Sunday, October 23, 2016

Monday Memo 10/24/16

That five day week last week took a lot out of me, and I was asleep at 8:30 on Friday night.  Good thing too, because the rest of my weekend was chock full of fall gatherings, sporting events, and other assorted family fun.  I hope you all had a great weekend as well.  

Field Trip Friday

Cross your fingers for good weather on Friday! We used the rain on Friday to learn about another weather instrument--the rain gauge!  We put it in the courtyard on Friday afternoon, and it will be fun to measure the rainfall today!

Veggie Skeletons

We will do this fun activity for a Halloween/Harvest Celebration on Monday, October 31.  We need some cut up vegetables.  Please follow this link to contribute.


Have you heard about the Osmo?  Ask your child about this fun iPad app we use during math stations.  We have completed our first unit on Number Combinations, and next we will study place value. 


Thank you to those of you who have returned the cornucopia.  Please bring it in when you meet with me for your conference (if you haven't already), or send it into school in an envelope.  Thank you.

Have a great week!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Memo 10/17/16

We had a packed schedule last week!  I hope many of you enjoyed the class play date on Saturday.  Thank you so much to our fabulous room parents for organizing it.  I'm sorry I had to miss it, but I had a family reunion in Maine.  It was a blast and really special to see many of my aunts and uncles who flew in from San Diego to attend. 
I am enjoying our conversations during our parent/teacher conferences.  Remember that you can call or email me any time, and we can always meet at any time.
Field Trip
Thank you for sending in the permission slips for the field trip.  Many of you volunteered to chaperone, which is very generous.  Our chaperones will be:
1.  Bryan Mueller

2.  Victoria Hargreaves
3.  Polina Bouriev
​4.  Cherish Dixon​
5.  Mrs. Kong

Chaperones, I will send you more information this week.  Please check your CORI status with Leslie Corner in the office.  Email her at
How do you know air is there?  We did a science experiment with balloons, feathers, cotton balls, and straws to answer this question.  The students determined that they could see air taking up space as they filled their balloons.  We also had a bubble blowing bonanza outside and observed how the air in our atmosphere made the bubbles travel.  Students wrote about these experiences in their Weather Booklets.

We are working on a poster contest project with our fourth grade buddies for "Above the Influence."  This organization's aim is to help children make good choices as they grow through their teen years.  A representative came to our school assembly to make a presentation about living above the influence, and he got the students excited about a poster contest.  This is a great cooperative activity with our buddies. 

I will send a reminder about the field trip on Thursday.  Have a great week! 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Monday Memo 10/4/16 (Tuesday Edition)

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend.  We hosted lots of family, which was fun and chaotic.  Kind of like second grade!  If your family celebrates Rosh Hashanah, I hope you enjoyed a special day.


Your child will bring home a paper copy of the October Homework Calendar today.  Please click here for another copy.


Almost everyone has signed up for a conference.  Thank you.  Conferences will begin today and continue this whole month.

Field Trip

Your child brought home a permission slip for the Blue Hill Weather Observatory field trip.  Please return it by Friday.  Click here if you need another copy.  Thank you.

Writer's Notebooks

We had so much fun decorating our Writers Notebooks.  Thank you for helping your children gather items to make a collage on the cover.  We will share the notebooks over the next few weeks.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Memo 9/26/16

Good morning!

I hope you had a glorious fall weekend.

Thank you

Amanda Miles put together the Writer's Notebooks for our class.  Thank you, Amanda!  We will decorate our notebooks this week with the collage materials you helped your child gather.

Thanks also to everyone to donating packing tape and cardboard for our Global Cardboard Challenge.  It was an amazing time of collaboration, creativity, and learning.


Parent conferences begin next week.  Thank you for signing up so promptly.  If you haven't yet done so, here is the link.  I look forward to discussing your child's progress with you.  Please be sure to bring the cornucopia project in the envelope that I distributed at Back to School Night.  Here is the link if you forget the directions.  Thank you.


Your child will bring home their Monthly Message folder today, which will contain a letter they wrote to you about something we have done at school.  Please have them read it to you and then please write back.  Children love rereading their letters from their parents.  Please be sure to return the folder by Friday.

Also, just a reminder that reading 20 minutes is the nightly homework expectation.  This can be you reading aloud, your child reading to you, your child reading silently, or a combination.  Thank you.
Meet and Greet

Our fabulous room parents are putting together a Meet and Greet event for our classroom this weekend!  What a fun idea!  Please be on the look out for the email about this.

Have a great week!  Please always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Memo 9/19/16

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  In addition to attending many athletic events, I was able to do two of my favorite things--go to a book sale at the library and hit a few yard sales.  We're gearing up for a great week in second grade!  Here are a few items I need your help with:

1.  5 Things in a Bag:  This was due Friday, and most students brought it in.  If your child has not, please help them complete this assignment.  Click here for the directions.

2.  Global Cardboard Challenge:  Click here for more info about this amazing day that Happy Hollow will participate in!  Our class will make our own arcade games out of cardboard on Thursday, in addition to attending the 5th Grade Arcade on Friday.  By Thursday, please send in clean cardboard you were planning to recycle anyway.  Packing tape on dispensers would be helpful as well.  Thank you for your support.  Also, please send in $1 for the charitable donation for the 5th Grade Arcade.

3.  Writer's Notebook Cover Homework:  Please click here for the assignment sheet.  This is due Friday.  Thank you to those who already sent it in.

4.  Conference Sign Up:  You should receive a separate email asking you to sign up.

5.  Signature Pages Due:  Please read the Happy Hollow Handbook with your child and sign the page indicating you read it.  There is also a page for your child to sign.  Many people have already sent this in--thank you!  Please click here to go to the Happy Hollow home page.  Under "For Students", you can find "Student Handbook" for your child to read and sign.  Under "For Families", you can find the "Family Handbook" for you to read and sign.    If you do not have a printer to print our the two signature pages, you can simply write a note indicating you read it.  Thank you.

Good Times this Week

We had a wonderful playground opening on Monday!  Thank you to Jen Pearlman and all of the parents who worked so hard to make a fabulous new playground for our students!


We had our first meeting with Ms. Reardon's fourth grade class on Friday, and our class were fantastic hosts.  We did a fun interview activity, and we look forward to getting to know each other better as the year goes on.