Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Move Along Letter 2016

In case you lost this, here is the letter your child received in June on Move Along Day.

June 2016   

Dear Future Second-Grader,

Welcome to second grade!  I was so happy to meet you today, and I look forward to a super year!  

You might be a little curious about your new teacher so here is a bit of information about me.  I have enjoyed teaching children from preschool to grade five for many years.  My favorite things to do include reading, running, singing, going to yard sales, and being with my three children.  Their names are Matthew, Genevieve, and Bowen.

Second grade is a special time.  We will observe the metamorphosis of the butterfly, do science experiments with solids, liquids, and gases, study weather, build a community out of blocks of wood, and do lots of reading, writing, and math.

I hope you have a fun summer full of all your favorite activities.  I look forward to lots of reading and seeing friends.  I hope you will take time for reading this summer too!!!  My children and I love to go to the library, especially in the summer.  It’s air-conditioned, it’s free, and I always leave with a bag of books that I can’t wait to dive into.  I always have a big stack of books on my bedside table.  Lately, I’m really into historical fiction.  I wonder what you like to read.  

I’d like your parents to send me the email address(es) they would like me to use to communicate.  I’ll send them an email and invite you to meet me at the library one day this summer.  That will be fun!  Your parents can contact me at miriam_morrison@wayland.k12.ma.us.  You can check out my blog at msmorrison2ndgrade.blogspot.com.  You can also find it on the Happy Hollow website.

On the first day of school, bring a SMILE, and be ready to start our learning adventure!
Ms. Morrison

Ms. Morrison’s 2nd Grade Supply List
  • A recent photo of yourself doing something you enjoy ~
size 4x6 preferred but NO BIGGER than 5x7
  • One set of earbuds (must be able to fit into a laptop or iPad) Label with name!  Put in ziplock bag.  Label bag, too.
  • One BIG box of tissues to share with the class
  • One box baby wipes
  • One pencil box filled with:

  • 2 fine point black Sharpie markers
  • 10 sharpened pencils with erasers
  • One small pencil sharpener
  • 24 Crayola colored pencils
  • 12 Crayola markers
  • One glue stick
  • 4 Expo markers
  • One highlighter
Wish List (if you care to donate to our class):
  • Ziplock bags, any size
  • Extra container of baby wipes
  • An extra set of earbuds

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Monday Memo 6/6/16

Good afternoon,
Thank you so much for coming to the open house.  
Hopefully you received the recording of your child's amazing performance!  Here is a link to the recording of our show.  Also, here is the link to the fabulous continent slide shows your child created in Technology class, if you did not get to view it today.  A few quick items:
Field Day Lunch
The cafeteria needs to know in advance if your child is ordering lunch on Thursday.  If you are packing your child their lunch, that's great.  If your child will be ordering lunch, they need to tell me tomorrow what their order will be.  This is the lunch offering from the cafeteria: 

Daily lunch options which include the BAGEL, PB, PBJ, TUNA, TURKEY, CHEESE AND CHICKEN SALAD are available.  All will be bagged with orange, carrots, bag of popcorn and a milk.  NO HOT LUNCH.
If your child will order lunch on Thursday, they need to tell me tomorrow what their order is.  Otherwise, I will assume you are packing them a lunch.

Please remember for Field Day Thursday:
  • Yellow shirt
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Sneakers
  • Snack
  • Water bottle

Book Fair

Our class is visiting the Book Fair on Wednesday at 9AM.  You may send money in, if you like.  Many families prefer purchasing books with their child at the picnic instead.


Hope to see you at the Happy Hollow Picnic on Thursday at 5:30PM!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monday Memo 5/23/16

Hi everyone,

Here are a few brief notes about our week:
North End

Chaperones received info yesterday.  Please email me if you did not receive it.  We may be rescheduling to Thursday due to weather.  If you would not be able to chaperone on Thursday, please email me.  Thank you.


We are officially done with our word work through the Words Their Way program for the year.  Your children learned a lot and really made a ton of progress.  This is truly an excellent program.  Although I won't miss the millions little rectangles of paper floating around the classroom...


We are working on measuring and data.


Haikus, cinquains, and other forms of poetry have been our focus.


End of school year madness got you down?  This piece had me crying with laughter.  Check out The Worst End of School Year Mom Ever.

Have a great week.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Memo 5/16/16

Happy Monday!

Important Dates:
  • North End Field Trip - Friday, May 27
  • End of the Year Open House,  Monday, June 6 8:15AM - 8:45AM
  • HH Picnic and Book Fair, Monday, June 6 5:30PM
  • Field Day, Thursday, June 9
  • Last Day (1:50 dismissal), Monday, June 20
North End

Thank you for returning the permission slip and submitting the payment for the North End trip.  It should be lots of fun.  Chaperones will receive more information next week.

Fun with the Osmo

Have you heard of the Osmo?  The iPad actually sees what you are doing while you manipulate these tiles in front of it.  We had a great time making combination of numbers with this amazingly engaging tool.  Check out these photos above!


Thank you for making sure your child submitted their vote for a name of our community on Kidblog.  The students loved going into Kidblog everyday and reading the responses.

Have a great week.  Please let me know about any questions or concerns.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Memo 5/9/16

Good morning!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I was so glad the sun came out yesterday.  My whole family ran a Mother's Day 5K together, which was lots of fun.  I can't believe my kids can run three miles.  I couldn't do that until I was in my twenties.

Yard Sale

The yard sale was a blast!  I really, really love yard sales; it's in my blood.  As I type this, I'm sitting on my couch that I got a few weeks ago at a yard sale, wearing bracelets from a different yard sale, watching my son play with Captain America from another yard sale... Thank you so much for your contributions.  There was a lot of great computation going on AND some amazing finds.  The students voted, and it was decided the proceeds would be sent to Buddy Dog.  Here are a few pics:

Homework Change

Much to my chagrin, the cultural enrichment performance was rescheduled.  So there is an assignment for today's homework on Kidblog, but the question is a different one, not what was written on the homework calendar.   Instead, we are voting on what type of community we will build out of wood (urban, suburban, or rural) and what we will name our community.

Farewell, Miss K.

Your children gave Miss K. a lovely send off.  She loved her ABC Book!


Your child took very good care of the Flat Stanleys from California sent by our penpals.  Here is a animoto video we sent them of their Flat Stanleys "touring" Happy Hollow.

I won't be here Friday, as I am attending a family wedding in Florida.  I will miss your children, but I must say, I'm pretty excited.  Ms. Norcross will do an excellent job holding down the fort.  Have a great week!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Monday Memo 5/2/16

Good morning!

I hope you had a great weekend.  I enjoyed spectating at various spring sporting events, although being outside for hours was far more pleasant on Saturday than Sunday.  The Earth Day Festival was lots of fun, and it was great to see some of you there!

Open House Reminder

Our Open House will be Monday, June 6 8:15-8:45.  You don't want to miss it.  It's important that every student has a special adult there to see their work and watch our little classroom "performance."  Please let me know if you are anticipating a problem with this date.  Thank you!

North End

Thank you so much for sending in the permission slips.  Please click here if you need another copy.

Flat Stanley

Oh my goodness, this class gets the Flat Stanley gold star!  Everyone had such a fantastic presentation, and we all learned so much.  Your child did a fabulous job presenting the photos, the letters, the books, or posters.  Our class rocks!

Farewell, Ms. Kosiba

We will bid adieu to our lovely student teacher Hannah Kosiba on Thursday.  Ms. K. has been a fantastic addition to our class on Mondays and Thursdays, and we all know she will be an excellent teacher with a classroom of her own someday.  Your child contributed to a beautiful book: The ABC's of Ms. K., which we will present to her on Thursday.  We are grateful for Mr. Lee's cultivating Happy Hollow's relationship with area colleges such as Framingham State, as it is such a benefit to the students and teachers to have student teachers in our school.


Please click here for the May Homework Calendar.  Please note that on of the homework assignments this week is an interview.  Your child has to interview you or a neighbor or a family member about a paying job.  Please click here if you need another copy.

Another assignment is your contribution to our class yard sale.  Please click here for the assignment.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Florence Adler Road Race

This fun event takes place on Saturday.  Click here for more info.

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


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Monday Memo 4/25/16

Welcome back!

I hope you had a great vacation.  The weather was so nice, and I was able to attend a family wedding in Milwaukee, which was lots of fun.

Happy Hollow Garden

Our class got to do some planting last week in the Happy Hollow Garden.  Here are a few pics!

Flat Stanley

Thank you so much for helping your child send out their Flat Stanley.  Almost everyone brought in their Flat Stanley and letters and photos before vacation, and we are looking forward to sharing them this week.

In more Flat Stanley news, you may have heard that our classroom received a package all the way from California.  My aunt, Miriam Hopkins, is a second grade teacher in Santa Monica, and she had each child in her class make a Flat Stanley and write a letter to a student in MY class.  How cool is that?  We spent Friday afternoon walking around Happy Hollow and the playground with iPads, taking photos of each student with their Flat Stanley in various places and poses.  We will send Ms. Hopkins' class an Animoto of all of our photos, as well as include a few in the letters each student will write for a reply.  What a fun project!  Here is a sampling of our photos:


On Friday the 15th, our Painted Ladies finally emerged from the chrysalids, and we were thrilled to see them!  However, it was only 50 degrees, so we thought we shouldn't release them.  Painted Ladies live about fourteen days, so we had kind of a Sophie's Choice of keep the butterflies in the pavillions and hope they live through vacation, or set them free but know they will die in the cold.  It's like the famous quote from Mary Oliver:  "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

A couple of the butterflies suffered an early passing, but as of this writing at 8:21PM, four are still fluttering in the pavillion on my coffee table.  So I hope to have a lovely releasing ceremony tomorrow in the courtyard.  Stay tuned!

Natick Earth Day Festival

I have to put in a plug for the Natick Earth Day Festival.  It's this Sunday from 11-3 on the Natick Common.  It's free and fun for kids, and my dad (retired Wayland teacher and major environmentalist and community activist) runs it.  Hope to see you there!

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