• Second Grade Virtual Open House


    Friday Email 5-22-20

    Dear 2nd Grade Families,

    Wow! We did it! We made it to the last week of distance learning! It has been different, challenging, crazy, sad…. But also full of family, togetherness, happiness, and strength. We are so proud of each and every student and parent for the hard work, time, and dedication you put into your child’s education over the past 10 weeks. We have all learned many things this year, but the most important thing we have learned is to be resilient in the face of change. We are so PROUD of you!

    Final Week of Distance Learning Link here: 

    Distance Learning Calendar Week of 5-25

    Final Zoom Meetings:

    This week we will be having small group zooms and one last class zoom. Our class zoom will be at the usual time and your teacher will send you your small group time. This will give us the chance to say goodbye, share, and have closure in both a small and large group setting.

    End of Year Materials Return and Collection – June 1st and 2nd (From Mr. Peterson’s Friday Email)

    There are a number of materials that we need to collect back from families and have students turn in, and there are projects, art work, yearbooks, and materials that we want to return to families at the end of the year.  We are going to do all of this in a similar way as we have done the previous two packet-pickup times.  We will have your child’s materials packaged with their name on it in Bobcat Hall for you to pick up.  At the time you come into Bobcat Hall to pick up those materials, you will need to return the materials you have at home.  To return the materials you will need to  1) read the emails from your child’s teacher so you know what materials need to be returned to school, 2) place those materials in a bag with your child’s name on it, 3) when you pick up your materials in Bobcat Hall, place the materials you are returning in the same spot on the table.  The dates to drop off and pick up your child’s materials will be Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2 from 8:00-4:00 in Bobcat Hall.

    End of Year Materials Return and Collection (From your Teacher)

    Please return the following in a bag with your child’s name on it:

    • Wonders Anthology - Reading Textbook
    • Rulers - Given to your child for math work
    • Classwork  - All paper packets assigned to your child 
    • Any library books 

    *Please keep the following:

    • Your child’s Animal Report and Diorama 
    • Journal
    • All other materials that were in the bag (crayons, erasers, pencils etc.)

    We will send Zoom reminders for our class meetings later in the week. 

    We hope that you have a relaxing long weekend with your families.

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup

     


    Friday Email 5-15-2020

    Dear 2nd Grade Families,

    It’s hard to believe we only have three weeks of school left...and only 2 more weeks of classwork! Please remember, we are available on Tuesday afternoons from 1-3 by phone or Zoom should your child need any extra assistance or has a question. Please let us know, so we may schedule a time during that block if needed. As always, we are also available via email anytime or able to schedule a different day/time if needed. 

    Distance Learning Calendar Week of 5-15

    Last week, we hope your child was able to pick a land animal, look through some websites or books, and write down some information about that animal. This week, using those facts, we hope your child can create their diorama. This should be a fun activity that shows their animal in its natural habitat (directions and examples linked below). Please use materials you have available at home and around outside your home. We would like your child to finish their diorama by Friday 5/22. We are still working on a way to showcase the work your child has done on their animal report, and we will give you more information about that next week. 

    If your child would like to put their information into paragraph form, we have linked a paragraph template and some writing paper for them to use (or they may type it if they would like some practice keyboarding!) This part of the report is optional, so please do what works for your child and family. The purpose of these pages is to extend the report if it is appropriate for your child; it is not expected from all students. Feel free to use these resources as you see fit! 

    We will send a Zoom reminder for our class meeting later in the week. 

    We hope that you have a relaxing weekend with your families.

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup

    Diorama Directions

    Examples of Dioramas

    OPTIONAL PAGES BELOW:

    Paragraph Template for Animal Report

    Report Paper Option 1

    Report Paper Option 2


    Friday Email 5-8-2020

    Dear 2nd Grade Families,

    We hope this past week was less stressful and you were able to utilize some of the motivational tips we suggested. Please remember, we are available on Tuesday afternoons from 1-3 by phone or Zoom should your child need any extra assistance or has a question. Please let us know, so we may schedule a time during that block if needed.

    Distance Learning Calendar Week of May 11

    Usually at this time in the year, our students would be working hard to prepare their very best work to go on display for Open House, usually held in late May. Although we aren’t able to get together in person to celebrate all their hard work, we would still love to give our students the opportunity to share their work.  One of our 2nd grade traditions is to finish the year with an animal report and diorama.  We would like to continue the tradition and begin focusing on this project. 

    Animal Report (Complete by Friday 5/15)

    We want to make this easy and enjoyable for families, so we have linked two templates below that we would like your child to use for the report. If your child would like to do additional research, please feel free to add to these templates.  We would like the students to complete their research by Friday, May 15th. 

    We would like your child to choose a mammal that lives on land (students already studied ocean animals in first grade and we’d like them to learn about a new animal this year). In addition, we recommend being strategic on your animal choice - Make sure it’s an animal you can find enough information about, either from books you have at home or some of the following websites (also on Mrs. Petersen’s website under Student Links, 2nd Grade):

    These sites can also be accessed on ClassLink under this icon Animal Research

     

    Animal Habitat Diorama (Complete by Friday 5/22)

    One of the highlights of this project is the Animal habitat diorama! This is an old school shoebox project, that is meant to be just that! This can be as simple or as creative as you want and they will all turn out amazing! 

    We want you to use what you have at home and in your yard— no need to order from Micheals or Amazon…CREATE your animal and habitat out of what you have! Please see the diorama information linked below for more information and examples. 

    The second grade team is working hard to find the best way for students to share and celebrate their hard work together in a few weeks, but in the meantime, your student can get started researching their animal and planning their diorama! 

    We will send a Zoom reminder for our class meeting later in the week. 

    We hope that you have a relaxing weekend with your families. We wish all our moms a very happy Mother’s Day!

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup

    Animal Research Report

    Diorama Directions

     


    Friday Email 5-1-2020

    Dear 2nd Grade Families,

    Here’s our next week’s assignments:

    Distance Learning Calendar Week of 5/4

    It was so nice to see so many of the kids this morning in our class zoom meeting! Thank you for continuing to work hard with your children.  We wanted to take a minute to remind everyone that we understand what a stressful time this is. We are all trying very hard to work from home, teach our children, and stay healthy. While shelter in place can be a great time to connect with our families and slow down, we also know that it can be hard to get it all done! We, too, are at home going through the same thing and really do understand. Some days are good days that are very productive and some days are not. These are the days we give ourselves grace and choose not to fight the battle with our kiddos. It means they need a break...and that is okay!

    Please remember that we understand that you may not always be able to complete everything that we have assigned. It is important to prioritize and make it work for your family. First, we suggest making sure that your child stays on track with the assigned reading and math each week. Reading consistently is vital and really the most important thing for the students at this level. If the daily writing assignments are hard to keep up with, please feel free to be flexible with your child. Consider answering the “Making Connections” questions orally with a parent, skipping a journal prompt that week, prioritizing a prompt to focus on in more depth, or substituting for something of more interest to your child (letters, silly stories, etc.) 

    Some tips to keep up motivation:

    • Set daily goals and write them down

    • Set timers for individual tasks

    • Set up a quiet workspace for each child

    • Use smelly markers and stickers to correct

    • Get outside for some fresh air

    • Brain breaks with Go Noodle

    • Use an incentive sticker chart with possible rewards

    • Go for a walk or bike ride

    • Bring work outside to complete

    • Be positive and encouraging

    As we have mentioned over the past few weeks, we are available Tuesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm if you have questions. Please email to let your teacher know in advance if you need help during this time. We are here for you and the students!

    We will send a Zoom reminder for our class meeting later in the week. For our topic this week...How about a scavenger hunt? Find something outside that you think is funny or interesting and bring it to our class meeting to share!

    We hope that you have a relaxing weekend with your families.

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup


    Friday Email 4-24-2020

    Dear 2nd Grade Families, 

    We hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather and getting outside safely! 

    Thank you to everyone for coming to pick up your packets. Here is the calendar for next week. We have tried to keep the routine the same so it is easy for everyone to follow.  Keep up the good work! 

    Distance Learning Calendar Week of 4-27

    Here are some fun money songs!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnXJGNo08v0 

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVpcZ5obmsM

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7hwaeaDk-I

    As we mentioned last week, we are available Tuesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm if you have questions that cannot be answered over email. Please let your teacher know in advance if you need help during this time. As always, please feel free to email anytime.   

    We will continue to send a Zoom reminder for our class meetings later in the week. Have your student come ready to share what they will write in their journal on Tuesday this week. The writing prompt is ¨We’ve spent the last few weeks learning about money. What would you do if someone gave you $100?¨ 

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup


    Sunday Email 4-19-2020

    Dear Families,

    Welcome Back to Distance Learning! A reminder that new classwork packets are available for pick up from Bobcat Hall Monday or Tuesday between 8:00-4:00. The folders include work for the rest of the school year. As we have done over the past few weeks, we will be sending Friday emails with a specific calendar of scheduled activities. 

    Distance Learning Calendar Week of 4/20

    A few important things to note:

    • We have sent home 5 units of math mats. The date to start each unit is on the cover. For assistance on the math mats, please refer to the middle upper “bridge” of each mat which provides instruction regarding that topic.
    • Please note changes in the reading and writing assignments on the weekly calendar! We will continue reading from our anthology, Wonders. There will be some following up writing activities each week. Story titles and page numbers will be noted on the weekly calendar.
    • On Tuesdays, students should take an AR test on that week’s story. Steps to access the tests :
    1. Go to Renaissance on Classlink
    2. Click the Accelerated Reader button
    3. Enter the test number (noted on calendar) or title
    4. Make sure to take the reading test (not vocabulary) and choose the English test (sometimes a test is available in Spanish)
    • We also changed our Friday schedule to include some fun and creative activities!
    • Two new programs are available for students to use on ClassLink:
      1. Raz-Kids is a leveled reading program that includes stories and quizzes
      2. Reflex Math  is a math fact fluency program.
    • If you are looking for some additional/optional spelling practice, check out Spelling City on ClassLink. These words will be new to all students, so feel free to pick an appropriate list for your child and work your way through. 

    We are so excited to see the kids again on Friday for our Zoom Class Meeting. This will be our weekly wrap-up,  and we will email the zoom invitation reminder later in the week. We will also be available Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm for specific questions about the work we have assigned to your child. Please let your teacher know in advance if you need help during this time. As always, please feel free to email anytime.   

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup


    Friday Email 4-3-2020

    Dear Families,

    Welcome to Week 4 of distance learning! One more week to go before SPRING BREAK...and yes we all need a week off!  We are so proud of all the work you are doing at home! We will be starting class meetings via Zoom this week, and we are so excited to see everyone! More information about exact dates and time will be emailed out soon.

    Distance Learning Week of April 6th

    You should have everything you need for Week 4 in the brown envelope. Next week, we will be working on making new packets to get us to the end of the year.  These will not be available to you until after spring break. Mr. Peterson will be sending out more information on how to pick up the additional packets in the next few weeks. 

    A few more things to mention this week:

    • We are starting a new and fun unit in math this week- Money! Please give your child lots of opportunities to explore with coins. Start by having your child identify each coin, then move on to sorting like coins and then finally have fun counting.  Some fun ideas would be to open your own restaurant and have your child pay for food off a menu. Your child can open a store and sell homemade projects to your family.

     

    Some fun videos to watch about money:

      • Brainpop (Found on ClassLink): 
        • Dollars and Cents
        • Counting Coins
        • Equivalent Coins
        • Making Change Under a Dollar

    We know that it was hard for everyone to hear that we will not be returning to school this year. We are heartbroken to not get to close out the year in person, but we will go forward with a positive attitude and make the best of the situation! The most important thing is that we all stay healthy and happy, and do our part to flatten the curve. 

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup

     


     

    Friday Email 3-27-20

    Dear Families,

    We made it through the first full week of distance learning. Hopefully, you have settled into a daily routine that works for your family.  Please continue sending emails and pictures to us! It really brightens our spirits to hear from you all and stay connected. 

    Distance Learning Week of March 30th 

    We outlined a plan for Monday and Tuesday this week on the calendar that went home. Since the closure has been extended, we have added Wednesday-Friday. You will find the work for this week in the brown envelope labeled Week 3 & 4. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

     

    A few more things to mention this week:

    • The Library Staff recommends to read and explore these websites:
    1. The Monterey County Free Libraries have wonderful on-line resources. Activities for preschool-high school.  Tumblebooks, activities and games. Older students can read E-books and E-magazines. They recently updated their website. Students/Parents do need a public library card. Here is their web address: emcfl.org or https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/library  
    2. We have been learning about space in the library this year. There are read alouds from the International Space station, along with other good reads. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/story_time_from_space Or  https://storytimefromspace.com/library/
    3. If you have a favorite story you would like to listen to try this website: https://storytimefromspace.com/library/  
    • Math games for practicing facts: Here are some fun math games to play with the whole family. Math Games

     

    Please know that we understand that this time can be full of emotions. We know that some days will be full of learning, some will be full of family fun, and some days will be stressful. We are in this with you. We know that you are doing your best as parents to help your child grow as a scholar from home.  We all miss the Tular Second Graders so much!

     

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup


    WEEK OF MARCH 23rd

    Dear 2nd grade Families,

    It has been so nice to hear from so many of you over the past week. We miss all of you so much and hearing from you makes our day. 

    Each week going forward, the 2nd grade team will send out a Friday email letting you know what we have planned for the following week. For next week, the calendar is in your packet, on our website, and can be found at the link below. All materials your child will need for this week’s assignments were given to them in the bags you picked up this week. 

    Distance Learning Schedule - Week of March 23rd

    A few things that we want to mention… 

    • You can take AR Tests from home! How exciting! Many students already know how to access these reading comprehension tests. For those that don’t here are the easy steps:
    1. Go to Renaissance (green R) on Classlink
    2. Click the Accelerated Reader button
    3. Enter book title in search bar (note-not all books have tests)
    4. Make sure to take the reading test (not vocabulary) and choose the English test (sometimes a test is available in Spanish)
    5. Do your best! No need to print the test...we can see all the students’ progress 
    • We know there are many resources floating around, but please be sure to visit our Distance Learning Helpful Links on each of our classroom websites! We have a few fun & educational activities that might be useful. We especially like the Scholastic Learn at Home!
    • Don’t forget to plant your seed from Mrs. DeRenzo and keep a log of what you see as it grows! You can use your writing journal. 

    If you haven’t set some sort of schedule yet, it might be a good idea. Kids do best when they know what is expected from them and have a routine to rely on! We know it is difficult when playdates and social outings are off limits, but providing your child with some consistency at home will be helpful to all.

    Please be sure to email us with any questions or concerns you might have. We would love to hear from the students as well! They can even write us an email and send a picture as their writing for the day! 

    As we say in the classroom...Be Responsible, Respectful, & Safe :)

    Warm Regards,

    The Second Grade Team

    Krista Barsotti, Alison Becker, Tobi Slavet & Carina Stallcup

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