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!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Memo 1/30/17

Good morning!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.


Click here for the February Homework Calendar.  Please note that next week's Sharing Assignment is "What's In a Name?"  Your child will need your help to find out a little bit of the meaning of their first name.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

The Sharing Talents was fantastic!  We had bass playing, hula-hooping, arts and crafts, various sports--it was great!  But I think all of us would agree that our student teacher's (Ms. Wood) sharing was pretty awesome.  She stood on her head in front of the whole class!  Your child may not remember a lot of things about second grade, but I'm pretty sure he will remember this.


Please make sure your child is completing one of the Spelling Menu practice activities each night for homework.  We practice the words in school, too, but home practice is important.  

Report Cards

Your child's report card is coming home today.  Please look for it.  If there is something on the report card that you are concerned about or have a question about, please feel free to contact me.

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday Memo 1/23/17

Good morning!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  It was fun to see some of you at the Martin Luther King dinner.  Our class' posters looked great, and Skyler did a wonderful job reciting a poem.  Thank you for supporting this important event.

Pajama Day THIS Friday!

Our superstar class filled the Green Zone jar again, and we are finally getting our reward, which will be Pajama Day on Friday!  Your child can wear pajamas, wear slippers if they want, and bring one  stuffed animal friend, too.  It's going to be great, and Ms. Morrison needs to go buy some new pajamas!

Sharing Talents

This week, we are sharing talents.  Students can perform/demonstrate their talent, bring in a photo, send me a short video to show the class, bring in some aspect of the talent and just explain it....the possibilities are endless!  Thank you for reminding your child about their Sharing Day.

Acton Discovery Museum
Check out these pics!  Thanks again to the PTO for funding this program.

Your second grade scientist did their first experiment for our States of Matter unit in class on Friday.  It involved hot and cold water, and they made great observations.  Next, we will create some mixtures and solutions and see if we can separate some solids and liquids.  


We have started mailing our opinion letters!  The students are so excited when they finish writing their final copy of the letter on to the special stationery that they individually designed.  It is my hope to have everyone write multiple letters, with the idea being that each one is better than the last, with more details and evidence from the text, more voice, better mechanics, etc.   Thank you for supporting this by sending in the addressed envelope with the stamp.  It is a real thrill for the students to walk down to the office and place their envelope in the big wooden US mailbox.  Any additional letters your child composes will be sent home in their folder for you to mail.

Report Cards

Your child's report card will be sent home next Monday, January 30.

Eighth Grade Helpers

We were delighted to host some eighth grade helpers on Friday, as they assisted some of their former  teachers for Community Service Day at the middle school.  Your children were very excited by their presence, and the middle schoolers were particularly helpful in art class.  I told the class that someday it will be YOU coming back to Happy Hollow to help me on Community Service Day!  The days are long, but the years are short.

Have a great week!  I know I will because I finally finished the report cards.  You would think, after twenty years, it would be a quick and easy process, but interestingly enough, it never is.  There is a lot of hemming and hawing, and rereading and revising, which sounds a lot like the writing process.

As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday Memo (Tuesday Edition) 1/17/17

Good afternoon!

I hope you enjoyed a lovely long weekend. 

Acton Discovery Museum

We are grateful to the PTO for funding the traveling science program that visited us on Thursday.  We really enjoyed the experiments.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Speaking of buddies, we are so proud of Ian and his fourth grade buddy and Maereg and her fourth grade buddy for winning the "Above the Influence" poster contest.  Way to go!

Student Teacher

Well, when it rains, it pours.  In addition to welcoming Ms. Bannon, a sophomore at Framingham State University, we are also thrilled to have Ms. Wood, a graduate student at Regis College in Special Education.  Ms. Wood started last week, and she will work in our classroom every day until April vacation to fulfill her student teaching requirement, under the supervision of Mrs. Socha (the teacher formerly known as Ms. Norton) and me.  Ms. Wood is doing a great job, and we are delighted to have her.  Lucky us!

Have a great week!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Memo 1/9/16

Good afternoon!

I hope you are doing well, despite the frigid weather.  I saw "Hidden Figures" on Friday night with my twelve year old daughter.  It's the story of three female African-American mathematicians who worked at NASA in the sixties.  I cried at the end, and my daughter actually said as we walked out of the theater (when she looked up from texting emojis to her friends on her phone) that she was so excited to go to math class on Monday.  There really is no better endorsement than that.  If you have tween-age children, I hope you bring them to see it.

Winter Gear

Every day during the snowy weather, your child should have a separate bag (a reusable shopping bag works best) to pack:
  • boots
  • snowpants
  • hat
  • mittens
PLEASE make sure your child has sneakers to change into for the classroom.  It really helps keep our rug a little less gross when muddy, snowy boots are not trampling all over it all day.  Please remember we have Physical Education class on Mondays.  Students must have sneakers for PEThank you.

Acton Discovery Museum Presentation

We are grateful to the PTO for funding a special program for us on Thursday afternoon.  An educator from the Acton Discovery Museum will bring a Traveling Workshop to the second grade on States of Matter, our new science unit.  In this workshop, dry ice and liquid nitrogen make learning the phase changes very dramatic as we will observe the change of liquid water to gas, shatter flowers, use a banana as a hammer, and even shrink solid metal in just a few seconds.  Very cool stuff.  Be sure to ask your child about it on Thursday.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We honored and celebrated this great man by reading Martin's Big Words with our Buddies and creating posters that will be used to decorate the middle school at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner at 6:30 on Friday, January 20.  Look for more information about this fun family event in the Happy Hollow e-blast.

Student Teacher

Ms. Robin Bannon will be our latest and greatest student teacher from Framingham State University.  We are thrilled to welcome her.  She will join us on Thursday afternoons. 

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