Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday Memo 2/12/18

Good evening!

Public Service Announcements

Please see the previous blog post to access your child's wonderful public service announcement in the form of an iMovie trailer.  I am so proud of these environmental activists!  Our Film Festival was the event of the season.  It was awesome to see the work of our friends in other classes.  On the blog, a couple of the iMovies loaded twice, and one of them I couldn't load at all.  If you can't find your child's, try this link.  Let me know if it still doesn't work, and I'll try to figure it out.

100th Day

We are excited for the 100th Day celebration tomorrow!  Many people already sent in collections of 100--thank you!  Please have your child bring it in by tomorrow.  See assignment.

Valentines Day

And the fun just keeps coming. We're obviously very excited for Valentines Day.  Look at our Valentine Monster Mailboxes, made with your recycled tissue boxes--thank you!  These monsters are hungry for valentines. Here is the class list if you need it.
My Twenty Valentines (and George in abstentia)
Library Date

Have a wonderful vacation!  I will be in the Children's room of the Morse Institute Library in Natick at 10:45 on Tuesday, February 20th.  I would love to meet up with some of my favorite second graders there, and we can check out some good books together.

Lunar New Year
We were very proud of Teddy, who helped make the dragon for our Lunar New Year celebration at the assembly today.
You can only see his legs, but that's Teddy, carrying the giant dragon head.
We were also very proud of Jack!  Along with his Chinese language class, Jack presented songs in Mandarin, including "Bingo".  Note that Jack is holding the dog.


Here is the link if you still need to sign up.  Thank you.

Have a great week!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday Memo 2/5/18

Good morning!


Please click on this link to sign up for a parent/teacher conference.

Public Service Announcements

We are putting the finishing touches on our public service announcements.  On Wednesday, we will have our Second Grade Film Festival, which will be the premier of our short movies.  Pat Conaway, our environmental expert (my dad!) will be our special guest.

Two Digit Addition and Subtraction Assessment

Mathematicians in our classroom have been working hard on these computation skills.  The assessment will be given by the end of the week.


This week, we are sharing about our name.  Click here for the assignment.

Kleenex Box

Thanks to everyone who brought in an empty rectangular Kleenex box.  Please send one in by Friday if you have not yet done so.

States of Matter

Thank you to the PTO for providing funding for this wonderful traveling science program from the Acton Discovery Museum.  The students enjoyed the amazing experiments, especially the ones involving dry ice!

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


Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday Memo 1/29/18

Good morning!


Click here for the February Homework Calendar.

Mystery Reader

Thank you to Kylie Williams, our Mystery Reader.  We'd love to have you come in.  Please click here to sign up.


This week, we are sharing talents.  Students can demonstrate their talent for us, bring in a photo or a symbol of their talent, have their parent send me a video of them doing their talent...the possibilities are endless.  Thank you for your help.

Have a great week!


Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Memo 1/22/17

I hope you had a great weekend.  I can't believe the Patriots did it again!

Mystery Reader
We loved having Ms. Downes, the new elementary school METCO coordinator, read to us on Friday.  Haven't gotten a chance to come in yet?  Please click here to sign up.

Thank you, Ms. Downes, Mystery Reader

WMS Community Service Day

We had a great time working cooperatively in teams to create public service announcements.  Our 8th grade helpers served as executive producers of our iMovie trailers.  We hope to share these engaging and informative videos with you soon!

Brainstorming ideas

Report Cards

You can view these on Thursday.  Be sure you have set up your Home Access Center in order to access the report card.  If you have any questions after viewing the report card about your child's progress, please contact me.  

Please see below for instructions for access: 


You can sign up for a March parent/teacher conference by clicking here.  I look forward to meeting with you.   

It was great seeing some of you at the MLK dinner on Friday night.  I was so proud of Micah, who was part of a fabulous on stage performance.  With our 4th Grade Buddies, our class created posters to decorate the venue in honor of Martin Luther King.  The posters were lovely and many people commented on the great, cooperative work.  Fantastic!


Our States of Matter unit is coming to an end.  Our class did an experiment with Ms. Knox on Wednesday during our science rotations.  Salt crystals look amazing after the water around them is evaporated!  Ask your child about it.  The culmination of this fascinating unit will be our (rescheduled) visit from the Acton Discover Museum next week.


"Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken."

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

These were only a couple of the inspirational quotes we heard today.  Students are doing a fabulous job sharing and explaining what these quotes mean to them.  We look forward to hearing everyone's quote by the end of the week.  Here is the Sharing Schedule:

Have a great week!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday Memo 1/15/18

Local Environmentalist Visits 2nd Grade!

My father Pat Conaway came to speak to the second grade this week about taking care of the earth.  My dad is a retired Wayland Middle School teacher, and when he's not driving his grand
kids around, he is working as President and founder of Keep Natick Beautiful.  I am proud that my dad has helped lead the charge in the many local plastic bag bans around the Metrowest, and now he's onto his next challenge:  Just Say No to Styro!

The second grade team's message behind the special presentation was to empower our students to use their voices to make change in the world.   Specifically, we are focusing on our voices in writing, with the end result being a public service announcements that we hope to share with our school community.  This is a perfect marriage with the second grade writing standard on opinion writing.  We will use iMovie to create our public service announcements.  I welcome assistant producer!  Please contact me if you are an iMovie expert and would like to help.  Thank you so much. 
My dad, the Person I Admire
The Plastic Bag Monster.  Did you know that the average American shopper uses 500 bags per year???


Example of quote sharing
Thank you so much for helping your child prepare for this week's sharing on a person we admire.  Next week, we will share inspirational quotes.  Click here for a helpful quote website for kids.  Your child should write the quote in big letters (or print the quote in a large font) on a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper, write who said the quote, and be able to explain to the class how the quote spoke to them. 

MLK Dinner Friday Night 
Hope to see you at the annual MLK Dinner at the Middle School on Friday at 6PM.  The second graders made posters with our buddies with our favorite MLK quotes, and these posters will  be displayed at the dinner.  The Happy Hollow chorus will perform as well.

Our Drew, her brother Luke, and friends present at assembly
 Drew's Service Learning Project

Drew help raise hundreds of dollars for breast cancer research.  Kudos also to many members of our class for their support in purchasing Drew's homemade bracelets.  Way to go, Drew! 

Thank you, Mystery Reader Nimmi Trapasso

Mystery Reader

Would you like to sign up?  Please click here for the link to see available slots, then email me, and tell me what you would like.  Thank you!

Library Book Sale

If you need some new books and would like to support public libraries, check out this sale next week at the Morse Institute Library in Natick.   Click here for the flyer.


Here is the link to sign up for a parent/teacher conference in March.


Please log in to your guardian HAC account and confirm that we have proper email addresses on file in our Student Information Database

Dear Wayland Elementary School Families,

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Student Information System, eSchoolPLUS. After extensive research and assessment, eSchoolPLUS was selected as the best option for Wayland teachers, students and guardians because of its intuitive, scalable and secure solution to manage student data. There is also a mobile app called eSchoolPLUS Family that you can download from the app stores.

Home Access Center (HAC) replaces iParent and iStudent as a communication portal. It allows students and guardians to access a wide range of student data; including demographics, attendance, test scores, class work assignments, schedules and student fees. We will continue to update and add new features in HAC as needed by each grade level.

If you already have an account from an older child in the High School or Middle School, you can now see your Elementary student in Home Access Center. If not, we welcome you to view the HOME ACCESS CENTER INSTRUCTIONS to create your HAC account. Once logged in, please update your email address and phone number(s) by clicking on the Registration icon and then Contacts - (Edit).

Later this month, we will notify you when you will have access to your child's report card online through Home Access Center.

Kind regards,
Leisha Simon
Director of Technology

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Memo 1/8/17

Wow, what a storm!  I hope you stayed warm and your power stayed on.  Ours went off for about an hour, and I thought my kids might collapse from the stress of screen deprivation.

SNEAKERS for classroom, especially on WEDNESDAYS!

PLEASE make sure your child has sneakers to change into for the classroom.  It really helps keep our room a little less dirty when muddy, snowy boots are not trampling all over it all day.  Please remember we have Physical Education class on Wednesdays.  Students must have sneakers for PEThank you.


Can you filter gravel from water?  How about tissue?  We completed a fun science experiment on Wednesday as part of our States of Matter unit.  On Wednesday, our class will go to Ms. Niles' class for an experiment involving sugar! 

Our Acton Discovery Museum presentation will be rescheduled for February 2.

Have a great week!