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10.15-10.19 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! We had a wonderful week of learning. Kids have really learned the norms of the classroom and can now run morning meeting by themselves. Each day, two kids have the job of running morning meeting and calling on different kids to do their jobs (message reader, schedule reader, weather person, today’s #, etc.). Jobs change every three weeks, so all kids will get to try different jobs. Ask your child what’s their favorite part about morning meeting!

Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching. Please use the website and code below to sign up for 1 time slot. I will have conferences on November 15 and some following days in case families can’t make it. Conferences are 15 minutes, please don’t be late. If you come a few minutes late, I can’t push back any times, it’s a tight schedule! Please let me know if you have any questions about the conferences or using the website.

Website and Access Code

www.ptcfast.com/reg1

Code:  31S1226234

 

In reading we continued to talk about how there are several books in a series with the same character(s), but with different settings, problems and solutions. We read a few Henry and Mudge books as research for our own books. During writing kids completed their story maps and will begin their first fiction story next week. Ask your child about the book they are creating!

In math we continued exploring our Geometry Unit. Kids learned about polygons and quadrilaterals (shapes with 4 sides and 4 right angles). Kids also got to play with geoboards and make their own rectangles. This week we got to learn a game called Guess My Shape and kids needed to use the math language learned in order to guess their partners shape. You can play this game at home, ask your child about it!

In our subway study we continued making collages portraying different modes of transportation, which should be completed by early next week. They’re looking fabulous!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 23 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Tuesday, October 30 – Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Trip

Thursday, November 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 5 – Tenement Museum

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum

 

Lindsey

10.8-10.12 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! We had a great week and a wonderful time on our walking trip, thank you chaperones! There are now three more confirmed trips in the coming weeks. Permission slips will be sent home shortly, but please make sure to write your child’s name and sign the back, thanks!

In writing this week, kids had three days to produce a writing piece. Some kids picked fiction and others nonfiction. Kids worked really hard and the room was so quiet the entire time! We also started talking about what all fiction stories have because we will begin our Series Book Unit next week! Ask your child what they wrote about this week.

In reading we started to talk about series books and how there are several books in a series with the same character(s). Later on in this unit, kids will create their own series books! Ask your child what their favorite series books are.

In math, we continued with our geometry unit. Kids learned about right angles and had to sort shapes into two categories with their partners. Lots of kids noticed that right angles make an L shape, which was helpful for them. Kids are also working on the open number line model, keeping the larger addend whole and splitting the smaller one.

In our subway study we continued talking about forms of transportation and sorted them into three categories: air, land and water. Kids were split into groups of four and began making their murals this week, which will be displayed later on in the school year at our Subway Study celebration. Ask your child which category they’re working on!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have Library this Wednesday. If your child is finished with their book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Friday, October 19 – Picture Day

Tuesday, October 30 – Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Trip

Thursday, November 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 5 – Tenement Museum

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum

 

Lindsey

10.1 – 10.5 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope you all had a great week!

I’m looking for a few more chaperones for our walking trip this coming Wednesday, October 10. Let me know if you can join!

This week in writing, we talked more about the writing process as well as how we as writers can measure our progress through goal setting and reflection. Kids have been working hard in their writing journals and using their heart maps to do so. We also talked about writing conferences and what our roles are during that time. Ask your child what they wrote about this week or what step they’re up to in the writing process.

In reading, we talked about how readers measure their own success by reading books they enjoy and understand. Kids each got a reading journal to record their thoughts and responses about a book. At the end of the year, the kids can look back at their journals and see all the different books they read this year. Remember, kids should be reading 20 minutes each night and need to bring their book bags in each day!

In math, we talked more about the number line model and splitting numbers. Kids tried the model on their own and really enjoyed it! This week, we also started our Geometry Unit. We explored different shapes and learned that 3-dimensional shapes like a rectangular prisms have multiple faces. Ask your child what they noticed about the different Geoblocks!

In word study, we talked about how some words get bonus letters (s,l,f and sometimes z). Bonus letters happen at the end of a word if it follows a short vowel, but if it’s part of a blend, the bonus letter isn’t added. Some words that have bonus letters are miss, fall, ball, toss, off, puff, mess and ill.

 

Some reminders:

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-Walking Trip permission slips are due Tuesday, October 9.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

October 8 – School Closed

October 10 – Walking Trip

October 23 – 8:45 Family Morning

 

Lindsey

9.17 – 9.21 News

Dear 318 Families,

We had a great week filled with fun and lots of learning!

In writing, kids created heart maps. On these maps, kids wrote about what they love, what has happened to them and what they know a lot about. Kids created these maps of ideas to use for future writing. Each day this week, students got to write about different items from their heart maps. Ask your kids what they wrote about this week!

In reading, we talked about how readers read books that interest them. Kids brainstormed a huge list which included animals, family, funny stories, mysteries, poems, and much more. We also talked about how readers read books that they can understand. We had a two day discussion on what it means to understand a book, and we called these books “just right” books. Kids will be getting their book baggies next week and will be able to take home 6 books! Please keep in mind, these book baggies need to be brought to and from school each day. Kids understand it’s their responsibility to do so!

In math, we completed our Habits of Mind unit. Kids came across problems where they needed to think of different strategies, collaborate with a partner, and show all their work on a poster. We also talked about the number line model and how we can split numbers to make problems easier to solve. Ask your child what they noticed about number lines!

This week we started word study and practiced how to tap out words, which helps kids hear all sounds in a word. Ask your child how to tap out a word that they know!

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night. Books will be sent home next week.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, then please don’t hesitate to email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

October 8 – School Closed

 

 

Lindsey

9.10-9.14 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!

We had another great, yet short week!

In writing, we talked about our hopes and dreams for second grade, which will be on our bulletin board shortly! Kids learned about the writing process (brainstorming ideas, first draft, editing, revising and publishing). This week kids also decorated their folders, which look awesome!

In reading, we explored where in the classroom the students find the most comfortable place to read and how we can all be successful readers in 318. Many kids stayed at their seats while others sat in a cozy chair, peace place, rug, or the floor. It was awesome to see that kids were so interested in their books. It was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop in the room!

In math, we started our Habits of Mind unit. This unit helps kids understand behaviors and emotions that occur in math. We then came up with a list of habits including perseverance, the ability to ask questions, and asking anyone for help. Also, we discussed taking a break and coming back to the question if you feel frustrated.

Jenny, Mathilda’s mom has volunteered to be our class parent this yearJ. I’m looking for one other volunteer to help out. Please let me know if you’re interested!

Some reminders:

-Reading logs still at home? Bring them in! We had a wonderful ceremony last year and kids received something nice to hang on the fridge or frame.

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night. Books will be sent home in the coming weeks.

-Folders should be brought to and from school each day!

-318 has P.E. on Wednesday’s, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, then please don’t hesitate to email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

September 17 – Back to School Night

September 19 – School Closed

 

Lindsey

9.5-9.7

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY as we like to say in 318. We had a great first three days and can’t wait for the rest of the school year. We have been getting back into school mode and learning new routines. Kids have already built friendships and know everyone’s name, which is very impressive!

I’m looking for a class parent or two to help me out throughout the year. If anyone is interested please let me know.

Next week kids will be decorating their writing folders. Please have your child bring in any pictures or stickers that they’d like to use. Please keep in mind that these pictures will be glued/tapes onto their folders, so I can’t guarantee them to be returned at the end of the year in the best of conditions.

 

Some reminders:

-We have beautiful new folders this year! Please make sure this folder is brought back to school each day. Also please check your child’s folder each day when it comes home.

-If you have any health forms for Nesha, then please send this in with your child ASAP.

-Reading logs still at home? Bring them in! We had a wonderful ceremony last year and kids received something nice to hang on the fridge or put into a frame.

-Please send in blue cards if you haven’t done so yet.

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night. Books will be sent home in the coming weeks.

 

I’m looking forward to a great school year. We have a wonderful group of kids in 318! If you have any questions or concerns, then please don’t hesitate to email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

September 10 & 11 – No School

September 19 – No School

September 17 – Back to School Night

 

 

Lindsey

Welcome to Class 2-318

Dear Second Grade Families,

Welcome to second grade! I am so excited to meet all of you soon and begin this awesome school year! I have been busy getting the classroom ready and planning fun and exciting activities for this year.

A little bit about me:

My name is Lindsey and this is my third year teaching second grade at Peck Slip. I live in Manhattan with my fiancé (soon to be husband at the end of September!) and mini poodle, Izzy. This summer I did some traveling within the states along with lots of running to train for the NYC marathon in early November. When I’m not running around, I enjoy relaxing at the beach, exploring restaurants around the city and watching the Food Network. It’s been a wonderful summer, but I’m excited to get this school year started and build an amazing classroom community.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at lgaryn@schools.nyc.gov. I will begin regularly checking email on Tuesday, September 4th. I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing end to your summer. See you on Wednesday, September 5th!

Best,

Lindsey

6.11 – 6.15 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy ThursYAY! I hope everyone had a wonderful week! Thank you to our chaperones for helping out on Tuesday. Our trip to the Children’s Museum of the Arts was a success! Kids learned about short films and animation. Kids were in small groups to create a short animation film and then pulled out to make a whole group video about birds that will be shown at the celebration on June 21st! We have two trips next week: Monday, June 18 to Chic-fil-A and Tuesday, June 19 to Central Park.  If you’re a chaperone please be down in the lobby a few minutes prior to departure time! Some other fun activities this week include school spirit week, the summer birthday party and the Science picnic!

Today we had a special treat! The Wildlife Bird Fund came in for a presentation and even brought two baby pigeons that they’re nursing back to help. See attached photos! Ask your child things that they learned today, because there was a lot of great information!

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit as well as began our Paragraph Unit. During reading time, we read a few paragraphs together and talked about what we noticed and wondered. In writing, kids wrote different paragraphs about birds and began to edit them. All the paragraphs have indents, topic sentence, details and a conclusion. I’m so proud of all the writing they’ve done!

In math, we continued talking about problem solving when there are two steps! (An example would be Lindsey went birding. She saw 125 birds on Monday, 294 birds on Wednesday and 145 birds on Friday. How many birds did she see in total?) We also revisited missing part problems.

We continued reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator! We found out that Willy Wonka, Charlie & his family are back at the Chocolate Factory! We also learned about the special vitamin that makes you 20 years younger. Kids are now wondering if the grandparents will take this vitamin or not!

In bird study this week we continued to create our celebration projects!

***We are all good with materials, so please don’t send anything else in.***

 

Please double check this chart for chaperoning duties! I will confirm a few days prior with an email.

DatePlaceChaperones
6/18Chic-fil-aLeonardo, Noga, Cruz, Emma (need some more!)
6/19Central ParkGavin, Ariel, Lucy, Zaria, Noga, Leonardo

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-If your child has a library book at home, please have them bring it back this week!

 

Upcoming Events:

Friday, June 15 – No School, Eid al-Fitr

Monday, June 18– Field Trip, Chic-fil-A

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

Tuesday, June 26– Half Day, Last Day of School!

 

Lindsey

 

5.28 – 6.1 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY and first day of June! I hope everyone had a great week!

Thank you to our chaperones for helping out on Wednesday. Our trip to the Battery Park City area was a success! Kids got to see birds in the water, trees and even flying! Our next birding trip will be this Tuesday, June 5 to Central Park. We will be leaving at 9:15 and returning before lunch time.

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit. During reading time, we continued to think about narrative nonfiction books and what characteristics they have. In writing, kids continued working on their narrative nonfiction pieces. Kids continued to revise and publish this week! They’re so excited to show off their hard work during the Bird Study celebration in a few weeks!

In math, we continued with our Time Unit solving problems about elapsed time and playing a game with a partner called Guess My Time! Ask your child several times this weekend what time is it!

We continued reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator this week and we’re more than half way finished! Ask your child what they’re wondering about the book!

In bird study this week we had a few discussions around questions kids are still having about birds. We also started to think about our bird study celebration projects! Ask your child if they have any questions they want to find out about birds! Below is the list kids created of desired materials for the projects:

Materials needed: Clay, feathers, branches or twigs, leaves, cardboard, shoe boxes, poster paper, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, newspapers, toothpicks, egg cartons, string, butcher paper, bird seeds, and cotton to stuff butcher paper with. If you have any other materials that seem suitable for their projects, that will be appreciated as well!

 

Please double check this chart for chaperoning duties! I will confirm a few days prior with an emailJ

DatePlaceChaperones
6/5Central ParkZoya, Emma, Hugo, Leander, Noga, Leonardo
6/12Children’s Museum of the ArtsLeander, Emma, Hugo, Leonardo, Chloe
6/19Central ParkGavin, Ariel, Lucy, Zaria, Noga, Leonardo

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We open access this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, June 5– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 7– No School, Staff Development Day

Monday, June 11– No School, Staff Development Day

Tuesday, June 12 – Field Trip, Children’s Museum of the Arts

Friday, June 15 – No School, Eid al-Fitr

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

Tuesday, June 26– Half Day, Last Day of School!

 

Lindsey:)

5.21 5.25 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope everyone had a great week!

Thank you to our chaperones for helping out on Wednesday. Our trip to the Chatham Square Library was a success! Kids got to research using books and computers. They found loads of information to use for their narrative nonfiction stories! Kids also got to enjoy the book fair this week! Thank you to those who bought our classroom some new books!

This upcoming week we have the Battery Park City birding trip on Wednesday, May 30 from 9:45-11:45. We will be back just in time for lunch!

This week in reading and writing, we continued with our Bird Study unit. During reading time, we continued to think about narrative nonfiction books and what characteristics they have. Kids noticed from the three books we read together that they all have real facts, fiction pictures and sometimes the animals in the stories talk. Kids then read for 30 minutes from their book baggies. In writing, kids continued working on their narrative nonfiction pieces. Kids began to edit them and even revise today! They’re so excited to show off their hard work during the Bird Study celebration in a few weeks!

In math, we continued with our Time Unit. We learned that about the terms AM and PM, how to tell time to the minute and solve problems about elapsed time. Ask your child several times this weekend what time is it!

Our read aloud is getting SUPER interesting Mr. Wonka, Charlie, and Charlie’s family just managed to escape from the knids (ask your child what these creatures are) and are now trying to save the Space Hotels crew from these creatures! Ask your child what they’re wondering about the book!

In bird study this week we talked about the kids study birds life cycles. Ask your child about their bird’s life cycle! We also talked about adaptations and how birds survive in their habitats.

Please double check this chart for chaperoning duties! I will confirm a few days prior with an emailJ

 

DatePlaceChaperones
5/30Battery ParkCruz, Sara, Emma, Thomas, Noa, Zaria
6/5Central ParkZoya, Emma, Hugo, Leander, Noga, Leonardo
6/12Children’s Museum of the ArtsLeander, Emma, Hugo, Leonardo, Chloe
6/19Central ParkGavin, Ariel, Lucy, Zaria, Noga, Leonardo

 

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 30 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Fridays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We library this week. If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 30– Field Trip, Battery Park

Monday, May 28– No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 5– Field Trip, Central Park

Tuesday, June 12 – Field Trip, Children’s Museum of the Arts

Tuesday, June 19– Field Trip, Central Park

Thursday, June 21– Family Thursday, Bird Study Celebration!

 

Lindsey