The Week That Was
We’re rocking and rolling in second grade! Welcome to our first weekly update installment. Our second graders are getting into the routines and procedures of our schedule and curriculum. All rooms have introduced and started rolling out behavior procedures, morning and afternoon routines, and our core reading, writing, and math curriculum. We hope the first week and a half has been fun for your child(ren), and we look forward to a fantastic year!
We began our first books this week, as we’ve stretched everyone out into our morning routine. We spend the entire morning on reading, writing, phonics, and word study in second grade. Our schedule works wonderful with lunch at noon, and special at one, to break up our day in two distinct halves. The morning is all about language arts. The afternoon focus is math and then a split of social studies or science (depending on the time of year with our units). Our first core book in reading and writing is called Trouble at the Sandbox. It’s an approachable text that allows everyone to feel comfortable in getting to our routine with reading, discussion, and writing. Our writing has been introducing narrative writing. Students have been focused on creating engaging characters, describing a setting, and even playing around with dialogue to move events along. In addition to our core text, every room has been doing a shared reading of Charlotte’s Web.
We began math this week too. It’s been all review of first grade concepts while introducing second grade routines and procedures. Our first unit is a review of number sense, and then it progresses into work with problem solving and strategies. In addition to all of this, we’ve spent a lot of time this week introducing a building wide focus to our students: growth mindset. Most of the staff (all of second grade) participates in a volunteer based professional development course throughout our year led and run by us teachers. Our focus this year is on the term growth mindset. We encourage all to look up the term and philosophy – it’s a great life concept to promote effort, making mistakes, and persevering to accomplish the best each of us can at any given task. There’s a lot of great vocabulary we’re learning and promoting with our students throughout every grade level. Shared learning experiences among staff and students is yet another reason we feel makes BES the BEST!
The Week Ahead
Next week will bring much the same as this past week. We have another five full days to our week to keep building endurance and familiarity with our routines, procedures, and expectations. It’ll begin to become habit throughout next week! We’ll finish Trouble at the Sandbox and transition immediately to a short story, Snowshoe Hare’s Winter Home. The focus of our first unit remains the same – routines, story development, and writing narratives.
Each of our rooms will also begin administering our beginning AIMSweb Plus batteries. This is done throughout our school, and gives us some data in terms of specific measures to help monitor focused areas of instruction, and develop groups for any necessary reading interventions. This has undergone some changes that we can communicate next week, but we’ll receive measures in oral reading fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
We’ll get into some of our early problem solving work in math. Students will also begin getting into some of our second grade math workshop games. The plan is to begin introducing our second grade science procedures too. It should be a fun week!
We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, August 30 for our Parent Information Night. Please find us in our classrooms. It’ll run from 7 – 8 PM.
Friday, August 25 : Color Jam @ High School (6-8 PM)
Wednesday, August 30: Parent Information Night (7-8 PM)
Friday, September 1: PBIS Kickoff Assembly (2:45 – 3:45 PM)
Monday, September 4: No School (Labor Day)
Tuesday, September 19: PTO Meeting @ BES (7-8 PM)
Thursday, September 21: Board of Education Meeting @ BES (7-8 PM)
Friday, September 22: No School for Students (Staff Inservice Day)
Tuesday, September 26: Firefighter Phil Assembly (10 – 11 AM)
Wednesday, September 27: BESAzon Shopping Day for Students
Friday, September 29: Fall Picture Day
Have a Fantastic Weekend!