1: Seasons of Change. The students have been discussing and writing about the changes in fall for plants, animals, and people. We have been focusing on how to determine the main topic of a text and starting to draft informational paragraphs.

Fundations: Skills: vowel teams (ea, ee, ay, and ai), glued sounds, bonus letters

Science: Cycles in Natures (daytime and nighttime, reason for the seasons, and life cycle of a plant)

Testing: Both classes have completed Beginning of the Year Dibels and NWEA MAP testing. We are now working on DRA tests for each student. Results will be shared during Parent/Teacher conferences.


Communication/Reminders:

-Please send a water bottle labeled with your child’s name every day. We are not using water fountains this year but we do have water bottle filling stations.

-Remember to label the tag of all of your child’s belongings with their name on the tag.

-Face Mask Tip: Small rubber bands used for hair can be used to tighten masks so they stay over the nose.

-Thank you to everyone who was able to join live for Back to School and those who watched the video later!

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!


Week of 9/8/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please see the list of topics that were covered from this past week:

Math: Chapter 1: Number Concepts- We will take the chapter 1 test next Wednesday.

Literacy: Module 1: A Season of Change

Fundations: vowel teams ai/ay, glued sounds, trick words

Social Studies: Geography, maps, globes, maps, continents, oceans, hemispheres, compass rose

Communication:

-Back to School Night is on Wednesday, September 16th for in-person learners at 6:00-6:30 PM via zoom. Remote Learners Here is the link.

-Students will be taking their NWEA MAP Test next week on Monday and Tuesday morning for reading and math.

We hope you have an excellent weekend!

Mrs. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl


Week of 8/31/2020

Dear Second Grade Families,

It has been another great week in second grade! The students have been working hard! We hope everyone enjoys the well-deserved 3-day weekend! Below is a list of topics that were covered this week as well as some reminders.

Math: We have been working through Chapter 1: Number Concepts.

Wit & Wisdom:
What is it?
"Through repeated application of the Content Stages, students develop and apply habits of mind across texts and content areas."
"Each module builds knowledge about a worthy topic in literature, science, history, or visual art."
This week we completed Module 0 which introduced students to some of the routines used in Wit & Wisdom and they discussed why reading is important and how writing about what we read helps us learn.

Fundations:
What is it?
"Wilson Fundations provides all students in K-3 classrooms with a systematic program in the foundational skills for reading and spelling, emphasizing phonemic awareness, phonics-word study, high frequency word study, fluency, vocabulary, handwriting, and spelling."
This week the students learned/reviewed digraphs, blends, closed-syllable words, and bonus letters.
Social Studies: This week the students learned the characteristics of Tall Tales and heard several examples of this type of folktale.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); The students had a chance to be engineers this week. Their task was to build a basket with a handle with only one paper plate, scissors, and tape. The challenge was to make it strong enough to hold some supplies.

Assessments: Each child will be assessed one-on-one on their reading ability using the DIBELS assessment. Each teacher has started these assessments with the students. Results will be sent home when they are completed.

Math Homework: Math homework is sent home each night in a purple folder. We ask that you check that your child completed the work and understands the concept of the day.

Literacy Homework: We will begin literacy homework next week. It will be sent home at the beginning of the week on Monday (or Tuesday in this case) in a red folder. Please have your child read the fluency passage each night to someone and initial each time it is read. Literacy homework folders are due back on Fridays.

Friday Folders: Please remember to send Friday Folders back to school on Mondays with all of the papers removed.

Communication:

-Please make sure to fill out the pre-arranged absence form for the office when you know your child will be absent.


Week of 8/24/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It was a great first week of school with the kids! It felt great to be back in the classroom teaching and being around the children. We are thankful to have all of them in class this year. We spend the week going over expectations and procedures. We also did our beginning of the year math assessments and reviewed by playing some math games. The students completed their beginning of the year writing sample and we began our brand new literacy program, Wit & Wisdom, and will start doing the beginning of the year reading assessments soon. Please reach out with any questions you may have and remember to email your child’s teacher when they are going home with someone else at the end of the day.

Thank you!

Mrs. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl


First Week of School

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are so excited to get to know you and your children! Please see the information below for details about the upcoming school year.

Items to bring:
On the first day of school students will be expected to bring all of their school supplies which will be their personal supply for this year. They will also need to bring a refillable water bottle with their name written on the bottle every Monday, bottles will be sent home each Friday to be cleaned. Water fountains will not be accessible for students to use if they do not bring a water bottle. However, a water bottle filling station will be provided. Students will need to bring a backpack to school everyday to keep their food and personal belongings in. We will not be using cubbies this year.
When the weather starts to get colder, please remember to send a dress code appropriate sweater or sweatshirt with your child. Students are not allowed to wear outdoor jackets inside the classroom.

Optional: Please send an oversized shirt for students to use as a mess shirt in Art class.

Lunch and snacks:
Students will need to bring their own cold lunch every day. We will not have the ability to microwave any food at any time throughout the day, so please make sure to pack meals accordingly. During lunch we will be eating outside with our cohort until it gets cold, at which time we will be eating in our classroom.

We will be eating two snacks a day, in the morning and in the afternoon. Students are expected to bring their own healthy snack and are not allowed to share food.


Mask requirements:
Students are required to wear a mask everyday to school. We ask that you send an additional mask in a bag labeled with your child’s name just in case they need a replacement for any reason.
Students are required to wear a mask in all common areas and when social distancing is not possible. They will be able to pull their mask down, over their chin, during outdoor activities and when working independently at their desks. We will go over these expectations more thoroughly with students on the first day of school.

Attached are a copy of our classroom Weekly Schedule as well as the second grade Curriculum Map so that you can know what to expect your child to learn throughout the year.

Please have a conversation with your child prior to Monday to remind them that school will look a little different this year. We will work together to make sure that everyone is safe, loved, and learns lots of new things in second grade!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Scheid and Ms. Urdahl

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