We had a fantastic time at the Museum of Science today. Thank you to our amazing chaperones; Mrs. Yokokokawa, Mrs. Veader, Mr. Randhawa, Mrs. Driggers, Mr. Beals, and Mr. Siegel.
What an exciting day for Stratton! We had a wonderful ceremony, followed by the official ribbon cutting!
Many thanks to our Stratton community for their support with the Holiday Help program. Classrooms at Stratton raised hundreds of dollars to help Arlington families in need. Today, our class and Ms. Lucente’s class went shopping at Target for gifts for two children. Wow! The children did a great shopping for presents. We had a blast at Papa Gino’s as well.
I hope your child enjoyed creating holiday crafts and reading Thanksgiving books. Happy Thanksgiving to our Stratton families!
Today we looked at fourths by folding paper into four equal parts. We identified the quarters of the square. The children used square tiles and cut apart their fourths to recognize that fourths of the same shape can look different.
Field trip permission slips will be sent home after Thanksgiving for our next field trip. The entire second grade will be going to the Museum of Science on December 14th. All chaperones are welcome to attend, however, there is a limit to the number of parents who can go into the butterfly garden. (We will pick names from a hat if we have many chaperones interested in joining us.)
We can't wait for the trip!
Use the link below to sign-up for a parent/teacher conference with me. Please let me know if you need a conference on a different day/time.
I wanted to pass along information from the Fox Library. Every other Tuesday, children have the opportunity to read to therapy dogs at the library in the afternoon. One of our students was able to enjoy this experience this week. Please contact the Fox Library for more information.
We had a lovely day at Habitat in Belmont today. The crisp fall day was perfect for discovering a variety of plants and animals. Ask your child about the different locations their group visited (pond, wooded area, meadow). What plants and animals did they see? I was very proud of the children. They asked insightful questions and they showed Stratton PRIDE the entire trip. Thank you to our chaperones for joining us.
Our second grade class is going to Habitat in Belmont tomorrow. Please have your child dress in layers and wear boots or sneakers. We will leave Stratton at 9:00 and return by our regular recess and lunch time.
Chaperones-Please meet in our class by 8:45.
Dear 2nd grade families,
This year your second grader will learn about Teosinte, Arlington's Sister City in El Salvador. They will learn about the culture, the food, the geography and what life is like for kids their age in this small village in El Salvador. A representative of the Sister City project will visit their classrooms to show them pictures and answer questions.
While you may not be familiar with the Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project, you have likely heard of the fantastic Family Folk Chorale. We invite you to enjoy their upcoming all ages sing and concert with your friends and family and support Arlington-Teosinte at the same time!
November 12, 3:00
Arlington Town Hall.
The Family Folk Chorale has generously offered to donate $3.00 per ticket bought by our amigos and amigas. Cut and paste this link to purchase tickets; http://brownpapertickets.com
Use code "teosinte" and
$3 per ticket will be donated to
Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project!
We will also be selling beautiful, fair trade artesenia made in El Salvador. All proceeds go toward supporting educational scholarships, local jobs and community development projects. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping and feel good about the gifts you give this season.
For more information on the Family Folk Chorale and to hear their music, please check them out at http://www.familyfolkchorale.org. For more information about the Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project please visit us at www.arlingtonteosinte.org.
In class we are reading “Bunnicula” by Deborah and James Howe. The animals is this book are very unusual. Ask your child what is different about Harold, Chester and Bunnicula!
We read “Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman today. Ask your child what lessons she/he learned from the book.
Students in room 5 built towers as part of our Solids and Liquid unit. Our focus question was What makes a successful tower? We were used a variety of solid objects to build the tower. Our goal was the build a tower at least 45 centimeters tall and to withstand wind (a fan). This was a fun day!
The children looked at different numbers and we wanted to see what happens when we make groups of twos, groups of five and groups of ten. Ask you child what observations they made when making their groups.
The second grade has created symbolic butterflies and sent them to Mexico for the winter as part of the Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Project. Below is information from the Symbolic Migration Website:
Welcome to the Symbolic Migration 2017-2018!
This fall join 60,000 students across the globe to create symbolic monarch butterflies and send them to Mexico. Children who live beside the monarchs’ winter sanctuaries in Mexico protect the paper butterflies and return them in the spring. Through the Symbolic Migration, children are united by the monarch butterfly and celebrate its spectacular migration. They learn authentic lessons of conservation and international cooperation.
About the Symbolic Migration
The symbolic butterflies’ fall flight is timed to correspond with the real monarchs’ journey south. As the eastern population of North American monarchs are arriving in Mexico for the winter, students from the sanctuary region receive their symbolic butterflies. Sometime in March when the real monarchs’ departure from Mexico is announced, the paper butterflies return north carrying special messages from the students in Mexico.
Join the Celebration!
The annual migration of millions of monarchs across North America is among the world’s most spectacular natural events.
For more information visit: www.learner.org/jnorth/sm/index.html
Many thanks to the Arlington Fire Department fire fighters for joining us on Wednesday to share safety tips for home and school. The children learned strategies for setting up a family meeting spot, they learned to call 911 in case of emergency, as well as learning many safety tips in the event of a fire. The Lion King movie provided important tips and it was a blast to watch!
Each week our class has two different job helpers. These students will run our morning meeting, bring lunches to the cafeteria, help clean the cafeteria and help run our FUNdation lessons. I have been very impressed with the leadership skills our students possess!
I love staying connected between the classroom and the children's homes. I look forward to posting often this year! Feel free to leave comments!