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!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Monday Memo (Tuesday edition) 1/3/17

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful vacation.  We just returned from North Conway, where we had a great time skiing.  For the second year in a row, we stayed at this adorable bed and breakfast that DID NOT have television in the bedrooms.  Last year, my husband and I felt a fair amount of trepidation at the prospect of three days without TV, but it turned out great, our children actually interacted, and they begged to go back.  Now, of course, as I typed this on Sunday evening, all three of them were staring blankly at various screens, but I'm hanging on to that small victory up north. 


Please click here for the January Homework Calendar.  You will notice on the calendar that one of the assignments is to decide on a family friend or relative to whom your child will write a letter.  Our next writing unit focuses on writing opinion letters about characters in books.  Please help your child to determine to whom she will send her letter, and please write that person's address on a business size envelope and affix a stamp.  Feel free to contact me with any questions. 


Our word work resumes next week.  I generally prefer not to do spelling on four day weeks.  But spelling is back next week!  Please click here if you need another copy of the Spelling Practice Menu.


In January, we begin assigned sharing on five day weeks.  Click here for the Sharing Schedule.  The first assignment is due next week on your child's sharing day.  It is "Someone you admire."  This could be someone from your child's life, a famous person, an athlete, anyone.  Your child should bring in a photo of that person or something else that symbolizes that person.

Have a great week! 


Monday, December 12, 2016

Our performance

In case you missed it, here's an excerpt of our class' fantastic rendition of "You're Ready for Time."

Thanks to all who could come.  The students did a fabulous job, and they were so proud.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Monday Memo 12/12/16

Hope to see you at the assembly at 9AM for our performance!


Our sharing assignment this week is "a gift that touched your heart."  Your child can bring in a gift (or a photo or drawing of it) and explain why that gift touched her heart.  We will share those gifts this week.


We are working on concepts of geography this week with our Me on the Map books, based on the picture book by Joan Sweeney.  A major topic for discussion for us was the difference between a city and a town.  Ask your child about this!


Thank you for helping your child complete that homework assignment.  I am excited to give them their compliment sheet next week! 

Holiday Tradition Project

We are looking forward to these presentations next week.  Thank you for your help with this project.

STEAM Project  

Our next STEAM project will take place next Monday.  We are in need of some materials.  Please see the list, and if you're able to donate, great!  Thank you in advance.

Items we need:
Tin foil
Saran wrap
Duct tape
Cotton balls
Foam packing peanuts
Bubble wrap  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Memo 12/5/16

Good morning!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.


Here is a List of Positive Character Traits.  I shared this with the class and explained how this might help them with the Compliment Project.  The Compliment Project is due this Friday.

Holiday Tradition Project

Next week, the homework is for students to work on their Holiday Tradition Project.  Here is an example of what my daughter did for this project when she was in second grade:

Unfortunately, it's backwards because I took the picture with Photobooth, but you get the idea :)  I shared this with the children.  As you can see, it is not an elaborate presentation.  A photo or two or some other symbolic object that can be brought in is great.  Thanks for helping your child prepare for this.  Students are always very interested in the family lives of their classmates.


We are making a peace project with our buddies!  It involved watercolor, and it should be beautiful.  We will let you know when it is on display!

Fire Safety

We are grateful for Lietenant Todd Winner for teaching our second graders about fire safety.  He will join us on Friday morning for this important topic.

Have a great week!