March Theme and Important Dates

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.

 

MARCH IMPORTANT DATES

March 6 - 10 : Science Projects Due!

March 15, 16, 17 ~ Early Dismissal @ 1:15pm for Parent Teacher Conferences

March 17 ~ Green Day for St. Patricks Day!

March 20 ~ Celebrate Spring

March 22 ~ Focus Begins for APS

March 29 ~ Early Dismissal @ 1:15

 

February Theme and Important Dates

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

 

FEBRUARY 2017 IMPORTANT DATES:

February 2 - Groundhog Day

February 6-10 READ A THON

February 9 - 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 16 - 21 - NO SCHOOL WINTER BREAK

 

January Theme and Important Dates

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

JANUARY IMPORTANT DATES:

January 3 - Back to School

January 12 - Literacy Parent Workshop 6pm - 8pm

January 16 - No School ~ Martin Luther King Day

January 18 - Family Bingo Night

January 25 - Early Dismissal @ 1:15pm

 

December Monthly Theme and Important Dates

Being Generous and Giving~ 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. It is also important to talk to our students that being generous and giving to others doesn't require money and we will be thinking of "gifts" that don't cost anything to give to people. 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. Please remember to be kind, thoughtful and generous this holiday season.

Suggested Books:

The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)

Just Because (Amber Housey)

The Mitten Tree (Candace Christiansen)

Frog and Toad All Year - “The Surprise” (Arnold Lobel)

The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand (Stan Berenstain)

My Friend is Sad (Elephant and Piggy Book) (Mo Willems)

 

DECEMBER 2016 IMPORTANT DATES:

December 9 - Report Card Distribution

December 13 - Polar Express /Pajama Day

December 14 - 16 EARLY DISMISSAL @ 1:15 PM PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES!!!!

December 22 - Holiday Party - 1:30-2:15pm Parents are welcome!!

December 23 - Early Dismissal @ 1:15pm

December 26 - December 30 NO SCHOOL HOLIDAY BREAK!

 **PLEASE REMEMBER ... send your child with heavy coats, gloves, hats, scarves because we will continue to go outside as long as there is no snow and it is not too cold! Thank you! 

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Break and I'll see you on TUESDAY, JANUARY 3RD! 

 

November PBS Theme - Being Thankful

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 providing 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 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 out 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!

 Suggested Books:

The Thankful Book - Todd Parr
Thanksgiving Day Thanks  - Laura Malone Elliot
Thankful - Eileen Spinelli
Give Thanks for Each Day - Steve Metzer
Bear Says Thanks - Karma Wilson
Just So Thankful - Mercer Mayer
Curious George Says Thank You - Margret & H.A.Rey's
 
 
NOVEMBER IMPORTANT DATES
 
November 8 - No School ~ Election Day
November 11 - No School ~ Veterans Day
November 16 - End of Marking Period 
November 23 - Early Dismissal @ 1:15pm
November 24 - 25 - NO SCHOOL ~ THANKSGIVING
November 29 - Science Project Due!
November 30 - Early Dismissal @1:15pm

 

October Important Dates and Theme

 

Dear Parents, 

 

This year, the 2nd grade will focus on the social and emotional learning of our students. Each month we will target a specific area of social skills to help increase awareness. We understand that as your children get older, the social and emotional issues can increase; we would like to educate them now, so they have the tools and resources to support them as they get older. 

The 2nd grade teachers will read books, create lessons, and share ideas to help at home with social and emotional skill building.

By visiting this blog, you will find useful information as well as the topic of the month for social and emotional learning. We hope that you have informed conversations with your child at home in order to increase awareness of others' feelings and how to handle situations effectively. 

For the month of October, we will focus on Bullying. EVERY FRIDAY PLEASE WEAR BLUE FOR STOP BULLYING AWARENESS MONTH!

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 Lose All Your Friends

The Recess Queen

Chrysanthemum

Don't Laugh at Me

Enemy Pie

 

IMPORTANT DATES!

Oct 3-4 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

Oct 5 - Open House for Kindergarten-Grade 2 - 7:45-8:30pm

Oct 10 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

Oct 12 - NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur

Oct 14 - Picture Day!! Don't forget to bring in your money! 

Oct 26 - Early Dismissal @ 1:15pm

Oct 31 - Halloween Parade 

***Remember Wednesdays/Thursdays FOCUS 1 - September 28-November 17***