Weekly Newsletter 1/29/16

News from Ms. Lavoie’s Second Grade - 1/29/16
Hello Everyone,
Wow, where did January go?!  Second graders are VERY excited about diving into their next science unit on solids, liquids, and gases.  As a group last week we gathered to share, “What we thought we knew about solids, liquids, and gases”, came up with questions that they want answers to, and watched in informative video on solids, liquids, and gases.
For the next several weeks we will be involving our scientists in several experiments.  This week all second graders experimented with
*Oobleck (Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids. You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid. The name oobleck comes from the Dr. Seuss book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”).
*Properties of Matter- All matter can be described by its properties.  Properties are a list of adjectives that describe what an object looks, feels, tastes, smells, or sounds like.  This week we completed an activity looking at the properties of different fruits.
*Solid or Liquid - Students describe the physical properties of various objects and compare objects with similar properties.  The words used to describe the objects are called physical properties. All objects have physical properties that we can observe such as their color, shape, size, texture, strength, or flexibility.
Math Groups - This week and next week we will be finishing up on our concepts on Number and Operations in Base Ten and Operations and Algebraic Thinking. Beginning February 8th we will be starting a unit on Measurement and Data, beginning with money.  After looking at the most recent NWEA scores, we have regrouped students according to their needs.
See attached Valentine information!

Calendar of Events

2/1 - Monday - Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30
2/8 -Monday -  Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30
2/8 - Valentines can begin arriving

2/12 - Valentine Party

Weekly Newsletter 1/22/16

3:00 PM Posted by Gina Lavoie 0 comments
THE HOOT -  News from Ms. Lavoie’s Second Grade - 1/22/16

Hello Everyone,
It was a busy four-day week in second grade!  We continue to strive to elevate student thinking when listening to nonfiction books.  We are activating prior knowledge, asking questions to spark curiosity, determining the author’s purpose, looking at the text features (Text features include all the components of a story or article that are not the main body of text. These include the table of contents, index, glossary, headings, bold words, sidebars, pictures and captions, and labeled diagrams), and more!  It is very exciting to see students learning about science and social studies topics through our nonfiction unit.  We have read about the history of popcorn, Martin Luther King, Jr., how magnets work, bats, manatees, and snow leopards.
Thank you for reading to your child and having them read daily.  Education experts agree it is the single most important activity parents can do with their children.  Scholastic News reports the many reasons parents read aloud to their children:
Keep up the good work….For these reasons and more, your child benefits!
We were all so happy to ski in the Rugrats program today.  We are lucky to live in the Western mountains of Maine and have such incredible opportunities!  Please refer to the calendar below for the rest of our ski dates. Thank you for all you do!
Calendar of Events
1/25 - Monday - Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30
2/1 - Monday - Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30

2/8 -Monday -  Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30

Weekly Newsletter 1/15/16

2:59 PM Posted by Gina Lavoie 0 comments
THE HOOT -  News from Ms. Lavoie’s Second Grade - 1/15/16
Hi Everyone!!
This has been a full week with getting all of the NWEA tests completed for our mid year check in!  The children have been working very hard to show us how much they have learned!  We second grade teachers will be using the data from this round of testing to assist us with targeting our instruction in English/Language Arts/Math and setting up upcoming math groups.
We have been weaving in some activities this week that focus on Martin Luther King Jr..  They have included, readings, videos, writing, and skills work. The children were also able to complete an art and writing activity that shows MLK Jr. along with their own dreams.  These are on display in our hallway and look great!
In English/Language Arts we have continued with our nonfiction unit. Our lessons typically begin with a great book that we use to model an element of nonfiction and then allow the students to try out and practice strategies that good readers use. We usually conclude our lessons with sharing how we used our new strategy during practice time.  This is done with a partner or the whole group and really enjoyed by everyone!
In math we are continuing to work on learning and practicing those skills that will bring us to the end of our current math instruction groups.
Please remember that there is no school on Monday as it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Also we will be having Rug Rats Skiing on Friday 22nd. Please be on the lookout for the Rug Rats Reminder next week where you will indicate where your child will be picked up and by whom.
Have a wonderful three day weekend!
Calendar of Events
1/18 - Holiday No School!
1/19 - Gr. 3 Rugrats Skiing (AM)
1/20 - Gr. 2/3 Cross Country Skiing
1/21 - Gr. 2/3 Cross Country Skiing
1/22 - Gr. 2 Rugrats Skiing (PM)
1/25 - Monday - Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30
2/1 - Monday - Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30

2/8 -Monday -  Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30

Weekly Newsletter 1/8/16

THE HOOT -  News from Ms. Lavoie’s Second Grade - 1/8/16
January 8, 2016
Happy New Year!
We have had a wonderful start to the new year in second grade.  Our first day back we headed to Sunday River for an afternoon of skiing and fun!  We met our coaches and they took us to the rental department to be fitted for equipment.  Next, we hit the slopes for lessons and practice.  It was cold outside, but the sunshine, hot chocolate, and exercise kept us warm.  
In English/Language Arts we have started a new unit on nonfiction.  We started off by discussing what we already know about nonfiction so we can build on our prior knowledge.  We are also working on:
  • Asking and answering questions to guide our nonfiction reading
  • Noticing how the author uses text features to teach about a topic
  • Selecting the most important details when we read
  • Stating the main idea of a paragraph or text
  • Comparing and contrasting different nonfiction texts
In math we are becoming more advanced in our addition and subtraction skills.  We are checking our answers using the inverse operation.  We are also reviewing our place value skills and beginning to work with arrays.  
Please continue to send your child to school with plenty of warm clothing (They still need shoes/sneakers for inside wear).  We go outside for recess most days.  The students need fresh air and exercise to be at their best.
Next week we will be completing all of our mid year NWEA tests.  The three tests (math, reading & language arts), along with any make-ups will be scheduled throughout the week.   Please make sure your child is well rested, well fed and on time to school.  Thanks for your support,
Gina Lavoie
Calendar of Events

January
1/11-1/15 NWEA mid year tests
1/22 - Friday - Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30
1/25 - Monday - Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30
February
2/1 - Monday - Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30
2/8 -Monday -  Rug Rats PM - Pick up at 4:30