October

This week we say goodbye to September and hello October!  Where did that month go? 
We have a lot of important dates this month so get out your calendars. 🙂
 

Oct. 4 – Friday: Our local fire department will be visiting to help kick off Fire Safety the following week.

Oct. 10- Thursday: NO SCHOOL. Teachers will be in professional development meetings all day.

Oct. 11- Friday: NO SCHOOL. Teachers will be in professional development meetings all day.

Oct. 14- Monday: NO SCHOOL. Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

Oct. 25- Friday: School Pictures.

Oct. 31-Thursday: Halloween Party.  We will be celebrating by wearing black and orange and taking part in fun activities at the end of the day.  Costumes really make the day too crazy…trust me!  Parents are welcome to send in a snack to share.  We have 18 students in our classroom.  Please remember our classroom is peanut free.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Terry Fox Walk

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Friday September 27th is our school wide Terry Fox walk.

One of our classmates donated the proceeds of her lemonade stand towards the Terry Fox walk!

Way to go!!  

 
 

Writing about “The Crayon Box that Talked”

Last week we read a story that I love! The story is called “The Crayon Box that Talked”. The story is written by Shane DeWolf. Have a look at this beautiful video and then check out some pictures of our beautiful classroom door with some of our writing.

Follow this link for an amazing video:  THE CRAYON BOX THAT TALKED from tim webb on Vimeo.

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Great Start!

The first two weeks of school have flown by very quickly!  We have 18 fantastic students and are enjoying getting to know each other.

We understand new homework routines and expectations can be confusing at the beginning of the year so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Fall weather arrived this morning so please ensure that your child has a coat and is dressed appropriately for the chilly school yard.  It never hurts to have a hat and a pair of mittens in your book bag.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Open House tomorrow night (Wednesday Sept.18th) at Inglewood School at 6:30pm.

We will be updating this site regularly so keep checking back to see what we are doing in the classroom.

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Grade Two Spelling Program

Today your child should have come home with a list of 103 Spelling Words.  These are the words they should know by the end of grade two.  Please keep this for reference throughout the year!

You should also find an instruction page explaining how our Spelling program will work this year.

I have attached a copy of each document here:

Spelling Program Instructions
No Excuses Spelling Words Grade Two Spelling Test

Once we begin our Spelling Program next week, I think that you will find it will run very smoothly.  If you have any questions, please contact us!

 

 

Working on Conventions with C.U.P.S.

Today we talked about C.U.P.S – an editing strategy that focuses on the conventions that we work on all year long.  CUPS stands for:

C – Capitalization (Sentences, and names should start with a capital letter)

U – Understandable (our brains move faster than our pencils, so we need to read our work aloud to make sure we can understand it)

P – Punctuation (Students in grade 2 should use periods, exclamation points, and questions marks to punctuate their sentences)

S – Spelling and Spacing (Some sight words should be spelled correctly.  More challenging words should be attempted.  Students can underline the word so they can come back to it later.  There should be a finger space between each word.)

 

Writing Expectations (The Basics):  Checking for CUPS is a good place to start.  At this point we would expect students to write at least 3 simple sentences independently.  Some may be writing much more and some may have to work hard to get their 3 sentences.  Writing about real life events is often the best practice, because students will have the most knowledge about the details of events they have experienced.  Finally, writing should be fun!  Right now we are not asking students to write for homework, but it never hurts!

…and we’re off – to a great start!

Mrs. Smith and I were both so happy to meet everyone on the first day of school.  Today we all spent some more time learning our class routines and becoming familiar with our classroom.  Here are a few pictures from today’s tour.  See if your child can tell you a little bit about each picture.

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