Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Memo 10/15/18

Blue Hill Observatory Field Trip
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  • Please be at school on time on Tuesday.  
  • Departure: 9:00AM
Return to school 1:45PM.
  • Bring lunch in a recyclable brown bag with no nuts please.  Label bag with child’s name. Adults should also bring a lunch.
  • Bring a simple snack that fits in the pocket of your child’s jacket or sweatshirt.
  • Wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes since we will be hiking.
  • Dress in layers. (It will be cool, but we are hiking).
  • Apply insect repellant before leaving home, to be protected for the outdoor portion of our trip. There could be ticks!
  • Chaperones, please bring a backpack.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Monday Memo (Tuesday Edition) 10/9/18

Mr. Lee has asked us to call your attention to the OPT OUT LINK. Please use it if you 
would like to opt out of having children photographed and shown on any school-related platform. 


I am looking forward to our upcoming conferences. Here is the link if you would like to 
double-check your time.

Field Trip Tuesday, October 16

We are excited for our field trip next Tuesday. Thank you so much to everyone who 
volunteered to chaperone. Our chaperones will be:
1. Albie Bargoot
2. Zach Blocker
3. Kelley Bradford


The children performed very well on our first unit assessment on Number Combinations. 
I will share your child's result at our conference. Place value is our new unit of study.  Please 
let me know if you would like to be a Math Station Helper. Check out this link for more 


It's getting hot in here! Did you see the thermometer your child made? Ms. Natale taught 
all about temperature, and the class made thermometer models. We are also discovering 
how the water cycle affects weather, and we did an experiment with ice in a plastic bag. 
Ms. Natale teaches about temperature

Willy constructs his thermometer model

Students raise and lower the "mercury" to find the correct temperature.


Reading Shuffle begins today! Students across the second grade will be meeting in groups 
with different teachers twice a week.  
Ms. Pond, Mystery Reader
Many thanks to Ms. Pond, our first Mystery Reader! We are very excited for you to come in 
and join us. Please check out this link for more information.


Our Writer's Notebooks have finally arrived, and students did a beautiful job collaging 
all of their photos onto the cover. We are excited to dive into our Personal Narrative unit.

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


Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday Memo 10/2/18

I hope you had a lovely weekend.


Here is the October Homework Calendar.  A paper copy will be sent home today, along with a sheet for the October Week One Homework and the Reading and Math Practice Log.  The Week One Homework and Reading Log are both due on Friday.  Thank you for your help with this.


I am looking forward to our parent/teacher conferences beginning next week.  Please check the schedule to be sure you signed up.

Mystery Reader

Please check the schedule!  We'd love to have you join us.

Math Station Helper

Please check this schedule too.  Thanks in advance for your help. 
Jackson helping Ms. Natale teach word work.

We had fun observing the weather!

Have a great week, and please contact me anytime with questions or concerns.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday Memo 9/24/18

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!


Parent conferences begin soon.  Thank you for signing up so promptly.  Here is the link to the conference sign up.  I look forward to discussing your child's progress with you. Please fill out this brief form by Friday.


I was so pleased to see the students prepared with their completed homework assignments on Friday.  A Reading and Math Practice Log will be sent home today, as well as a new math game.  It is due  Friday.  Also, the first Monthly Message will be sent home today, too! The Monthly Message folder will be due back Friday as well.

Field Trip

The permission slip will be sent home today.  Here is the link if you need another copy.

Mystery Reader

Our Mystery Reader program is underway!  Please sign up for this brief (20 min, max) time to read to the class before dismissal on Wednesday.  We would love to have you.

Have a great week!


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Monday Memo 9/17/18

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. This will be a fantastic week in second grade.

Writer's Workshop

Writers at work in the courtyard, making observations in our Noticing Notebooks.

Picture Day!

Bring smiles on Tuesday for Picture Day.  Don't forget the envelope.


The first homework assignment will be sent home today:  5 Things in a Bag.  Also, click here for the September Homework Calendar.


It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night, and I was glad so many people were able to sign up for a conference.  Here is the conference schedule as it stands now.  Please check it and make sure our calendars match.  If you were not able to sign up at Back to School Night, please take a look at the available times and email me with your preference.  Thank you.

PTO Breakfast

Thank you so much for the wonderful breakfast on Friday.  The PTO gave a beautiful welcome back breakfast for the teachers.  What a treat!

Mystery Reader

We are ready for our first Mystery Reader!  All you need to do is check the schedule, find a time that works for you, and choose a book to read to our class.  It can be a seaasonal book, poetry, a book you enjoyed as a child or a book your child enjoys.  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.

Ms Natale

We are delighted to have an excellent student teacher this semester, Ms. Natale.  Her supervisor will observe her in our classroom several times.  Dr. Cromwell's first visit will take place on Thursday, and we know Ms. Natale will do a fabulous job.  Fun fact:  Dr. Cromwell was my colleague at Happy Hollow back in the nineties!

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


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

First Day Letter 2018

September 4, 2018

Greetings Families!
It was nice to meet some of you at the Library Meet-and-Greet in August. It was a pleasure 
getting to know your child today. I am thrilled to be your child’s second grade teacher. We had a 
super day together--second grade rocks!
The body of this email will appear on my blog, which is currently experiencing some issues. 
I’ll let you know when it is up and running.  I sent this notice home on paper, as well as electronically. 
If you did not receive this through your email, please email me because I must not have your correct 

My email is: Please do not email me with dismissal changes, 
as I don't always receive the email in time. Dismissal changes should be communicated via a written 
note from you to me delivered by your child in the morning. Barring that, you must call the school office 
508-358-8641, and they will be sure to get me the message.

My cell is 508-314-2796. Please feel free to call me with any questions after school hours. 
My phone is off during the school day.

I try to send you an email every Monday morning (or, if a Monday holiday, Tuesday morning). 
I read somewhere that people are more likely to read emails on Monday morning than other times 
in the week. Here are a couple of important items:

Special Schedule:

Monday: Music with Ms. Pohl
Tuesday: Technology with Ms. Crozier
Wednesday: Physical Education with Ms. Fraser
Thursday: Library with Ms. Flannery and Skills Lab with Ms. Grace
Friday: Art with Ms. Soeltz

Remember those library books on Thursday and sneakers on Wednesday. 
Sneakers are the best shoes for your child to wear any day of the week. Outdoor play and 
recess are very important for a young child, and it is a shame when a child's footwear interferes 
with her ability to climb and run. Footwear such as flipflops can be a safety issue as well.


Please pack a healthy snack each day. Please make sure your child has a reusable water bottle 
(labeled with their name) for classroom use. Water is the only beverage children may drink in the 
classroom, so please do not pack juice or milk for snack.
Important Dates:
  • ●  Curriculum Night is Wednesday, September 12 from 7-7:30

  • ●  Picture Day is Tuesday, September 18.

  • Dismissal Plans:

  • I sent a Dismissal Form through your email. Please fill it out ASAP. Thank you. 
    If you did not receive it, be sure to send me your email. Happy Day One!

  • Miriam Morrison

Move Along Day Letter for Class 2018-2019

June 2018   

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.

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
  • Writer’s Notebook cover homework (see next page)
  • Earbuds (compatible with MacBook or iPad). Label with name. Put in ziplock bag.  Label bag, too.
  • 1 pencil box filled with:
  • 1 fine point black Sharpie marker
  • 5 sharpened pencils with erasers
  • 1 hand-held pencil sharpener
  • 24 Crayola colored pencils
  • 12 Crayola markers
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 Expo marker
  • 1 highlighter
Writer’s Notebook Cover Homework

All of the contents of your collage must fit within the perimeter of this box.

We use writer’s notebooks in second grade and personalize them with special things about ourselves.   Here is an example of a cover from last year:

To prepare, you will need to collect items for your collage.  Use the guidelines below to gather artifacts that are appropriate for your notebook project.  We will be creating the actual collage as an in-class art project.

Guidelines and Suggestions:
  • Photos of family, pets, vacations, etc.
  • Ticket stubs or other flat memorabilia
  • Cut up brochures from places you’ve visited
  • Picture or clip art of favorite toys, activities, hobbies
  • Stickers
  • Magazine clippings
  • Words that tell about you
  • Small samples of your artwork (drawings, paintings, etc.)

Bring all items into school on the first day in a big envelope labeled with your name.

The items used will be laminated on the notebooks and therefore will not be returned in their original form.  In the past, some students have elected to take and print photos or scan/copy original items.