Tips for the First Day

Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 8. The bell to line up rings at 8:45 am. If you are dropping off your child, please make sure to arrive after 8:30 as our playground helpers are not outside until this time. When your child arrives at school, they may go right to the 2nd/3rd grade playground. My name will be written in chalk by the 2nd/3rd hallway doors to show their line up spot. They can put their backpack in our class line and get some energy out on the playground before the bell rings!

Healthy Snacks – In order to keep our nut allergy students healthy and safe, it is very important that we keep our classroom NUT FREE.  Because of the carpet in our classroom, we are only allowed to drink water in our room.  Feel free to send a water bottle to school with your student, but no juice please.

If you have any questions about the first day or anything else, please send me an e-mail: mvankoe@hpseagles.net. I can’t wait to start our learning adventure!

Open House

Tomorrow is an exciting night! We have our Open House at 6:30pm. You will get a chance to bring in some school supplies/gym shoes to make your backpack lighter the first day of school, meet me, and even choose your seat for the first day of school. I can’t wait to meet you! See you tomorrow night!

Library, Survey and MobyMax

Tomorrow is the last day of summer library! Please turn in any books you have checked out this summer. The library will be open from 10am-noon for returns only.

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If you haven’t filled out the Parent Survery yet, please click here – Parent Survey

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I’d like to give a shout out to a few second grade friends who are working towards their 300 point goal on MobyMax! If you need help logging into MobyMax or forgot your child’s password, make sure to send me an email!

  • Noelle – 204 points
  • Dylan – 183 points
  • Dillon – 123 points
  • Gavin – 102 points
  • Sydney – 71 points
  • Mikaela – 28 points
  • Hanna – 27 points

Keep up the great work, second graders! :)

Checking In

Hi Second Grade Families!

If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out the Parent Survey to help me get to know your child a little better!

I also wanted to remind you that your child has a goal of earning 300 points on MobyMax this summer! To learn more about this challenge, read Mrs. Reagan’s post here.

If you haven’t been to summer library yet, make sure to check it out this coming Tuesday, July 14! I will be there from 10-noon. Hope to see you there! :)

Welcome to Second Grade!

Are you visiting our blog because you will be in this class next year?

If so, welcome! :)

Please take some time to explore all of the pages, posts, and links on our blog. While you are looking around, be sure to sign up for email updates by filling in your e-mail address in the subscribe by e-mail rectangle located on the left side panel. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, special events, pictures, curriculum, assessments, and so much more. 

Our second grade supply list is also linked on the left side panel.

Later in the summer, I will provide information on the blog about the August open house. 

Also, remember to sign up for email updates on the Georgetown School Blog.  The school blog will provide updates all summer long about school wide events and important details about open houses and calendar dates.

Finally, please take a few minutes to fill out the Parent Survey to help me get to know your child a little better!

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I will be at Open Library on June 16 from 10-12! Hope to see you there!

Fun Days for the Last Week!

I can’t believe next week is our last week! Here are two important dates to note for the upcoming week…

Tuesday, June 2 – 2nd Grade Just Write Celebration @ 1pm

We will be celebrating all of the amazing writing we’ve done this year by reading our celebration stories we’ve written throughout the year and touring the hallways to read the poster stories. We will have our final juice toast for the year as well! Any parents, siblings, and grandparents are welcome to join us for this celebration of great writing.

Friday, June 5 – Everyone is a Friend Picnic Lunch @ 11:45-12:30pm

We will celebrate the last day of school by having a picnic lunch outside! Bring a blanket, a lunch (or have your student grab a hot lunch from school) and enjoy some time with our 2nd grade family! Any parents, siblings, and grandparents are welcome to join us for our picnic! We will wrap up our lunches by having some delicious popsicles! (For those of you who volunteered to bring in popsicles, I will be emailing you at the beginning of the week with more information.)

If you have any questions about these activities, let me know! I hope to see you for at least one of the activities if you are able!

 

Quick Update

Congratulations to Solomon on becoming a MILLIONAIRE this year! Solomon has read at least ONE MILLION words (through the Reading Counts Program), and he was recognized with third, fourth, and fifth graders! He was the only second grader this year to join the Million Words Club – we are so proud of you!! :)

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This Friday will be a school-wide BEACH DAY as voted on by the third grade classes to celebrate being finished with their MSTEP test. Wear your sunglasses, beach hats, flip flops and anything else that will put you in the beach-y spirit!

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Finally, if you have not filled out the report card survey, please click the link below!

Report Card Survey

Not sure if you did? Here are the responses I have received so far.

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Field Trip Update/Weekly Update

Field Trip Update:

Our field trip for 2nd grade is schedule for Monday, May 18. We will be touring the Holland Water Filtration Plant on Lakeshore Drive and then heading over to Tunnel Park for lunch/games. We will leave the school around 9:15 and return by 2:00. More details to come!

These are the parent chaperones I have so far…

Riding the Bus

Kristen Pfeffer, Larry Matzen, Kate Rinks, Troy Rinks, Kim Greer, Nicole DeHaan, and Allison Parm

Meeting Us There

Shannon VanderPloeg, Karen Mead, Linda Fuzi, Kelly Burri, Heather VanderVeen and Tony Koeman

If I missed anyone, please let me know! If you are interested in helping out on this field trip and aren’t on the list, please call/email me to let me know! We’d love to have you :)

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Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We are back to Small Moment stories – stories that are true about you! We are focusing on edge of your seat stories. These stories are ones that are usually connected to a strong emotion or feeling, and they get the reader excited to turn the page and keep reading.

We have talked about using show not tell details and leaving heart clues throughout our stories so the reader can tell the lesson we learned or the heart of our story.

Math:

Fractions and arrays are the focus this week! We learned that arrays can represent a number using rows (side to side) and columns (up and down). These arrays show how we can use repeated addition to represent a total.

We also have been practicing finding halves, thirds, and fourths of different shapes like squares, rectangles, and circles.

Reader’s Workshop:

We are continuing our folktale/fairytale unit this week, and our emphasis is on bring our characters to life when we read. We can use our voices, facial expressions, and gestures to show what our characters are like. We can imagine what they are like by thinking about their point of view, how they feeling, and where the story takes place.

Weekly Update

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We wrapped up our opinion writing unit by sharing one of our favorite reviews. Each student got a chance to share their review in front of the class and hear two compliments about themselves as a writer.

We will be jumping back into Small Moment stories again soon!

Math:

We are also wrapping up this math unit as well! We have been working hard on our three-digit addition and subtraction work. Thank you for all of your hard work with homework at home!

We will start to look at arrays and equal parts (fractions) in our next unit.

Reader’s Workshop:

We started our folktale unit this week, and we have learned about folktales and fairytales.

folktale

fairyfale