March PBS Theme 

March PBS Theme-Perseverance

Grade 2 is continuing our work with developing students’ social and emotional awareness.  Our goal is to support every child in their social and emotional development during school and to provide parents with tools to support them out of school.  We want the students to have the language and resources to identify the situation and how to respond to them. 

This month is all about having perseverance!  We are looking to broaden students’ vocabulary to think about the many, varied and unusual ways to show perseverance.  Students can talk to family members who wanted to accomplish something and never gave up.  We want the students to think about how they can be the best they can be by always trying and never giving up. 

Please help us out by talking with your children, reading books about perseverance and modeling the desired behavior.

We are all grateful for your continued support and thankful for the help that you provide in and out of school each and every day!

Sincerely,

B-Team Grade 2 Teachers

 

Some books to consider reading are:

  • Brave Irene – William Steig, dedication to deliver the dress for her mom, doesn’t want to disappoint her despite the obstacles in her way .
  • I wanna Iguana – Karen Kaufman Orloff, doesn’t give up when trying to persuade his mom about having an iguana as a pet .
  • Thank you Mr. Falker – Patricia Polacco, teacher changes a student’s life because he teaches her to never give up even when it is hard
  • My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother - Patricia Polacco, competing with others
  • Leo the Late Bloomer – Robert Kraus, Leo will read, write, draw, and speak when he is ready.

 

Posted by Dara Jiravisitcul Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:35:00 AM

February PBS Theme 

Kindness

Dear Parents,

Our new PBS theme for the month of February is “kindness.”  This month, we want the students to concentrate on how they can be kind to everyone. Being kind is so easy to do that we are going to be doing a “Kindness Challenge” where every day the students will be given a challenge to be kind at school. These challenges are designed for the students to complete at school but we will be sending home a bingo board for them to complete outside of school too, if you would like. Examples of what the students are going to be asked to do every day are, compliment a classmate, ask 3 people about their day, and smile at everyone you walk past all day. At the end of the day we will share out how we were kind that day! When everyone is kind we build a sense of belonging and safety at school!

Please help us out by talking with your children, reading books about being kind to everyone and modeling the desired behavior.

 

Lessons we will be doing in class:

I am kind when ….

Why is it important to be kind and not leave others out?

Productive Thinking Talent to think of ways to be kind to others.

Writing notes of appreciation to the cafeteria workers, janitors or other staff members who normally don’t receive recognition.

Write a letter to a friend or classmate, highlighting their strengths.

 

Some books that target this area of PBS are:

Each Kindness – By: Jacqueline Woodson

The Invisible Boy – By: Trudy Ludwig

Kindness is Cooler Mrs. Ruler – By: Margorie Cuyler

Posted by Dara Jiravisitcul Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:21:00 PM

January PBS Theme 

Dear Parents,

Our new PBS theme for the month of January is “respecting our self.”  We have been working on teaching our students that it is important to be selfless, caring and an advocate against bullying.  This month, we want the students to concentrate on how they can respect themselves without losing site of being selfless and respecting others. 

Some things we will work on at school:

  • Setting goals and expectations that we can reach
  • How to compliment ourselves without bragging
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Reinforcing our differences and celebrating them

Some things you can do at home to help your child:

  • Model behavior that reinforces respecting ourselves ( sharing your own goal and how you will reach it)
  • Take turns complimenting each other and then yourself
  • Sharing what makes you different and why you are proud of those differences

Some books that target this area of PBS are:

  • I like myself By: Karen Beaumont
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou MelonBy: Patty Lovell
  • Spaghetti in a Hot Dog BunBy: Maria Dismondy
  • The DotBy: Peter Reynolds
  • Carla’s SandwichBy Debbie Herman  

 

 

 

Posted by Dara Jiravisitcul Tuesday, January 3, 2017 1:08:00 PM

December PBS Theme 

December is known for its festive feel, bright lights, music, decorations and presents.  The holiday season can be hectic; filled with cooking, shopping and parties.  However, we want to focus on being generous and helping others.  Tis the season to be joyful!  During classes, we will focus on how we can help others during this holiday season and how we can make it special for everyone.  We will discuss with the students the many, varied and unusual ways we can be generous by offering to help with baking or cleaning up, or maybe donating coats or old toys.  We want to focus on giving; for example, maybe showing kindness by holding doors or saying please and thank you.  As adults we can get caught up in the bustle of buying the right present or making sure we spend a certain amount.  WE can pay it forward and show our children how to be generous; maybe pay for someone's coffee or buy that extra toy for a child in need.  We can all do our part to spread generosity and make the world a better place for our children.  During class, we will also make gifts to show how much we appreciate others as well as thinking of ways to show our generosity throughout the school.  We will also use our productive thinking talent to think of the many, varied and unusual gifts we can give that doesn’t require money.  Please remember to be kind, thoughtful and generous this holiday season. 

Posted by Dara Jiravisitcul Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:44:00 AM

November PBS Theme- being Thankful 

Grade 2 is continuing our work with developing students' social and emotional awareness. 

This month is all about being thankful!  We are looking to broaden students' vocabulary to think about ways to show gratitude and what they are thankful for. Students can show family member gratitude by telling each other what they are grateful for (not just toys).  We want the students to think more deeply about their lives and their family, community and friends.  

Please help us by talking with your children, reading books about gratitude and thankfulness, and modeling the desired behavior.

We are all grateful for your continued support and thankful for the help that you provide in and out of school each and every day!

Some books to consider reading are:

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

Bucket Filling From A-Z by Carol McCloud

Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Malone Elliot

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

Give Thanks for Each Day by Steve Metzer

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson

Just So Thankful by Mercer Mayer

Curious George Says Thank you by Marget & H.A. Rey's

Posted by Dara Jiravisitcul Friday, October 28, 2016 11:47:00 AM

October Newsletter 

For the month of October, we will focus on Bullying.  

Below are some books that you can read at home to help with the discussion of bullying;  we will be reading the books in school as well.  Bullying has become a focal point in our society.  We would like to share some helpful tips to spark great conversations at home.  Please visit stopbullying.gov to get the latest news.

Books:

Spookley the Square Pumpkin (http://www.spookley.com/)

The Juice Box Bully

Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun

How to Loose All Your Friends

The Recess Queen

Chrysanthemum

Don't Laugh At Me

Enemy Pie

Posted by Dara Jiravisitcul Monday, September 26, 2016 3:44:00 PM