Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Memo 4/10/17

Good morning!

Penpal Project

Thank you for sending in the Flat Stanley pictures and helping your child complete the Flat Stanley Travel Journal.  I am so excited to put the package together for our penpals.

Flat Stanley

The Flat Stanley Project (the one your child sent off) is due Thursday.  Thank you so much for all of your help with this project.

Field Trip Thursday

We are looking forward to our journey to The Butterfly Place on Thursday.  Thank you so much to our parent chaperones.  You will receive a separate email later with detailed instructions about the schedule for Thursday.

Speaking of butterflies, we have a plethora of Painted Ladies in our atrium in our classroom.  These amazing creatures have emerged from their chrysalids and are flitting around their pavillion, sucking on clementines with their proboscis and getting stuck in the sugar water.  This is fodder for endless fascination.  And distraction, but a joyful one.

Farewell, Ms Wood

Lucky us to have had Ms. Rachael Wood this semester!  She is a fantastic teacher and has done an unbelievable job taking over these last two weeks.  We will bid a fond farewell to her on Thursday and wish her all the best as she embarks on what is sure to be an illustrious teaching career.

Vacation Fun

I'm going to the Morse Institute Library in Natick on TUESDAY of vacation week, not Wednesday, as I had written in the April Homework Calendar.  Hope you can join me!  If you can't, please consider bringing your child to the library one day over vacation week.  Regular library visits are really important in creating life-long reading habits.  Click here to read a great Huffington Post article about public libraries.  As an added bonus, I consider patronizing public libraries a critical practice in today's uncertain political climate.  Bastions of learning and literacy and art like libraries need our support.

Talent Show Superstars

Congratulations to Maereg, Elle, Skyler, Alyssa, Sawyer, Noah, and all of the other fabulous Happy Hollow performers at the Talent Show.  It was awesome!

Have a great week and a fabulous vacation!


Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Memo 4/3/17

Good morning!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I am thrilled that the sun is out!

Field Trip

Thank you so much for the timely return of permission slips for our field trip next week.  We had so many people generously volunteer to be chaperones.  It would be so great to have ALL of you join us, but they only allow a certain number of people into the venue at a time.  I will email you today to let you know if you have been chosen.

April Homework

Thank you for your thoughtful feedback regarding homework.  As a result, here are fewer assignments in April.  Feel free to enrich your child using the links on the Happy Hollow home page if you feel your child needs more work.  Click here for the April Homework Calendar.  Your child will come home with a paper copy of it today.

Flat Stanleys from California

Our penpals sent us ANOTHER package on Friday, as you may have discovered when your child came home from a lollipop from See's Candies.  Our penpal's teacher, my aunt Miriam Hopkins, enjoys spreading the love through candy.

Your child will come home today with a Flat Stanley from their penpal AND a special assignment.  Click here if you need another copy.   They will need your help as they need to take two photos of the Flat Stanley their penpal sent them and complete a journal about the Flat Stanley's adventures.  Please help your child complete it and be sure it is returned on Friday.  Thank you for your help.

Service Learning
Lauren and Maddie proudly display their books

We are very proud of Lauren and Maddie for collecting so many books for the teacher in Louisiana whose book collection was damaged by flooding.  Thank you to everyone who contributed.

In other service learning news, Callie and friends are collecting Target gift cards for MGH Children's Hospital, where Callie's little brother is being treated.  Did you know that Callie's mom Tarrah is running the Boston Marathon to benefit MGH?  She is awesome.  Click here to learn more.

Have a great week!


Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Memo 3/27/17

Good morning!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  My weekend was great.  My husband returned from Phoenix on Wednesday; he had been gone since Friday, and last weekend almost killed me.  I was so exhausted taking care of the three kids on my own--and they all dress themselves!  Single parents are amazing.

Field Trip

Thank you for returning the permission slips.  If you need another copy, please click here.

Ms. Wood

Ms. Wood and Maddie reading our continent charts
Ms. Wood, our lovely student teacher, is taking over the classroom this week.  I will be in the classroom at different points throughout the day, working with small groups of students.  Ms. Perryman, who has recently been assigned to our classroom full time (yay!), will remain in the classroom with Ms. Wood.

Flat Stanley

Thank you so much for helping your child send off Flat Stanley.  It is so much fun when the Flat Stanleys return, and the students share with the class all they learn about where Flat Stanley has been off to!  This would not be possible without your help.  Thank you.


I'm sure you heard about our California penpals, especially since they sent us candy!  (Shhhh.....)  Each child has composed a beautiful letter to their penpal, which we are sending in a package this week.  The children have been so motivated to write because of this purpose.  It's awesome!

We are finishing up our unit on geometry and will soon move on to three digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  This song was an engaging way to learn about parallel lines.  Enjoy this second grade favorite!

"I Am a Parallelogram" by Peter Weatherall

Have a great week!  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Memo 3/20/17

Good afternoon!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Permission Slip

Our field trip to the Butterfly Place is coming up!  Your child will bring home a permission slip tomorrow.  Please look for it.

Pen Pals

We got letters from pen pals!  My aunt Miriam Hopkins teaches second grade in Santa Monica, California.  Every child in her class sent a letter to a student in our class!  Our class was so excited, and they are composing beautiful letters back to their penpals.

They didn't only send us letters; they sent us chocolate bars from the famous Sees factory in California.  Clearly, Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica is not following the same food rules as we are at Happy Hollow.  The children are under strict instruction to NOT open the candy until they get home and have permission from an adult.  Thank you for your help.

Have a great week!  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Memo 3/12/17

Good morning!

I hope you had a lovely weekend. was freezing!

Math Night Thursday

I hope to see you on Thursday night at 6:15 for Happy Hollow Family Fun Math Night! 

Believe it or not, our butterfly larvae arrived this week, just in time for a blizzard.  Over the next couple of weeks, we will watch our caterpillars form chrsalids and emerge into Painted Lady butterflies.

Got Books?

We are really proud of Maddie and Lauren, who are spearheading a wonderful service learning project for a school in Lousiana damaged by a flood.  Maddie and Lauren are collecting new and gently used books to send to an elementary school whose books were destroyed in the flood.  Please look around your house to see if you have any books you can donate to this worthy cause.

Flat Stanley

Hopefully, you received your child's letter and their Flat Stanley last week.  Thank you in advance for helping them send it off to a far-away friend or family member.  We hope to have the Flat Stanleys back by April vacation.  We can't wait to learn about their adventures!

Have a good night!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Monday Memo 3/6/17

Good morning!

I hope you had a good weekend.  It was freezing!  So much for my spring fever.

Thank you, Wayland Public Schools Foundation

We were the recipients of a class set of rocking chairs.  The students are thrilled!  Thank you to Ginette Coffey for writing the grant and to the WPSF for providing the funds.


This week, we are sharing our favorite games.  Students can bring in a board game, a card game, teach us a group game...


Thank you so much for signing up for a conference.  Please use this link to sign up if you have not already done so.


Ask your child about this poem, one of our new favorites:

Poetry is our new focus in reading and writing.  In addition to Eloise Greenfield, the students are finding Shel Silverstein to be hilarious.  Also, with our buddies, we wrote cinquains about each other after interviewing each other.  These great pieces are hanging up in the mail hallway.  Check them out!

Flat Stanley

Please look for your child's Flat Stanley envelope to be coming home in the next couple of days.  Can't wait to see where our flat friends will fly off to!

"Just a Boring Square"

We can't get enough of this song by Peter Weatherall.  Check it out!

Have a great week!


The Polygon Song