And with that, October has come to a close. Hard to believe the first day of November is tomorrow!!!
Today's update is short. Just wanted to send a quick thank you to the MANY parents and grandparents that helped out with costumes, treats, swimming, games, crafts, everything you did to make our Halloween celebration a memorable one. Stay warm out there!
I did take many pictures from our time swimming at the SLFAC and of students in their Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, I forgot my adapter chord to upload them from my phone. So, I will add them over the weekend.
Looking ahead, we will be walking to the HS on Monday morning for a HS band concert. Please be sure your child is dressed for the weather. Don't forget to vote on Tuesday. Also, our annual Jeffers Jive is coming up next Friday, November 7th. Please continue to send in those pledges. We sure appreciate it!
In art class, we have been talking about different viewpoints, such as a worm’s eye view, a person’s eye view or a bird’s eye view. We discussed when it would make sense to use a bird’s eye view. We decided that when we draw map, it would make a lot of sense to use a worm’s eye view, because we could show a lot of area from that viewpoint. Next, we designed a map for a bird. We included a compass, a key and all of the things a bird might need to be able to locate. We can’t wait to start our worm’s eye view projects next!
And another adventure-filled week has come to a close in room A7. Here are some of the learning targets we focused on this week:
Next Friday is every elementary school teacher's favorite day of the year......Halloween! There will be lots of excitement building up to that day of all days. On Friday of next week, students are to come to school dressed in regular clothes. Prior to our costume parade at 2:00, students will have an opportunity to change into their Halloween costumes. Families are welcome to come watch the parade. If your child's costume requires extensive time and/or assistance to put on, it might be best to send to school only the minimum "stuff" necessary and save the elaborate details for trick or treating that evening. Or consider coming to the classroom and helping your child dress yourself. I will do my best to assist kids, but keep in mind there is only one of me and 24 of them.
Our class party will take place after the parade wraps up (around 2:20). We will have a craft to put together and hopefully time for a game, as well as some yummy treats. Parents are welcome! I would appreciate it if you'd shoot me an email if you plan on coming to the party.
Finally, as part of our Halloween celebration, we are going to walk to the aquatic center for some swimming on the morning of the 31st. We will be leaving Jeffers at 10:45 and plan on being back in time for lunch. I could still use some parent chaperons for that trip, but it is necessary that chaperons be willing to swim with the students too. Please let me know if you're interested.
Dates to remember :
The weather has definitely turned cooler, October is here and that means it's time for parent-teacher conferences. Hopefully you each received a notice of your scheduled conference time. I appreciate your efforts to arrive on time for your conference and I will make every effort to ensure that I stay on schedule as well. Please let me know ASAP if you need to reschedule your conference time.
Communication between home and school is an absolutely essential component to student success. It is of the highest priority that we make the most of our short time together. If you have any concerns that you would like me to be prepared to discuss, feel free to shoot me an email and I will make sure to have answers ready.
Please note that, due to conferences, there is no school on Friday, October 17th.
Here are some of the learning goals we worked on this week:
Time flies when you're having fun, so we must be having LOTS of fun! Hard as it is to believe, the first month of second grade is already in the books. I hope it has been a positive start for everyone.
Here are just a few things we've been learning this past week in room A7:
Coming up, next week is fire prevention week. On October 7th we will meet actual SL firefighters and get to tour a fire truck. Then the 10th MI State police officers will be visiting us to talk about bullying prevention. The week AFTER next is parent-teacher conference week. If you need to reschedule your conference please contact me ASAP. And remember........no school on October 17th.
Enjoy your weekend!!!
Second Grade Art Room News
We sure are off to a great start in the art room. Second graders began the year exploring how smaller shapes come together to make larger objects. All great artists are able to see the shapes in larger forms. We studied photos of animals and used paper shapes to construct the animals. Next, we tried using shapes to draw the animals.
For our second project we studied the artwork of John Audubon. We used what we learned about shapes coming together to draw amazing birds. These lovely works were painted for our Art To Remember Fundraiser (more information soon).
Now, we are studying the work of Romare Bearden. He is a collage artist that uses lots of paper scraps and photographs to create scene about events in his life. We are currently working on a collage to create a scene from our own life. You might think collaging sounds easy, but there is a lot to think about when you are layering papers and creating a scene!