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Friday, January 18, 2019

Dear Second Grade Parents,

We hope you all had a nice week! We are looking forward to meeting with our math families for conferences next week on Wednesday, January 23rd and Thursday, January 24th after school. You should have received an email on Tuesday from your child’s math teacher for the sign up. We are excited to share how much your child has grown in math so far this year.

Specials- January 14-18
Canino- P.E. (be sure to send your child with tennis shoes)
Gerren- Tech
Hillard-Art
Newell-Music

ART
Second grade students will learn about architecture! They will take a look at what types of characteristics were necessary to create a home (Yes, all the inside structure). Their homes will not be traditional, but will be their DREAM homes. These can mean many different things to students.

MUSIC
Students will learn about each of the four instrument families through experiments, games, songs, and creativity. They will also be building an instrument book filled with facts and pictures of each of the instrument families.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students will continue to improve their kicking, throwing and catching skills, and be introduced to striking a wiffle ball with a plastic bat. They will also learn the basic rules of each game while demonstrating teamwork and sportsmanship.

TECHNOLOGY
This rotation students will continue to work on proper keyboarding and practice daily to achieve our end of the year typing goal. They will start a new project using Microsoft word and Microsoft Excel. Students will create a question in groups and survey their class. Once they have those results we will learn how to create an excel spreadsheet and input the data. From there we will learn how to create a bar graph in excel. They will have a supporting lesson in Learning.com to help them understand the functions and tools in Excel to create that graph.


Curriculum Updates
LITERACY
This week in literacy we practiced sequencing events. We looked at the steps of how to pop popcorn, and then extended it to sequencing events in stories. In writing we worked on an informative paragraph on how to make a snowman. Here is an update from Mr. Reisinger’s class: Our literacy topic will be safety rules at home and school.  Vocabulary: safety, buddy, speech, station Comprehension strategy: cause and effect.

SCIENCE
This week in science, we continued our study of matter and its interactions. The students learned that matter has properties that describe it. The students had a blast exploring Oobleck and observing how it can act like both a solid and a liquid. We also had fun building hats out of materials that you might have from a sack lunch- paper bag, plate, paper towel, aluminum foil, string, and clips. Students had to think about which material based on its properties would work best to protect their heads from the sun. Be sure to ask your child about these fun experiments from this week.
 
HISTORY
This week in history, we finished up learning about the constitution and took our test! The students enjoyed singing the Preamble and learning more about our history. Our next unit on the War of 1812 will start on Tuesday.

JANUARY CHARACTER TRAIT- COURAGE


Kidpower
Kidpower of Colorado has been teaching children and the adults who care for them the skills and self-confidence that they need to stay safe and respond constructively to threatening circumstances. Kidpower provides experiential, developmentally appropriate, evidence-based programs that teach children skills that help them stay safe from abuse and harassment, including bullying.

WHO: Students in grades 1-5 and their parents/guardians
WHEN: February 13 & 20, 2019 (Participants must attend both sessions.)
TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Lincoln Meadows Cafeteria
COST: $35 per child, adults free.

What skills do children learn?
•    Be aware and confident
•    Keep a safe distance from strangers
•    Use voice and body to stay safe
•    Get help from busy adults
•    Set boundaries on unwanted touch or behavior
•    Effectively address situations with bullies

How do we teach these skills?
•    We use upbeat language that is skill-based, not fear based
•    Kids have opportunities to “learn by doing” in a fun and empowering way
•    We focus on positive, practical solutions children can use to leave or stop problems as quickly as possible

QUESTIONS: Erika Henkart - ehenkart@gmail.com 303-717-3898.

Class size is limited to 25 students. Sign up is on a first come, first served basis.

Sign up on the School Store TODAY!

Parents Night Out
Did you miss the last Parents Night Out? Did your kids go, and had such a great time?? Well you’re in luck! Our next Parents Night Out is coming up on February 1st! Sign up on the School Store before space runs out! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Canino, or Mrs. Jones. Spots fill up quick so be sure to sign up soon.

Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Mrs. Canino- mcanino@aak8.org
Mrs. Gerren- agerren@aak8.org
Mrs. Hillard- khillard@aak8.org
Ms. Newell- anewell@aak8.org

Thank you for all of your support!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Canino, Mrs. Gerren, Mrs. Hillard, Ms. Newell