2018 Is Off And Running!

Happy weekend, everyone!

Happy 2018, and welcome back to school. What a treat to see all of your children’s smiles this week as we listened to stories about wonderful Winter Break adventures.


  • Book boxes have been filled with “good fit” books, new independent reading spots are scattered across the classroom, reading stamina is being flexed, and we are diving into reading groups.
  • Whole group instruction in Daily 5 is a blend of phonics (sh, ch, -ight, -ar, and -er review) through shared poems and songs as well as a comprehension strategy of using schema.  The “super moon” provided a natural conversation starter and schema activator.  We gathered what we already knew and placed this information into a shared file. Then we read The Moon, by Seymour Simon, to build or add to our schema.  This information was added to the shared file.  Finally, we looked over all we knew and decided to revise or remove some of our initial understandings.  Be sure to ask your reader to explain Who Would Win? Earth vs. the Moon.  Their mental file is full of facts!


  • Your first and second grade authors are tackling the most challenging part of writing a story: Writing the ending. Using fables and fairy tales as our mentor texts, we looked at adding life lessons to the endings of our stories. According to a wise second grader, life lessons are, “Things that you learn about life when you’re younger so that when you get older you will know what to do.” One way that writers incorporate such sage words into their writing is by using sentence stems such as:
    • From that day forward…
    • But although…
    • What nobody knew, though, was that…
    • After that, _______ always remembered…
  • Be sure to check in with your young fiction author about the story that he or she is thinking of publishing. Next week is the final week of fiction writing, and the literary world is going to be inundated by 31 new fabulous fictional tales!


  • Your first grade mathematicians are estimating and counting quantities, and recording, organizing, and interpreting numerical data.
  • Your second grade mathematicians are using a place-value model to represent a 2-digit number as tens and ones, using an equation to represent a 2-digit number as the sum of multiples of ten and some number of ones (ex: 22=20+2, 22=10+10+2), and determining the difference between a 2-digit number and a multiple of 10 up to 100.


  • Our science discussions these days are out of this world! Yup – we’ve been talking about space. More specifically, we’ve been discussing the moon. We’ve been gathering and activating our background information (our schema), building new information through reading and listening to expert texts, and then revising our existing schema by checking for any misconceptions that may now be evident. Be sure to check in with your budding astronomer!


  • At this morning’s All School Meeting, our entire school revisited the Personal Space Tool. Knowing that our requirement of personal space can change based on our mood, on how well we know the person/people around us, and on tone of voice makes us more aware of how we interact with others and our world.


  • Thursday, January 11th – Mawa’s Kitchen lunch at school. Stay tuned for more information about the contents and price of this meal.
  • Friday, January 12th – K-4 Assessment Day.


  • We totally ran out of time to pass out homework folders this week. Book bags came home, but that was it. Homework folders will come your way on Monday afternoon.

That’s our news from the classroom! Enjoy your weekend, and we’ll see you and/or your child back in school on Monday morning.

– Kristina, Casey, and Katie