Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Memo 9/29/14

I hope you had a great weekend.  It was like summer!


Thank you so much for signing up for conferences.  I'm really looking forward to our time together.  I have heard from most of you.  If you have not yet responded, please do so as soon as possible.  Here is the link.  Thank you.


The October Homework Calendar was sent home today.  If you need another copy, click here.  Remember that every assignment for the week, including the Reading Log, is due on Friday.  Thanks for your help.

The Monthly Message will be sent home tomorrow.  Do you like that?  The Monday Memo, the Monthly Message... I try to make it catchy :)  Please read it, write a short note back, and send it back to school on Wednesday.  One of our English Language Arts standards in second grade is to be able to use proper letter form, including using commas in greetings and closings of letters.  More importantly, building the skill of being able to recall an event or related events and adding relevant details to create a cohesive written piece is an important goal for us in second grade.  Thank you for your help with this.

Field Trip

We are very excited for our field trip on October 16.  The permission slip will be sent home tomorrow.  You can indicate on the form if you would like to chaperone.  I'll let you know right away if you are selected to be a chaperone.


We have had two meetings with our fourth grade buddies.  Our buddies this year are the kids in Ms. Moynihan's class.  The students interviewed each other at our first meeting and played a math game together at our second.  Next time, we'll do a fall craft.

That's all for now.  Please contact me anytime if you have any questions.  Have a good night!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Memo 9/22/14

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  I loved seeing so many of you at Back to School Night.  You were a very kind audience and laughed at my jokes.


You should have received an email from me inviting you to sign up for a fall conference via signup genius.  Please let me know if you did not receive it or if you had trouble accessing it.


You can find the homework that was sent home today by clicking on the "Homework" tab on my blog.  Of course, your child has a copy of it in his/her folder as well.  I told the kids to put it in a prominent location (the refrigerator, perhaps?), so they can check it every day and see what they are supposed to do.  Your child will receive a new homework calendar for October next week.  The procedure is for the student to hold onto the calendar.  Every Friday, your child should bring the papers to school that were due that week, including the reading log, which is due every Friday.  I collect all the homework on Friday.  Thanks for your help.


We had lots of fun today doing an experiment about air pressure.  There were balloons flying around our room and many curious young scientists.  Ask your child about it!  This is part of our unit about weather.  Try to take a moment this week to look at the clouds with your child; after all, that's what meteorologists do.

If you observe Rosh Hashanah, I hope you have a lovely holiday.  Have a great week!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Memo 9/15/14

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

Back to School Night

Hope to see everyone from 7:00PM-7:30PM on Thursday.

Picture Day

Pictures will be taken on Thursday.  What a big day for me!  I need to look good for photos AND Back to School Night.  That's a tall order when you're in your forties :)   A form was sent home with your child today.  Everyone is supposed to fill out the order form even if you are not purchasing a package, as each child receives the class picture.  Thank you for your help with this.


A Book Log was sent home with your child today.  This should be filled out and returned on Friday.  This is the beginning of our weekly homework routine.


Numbers everywhere!  We have talked a lot about the math about ourselves:  our ages, the number of our birth month, the numbers in our addresses... A few years ago, I stopped discussing the digits in your phone number, as most children don't know those anymore.  My own children certainly don't.  Isn't that funny?

We are beginning the year with a unit on Number Combinations.  Even and odd numbers have been the focus of some of our introductory lessons.  Your child took a short pretest before we began the unit, and there will be a short post-test as well.  I will share that with you at our conference in October.


I have temporarily outlawed Pokemon cards.  Please do not allow your child to bring them to school.  They are causing a major distraction.  Thanks for your help with this.

I would write more, but I don't want to give it all away!  We have Back To School Night on Thursday! Much more to come!

Thank you!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Memo 9/8/14

Good evening, Room 3 Families,

This is the Monday Memo. I try to send out an email every Monday. All emails will be posted on our blog for future reference. Some memos will be more interesting than others :)

Missing Items

Some people received the following note today:

A Note from Ms. Morrison…
Your child is missing the item(s) circled below.  Please send it in as soon as possible.  Thank you!
  • Blue emergency form
  • Student Handbook Acknowledgement (signed by student) (To find the handbook, follow this link:Student Handbook)
  • Parent Acknowledgement (of Handbook, signed by parent)
  • headphones
  • 5 Things in Bag assignment
AND the photo of your child doing something they like to do.  

If you did not receive this note from me, apparently you sent everything in already. Very impressive. Personally, I'm a little overwhelmed by the paperwork and emails coming at me from my own children. Tis the season!
Picture Day

Picture Day is on Thursday, September 18!  Please make sure your child brings a smile!  And more importantly, please make sure your child is present that day.  It's so sad to have someone missing from the official class photo. 

Back To School Night

Back to School Night is Thursday, September 18 as well.  My presentation in our classroom will be from 7:00-7:30PM.  Please do your best to make it to this important event.


Homework this week is for you!  A google form is being sent to you via email.  It's a Parent Interview to share information with me about your child.  Don't worry; our REAL homework program will start up next week.  We'll talk a lot about this on Back to School Night.

Thank you!  Please remember that you can contact me at any time with questions or concerns.

Miriam Morrison