October 9 – 13

Practicing putting Halloween words in alphabetical order

I enjoyed seeing SO many families at open house!  There was a lot much excitement in the air!  Thanks for coming!

 

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Our class novel this week was Stink and the Midnight Zombie by Megan McDonald.  This is another funny book based off the Judy Moody series.  Judy’s brother Stink and his best friend are on a mission to purchase the latest book from their favorite Zombie series.   We also sorted words with the /oo/ and /ew/ sounds.  Finally, we continued reading Aesops fables while searching for the CENTRAL IDEA or moral of the story.

Writing:  We practiced adding temporal words (first, next, then, last, finally, etc.) to stories to help make them more organized.

Math:  We wrapped up Chapter 3 – Basic Facts and relationships and took our final math test for 1st quarter math grades.

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Students of the week:

Kinslee and Eddie

Thank you for putting forth extra effort this week.

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Important Dates:

10/16:  SCHOOL IS IN SESSION – make-up day for Hurricane Irma

10/17:  Rype and Readi Field Trip

10/20:  Ginny Morgan – Mystery Reader 9:00-9:30

10/27:  Parade of Characters at 8:45, FALL FESTIVAL 5:30-7:30

10/27:   Kendra Turley – Mystery Reader (immediately following character parade)

10/30:  Book Fair Preview 1:00-1:30

10/31:  Report cards issued

10/30-10/31:  Book Fair

Reminders

  • Mosquitos are out!  Please apply bug spray on at home before school if you feel necessary.
  • Please contact our room mother, Mrs. Frink  if you are able to volunteer at our PLINKO station during Fall Festival!
  • Field trip on 10/17 to Rype and Readi:  Have students wear RB Hunt shirt (if available) and tennis shoes.  PLEASE APPLY BUG SPRAY AT HOME OR SIGN A WAIVER WITH THE SCHOOL NURSE TO HAVE IT APPLIED AT SCHOOL.  The mosquitoes were everywhere last year and I am predicting a similar scenario this year.  Also, if you are bringing a lunch from home, please send it in a gallon-sized ziploc bag with your child’s name clearly labeled.  This helps me fit everyone’s lunch in the cooler with ice.  🙂
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October 2 – 6

What a busy and FUN week!FUN RUN WAS A BLAST!  We ran over 700 laps as a class!  Talk about endurance!Dem Bones, Dem Bones, DEM DRY BONES!  Studying and re-creating the HUMAN skeleton!

Fire Prevention Presentation – what is your family plan in case of a fire?

Happy birthday Kinslee!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Our class novel this week was It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green by Dan Gutman.  This hysterical Halloween novel had students laughing out loud and reminded us the importance of not eating TOO much candy October 31st.   We also reviewed spelling patterns of r-controlled words and sorted words with the vowels sounds -/ou/ and /oo/.  Lastly, we read and recounted fables and folktales from around the world.

Writing:  We read Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach.  Students wrote SCARY narratives following the entire writing process while challenging themselves to add onomatopoeia throughout their spooky stories.

Math:  We are focusing on addition and addition strategies for fluency.  Multiple strategies and techniques were explored for these mathematicians.

Science: Distinguishing human body parts

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Students of the week:

Cora and Aum

Thank you for being incredibly respectful this week.

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Important Dates:

10/9:  Gifted screener (if your child has already been identified, they will not be tested again and will be sent to another room at this time).

10/10:  2nd Grade Open House – 5:00-6:00 (Your child will be your guide.  Come between 5:00 and 6:00 for a scavenger hunt and receive a free homework pass!  Your child CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW OFF THEIR CLASSROOM!)

10/16:  SCHOOL IS IN SESSION – make-up day for Hurricane Irma

10/17:  Rype and Readi Field Trip

10/27:  Parade of Characters at 8:45, FALL FESTIVAL 5:30-7:30

10/31:  Report cards issued

10/30-10/31:  Book Fair

Reminders

  • Mosquitos are out!  Please apply bug spray on at home before school if you feel necessary.
  • NO HOMEWORK WILL BE SENT HOME MONDAY.  Students earned a “no homework” night as part of their Fun Run incentives.  
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September 25 – 29

Hard at work with Map Skills this week!

Our class incentives for boosterthon!  Get those pledges in!

Happy birthday Katie!

 

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  Our class novel this week was Magic Treehouse – Pirates Past Noon.  This was an adventurous story with many twists and turns.  We discussed the elements of this book that made it both a fictional and non-fictional novel.   We also went over spelling patterns of r-controlled words and reviewed homophones.  Lastly, questioning and answering techniques while reading were addressed.

Writing:  We read The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald.  Students wrote opinion pieces describing what they felt what the best part of them including the entire writing process – pre-write (opening . body . closing), edit, and final draft.

Math:  We are focusing on addition and addition strategies for fluency.  Multiple strategies and techniques were explored for these mathematicians.

Science: Evaporation

Social Studies:  Map explorations

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Students of the week:

Katie and Jameson

Thank you for working EXTRA hard this week.

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Important Dates:

10/2:  Money and permission slip due for field trip

10/5:  Fun Run 9:35-10:35

10/9:  Gifted screener (if your child has already been identified, they will not be tested again and will be sent to another room at this time)

10/10:  2nd Grad Open House – 5:00-6:00 (Your child will be your guide.  Come between 5:00 and 6:00 for a scavenger hunt and receive a free homework pass!  Your child CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW OFF THEIR CLASSROOM!)

10/16:  SCHOOL IS IN SESSION – make-up day for Hurricane Irma

10/17:  Rype and Readi Field Trip

10/24:  Report cards issued

10/27:  Parade of Characters at 8:45, FALL FESTIVAL 5:30-7:30

10/30-10/31:  Book Fair

Reminders

  • Please remember to sign and return your child’s report card envelope.  You may keep their interim report.
  • Mosquitos are out!  Please apply bug spray on at home before school if you feel necessary.
  • Fun Run attire – students will receive a fun run shirt they will change into the morning of the race.  Please make sure your child wears tennis shoes, shorts, and has their hair pulled back.  Hats and sunglasses are permitted during run-time only.  Sunblock must be applied at home.
  • Need some fresh R.B Hunt spirit wear?  PTAO has an awesome site with some GREAT items!  https://rbhunt17.itemorder.com/sale
  • CRAZY SOCK DAY ON MONDAY FOR REACHING OUR FUN RUN INCENTIVE!
  • We need 3 volunteers for the Boosterthon Fun Run on Thursday, 10/5. Contact me if you are able to help out! 
  • WEEKEND INFO FOR FUN RUN SPONSORSHIP!
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September 18 – 22

Happy Fall Y’all!

 

What a great week!  It was so nice to be back to “normal”.

Happy Birthday, Eddie!

Happy birthday Colby!

WHOA BABY!  Thank you to Lily for the HUGE donation of box tops!  We are SO grateful!

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  We wrapped up reading Horrible Harry and Triple Revenge by Suzy Kline.  This is chapter book gave us the opportunity to discuss some social/emotional issues that may arise in school and the right and wrong way to handle them.  Our reading block also focused on sorting and recognizing long e words as well as sequential words – first, then, last.

Writing:  Students wrote about their experiences with Hurricane Irma as well as narratives using silly sentences.

Math:  We officially wrapped up Numbers to 1,000 and took the Chapter 2 Math Test on Friday.  We also enjoyed a few small group game centers such as “I have, who has”, “Race to the top”, and “Beat the Teacher”.

Science: We studied discussed the importance of the Scientific Method.

Social Studies:  We practiced labeling the continents and oceans on a map.

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Students of the week:

Harper and Colby

Thank you for showing the character count trait of kindness.

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Important Dates:

9/22:  Interims sent home

9/26:  Fund Run Kick off, PICTURE DAY

10/2:  Money and permission slip due for field trip

10/10:  2nd Grad Open House – 5:00-6:00 (Your child will be your guide.  Come between 5:00 and 6:00 for a scavenger hunt and receive a free homework pass!  Your child CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW OFF THEIR CLASSROOM!)

10/17:  Rype and Readi Field Trip

10/24:  Report cards issued

10/27:  Parade of Characters at 8:45, FALL FESTIVAL 5:30-7:30

10/30-10/31:  Book Fair

Reminders

  • Please remember to sign and return your child’s report card envelope.  You may keep their interim report.
  • If your child does not know how to tie their shoes, please practice at home.  There are some great youtube tutorials if you search “easy way to teach a child to tie their shoes”
  • I have contacted the first 3 parents who requested to be chaperones for our field trip to Rype and Readi.  If you didn’t hear from me and wanted to join, have NO FEAR!  We have other field trips planned throughout  the year!
  • Need some fresh R.B Hunt spirit wear?  PTAO has an awesome site with some GREAT items!  https://rbhunt17.itemorder.com/sale
  • We need 3 volunteers for the Boosterthon Fun Run on Thursday, 10/5. Contact me if you are able to help out! 
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School resumes Monday, September 18th

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I hope you all are safe and recovering from Irma.  Please contact me if you need support in ANY way or a “heads up” of any special circumstances regarding your child.  School will be a welcome distraction from the chaos our beautiful state has endured the past week.  We are St. Augustine STRONG and we WILL RECOVER!

I apologize for the late update – I have been out of power, cable, and internet for more days than I ever expected.   A few quick updates:

  • Our school counselor, Patricia McElhone will be sending home a flyer with important contact information.  Please be on the look-out for this in your child’s red folder. 
  • School will resume Monday, September 18th. 
  • NO OPEN HOUSE, MONDAY,  SEPTEMBER 18th.  Open House is rescheduled for another day in early October.  I will keep you posted when I hear more. 
  • INTERIMS will go home sometime next week.  Again, I will keep you posted on an exact date. 
  • Accreditation Survey – Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey for our school accreditation.  Thank you!

http://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/28637/24280

I have missed your children DEARLY!  I CAN’T WAIT to see their beautiful faces Monday morning! 🙂

Meghan Saxon

 

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Hurricane Irma

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Parents, if you haven’t already heard, school is cancelled tomorrow, September 8th as well as Monday, September 11th due to Hurricane Irma.  Please be on alert for any other possible school cancellations.  Stay safe – keep me posted on your family status.   You are all heavy on my heart and mind!
*There will be no school newsletter, student of the week, or website update.  We will catch up next week. *
Meghan Saxon

 

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August 28 – September 1

Congratulations to Eli, Lily S., Aiden, and Eddie for earning their CHAINS OF SUCCESS last week!  They worked hard!

Students enjoyed sharing their “It happened to me” stories using onomatopoeia!

 

We had the pleasure of having my Mom (a retired 3rd grade teacher) come in and give a challenging Math lesson on Dutch Squares!

Meet Kathy Frink!  She is our Room Parent and has given me permission to give you her contact information.  Please let her know if you have any questions or concerns regarding PTAO! 🙂

[email protected]

904-349-6005

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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ELA:  We began reading Horrible Harry and the Goog by Suzy Kline.  This is story about a mischievous boy and his escaped cat exploring Southside School and literally has us laughing out loud!  Our novel study is quickly becoming the most favorite part of our school day.  Our reading block also focused on sorting and recognizing long o words as well as describing connections between historical events.

Writing:  Students wrote “It happened to Me” narratives incorporating onomatopoeia.

Math:  Numbers to 1,000 were tackled the week – students were challenged with their number sense through word problems, higher order thinking questions, and independent work revolving around larger numbers.

Science: We discussed Earth Science and Earth’s Structures. Students recognized that the Earth is made of of rocks and that rocks come in many sizes and shapes.  They also described how small pieces of rock and dead plant and animal parts can be the basis of soil and explained the process by which soil is formed.

Social Studies:  Students studied the world in spatial terms as well as breaking down “Me on a Map”

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Students of the week:

Lily S. and Jayce

Thank you for showing the character count traits of responsibility and respect.

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Important Dates:

9/4 – No school – Labor Day

9/12 – Interims sent home

9/21 – PTAO meeting at 3:10

9/20 – FUND RUN KICK OFF

9/29 – FUND RUN

9/30 FUND RUN RAIN DATE

Reminders

  • I’ve collected A TON of box tops this week!  Keep ’em coming!
  • Please let me know if you plan to check your child out early ahead of time  so they will be packed up and ready to go before the academic day begins.
  • If your child needs a new library bag please send in $1 to purchase one from Ms. Gorick.  Otherwise, please send in a bag from home.
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    Have a great long weekend!  Go ‘noles! 🙂

 

 

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August 21 – 25

Happy Birthday to Wyatt! 

Practicing sketching outside

What a MEMORABLE and EXCITING day Monday was watching the Solar Eclipse!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ELI, LILY S., EDDIE, AND AIDEN for earning their chains of success!  These students will be pictured next week.  🙂

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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ELA:  We finished reading Junie B. Jones Cheater Pants.  Students had the opportunity to take an A.R. test on this book as well as many other books this week!  Our reading block also  focused on main idea and finding key details in texts to help support our conclusions.

Writing:  This week students continued practicing narratives about our family, sketching, and sharing stories with our partners.

Math:  Students wrapped up Number Concepts and took Chapter 1 test.  Next week we will begin studying numbers to 1,000!

Science/Social Studies:   Eclipse, Maps.

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Students of the week:

Aiden and Alianna

Thank you for persevering and showing LEADERSHIP this week!

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Important Dates: 

8/31 – PTAO meeting for Room Parents

9/1 – Scholastic orders due

9/4 – Labor Day – No school

9/12 – Interims sent home

9/21 – PTAO meeting at 3:10

9/26 – Fun Run Kick-Off and Picture Day

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Reminders

  • We are collecting box tops!  Please send them in!  Ask friends and neighbors to join in as well!

    Have an exceptional weekend!

 

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August 14 – 18

Students enjoyed sharing their “All about ME” bags and displaying their treasures on the Smartboard.  Students also practiced using the microphone with a clear PRESENTER voice. 

                     

Practicing number sense with tens and ones as well as learning about the upcoming Solar Eclipse!  Please remind your child of the safety precautions encouraged during this exciting time. 

 

What LEARNING and GROWING went on in room 217 this week:

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Academics

ELA:  We began Junie B. Jones Cheater Pants as our 1st novel study.  Students had great conversations about the importance of honesty in school and how to redeem ourselves when we make mistakes… because we ALL make mistakes!   Our reading block also introduced “Read to Self” and “Work on Writing”.   These activities were completed independently.  We also focused on asking questions while we read and finding the answers in our text.  Students used highlighters to show text evidence while looking for key details.

Writing:  “Free-wheeling” sketches like author/illustrator Donald Crews were practiced this week while we wrote stories with partners and continued writing various narratives.

Math:  Students were stretched to the limit with their number sense this week.  We worked on Number Concepts.  Practice counting backward, by two’s, fives, ten’s, and recognizing number patterns on 100’s charts!

Science:   We read “Eddie’s Eclipse” and discussed the importance of safety during the upcoming eclipse.

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Students of the week:

Eli Forbes and Wilder Middaugh

Thank you for being exceptionally hard-working and taking initiative this week!

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Important Dates: 

8/31 – PTAO meeting for Room Parents

9/1 – Scholastic orders due

9/4 – Labor Day – No school

9/12 – Interims sent home

9/21 – PTAO meeting at 3:10

9/26 – Fun Run Kick-Off and Picture Day

 

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Reminders

  • We are collecting box tops!  Please send them in!  Ask friends and neighbors to join in as well.
  • If your child needs a new library bag please send in $1 to purchase one from Ms. Gorick.  Otherwise, please send in a bag from home.
  • Please remember to send in 1 healthy snack with your child each day.
  • Thank you SO much for all the donations!  Oh my word!  I feel so spoiled.  Thank you a MILLION!
  • Are you interested in being my Room Parent?  I need 1 or two parents to volunteer to help out our class.  I PROMISE it is not overwhelming and won’t work you too hard.  Please email me if you are willing to take on this task for our sweet class this year.
  • Let me know if you plan on checking your child out during the eclipse; it will be excused.  If you did not receive the letter from our superintendent regarding the eclipse, please contact me to clear up any confusion.  We will NOT be viewing the eclipse as a class outside.  PLEASE have conversations with your child about staying safe during this exciting time.  We have gone over safety precautions as a class, but reinforcement at home is ALWAYS encouraged and appreciated.  More information from NASA on eye safety during the eclipse:  https://www.nasa.gov/content/eye-safety-during-a-total-solar-eclipse

    Have a stupendous weekend.  Go outside, play board games with your family, and enjoy our beautiful city!

 

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Great first 2 days!

We were the FIRST class to play on our new playground equipment!

Number sense!  Students cut out numbers 1-100 and had to use different strategies to put them back in order!

Somewhere over the rainbow…

Mrs. Saxon’s Class 2017-2018

 

We had a GREAT first 2 days of 2nd grade!  I enjoyed getting to know the students through various activities and games as well as going over rituals and routines for the school year.  Next week, we will officially begin our academic schedule so be on the look-out for Math homework as well as Reading Logs.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!  They are WONDERFUL!

Looking forward to making the 2017-2018 school year the best YET!  Have a great weekend!

Reminders:

  • Turn in pages 64, 65, and 66 of the student code of conduct
  • If you are missing any paperwork, I sent it home on the “Return to School” side of the red communication folder
  • Turn in brown “All about me Bag” by Monday
  • August 18th:  Volunteer Welcome Breakfast
  • August 25:  Summer Reading Celebration
  • August 31:  PTAO meeting for Room Parents

Have a great weekend!

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