Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday Memo 6/19/17


Dear families,
Thank you so much for your amazing and thoughtful gifts.  It was so special to be surprised this morning with a lovely poster, created by all the children and spear-headed by the amazing Lauren Scoppa.  The class photo (taken yesterday--that sneaky Ms. Perryman!) is so cute.  Your gift cards are extremely generous.  I can't wait to go to Athleta, my favorite store, and buy some summer clothes, and I'm so excited to spend the gift card at Lakeshore, too!  As you can see in the photo, the hydrangea is absolutely gorgeous, and I'm going to have my dad plant it for me right away.  He's got the green thumb, and I don't want to screw it up. 

Has there ever been a more adorable class?
Many thanks to Jane Horne, Amanda Miles, and Erin Mueller for being fantastic Room Parents.  The three of them have really ruined me for all future Room Parents; I don't know how anyone can fill your shoes.  They rock.

Field Day!

Best Class Ever! June 14, 2017  And our shirts look awesome!
 


 














Thank you everyone for such a great year.   Field Day was fabulous, and we are so grateful to all of the parents who helped make it a fun day.   It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Happy Hollow picnic on Monday.  Thank you to the amazing PTO for organizing such a fantastic community event.

Library Fun

Please meet me at the Wayland Library on Wednesday, June 28 at 2PM for the Summer Reading Kick-Off!  Even if you can't go, you can still sign up for their fun summer reading program.  Library summer reading programs are great, as they give kids a purpose for reading, and they get you into the library more, and into the library's FREE enriching events and performances for children.   Every public library has a summer reading program.  Click here to learn more.
A Special Message from Ms. Crozier
During technology class, students have been working on continent slideshows using Kid Pix. This project showcases their amazing drawing and writing skills! I am very proud of their work. Please follow the link to the 2nd Grade Sharing Projects website to see your child's slideshow. Have a wonderful summer. - Beth Crozier

Final Thoughts

It really was such a special year, and your children will always have a place in my heart.  I will miss them all very much.  And you too--what a lovely group of parents.  It truly was a pleasure working with you, and it was an honor to be a part of the path of your son or daughter's journey through childhood.  Please keep in touch, and I will always be delighted to hear from you.  Hope to see you at the Wayland Library next Wednesday at 2PM!

Love,

Miriam Morrison

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Monday Memo 6/12/17

Good morning!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I'm proud to report that I went camping with my family, something I haven't done since I experienced a series of unfortunate wilderness events in 2013.  It actually was fantastic, not only because the weather was great and there was a lot of fabulous junk food, but because we had fun sitting around the campfire at night and hanging out with my dad, who is a a real lover of the outdoors.  He's an inspiration.  But if I'm honest, this Anne Taintor image is my true personality:

Monday (today):  Book Fair

Our class will browse and shop today at the book fair.  Feel free to send your child with money to make a purchase.








Town Beach

I will be at the Town Beach this afternoon with my children, trying to beat the heat.  I would love to see you there!

School Picnic 5:30PM  

Bring your picnic blanket and dinner and enjoy the company of the Happy Hollow community at this fun event sponsored by the PTO.  The Book Fair will be open if you wish to shop.  You can also stop by our classroom and view Morrisville, our community building project. 

Wednesday:  Field Day!

Thank you to Erin Mueller and Polina Bouriev for making tie-dye shirts with our class.  Thanks to them, no one has to go shopping for a yellow shirt!  Your child will bring home their tie-dyed shirt on Tuesday for him/her to wear Wednesday. 

Please remember for Field Day Wednesday:
  • Yellow shirt
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Sneakers
  • Snack
  • Water bottle
  • Baseball cap 
Field Day Lunch:
The cafeteria needs to know in advance if your child is ordering lunch on Wednesday.  If you are packing your child their lunch, that's great.  If your child will be ordering lunch, they need to tell me tomorrow what their order will be.  This is the lunch offering from the cafeteria: 

Lunch options are Bagel lunch, turkey, peanut butter or peanut butter and jelly sandwich ONLY!  Bag lunch with popcorn, carrot bag fresh fruit or craisins.  If your child will order lunch on Wednesday, they need to tell me tomorrow what their order is.  Otherwise, I will assume you are packing them a lunch.



We got to Skype for a second time with our pen pals.  This was so much fun!





Have a great week!  Stay cool!

Miriam



Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Memo 6/5/17

Good morning!

I have a love/hate relationship with the end of the year.  I'm excited for summer, to go on vacation with my family, and to have a break from the school routine.  However, I HATE saying goodbye to my class.  It's been twenty years, and it never gets easier to break up this little school family I spent all year creating.  This year has been fabulous because of your amazing children, and I really dread leaving them.  Starting over with a new class every year is what's magical about being a teacher (I can do it again!  Maybe I'll get it right this year!), but it's painful, too.  

But humor is always the best medicine.  This piece had me crying . . . with laughter!  Check out The Worst End of School Year Mom Ever.  It's from an old Huffington Post, and it is hilarious.

Important Dates:

Monday, June 5:  Stringed Instrument Demonstration  

5th graders will come to our classroom to perform a few pieces with the violin, viola, cello, and bass.  These are all instruments your child will have the opportunity to play as a part of a school ensemble in third grade.  Please ask your child about this. 

Wednesday, June 7:  Field Day!  



Field Day Lunch:
The cafeteria needs to know in advance if your child is ordering lunch on Wednesday.  If you are packing your child their lunch, that's great.  If your child will be ordering lunch, they need to tell me tomorrow what their order will be.  This is the lunch offering from the cafeteria: 

Lunch options are Bagel lunch, turkey, peanut butter or peanut butter and jelly sandwich ONLY!  Bag lunch with popcorn, carrot bag fresh fruit or craisins.  If your child will order lunch on Wednesday, they need to tell me tomorrow what their order is.  Otherwise, I will assume you are packing them a lunch.

Please remember for Field Day Wednesday:
  • Yellow shirt
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Sneakers
  • Snack
  • Water bottle
  • Baseball cap 

Monday, June 12 5:30PM School Picnic and Book Fair

Our class will visit the Book Fair during school on the 12th as well.  Hope to see you there!  Raindate is Tuesday, June 13.

Tuesday, June 20:  Move-Along Day

Your child will meet their third grade teacher.  Your child will come home with a letter from her and a class list for next year's class.  Please look for it.

Wednesday, June 21:  Last Day of School  

Report card will come home with your child. 

Have a great week, and I hope to see all of you at the picnic on Monday.

Miriam




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Monday Memo 5/30/17 (Tuesday Edition)

Good afternoon!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  My husband and I ran the Run to Remember, a half marathon in Boston, for the seventh year in a row.  He's faster, but he never ditches me. 
We did it!
North End

It was fun bumping into Wayland friends all around the North End.
A huge thank you to all of the fabulous parent chaperones.  Although the adrenaline rush of stress of finding all of you in Boston after the bus dropped us off three blocks away from the predetermined meeting place almost resulted in a cardiac event for me, you all did a fantastic job hustling to find us in the Paul Revere plaza, and the rest of the day went off without a hitch.  Thank you for all you did.  I recovered nicely with some Regina's pizza and cannoli from Modern Pastry.
The Scoppa's enjoy coffee at Mike's Pastry.

Asiel-Yoel and Noah find utensils embedded in the sidewalk outside of a restaurant.

Callie and her mom at Regina's Pizza for lunch

Jen Pearlman help Ian and Jake spend every last cent in their budget.

Mr. Million and his North End friends

Jake and his lobsta hat

The Bens and Ms. Migdalen wait for the bus
Christian and Skyler loved their chaperone


Daniel and Max explored all day

Eve and Abby with their North End bling















STEAM

Our STEAM project was called "Be a Bird!"  The challenge was to make a bird's nest for some robin's eggs that were found in the grass.  Check out these pics!  It was very muddy and very fun!  Then your engineer wrote all about it in their STEAM booklet.


Have a great week!  Please let me know of any questions or concerns you might have.


Miriam

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Memo 5/22/17

Good afternoon!

Field Trip

We are scheduled to go on our field trip on Friday, but the weather is not looking good.  We will let you know on Thursday if we decide to postpone the trip to the rain date of Friday, June 2.  

Officer Bowles Visits

Office Bowles does read aloud
We were lucky to have Office Bowles, Wayland's youth officer, read to our class on Friday.  We were also able to interview him, as he is an important community worker.

Performances

We were delighted to see the high school band, orchestra, and chorus perform on Thursday.   Tomorrow, we get to see the fifth grade play!  

Have a great week!

Miriam

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Memo 5/15/17



I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.

Thank you so much for attending our Second Grade Celebration on Friday.  The children were so excited to perform for you and show you their hard work.  We had such fun preparing.

Important Dates:

Friday, May 26:  Field trip to the North End

Monday, June 13 5:30PM  Happy Hollow Picnic
(Come a few minutes early to see our Community model)
Raindate:  Tuesday, June 14

Wednesday, June 7:  HH Field Day at WHS
Please contact Dan O’Connor, physical education teacher, to volunteer.  This event is not possible without your help!

Monday, June 20:  Move-Along Day (Your child will meet their third grade teacher that day--say it isn’t so!  Look for a letter from her in your child’s backpack that day.)

Wednesday, June 22:  Last Day of School

Penpal in China!

Did you know Happy Hollow teacher Ms. Bergeron is teaching in China right now?  She is there as the Wayland exchange teacher in a six week program and will return to HH in June.  Ms. Bergeron sent Happy Hollow a video of her adventures in China.  Many of my students had Ms. Bergeron in first grade, as did many of our fourth grade buddies.  With our buddies, we watched her video, and then generated lots of good questions.  We wrote her letters online via Google Drive and sent her photos, and she wrote back!  I have printed out the letters, and we read them together.  Your child will have their copy in their portfolio.  Do you love it???? I was so excited about this. 

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

Miriam

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Memo 5/8/17

Good afternoon!

I received a lovely bouquet of tulips on Friday for Teacher Appreciation Day.  Erin Mueller brought it in on behalf of the whole class, which was very thoughtful.  Thank you so much.

Open House

Hope to see you 8:30-9 on Friday for our Open House.  In addition to seeing their fabulous work, the students will also perform a little presentation for you, which they have written in collaborative groups.  We can't wait!

Yard Sale Proceeds

The students decided we should donate the proceeds from our yard sale to the Mass General Hospital for Children, to support Callie's service learning project.  We counted and rolled the coins during math, and the total for the whole second grade was $130.00!  How awesome!

Permission Slip

The North End permission slip is due today.  Thank you to all who sent it in.  We are still waiting for a few more.  If you need another copy, please click here.

Community Worker Interviews

We started sharing the interviews today, and it is so much fun!  We heard about a nurse, a driver, a pet groomer, a neuroscientist, and a librarian.  Such variety.  Thank you so much for supporting your child with this project.  A few child said they lost the interview paper, so I gave them another copy today.  Please click here if you need another copy.

No spelling this week!

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

Miriam