Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monday Memow (Tuesday Edition) 4/24/18


I hope your vacation was wonderful.  Mine was completely and totally amazing.  We should all move to Paris.  It is so, so beautiful.  Here's a highlight:
With Mr. Lee and Kyle Tsiaris' Flat Stanley at Tour Eiffel
Is that a scream or what?!?!?!

Flat Stanley Penpal Homework Due THURSDAY
Please make sure your child has this assignment on Thursday.  We don't want any disappointed second graders in Santa Monica.  Please click here for the assignment.

Yard Sale
The Yard Sale homework is due on Friday.  Thank you for your help with this.

Field Trip
We had a great trip to The Butterfly Place.  I was so impressed with the second graders' excellent behavior.  It was a pleasure having Mr. Galizio, Mr. Zocco, Mr. Richter, and Ms. Williams.  Thank you very much for giving so generously of your time.

Our next field trip is Friday, May 25 to the North End, and all parents are welcome to attend.

Mystery Reader

Thank you to Christina Cevolani, Jack Buckley's mom, for being our Mystery Reader last week.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Memo 4/9/18

Good morning!

I am very excited to be at the Massachusetts Reading Association Conference conference today and tomorrow.  Although I will not be at school, your children will still be with me in spirit because Gretchen Knox and I are presenting their Writer's Notebooks at the conference.  In November, Gretchen and I presented a similar workshop at the Connecticut Reading Association, and this conference is a kind of culmination of (almost) a year of writing with your children.   The students and I have discussed this a lot, and they are very proud to know that I am using their work.  I am so grateful to them.

We have an exciting week ahead of us.

Flat Stanley

Thank you so much for helping your child send their Flat Stanley off.  We are excited to share these projects this week.  As I've told the kids, some of the Flat Stanleys don't return by the due date, and it's fine.  We look forward to seeing your child's Flat Stanley when he/she arrives.

Oh, Baby!

Sharing the baby photos on Friday was so much fun, and no one guessed the correct baby on the first try!  If your child did not bring in their photo yet, please help them find one and send it in by Wednesday at the latest.  If you can't find a physical copy or are unable to provide a paper copy, please email it to me, and I will print it.

Mystery Reader

We loved having Dave Richter read to us on Friday.  Please try to sign up to be a Mystery Reader if your child has had someone sign up yet.  If the time listed doesn't work for you, please email me, and we can try to figure something out.

Earth Day

Your whole family is invited to Natick's Earth Day celebration on the Natick Common!  My father Pat Conaway runs this amazing event.  This year I can't attend (because I will be flying home from PARIS!!!), but I hope some of you will be able to check it out.

Did you hear?  We received a package from our penpals in California, and they sent us Flat Stanleys!  Can you believe it!  Your child will bring home their penpal's Flat Stanley on Wednesday, and your child will take care of the Flat Stanley during vacation.  You can help your child by taking photos (no more than 5) of Flat Stanley in various places.  More info about this fun assignment will be given on Wednesday.  Stay tuned!

Thank you so much for all of your help and support.


Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Memo 4/2/18

Happy April!

 I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.

Flat Stanley

Flat Stanleys are due to return home to you on Friday, April 6.  We will share them next week on your child's Sharing Day.  Students can bring Flat Stanley in on Friday, or they may wait for their Sharing Day the following week.  Airlines being what they are, I know that sometimes Flat Stanleys are delayed on their return flights.  If your child's Flat Stanley is not returned in time to share next week, your child may certainly share the week of April 9th.

Once student's have shared the adventures of their Flat Stanley, they add a mini Flat Stanley to our second grade Flat Stanley bulletin board in the hallway and pin the place to which their flat friend traveled.  This turns into an amazing display. 


A paper copy of the April Homework calendar will be sent home today.


Find a baby photo!  Our Sharing this week is Hello Baby!  This is due on Friday, and we will guess the babies.

Field Trip

Thank you so much for submitting the signed permission slip and check.  We are excited for our journey to The Butterfly Place.  I will let you know by Friday if you have been selected as a chaperone.  Thank you for your willingness to help.

Our Painted Ladies hatched!
Author Visit

We were inspired by Matt de la Pena's visit to Happy Hollow last week.  The author of Last Stop on Market Street and Love, among others, told us about his childhood growing up with a Mexican mother and a white father in San Diego and how he wanted to write books for children that they could see themselves in, as he often couldn't find books as a child that reflected the poverty in which he grew up.  Thank you to Colleen Flannery, our Library/Media specialist, for arranging this event.
Talking with author Matt de la Pena
Have a great week!


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Monday Memo 3/29/18

I hope you had a great weekend.


This week, we are sharing jokes.  See this link for a good website for kids.


No spelling this week.


We will be composing informative writing pieces.  To prepare for this, students are reading and taking notes about the different continents.  In social studies, our class has traveled to Africa with Ms. Niles, South America with Ms. Knox, and North America, Europe, and Australia in our own classroom.  On Wednesday, we're off to Asia with Ms. Niles!


Our geometry assessment will be given this week.  Next, it's on to three digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.

Field Trip

A permission slip for our trip to The Butterfly Place will be sent home this week.  Please click here if you need another copy.

Have a great week and a lovely long weekend.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Memo 3/19/18

I hope you had a lovely weekend.
Thank you, Mystery Reader Mike Stull

Social Studies

Our class traveled to South America with Ms. Knox.  Next, it's on to Europe!


We had lots of fun sharing games last week.  Check out these pics!

Sharing this week is finding a spring poem to share.  Ah, the irony.  Here is a link to a site for poetry for kids.  The link I originally put on the March Homework Calendar is no longer working.


At the end of this week, we will complete our geometry assessment.  This week, we are working on creating arrays and writing repeated addition sentences, which are the building blocks of multiplication.  Although we don't study multiplication in second grade, learning about arrays helps with conceptual understanding of multiplication.


I am looking forward to speaking with many of you this week about your child's progress.  Here is the link to the conference schedule.

Thank you!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Memo 3/12/18

Good evening!


We enjoyed getting a peek into your homes last week when your child shared the map of their bedroom.  This week, we are sharing our favorite games.  This can be a board game, a group game, a card game....Your child can bring in the game and demonstrate how to play it, and we will play it as a class or in a small group.

Social Studies

Our continent rotation has begun!  Your child traveled to Africa last week with Ms. Niles, and this week, they will explore Antarctica with Ms. Knox.  Be sure to ask your child about this on Wednesday.


Geometry has been our focus the last few weeks, and we created a 3-D Museum.  Ask your second grader how many vertices a triangular pyramid has.  Or a square pyramid!


No new spelling this week!  We will continue to work on our lists from last week.  Students can choose from the Spelling Menu for spelling practice homework.

New Flag for our School

We were so proud of Franchi and her sister for accepting the Uruguay flag from Mr. Lee to be hung in the cafeteria.

Composting Lesson

Thank you to Ms. Sawe for showing us her home composting system.  Om and his family are really taking care of the earth, which impressed us, but mostly, we love the worms.  This was a great introduction to the spring composting program at Happy Hollow which will feed our beautiful garden.

Here is the link if you need a reminder.  If we need to reschedule due to weather, I will contact you.

Stay safe and warm!  Have a great week!


Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday Memo 3/5/18

Good morning!


I'm very excited to begin our spring conferences.  Please click this link for a reminder of your appointment.

Mystery Reader

Thank you, Alpheen Menachery.  We loved having you join us!  Click this link to sign up.  This Friday is open!
Amira's Grandmother
Math Night Fun

Math Night was a blast!  So many fun games to play, prizes to win, even free pizza.  Don't miss it next year.  Simon and I had a great time.
Math Night Selfie with Simon
Valentines Day 

Thank you for helping your child complete their valentines.  Delivering and opening were super fun.  As you can see, they were very happy.  
Funny valentines
Our Valentines Limbo party was awesome.  Some of these kids can really limbo.  Their bodies were completely perpendicular.


Sharing this week is bedroom maps.  A copy of the assignment was sent home last week.  Here is an example.  Click here if you need another copy of the assignment.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  Have a great week.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.