• May 20 - May 24

    Posted by Tara Zichichi on 5/24/2019 3:00:00 PM

     

    Camp Learn a Lot Week

    Thank you to all the parents that have donated materials and their time to make our last few days together fabulous! We have enjoyed making friendship bracelets, memory books, and playing games with our group of students. We still have a few more days of fun left! We are going to be cleaning on Monday, so please make sure to wear appropriate clothes. Report cards can be accessed after 12:00 on Wednesday, May 29th. We will not be posting another blog post next week. 

     

    Reminders

    Last Week of School-  Please help use celebrate the end of the year with fun activities for our amazing 2nd grade students. We had to change some dates around due to a surprise from the Chandler Fire Department! Visit our sign up to help volunteer or dontate supplies!  Sign Up Genius Summer  Spirit Week Schedule
     
     
     

     

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 28: "Clean Up Day" -wear favorite cleaning outfit

    May 29: "Surprise Day" -wear Knox colors

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release, 12:10

     

     

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  • May 13 - May 17

    Posted by Tara Zichichi on 5/17/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Change to Our Schedule 

    We have to make a change to our schedule for the math projects. We need space in our rooms for the Maker Faire projects. So, we need to move the due date for the Personal Learning Math Projects. All Personal Learning Math Projects are now due Monday, May 20th. Please DO NOT send in any projects before the 20th. 

    Maker Faire

    The entire week was focused on completing our Maker Faire projects. Students completed their Maker Faire projects and were ready to showcase their learning! 

    Reminders

    Last Week of School-  Please help use celebrate the end of the year with fun activities for our amazing 2nd grade students. We had to change some dates around due to a surprise from the Chandler Fire Department! Visit our sign up to help volunteer or dontate supplies!  Sign Up Genius Summer  Spirit Week Schedule
     
    While Second Grade has planned our own spirit week, the KGA Culture COnnectors have also planned a spirit week. Students can dress in EITHER the Culture COnnector suggested topics, second grade theme days, or dress as a mash up of both! 

    The STEAM Team from Culture Connectors is planning a spirit/activity week May 20-24. 

    Science Monday – Dress as your favorite scientist

    Technology Tuesday – The STEAM Team hopes you can set aside 15 or so minutes on Tuesday to play Kahoot with your class on the laptops.

    Engineering Wednesday – Students will be asked to engineer the word STEAM out of any materials they’d like, and bring their product to the MPR for display on Wednesday morning.  The product would be made on their own at home.

    Art Thursday – Students are asked to make a KGA Doodle (a la Google Doodle) on a piece of paper using whatever medium they’d like.  Doodles will be collected on Thursday and judged, and there will be a prize for the winner at each grade level (TBD).  The doodle would be done on their own at home. 

    Math Friday – The STEAM Team hopes you can set aside 15 or so minutes out of your day to allow the class to play math games.  The team assures me every grade level has an assortment of math games or access to computer math games.

     

    May 17: Progress Narratives will go home today with ATI and DIBELS information

    May 17: Maker Faire

    May 17: All KGA library books are due!

    May 20: "Camp Out Day" -wear anything you would wear to camp

    May 21: "Memory Day" -wear your favorite clothes from 2nd grade 

    May 22: "PJ Day" - wear your favorite PJ's 

    May 23: "Minute to Win it" -odds wear red, evens wear blue

    May 24: "Talent and Game Day" -wear clothing from you favorite sports team 

    May 25: "Move On Up" - Students will go to third grade in the morning and we will also have the Chandler Fire Department coming in to spray the kids! Bring a swimsuit and clothes to wear over the swimsuit. Don't forget your towel! 

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 28: "Clean Up Day" -wear favorite cleaning outfit

    May 29: "Surprise Day" -wear Knox colors

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

     

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  • May 6 - May 10

    Posted by Tara Zichichi on 5/10/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Change to Our Schedule 

    We have to make a change to our schedule for the math projects. We need space in our rooms for the Maker Faire projects. So, we need to move the due date for the Personal Learning Math Projects. All Personal Learning Math Projects are now due Monday, May 20th. Please DO NOT send in any projects before the 20th. 

    Maker Faire

    Students began the process of Maker Faire through circle maps of likes and dislikes. They worked individually to think deeply about different areas of likes and dislikes in all areas of their world. After completing their circle maps, students categorized their topics and ranked them. They highlighted one topic in each category. Students are driving their final project through their questions completed during the research phase. After narrowing their research, the students went back to their categories from their likes and dislikes. They were able to use their other likes to find a way to make something for Maker Faire. Students will be working on their Maker Faire projects in class next week. 

    Reminders

    Last Week of School-  Please help use celebrate the end of the year with fun activities for our amazing 2nd grade students. We had to change some dates around due to a surprise from the Chandler Fire Department! Visit our sign up to help volunteer or dontate supplies!  Sign Up Genius Summer  Spirit Week Schedule
     

    May 17: Progress Narratives will go home today with ATI and DIBELS information

    May 17: Maker Faire

    May 20: "Camp Out Day" -wear anything you would wear to camp

    May 21: "Memory Day" -wear your favorite clothes from 2nd grade 

    May 22: "PJ Day" - wear your favorite PJ's 

    May 23: "Minute to Win it" -odds wear red, evens wear blue

    May 24: "Talent and Game Day" -wear clothing from you favorite sports team 

    May 25: "Move On Up" - Students will go to third grade in the morning and we will also have the Chandler Fire Department coming in to spray the kids! Bring a swimsuit and clothes to wear over the swimsuit. Don't forget your towel! 

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 28: "Clean Up Day" -wear favorite cleaning outfit

    May 29: "Surprise Day" -wear Knox colors

    May 29: Last Day of School, Early Release

    Second Grade Wishlist:

    *Wet Ones Wipes (or the generic brand)

     

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  • April 29 - May 3

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

    ATI Benchmark

    Students completed their final ATI Benchmark for the year. Results will go home with your student on May 17, with their progress narrative. 

    Maker Faire

    Students began the process of Maker Faire through circle maps of likes and dislikes. They worked individually to think deeply about different areas of likes and dislikes in all areas of their world. After completing their circle maps, students categorized their topics and ranked them. They highlighted one topic in each category. Students are driving their final project through their questions completed during the research phase. The students will continue to work on their projects next week in class. 

    Reminders

    Last Week of School-  Please help use celebrate the end of the year with fun activities for our amazing 2nd grade students. Visit our sign up to help volunteer or dontate supplies!  Sign Up Genius Summer  Spirit Week Schedule
     
     
    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

    May 6 - Heitic DIBELS testing

    May 7 - Bush DIBELS testing

    May 8 - Zitar DIBELS testing

    May 9 - Zichichi DIBELS testing

    May 17: Progress Narratives will go home today with ATI and DIBELS information

    May 17: Maker Faire

    May 20: "Camp Out Day" -wear anything you would wear to camp

    May 21: "Memory Day" -wear your favorite clothes from 2nd grade 

    May 22: "PJ Day" - wear your favorite PJ's 

    May 23: "Talent and Game Day" -wear clothing from you favorite sports team 

    May 24: "Minute to Win it" -odds wear red, evens wear blue

    May 27: Memorial Day, No School

    May 28: "Clean Up Day" -wear favorite cleaning outfit

    May 29: "Surprise Day" -wear Knox colors

    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 22 - April 26

    Posted by Kerri Zitar on 4/26/2019 4:00:00 PM

    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

    This week we focused on research skills, focusing on how to appropriately and effectively research on the internet. The students practiced narrowing topics down to keywords, practiced different searches, and applied their skills. Being able to use a search engine effectively, we will be beneficial to their Maker Faire projects. 

    Poetry

    Students continued to use their creativity and explore different types of poetry. This week, they worked with bio poems. Bio poems are about a person. They are 10 lines long. They do not rhyme and they follow a specific 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

    May 6 - 10 - DIBELS testing

    May 17: Progress Narratives will go home today with ATI and DIBELS information

    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 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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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