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    Remote Learning Plan Updates and Information- Updated 4/3/20

    Please log on to your Jackson email and join our Google Classroom, Gerding 19-20. Each student was sent an invitation. If you are having trouble please use our class code. (imrhhpm) Please answer the question posted so I know you were successful in getting in and finding it. Please do this ASAP.

    Please use the link below to access lesson plans for March 30-April 8. You should be able to view this document without having to login to your child's account. Thank you for your patience as we were updating the sharing settings. Please email me at lgerding@jacksonsd.org if you have any questions at all and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I will be available during school hours  and I will be checking my email constantly.


    These plans are meant to move our students forward with instruction, and the second grade teachers collectively made them together for the entire grade level. 

    There are several links embedded with directions, resources, PDF files, and videos. Please make sure to look through everything for a specific lesson. Also let me know ASAP if any of the links are not working. Please take note of the things that are voluntary and understand these are just additional resources we found for extra practice.

    I will be available between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm to answer any questions you may have regarding the new lesson plans. Please review over all of the documents and links carefully, as many questions may be answered in it already. Email is the easiest way to get in touch, but if you would like to schedule a phone conference, we can make that happen! Don’t be afraid to reach out. Please remember all that I ask is for the students to give things a shot and try their best with it all. I do not want this to become an additional stress for anyone. 

    As far as submitting student work, right now we will continue with sending me scans or pictures of completed work and holding on to it until we go back to school. I would love to see how the students are doing on their work, so please feel free to send me things for me to look over.

    Many students have already logged on to Envision Math. I did start assigning our math through there if they would like to complete it online. Login, go to class, and it will show the assignment that was assigned for that day. Please note that what is assigned through Envision online is the same assignment that is listed on the lesson plans for math that day. It is explained in the “Directions for Math” document, located in the lesson plans, that students can choose to complete math on pencil/paper or online. Either choice is acceptable!

    I am going to try to experiment with getting our class set up with Google Classroom. At this time we are NOT using it, but I may try to set it up as a place for students to submit their work or interact with each other, so we can still feel connected. I will keep you posted on this, but I just wanted you to be aware of the direction we may be heading.

    As always please keep checking Remind and our class page each day and throughout the day. Things are constantly changing and I want to try to communicate everything to everyone as efficiently as possible. If you are not a member of Remind, please email me so I can give you the information. I will continue to add resources to our page as I come across some. 

    Please also visit our special area teacher pages for more enrichment activities.

    Music- Lynnea Noble (https://www.jacksonsd.org/Domain/2384)

    Gym- Yaniv Hamdi (https://www.jacksonsd.org/Domain/1160)

    Library- Lori Palme (https://www.jacksonsd.org/Domain/2304)

    Art- Maria Rebecca Martinez (https://www.jacksonsd.org/Domain/1293)

    Computers- Robert Autenrieth (https://www.jacksonsd.org/Domain/67)

    Message to Parents/Families

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the hard work you have put in throughout these weeks, guiding and supporting your child through remote learning. This entire experience is new and scary for everyone, and I cannot thank you all enough for your patience throughout. As we move forward with remote learning at home, it is important we get through this together. If there is anything I can clarify or questions I can answer, please reach out. I appreciate all of your efforts to support learning at home and just know you are doing a great job!

    I also want to take a moment to reflect on the importance of taking care of each other, but more importantly ourselves. The mental health of you and your child takes precedence over everything. Make sure to take time to have some fun, relax, clear your head, and enjoy having this time to be with one another. Sharing this quote from fellow Switlik teacher Jennifer Malcolm:“Right now, don't worry about your child regressing in school. Every single kid in the USA is in this boat and they all will be OK! When we get back to the classroom, we will meet them where they are and go from there. At the end of all of this, your child's mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt at this time will stay with them long after the memory of these weeks is long gone. So, keep that in mind every single day!”

    Let’s have a great week!


    Positive Quote of the Day: 


    Today's Special: Friday (Computers)- If you have access to Microsoft Office or Google programs, encourage students to play around with typing using different fonts, or maybe creating a slideshow about one of their favorite things. Mr. Autenreith has been working with the students this year on logging in to their google accounts and practicing these skills. Visit the Switlik main page for more fun sites for students to access on the computers.

    Don't forget to check out Mr. Autenrieth's page for more enrichment!

    Virtual Spirit Days: Wednesday April 3rd is Spring Picture Day! Get dressed up and send us your best pose! Please send pictures to me and don't forget to share with the PTN if you would like!

    Spirit Days


    Looking for something fun to do at home?

    Non-screen activities:

    Non-screen Activities

    Check out this cool video of Eric Carle Reading the Hungry Caterpillar!


    STEM DESIGN CHALLENGE: Create your name with any household items


    • Must be able to stand on its own
    • Must be made out of 3D items
    • Must use at least 3 different materials
    • Must fit into one photo
    • Can spell your first or last name

    When you are done, snap a pic and send it to me!

    Happy First Days of Spring! Here are some videos to watch on Spring. Feel free to write about them in your journals.

    Spring Video

    The Science of Spring!

    **New Website for at Home Learning!**

    Open Library: Awesome, free digital library.  You just make an account and you can borrow books for 2 weeks.  The format is just like having the book in your hands. This is great if you are in need of more books to practice for independent reading.

    K5 Learning: Free, printable stories (fiction & non-fiction) with vocabulary and comprehension questions at the end. Different grade levels are available for different leveled readers. 

    Free Sites for at Home Learning- Updated 3/19/20

    Books, Authors, and Illustrators

    Storyline Online: Watch famous actors and actresses read picture books aloud.

    Storytime with Ryan & Craig: Fun, engaging read-alouds from two actors

    Kate Messner: Author Kate Messner shared videos from authors and illustrators, reading aloud and talking about their work.

    Jarrett Krosoczka: Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka is sharing art lessons on his YouTube channel.

    Emily Arrow: Librarian Emily Arrow shares singalongs with music and stories on her YouTube channel.

    Story Time From Space: Astronauts read stories from space


    Story Place: Video storytime activities in Spanish

    PBS Kids Spanish Games: Play educational games in Spanish

    Free Sites for Distance Learning

    Wonderopolis: Every day this site shares a new wonder, submitted by kids, and the answer, in an article with a video.

    National Geographic Kids: Games, articles, and videos about animals and nature.

    Mystery Doug: Video science lessons and activities

    Typing Club: Use your time at home to learn keyboarding skills!

    Scholastic Learn at Home: Daily learning projects from Scholastic, geared for different grade levels

    Explore Animal Webcams: Observe animals live on webcams from around the world

    Virtual Museum Tours: Take a free virtual museum tour of a famous place, like the British Museum in London

    Hour of Code: Learn coding skills with an hour of code activity.

    Design Squad Global: Watch PBS Design Squad videos, to learn about science and engineering challenges

    Khan Academy: Free online video lessons in math and other subjects

    Crash Course Kids: Elementary school science videos

    Family Activity Ideas

    Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home: Buzzfeed lists 27 fun activities for kids home from school

    70 Educational Activities: A former homeschooler shares 70 educational activities you can do when you're stuck indoors.

    Podcasts: Listen to a podcast together. Common Sense Media curated this list of best podcasts for kids.

    Cosmic Kids Yoga: Stay active as you practice yoga together.

    Distance Reading Book Bingo: Read together and complete this bingo board!


    Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

    • Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

    • New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

    Pearson Envision Math Gameshttps://media.pk12ls.com/curriculum/math/gamecenter/en_US/enV2-grade-2.html

    • You may have to login to view this link but I wanted to also post this so you knew exactly where to find the games.
    • Here are the directions again for logging on to Pearson from home 

      Pearson Math Website Login Information

      • These are the directions which will help you access our math workbook we use for daily lessons and homework, and also allow students to play around on games, reinforcing previously learned skills from this year. *If you are having trouble viewing this document please login to your child's Google Account. Their login information is in their planners, and students have practiced logging in during computers, so this is something they should be familiar with.*

    Raz-Kids and Headsprouthttps://www.learninga-z.com/site/lp2/covid19?fbclid=IwAR19zDV2foWC6U2PTc_kge55uHLsXBXQ9B-McQ5rR_3Cp53RVmh4zg4F5T8

    • Raz-Kids and Headsprout are offering the chance to create free parent accounts.
    • Click on the link above. Then scroll down to the bottom to where it says Raz-Kids or Headsprout and click "Start Subscription."
    • For the question "Are you signing up for a classroom or home?" click "family or home." Then click "new customer."
    • Fill in your name, zip code, email, occupation and the rest of the information it asks for, then create a username.
    • An email will be sent asking you to confirm your account and then it should bring you to the Raz-Kids home screen.
    • If you click Resources, you can explore leveled books or series, and there is also an assessment section as well. The process is the same for Headsprout.


    Many companies have kindly offered free subscriptions to their programs and one of them is EPIC, which is an online library that provides us access to over 35,000 eBooks, Learning Videos, Quizzes, and more for K-5 students. This is awesome for our students to provide access to new books on their grade level (since I'm sure we're already in need of some new books to read)! See the picture below for instructions for logging in on a laptop/chromebook or on a smartphone (Android/iOS). Our class code is agr9614.

    EPIC Login Info

    Below is a list of additional sites for at Home Learning and practicing of skills. As the week progresses I will continue to update with more educational sites, as many programs and websites are offering free access and subscriptions given the circumstances.

    Scholastic News Weekly Magazines

    • Students have access to current and previous Scholastic News Magazines. Please click on the link above, click login, I am a student, and use the code gerding1920 to login.
    • Students can explore any magazine, and watch videos, learn vocabulary cards, and play games that go along with it!

    Pearson Math Website Login Information

    • These are the directions which will help you access our math workbook we use for daily lessons and homework, and also allow students to play around on games, reinforcing previously learned skills from this year. *If you are having trouble viewing this document please login to your child's Google Account. Their login information is in their planners, and students have practiced logging in during computers, so this is something they should be familiar with.*

    Freckle- Literacy AND Math 

    • We use this daily during WIN time. The Literacy side is great for practicing skills we learn in Fundations, Reading/Writing Workshop, and the Math side is great for reinforcing math concepts and fast facts. 

    Xtra Math- Fast Facts Practice for Addition and Subtraction

    • All students have an account set up and login pins can be found in student planners. Students who have not yet set up their accounts at home, a directions sheet was sent home in take home folders for you to set it up.



    • Used often in computer class and great practice for foundational skills.

    Mystery Science

    • Fun and engaging lessons geared towards remote learning.


    • Sing, Dance, Workout, Fitness, Mindfulness Movement Breaks.

    Art Hub for Kids

    • Art tutorials and drawing videos.

    Additional Websites

    10 Free Learning Websites for Kids

    I am going to be posting our class' daily schedule to try to encourage a routine, which will help make the days go a little more smoothly for both you and your student. The Remote Learning Plans do not follow individual teacher schedules, since it is district wide, but you can try to fill in activities wherever possible, and I will be posting links and ideas for how to fill the extra time in your day. Here is what a typical day in second grade looks like:

    9:00-9:15- Morning Morning (great time to do some morning yoga or reflection)

    9:15-9:55- Math Part 1 

    10:00-10:40- Specials 

    10:45-11:05- Math Part 2 

    11:05-11:10- Snack/Bathroom Break

    11:15- 12:00- Fundations (phonics/sight words/word study practice)

    12:00-12:15- Independent Writing Time (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)/Independent Reading Time (Thursday and Friday)

    12:15- 12:45- Lunch

    12:50-1:10- Recess

    1:15-1:45- WIN (centers that help review skills students need additional help with/Chromebook time)

    1:50- 2:30- Reading Workshop/Independent Reading Time (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and Writing Workshop/Independent Writing Time (Thursday and Friday)

    2:30-3:10- Social Studies/Science

    Try to incorporate our special areas into your routine as well!

    Monday (Music)- Listen to music, sing, dance, watch some sing alongs, or encourage students to play instruments if you have any at home. GoNoodle is a great place to go to for singing and dancing videos!

    Tuesday (Gym)- Do some yoga (students have been taught many poses and stretches), go for a walk around your block, play games in the backyard, do some warm ups (jumping jacks, push ups, etc.), or visit the workout videos on GoNoodle (channels such as Fresh Start Fitness and Zumba Kids are great for physical activity).

    Wednesday (Library)- Read a book, find read aloud videos of your favorite books online, research a new topic. Visit our librarian, Lori Palme, her website for more safe search links.

    Thursday (Art)- Color, draw, paint, create. The students love doing videos on Art Hub for Kids https://www.artforkidshub.com/. We started doing these when learning about American Symbols during Social Studies and the kids were very engaged!

    Friday (Computers)- If you have access to Microsoft Office or Google programs, encourage students to play around with typing using different fonts, or maybe creating a slideshow about one of their favorite things. Mr. Autenreith has been working with the students this year on logging in to their google accounts and practicing these skills. Visit the Switlik main page for more fun sites for students to access on the computers.




    “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.

    Please see the following message from Mrs. McKiernan about safety procedures for our building:


          Student Safety is always paramount at Switlik School. We are asking for help in allowing our staff to focus on our shared goal of keeping our children safe and focused on learning. We appreciate your continued support and collaboration with us in ensuring that all students are safe.

    ENTRANCE PROCEDURES: Valid Photo Identification is required each time you visit the school. We ask that you wait 20 minutes after student arrival to approach the building to be signed in for your visit. (Exceptions are made for scheduled appointments approved by your child’s principal/teacher/counselor.

    • All visitors will notify the receptionist using the buzzer by the visitor doors.
    • At the buzzer, all visitors are required to present their valid photo identification to the camera, state the purpose of their visit and/or specify with whom they have the appointment or which student they are picking up.
    • At the second set of doors, buzz again for access to reception.
    • This includes drop off and pick up for morning and aftercare

    Please do not hold the door open for others behind you​. We realize this feels awkward and against the rules of good manners, but it’s important that each visitor be acknowledged individually through the buzzer system.

    • If the appointment and/or purpose is verified, the visitor will be buzzed in and must present themselves to the receptionists immediately upon entry.
    • The visitor’s ID will be held until the visitor leaves the building and the visitor will receive a guest badge. This procedure helps us to know that the visitor has departed by ensuring they leave the same way they arrived.
    • Please limit “dropped off” items to only those items your child truly needs during the school day (e.g. necessary clothing changes, important schoolwork or lunch/items that are required for that day). Using the buzzer by the visiting door, inform the receptionists these items are on the cart outside the visitor door.

    ARRIVAL PROCEDURES:  Please be advised at no time should any vehicle be entering or exiting through our bus ramp during arrival or dismissal times. Please review and adhere to the following:

    Arrival Time: 8:50-9:05 a.m.  We will not have staff on duty before this time.

    • No child should be left off at the school without a staff member in attendance.
    • Morning arrival for children is located at the back of the building (gym vestibule entrance).
    • Parents who choose the “Kiss and Drop” loop should adhere to the following safety procedures:
      • Stay in the right lane along the curb, pull up to the red line:
        • Pull up to the gym vestibule entrance doors to drop off your child.
        • Parents are to remain in their vehicles at all times.
        • Students must exit from the passenger side door.
        • Parents will not be permitted to enter the building during drop off arrival time.
        • Do not pass other vehicles while children are exiting from vehicle, this can create a dangerous situation.

    After 9:05 a.m., the start of the school day, parents dropping off their children must park in the main parking lot and escort them inside to the main office receptionist desk in order to sign them in.  At this time, children are considered late. Valid Photo Identification is required each time you visit the school.

    No child is to be dropped off at the main entrance without a parent/ guardian signing them in.

    Parent Pick Up:

    • Doors at the back of the building (gym vestibule entrance) for parent pick up will open at 3:05 p.m.
    • Present your valid photo identification to the receptionists prior to signing your child out.
    • Follow instructions of receptionists as to where to stand while waiting for your child to arrive.
    • Please do not park in the bus lane during this time.

    Child Care:

    • Parents wishing to pick their students up from childcare may begin to do so at 3:15 p.m. We ask that parents wait until dismissal is complete before signing out childcare students.

    EARLY DISMISSAL: will conclude at 2:45 p.m.  Any parent who wishes to sign out their child after 2:45 p.m. will wait until dismissal at 3:10 p.m. Please refer to the Switlik School Handbook.

    If you will be picking your child up early, we prefer you notify the school as early in advance as you can, but at least by the morning of pick up. This can be done through a note sent in with the child, or an email to the teacher and principal. In the event of a true emergency, please contact the school reception desk by phone (732) 833-4650 extension 4135, prior to arrival if possible. We realize there are often instances where early pick-up is necessary (medical or other appointments), but we respectfully ask that you limit early sign-outs to only times when they  are necessary. 


    Updates Week of 3/9/20:

    School Store: Students can shop at the school store during their lunch period the second Wednesday of every month. We will be visiting again this week on March 11th!

    Spirit Day: Dress bright like a Bucketfiller this Friday, March 13th to brighten someone's day!


    Six Flags Reading Logs: Read to succeed is a free program that allows students in grades K-6 to earn tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure just by reading six hours for fun. Here is how your child can earn a free ticket to Six Flags:

    1. Register this fall using this link: 
      1. Visit sixflags.com/books
      2. Use Miss Gerding's code: RZYPH
    2. Your child may read any books they choose.
    3. Keep track of your child's reading using the form sent home in school.
    4. Record your child's reading at our website.
    5. Receive a free Six Flags Great Adventure ticket from Miss Gerding in May!

    Students can optionally earn bonus awards by reading more than six hours such as discounts on additional tickets for family members, Season Passes, or Memberships. 

    Please DO NOT return this sheet to your child's teacher. Log your child's reading using the link above.

    Any additional questions regarding this can be directed towards our wonderful librarian, Ms. Lori Palme!



    • Topic 11-2 WS- Monday 3/9
    • Topic 11-3 WS- Tuesday 3/10
    • Topic 11-4 WS- Wednesday 3/11
    • Topic 11-5 WS- Thursday 3/12
    • Topic 11-6 WS Friday 3/13 (no homework) 
    • Students are strongly encouraged to practice their fast facts for addition and subtraction daily. Xtra Math, flashcards, or worksheets are great ways to increase fluency and accuracy.


    • 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 the week of 3/9-Week 21 and 3/16- Week 22
    • Power Words Weeks 21 and 22 
      • short, add, wanted, young, question, yourself, answermoney

      • simple, more, being, also, slowly, bring, hearoften


    Unit 6

    • We will be starting Unit 6 this week. In this unit, we will review the second syllable type, often referred to as the v-e syllable, which stands for vowel-consonant-e (any vowel or consonant). For example, we will go from a closed syllable such as cap to a v-e syllable such as cape. It is the vowel at the end of the word that is silent but makes the first vowel say its name. We will also combine closed and v-e syllable words, such as in the word reptile. 
    • In this unit, we will learn that when the consonant is between two vowels as in the word rose, that may have the /z/ sound. Another example is the word wise. However, in the word base the has its regular sound of a /s/. Dictionaries are great tools to use when students are stuck and not sure if the letter that is between two vowels should be an or a z.
    • Finally, we will learn that words in English do not end with the letter v. Therefore, some words have an at the end but the vowel is still short (have, give). The is there for the v. The suffix -ive will be added to the suffixes that we add to words.
    • Week 1- Vowel consonant-e syllable, suffixes of consonant-e words, spelling options for /z/. 
      • Trick Words: only, house, move
    • Week 2- two syllable words with v-e syllables, vowel-consonant-e exceptions (ive)
      • Trick Words: right, place, together

    March Birthdays:

    • Happy Birthday Brigid on March 14th!
    • Happy Birthday Alanna on March 29th!


    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.



    “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



    • 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!