Weekly Updates 3/18/19

Here are the happenings for the week:

Tower of Book Challenges along with their Book Tasting book are due on Wednesday, March 20th. Please have students bring in their favorite book that they read this quarter on Wednesday. We’re super excited for the upcoming Open Mic/Book Tasting Event on March 27th.  It’s entitled “Starbooks Open Mic and Book Tasting”.  Wait until you see what we have in store…Here are the happenings for this coming week:

Math–  Kids have absolutely loved measuring using different units!  This week we will have an assessment on measurement and then will move on to solving various word problems involving two steps with measurement.  This can often be tricky, however, I know the kiddos are up to the challenge!

ScienceWe will finish our unit on weather this week!  The kids will also be engaged some STEM activities where we learn about severe weather.  We will also be getting ready for our upcoming Book Tasting towards the end of the week!

Reading– Students will take their assessment on character responses in a text. Students worked very hard on their puppet shows which showcased this standard. Do not forget to check these out on Seesaw! This week we will be reviewing all the standards taught this quarter by completing a culminating activity involving “pizza building”.

Letterland: We are on Unit 22 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on vowel teams aw and au, as the sound in “pause” and “saw”. A friendly reminder of our spelling procedures, students take their spelling notebooks home on Mondays and bring it back for a completion check on Fridays. Spelling assessments will be given on Fridays.
Writing:  As we continue our poetry unit we are adding to our poetry collection by writing I Am poems and color poems with a focus on including similes in our writing. The students have really enjoyed poetry and have been working really hard on their poems. We can’t wait to share all of our creative work with you at our poetry open mic on Wednesday, March 27th from 12-1pm!
Spring Fling: The 2nd Annual PUE Spring Fling will be held on Sunday, March 31st, from 2pm-5pmIn lieu of a class basket for the silent auction, the second grade teachers will be offering an experience. We will be hosting a “Pancake Breakfast” complete with all the fixings. Each teacher will have a certificate to bid on during the auction and the recipient will be a VIP guest at our “Pancake Breakfast.” Please note that the auction will go live 1 week before the Spring Fling and run 1 week after the event until Sunday, April 7. This event is always so much fun and we can’t wait to see you all there! What a great way to celebrate track out!
Important Dates:
March 20th: Tower of Books Due/Bring in book for Book Tasting
March 27th: Starbooks Open Mic and Book Tasting 12:00
March 31st: Spring Fling
April 4th-Mordecai House Field Trip
April 11th- Museum of Life & Science Field Trip
April 18th- Track Out Day/Spring Learning Experience

Weekly Updates 3/11/19

We are coming up on the final stretch of 3rd quarter! There are still so many exciting things on the calendar to look forward to. Today we will be treated to a visit from illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton and she will be signing copies of her book. Order forms for her book were sent home on Tuesday.

Here are the happenings for next week:

Scholastic Book Fair: The Dino-Mite Scholastic Book fair is happening now in our media center. Our class will preview on Monday, March 11 and then shop on the following day Tuesday, March 12th both from 12:00-12:30. We would love for any and all parents to come help us shop.  If you aren’t able to join, please be sure your child knows their “budget” and is responsible for their own money envelope.  The fair is open to all students and families everyday at 8:30 am. There will be an after school/evening session on Tuesday, March 12 from 4 – 6 pm. The fair closes on Wednesday, March 13 at 1:30 pm.

We need volunteers to help with the Book Fair. Please consider signing up for an hour or more to help the students fill out their wish lists (for grades K-2) and locate books that interest them. Click on the following link to sign up: www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4daaaa29a75-book2

 

There are four ways to purchase items at the fair: cash, check payable to PUE PTA, credit card, and eWallet. Parents are able to set up a fund for their child/children to shop using eWallet. Any unused money is returned to the parent/not charged to their card. To learn more, go to www.scholastic.com/bf/pleasantunionelemschool.

 

Tower of Books: The 3rd Quarter Tower of Books Challenge was handed out to your student prior to track out. Completed challenges are due Wednesday, March 20th. Please mark your calendars for our book tasting/open mic (more on this to come) this quarter will take place on Wednesday, March 27th at 12:00pm 🙂 Hope to see you there!

Math–  We are having a blast with measurement so far! This upcoming week is all about the metric system. Students will be up and moving with a centimeter measuring scoot and meter car derby! We will also focus on comparing the different lengths of objects that we measure and describe using comparisons.

ScienceWe are picking up right where we left off with our weather unit. This week we will begin a project called Meteorologist for a Day. This is definitely a favorite! Students will receive a weekly forecast to analyze and write a meteorologist report to go along with it. We will record these reports in front of a green screen. I bet these kiddos will give WRAL a run for their money. On Friday, dip back into social studies slightly to learn about the history of Irish Americans in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day.

Reading– This week the students will continue to learn about character responses by creating a puppet show based off the many books we read for this unit. Students will choose one of the books and focus on how the character responded to the problems in the story. They will need to depict this is the puppet show they create. Look for these fabulous projects on Seesaw!

Letterland: We are on Unit 21 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on vowel teams oy and oi as the sound in “boy” and “soil”. A friendly reminder of our spelling procedures, students take their spelling notebooks home on Mondays and bring it back for a completion check on Fridays. Spelling assessments will be given on Fridays.
Writing:  As we continue our poetry unit we will continue to learn about and write different types of poetry. On the deck this week are cinquain poems and simile self-portrait poems. We can’t wait to share all of our creative work with you at our poetry open mic on Wednesday, March 27th from 12-1pm.
Spring Fling: The 2nd Annual PUE Spring Fling will be held on Sunday, March 31st, from 2pm-5pmIn lieu of a class basket for the silent auction, the second grade teachers will be offering an experience. We will be hosting a “Pancake Breakfast” complete with all the fixings. Each teacher will have a certificate to bid on during the auction and the recipient will be a VIP guest at our “Pancake Breakfast.” Please note that the auction will go live 1 week before the Spring Fling and run 1 week after the event until Sunday, April 7. This event is always so much fun and we can’t wait to see you all there! What a great way to celebrate track out!
Important Dates:
March 11th and 12th:  Book Fair preview/shop
March 20th: Tower of Books Due
March 27th: Book Tasting/Open Mic 12:00
March 31st: Spring Fling

Weekly Updates 3/4/19

Happy Monday! I cannot believe we are already into the month of March.  Please remember that this Friday is an Early Release Day.  Here are the happenings for this week:

Spring Field Trips: Next week I will let you know who is able to chaperone for each field trip. The Mordecai House we are only allowed a limited number of chaperones. The field trip to the Museum of Life & Science is unlimited chaperones. I will divide students into groups based on which parents said they could attend this field trip. The dates are: 4/4 Mordecai House and 4/11 Museum of Life& Science.

Scholastic Book Fair:  Please read the information about our upcoming book fair at PUE.  Our class will preview on Monday March 11 and then shop on the following day Tuesday March 12th both from 12-12:30pm. We would love for any and all parents to come help us shop.  If you aren’t able to join, please be sure your child knows their “budget” and is responsible for their own money envelope.  The Book Fair Breakfast is on Friday, March 8 but we needed RSVPs back by Friday, March 1 so the cafeteria staff could plan food & make final preparations.

Tower of Books: The 3rd Quarter Tower of Books Challenge was handed out to your student prior to track out. Completed challenges are due Wednesday March 20th. Please mark your calendars for our book tasting/open mic (more on this to come) this quarter will take place on Wednesday March 27th at 12:00pm 🙂 Hope to see you there!

Math–  We will have a short assessment on Wednesday covering 10/100 more and less as well as using various strategies to solve story problems.  We will then move on to learning how to measure objects with customary units of length (inches/feet/yards).  We’ll learn how to estimate lengths using known lengths already (an inch is about the size of the crook of your finger, etc).  Students will learn the appropriate unit and tool to use when measuring.   For example I would measure a school desk in inches with a ruler, however, I’d measure the length of a room using a measuring tape in feet or even yards.

Social StudiesWe are going to take a break  from learning about weather to learning about Women’s historical contributions/suffrage.  We’ll be learning about historical women such as Rosie the Riveter.  Students will also research some others on their own in pairs.  They will use different web resources to record their learning and present their newfound knowledge on SeeSaw.

Reading– We are continuing to dig deep into characters by analyzing the challenges they face and how they respond to them. Students will be reading and listening to various texts and writing responses using text evidence.

Letterland: We are on Unit 20 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on vowel teams ow and ou as the sound in “cloudy and power”. A friendly reminder of our spelling procedures, students take their spelling notebooks home on Mondays and bring it back for a completion check on Fridays. Spelling assessments will be given on Fridays.
Writing:  We’re so excited to begin our unit on Poetry!  Students will be learning how to write different kinds of poems using various poetic devices.  This is a favorite unit for sure, because you get to “break the conventional rules”.  This week we will be writing list poems and focusing on writing a five senses poem. We will also explore similes and metaphors in our poetry. We are excited to begin to prepare for our “Open Mic/Book Tasting” Celebration!
Important Dates:
March 8th: Early Release
March 11th and 12th:  Book Fair preview/shop
March 20th: Tower of Books Due
March 27th: Book Tasting/Open Mic 12:00

Weekly Updates 2/25/19

Here are the weekly updates for the week of 2/25/19:

*Interim Reports go home tomorrow (2/26/19).

Book Fair Coin Drive- This week we will be collecting coins to raise money to help students in our school that need assistance to buy books at the book fair. The class that raises the most money gets a pizza party!

Monday – Pennies

Tuesday – Nickels

Wednesday – Dimes

Thursday – Quarters

Friday – $1 Bills

The class that brings in the most each day will receive a special treat, and the class that brings in the most for the entire week wins a pizza party. Please support our school so that each child has the opportunity to buy a book at the Book Fair.

Spring Field Trip Payment/INFORMATION : The link for our spring field trips is now open. Please use the link below to pay online, as we cannot accept cash. We will be going to the Mordecai House, Museum of Life and Science, and we will also have an in-house science “field trip.” Thank you in advance for taking care of this as quickly as possible, as the link expires. If you have not handed in the lunch form for your child then I am assuming your child will be packing their lunch for both of the field trips.

Link here: https://osp.osmsinc.com/WakeNC/BVModules/ProductTemplates/Bvc2013/Product.aspx?productid=AG067-727

Book Fair: Our Scholastic Book Fair will take place from March 5th-13th. With morning and afternoon hours available. We will have a preview day and buying day. We will need a few parent volunteers to help us on those days. I will let you know our date and time as soon as the sign up is sent out. The Book Fair Breakfast is on Friday, March 8 but we need RSVPs back by Friday, March 1 so the cafeteria staff can plan food & make final preparations.

Tower of Books:  The 3rd Quarter Tower of Books Challenge was handed out to your student prior to track out. Completed challenges are due Wednesday March 20th. Please mark your calendars for our book tasting/open mic (more on this to come) this quarter will take place on Wednesday March 27th at 12:00pm 🙂 Hope to see you there!

Reading– Over the next several weeks we will be focusing on fictional texts and connecting more deeply with characters. Students will be examining how characters respond to challenges in a story. They use text evidence to prove their thinking and describe characters with emotions and feelings.

Math–  We will be reviewing how to mentally add 10 more/10 less or 100 more/100 less to a given number.  We’ll then move on to applying our addition strategies to story problems.

Letterland: We are on Unit 19 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on inflections (s, es, changing the y to i and adding es).  These are words like places, reaches and babies.    A friendly reminder of our spelling procedures, students take their spelling notebooks home on Mondays and bring it back for a completion check on Fridays. Spelling assessments will be given on Fridays.
Writing:  We are continuing our realistic fiction writing unit with our “Night in the White House” prompt. We have researched White House history and have started writing from our organized ideas.  This time during our revising phase, we will be focusing on adding dialogue to enhance our stories.

Updates 2/18/19

World Read Aloud Day (Track 3, Feb. 19th): Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to come in and read to us on world read aloud day! As I mentioned before, we will be reading books on quality education from around the world. Students will be mapping where the stories take place and will love hearing the stories read by you! Students will also be doing some buddy reading with Mrs. Boose’s class this day. I am very excited to share my love of literacy all day!

Spring Field Trip Payment/INFORMATION : The link for our spring field trips is now open. Please use the link below to pay online, as we cannot accept cash. We will be going to the Mordecai House, Museum of Life and Science, and we will also have an in-house science “field trip.” Thank you in advance for taking care of this as quickly as possible, as the link expires quickly.

Link here: https://osp.osmsinc.com/WakeNC/BVModules/ProductTemplates/Bvc2013/Product.aspx?productid=AG067-727

Tower of Books:  The 3rd Quarter Tower of Books Challenge was handed out to your student prior to track out. Completed challenges are due Wednesday March 20th. Please mark your calendars for our book tasting/open mic (more on this to come) this quarter will take place on Wednesday March 27th at 12:00pm 🙂 Hope to see you there!

Math– This week we are continuing to focus on problems subtracting three digit numbers. Students have learning the quick draw, expanded form, and number line strategy to solve these problems. We will have a short subtraction assessment on Friday. We will then be adding to our ability to mentally add 10 more/10 less or 100 more/100 less to a given number.

Science: We will be starting our unit on weather! Students will be recording the weather each day and learning about different weather tools.

Reading– We will continue to learn about point of view. Students were assessed on this standard before we tracked out. This week students will be holding a “mock trial” in which they will have to take on the point of view of the giant or Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk”. This will be a week long project.

Letterland: We are on Unit 18 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on the sound of “ea” in single and two syllable words, as in head and weather.  A friendly reminder of our spelling procedures, students take their spelling notebooks home on Mondays and bring it back for a completion check on Fridays. Spelling assessments will be given on Fridays.
Writing:  We are continuing our realistic fiction writing unit with our “Night in the White House” prompt. We have been researching White House history and will begin to organize our brainstorming to create a beginning, middle, and end to our stories. This time during our revising phase, we will be focusing on adding dialogue to enhance our stories.
Important Dates:
February 26th: Interims
March 8th: Early Release
March 20th: Tower of Books Due
March 27th: Book Tasting/Open Mic 12:00
March 31st: Spring Fling (Hope to see you all there) 😊

World Read Aloud Day 2/19/19

Our school is participating in World Read Aloud day. Track 3 is tracked our for the “real” world read aloud day so we will be celebrating it on 2/19/19. In short, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. More info here: http://www.litworld.org/wrad/ As a school we have been focusing on “Quality Education” as a global goal. Check out this website to see all the global goals: https://www.globalgoals.org/ We donated supplies to a school in Belize and students have been learning what it means to have a quality education. For World Read Aloud day I would like to continue to focus on this topic and read stories from around the world on this day focusing on quality education.

With that being said, I would like to invite any of you into our classroom that day to read aloud one of the books I have chosen. Students will listen to the story and then color the country on a map from which the story took place. We will then have a short discussion about quality education from that country. Attached you will find a sign up genius of available times to come read. I will provide the books but if you find an appropriate read aloud on quality education that you would like to read instead then please let me know! Here is the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4DACAE28A1FC1-world

Weekly Updates 1/22/19

 Thank you to all the parents that donated for the teacher lunch. I know it was a big hit! We appreciate you all 

Here are the updates for the week:

Spring Field Trips: PLEASE PAY FOR THE SPRING FIELD TRIPS ONLINE ASAP! The cost in $20.00. Use link below if you have trouble locating link to pay online.

https://osp.osmsinc.com/WakeNC/BVModules/ProductTemplates/Bvc2013/Product.aspx?productid=AG067-727

You already signed the permission slip at the beginning of the year!On April 4th we will be going to the Mordecai House and on April 11th we will be going to the Life and Science Museum in Durham. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND THE LIFE AND SCIENCE FIELD TRIP!

Tower of Books Challenge Q3: The 3rd TOB challenge is due March 20th. The book tasting and special writing event for Q3 will be March 27th at 12:00. Everyone is invited to attend!

Bully Prevention Week– This week we will celebrate Bully Prevention Spirit Week. The spirit days are as follows: Tuesday (January 22nd)- Team Apparel Day, Wednesday- Twin Day, Thursday, Hat Day, Friday is PJ day.

Social Studies: This Thursday is our economics fair! This is an event for students only. Just a reminder that students should have brought their goods to sell in today! Please see separate letter sent home last week for more specific information. We will continue to learn basic economics concepts this week and MLK Jr.

Math– This week we will start to learn different subtraction strategies for subtracting 3 digit numbers. Students will take a test on this skill on Friday.

Reading-This week we will finish our unit on point of view. Students will be studying different character’s point of views in various stories. Students will be taking a test on this skill on Thursday.

Writing– We are continuing our realistic fiction writing unit. Students will finish writing a story about spending the night in the white house!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!