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    Allergies

    “Please note that our classroom is a nut-free classroom. Your child may bring in these items during lunch, but please do not send any tree nut or peanut containing products to your child’s classroom during classroom celebrations or as a snack each day. We are asking your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment. Thank you for your cooperation.”

    Please use the following links for lists of safe snacks:

     
     
    Contact Information
    Please contact me at lgerding@jacksonsd.org should you have any questions or concers.
     

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    Updates Week of 11/11/19:

    Veteran's DayIn honor of Veteran's Day this week, our class will be taking the time to learn about veterans and the different branches of the military. We will be teaming up with the NFL's Salute to Service and Huddle for Heroes campaign to write letters to active military members, veterans, and their families. We are very excited to work as a class on this community service project and thank all of the brave men and women who serve our country every day.

    Salute to Service

    Parent-Teacher Conferences: Conferences will take place Tuesday November 19th, Wednesday November 20th, and Thursday November 21st. I will be sending home paper reminders on Monday November 18th to remind everyone of the date and time of their conference. 

    School Store: We will be visiting the school store during lunch on Wednesday, November 13th. Please send in money in a labeled ziploc bag or envelope if your child wishes to buy anything.

    American Education Week:  Invitations will be sent home soon for American Education Week, taking place on Thursday November 21st from 9:30-10:00 in our classroom.

     

    Homework

    Math

    • Topic 4-8 WS- Monday 11/11
    • Topic 4 Reteach WS- Tuesday 11/12
    • Topic 4 Test Wednesday 11/13 (Fast Facts WS for HW)
    • Topics 1-4 Benchmark Assessment Review and Test (Day 1)- Thursday 11/14 (Fast Facts WS for HW)
    • Topics 1-4 Benchmark Assessment Review and Test (Day 2)- Friday 11/15 (no homework over the weekend)
    • Topics 1-4 Benchmark Assessment Review and Test (Day 3)- Monday 11/18 (Fast Facts WS for HW)
    • Students are strongly encouraged to practice their fast facts for addition and subtraction daily. Since we will be testing for so many days this upcoming week, a fast facts worksheet will be sent home in place of the normal math homework. Students are expected to complete the entire page.

    Reading:

    • Recommended Read and Log (RAL), Reading Logs found in Reading Folder.
      • Remember 1 "step" is equal to 15 minutes of reading time. If your student reads for 30 minutes, that would be 2 steps, 45 minutes would be 3 steps, etc. 
    • Recommended look over of Power Words (sight words) found in envelope in Reading Folder.
      • Next 8 power words will be coming home
    • Power Words Week 7
      • deep, view, grade, snow, does, together, house, start

    Fundations:

    • We will be finishing Unit 1 this week, which is a review of blends and digraphs. We will be having our first Fundations Assessment on Friday November 15. It will test concepts learned in Unit 1 and the Unit 1 Extended Learning Plan.
      • Digraphs contain 2 consonants and come together to only make one unique sound. (Examples include sh, th, wh, ch, ck.)
      • Blends contain 2 or 3 consonants, but each one keeps its own individual sound and are "blended" together. (Examples include scr, bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, sm, sp, st)
      • A digraph blend is a digraph blended with another consonant, such as n and ch in the word bunch. The digraph here is ch and it is blended with the consonant n. 

     

    November Birthdays:

    • Happy Birthday Davyn on November 1st!
    • Happy Birthday Alexander on November 2nd!
    • Happy birthday Mila on November 10th!
    • Happy birthday Savannah on November 11th!
    • Happy birthday James on November 27th!
    • Happy birthday Janiah on November 30th!

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    Welcome back!

    Dear Families and Second Graders,

    Welcome to second grade!! My name is Miss Gerding and I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get to know each one of my students! I hope you are enjoying your last few days of summer. I am looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Our Back to School Night will be Tuesday, September 17th at 7pm. If you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to contact me at lgerding@jacksonsd.org, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    Here are some things to help get ready for the first few days:

    School Supplies

    • All you will need to bring on the first day of school is a backpack and your lunch/lunch money.
    • Other basic school supplies will be provided so please do not stress about buying anything!
      • This includes planners, pencil boxes, crayons, pencils, erasers, classwork/take home/writing folders, and a marble notebook.
      • Markers, colored pencils, scissors and glue sticks will be provided to the students in caddies which will be at each group for students to share.
      • I recommend keeping extra supplies at home as students may need it to complete their homework.
    • Please bring in an old t-shirt to be used during art class as soon as possible. If possible, please be sure to write your child’s name on the shirt and keep it in a ziploc bag.
    • Note: Our classroom has air conditioning, but it can get pretty chilly after being in the room for some time. I recommend bringing in a sweatshirt each day to have just in case.

     

    Homework and Notes

    • Take home folders (green folders) will be sent home daily. Please check to see what should be left at home and what needs to be brought back to school. There will be labels on each side of your child’s folder to help indicate this.
      • Homework will be sent home in Take Home Folders and must return to school the next day!
    • Your child’s homework will be written in their planner every night. If necessary, I may communicate with you through a note in the planner so please check those every day.
    • If there is any important information you have to pass on to me, especially regarding any changes in dismissal, please send your child in with a note in their green Take Home Folders.

     

    Allergies

    “Please note that our classroom is a nut-free classroom. Your child may bring in these items during lunch, but please do not send any tree nut or peanut containing products to your child’s classroom during classroom celebrations or as a snack each day. We are asking your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment. Thank you for your cooperation.”

     

    Specials Schedule

    • Monday: Music
    • Tuesday: Gym
    • Wednesday: Library/Media
    • Thursday: Art
    • Friday: Computers

     

    Lunch/Snack/Recess

    • Our lunch time is 12:15-12:45. We will be having snack each day either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the schedule.
      • Snack Time: We will have a brief snack during the day (schedule permitting). You may send your student in one healthy snack to have during this time. Please no candy or junk. Snacks may include a drink. Please be mindful of food allergies when packing snacks. We cannot have any nut products in our room. 
    • Our recess time is 12:50-1:10. Students are required to wear sneakers in order to play on the equipment. We will be going outside everyday weather permitting.
      • For indoor recess, I have several fun games for the students to use including match games, board games, coloring books, puzzles, etc.

     

    School Initiatives

    • We will be using the Reader's and Writer's Workshop models to help improve our literacy skills!
    • Skillstreaming skills we will be working on throughout the year: Listening, Following Directions, Ignoring Distractions, Using Self-Control, Problem-Solving
    • This year second grade will start Fundations, a new phonics and word-study program to help build phonemic awareness and provide the foundation for reading and spelling.

     

    Bucket Filling

    Bucket Fillers

    Please encourage your child to be a Bucket filler at home and at school! A bucket filler is kind, respectful, and caring!

     

    Donations to Our Classroom

    Donations can be made anytime during the school year and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!

    • Unwanted puzzles, games, toys, books, or craft supplies for indoor recess
    • Tissues
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Baby wipes
    • Lysol wipes
    • Paper towels
    • Velcro
    • Anything else you think we may need in our classs!