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The week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Mon., Nov. 27- Gym. Welcome back!

Tues., Nov. 28- Music.

Wed., Nov. 29- Gym.

Thurs., Nov. 30- Media.

Fri., Dec. 1- Art.

News and Announcements

Holiday Sharing- I am still looking for a parent volunteer who would be willing to shop for gifts requested by our Holiday Sharing child. Please contact me by phone or email if you are willing/able to help shop. I can email you the list and sizes of items needed and let you know how much our classroom raised to purchase items.

Check out the Falcon Ridge newsletter at https://sites.google.com/isd721.org/falconridge/falcon-ridge-elementary

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we are reading a fiction text called Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat. We will talk about what makes a team. Students will practice visualizing (creating mental pictures while they read) and learn to identify the plot of fiction stories.

Math- This week we will review and practice skip counting by 2, 5, 10, and 25. We will take the unit 3 test and the pretest for unit 4. Unit 4 will focus on solving addition and subtraction number stories, reading and showing temperatures, and developing different strategies for adding 2- and 3-digit numbers.  

Spelling- Our spelling pattern this week is plurals that change spelling (change the f to a v and add –es and irregular plural nouns).

Grammar- We are learning about plural possessive nouns.

 

The week of Nov. 20-24

Mon., Nov. 20- Gym. FR Food Drive

Tues., Nov. 21- Media. FR Food Drive

Wed., Nov. 22- Art. Thanksgiving feast (hot lunch).

Thurs., Nov. 23- No School. Thanksgiving Day.

Fri., Nov. 24- No School.

News and Announcements

The Falcon Ridge Food Drive – Students are encouraged to help restock the Peace Center food shelf for the holiday season. During lunchtime, boxes will be available for students to drop off non-perishable food and/or toiletry items. Please make sure the items are not expired. Thank you for your generosity.

Holiday Sharing- I am looking for a parent volunteer who would be willing to shop for gifts requested by our Holiday Sharing child. Please contact me by phone or email if you are willing and able to help shop.

Check out the Falcon Ridge newsletter at https://sites.google.com/isd721.org/falconridge/falcon-ridge-elementary

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we are reading a fiction text called A Turkey for Thanksgiving. We will talk about how we can contribute to a celebration. Students will practice making predictions and drawing conclusions while they read. We will also work on answering who, what, when, where, and how questions.

Math- This week in math we will practice writing amounts of coins to buy small items. We will also practice making change by counting up.

Spelling- We will not have spelling words this week because it is a three day week.

Grammar- We are learning about singular possessive nouns.

 

The week of Nov. 13-17

Mon., Nov. 13- Gym. Veterans Day program 9:15AM. Wear red, white, and blue.

Tues., Nov. 14- Media.

Wed., Nov. 15- Art.

Thurs., Nov. 16- Gym.

Fri., Nov. 17-Music

News and Announcements

Veterans Day- Veterans Day is on Saturday, November 11th. On Monday, November 13th at 9:15 AM we will have a special program to honor all Veterans. Students should wear red, white, and blue.

The Falcon Ridge Food Drive will take place Monday and Tuesday November 20th -21st.  

Holiday Sharing- This year we will continue the FR tradition of collecting money to purchase gifts for families in need. The suggested donation is $3 per student (or whatever the individual family chooses). Donations should be brought to school by Friday, November 17th. I am looking for a parent volunteer who would be willing to shop for gifts requested by our Holiday Sharing child. Please contact me by phone or email if you are willing and able to help shop.

Check out the Falcon Ridge newsletter at https://sites.google.com/isd721.org/falconridge/falcon-ridge-elementary

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we are reading a fiction text called Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends. It is a story about two courageous dogs that rescue someone from a hazardous situation. We will talk about what we can do in a dangerous situation. Students will identify how the characters in a story respond to a challenge and sequence events in a story.

Math- This week in math we will practice gathering data and creating a table and bar graph. We will also practice reading and answering questions using pictographs. We will also learn to solve Frames-and Arrows problems having two rules and continue to practice time and money.

Spelling- Our spelling pattern for this week is contractions.

Grammar- We are learning about nouns that change spelling to name more than one.

 

The week of Nov. 6-10

Mon., Nov. 6- Media.

Tues., Nov. 7- Art. Happy Birthday Jacob.

Wed., Nov. 8- Gym. CogAT testing. November book order due.

Thurs., Nov. 9- Music. Conferences and Book Fair 5:00-8:00 PM

Fri., Nov. 10- No School. Conferences and Book Fair 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

News and Announcements

Veterans Day- Veterans Day is on Saturday, November 11th. On Monday, November 13th at 9:20 AM we will have a special program to honor all Veterans. Students should wear red, white, and blue.

CogAT Testing- Parents of 2nd grade students should have received a letter via Infinite Campus with information about the upcoming CogAT testing. If you have any further questions please contact Kate Kienow at (952) 758-1748.

November Book Orders- Orders can be placed online at scholastic.com/bookclubs our class code is HWT97 (a larger selection of books is available online) or by returning the order form. Make checks payable to SCHOLASTIC (no cash please). 

Check out the Falcon Ridge newsletter at https://sites.google.com/isd721.org/falconridge/falcon-ridge-elementary

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we are reading a nonfiction text called A Walk in the Desert. We will talk about what we can learn by exploring the desert. Students will continue to identify main idea and details.

Math- In math we are starting Unit 3. This unit 3 will focus on place value, money, and time.

Spelling- Our spelling pattern for this week is r-controlled vowels: ar, or, ore.

Grammar- We are learning to identify singular and plural nouns.

The week of Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Mon., Oct. 30- Media.

Tues., Oct. 31- Art. Spooky reading- bring a blanket, flashlight, and small stuffed animal.

Wed., Nov. 1- Gym

Thurs., Nov. 2- Music. Conferences and Book Fair 5:00-8:00 PM.

Fri., Nov. 3- Gym.

Daylight Savings Time Ends on Sunday, Nov. 5th

News and Announcements

Dress for the Weather- Winter weather is already upon us. Students need to come to school prepared to go outside for recess each day. If the weather is colder students need to have a winter coat, hat, and mittens. If snow is in the forecast or on the ground they also need winter boots and snow pants. 

Spooky Reading- On Tuesday, October 31st we will have a spooky reading time in our class. Students may bring a blanket, flashlight, and a small stuffed animal.

Thank You! Thank you to the moms and dads who helped at our Fall Harvest party. The students had a wonderful time moving between all of the classrooms and participating in fun party games and activities.

Thank You! Thank you to everyone who ordered books through Scholastic book orders in September and October. Thanks to your support we were able to add 20 new books to our classroom library. The students get so excited when the book box comes. We have a list of books they want Mrs. Clark to order with bonus points in upcoming months.

Check out the Falcon Ridge newsletter at https://sites.google.com/isd721.org/falconridge/falcon-ridge-elementary

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we are reading a play called The Strongest One. We will talk about who we can ask when we are searching for answers. Students will learn to differentiate between realism and fantasy. They will also work on reading with accuracy, pace, and expression.

Math- In math we are coming to the end of Unit 2. Students will learn subtraction strategies and shortcuts for harder subtraction facts. We will take the Unit 2 test this week. Unit 3 will focus on place value, money, and time.

Spelling- Our spelling pattern for this week is consonant digraphs (-ch, -th, -sh, -wh)

Grammar- We are learning to identify and use proper nouns.

 

The week of Oct. 23-27 Bully and Drug Free Week (dress up days)

Mon., Oct. 23- Media. Follow Your Dreams, Don’t Bully or Take Drugs. Wear PJs or Vikings gear. MN Vikings mascot Victor STOP bullying program.

Tues., Oct. 24- Art. Catch the Wave of a Bully and Drug Free Life. Wear Hawaiian clothes

Wed., Oct. 25- Gym. United We Stand Against Bullying and Drugs. Wear red, white, and blue.

Thurs., Oct. 26- Music. Don’t Let Drugs Mix You Up. Wear mismatch clothes.

Fri., Oct. 27- Gym. Say Boo to Bullying and Drugs. Fall Harvest Party 1:00-2:00PM. Students may bring a nonviolent costume to wear for the party. No face paint or hair color.

News and Announcements

Spooky Reading- On Tuesday, October 31st we will have a spooky reading time in our class. Students may bring a blanket, flashlight, and a small stuffed animal.

Assignment Notebook- Our assignment notebook/planner message is posted daily on our class web page. This might come in handy if your child forgets to bring home his/her planner one day. http://www.npaschools.org/assignment-notebook-0

Check out the Falcon Ridge newsletter at https://sites.google.com/isd721.org/falconridge/falcon-ridge-elementary

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we are reading a nonfiction text called Life Cycle of a Pumpkin. We will talk about how plants change as they grow. Students will practice identifying fact and opinion statements. They will also work on asking questions about sentences they read.

Math- In math students will learn to represent numbers in multiple ways using name collection boxes. They will also learn the frames and arrows and “what’s my rule?” routines.

Grammar- We are learning to identify and use nouns.

Writing- We are working on a personal narrative writing project.

 

The week of Oct. 16-20

Mon., Oct. 16- Gym.

Tues., Oct. 17- Music. 

Wed., Oct. 18- Gym. CLIMB theater

Thurs., Oct. 19- NO SCHOOL, MEA Break

Fri., Oct. 20- NO SCHOOL, MEA Break

News and Announcements

Check out the Falcon Ridge newsletter at https://sites.google.com/isd721.org/falconridge/falcon-ridge-elementary

Harvest Party- Let me know by Monday, Oct. 16 if you would like to volunteer to help at the 2nd grade Fall Harvest Party (Friday, Oct. 27th 1:00-2:00PM). 2nd grade teachers are finalizing plans for activity stations. Students may bring a nonviolent costume to change into for the party. No face paint or hair color please.

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we are reading a fiction text called Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night. We will talk about what we can discover by exploring nature. We will continue to examine character and setting in a text. We will review strategies that help readers monitor and fix-up while they are reading.

Math- In math students have learned strategies to help them solve basic addition facts including +0 facts, +1 facts, doubles facts, and near doubles facts. Students learned the turn-around rule for addition. This week we will be focusing on subtraction facts and fact families.

Spelling- We will not have new spelling words this week since it is a three day week. However, in class we will begin working on our next skill of words with endings (-s, -ed, -ing).

Grammar- We are learning to identify and write command and exclamation sentences.

Writing- We are working on a personal narrative writing project.

 

The week of Oct. 9-13- Fire Safety Week/Pennies for Polio collection.

Mon., Oct. 9-Gym. Wear BLUE to stomp out bullying. NP Fire Department Evacuation Drill.

Tues., Oct. 10- Music. 

Wed., Oct. 11- Gym. NP Fire Department visit (Mr. Wagner).

Thurs., Oct. 12- Media. 

Fri., Oct. 13- Art. Happy Birthday Alex. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red and black. All School Meeting.

News and Announcements

Harvest Party Volunteers needed- On Friday, October 27th we look forward to celebrating together as a second grade class for our fall harvest party. WE’D LOVE YOUR HELP!  Would you be willing to set up a game, activity, or craft in the multi-purpose gym (by the library) or in our classrooms and second grade hallway “carnival style”?  If you are interested in volunteering to help with the party, please return the green form sent home with your child or call/email Mrs. Clark.  We are looking for activities that allow students to “roam” around. A few ideas from past years include: drop the ghost in the caldron, face painting, musical haunted chairs, bowling, bingo, guess how many ___ in the jar, various arts and crafts, or other games.

Assignment Notebooks/Planners- A reminder that students can tear out pages (at home) from their assignment notebook once both sides have been starred by Mrs. Clark. This will help students find the next page easier.

Falcon Ridge Newsletter- https://sites.google.com/isd721.org/falconridge/falcon-ridge-elementary

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we will learn about fire safety as part of fire prevention week. We are reading a nonfiction text called Firefighter! We will talk about why it is an important job to do. We will continue our work identifying the topic, main idea, and details in nonfiction text.

Math- In math students are building their “fact power”! We are learning tricks and strategies to memorize our basic facts. This week we will focus on doubles facts, turn around facts, and the +9 shortcut.

Spelling- Our spelling pattern for this week is consonant blends. Two or three consonants that are said together are called blends.

Grammar- We are learning to identify and write statement and question sentences.

Writing- We are starting our first writer’s workshop unit. Students will be writing a personal narrative.

 

The week of Oct. 2-6

Mon., Oct. 2-Gym.

Tues., Oct. 3- Music. Wear MN Twins Gear-Go Twins!

Wed., Oct. 4- Gym. Student Picture Retakes.

Thurs., Oct. 5- Media.

Fri., Oct. 6- Art. Happy Birthday Joshua (JJ). Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black (no hair color or face paint). NP Homecoming Parade. Modified lunch schedule: 2nd grade lunch will be 11:40AM-12:00PM due to the parade.

News and Announcements

Falcon Ridge 4th graders are selling buttons and pom poms for Homecoming! Buttons are $0.50 apiece. Pom poms are $1.00 apiece. They will be sold in front of the school before school each day. October 2nd through October 6th. All proceeds will go toward hurricane relief efforts.

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we’re reading a nonfiction text called Exploring Space with an Astronaut. We will practice identifying text features and discuss how they help us learn more in a nonfiction text. We will also work on identifying the topic and main idea of a nonfiction text.

Math- We are starting unit 2 in math. The unit 1 test will come home soon. Please take a few minutes to look over your child’s test and look for skills that need extra practice. Let me know if you have any questions. The challenge section is provided for enrichment. It does not factor into students overall math grade.

Spelling- Our spelling pattern for this week is long vowel words. Starting this week students will have 10 words (including one personal word).

Writing- We have been working on writing in our Life books and handwriting. We will start Writer’s Workshop soon.

 

The week of Sept. 25-29

Mon., Sept. 25-Gym.

Tues., Sept. 26- Music. 

Wed., Sept. 27- Gym.  

Thurs., Sept. 28- Media.

Fri., Sept. 29- Art. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black.

What we learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- This week we’re reading a story called Iris and Walter. We are discussing what we might discover in a new neighborhood. We reviewed what we know about character and setting. We are learning how characters in a story respond to challenges.

Math- We are coming to the end of our first math unit. Our first unit was a review of important 2nd grade skills including; number writing, number line/number grid patterns, calendars, time, and counting coins. Unit 2 will focus on addition and subtraction facts.

Spelling- Our spelling pattern for week one and two is short vowel words. For our first two weeks of spelling students will only have 5 words to study (week 2 includes a personal word). For the remainder of the year students will have 10 words (including a personal word). Personal words usually come from words your child has found difficult to spell during our writing times.

Writing- We are starting our life books in class. Look for a note to come home soon with ways you can help your child brainstorm ideas of things to write about in their life book.

 

The week of Sept. 18-22

Mon., Sept. 18-Gym.

Tues., Sept. 19- Music. 

Wed., Sept. 20- Gym.  

Thurs., Sept. 21- Media. Fire drill practice. PETS lesson.

Fri., Sept. 22- Art. Happy Birthday Briggs (on Sunday 9/24). Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black.

Calendar Correction- New Prague Homecoming is the week of Oct. 2-6, not 9/22 as marked on the Sept. calendar. Sorry for any confusion.

Assignment Notebooks- You may tear out assignment notebook pages once both sides have been filled and starred by Mrs. Clark.

Book Orders- Thank you in advance for considering placing orders from Scholastic book orders this year. When you order books our class gets bonus points that I use to order books for our classroom library. September book orders are due Wednesday, 9/20. If our class places a combined classroom book order of $50 or more during the month of September each student in our class will receive a free book (The Bad Guys Guide to Being Good). Orders can be placed online at scholastic.com/bookclubs our class code is HWT97 (a larger selection of books is available online) or by returning the order form. Make checks payable to SCHOLASTIC (no cash please).

What we are learning in 2nd grade…

Reading- We are building our reading stamina. Stamina is being able to do something for a long time without getting tired or giving up. Our class is reading independently for about 9 minutes. We have also practiced turn & talk and partner reading.

Math-We have been reviewing telling time, identifying and counting coins, and basic addition facts. We have also learned a couple fun math games like Climb the Mountain and Addition Top-it.

Spelling- We are starting spelling the week of Sept. 18-22. Look for words to come home on Monday 9/18.

Writing- We have not started our official Writer’s Workshop yet, but we have been working on using neat handwriting and our best spelling on several back to school writing assignments.

 

The week of Sept. 11-15

Mon., Sept. 11-Gym.

Tues., Sept. 12- Music. FAST reading test.

Wed., Sept. 13- Gym.  

Thurs., Sept. 14- Media. APEX Fun Run!

Fri., Sept. 15- Art. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black. 2nd grade Polka Fest in the gym.

Enjoy Dozinky Weekend!

Our first weeks of school will focus on team building and establishing classroom routines and expectations.  We will learn about our school wide expectations of showing REAP (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Pride) and being a team that CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control).  Students will have minimal homework during the first couple weeks, so it is the perfect time to start a nightly reading routine with your child.  Second graders are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes a night.

APEX fundraiser-Remember to help your child log in to the APEX site and sign up for a free t-shirt for the fun run on Thursday, Sept. 14. 

Reminders-

Flip flops are discouraged at FR. Students should have tennis shoes for gym and recess.

 

The week of Sept. 4-8

Mon., Sept. 4- No School. Labor Day

Tues., Sept. 5- Music.

Wed., Sept. 6- Gym. FAST math test. Welcome Back Picnic 5:30-7:00PM

Thurs., Sept. 7- Media.

Fri., Sept. 8- Art. Trojan Pride Day. Wear red & black

Our first weeks of school will focus on team building and establishing classroom routines and expectations.  We will learn about our school wide expectations of showing REAP (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Pride) and being a team that CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control).  Students will have minimal homework during the first couple weeks, so it is the perfect time to start a nightly reading routine with your child.  Second graders are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes a night.

APEX fundraiser-Remember to help your child log in to the APEX site and sign up for a free t-shirt for the fun run on Thursday, Sept. 14. 

Reminders-

Flip flops are discouraged at FR. Students should have tennis shoes for gym and recess.