Thursday, April 27, 2017

Last Field Trip of the School Year (and a note about Homework)

Our last field trip for your child's second grade school year is coming up quickly!
Second grade will be traveling to the Runge Nature Center and Central Dairy
in Jefferson City, Missouri on Friday, May 5th!
  • Second Grade is requesting that you send your child to school in his/her tie-dyed t-shirt that day! At the busy Science Center, the t-shirts made it much easier to identify Beulah Ralph students quickly.
  • We will leave Beulah Ralph at 8:30 pm and return at 2:30 pm.
  • Students may leave their electronic devices at home for this trip. It will be a much shorter bus ride to the Runge Nature Center.
  • Per school policy, we are not allowing students to ride with their parents up to the Runge Nature Center. If a child does not ride the bus, they will be unable to attend the trip with us. Please send your child on the bus to the Runge Nature Center and they may ride back with you if you so choose.
Homework: This week of April 24-28 is the LAST WEEK that we will have reading homework, or homework that you have requested! We will soon be counting down to the end of the year!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Success!

Service Learning: Year One!

Our Service Learning Project for the 2016-2017 school year was a HUGE success! Between second grade's math-a-thon and Silent Auction lunch, we were able to raise $6,682.48! We will be donating this money to Little Footprints, Big Steps for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief and to benefit 4 children that need medical and educational help.





THANK YOU for all of your basket donations for our silent auction, THANK YOU for all of your pledges for our students' math-a-thon, and THANK YOU for all of your help in making the whole event run smoothly! We definitely could not have been as successful without all of your help!





You can see highlights of the whole project through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBbC9nrMcpE&feature=em-upload_owner

Learning

Last week our Partners in Education, Great Southern Bank, visited our classroom to teach us about saving money! We already had a lot of knowledge about where to keep our money safely, but it was fun to review it with the bankers!



In Math, we just finished a unit on measurement! We've measured various objects around our room using different units including inches, centimeters, yards, meters, and feet. As a final project, we drew pictures of bunnies (just in time for Easter) and measured the body parts of our bunnies.

We took our final writing test for the year! We read three Robert Munsch books, Purple Green and Yellow, 50 Below Zero, and Stephanie's Ponytail and then wrote our opinions about which book was the best. Students also used reasons and specific examples to support their opinions. 

We will be taking our end-of-the-year reading tests starting in May! I am still reading with students in small groups every day based on different reading needs. As a whole class, we read Dear Mr. Blueberry this week and discussed different ways to get involved in a story. Soon, we'll start talking about themes in different books.

Upcoming Events

Next Week (April 24-28) our class will be collecting items for our classroom's raffle basket for Flash's Top Circus. Flash's Top Circus is our PTA's spring fundraising event. The money will be used to fund classroom supplies, field trips, and much more for the 2017-2018 school year. Please consider sending items for our basket that match the theme Family Fitness.

Flash's Top Circus will be Saturday, April 29th from 5-8 pm at Beulah Ralph. Please stop by with your child! There will be lots of games, food, and prizes.







Monday, April 17, 2017

April Affairs

April 11th was our Math-a-thon for Hurricane Matthew! We are excited to be raising money for Little Footprints, Big Steps, an organization that is helping rebuild Haiti after Hurricane Matthew.

Thank you to each parent that has pledged to donate money for each problem that your child has completed correctly on his/her Math-a-thon test! So far, we have raised nearly $100 as a class and I can't wait to see that number grow! If you are unsure how much money you owe from the Math-a-thon, please contact me.

On April 19th, we will be having a brown bag lunch and a math ceremony.
Family and friends are welcome to join our students in the gym for a picnic lunch. You can bring folding chairs and blankets to sit on. It will be open at 11:30 am and the students will join us at about 11:50 am. There will be various baskets to bid on at this time. The money earned for each basket will also go to Little Footprints, Big Steps.

Lunch will end at 12:20 pm and we will begin our math ceremony. This will be a time to celebrate our mathematicians and discuss our service learning project with you. We will also announce the winners of each goody basket!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Anticipating April...

There are a lot of events coming up in April for Second Grade! I know it's been a little overwhelming with all the papers being sent home with your child, so let me outline what's coming up.

Monday, March 27th through Friday, March 31st is SPRING BREAK!

Wednesday, April 5th Team Considine and Team Lister will be taking a field trip to Daniel Boone Public Library in the afternoon.

Friday, April 7th Second Grade is taking a field trip to the St. Louis Science Center
  • Your child is welcome to bring an electronic device (not a cell phone) for the bus ride, but your child will be responsible for carrying and keeping track of it throughout the trip. 
  • Second Grade also wants to tie-dye t-shirts for students to wear on this trip. PLEASE send a white t-shirt to school BEFORE the trip so we can make them in advance.
  • Per school policy, we are not allowing students to ride with their parents up to the Science Center. If a child does not ride the bus, they will be unable to attend the trip with us. Please send your child on the bus to the Science Center and they may ride back with you if you so choose.

Tuesday, April 11th our class will have our Math-a-thon during our math time.

Wednesday, April 19th Second Grade is having a brown bag lunch in the gym! You may bring folding chairs and blankets. Following the lunch, we will have our math-a-thon ceremony. You will be able to see student work and bid on baskets of items in a silent auction, to help our efforts in raising money for the people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.

IF YOU STILL NEED TO SIGN A PERMISSION SLIP FOR YOUR CHILD TO ATTEND A FIELD TRIP, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP.  These events are approaching quickly!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Madness

There are less than three full weeks of school until our next break and we are just as busy as ever!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 14th (next Tuesday) our class is visiting the Planetarium at Rock Bridge High School. Please send your child's permission slip back to school signed, so he/she can attend. Also, let me know if you need a new permission slip!

Tuesday, March 14th is BEU's first annual math night! Come enjoy different math games in each grade level and pie in the cafeteria. It will be going on from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Spring Break is from March 27th through March 31st! School will resume on Monday, April 3rd.

Learning

Math: We finished a unit about place value to 1,000 and are now working on adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. We will continue working on that until Spring Break! We have added timed math practice to the end of our math time in order to prepare for our math-a-thon in April.

Reading: As a class, we are learning to take notes on books in different genres. In reading groups, we are almost ready to move up levels! Everyone has been working so hard.

Writing: We have started opinion writing. So far, we have discussed the differences between facts and opinions, stating our opinions, and giving reasons for our opinions.

Thank you to everyone that attended Second Grade's music program on February 23rd! It was a blast to see the students show off their hard work in music.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Feels

We have been working so hard in Room 332!

Even though we finished our winter reading tests in January, we had to take some more tests last week to wrap up some units before the end of the trimester. We took a math test and an information writing test. 

We also took time to celebrate a couple of events last week.
Beulah Ralph's 90th birthday was on January 31st! We made birthday hats and a birthday card to give to her daughter, Monica Naylor. Monica celebrated with us and told us a little more about Beulah Ralph. Thanks to the PTA, we enjoyed some colorful cupcakes afterwards.


January 31st was the 100th day of school. We celebrated being 100 days smarter by adding some "100" themed activities into our Daily 5 reading stations. Students tried to make a necklace with 100 fruit loops, stacked a tower of 100 cups, and made a newspaper article about the 100th day of school. 


My favorite part was when the class wrote a total of 100 things that they love about school on little paper hearts. They really do love everything about school! Their positive attitudes are what makes it such a joy to work at Beulah Ralph! I've displayed them on the bulletin board outside our classroom, so please check it out the next time you visit.


The last two Fridays, our school has celebrated being responsible and being positive. It was so inspiring to see the different passions that each student has for their future careers. It was also fun to see everyone dressed so brightly the following week. Here are our future scientists, artists, veterinarians, teachers, quilters, engineers, baseball players, ballerinas, and construction workers. I know I'm missing some, because we hardly had anyone wanting to be in the same profession!


I dressed as a lawyer, because that's what I was working to be before I started studying education! 


This week has been much calmer. 
In reading, we are continuing to work in small groups. As a class, we have been reading Dr. Seuss books to prepare for his birthday on March 3rd! Mrs. Fitch  has read a few to us during our library checkout and we will continue to read a few more in class. We will be voting on our favorite Dr. Seuss book on February 22nd. 


In math, we are building on our knowledge of money. We are working on adding and subtracting money. Next, we will learn about place value in the thousands. 

For writing, we are spending the next couple of weeks on writing persuasive letters. Once we finish, we will start an opinion writing unit.

During science, we are learning about Earth's surface. Specifically, we have discussed how different elements change the Earth's surface, such as ice, water, rain, wind, and earthquakes.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 10, we are celebrating being problem solvers. Your child is welcome to bring a puzzle to school to solve with other students.

Monday, February 13th and Thursday, February 16th, we will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please let me or the office know if you cannot make it to your scheduled conference. We will do our best to reschedule so I can meet with you!

Tuesday, February 14th is Valentine's Day. Your child is welcome to make a Valentine's bag or box at home and s/he may bring it to school on the 14th. We will pass out valentines in the morning and will have a spring party from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm in our classroom. If you would like to contribute time or supplies to the party, here's a link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054babad2dabfe3-holiday.

Friday, February 17th is a Teacher Work Day. There will be no school.

Monday, February 20th is President's Day. There will be no school.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Back in the Swing

We are officially back into the swing of things! We've taken all of our winter reading tests, have built up our stamina for stations, and reviewed all of our class expectations.

That being said, January is a packed month, and it seems it'll only get busier with February. As a school, we are still reviewing our school-wide expectations. We've discussed how to be respectful, responsible, and kind Beulah Ralph students. We celebrated those expectations with a hat day, matching colors day, and tomorrow we'll have a career day, where students can dress up to represent the career they would like to have when they grow up.


We wore blue to match Mrs. Good's second grade class! (We also match our classroom! :) )

Last week, Beulah Ralph held it's first annual spelling bee for grades 3-5. Second grade was honored to attend. Afterwards, we held our own class spelling bee. Congratulations to the top two spellers in our class: Reed and Brock!


These three students were the top spellers in our school! Laughlin, in the middle, was our champion and will be attending the city-wide spelling bee. Congrats, Laughlin!

Learning
In math, we've been learning several different subtraction strategies and will soon be learning how to subtract numbers using the stacking method. We will test our subtraction skills next week.

In science, we have just started a unit about Earth's surfaces. So far, we learned that most of Earth is covered in water and we've named the bodies of water that we know.

In writing, we are revising and publishing our second piece of informational writing. We will be taking an information writing test next week as well.

We have also been making progress on our service learning project! Second graders have decided that they would like to help animals and humans that have been affected by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. We asked meterologist Sharon Ray to take some time with us to talk about weather patterns, so we could understand hurricanes a little bit more. She did some cool experiments!



We were also able to Skype with a man that works in Haiti and knows our assistant principal, Seth Woods. We asked him lots of questions about the best way to help the people of Haiti that were affected and how to get our resources to them.


Upcoming Events

Friday, February 3rd, I will send home your parent/teacher conference time in your child's Friday folder. Parent/teacher conferences will be on Monday, February 13th and Thursday, February 16th.

Friday, February 3rd, your child is welcome to wear neon or bright colors to school in celebration of our school-wide expectation of being positive.

Monday, February 6th, there will be NO SCHOOL! It's a teacher work day.

Wednesday, February 8th, there will be a PTA meeting, held in the Media Center at 6:30. There will be child care provided for free.

Tuesday, February 14th, will be our spring party! More details about the party to come.