Sunday, October 15, 2017

Monday Memo 10/16/17

I hope you had a great weekend.  Read on for some exciting second grade happenings.


I am looking forward to beginning conferences.  Click here for the schedule.  Some parents have had trouble with getting in the building.  Feel free to walk around the school to our classroom.  Our door is off the black top on the playground.  If you can't get in through the main door, I'm happy to let you in through our outside classroom door. 


Group Share is a fun part of Writer's Workshop for us.  Listen to these authors explaining their leads for their Small Moment stories (personal narratives). 

Field Trip Friday

Cross your fingers for good weather on Friday!  I will send home a reminder on Thursday to the students and to the chaperones, too.

Mystery Reader
Thank you, Priya Sawe!  Click this link if you would like to join us to be our next Mystery Reader.

Veggie Skeletons
Veggie Skeleton circa 2016

We will do this fun activity for a Halloween/Harvest Celebration on Tuesday, October 31.  We need some cut up vegetables.  Please follow this link to contribute.


Have you heard about the Osmo?  Ask your child about this fun iPad app we often during math stations.  We have completed our first unit on Number Combinations, and now we are beginning to study place value.

Thank you to everyone who signed up for Math Stations.  Here is the link if you want to find a time to join us.  Just email me the slot you would like.  Thank you.


Thank you to those of you who have returned the cornucopia.  Please bring it in when you meet with me for your conference (if you haven't already), or send it into school in an envelope.  Thank you.

Have a great week!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday Memo (Tuesday Edition) 10/10/17

Dear Families,

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.  We had a very exciting week in second grade. 


We constructed pinwheels to show wind.  Then we took the pinwheels outside to test them!
Testing pinwheels

Then we tried out the anemometer. 
Do you know what an anemometer is for?  Ask your child!

Fire Safety

We were delighted to have Todd Winner teach the second grade about fire safety.  In addition to being a fire fighter, Todd Winner is a distinguished Happy Hollow alum.  We are very proud!
Firefighter Todd Winner teaches safety

New Happy Hollow Building Substitute (and former student of Ms. Morrison) Ms. Spinney

Weather Workshop

We are grateful to the PTO for providing the funding for the Acton Discovery Museum to bring us their Traveling Weather Workshop.  We enjoyed this interactive lesson and the hands-on learning.  Today, your child is bringing home a weather kit from the Discovery Museum.  Feel free to explore this with your child, but it is not a requirement.
Evaporation with Acton Discovery Museum Science Workshop

Using thermometers

Making cloud prints


We were thrilled to virtually meet our California penpals via skype!  Chatting with my aunt (and godmother) Ms. Hopkins and her second grade class was lots of fun, and we are so excited to start exchanging letters.

Mystery Reader Mandy Donovan-Drake
Mystery Reader

We hope you can come be a Mystery Reader soon.  Thank you to Mandy Donovan-Drake for being this week's reader.  Click the link to see what other dates are available.  You can email me with the slot you would like, and I will book you!

Math Stations

Thank you so much to those of you who signed up for Math Stations.  Here is the link if you want to look at available slots. 


Thank you for working with your child on the October Homework requirements.  Your child can turn in finished work on a daily basis or turn it in on Fridays if that works better for you.

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


Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday Memo 10/3/17

Our first Mystery Reader and her biggest fan!
Mystery Reader

Thank you to Melissa Hartford, our first Mystery Reader.  The class enjoyed the anticipation all day on Friday that a Mystery Reader would be here in the afternoon.  Melissa shared two wonderful books with us.  Ask your child which one she/he liked the best!

I hope you can be our Mystery Reader soon.  Click here to see which dates are available, and please email me to let me know which slot you would like.  Thank you.

Field Trip

Your child brought home a permission slip today for our trip to the Blue Hill Weather Observatory.  Please look for it.

Your child brought home a paper copy of the October Homework Calendar today.  Please click here if you need another copy.

Ms. Santomenna, guidance counselor, leads Open Circle.

Open Circle

We are lucky to have Ms. Santomenna joining us every Monday for Open Circle.  This is a time for problem solving and social/emotional learning. 

Weather:  Learning about Air

We enjoyed blowing bubbles with our fourth grade buddies!  We are also very grateful to the PTO, who is generously funding the Acton Discovery Museum Traveling Science Workshop.  We will enjoy this visit and special presentation on Friday to enhance our study of the weather.






Parent conferences begin soon.  Thank you for signing up so promptly.  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.

Math Stations

I would love a parent to come in every Tuesday for an hour for Math Stations.  Click here to see what dates are available, and email me to let me know the slot you would like.  Thank you in advance!

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