March - Perseverence 

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 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 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 their best and never giving up. 

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

I am so grateful for your continued support and thankful for the help that you provide in and out of school each and every day!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hart

 

Some books to consider reading are:

  • Brave Irene – William Steig Irene has 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 This character doesn’t give up when trying to persuade his mom about having an iguana as a pet.
  • Thank you Mr. Falker – Patricia Polacco Falker changes a student’s life because he teaches her to never give up even when it is hard.
  • My Rotten Headed Older Brother - Patricia Polacco This is a great story about competing with others
  • Leo the Late Bloomer – Robert Kraus Leo will read, write, draw, and speak when he is ready.
Posted by Noelle Hart Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:17:00 PM

February - 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

 

Thank you for your continued support at home!! Kindness is contagious!!

-Mrs. Hart

Posted by Noelle Hart Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:55:00 AM

January - Respecting Yourself 

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  

Happy New Year, and thank you for your support at home!! Check out our weekly class news (in your child's Friday Folder) for more details on the lessons we are doing in the classroom to support this work!

-Mrs. Hart

Posted by Noelle Hart Tuesday, January 3, 2017 10:40:00 AM

December  

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 our second graders to focus on being generous and helping others.  Tis the season to be joyful!  During class, we will focus on how we can help others during this holiday season and how we can make it special for everyone.  We will use our Productive Thinking Talent to discuss with the students the many, varied and unusual ways we can be generous. Some examples would be offering to help with baking or cleaning up, or maybe donating coats or old toys.  We also 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.  An important lesson we will be discussing is that being generous and giving to others doesn't require money. 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.  Please remember to be kind, thoughtful and generous this holiday season.

-Mrs. Hart

Posted by Noelle Hart Friday, December 2, 2016 7:30:00 AM

November 

Being Thankful

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.

I am so grateful for your continued support and thankful for the help that you provide in and out of school each and every day!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hart

 

Some books we will read are:

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

Bucket Filling From A-Z  by Carol McCloud

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

Posted by Noelle Hart Tuesday, November 1, 2016 2:50:00 PM

October 

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 5th - Open House for K- Grade 2 7:45 - 8:30

October 10 - No School ~ Columbus Day

October 12 - No School ~ Yom Kippur

October 14 - PICTURE DAY!! DON'T FORGET TO BRING IN YOUR MONEY!

October 26 - Early Dismissal @ 1:15pm

October 31 - Halloween Parade

Posted by Noelle Hart Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:37:00 AM