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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Memo 2/27/17

Welcome back!

I hope everyone had a great vacation.  The warm weather gave me spring fever, and I felt like it was April vacation.

Pajama Day Friday

The Happy Hollow Student Council has planned a series of Spirit Days.  This Friday is everyone's favorite--Pajama Day!


So many of you have signed up for a spring conference.  Thank you.  If you have not yet done so, please click here to sign up.  I look forward to a productive discussion.


Please click here for the March Homework Calendar.  Your child brought home a copy today, allow with any additional papers AND their spelling words.  Please contact me if you need another copy of anything.  Have a great week.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Monday Memo 2/13/17

Good morning!

I hope you enjoyed the beauty of Sunday's snowy day.  I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I been curled up in front of the fire place with Wolf Hall, which I just checked out of the library.  Instead, I spent 6 hours at a track meet.  Like all parents, I experience joy watching my children as they perform, but I wish these events could be just a wee bit briefer.  However, I did have the pleasure of watching one of my students as she blew by me in blur during the 1500 (which is 4 times around the track!).  Here's Alyssa!
Alyssa and her hardware

So many of you already signed up for our March conference.  Thank you very much.  If you have not yet signed up, please go to this link to access the sign up.  If none of those times work for you, just let me know, and we will come up with another time.  Thank you.

Valentines Day

Tuesday is the big day!  Click here for the class list.  The students will really enjoy delivering their valentines on Tuesday morning.  Thank you in advance for helping your child with this.  Super simple is totally fine.  I'll never forget the year my son was in second grade (24 valentines), my daughter was in kindergarten (23 valentines), my youngest son was in preschool (12 valentines), and I was teaching fourth grade (23 valentines).  That was quite a few valentines to be responsible for.  Let's all be grateful that the valentines expectation starts petering out as our children age.

Library Day!

Let's all read over vacation!  If you and your child are around, I would love to meet up at the Morse Institute Library Children's room in Natick on Tuesday, Feb 21.  I will be there from 10:30-11:15.

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


Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Memo 2/6/17

Good morning!


I am looking forward to our upcoming conferences in March.  Please click here to sign up.  If none of the times listed work for you, please email me, and we will figure out another time.

Valentine Mailbox Project

We will make valentine monster mailboxes on Friday morning.  This project makes delivering valentines even more fun than it already is (and it's already pretty fun).  

We will have our valentine celebration next Tuesday, February 14 at 10.  We will open valentines and have a few simple crafts available. 


Two digit addition and subtraction has been the focus of math for the last few weeks.  We will assess this skill before vacation and move onto geometry.


Sugar and salt have been the focus of our last two experiments, and this week, we will see what happens to an antacid tablet (plop, plop, fizz, fizz).

Have a great week!