Weekly Newsletter 11/13/15

Friday, November 13, 2015 10:07 AM Posted by Gina Lavoie
THE HOOT -  News from Ms. Lavoie’s Second Grade - 11/13/15

Hi Everyone,
Second grade is such a busy place, even on the short weeks!  Everyone is working hard on mastering second grade skills in all areas. The reading focus this week has been on retelling a story in writing to include, characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning middle and end.  The children have also begun using sticky notes during independent reading time and sharing about what they read about with the group or a partner.  Second graders know that good readers think about what they are reading and I am very pleased with the effort I am seeing!
In math, as we work on double digit addition and subtraction, we are finding that many students are having difficulty still with their basic math facts.  It is crucial that these math facts are mastered!  Please, please practice!  We do have a few mathematicians who are on top of their math facts, and they are certainly finding success in their daily math practice.  
At our conference you will be receiving your child’s fall NWEA scores in the area or math, reading, and language arts.  Keep in mind that the tests your second grader took this fall were very different from the tests in grade one.  The grade one tests are audio and they need to mark their answers.  The second grade assessment are done on their own.  Each second grader was responsible for reading the questions, text, and their answer choices.  Sometimes we find a “big” difference in the spring to fall scores, particularly from grade one to grade two; perhaps due to the difference in the format of the test.  Each student’s goal is to increase their RIT (Rasch Unit) score.  
Spelling - Next week is a review lesson in spelling.  There will still be ten words which each second grader will know what they will be tested on.  The homework is a bit different for a review week.  There will only be one homework assignment, but it is a project and they have three choices to pick from.  If you want a sneak preview of the words and the homework project, the blog has all the information you will need.   I can’t wait to see the what everyone creates.
Please make sure the conference time that you have been given works for you.  If you need to make a change, please call the office and Tammy can reschedule you for a time that fits my schedule.  I am looking forward to meeting with all of you.

Enjoy the weekend!
Gina Lavoie
Dates To Remember:
11/16 - Tooth Fairies
11/16 - Photo Retake Day!
11/19 - P/T Conferences
11/23 - P/T Conferences
11/25 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break
12/2 - PTA Meeting
12/4 - First Trimester Ends
12/5 - Breakfast with Santa
12/7 - 12/11 - Children’s Stage Adventure (Mahoosuc Arts)

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