May 18, 2011: Walk-A-Thon

Tomorrow is our annual Walk-A-Thon. We will be walking from 11:00-11:30 and parents are welcome to join us. If you are joining us, just meet us out at the track at 11:00. Please dress for the weather and wear comfy shoes. We are part of the “Orange Team.” We would love to show our team spirit tomorrow!! Try to wear orange, spray paint your hair orange, decorate some signs for the Orange Team, and whatever else you can think of!!


Today we began reviewing for the 4th Quarter Math Assessment. We will also be reviewing on Wednesday and Thursday. The end of the year math test will be given next Monday-Wednesday and will cover 22 math essentials. Second graders are expected to be secure on all 22 essentials by the end of the year. There will be 3 problems for each essential. Students must get all 3 correct to be secure, 1 wrong will be developing, and 2 or more wrong will be beginning. Report card grades will be based on this test. Please go over all three review packets with your child, focusing on areas that your child is struggling with. There will be no additional math homework besides the review packets for this week. Also, next week, on the test days, there will be no math homework.

May 17, 2011: Color Poems

We have been working really hard at adding “voice”  to our writing. We have also been trying to paint pictures in our reader’s minds, using descriptive language. Last week, we wrote color poems using descriptive language. Then, we made a Voice Thread of ourselves reading our poems. Please take a listen and leave us a comment telling us your thoughts about our poems. THANKS!!


May 16, 2011: Spelling~Unit 27

Today, your child should have brought home their spelling pretest. Please help your child study these words for this week’s test on Friday. They should have also brought home a spelling homework paper. This is due back to school by Friday. This week’s skill is working with compound words. If you would like to practice this week’s skill, just click on the picture below to go to some games and you can even watch a video on compound words. Also, don’t forget to visit Spelling City, to play some games with this week’s words. This is the last spelling unit of the year. For the next few weeks, we will be testing on all of the words that have been covered the second half of the school year. Watch for a note to come home next Monday regarding this.

THIS WEEK’S WORDS ARE:  last, never, us, left, end, other

May 14, 2011: Weekly Reminders

EARLY RELEASE: Monday will be an Early Release Day, dismissal will be at 1:30.

LIBRARY: We will be visiting the library on Monday, don’t forget your books.

FISH QUIZ: We will be having our fish quiz on Monday. A review packet should have come home a couple of days ago. Please help your child review for the quiz. The next animal group that we will study is Reptiles.

ANIMAL RESEARCH PACKETS: Yesterday, we finished up our research on our animals in the computer lab. If your child did not complete the packet, they should have brought it home yesterday to complete at home. If they did finish their research, they brought home the packet to be edited. Please help your child check their spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and check their facts for accuracy.  This research packet MUST BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL BY TUESDAY!!! We will begin writing our animal reports on Tuesday. If your child’s research packet is not at school, they will not be able to start writing their reports.

ZOO FIELD TRIP: We will be visiting the Detroit Zoo in a couple of weeks. If you did not turn in your money ($9.00), it is due by Monday. Please be sure to send it in. We are getting a discounted price if we pay in advance and we will be sending in the money next week.

WALK-A-THON: We will be participating in Eisenhower’s annual Walk-A-Thon on Thursday, May 19th. We will be walking from 11:00-11:30. Parents are welcome to come and walk with us. If you are joining us, please meet us out at the track at 11:00. PTO is still accepting pledges for the walk. If you would like to send in a pledge/donation please do so. Thanks!!

SPRING FLING: Eisenhower will also be holding the annual Spring Fling on Thursday, May 19th from 5:00-8:00. I hope everyone can make it!!

May 13, 2011: Mystery Reader

Today the kids, and especially Jaclyn, were surprised when Jaclyn’s step mom walked into our room to be our Mystery Reader. She read us a wonderful story called, Always in Trouble. She also brought us all yummy string cheese. A HUGE thank you to Jaclyn’s step mom for coming in and reading to us today.

May 13, 2011: Book Treasure Book

Today, we read The Rainbow Fish, written by Marcus Pfister. The Rainbow Fish is about a little fish who thought he was too good to play with the other fish. He learns his lesson about sharing. Your child should have brought home their envelope, retelling sheet and a “shimmering scale” to put in their treasure chest. Your child needs to write a detailed retelling of the story. Retelling sheets and envelopes are due back to school by Tuesday. If you would like to listen to the story again, just click on the title below.

Rainbow Fish