• April 15 - April 18

    Posted by Tara Zichichi on 4/18/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Math

    We will be continuing our four math rotations this quarter: fractions (Heitic), area & perimeter (Zichichi), problem solving (Zitar) and measurement/data (Bush). 

     

    Integrated Studies

    Invention Project

    Students are preparing for Maker Faire by getting in the mindset of innovation. To prepare our students, Mrs. Bush, Mrs.Heitic, and Dr. Zichichi are preparing the kids to get in touch with their inventor brain. We are working though an inventor project with partners to research different products and seeing the possibilities for these items. Students are able to integrate their learning by working through reading, writing, speaking and listening, science, and social studies standards. The students have named problems with different products and stated solutions to those problems. They are working individually to create their own invention by either improving an invention or creating something different and unique. Students continued their studies with learning about patents, copyright, and trademarks. We were very fortunate to have Mr. Gorrie (Mrs. Bush's dad) share his experience and expertise with our second graders. He is a patent attorney and was able to clarify and answer the questions the students had. The students created their own trademark and slogan for their invention. 

    Poetry

    Students continued to use their creativity and explore different types of poetry. This week, they worked with acrostic poems. In an acrostic poem, the subject of the poem is written in capital letters down the page. The letters of the word are then used for the first letter in each line of the poem.

     

    Reminders

      
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    Thank you to all our parents that are emailing the entire team. We would just like to remind everyone that when sending an email, please email all four members of the team. We will forward your email to the rest of the team if you are not sending it to all of us. You may notice that when you send an email to one teacher, the response is sent to all members of the second grade team. We all work with the students and are responsible for their learning. Thank you for your understanding. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    April 19: Spring holiday, No School

    April 26: Zichichi Book Order Due Zichichi Book Order

    April 26: Zitar book Order Due Zitar Book Order

    May 6 - 10 - DIBELS testing

    May 17: Maker Faire

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

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  • April 8 -12

    Posted by Kerri Zitar on 4/12/2019 3:30:00 PM

    imagination clipart

     

    Math

    We will be continuing our four math rotations this quarter: fractions (Heitic), area & perimeter (Zichichi), problem solving (Zitar) and measurement/data (Bush). 

     

    Integrated Studies

    Invention Project

    Students are preparing for Maker Faire by getting in the mindset of innovation. To prepare our students, Mrs. Bush, Mrs.Heitic, and Dr. Zichichi are preparing the kids to get in touch with their inventor brain. We are working though an inventor project with partners to research different products and seeing the possibilities for these items. Students are able to integrate their learning by working through reading, writing, speaking and listening, science, and social studies standards. The students have named problems with different products and stated solutions to those problems. They are working individually to create their own invention by either improving an invention or creating something different and unique. Students continued their studies with learning about patents, copyright, and trademarks. We were very fortunate to have Mr. Gorrie (Mrs. Bush's dad) share his experience and expertise with our second graders. He is a patent attorney and was able to clarify and answer the questions the students had. 

    Poetry

    Students had the chance to work with poetry elements this week by composing their own cinquain and diamante poems. A cinquain poem is a poem written in five lines that do not rhyme. A diamante poem is a seven-line poem written in the shape of a diamond. It does not rhyme and it follows a pattern.

     

    Reminders

      
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    Thank you to all our parents that are emailing the entire team. We would just like to remind everyone that when sending an email, please email all four members of the team. We will forward your email to the rest of the team if you are not sending it to all of us. You may notice that when you send an email to one teacher, the response is sent to all members of the second grade team. We all work with the students and are responsible for their learning. Thank you for your understanding. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    April 19: Spring holiday, No School

    April 26: Zichichi Book Order Due Zichichi Book Order

    April 26: Zitar book Order Due Zitar Book Order

    May 6 - 10 - DIBELS testing

    May 17: Maker Faire

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

    Comments (-1)
  • April 1 - 5

    Posted by Kerri Zitar on 4/5/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Sunflower clipart

     

    Maker Faire

    As we start planning our instruction for Maker Faire, the KGA parent community has been asked to please take a look at and complete the Masters and Mentor survey. We are looking for parents and community members who are able and willing to participate in a Master/Mentor relationship with our students (K-6) to help them with their Maker Faire projects. If you have a skill/hobby/passion or know of someone who does, and would like to mentor a KGA student who has the same passion, please fill out the survey.

    Masters and Mentors Survey

     

    Math

    We will be continuing our four math rotations this quarter: fractions (Heitic), area & perimeter (Zichichi), problem solving (Zitar) and measurement/data (Bush). 

     

    Integrated Studies

    Invention Project

    Students are preparing for Maker Faire by getting in the mindset of innovation. To prepare our students, Mrs. Bush, Mrs.Heitic, and Dr. Zichichi are preparing the kids to get in touch with their inventor brain. We are working though an inventor project with partners to research different products and seeing the possibilities for these items. Students are able to integrate their learning by working through reading, writing, speaking and listening, science, and social studies standards. The students have named problems with different products and stated solutions to those problems. They are working individually to create their own invention by either improving an invention or creating something different and unique. 

    Poetry

    Using what they know about rhyming patterns, specifically the AABBA pattern, students explored and composed their own limericks this week. A limerick is a five line humerous poem, usually about a person. The first, second and fifth lines are about twice as long as the third and fourth lines. Limericks also often start with the words, "There once was...". 

    Reminders

      
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    Thank you to all our parents that are emailing the entire team. We would just like to remind everyone that when sending an email, please email all four members of the team. We will forward your email to the rest of the team if you are not sending it to all of us. You may notice that when you send an email to one teacher, the response is sent to all members of the second grade team. We all work with the students and are responsible for their learning. Thank you for your understanding. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    April 11: KGA Art Night 5:00pm- 7:30pm any art masterpiece questions? email Artmasterpiece@KGAPTO.com

    April 19: Spring holiday, No School

    April 26: Zichichi Book Order Due Zichichi Book Order

    May 6 - 10 - DIBELS testing

    May 17: Maker Faire

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

    Comments (-1)
  • March 26 - March 29

    Posted by Kerri Zitar on 3/29/2019 9:00:00 AM

     

     

    Welcome Back clip art

     

    We were excited to welcome back all our wonderful 2nd grade students! We hope everyone had a fantastic spring break. There are many exciting things to look forward to in 4th quarter including the biggest event of the year,  Maker Faire!

     

    Math

    We will be continuing our four math rotations this quarter: fractions (Heitic), area & perimeter (Zichichi), problem solving (Zitar) and measurement/data (Bush). 

     

    Integrated Studies

    Invention Project

    Students are preparing for Maker Faire by getting in the mindset of innovation. To prepare our students, Mrs. Bush, Mrs.Heitic, and Dr. Zichichi are preparing the kids to get in touch with their inventor brain. We are working though an inventor project with partners to research different products and seeing the possibilities for these items. Students are able to integrate their learning by working through reading, writing, speaking and listening, science, and social studies standards. 

    Poetry

    Students will be learning all about poetry with Mrs. Zitar. This week, the children were introduced to the following ideas:

    * The literary element of literal and non-literal language

    * The idea that words that can be used as both a noun and adjective (for example: giant)

    * Structure of poetry - specifically students learned what a stanza is and how to identify an alternate rhyme scheme (ABAB)

    Using the Big Idea of  "things are not always what they seem, " students analyzed the poem, "The Sleepy Giant" by Charles Edward Carryl. They were able to participate in a lively discourse as to why the giant in the poem was not what she seemed, drawing upon evidence from the text and acommpanying illustration. Students wrapped up the lesson by listening to a musical rendition of "The Sleepy Giant" by Natalie Merchant while they illustrated their own giant.

     

    Reminders

      
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    Thank you to all our parents that are emailing the entire team. We would just like to remind everyone that when sending an email, please email all four members of the team. We will forward your email to the rest of the team if you are not sending it to all of us. You may notice that when you send an email to one teacher, the response is sent to all members of the second grade team. We all work with the students and are responsible for their learning. Thank you for your understanding. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    April 11: KGA Art Night 5:00pm- 7:30pm any art masterpiece questions? email Artmasterpiece@KGAPTO.com

    April 19: Spring holiday, No School

    May 6 - 10 - DIBELS testing

    May 17: Maker Faire

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

    Comments (-1)
  • March 4 - March 8

    Posted by Tara Zichichi on 3/8/2019 9:00:00 AM

     

    This week we completed another math rotation of problem solving (Higgins), fractions (Heitic), measurement (Bush), and area and perimeter (Zichichi). 

     

    We did not have Integrated Studies this week. Instead, we planned different activities for the entire week based on our theme days. 

    Field Day

    Second grade has field day on Friday, March 29, from 9:20-11:20. Please send your second grader to school in clothes/shoes that can get wet. Please put sunscreen on your child at home before they come to school. We also strongly suggest the students bring a water bottle and a towel. If you would like to have your child change their clothes AFTER field day, please make sure to send them with extra clothes/shoes. The students DO get wet and sometimes dirty. 

    Reminders

      
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    While Mrs. Zitar is out, please respect her family time. Please email three teachers, bush.megan@cusd80.com; heitic.kelly@cusd80.com; zichichi.tara@cusd80.com  We will make sure that Mrs. Zitar is up to speed when she returns. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

     

    March 11-22: Intersession, No School

    March 25: Teacher Inservice, No School

    March 29: KGA Field Day, 9:20-11:20

    April 11: KGA Art Night 5:00pm- 7:30pm any art masterpiece questions? email Artmasterpiece@KGAPTO.com

    April 19: Spring holiday, No School

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

    Comments (-1)
  • February 25 - March 1

    Posted by Tara Zichichi on 3/1/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Spring Break Sprit Week

    Monday, March 4th: Rainbow Day

    Tuesday, March 5th: Craft Day

    Wednesday, March 6th: Game Day

    Thursday, March 7th: Read-a-thon

    Friday, March 8th: Dress to Impress Day

    Integrated Studies

    We have moved our groups around a little, so we currently only have three Integrated Studies groups. Students will rotate between three teachers, allowing for us to see each group more frequently. 

    Asia Research Project - Students were given individualized feedback on their rough draft in Google. The students were given the entire week to make any changes that were given by Mrs. Bush or Dr. Zichichi. Students were shown the final draft scales for learning (which was the same scales for learning we used for the rough draft). 

    Literature Study- This week we learned about internal and external character traits. We continued with our theme of "Inferencing" to make guesses about internal character traits using text evidence. We learned how to quote from a text to prove our inferences. Students chose one character to map out character traits on from the book "The Cricket In Times Square." 

     

    Math

    Students will be rotating through four different math topics during second semester: fractions, area and perimeter measurement and data, and problem solving. For information about the math standards we will be working on throughout the entire 2nd semster (third and fourth quarter), please see our 2nd Semester Math Information page. Also, please do not forget we have a Math Resources for Parents page as well with relevant articles and video clips about elementary math education. We are currently working on our last rotation for our first round. Each group (peach, pineapple, cherry, and kiwi). 

    Reminders

      
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    While Mrs. Zitar is out, please respect her family time. Please email three teachers, bush.megan@cusd80.com; heitic.kelly@cusd80.com; zichichi.tara@cusd80.com  We will make sure that Mrs. Zitar is up to speed when she returns. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    March 4- March 8th: Scholastic Book Fair in the Library

    March 6: You Be Math Expert Due in Class

    March 7: Dr. Zichichi Book Order Due Book Order

    March 8: Lunch on the Lawn

    March 8: Picture Day Bush- 12:50, Heitic- 1:00, Zichichi- 1:10, Zitar- 1:20

    March 8: Club pictures

    March 11-22: Intersession, No School

    March 25: Teacher Inservice, No School

    April 11: KGA Art Night 5:00pm- 7:30pm any art masterpiece questions? email Artmasterpiece@KGAPTO.com

    April 19: Spring holiday, No School

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

    Comments (-1)
  • February 19- February 22

    Posted by Megan Bush on 2/22/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Spring Break Sprit Week

    Monday, March 4th: Rainbow Day

    Tuesday, March 5th: Craft Day

    Wednesday, March 6th: Game Day

    Thursday, March 7th: Read-a-thon Day

    Friday, March 8th: Dress to Impress Day

    Integrated Studies

    We have moved our groups around a little, so we currently only have three Integrated Studies groups. Students will rotate between three teachers, allowing for us to see each group more frequently. 

     Asia Research Project - Our rough draft for the Asia research project was due on Friday. Students were asked to write three paragraphs about the geography, history, and culture. We will be grading their rough draft using the same standards used to eventually grade their final. Feedback will be given via google classroom for each student. 

    Literature Study- As we continue to work on context clues, we also learned about internal and external character traits. Students were asked to complete a context clue assignment this week and turn it in on Friday.  We are working on using text evidence to support our inferences for character traits and will wrap up with taking a quiz on chapters 1-5. 

    Math

    Students will be rotating through four different math topics during second semester: fractions, area and perimeter measurement and data, and problem solving. For information about the math standards we will be working on throughout the entire 2nd semster (third and fourth quarter), please see our 2nd Semester Math Information page. Also, please do not forget we have a Math Resources for Parents page as well with relevant articles and video clips about elementary math education. We are currently working on our last rotation for our first round. Each group (peach, pineapple, cherry, and kiwi). 

    Reminders

      
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    While Mrs. Zitar is out, please respect her family time. Please email three teachers, bush.megan@cusd80.com; heitic.kelly@cusd80.com; zichichi.tara@cusd80.com  We will make sure that Mrs. Zitar is up to speed when she returns. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    February 19: Heitic Art Masterpiece

    February 20: Zichichi Art Masterpiece

    February 21: Zitar Art Masterpiece

    February 25: Bush Art Masterpiece

    February 25: You Be the Expert Innovators Due in Class

    February 28: Homework Due You Be the Math Expert play game with family to insure game works with parent signature

    March 6: You Be Math Expert Due in Class

    March 7: Dr. Zichichi Book Order Due Book Order

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

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  • February 11 - February 15

    Posted by Tara Zichichi on 2/15/2019 9:30:00 AM

     

    Integrated Studies

    We have moved our groups around a little, so we currently only have three Integrated Studies groups. Students will rotate between three teachers, allowing for us to see each group more frequently. 

     

    Asia Research Project - Students were taught a mini lesson about introductory sentences and concluding sentences. They continue to work on their rough draft paragraphs for their country report. They are organizing their work into three paragraphs; geography, history, and customs and traditions. To keep them organized, we have color coded their work: green (introduction, conclusion), yellow (details), and red (explaination). Some of the students are going above and beyond and adding in extra paragraphs about other areas of interest about their country. We reviewed the expectations and the scales with the students. 

    Literature Study

     

    Math

    Students will be rotating through four different math topics during second semester: fractions, area and perimeter measurement and data, and problem solving. For information about the math standards we will be working on throughout the entire 2nd semster (third and fourth quarter), please see our 2nd Semester Math Information page. Also, please do not forget we have a Math Resources for Parents page as well with relevant articles and video clips about elementary math education. We are currently working on our last rotation for our first round. Each group (peach, pineapple, cherry, and kiwi). 

    Reminders

     
     
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    While Mrs. Zitar is out, please respect her family time. Please email three teachers, bush.megan@cusd80.com; heitic.kelly@cusd80.com; zichichi.tara@cusd80.com  We will make sure that Mrs. Zitar is up to speed when she returns. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    February 19: Heitic Art Masterpiece

    February 20: Zichichi Art Masterpiece

    February 21: Zitar Art Masterpiece

    February 25: Bush Art Masterpiece

    February 25: You Be the Expert Innovators Due in Class

    February 28: Homework Due You Be the Math Expert play game with family to insure game works with parent signature

    March 6: You Be Math Expert Due in Class

    March 7: Dr. Zichichi Book Order Due Book Order

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

     

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  • February 4 - February 8

    Posted by Megan Bush on 2/8/2019 9:00:00 AM

     

    Conferences

    Each child will come home with their progress narrative, ATI benchmark, and DIBELS scores. Please look over the paperwork before conferences, we look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions about testing please bring the paperwork to your meeting.

    When you come to school to meet with us, some conference times will require you to sign in at the front office. If your conference time is within the period listed below you will need to sign in at the front office.

    Monday: 9:00-3:40

    Tuesday: 9:00-12:10

    Wednesday: 9:00-12:10

    Please plan for enough time to sign in at the front office if your conference is within the time periods. During the above times, conferences will be held in room E1. We want to give each family the full amount of time to ask questions and spend with the team.

     

     

     

    Integrated Studies

    Asia Research Project - Students continued to work on the research portion of their Asia writing project. They are researching facts about the geography, history and culture of their assigned country. 

    Literature Study

    This quarter we are reading the book "A Cricket in Time Square" by George Selden. We will work on third grade ELA standards for reading literature. This week we read chapter two and three. While reading we pretended to be word wizards and found interesting words. We used a short mini lesson on the different kinds of context clues to find the meaning of our interesting words. 

    Math

    Students will be rotating through four different math topics during second semester: fractions, area and perimeter measurement and data, and problem solving. For information about the math standards we will be working on throughout the entire 2nd semster (third and fourth quarter), please see our 2nd Semester Math Information page. Also, please do not forget we have a Math Resources for Parents page as well with relevant articles and video clips about elementary math education.

    Reminders

    Valentine's Day- We will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Friday, February 15th. If your child chooses, please send your child with 24 unaddressed valentines for their homeroom. Valentines may not contain any candy or food for the protction of our students. 
     
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    Thank you to all our parents that are emailing the entire team. We would just like to remind everyone that when sending an email, please email all four members of the team. We will forward your email to the rest of the team if you are not sending it to all of us. You may notice that when you send an email to one teacher, the response is sent to all members of the second grade team. We all work with the students and are responsible for their learning. Thank you for your understanding. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    February 5: Homework Due- You Be the Expert project has begun with parent signature

    February 7: Homework Due- You Be the Math Expert directions for game have been created with parent signature

    February 8: Progress Narratives (paper copies) will be sent home with your child

    February 12: Half day for conferences, Early Release 12:10 Dismissal

    February 13: Half day for conferences, Early Release 12:10 Dismissal

    February 14: Homework Due You Be the Math Expert game pieces have been created with parent signature

    February 15: Valnetine's Day/Wonka Party

    February 19: Heitic Art Masterpiece

    February 20: Zichichi Art Masterpiece

    February 21: Zitar Art Masterpiece

    February 25: Bush Art Masterpiece

    February 25: You Be the Expert Innovators Due in Class

    February 28: Homework Due You Be the Math Expert play game with family to insure game works with parent signature

    March 6: You Be Math Expert Due in Class

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

     

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  • January 28 - February 1

    Posted by Kerri Zitar on 2/1/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Field Trip

    We are very excited to embark upon our field trip on Thursday, February 7th. We wanted to send home some important reminders so you can ensure your child is prepared to have an amazing day of learning.

    • We will be eating lunch once we return to school. Please make sure your child has a large breakfast before they come to school.  
    • Students will not be bringing food or snacks on the bus. Food is not allowed on the bus or in the Orpheum Theater.
    • This field trip will not impact our normal lunch schedule. Please send your child with a their normal lunch. Lunches will be left in the classroom and the students will eat when we return. We will be eating in the cafeteria per normal schedule.
    • Please remind your child about appropriate field trip behavior. We have also had this discussion in class, but it is always good to strengthen the home-school connection so children hear the same message from home as they do at school.


    We will leave KGA at 9:00 a.m. We will leave the trip to return to KGA at 12:40 p.m. Students may enter the classroom at 8:45 a.m. We will be back on campus before specials. 2nd grade will go to their regularly scheduled Team Day special.

    Conferences

    We will be giving you a choice of whether you'd like to opt out of having a conference at this time or attend a conference. All data will be shared with every family whether you choose to opt out or attend a conference. If you choose to opt out of a conference, please email your teacher team to let them know. 

    If  you would like a conference, please sign up for one conference time below. When you sign up you will be meeting with at least two of the second grade team members. It is possible that you may not meet with your homeroom teacher. When you confirm the time slot, please sign up using your student's first name. 

    Conference Link

    Integrated Studies

    Asia Research Project - Students continued to work on the research portion of their Asia writing project. They are researching facts about the geography, history and culture of their assigned country. 

    Literature Study

    This quarter we are reading the book "A Cricket in Time Square" by George Selden. We will work on third grade ELA standards for reading literature. This week we read chapter two and three. While reading we pretended to be word wizards and found interesting words. We used a short mini lesson on the different kinds of context clues to find the meaning of our interesting words. 

    Math

    Students will be rotating through four different math topics during second semester: fractions, area and perimeter measurement and data, and problem solving. For information about the math standards we will be working on throughout the entire 2nd semster (third and fourth quarter), please see our 2nd Semester Math Information page. Also, please do not forget we have a Math Resources for Parents page as well with relevant articles and video clips about elementary math education.

    Reminders

    Valentine's Day- We will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Friday, February 15th. If your child chooses, please send your child with 24 unaddressed valentines for their homeroom. Valentines may not contain any candy or food for the protction of our students. 
     
    Toys at School- Please do not send your child to school with toys. They are a distraction to our learning. Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. These cards cause a lot of hurt feelings when they are traded. Thank you for your understanding. 
     
    Tardies - Please remember that school begins at 9:00 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 9:10 a.m. Students entering the classroom after 9:10 a.m. will be marked tardy.
     
    Birthday Treats - We love to celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade. However, due to severe allergies in the grade level, we ask that you only send in non-edible birthday treats if you want to send in treats to celebrate. Also, we only celebrate in homeroom classes.

    Assignments

    We update grades weekly in Infinite Campus, please make sure you are checking their grades on a regular basis. If your child has a grade marked as "M" in Infinite Campus, that means that the assignment is missing. Missing will count as a zero. We strongly encourage our students to be present in class. While we understand medical appointments are necessary, we might not be able to provide the lesson individually to your child. If a student is missing class time, they will be excused from the assignment. However, many assignments last several hours/days. If a child is only missing fifteen minutes of class time, they will be expected to complete the assignment in class. Some assignments CANNOT be completed for a better grade, the decision is made by the second grade team. 

    Email

    Thank you to all our parents that are emailing the entire team. We would just like to remind everyone that when sending an email, please email all four members of the team. We will forward your email to the rest of the team if you are not sending it to all of us. You may notice that when you send an email to one teacher, the response is sent to all members of the second grade team. We all work with the students and are responsible for their learning. Thank you for your understanding. 

    Pearl Tests

    Pearl tests may NOT be taken if your child has missing assignments. The pearl test time is used for catch up time instead of taking an optional pearl test. Pearl sign ups are located on a clipboard in each of the homeroom spaces. Students can sign up Monday-Thursday. A great time for students to sign up is after they have completed their morning work or at the end of the day during unfinished work time. Students may not disrupt the class to sign up during instruction time. Students may only take one test per week. Homeroom teachers will list the names on the website after grading the tests. Students are notified on Monday afternoon of the pearl results. Homeroom teachers show the tests to the students, but we do not give the tests to the students. Pearl tests are not completed if that homeroom teacher is absent. 

    Upcoming Dates

    February 5: Homework Due- You Be the Expert project has begun with parent signature

    February 7: Homework Due- You Be the Math Expert directions for game have been created with parent signature

    February 8: Progress Narratives (paper copies) will be sent home with your child

    February 12: Half day for conferences

    February 13: Half day for conferences

    February 14: Homework Due You Be the Math Expert game pieces have been created with parent signature

    February 25: You Be the Expert Innovators Due in Class

    February 28: Homework Due You Be the Math Expert play game with family to insure game works with parent signature

    March 6: You Be Math Expert Due in Class

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

    Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds for YOUR child. They will use them throughout the year. These will only be used for your child. 

     

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