Mme Boshell’s Grade Two December/January Newsletter
First off, let me begin by saying thank you once again to Mrs. Harrison for assisting in supervising the students during our fun visit to the Safety Village last month. Hopefully everyone will now be checking their smoke detectors MONTHLY and you have mapped out two emergency exit routes from your home in case of fire.
Also, a huge thank you once again to Mrs. Nagano for her help with the creation of the cute bear mask that Kendra wore on the float for the Santa Claus Parade. Pacey and I combined our talents to create the loveable three-eyed alien (from Toy Story) that you saw.
Mrs. Drury and Mrs. Nagano are kindly volunteering to come in weekly to assist the students with their reading. Mrs. Drury is testing the students on their ability to instantly read the sight word list that each child was assigned; while Mrs. Nagano is helping out my lower level readers in French. We really appreciate your help!
In both languages, the students have been working with the identification of nouns, adjectives and verbs. We have been learning about telling, asking and exclamation sentences and continue to orally discuss the components of a narrative: characters, setting, problem and resolution as seen/heard in texts and in film. The class has also been applying learned “reading strategies” to partner reading begun recently. We endeavour to read for 10-20 minutes a day. Ask your child about “Comme un ombre/Shadow Me” and “Le petit perroquet/You read Then I Read.”
We continue to work with the “head” and “heart” strategies when studying texts and will go on to the “hand” strategy in time.
In French, the students have been working with pronouns (mostly in conjunction with verb conjugations of “avoir” and of “être”) as well as writing more complex sentences (by adding an object on after the verb. The students have started work on a short piece of writing that they will share orally. It tells of themselves and/or of their family and utilizes the different sentence types learned. We will later be moving on to a five character “saynète” (skit) that will encourage dramatic role play while developing confidence in communicating in French.
Congratulations to Ryan Court and Kennedy for having read the MOST French books at home, during the month of November. Who will be our December winners?
In JANUARY, three students will be reading to the class IN FRENCH DAILY (a book chosen from our class library that is at their level and that they have PRACTICED in advance). Please see the January calendar for dates. The class and I will be asking questions afterwards. For example: What is the setting, problem, resolution? Who are the characters? What was your favourite part and why? What did you learn? Any new words? Etc.
In English, the boys and girls have been learning to organize their ideas using diagrams: a word web/brainstorm, a story map (characters, setting, problem, resolution) and beginning, middle and end sequencing of events. The organized ideas will assist in the development of a sequential story that involves two characters, a setting, two events, a problem and a resolution.
I will be introducing media literacy to the class next week. The students are exposed to all types of media on a daily basis. Understanding how to read and write media is a critical asset for children.
We continue to work with problem solving (4 step process) and the development of mental math skills on a regular basis. The kids have been adding with and without carrying and have been subtracting without regrouping. We continue to work with money amounts to 100 cents (+/-, representing and counting) as well as determining the missing number in equations involving +/- using a variety of strategies (fist and fingers- “count on”, number line, ruler, 100’s chart).
We have been sorting objects according to two shared attributes. The kids will be creating repeating patterns with two attributes (attribute and pattern blocks).
We are beginning work on reading data in tally charts and in graphs. The class will be making statements about, and collecting and displaying data.
In January, we will study measurement, estimating, measuring and recording length, height and distance using standard and non-standard units.
Please continue to drill +/- facts to 18 at home to develop speed and accuracy with mental math computations.
We have been learning about good/bad habits and setting personal goals to change bad habits in the classroom learning environment (and hopefully at home too). The kids have discussed responsibilities in the class, school and on the bus as well as good and bad consequences of actions. The students are beginning to see how their actions (good and bad) impact directly on the class as a WHOLE as we are like a family unit working together. We’ve also reviewed the school’s code of conduct (with special focus on the student’s role).
We’ve moved from our study of the element of line, onto the element of colour. The students will identify the primary and secondary colours and create works of art incorporating the use of these.
Have a wonderful, safe holiday!
See you on January 7th boys and girls.
Mme LA Boshell, OCT J
Mme Boshell’s Grade Two November Newsletter
On Friday, November 9th, Progress Reports will be coming home. Please ensure that you have completed the form sent home from the office indicating when you would like to meet with me to discuss your child’s progress to date at the parent-teacher interviews. If I do not hear from you, I will assign you a given day and time slot (that will hopefully work for you). It is very important that we meet to discuss your child’s progress prior to the first Report Card coming home at the end of January.
On Saturday, November 24th, our class will have two or three representatives riding along on our school’s Santa Claus Parade float. Those representatives will be wearing masks of a “toy theme”. Some ideas that the staff has shared with me include using a baseball cap to build off of (as a base) or using boxes to build a robot head. I am looking for your help please! I will admit to not being overly artistically inclined. If you can help by providing ideas, BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL materials to use and/or your time helping out in the classroom, please let me know via the agenda. I WILL GLADLY WORK MY SCHEDULE AROUND YOUR AVAILABILITY.
While I only need 2-3 masks for the parade, I would love for every student to be able to create one.
You will note that I am now clearly indicating when the French oral dictations (Dictées) and English oral dictations are on the monthly calendar that is sent home.
The boys and girls are wrapping up their work on an English Halloween riddle that incorporated the use of nouns, verbs and adjectives. We had a great time coming up with lists of Halloween nouns, adjectives and verbs together! The students have also been learning how to take words directly from the question in order to answer English story comprehension questions, using COMPLETE sentences.
We will begin to learn about and apply READING STRATEGIES (“All Star” and “hand”, “heart” and “head”) to assist with independent reading time that will be starting.
Of course, these strategies will greatly assist your child during his/her time spent reading with the “Raz-kids” program as well.
In French, the boys and girls learned how to identify/re-state the characters, setting, problem and solution in the narrative (récit) entitled: Le canard à l’aile cassée. We are now moving on to a second narrative: Petit chat et gros chat. As a class, we will begin work on the creation of a narrative as a shared writing piece, leading to the students learning how to develop and organize their ideas in order to write their own narrative. The students are also learning how to write more interesting, complex sentences using posted adjectives and words describing “Where?”.
In November, we will begin to look at the different “types” of sentences as well (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory and imperative).
“Chaise chaude” continues. I choose five students a week (1-2 a day), to sit on the chair at the front of the room next to me, to answer questions that the students and I ask “en français”. The student must try his/her best to answer in French and in a complete sentence. A great way to build self-confidence while improving oral communication, question formulation and vocabulary skills (and the kids LOVE it)!
French Reading Logs:
Due to the fact that I only have a small group of students who consistently read in French at home, I will be changing the format/method of logging and rewarding individual student reading. Beginning on Monday, November 5th, I will be teaching the students how to use the monthly calendar provided in the student agenda to log their French reading. As such, I will no longer be using the yellow reading log duo-tangs. If you could assist me in using the monthly calendar in the agenda to track how many books or stories your child reads DAILY, at the end of the month, I will provide the boy and the girl with the MOST books read, their choice of a free book from my selection of Scholastic bought books.
We have begun problem solving. The boys and girls are given a problem to attempt on their own; we then take it up as a class. A similar problem is posted, and I send them off to work with an assigned partner. After a few minutes, we convene to discuss strategies used in the various groups (the use of pictures, numbers and a sentence to sum up the learning). Next, the students are again given a similar problem to solve independently this time. With so much prior practice, the independent rate of success should be quite high. Over the next little while, we will focus our problem solving on money amounts to 100 cents and determining the missing number in equations to 18 (+/-).
We continue to work with sorting objects according to TWO ATTRIBUTES. However, the students have already begun to graph “Mad Minute” 5 minute timed drill results onto a bar graph using 1:1 correspondence. Your child would benefit greatly from +/- to 18 practice at home. The use of flashcards to help develop speed and accuracy are a great idea and can be purchased from the Dollar Store.
We have been working on addition and subtraction with only occasional regrouping. We will learn how to regroup beginning with addition and moving on to subtraction.
Teaching Friendship Skills (Character Education):
In LESSON THREE: BEING A PUT-DOWNER MAKES YOU HARD TO LIKE, the students will learn some reasons behind put-down behaviour, as well as the fact that giving put-downs can cause others not to trust them. The students will learn techniques to help them change their put-down behaviours.
In LESSON FOUR: THE SECRET TO MAKING FRIENDS: MAKE OTHERS FEEL SPECIAL, the students will learn specific behaviours that promote friendship.
Thank you for your continued support at home and I’ll see you at the parent-teacher Progress Report interviews on November 15th and 16th.
Mme LA Boshell J
Mme Boshell’s Grade Two October Newsletter
Fall is here and boy can you feel it in the air! I hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving Day long weekend.
Please speak to your child about his/her clothing decisions for the day’s recess breaks (Is it okay to wear your coat/sweater first break, but not second?). I would appreciate your letting me know (via the agenda) if your child is allowed to make his/her own clothing decisions for recess. Thank you!
It was great meeting so many new faces at our annual “Meet the Teacher” night.
Please make sure that your child has all of the necessary school supplies that I mentioned in the September newsletter.
Thank you for taking the time to fill-in the Highlights Magazine slips that I sent home. Even if you said “NO”, you were not interested in ordering the magazine; your reply helped our class to receive a box of roughly 1ooo stickers! WOW!
HALLOWEEN: The students will take part in the annual costume parade around the school in the afternoon (getting dressed after recess at 11:40). We will follow this up with some Halloween crafts and activities in our classroom. Please be sure to send your child’s costume to school in a bag as he/she will be changing later in the day. Store bought treats would be appreciated, but are certainly not required. We’ll be having fun no matter what –LOL!
“I’M DONE EARLY” BAG: Please remember to put together a plastic baggie of quiet, educational activities to entertain your child when he/she is done work early and/or for rainy indoor recess days. Thank you!
CHILDREN’S SAFETY VILLAGE: On Friday, November 23rd from 1:00-2:30, the boys and girls will be learning about “fire safety” at the Village. I will need 2-3 supervisors to attend please. Permission forms will be sent home as the date nears. Thank you.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Thank you for ensuring that your daughter has hair ties or elastics to keep her hair out of her face and that your child is not wearing any jewellery on scheduled gym days (DAYS 1 & 5).
LANGUAGE: I will be starting English reading dictations the week of October 9th. Please check the October calendar for reading dictation dates in English and in French Language. As part of your child’s responsibility as a student in Grade 2, he/she will now be required to write out the oral dictation words in his/her agenda. These words are reviewed by me (for accuracy), initialled and sent home daily for studying.
WORK SENT HOME: Please have your child complete and return (the next day) any work that is sent home. I appreciate your support. Please understand that students are given a reasonable amount of time to complete the task in class before it is sent home to be completed under your supervision.
French: I am so happy to see many students reading in French on a daily basis! Bravo, belle lecture! Please note: Effective immediately, for LONGER texts sent home, I will now allow students to read and count these entries MORE THAN ONCE. This will remain at my discretion. Should your child choose to select a “free” book from Scholastic, please ensure that it is NOT MORE THAN $10.00. Thank you for your understanding.
English: Raz-kids will be starting up very soon.
THE GRADE TWO CURRICULUM:
In October, the boys and girls will be studying:
French and English Language Arts:
Same as last month with the addition of:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]--> the incorporation of some more COMPLEX sentences that use adjectives and objects (telling where and adding details)
The young boy went to Green Park across the street from his house.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->the teaching of reading/decoding strategies (posted and used in class)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->re-stating information (read or viewed/listened to) including the main ideas and supporting details such as characters, settings, problem and solution
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->developing and organizing ideas (as pertains to the narrative form)
CONVERSATION BUDDIES WITH MME BANTING’S GRADE ¾ CLASS:
Every Day 4 of the cycle, our two classes get together at the very end of the day to converse “en français” with one another. On our first two visits, the kids were paired up and worked on an introduction to one another (grade 2 student to grade 3 or 4 student) which they then shared with the larger group. It was great fun getting to know one another and seeing what we had in common!
Continued review of numbers to 200 (counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 25’s), printing number words to twenty, locating whole numbers to 100 on a number line and solving +/- problems to 18
The addition of:
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<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->count backwards by 1’s from 50 (or a number less than 50)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->count backwards by 10’s from 100 (or a number less than 100)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->repeated, growing and shrinking patterns
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->determine the missing number in equations involving +/- to 18
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->organizing/sorting objects according to TWO ATTRIBUTES simultaneously
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->read primary data presented in a graph
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->pose and answer questions about data
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->gather data to answer a question, using a simple survey
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->represent/display data on a graph (including titles, labels on axes and 1:1 correspondence)
Overall: The students will learn to distinguish between needs and wishes/desires and between rights and privileges. They will develop social skills and assume responsibilities within the classroom and school communities. The boys and girls will familiarize themselves with the school environment by taking a look at the various roles and responsibilities of those in positions of authority (staff members) as well as the students.
We will look at:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->responsibilities associated with a certain role (e.g., principal, secretary, teacher, student, firefighter, police officer…)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->the development and acquisition of social skills as they relate to the school/classroom environment
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->good and bad habits as they relate to the students at school
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->actions/decisions and subsequent consequences
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->differentiating “fact” from “opinion”
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->showing respect for the rights and opinions of others
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->differentiating between “rights” and “privileges” and between “needs” and “wishes/desires”
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->“community” (a definition of, civic and cultural activities related to a community, personal involvement in the community)
Teaching Friendship Skills (Character Education):
Last month at the primary awards assembly, students earned certificates for showing “respect”. This month’s character trait is “cooperation”.
In our class, we have been looking at LESSON ONE: BEHAVIOURS THAT HELP KIDS HAVE FRIENDS. Within this lesson, the students discussed what they thought were the MOST IMPORTANT characteristics of a friend and they nominated class members who they thought exhibited friendly behaviours. They also noted a friendship behaviour that they thought they were “best at” and one that they “needed to work on”.
In LESSON TWO: BEHAVIOURS THAT KEEP KIDS FROM HAVING FRIENDS, the students will learn behaviours that prevent the development of friendships by identifying behaviours they dislike in others. The students will identify behaviours they have that interfere with friendships.
Thank you and Happy Halloween.
PS: Just a quick reminder that extra clothes (and mitts) are a GREAT idea for ALL students. Your son/daughter is welcome to keep items in a LABELLED bag on his/her hook in the closet area. Should your child borrow from a friend, please be sure to launder and return items a.s.a.p..
Mme LA Boshell, OCT J
Mme Boshell’s Grade Two September Newsletter
Bienvenue de retour! Welcome back to school and a big, warm welcome to Grade Two! Some of you may know that this is my first year in Grade Two after teaching Grade One for many years. I am really looking forward to a wonderful year working in close conjunction with my grade partners Mme Mullings and Mme St-Denis. I have a lovely class of 18 (7 boys) energetic and eager students.
I hope to see you at our upcoming “MEET THE TEACHER” evening on Thursday, September 20th from 6-7 pm. At this time, I will be holding two information sessions (2nd session is a repeat of the first) regarding classroom routines and the Grade Two program from 6-6:30 and 6:30-7.
AGENDAS: Students in grades 2-8 are required to purchase a school agenda. The agenda is an important tool used to help students organize and manage their time effectively. It is also a means of on-going communication between home and school. The cost of the agenda is $7.00 (CASH ONLY ACCEPTED). Please send in this amount with your child as soon as possible (in a labelled baggie or envelope). WHENEVER SUBMITTING MONEY, PLEASE PLACE INTO AN ENVELOPE OR BAGGIE LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME. We will soon be recording homework and other important information, such as Picture Day, Meet the Teacher Night, etc. Please feel free to write to me, but AVOID writing notes on the LEFT page as your child will be using this side of the agenda. While I DO NOT require a daily parent signature in the agenda, I will be checking it every morning for any parent communication. Please DO check your child’s agenda NIGHTLY.
Note: The best way to contact me is via the daily agenda as I do not find the time to regularly check my voice mail.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->A pencil box or case
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->A COVERED pencil sharpener
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Two glue sticks (to start the year)
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<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Crayons and pencil crayons
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->A few QUALITY pencils that are easily sharpened
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->An eraser
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Small bottle of hand sanitizer (at your discretion, to use in lieu of hand washing at the sink)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->A headphone set to be used in the computer lab (placed in a LABELLED plastic baggie to be kept at school)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Indoor running shoes
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Hair elastics, clips, etc.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->A labelled re-usable water bottle to be kept on your child’s desk in class (sent home every Friday or sooner if you wish for washing)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->If your child likes to draw or journal, only a small (I suggest coiled or bound) notebook will be permitted
Pens, highlighters, loose-leaf paper, binders and other un-necessary supplies that are not on the list, will be returned home.
DONATIONS: Donations of antibacterial/sanitizing wipes, medium and large size Ziploc baggies, paper towel, spoons and forks are ALWAYS appreciated J.
MISCELLANEOUS: With your permission, LABELLED, appropriate safe toys (soft balls, action figures…) are welcome at school (for recess use). However, no trading cards whatsoever please. Also, please be aware that the school will not be held responsible for lost, stolen and/or broken toys.
HIGHLIGHTS MAGAZINE and SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS:
Even if you are NOT interested in ordering Highlights magazine, please take a minute to fill-in the yellow slip. The class is awarded prizes for both “yes” and “no” answers to ordering.
In regards to Scholastic book orders, I will soon start sending order forms home monthly. You are under absolutely NO obligation to order anything. However, should you wish to order something, CHEQUES ONLY are accepted (made out to “Scholastic”). I wait about A WEEK after sending home the forms before I place any orders received. When the orders arrive, they are sent home with the students (unless you instruct differently).
Mme Edmondson and Mme Lougheed are reminding parents to please use the parent pick-up area (labelled on the tarvia) to pick up non-bussed children. The halls are filled with students and staff during busy entry and dismissal times. Please respect that this can be a “hectic” time for all and wait for your children at the designated pick-up area.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Our gym days are on Days 1 and 5 of the cycle. However, we will be participating in Daily Physical Activity (D.P.A.) regularly. As such, your child needs to keep indoor running shoes at school and have long hair secured in order to participate safely. While studs are permitted, no dangling earrings or other jewellery will be allowed in the gym. Children who are not prepared (appropriate dress, hair, jewellery or footwear) will not be participating.
LANGUAGE: This will be the first year that your child is formally instructed in BOTH French and English. We will soon begin reading dictations (reading language quizzes). The kids will work with a pre-determined vocabulary list for a period of 1-2 weeks. Students will practice these words through play, grammar and vocabulary activities throughout the week(s). Practice will be done at school. However, incomplete work will be sent home for completion. The vocabulary list will be sent home in the agenda so your child can practice at home as well. We will alternate French and English (not both languages simultaneously). Children will be tested on their ability to read the words on Fridays.
French: A French home reading program will begin this month. The boys and girls will be encouraged to read in French, 4 times a week, for 10-15 minutes a night. They will need to record their book, story, or phonics sheet each time they read. Parents are asked to initial beside the entry. The goal of this reading log is to foster a love of reading, to build your child’s confidence and his/her word base in French. Watch for the reading log duo-tang coming home shortly.
English: I will be introducing the students to the “Raz-kids” reading program. Each child will be given his/her own account i.d. and password. Children will be encouraged to use the “Raz-kids” website as their English home reading program. I will be able to track children’s progress online, as well as to listen to children read online (if you have access to a microphone at home). Look for more information to come.
THE GRADE TWO CURRICULUM:
In September, the boys and girls will be studying:
French and English Language Arts:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Nouns, adjectives, verbs
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Writing simple sentences
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Identifying the four components of a narrative (character, setting, problem and resolution)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Writing narratives applying the four components as well as grade level conventions
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Reviewing basic phonics
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Read and print in words whole numbers to twenty
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Represent numbers to 100 using base ten materials (ones, tens)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Count forwards by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 25’s to 200
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Locate whole numbers to 100 on a number line and a partial number line
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of whole numbers to 18, using a variety of mental strategies
Heritage and Citizenship: Grade 2 – Traditions and Celebrations
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Demonstrate an understanding that Canada is a country of many cultures
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Use a variety of resources and tools to gather, process, and communicate information about similarities and differences among family traditions and celebrations
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Explain how the various cultures of individuals and groups contribute to the local community
Beginning the FIRST FRIDAY IN OCTOBER (and the first Friday every month thereafter), I will be posting my newsletters online at our school’s website: www.granderie.ca/ecolefairview. If you require a paper copy of the newsletter, please let me know via the agenda. Otherwise, I will not be sending home subsequent paper newsletters.
Here’s to a fantastic, memorable year in Grade Two!
Yours in education,
Mme LA Boshell, OCT