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

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