Happy Fall Break!


Building stamina in our reading.

Hello 1-2 Parents,

We hope you’re all enjoying an extra day of rest and rejuvenation. It was a busy week in 1-2 in spite of it being a short one. We started off Monday with a mindfulness lesson from Brad about the importance of being compassionate and nurturing our compassionate side and we ended the day with a mindfulness lesson from Lisa about listening and paying close attention to sounds.

Also on Monday, we had a terrific performance of the Logo Liki African drum and dance group. They were great fun and got staff and students up and moving.

We continued our unit on leaves and created our own Leaf creatures with the leaves we had gathered on our walk last week. We will be making our own Leaf Creature book.

Angie and I are collaborating with Kasey and Kristina from the ACS 1-2 Learning Center and they came to visit on Wednesday afternoon. The kids were super excited to have visitors. Angie and I will be visiting ACS next month to observe in their classroom. It’s an exciting opportunity for all of us.

On Thursday, Dr. Bruce came and the kids performed experiments with goldenrod paper and the effects of acids and base. Ask your child about what happened to the paper.

In First Grade Literacy we continue to work on phonemic awareness. We also worked on reading short o words fluently and and we learned some new sight words. We’re continuing to read short decodable books and short passages. We’re continuing to build our stamina and we now can read independently for 11 minutes.

In Second Grade Literacy, the Book Club continues reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle; We’re also learning to read the r-controlled vowels, and reading and spelling sight words. Second Graders are also building stamina while reading independently.

Our Read-Aloud is Ramona Quimby, A ge 8. The kids are enjoying hearing about Ramona’s challenges and successes.

Angie is on a birthday trip for the weekend. She will fill you in on Math progress next week.

Ask your child about:

  • Adding details to their writing using descriptive language.
  • Personification – giving human traits to inanimate objects, i.e. “the leaves danced and twirled.”
  • The Purple Stew song.
  • The Native American legend about the two wolves inside of us – our mindfulness lesson from Brad.
  • Stella Rae and Glacier Begonia and the soon to be announced Pajama Day!

    Bonked heads.

Odds and Ends

We’ll be sending in the Scholastic orders next week so there is still time to get your order in.

We send home night journals and reading books on either Monday or Tuesday. These should be returned by Friday. On Friday, we sent home Friday folders with information and sometimes weekend homework. These should be returned the next week. We will try to be more consistent about reminding the children to turn in their folders and night journal bags so they don’t get carried around in backpacks or left in cubbies all week.

Choice will happen on the afternoons of Friday October 27 and Friday, November 3.

Don’t forget to help your child collect pledges for the Monster Dash. We’re raising money for specials this year. Jen has had the kids running all week so they’ll be ready to boost the number of laps.


  • 10/30 Vision and hearing screenings
  • 10/31 Monster Dash and K-2 Parade
  • 11/9 – 10 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 11/16 at 5:30 Village Parent Meeting
  • 11/20 – 24 Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2 – We’ll be doing an El Tioga. We’ll soon contact those of you who signed up at Back to School night and, if you didn’t sign up but want to help, let us know!As always, thank you for all you do,
    Dr. Bruce asks some tough questions.

    Angie and Shelle

    Exploring geometric shapes during Free Play time.