Friday, March 1, 2019
Welcome to March! We had a great first week of Trimester 3.
Science Cookie Machine
To help wrap up our engineering/simple machine unit, we will be creating an assembly line to produce specialty “cookies” in our second grade factory and compare production to individual assembly. We would love some help gathering the supplies needed for this fun activity. If you are interested in donated please sign up here- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044CACAD2BA0FF2-cookie1.
Thank you so much for your support with this fun activity and please send in supplies by Wednesday, March 6th.
Upcoming Field Trip
We are looking forward to going on our next field trip to the Western Mining Museum on March 14th. This field trip ties nicely into both our science and history units. Students will enjoy seeing simple machines come to life and learn a bit more about western expansion. Please sign your child up for this field trip on the School Store.
Specials- March 4-8
Newell- P.E. (be sure to send your child with tennis shoes)
For a glimpse into the art room during this rotation, please check out Ms. Moore’s WEBPAGE.
We'll be reviewing and learning more about each of the four instrument families through experiments, games, songs, and creative activities. We will also be building an instrument book filled with some of the worksheets and activities we've been working on for each of the instrument families. We'll also be meeting another composer through the time machine and actively listening to his work.
We will learn the importance and basic concepts of staying active and eating healthy. We will perform exercises during a game and a fitness activity. To learn proper technique during exercise to prevent injuries. Why is it important to stay active and eat healthy? So we can stay strong, have energy, be more successful and enjoy the sports and activities we participate in outside of school! Why is recovery after being active so important? So our bodies can regain strength and energy so we can continue to improve and be at our best during the activities we love to do!
This rotation we will continue to work on proper keyboarding and as well as learn about the foundations of coding. We will work through different courses on the Tynker coding website. We will also watch different videos to see how coding is used everywhere around us daily.
This week, the students will be doing Chapter 13 in Shurley grammar. This chapter will introduce the students to our 23 helping verbs, interrogative sentences and differentiating between a sentence and a fragment.
For the next two weeks, the students will be doing an animal research project. We will be helping students form a multi paragraph writing on their favorite animal using the research they did at home. Thank you for helping your child with the research stage of this project!
This week in science we continued our study of simple machines. Students had fun making a model of a lever, a screw, an inclined plane, and a wedge. We have had fun spotting simple machines all around us and seeing how simple machines make work easier.
Our final project for this unit will be building a Leprechaun trap at home to present to the class. These traps need to have at least one simple machine which we will be learning all about. Students brought home more information in their red folders earlier this week. Along with their awesome traps, students also need to fill out the information sheet with complete sentences. These projects are due by Wednesday, March 13th.
We began our unit on Westward Expansion unit this week. We are doing an Oregon Trail simulation. Students are working together in small ‘wagon families’ and packing their wagons with food and supplies. We will be ready to hit the Oregon Trail next week!
Toys, Journals, and Pens
We ask that you please make sure students are keeping toys, pens, and journals at home. We have noticed an increase in all three of these items being brought to school, and they are causing unnecessary distractions in class. We appreciate you helping us with this!
Spring Mixer Auction: 2nd Grade Bowls
Here are the second grade bowls that will be auctioned off at the Spring Mixer on 3/9. These bowls were hand-painted by each of us 2nd grade teachers. The winner will also get to have a cereal breakfast with their teacher!
Start Making Plans For Summer Camp – registration is now open!
We hope your kids can join us for one or more of the fun camps hosted by American Academy teachers and staff. There are many great options, and some camps even start the first week of summer break.
For more details and information about current summer camp offerings, visit the American Academy Summer Camp page (info is on the main website, under quicklinks >> parents >> summer camps).
Please note: ANY American Academy student can attend ANY of the summer camps listed, regardless of where the camp is being held. i.e. If your CP student wants to attend a camp being held at LM, simply log into your school store account but click on the other campus school store; all their camps will be listed under the Summer Camps tab. If you have questions, please email Catrina Phillips.
Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Mrs. Canino- email@example.com
Mrs. Gerren- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Hillard- email@example.com
Ms. Newell- firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all of your support!
Mrs. Canino, Mrs. Gerren, Mrs. Hillard, Ms. Newell