Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December News

Our school did such a great job bringing in box tops so Mr. Hardwick was tapped to the table during Monday's assembly. :0)

Mustache Day

Here are pictures from mustache day.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Our Turkeys are Hiding

The turkeys look great!
Come in Wednesday for our Holiday feast and a short play read by your your child.

Important dates:
November 26th:  $8 for field trip is due, book orders also need to be turned in at school (unless ordering online)
November 27th:  last day to submit book orders online

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Week of November 2nd

Science:  We finished up our sound unit in science by making guitars.  We will now be discussing the life cycle of salmon.

Social Studies:  This week we discussed the 1964 earthquake and students wrote a paragraph to add to their Anchorage books that we are making.

Math:  Are focus is on place value to 1,000.

Reading:  Reading groups

Group 1:  We just finished the Nate the Great series.
Group 2-3:  We have started a poetry unit.  Students will be bringing these home to work on during the next few weeks.
Group 4:  We will be reading Mike and Spike this week.

**Continue to bring the binders in so that I can put the portfolios together.

Important Dates:

November 5th, Wednesday:  PTA Meeting @ 4:45
November 7th, Friday:  Spirit day.  Wear Blue and Yellow!!!
November 14th:  Movie night @ 6:30 (How to Train Your Dragon 2)
          **Free admission

Halloween Pictures

Students had a blast on Halloween!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014

What a busy month!!!

Parent conferences went well.  It was great getting to meet and talk with everyone.
Don't forget to bring in the one inch binders (I mentioned this to all students who will be staying till the end of the year).

Halloween Party:
October 31:  We will spend the last 30 minutes of the day having a party.  It is okay to bring drinks, chip, fruit, treats, etc.

*Students may wear costumes at the end of the day on Friday.
Costumes should be:
~school friendly
~NO weapons, scary face painting or masks (anything with blood color)

Important Dates

October 30th:  Flu and vaccine clinic

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13


Karah won 2nd place for her fire prevention poster.

Important information:
Bring in your box tops!!!!  There is a school-wide competition--help class get ahead.  

October 13:  School wide fundraiser.  
October 17:  Dominos Pizza fundraiser
October 20:  Book Fair Begins
October 22-23:  Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Days for Students)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1st

Math:  We are learning addition and subtraction strategies.
Reading:  We just finished reading aloud My Father's Dragon
Science:  We are studying sound and what makes sound.

For Your Information
*October 3rd     Healthy Futures Log due
*October 3rd     Book Orders Due (Code:JDNZW)
                         -Order online or send in the form*October 6th     Fire Prevention Week
PTA News
*The PTA fundraiser (School Mall) begins on October 13th. 
*The next Domino’s fundraiser will be October 17th. 
*There will be no school on October 17th.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 24

Reading logs are going home!!!

I am sending reading logs home today.  When students complete the reading logs and turn them in they will get a free pizza coupon from Pizza Hut!  Please keep the reading logs in the plastic sleeve inside the folders.

It is important that students are reading every night and working on fluency and accuracy.  The table below will help with how many words your child should be reading and a website for you to reference.  Some students read quickly and once they are reading fluently then the focus is on the child being able to understand what they read and can they retell the story in their own words.

How many words per minute should 2nd graders be reading?

This week I am meeting with students and sending them home with books to practice reading.  There are questions in the back that they can answer verbally.  This will be a good check to see if they understood what they read.

Thank you for all your support and working with your child!!

**Important Date**

Friday:  Order Pizza From Dominos!!!!  This is a fundraiser for our school.  Dominos donates money for every pizza our school orders.  Tell your child goes to Ursa Major and that they are in Ms. Conner's class!!!

**Also, where your school shirts or Blue and Yellow on Friday to show school spirit!

October 1, Wednesday:  Picture Day--Come to school with your best smile :0)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week of September 15

I saw many students at the dance on Friday, I hope every one had good time.

Spelling:  For the spelling homework I am only requiring that students do 4 out of the 6 boxes.  I would like to see what students do so please attach the pages they complete and return them on Friday.  After students finish a word sort have them record the way they sorted the words.

Reading fluency passages:  Student are to read these 4 times.  Please record how well your child does.

If you have questions please email me.

Important dates!!!

Friday: This is spirit day.  Please where blue and yellow to show school spirit.  We want our class to when the school bear for the week!!

September 19th, Friday:  Call & order Domino's Pizza!!  The JBER Domino's will donate 10% of the sales to our school.  The class with the most students to order will win a FREE Pizza part!!!!!!

October 1:  Picture Day---Information will be sent home soon.

Friday, September 12, 2014


We had fun at the Jamboree. It was great seeing all those that came out to run. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Open House

Thank you for coming!  I hope that you enjoyed and learned what a day is like in 2nd grade for your child.  Students are always excited to share what they do and I know your child was excited to share with you.

Also, I sent home the spelling with your child on Friday.  These are due the following Friday.  The idea of the spelling is for students to understand the patterns.  I will randomly test them on 10 words. If you have any questions please email me.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Week of September 2

For your information:

Spelling:  I will be working with students on the expectations of spelling and spelling homework this week in class.  I will be sending the lists home on Fridays and the homework will be do the following Friday.

Sight Words:  Some students will have sight word lists.  Please practice these a few minutes each day.  Sign and return the sheet after your child successfully reads the words without hesitation.  

Math:  We are learning place value, odd/even numbers, tens/ones, expanded form, and problem solving.  Students will be bringing home practice sheets nightly along with their minute math.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First 3 Days

What wonderful students!!  We have a great time the first 3 days and now we are beginning to dive into math concepts like even and odd.  We read:  Dragon Gets By, First Day Jitters, It's okay to be different, and Billy Goats Gruff.

For Your Information

-Please sign the planner sheet located in the purple folder each night.
-We will start our first wee of spelling on Tuesday, September 2.
- This week we will take reading, spelling, and math assessments.  I'll use this data to start forming reading, spelling, and math groups.
- Tentative Open House is September 5, from 6-7pm.
-Spirit Day is every Friday!!!!  Wear blue and yellow to show your school spirit.
-Please send in shoe boxes for our first science unit.  We will be studying sound and making a variety of instruments.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

School Supply List (Suggested)

  2 Mead composition notebooks (no spirals)
  3 plastic folders with brads & pockets
o   math: purple
o   reading-writing: blue
o   science/SS: green
  1 pencil pouch/box
  48 Ticonderoga pencils
  1 -24 package of crayons
  1 pack of washable markers
  1 pack of colored pencils
  4 dry erase markers
  2 bottles of liquid glue
  2 packages of glue sticks
  1 pair gym shoes (non-marking)

     Not required, but very helpful
  1 container of Clorox wipes
  2 boxes of Kleenex
  1 box of gallon plastic baggies
  Book-bag (no wheels)