Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Monday Memo 6/18/18

Dear families,

It has been a wonderful year in second grade.  I will miss your beautiful children.  I know this Monday Memo is already late, and I realized I need to send it tonight because tomorrow afternoon, you will receive the email with your child's new teacher for third grade--at which point, you'll have no use for me anymore!

Moving on to a new grade is a milestone for you to celebrate in your child's life, but it's always a little bittersweet for me.  It is hard to let go of my class family.  A great thing about being a teacher is the development of this special relationship I have enjoyed with your child.  There is a quote often attributed to Maya Angelou:  "Children will forget what you said, children will forget what you did, but children will never forget how you made them feel."  I hope your child will remember me and their second grade year with a warm and happy feeling.

Thank you for all of your help and support this year.  The PTO provided an amazing lunch for the teachers on Friday.  Thank you so much to Debbie Bressler and all of the parents who assisted in orchestrating this lovely event.  The Book Fair and the picnic were so much fun, and the PTO donated many books to our classroom.  So generous!

Field Day
Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made field day such a success.  We had a great time.

 Strings Demonstration!

I hope your child will be able to take advantage of string instrument lessons at Happy Hollow next year in third grade.  Ms. Tandon came with fifth grade musicians to teach our class about the different options they have for music lessons next year.  Ms. Davis will be the third grade strings teacher.  Please click here for more information.

Global Cardboard Challenge
I appreciate all of the cardboard that was donated to our class.  Your children came up with amazing games for the Global Cardboard Challenge, and we all LOVED the arcade built by the fifth graders.  We had so much fun playing those games at recess on Friday.


On the Happy Hollow home page, in the "For Families" pull down tab, there is an option called "Suggested Summer Math Activities." This option offers families lists of activities, games and book titles (specific to each grade level) that encourage mathematical thinking.

This is not a new option, but it has recently been updated.  Here is the link for incoming third graders.


The second grade was tasked with protecting the sand dunes on Cape Cod last week for our STEAM project.  We tested how our sand dune protectors held up to hurricanes, using a hair dryer and a watering can.  This week, we are building bird nests.

Summer Reading

Lastly, here is the link to the Wayland Public Library Summer Reading program.  Get your child involved!  Libraries are a lovely place to be!  Please note the Boston Public Library Summer Reading program as well.

I wish all of you a fantastic summer.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Memo 6/11/18

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

A Call for Cardboard

Our class will be participating in Happy Hollow's Global Cardboard Challenge on Friday.  Please send in clean cardboard for us to use.  If you're interested in more about this, the Sunday Times had a piece yesterday entitled "The Magic of a Cardboard Box."  

Book Fair

 Field Day
Second Grade wears YELLOW on Field Day!

We are sharing talents again this week.  It can be the same talent your child shared before with some kind of variation, or a different one.  Kids can tell us about it, demonstrate it, show photos, show a video you email me...anything is fine. 
 Community Bookstop

Community Bookstop Website - We are so excited to begin lending books at the Community Bookstop.  For now students/parents can use our paper sign out form, in the binder at the bookstop.   All books have a sticker on the back to indicate they are part of the bookstop collection. Please enjoy and be sure to have a conversation about the books you borrow.  Tips for conversations are available as a handout and on the website. To join in an online conversation, use the QR code to share your comments in a google doc. Please be sure to return books to the bookstop so others can enjoy them too.  Happy Reading!

Please contact me if you have questions. Hope to see you tomorrow night at the picnic. Hamster City will be ready for viewing in our classroom!

My Favorite End-of-School Piece

I love this article: The Worst End of School Year Mom Ever. I always feel this way in June. Check it out if you need a laugh.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Second Grade Celebration 2018

These students did a great job!  Thank you for coming to our Second Grade Celebration.

Elementary Summer Reading Lists

Please check out this excellent link compiled by the Wayland elementary school librarians.

June Homework Calendar

Here is the link to the June Homework Calendar.
Happy Hollow Picnic

Next Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30 is the Happy Hollow Picnic.  Bring dinner and bring $3 for an ice cream truck.  Hope to see you there.  Our classroom door will be open, and you can come see how our city that we creating from wood is progressing. 


Please send in cardboard for the Global Cardboard Challenge.  This year, it will take place on Friday, June 15.  Thank you so much.

Fabulous Mystery Readers
Thank you, Mr. Walsh! 
Thank you, Dr. Unobskey
Thank you, Ms. Chaudry
Thank you

A million thanks for your generous end-of-the-year gifts!  I was surprised and delighted to receive the gift certificates.  The Starbucks one will really be helpful in bringing down my tab, and I can't wait to use the gift cards to get my nails and toes done.  That is so kind.  I LOVE the light covers, and I am eagerly anticipating Mr. Hernandez installing them for me.  What a nice classroom commuity we have.

Have a great week!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monday Memo (Tuesday Edition) 5/29/18

Well, London was absolutely amazing.  My nephew’s wedding and all the related events were so joyful.  It was a special experience to be on this huge trip with my parents and brothers, and my nephew is very happy and has found a loving and hilarious British husband.  Cheers to young love! 

Graeme and Richie (my nephew) enter the reception.

Me, my mom, and my dad.  Please note our fascinators.
Hope to see you Thursday morning from 8:30-9 for our Open House!  In addition to viewing your child’s excellent work, our class will regale you with a little performance for your entertainment.

Thank you so much for chaperoning the class trip to the North End.  By all accounts, it was a marvelous time.  I’m also so grateful to Ginette Coffey, Gretchen Knox, MaryAnn O’Loughlin, Deborah Niles, and Julie Pond for all they did in my absence to make it a great day.

Just a reminder that this Wednesday is, in fact, early release.  Your child will be dismissed at 2:15.  

Have a great night.  Thank you for all of your support.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Field Trip

Good morning!

Field Trip

The students are getting very excited for our field trip to the North End.  It is always a special day, and the weather looks like it will be beautiful!  I'm sorry to inform you that I have to miss this field trip to attend my nephew's wedding in London.  I am beyond thrilled about going to London for this joyous event, but of course I hate to miss this trip.  Fortunately, Ms. Ginette Coffey, the special educator who often works in our classroom, will be my substitute that day.  She has been on the trip before with the second grade at Claypit, and she knows all the students in my class well.  Gretchen Knox, the second grade teacher from next door, will also be on the bus.

If you are chaperoning, I really appreciate your time and willingness to help.  I will email you the information packet on Wednesday.  On Friday, Ms. Coffey will give you an envelope with a paper copy of the packet, your list of students, and the cash for each student.  If you are meeting us in Boston, Ms. Coffey will give you your envelope then.

Mystery Reader

We loved having Mr. Galizio read to us on Friday!  Mystery Reader has been such a special time for us this year.  I think it is everyone's favorite part of the week.

Don't forget!  Open House Thursday, May 31 8:30-9!

Have a great week!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday Memo 5/14/18

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend with your family.

Thank You

I received a beautiful arrangement from the class on Thursday for Teacher Appreciation Week.  It was so lovely and unexpected!   Thank you so much.

Community Worker Interview

We had lots of fun sharing the interviews this week.

Field Trip

Thank you for returning the permission slip by Friday.  Please consider joining us.

Open House

You will be receiving an invitation this week for our Second Grade Celebration!  Hope you can join us on Thursday, May 31, from 8:30-9.


We are working on three digit addition and subtraction.  This is an example of how we are teaching this:
Mystery Reader

Thank you to Siobhan Anglin, Friday's Mystery Reader.  There are still a few openings.  If your child hasn't had a family member be a Mystery Reader this year, please consider signing up here.  If you can't do the time listed, I can arrange another time.

Have a great week!