Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Memo 9/26/16

Good morning!

I hope you had a glorious fall weekend.

Thank you

Amanda Miles put together the Writer's Notebooks for our class.  Thank you, Amanda!  We will decorate our notebooks this week with the collage materials you helped your child gather.

Thanks also to everyone to donating packing tape and cardboard for our Global Cardboard Challenge.  It was an amazing time of collaboration, creativity, and learning.


Parent conferences begin next week.  Thank you for signing up so promptly.  If you haven't yet done so, here is the link.  I look forward to discussing your child's progress with you.  Please be sure to bring the cornucopia project in the envelope that I distributed at Back to School Night.  Here is the link if you forget the directions.  Thank you.


Your child will bring home their Monthly Message folder today, which will contain a letter they wrote to you about something we have done at school.  Please have them read it to you and then please write back.  Children love rereading their letters from their parents.  Please be sure to return the folder by Friday.

Also, just a reminder that reading 20 minutes is the nightly homework expectation.  This can be you reading aloud, your child reading to you, your child reading silently, or a combination.  Thank you.
Meet and Greet

Our fabulous room parents are putting together a Meet and Greet event for our classroom this weekend!  What a fun idea!  Please be on the look out for the email about this.

Have a great week!  Please always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Memo 9/19/16

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  In addition to attending many athletic events, I was able to do two of my favorite things--go to a book sale at the library and hit a few yard sales.  We're gearing up for a great week in second grade!  Here are a few items I need your help with:

1.  5 Things in a Bag:  This was due Friday, and most students brought it in.  If your child has not, please help them complete this assignment.  Click here for the directions.

2.  Global Cardboard Challenge:  Click here for more info about this amazing day that Happy Hollow will participate in!  Our class will make our own arcade games out of cardboard on Thursday, in addition to attending the 5th Grade Arcade on Friday.  By Thursday, please send in clean cardboard you were planning to recycle anyway.  Packing tape on dispensers would be helpful as well.  Thank you for your support.  Also, please send in $1 for the charitable donation for the 5th Grade Arcade.

3.  Writer's Notebook Cover Homework:  Please click here for the assignment sheet.  This is due Friday.  Thank you to those who already sent it in.

4.  Conference Sign Up:  You should receive a separate email asking you to sign up.

5.  Signature Pages Due:  Please read the Happy Hollow Handbook with your child and sign the page indicating you read it.  There is also a page for your child to sign.  Many people have already sent this in--thank you!  Please click here to go to the Happy Hollow home page.  Under "For Students", you can find "Student Handbook" for your child to read and sign.  Under "For Families", you can find the "Family Handbook" for you to read and sign.    If you do not have a printer to print our the two signature pages, you can simply write a note indicating you read it.  Thank you.

Good Times this Week

We had a wonderful playground opening on Monday!  Thank you to Jen Pearlman and all of the parents who worked so hard to make a fabulous new playground for our students!


We had our first meeting with Ms. Reardon's fourth grade class on Friday, and our class were fantastic hosts.  We did a fun interview activity, and we look forward to getting to know each other better as the year goes on.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Monday Memo 9/11/16

Good morning!

I hope you had a great weekend.  It was lovely to see so many of you on Thursday evening for Back to School Night.  If you missed it, you can find the information on the blog.  We have a lot of exciting events coming up including our playground opening today.  Thank you to Jennifer Pearlman and all of the hard working parents of the PTO who made this possible.

Email Addresses

I updated our class' email addresses based on your edits to my address book.  Please let me know if there is still an error.  Also, I realized I forgot to send this link blind cc.  My apologies.


The September Homework Calendar is attached.  A paper copy is coming home with your child today.  Thank you for your support.

Biography Form

Please send in the yellow biography form.  Thanks.


We used Padlet for the first time on Friday, which is a kind of interactive bulletin board I just learned about.  Check it out here!  We will use this tool to have a digital conversation about The BFG by Roald Dahl.  We are halfway through this funny book, which we are reading in conjunction with The Global Read Aloud.  It's cool to be a part of this global community of readers.

Picture Day!

Bring smiles on Thursday!  You will receive a form from the school today.

Global Cardboard Challenge

We are excited to participate in this fun day.  We will spend the morning cooperatively creating arcade games out of cardboard, and we will visit the 5th Grade's Awesome Arcade.  Please send in clean recycled cardboard for our class to create things.  If you are willing to donate packing tape on dispensers, that would be great.

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


Monday, September 5, 2016

Monday Memo (Tuesday edition) 9/6/16

 I hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed a happy holiday.  I watched my son in a football game, and, as I type this, my other son is whizzing around the ice at a hockey practice.  I'm so glad the rink has WIFI.

We have spent two special days together so far in our classroom, getting to know each other and all of our new routines. 

We are thrilled to welcome Skyler Dixon and Brajae Walton to our classroom.  Skyler and Brajae are new to Happy Hollow School, and I know you join me in extending a big Happy Hollow welcome.

  • Back to School Night is THURSDAY from 7:00-7:30PM in our classroom.  Please come to this special adults only event to learn more about your child's second grade experience.
  • I emailed you a short form regarding your child's daily dismissal plan.  Please respond to this form ASAP.  Thank you.
  • You should have received a YELLOW biographical form from the office.  Please fill out the back and return them by Thursday.  Thank you.
  • Please pack a snack every day for your child. 
We will be welcoming a student teacher from Framingham State University on Wednesday.  Ashley Dauphinais will join us three afternoons a week this semester.  We are delighted to have her.

Have a great week!  See you Thursday evening.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Move Along Letter 2016

In case you lost this, here is the letter your child received in June on Move Along Day.

June 2016   

Dear Future Second-Grader,

Welcome to second grade!  I was so happy to meet you today, and I look forward to a super year!  

You might be a little curious about your new teacher so here is a bit of information about me.  I have enjoyed teaching children from preschool to grade five for many years.  My favorite things to do include reading, running, singing, going to yard sales, and being with my three children.  Their names are Matthew, Genevieve, and Bowen.

Second grade is a special time.  We will observe the metamorphosis of the butterfly, do science experiments with solids, liquids, and gases, study weather, build a community out of blocks of wood, and do lots of reading, writing, and math.

I hope you have a fun summer full of all your favorite activities.  I look forward to lots of reading and seeing friends.  I hope you will take time for reading this summer too!!!  My children and I love to go to the library, especially in the summer.  It’s air-conditioned, it’s free, and I always leave with a bag of books that I can’t wait to dive into.  I always have a big stack of books on my bedside table.  Lately, I’m really into historical fiction.  I wonder what you like to read.  

I’d like your parents to send me the email address(es) they would like me to use to communicate.  I’ll send them an email and invite you to meet me at the library one day this summer.  That will be fun!  Your parents can contact me at  You can check out my blog at  You can also find it on the Happy Hollow website.

On the first day of school, bring a SMILE, and be ready to start our learning adventure!
Ms. Morrison

Ms. Morrison’s 2nd Grade Supply List
  • A recent photo of yourself doing something you enjoy ~
size 4x6 preferred but NO BIGGER than 5x7
  • One set of earbuds (must be able to fit into a laptop or iPad) Label with name!  Put in ziplock bag.  Label bag, too.
  • One BIG box of tissues to share with the class
  • One box baby wipes
  • One pencil box filled with:

  • 2 fine point black Sharpie markers
  • 10 sharpened pencils with erasers
  • One small pencil sharpener
  • 24 Crayola colored pencils
  • 12 Crayola markers
  • One glue stick
  • 4 Expo markers
  • One highlighter
Wish List (if you care to donate to our class):
  • Ziplock bags, any size
  • Extra container of baby wipes
  • An extra set of earbuds

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Monday Memo 6/6/16

Good afternoon,
Thank you so much for coming to the open house.  
Hopefully you received the recording of your child's amazing performance!  Here is a link to the recording of our show.  Also, here is the link to the fabulous continent slide shows your child created in Technology class, if you did not get to view it today.  A few quick items:
Field Day Lunch
The cafeteria needs to know in advance if your child is ordering lunch on Thursday.  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: 

Daily lunch options which include the BAGEL, PB, PBJ, TUNA, TURKEY, CHEESE AND CHICKEN SALAD are available.  All will be bagged with orange, carrots, bag of popcorn and a milk.  NO HOT LUNCH.
If your child will order lunch on Thursday, 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 Thursday:
  • Yellow shirt
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Sneakers
  • Snack
  • Water bottle

Book Fair

Our class is visiting the Book Fair on Wednesday at 9AM.  You may send money in, if you like.  Many families prefer purchasing books with their child at the picnic instead.


Hope to see you at the Happy Hollow Picnic on Thursday at 5:30PM!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monday Memo 5/23/16

Hi everyone,

Here are a few brief notes about our week:
North End

Chaperones received info yesterday.  Please email me if you did not receive it.  We may be rescheduling to Thursday due to weather.  If you would not be able to chaperone on Thursday, please email me.  Thank you.


We are officially done with our word work through the Words Their Way program for the year.  Your children learned a lot and really made a ton of progress.  This is truly an excellent program.  Although I won't miss the millions little rectangles of paper floating around the classroom...


We are working on measuring and data.


Haikus, cinquains, and other forms of poetry have been our focus.


End of school year madness got you down?  This piece had me crying with laughter.  Check out The Worst End of School Year Mom Ever.

Have a great week.