Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser

The HERO boxes have been sent home for students to start collecting money in. These can be brought in and dumped into our classroom box. Our student government will collect the money every Friday, for 3 weeks, and count it. They will also add the running totals to our chart posted in the hallway. This fundraiser will end on Friday, May 4th.

Join our classroom Hero Squad and donate online through our classroom giving page. Let’s be the top class with online donations and go beyond our goal of $300. I will definitely be sharing this link to my social media page and you can too. Please be sure to share this link with family and friends. Here is our team link:

http://events.lls.org/pages/ut/Ascent-Academy-Of-Utah-W-Jordan-2018/Ketcham2ndGrade

One fundraising event that will be taking place by our student government is TRUNK FOR CHANGE. They will be going around every day after school so parents can toss their spare change into the bucket to help raise money. We are making this a competition between all 3 Ascent Campuses. The school who raises the most money gets a trophy to keep at their school until next year. WE GOT THIS!! Lets get that trophy! 🙂

Awesome Prizes are in store as we obtain our goal:

  1. Arctic Circle Ice cream for any class who reaches $250 online donations.
  2. The first Elementary class & first Junior High class to reach $200 will get a swag water bottle, filled with 3 wrist bands & sunglasses.
  3. When we reach $500 music will be played during lunch & every class goes into a drawing for 1 free dress down day. 1 class from junior high and 1 class from elementary.
  4. Mr. Reid and Mrs. Tucker will wear a tutu and fairy wings all day when $1000 has been reached.
  5. At $1500, the student will earn a dress down day.
  6. Do you love Disney? Student will be able to have a Disney Spirit Week when $2000 have been donated.
  7. Student government has agreed to let the students pie them in the face during lunch if donations reach $2500.
  8. To top it off, when donations reach $3000 we will have a school-wide assembly where teachers will play the egg game and do some other fun activities for the students.
  9. The WINNING CLASS gets an Olive Garden Party
  10. The WINNING STUDENT will get FREE Olive Garden for the YEAR!

Please help support such a GREAT cause and let me know if you have any questions.

Carley Ketcham 🙂

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Welcome Back!!

Wow spring break just flew by and now we are finishing up our last term of the year with only 36 days left! It is crazy to think that we are now onto the final stretch of the school year. Let’s finish STRONG!!!

Our Week At A Glance:

Math: We are moving through our Module 7 unit pretty quickly. We will be focusing on lessons 14-19 this week. There are 26 lessons in this module and we will be testing over it the last week in April. Keep in mind that some lesson will be combined together as we have done previously.

Language Arts: We will pick back up our spelling, start writing poetry, and discuss figurative language phrases as we learn from the book Catching the Moon.

Social Studies: This week we will begin our Social Studies unit on Financial Literacy discussing saving and spending money. This ties in nicely with our module 7 math unit right now too as well as students being able to earn BizBucks for a reward at school. Check out further information on this below.

Social Skills – Our school counselor, Mr. Basquin, will be coming into our class on Wednesdays for about 20 minutes to do a quick social skills lesson with the class. Keep in mind that the last time he came, before spring break, he gave the assignment for the class to talk to someone in school that they haven’t yet talked to. They need to learn one interesting fact about that person. Discuss this with your child, to get the conversation going for our discussion with him on Wednesday.

Pennies for Patients – We will be attending an assembly on this Thursday afternoon at 2. Students will be learning about an upcoming fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and all that they can do to lend support.

Freaky Friday – This is happening this week Friday, April 13th. Students are able to dress like their parent (like the movie Freaky Friday) or they can dress like a Hippie. This is optional for students to participate in if they wish. They can just simply come in spirit dress or school uniform if they prefer.

Wheeler Farm Field Trip – This will be taking place on April 18th from 8:45 am -1:30 pm going to Wheeler Farm and Southwood Park, then back to the school. Chaperones for this trip are Mrs. Briggs, Ms. Maklai, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Klug. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible so I can find someone else to take your place.

Reading Logs – Keep in mind that reading was not required over spring break. I appreciate those friends that continued this great habit by opening those books over break. Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night.  Be sure to also mark down the amount of time they are reading for and initial it for me, please! Thank you so much for help on this.

Bracelet Shop – A 9th grade Computer Technology class has been working on their business ethics unit.  During this unit, they participate in a program called BizWorld where they learn how to run a business by working together as teams, and design and manufacture bracelets.  Students have already started making cool bracelets to sell to students in 1st – 3rd grade!! We will be going to the bracelet store on Tuesday, April 24 at 1:10 for about 15 minutes.  Students will be earning BizBucks in the weeks to come so that you can purchase their items, students will NOT be using real money. Bracelets will cost between 1-5 BizBucks…there may be a few that cost a little more depending on the design. This is a fun way for students to learn about running a business, handling BizBucks money, and what it means to make a profit.  This will be a nice culminating activity for our economics unit and great learning experience for our class.

Spirit Night – IHOP Spirit Night at the Jordan Landing Location. This will take place from 5 pm – 8 pm. Come out and support our school in a fun way!

BoxTops – Always collecting BOXTOPS! Thank you for your donations and being so willing to help the school.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Carley Ketcham 🙂

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Weekly Update!

It is hard to believe that term 3 ends tomorrow, March 23rd! Please check Aspire and let me know if you have any questions. I will not be accepting any assignments after Tuesday, March 27th. Let’s finish strong before going into Spring Break!

Our Week At A Glance:   

Math: We are continuing to work on Module 7 in problem solving with data, length, and money. If your child misses or needs a good review, they can always access the PowerPoint on the blog under the math tab. Zearn is a great review as well which can be accessed under the helpful links. We will be testing on Friday, March 30th over the lessons we have covered up until that point. 

Language Arts: Students will be testing on Monday over their given spelling patterns. However, with us heading into Spring Break we will not be receiving new words next with Spring break right around the corner. For writing, students are continuing to work on  where they’d travel to if they could take a trip in a hot air ballon. We are shifting gears and reading a Book called Library Lion.

Science: We are wrapping up our  Matter unit. As a culminating activity this Friday, March 23rd we will be having root beer floats. Thank you to all of those who have volunteered to help us out with supplies and giving of your time. Please click on the root beer float icon to view the sign ups.

Social Skills: Mr. Basquin is our school counselor and he will be coming into our class on Wednesdays for about 20 minutes to do a quick social skills lesson with the class. He will also be giving homework for the week for them to report on when he returns. This week he is asking the class to talk to someone in school that they haven’t yet talked to. They need to learn one interesting fact about that person.

Upcoming Events:

School Musical – Come support our school and watch the production of Beauty and the Beast taking place this weekend, March 22nd through the 24th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, with an additional show on Saturday 12:30-2:30. Adult tickets are $7.00 per person and student tickets are $3.00 per person.

Zupas Spirit Night – Come eat some delicious food and mingle with friends from Ascent on Tuesday March 27th at the Jordan Landing location from 5 pm – 9 pm.

Leonardo Field Trip – We are going on a fun and exciting adventure to the Leonardo Museum on March 28, 2018 from 10:00-2:30. We will be leaving the school by bus to Liberty Park to have a play time and lunch. We will then get back on the bus to head over to the Leonardo. We will do our activities and get back on the bus by 1:45 and travel back to school before the end of the day. We are asking for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the bus/trip. We understand that this is a $2 dress down day at school, but since we are on a field trip, please have students wear their navy blue pants and a white or green shirt. They should have a jacket and good pair of shoes for walking and playing. Our chaperones for this trip are: Mrs. Andreason, Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Overby, Mrs. Robinson, and Mrs. Saavedra. Thank you for your help!

Great Artist – We will have Great Artist on Thursday, March 29th at the end of the day from 1:50-3. We had to move it a day due to the field trip to the Leonardo. Thank you to the parent volunteers that help with this each month and being able to make adjustments.

Year Books – Get your orders in before Spring Break. The order deadline is April 1st.  A soft cover book is $24 and a hard cover book is $29.

  • Order online at: Ybpay.lifetouch.com
  • Use ID code:  12233818

Spring Break –We will have a whole week off of school to rejuvenate and hopefully enjoy a little bit of sunshine the week of April 2nd – 6th with school returning on April 9th.

Wheeler Farm Field Trip – This will be taking place on April 18th from 8:45 am -1:30 pm going to Wheeler Farm and Southwood Park, then back to the school. I am in need of a couple of chaperones for this trip and if you are interested in helping out, please let me know.

Any questions or concerns? Please contact me!

Carley Ketcham 🙂

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Math Skills

The fluency that comes home in math will look differently than they have previously. We are using a program called Formative Loop, which another teacher shared this great resource with me. This program allows for students to get differentiated Math Fluency sprints daily, or as often as we do them. Today was the second day of our class using it and they are just loving it. PLUS it gives me excellent data on how your child is doing. These will not be a part of their grade in Aspire but simply more practice to help them excel. However, when they are being graded it is more of a scan where not every problem is looked at. With this phenomenal program students will be mastering off different skills. They do not have to have the whole page completed either to be passed on. Each skill set is different on what is expected for mastery and how many problems can be missed. I will be placing a star next to where the expectation is if they did not master it. If they have a check mark at the top of the page, they have been moved on. I am excited to share this with you as we have just started but I am thrilled to see their progress over the next few weeks.

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Weekly Update

I hope that you enjoyed your weekend and are loving this warmer weather. I am excited for Spring! The only downfall is Daylight Savings; losing an hour of sleep can be tough. Please make sure that your child is getting plenty of sleep this week. We have a lot to cover in the next three weeks before we go on Spring Break. Please make it a point for your child to be in attendance too; we’ve had several friends absent lately. Term 3 is ending on the 23rd of March. Please check Aspire for grades and get those missing assignments in from the past week.

Our Week At A Glance:   

Math: We are wrapping up Module 6 in working with Arrays and will test this Wednesday. We will then dive into Module 7 working with Data, Length, and Money. If your child misses or needs a good review, they can always access the PowerPoint on the blog under the math tab. Zearn is a great review as well which can be accessed under the helpful links.

Language Arts: Students will be testing today over their given spelling patterns and receiving new words tomorrow. For writing, students will be stating where they’d travel to if they could take a trip in a hot air ballon. We are continuing to learn from the book Rosie Revere Engineer. I am encouraging students to create a project at home, using any odd supplies you have lying around the house; bring them in on Friday to present to the class.

Science: We are now going to be learning about Matter. As a culminating activity on March 23rd we will be having root beer floats. Permission forms for this are going home today. Please have those returned by Friday, March 16th. We will need some help for this activity. If you are able and willing to assist with donations or volunteering your time, please click on the root beer float icon to sign up.

Clusters- The last day of clusters for the year was on March 2nd. So now on Fridays, we will be doing math in the morning during this time after we complete our Friday Journals. We will still be having our SEM activities in the afternoon.

School Musical – Come support our school and watch the production of Beauty and the Beast on March 22nd through the 24th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, with an additional show on Saturday 12:30-2:30. Adult tickets are $7.00 per person and student tickets are $3.00 per person.

Zupas Spirit Night – Come eat some delicious food and mingle with friends from Ascent on Tuesday March 27th at the Jordan Landing location from 5 pm – 9 pm.

Leonardo Field Trip – We are going on a fun and exciting adventure to the Leonardo Museum on March 28, 2018 from 10:00-2:30. We will be leaving the school by bus to Liberty Park to have a play time and lunch. We will then get back on the bus to head over to the Leonardo. We will do our activities and get back on the bus by 1:45 and travel back to school before the end of the day. We are asking for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the bus/trip. We understand that this is a $2 dress down day at school, but since we are on a field trip, please have students wear their navy blue pants and a white or green shirt. They should have a jacket and good pair of shoes for walking and playing. Permission slips for this trip are being sent home today, please return not later than this Friday, March 16th.

Great Artist – We typically have GAP on the last Wednesday of the month at the end of the day. We are moving this to the last Thursday, March 29th due to the schedule conflict with our field trip.

Tutoring ~ Tutoring is still being held on Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00.  The best part is that it is FREE and available to anyone who may be needing/wanting additional support. Mrs. Barnes does tutoring for Reading and Math on Monday and Tuesdays. I pick up the MATH portion on Wednesday and Thursdays with her still being available for Reading. I’m more than happy to help with corrections to assignments, completing missing work, or understanding any concepts further.

Year Books – We are less than one month away from our yearbook order deadline of April 1st.  Yearbook Order Deadline is APRIL 1st! A soft cover book is $24 and a hard cover book is $29.

  • Order online at: Ybpay.lifetouch.com
  • Use ID code:  12233818

Any questions or concerns? Please contact me!

Carley Ketcham 🙂

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School DRILLS

Good afternoon!

As you are aware we had a drill today at school. We had a discussion first thing this morning, as students came to school knowledgable and full of questions. I had to stop the discussion as some of the thought out senerios seemed to have been too deep for a classroom conversation setting. I do however, want the discussion to continue in the homes though so your child is heard as well as made aware. I also want you to know that I wake up every day, knowing that the safety of your child is my FIRST priority. That has to happen before any education can take place.

During our drill today, the class was in the cafeteria having PE with Coach Mitchell. He said that some became aware of the surroundings rather quickly and started to ask questions to make sure doors were locked and that they’d protected. Some students however thought it was a time to be silly and were laughing. “This is what I do when I play hide and seek.” When I asked the class how the drill went today, one responded with “we were being too loud.” Students MUST be quiet. This is imperative!

Remember that these drills are to help ensure that students and teachers know how to behave during a drill, we know that emotions will be on high alert in a real situation, but we need to practice the protocols so that students have schema to fall back on. We need to take the drills seriously and not become complacent. Please talk with your child about the importance behind ALL drills. Yes, they are a scary thing but they are crucial.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns in regards to the emergency protocols. I will look into getting the answer for you if I do not already know it.

Carley Ketcham

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Weekly Update!

The class looked so sharp yesterday! I wanted to take a moment and share this adorable class with you as they are all dressed up. Also, I was rather proud of them for making the most of a hard situation. It was unfortunate that we were unable to go to Ballet West to see Cinderella like we had planned due to the late arrival of the buses and not being able to make it in time. Yes, they were disappointed and it broke my heart to have to tell them the unfortunate news. We got through this together and was able to improvise by watching the movie as an alternative activity instead. Thank you to the parent volunteers too who took the time to come support and help us although the events did not go as planned. I am one lucky teacher to have such a great support group!

Our Week At A Glance:   

Math: We are well into our Module 6 and we are enjoying the new concepts we are learning! The students are thrilled to be moving onto this new concept. I am seeing more excitement towards math once again! 🙂

Language Arts: We will not be having spelling again due to the short week with Presidents Day and the planned Field Trip. We will be continuing to learn about abbreviations this week.

Social Studies: We are wrapping up our weather unit in Science and will begin a new Social Studies unit soon.

Kindness Month ~ This month is ending quickly, but we are still focusing on KINDNESS. Please remind your child to look for the good things their classmates are doing. They can report this to me to fill in a mini white heart to add it to our BIG red heart in the hallway. If you hear of any good deeds that another student has done, please share these things with me as well. I love seeing and hearing about all the wonderful things our class is doing for one another. Lets fill in that BIG HEART as much as we can as we continue to admire the good deeds of our friends.

FUN FRIDAY ~ Since it is the end of the month and the student have worked hard, they have earned their Fun Friday. This time around we will have a Board Game day this Friday.  Please send your child to school with a game to share with their friends.  They will be well taken care of and sent back to you that afternoon.  Please be sure that your family’s name is on the box or container so that I can help keep them all organized.

Friday Journals ~ Friday journals will also go home with your students in their backpacks on Fridays. This is a journal where they will be writing to someone in the home about their amazing week. Please take some time over the weekends to write back to them. This is a great way for them to practice their writing skills but to also be able to communicate what is going on at school. I know that my class is really excited to hear from you each week! Thank you for your help and support on this.

2nd Grade Choice Menu ~ Rather than homework, 2nd grade has opted to use a choice menu, this can always be accessed on the blog under the homework tab. Once your child has completed an assignment, please fill in the ticket tab at the bottom of the page and return to school the following Monday. There is a drawing at the end of the term for prizes. Last term we unfortunately didn’t have any turned in, so I wanted to remind everyone of this homework option to help support what your child is learning and doing at school. Here is the new choice menu for this week.  ChoiceMenuWeek15

Reading Logs ~ Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night.  This is any type of reading, as long as they are completing the majority of the reading.  Please also mark down the time they are reading and initial it for me, please! Thank you so much for this. I check this at the beginning of the week as part of their grade. Also, homework club is an option and they can stay after school until 3:30 in the library Monday through Thursday. They can get their reading minutes in then and just have the teacher initial that its been done. This is a great alternative to busy schedules after to school to make sure gets done. 

Clusters ~ We are rapidly closing up clusters as there are only 2 more short days of it with the last day being on March 2nd. The Cluster Showcase will take place the morning for March 5th starting at 7:30 am, which is on a Monday. The students have rather enjoyed their clusters and have made some pretty neat things. This is a great time to come out to the school to see what enrichment clusters are all about and to support what your child has been doing at school. I bet they’d be proud to be able to show you what things they have accomplished.

Tutoring ~ Tutoring is held on Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00.  The best part is that it is FREE and available to anyone who may be needing/wanting additional support. Mrs. Barnes does tutoring for Reading and Math on Monday and Tuesdays. I pick up the MATH portion on Wednesday and Thursdays with her still being available for Reading.

Any questions or concerns? Please contact me!

Carley Ketcham 🙂

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Weekly Update!

Good morning! I hope that y’all had a wonderful weekend. Just so you know, Flower Grams has been extended one more day. TODAY is the last day to get those grams for your child for Valentine’s Day. You can purchase these in the office. All flowers will be delivered on Valentine’s Day. 💞

Our QUICK Week At A Glance:   

Math: We are finishing up Module 5 today with a test. We will then start diving into Module 6 working with arrays to prepare them for multiplication. A great place to go for extra practice on the concepts taught is Zearn; this can be accessed under the helpful links tab on the blog. Keep in mind that the lessons are on the blog under the MATH TAB.

Language Arts: We will be testing on our spelling words today. The class will not be getting new words this week due to the shortened schedule. We are wrapping up the Best Part of Me writing and will be working on abbreviations.

Science: With it being a shortened week, we will not be hitting on science this week.

Valentine Day – Pastries with Parents: 7:40 am – 8:15 am – student needs to be with parent in order to receive a pastry.

We will also be exchanging Valentines in our class! Students MAY bring in a decorated Valentines bag or box Wednesday morning. We will not have time during school to do this. I will provide grocery bags for students who do not bring their own from home.  Students may bring valentines to exchange and small items to be handed out with them. However, food items are not aloud due to school policy but little trinkets or toys are appropriate. Keep in mind this is all optional. PLEASE do not write students name on the individual Valentines though  This slows the process down, but they are more than welcome to sign who they are from. Be sure to bring in enough for each student in the class so feelings aren’t hurt. We have 28 friends in all. Students will be handing out Valentines in the morning and then we will be rotating between the classes for 3 different Valentine Art Projects. Keep in mind that this is an early out day due to Parent Teacher Conferences with dismissal at 12:35.

Parent Teacher Conferences – Here is the link for this weeks Conferences. I’m excited to meet with all of you again and share your child’s successes so far this year. Keep in mind that on Wednesday and Thursday we have an early dismissal at 12:35. We will also not be having Specials on these days due to our shortened time.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4da8a72ea2fa7-parentteacher2 

Book Fair in Library THIS Week – We will be going to the BOOK FAIR on Tuesday, during our regular library block. It will be a shortened time but it will give the students an opportunity to see what is being offered. Books will get returned the following week when we are back on a normal schedule. 

Tuesday February 13: 8 am – 4 pm

Wednesday February 14: 8 am – 8 pm

Thursday February 15: 8 am – 8 pm

Field Trip – We are going to Ballet West for the presentation of Cinderella on Tuesday, February 20th from 9:30-12:30.   Students should wear their Best Dress, or a white uniform shirt and navy pants and comfortable shoes. We have NOW received all of the permission slips, THANK YOU! Our chaperones for this trip will be Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Briggs, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Saavedra. 

***Keep in mind that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 19th in honor of Presidents Day!

Tutoring – Tutoring is held on Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00 typically. However, due to Parent-Teacher Conferences tutoring and homework club is cancelled this week. 

I’m looking forward to meeting with everyone this week!

Carley Ketcham 🙂

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Weekly Update!

Can you believe that we have been in school 102 days? Today we are celebrating with some fun activities throughout the day.  We thought it would be more exciting to celebrate the 102nd day of school this year seeing we are in the 2nd grade.  What a fun day!

Kindness Admiration This month we are focusing on KINDNESS and the good things that we are seeing of others. You will notice BIG red hearts in the school with white mini hearts posted of good deeds that are being done. We had a discussion yesterday on finding the good in others and being kind. Each student picked a classmates name that they are going to be watching this week for the kind things that their friend does. It is their “secret” admire, admiring the kindness that takes place. This is to be kept a secret of who they are watching until the end of the week. On Friday, each person will have a chance to share the kind things they caught their secret admire doing. Feel free to have a conversation with them on what GREAT things they are seeing from friends in our class. 

This Week At A Glance:   

Math: We are well into Module 5 and the students are making great progress on their lessons as it is a review of Module 4 with them needing to check their work through addition. We will be covering lessons 13-18, combining 14&15, 16&17 and we will be taking our Module Test on Monday. A great place to go for extra practice on the concepts taught is Zearn; this can be accessed under the helpful links tab on the blog. Keep in mind that the lessons are on the blog under the MATH TAB.

Language Arts: We will be continue working on the Best Part of Me writing and getting new spelling sorts. Keep in mind that spelling test are given on Mondays with new sorts being handed out on Tuesday.

Science: We will be continuing our weather unit. We will be learning more about extreme weather patterns and hopefully being able to conduct our experiment with clouds and rain this week.Skate Night – FREE family skate night with free admission for YOU and your WHOLE family at Classic Fun Center. This is on Friday, February 9th from 5-9pm. Be sure to tell them that you are with the school to get $1 skate rentals at the counter. Discounted activities as well as food are available too! 

Reading Calendars – January Reading Calendars need to be turned in by Wednesday the 7th in order to receive full credit. I have quite a few kids who did not turn it in, so it could be floating around in their docket or at home somewhere. If you would like to remind them to check for it and turn it in that’d be helpful. Reading minutes are a portion of their Language Arts grade. Students are expected to read 20 minutes daily for homework.

 Parent Teacher Conferences – Here is the link for upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences. I’m excited to meet with all of you again and share your child’s successes so far this year. I have also sent home a few questions to be filled out to help me be as prepared as possible for our meeting. Please get those filled out and turned in by this Friday, February 9th.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4da8a72ea2fa7-parentteacher2 

Book Fair in Library NEXT Week –

Tuesday February 13: 8 am – 4 pm

Wednesday February 14: 8 am – 8 pm

Thursday February 15: 8 am – 8 pm

Flower Grams – Come and buy your student a Flower Gram for Valentine’s Day! They are on sale this week for $2.00 a gram. You can go to the Atrium in the morning from 8:00 am – 8:20 am or in the afternoon from 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm. All flowers will be delivered on Valentine’s Day. 💞

Valentine Day – Pastries with Parents: 7:40 am – 8:15 am – student needs to be with parent in order to receive a pastry. We will also be exchanging Valentines in our class! Students may bring in a decorated Valentines bag or box. I will provide grocery bags for students who do not bring their own from home.  Students may bring valentines to exchange and small items to be handed out with them. However, food items are not aloud due to school policy but little trinkets or toys are appropriate.  PLEASE do not write students name on the individual Valentines. This slows the process down, but they are more than welcome to sign who they are from. Students will be handing out Valentines in the morning and then we will be rotating between the classes for 3 different Valentine Art Projects. Keep in mind that this is an early out day due to Parent Teacher Conferences with dismissal at 12:35.

 Field Trip – We are going to Ballet West for the presentation of Cinderella on February 20th from 9:30-12:30.   Students should wear their Best Dress, or a white uniform shirt and navy pants and comfortable shoes. Thank you for those who have turned in their permission slips. Students will need these handed in, in order to participate in the field trip. Thank you to those being so willing to help chaperone! We have our chaperones covered for this trip but we will be having more in the future coming up in March, and possibly April.

Missing Assignment Policy Reminder – Just a reminder that classwork for each week is due within a week to get full credit. If turned in after that, students will receive partial or no credit. This will hopefully help them to be more responsible for their unfinished work daily and hopefully help them to stay caught up on concepts that we are learning in class. Not only that, but this will also get them more prepared for higher expectations in 3rd grade and beyond. ***Also, corrections can be done to any assignment scoring below 80% for a better grade. Please feel free to make corrections to everything, but just know that I will only rescore the ones showing below mastery. On assessments, students can obtain half credit back on corrections made, also for just those scoring below 80%. Once it has gone home, I will give a week for ALL corrections.

Tutoring – Tutoring is held on Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00.  The best part is that it is FREE and available to anyone who may be needing/wanting additional support. Mrs. Barnes does tutoring for Reading and Math on Monday and Tuesdays. I pick up the MATH portion on Wednesday and Thursdays with her still being available for Reading.

Any questions? Please contact me!

Carley Ketcham 🙂

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Weekly Update!

Hello! Please take the time to read through ALL of the valuable information in this post. There is a new missing assignment policy taking place this term to help prepare students for 3rd grade. I have also included information on Parent Teacher Conferences and our upcoming field trip. 

This Week At A Glance:   

Math: We are well into Module 5 and the students are making great progress on their lessons as it is a review of Module 4. We will be covering lessons 8-12 and will be taking our Mid-Module Test on Thursday. A great place to go for extra practice on the concepts taught is Zearn; this can be accessed under the helpful links tab on the blog. Keep in mind that the lessons are on the blog under the MATH TAB.

Language Arts: We will be working on proper uses of commas, Best Part of Me writing, and spelling patters. Keep in mind that spelling test are given on Mondays with new sorts being handed out on Tuesday.

Science: We will be continuing our weather unit. We will be learning more about extreme weather patterns and conducting an experiment with clouds and rain.

**Great Artist: This will be taking place this Wednesday, January 31st.

Homework – Students are expected to read 20 minutes every night that we are in school, this is excluding holidays and breaks. Please mark down on the reading calendar the time they are reading and initial it for me, every night! If a new one is needed to be printed you can access it under the HOMEWORK tab on the blog.

Missing Assignments If students have incomplete work that also becomes homework. Please make it a point to get these assignments turned in. They are welcome to stay after school to complete it at tutoring or at homework club, but they have until Friday to get it completed and handed in. All work for the week will need to be finished and turned in by Friday of that week in order to receive FULL credit for it. This helps with time management and making sure students’ stay up on the material being taught since we move through concepts rapidly, especially in math with concepts building onto one another. If they miss school they will have a week to get their work completed from their absence.

Parent-Teacher Conferences  PTC are coming up on February 14th and 15 th. You can sign-up on the link provided. Please keep in mind that these are 15 minute slots. If you’d like more time, I’d be happy to make other arrangements. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4DA8A72EA2FA7-parentteacher2

Field Trip – We are going to Ballet West for the presentation of Cinderella. This will take place on February 20th from 9:30-12:30!  We will be sending home the permission form this week. Due to the time of the performance we will have the students eat lunch in the classroom when we return from 12:30 to 1:00. If you would like to send your student with a small snack to eat before we leave, we will provide a time for them to eat it.  Students should wear their Best Dress or White uniform shirts with Blue uniform bottoms, and comfortable shoes. This is a great opportunity to teach your child about proper attire when attending a Theater.

Volunteers – I could use some more help! I have had some wonderful volunteers the first 2 terms but schedules have changed to where they are unable to make it in anymore. Please check out the volunteer tab if you are available. Thanks in advance!

BOX TOPS  Thank you for supporting our school and bringing in those Box Tops. We reached 385 and earned a FREE Dress Down Day! This will take place this Thursday, February 1.

Tutoring – Tutoring is held on Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00.  The best part is that it is FREE and available to anyone who may be needing/wanting additional support. Mrs. Barnes does tutoring for Reading and Math on Monday and Tuesdays. I pick up the MATH portion on Wednesday and Thursdays with her still being available for Reading. The 1st Tuesday of the month, there will not be tutoring for 2nd grade as we have a mandatory meeting those days.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Carley Ketcham 🙂

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