Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Memo 11/28/16

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I had a fabulous Thanksgiving with lots of food and lots of cousins, just the way I like it!   It kicked off with a bang with our fabulous baking project.  Making bread was so much fun!  Thank you to all of you for contributing ingredients and especially to all the parents who came in to help.  As you can see, we had a great time!

December Homework

Click here for the December Homework Calendar.  A paper copy will be sent home today.  Attached to the Calendar is the Compliment Project AND the Holiday Tradition Project.  Thank you for your support in helping your child with these assignments.

Have a great week!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Memo 11/21/16

Good morning!

I'll keep this brief because if you are anything like me, you are rather consumed with grocery shopping, turkey defrosting, and cleaning your house.  We'll be right back in the swing of things next Monday!

Bread Making

Thank you so much to everyone who signed up to contribute supplies or your time to our bread baking project.  There are still a few slots to fill, so please check the sign up here to see how you can help.  Thank you to our fabulous room parents for pulling this together.


The second graders did very well on their first spelling test this week!  Next Friday, I will send your child's spelling book home so you can see the first two tests.  No spelling this week.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Monday Memo 11/14/16

Good morning.

Thankful Project--Please return!

Thank you to everyone who has returned the Thankful Project.  The deadline is today!  Please return it as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.  If I am still missing yours, a paper copy will be sent home with your child today.

Thanksgiving Bread

Thank you so much to our wonderful room parents Jane Horne, Amanda Miles, and Erin Mueller.  Hopefully, you received their email about our Thanksgiving Bread project.  There are lots of ways you can help, from sending in ingredients to coming in to our classroom to bake with us the day before Thanksgiving.  Please go to the link that they sent in their email to you.  Thank you in advance for your support of this fabulous project.


The second spelling list will be sent home today.  The children did a great job learning the routine of our weekly lists last week.  We did a lot of work and practice with the words, but no test.  This week, there will be a test on this week's list on Friday.

Cultural Enrichment

Thank you to the PTO for arranging and funding today's cultural enrichment assembly.  Please ask your child about it tonight.  Wednesday is another special event for our school from a family who has traveled all over the world!  What a fun week for our class!

Wednesday was a very hard day to be a teacher.  I am so glad to work at a place where a huge part of my job is to teach kindness and respect for everyone.  I wish our whole country was like Happy Hollow.

Have a great week.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monday Memo 11/7/16

Good morning!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Thank you for bringing in all the vegetables for our veggie skeletons.  As you can see, we had a great time.


Spelling words will come home Monday.  We will not have a test on these first lists because we do not have school on Friday.  The Words Their Way program we use is based on years of research into invented and developmental spelling and is keyed to the five stages of spelling and orthographic development.   I will be working with students in each stage of spelling development, from emergent through derivational relations.  We will work with the words all week in our classroom and learn our spelling routines.  You can support your child by following the Spelling Menu that was sent home last week.   Click here for another copy.

Social Studies

Learning about the election has been a lot of fun in our class.  Hopefully, you saw the Time For Kids that came home the other day.  We are focused more on the process and the civic duty of voting and not on our opinion of each of the major party candidates (although it's clear many children have strong opinions).  Here are the links to the short little videos I have shown and we have discussed:  Kid President: How to Disagree, Scholastic News The Presidency:  What It Takes to Get America's Top Job,  and Kids Pick the President:  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  On Tuesday, we will go to the "Polls" in Ms. Leo fifth grade classroom and cast our ballot.  Very exciting!

Read Aloud

We finished The BFG, which was fantastic.  I hope this book is a catalyst for children picking up more books by Roald Dahl, whom I absolutely loved as a child.  The reading level is too high for most second graders, but it is a fun read aloud.  We are now on to Alvin Ho:  Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look.  Alvin is a second grader who is local (he lives in Concord!), he's Chinese, he's imaginative, creative, but has many fears, and he sees a therapist.  The second graders think it is hilarious, and the book is chock-full of illustrations and creative writing.  Lots of similes!

Have a great week!


Monday Memo 10/31/16

Pajama Day Monday, October 31
I'm emailing this Sunday night to remind people that we have Pajama and Stuffed Animal Day tomorrow.  Our class filled our Green Zone jar, and we earned this special treat.  Your child can wear pajamas and bring ONE stuffed animal, if they would like to.
Veggie Skeletons
We will do this fun cooperative project tomorrow--
nd then eat it!  We could all use some vegetables before the candy apoc
lypse of Halloween night.  Or maybe that's just in my house.  If you haven't signed up, feel free to send in a bag of a cut up vegetable (cucumber, carrot, celery, etc.)
​.  To view the sign up, click here.​

Field Trip
Third time's a charm!  We are really and truly going to the Blue Hill Weather Observatory on Tuesday.  Thank you to everyone who already sent in our second permission slip that I sent home on Thursday.  If you haven't yet signed it, please click here for a copy.  If you can't print it out, please just write me a note saying your child has permission to attend the trip.  Thank yo
​u, a​
nd thank you to our chaperones for their flexibility.
  • Bag lunch
  • Apply insect repellent
  • Dress in layers
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes
It has been delightful getting to sit down and talk to all of you about your amazing children.  Elementary school is a real partnership between teachers and parents.  Please keep in touch and reach out whenever you have a question or concern.
November Homework
Attached is the November Homework Calendar.  Click here to view it.  A paper copy will be sent home Monday with your child.  Please note that there is a spelling menu attached and homework related to spelling, which will begin NEXT week.  Your child will bring home their list of words on Monday, November 7.

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!