Weekly Update

It is that time of year again, BENCHMARKING! This will take place in the coming weeks, this weeks focus will be on reading and writing. Next week we will take our math benchmark test as well as focus on DIBELS. With benchmarks taking place this week, I’d like to hold a Read-a-Thon for our class this Thursday, January 11th. Students can bring in a pillow, a blanket, and BOOKS.

Term 2 is coming to a rapid end on January 19th. Please check grades and get those missing assignments turned in. If make-up work or corrections were turned in, those have not yet been added to the grade book. I am working on those and will update these grades soon.

This Week at a Glance:

Math: We are wrapping up Model 4 this week. During this module we will be mastering addition and subtraction within 200 with word problems to 100. This weeks focus is on strategies for decomposing a tens and hundred, written explanation on methods used,  lessons 26-28 and 31 (Omitting lessons 29 and 30) We will be testing on Thursday. Keep in mind that ZEARN is a great practice tool to help at home as well as the other resources under the math tab.

Language Arts: Spelling will pick back up next week since we are benchmarking this week for new placements. We are going to be focusing on contractions this week. BENCHMARKING is going to be a big part of the week.

Social Studies: We are monitoring our magical beans and keeping data on the growth.

BoxTops – We earned a FREE dress down day! Once I get the date approved, I will let you know. Thank you for supporting our school by getting those turned in.

Monthly SEM – This month the focus is Oral. We will be studying Martin Luther King Jr and his famous speech.  We will also be working on what our own dream speech would be.

Library – Please remind your student to bring their library books back weekly, they don’t have to turn it in, but just get it renewed so it doesn’t turn up overdue or lost. If books are not returned over a certain period of time, students will be sent to the office to call home for it. They will then miss out on Library until the books are returned. We have Library every Tuesday.

Clusters – The students have voted and are in the process of getting placed into their new cluster. We have not yet been informed of where they are yet. Once I know this information, I will update it under the cluster tab and inform you via Remind to let you know that the information is there.

It’s going to be a great week and I am excited to see where the students place in their upcoming benchmarks. As always, let me know if you have any questions.

Carley Ketcham

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The Magical Bean

Check out our cool plants…
Hello! I’m a magical bean plant. treat me with care, and I’ll share a special message with you when I’m fully grown. 

Tomorrow is National Bean Day! We were able to plant some magical beans today at school. After they sprout a hidden message will appear. We will be having a culminating, cross campus, Science Live activity to wrap up this fun project. Students will be able to sample a variety of beans. Permission slips for this activity will be sent home this upcoming week. Be sure to ask your child about this fun experience.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

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Ascent’s Play

Come check out the play that is happening this week!

 

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Student Profile

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Weekly Update!

Happy Monday! I hope that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving break surrounded by loved ones. I was sure nice to be able to spend some additional time with my cute little ones.

This Week at a Glance:

Math: We are continuing to work on Model 4. During this module we will be mastering addition and subtraction within 200 with word problems to 100. This weeks focus is on strategies for composing a new ten, lessons 6-10. Please let me know if you have any questions about the new strategies your child is learning in class. Keep in mind that ZEARN is a great practice tool to help at home as well as the other resources under the math tab.

Language Arts: Spelling will pick back up this week since we didn’t have spelling last week because of Thanksgiving break. We are going to be continuing out “How To” writing prompts. This week we will be talking specifically about Brushing our Teeth. We are also going to be discussing the difference between adverbs and verbs.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on geography in social studies. We will be discussing map keys/symbols, map grids, and where we are on the map.

Homework: The new Choice Menus have been uploaded to our blog. Please be sure to send in signed tickets with your child so they can be put into a drawing at the end of the term.  Please also remember to record reading minutes and initial on the log so that they get credit for that, I check them every Monday for a grade. If your child has misplaced their reading log, you can access it under the homework tab on the blog. Also, keep in mind that we are doing “BOOK IT!” this year and your child can earn a free personal pan pizza EVERY MONTH.

Specials: We Have specials every day, except for Fridays  from 12-12:40. This week on Wednesday, students will be taking the Learning Profile Quiz. I have reserved another computer so we can start a little earlier. I would like to start this at 11:30 so we have a full hour when they return from lunch. I will need parent volunteers for this. I will take all of the help that I can get. This is something that we will be doing together as a class and I will need help will monitoring computers and making sure that everyone is on the same page. If you can come in earlier to help set up (11:00) and get things ready for the students it’ll help things run smoother. Please let me know if you can help with this. 

  • Monday: Music
  • Tuesday: Library (books need to be returned weekly, even if they are going to renew them for another week.) We also have P.E. (2:00-2:40)
  • Wednesday: Computers
  • Thursday: P.E.

Optional $2.00 Dress Down: This Wednesday, November 29th students can pay $2.00 to dress down. Needs to be appropriate attire, no holes, rips or tears in pants.

Tutoring:  Tutoring will be Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00.  Mrs. Barnes will be doing a combination of Math and Reading on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday and Thursday she will be covering Reading and I will be taking the math kiddos.  Mrs. Barnes can do every Tuesday but the 1st Tuesday of the month, as we have a mandatory meeting those days. So there will be NO tutoring on Tuesday, November 7th.  Thank you for your understanding on this.

Carpool: When picking students up, please be mindful of the crosswalk. If there isn’t enough room to pull forward, please wait in front of the crosswalk so it can be utilized for students to cross safely and in a timely manner. Also, when students are not using the crosswalk they need to be accompanied by an adult to cross. Thank you for your help on this!

Its going to be a GREAT week! As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Carley Ketcham

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Christmas Program

Here are the Christmas songs we are learning for our upcoming performance. For your child to practice, be sure to click the picture icon to be taken to the corresponding link. I will notify you when the date and time of the performance has been approved and solidified.  A special thanks to Erin Worland, Toby and Max’s mom from Mrs. Stott’s class, for her planning and teaching this to all of second grade.  The students are loving it and learning some awesome dance moves to go along with the songs. This is going to be a fun performance to watch!

Chipmunk Song: “Christmas Don’t Be Late”

Christmas Jingle Bells Trap Remix 2016

The Polar Express: Hot Chocolate Scene

The Polar Express: When Christmas Comes To Town 

 

 

 

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Weekly Update!

Happy Monday!

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers last week that helped put on such a fun Halloween party. Our class sure did enjoy it!

This Week at a Glance:

Math: We are wrapping up Module 3 (Understanding Place Value Units, Writing Numbers in different Forms, Counting, and Comparison of Numbers to 1,000) with a review tomorrow and TESTING this Wednesday. Then we will be moving onto Model 4. During this module we will be mastering addition and subtraction within 200 with word problems to 100. On Thursday students will be exposed to a strategy called Arrow Way. Please let me know if you have any questions about it. Keep in mind that ZEARN is a great practice tool to help at home as well as the other resources under the math tab.

Language Arts: Students will get new spelling words tomorrow as usual. Some of the scores have dropped and if you notice that your child is struggling in spelling please use the words that are in the red folder and practice at home for additional practice. We are going to be writing some “How To” prompts in the next few weeks as well as working on making our vocabulary more colorful by the adjectives and verbs we use.

Social Studies: We are shifting gears from Science and spending a few weeks in social studies. Our next focus is going to be on the Geography unit.

Homework: The new Choice Menus have been uploaded to our blog. Please be sure to send in signed tickets with your child so they can be put into a drawing at the end of the term.  Please also remember to record reading minutes and initial on the log so that they get credit for that, I check them every Monday for a grade. If your child has misplaced their reading log, you can access it under the homework tab on the blog.

Reading is at the heart of education, and the only way to get better at reading is to do it! To help encourage your child to “read their heart out” this year, our classroom is participating in the BOOK IT! Program. Here is how it works, along with a few ideas for how to get involved at home:

  • Review the goal with your child (20 Minutes daily), and set aside time at home to read every day.
  • Be a role model by reading yourself and reading to or with your child to show that you, too, value books and love reading.
  • When your child achieves their monthly goal, make it a celebration! You can redeem your child’s Reading Award Certificate for a free, Personal Pan Pizza, Reading Journal and sticker at Pizza Hut. So, make it a date! That special one-on-one time can make your child’s reading achievement even sweeter!

FREE Dress Down Down: Our class won the door decorating contest and is awarded with a free dress down day on Tuesday, November 21st. Keep in mind that this is for our class only!

Tutoring:  Tutoring will be Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00.  Mrs. Barnes will be doing a combination of Math and Reading on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday and Thursday she will be covering Reading and I will be taking the math kiddos.  Mrs. Barnes can do every Tuesday but the 1st Tuesday of the month, as we have a mandatory meeting those days. So there will be NO tutoring on Tuesday, November 7th.  Thank you for your understanding on this.

Thank you and, as always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Carley Ketcham

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Weekly Update!

Term 2 started today! Grades will be locked by Friday. If there are missing assignments I need them no later than this Thursday so I can update the grades before they get locked. I will not be accepting them any later. Calendars will be collected Wednesday morning as they will be getting a new one for November. Keep in mind that I check this weekly, typically on Mondays. It needs to be initialed along with how many minutes were read. For homework, I am asking that students read 20 minutes DAILY when they have school and complete any assignments that are incomplete.

Tomorrow we will be having a Halloween party from 12:40-1:30. This allows for the class to still be able to have the two specials, Library and PE. Thank you to ALL the volunteers that will be helping make this possible. I know that the students are excited for it and they’re sure looking forward to it!

 

This Week at a Glance:

We are continuing to work on Module 3 in math working with Place Values, counting and comparing numbers to 1,000. We will be focusing on lesson 15 and 16 this week as we did lesson 14 today.

Language arts we will be using verbs this week and will also review the nouns and adjectives along with them. We are also continuing with our spelling sorts and reading groups.

In Science we are going to be discussing animal/human adaptations in each of their environments.

WE WON THE CONTEST!


Yes, that is right we won the door decorating contest. A HUGE shout out to our parent volunteers, Mrs. Barnes (Kris), Mrs. Shipley (Erin) and Mrs. Barnard (Rachel), for helping in making that possible!! They did an AWESOME job! The students received a coloring book and has also won a FREE DRESS DOWN DAY. This is still getting scheduled as to when this will take place. I will inform everyone when this is happening. This is very exciting! Thanks again to our amazing parent volunteers!!!

Picture Retakes:

This Thursday, November 2nd will be picture retakes. Please keep in mind that students need to be in school uniform. If they are wearing a jumper they must have a polo underneath it.

This not only applies to those that were absent. This also applies to those that may simply want a re-do or if they were not in proper Ascent attire.

Thank you so much for paying close attention to this detail and for your help in making sure that your student is dressed according to the schools guidelines.

Another Contest: 

PENNY WARS…

Starting Monday November 13th – Friday November 17th – 100% of the penny war proceeds will go to support the Veterans! What a great way to show our appreciation!

  1. Grades against Grades, except 6th Grade will be combined with JR High and they will be competing Boys against Girls.
  2. PENNIES are what you want. Each PENNY equals 1 point.
  3. Any other coin of dollar amount are negative points. (Nickels = 5 points, Dimes = 10 points, Quarters = 25 points, $1.00 = 100 points , $5.00 = 500 points, etc.)
  4. Make sure your jug has the most PENNIES.
  5. Put the BAD coins in the other grades jugs.
  6. Each night the jugs will be counted and the amounts will be posted on our Facebook Page as well as announced each morning.
  7. The top three grades with the most Pennies will win a Free Dress Down Day! Yep, another chance for our class to get another DRESS DOWN DAY! Woot Woot!!
  8. Bring in those pennies for the second grade bin and the BIG bills for the other grades. WE’VE GOT THIS!!

Clusters

There are only 2 more weeks of clusters! The last day will be on the 10th. The students sure has seemed to enjoy this round overall. Come out and support them at the SHOWCASE on November 13th. They have done a lot of COOL projects.

Term 1 went by too quickly and I am excited to see what Term 2 has in store!

Carley Ketcham

 

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Spirit Week!

Good Afternoon!

Here is an update as to what is going on for the Month of October as it is Anti-Bully Month.

This next week, starting October 2, is spirit week!

 

 

 

 

10/2- crazy hair day

10/3- wear any school colors shirt with school pants

10/4- Crazy Sock Day

10/5- Team Jersey/shirt Day

10/6- Spirit Dress Day

The week of  October 9, the second week in October, the theme is Make Friends with Someone You Don’t Know. Please encourage this to your child to reach out and make a new buddy.

  • There will be a door decorating contest that week. This is where I will need some help! Judges will go around on Friday, October 13th. Please let me know if you are interested and willing to decorate our classroom door. 
  •  Theme is anti-bullying. Anything that promotes Anti-bullying and is age appropriate will do, I’d really like to tie in the idea with the weeks theme of being a new friend. Any ideas and suggestions welcome!

Week of October 23 is another Spirit Week. This is the National Anti-bullying and Anti-Drug week. I will keep you informed about the details on this one later.

On October 27 there will be an Assembly to wrap up our anti-bullying month festivities.

Thank you for all of your continued help and support! We are excited for this upcoming month!

Carley Ketcham

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ZEARN

If you click on the zearn it will take you directly to the website. This can be found under the math tab in the future, select the math tab and click directly on it rather than scrolling down to the different modules. This is a great tool to help support all children learning and loving math.

For students to be able to login they can use the orange card in the front of their docket. The username is the same as the password. It is just their first name followed by their 4 digit lunch number.

With Zearn Math, students learn in two ways: Independent Digital Lessons and Small Group Instruction. During Independent Digital Lessons, students learn at their own pace with digital manipulatives, paper and pencil transfer, and precise digital feedback at the moment of misconception. In Small Group Instruction, students work with concrete manipulatives, explain and share their math reasoning, and get direct feedback from their teachers and peers. Combined, every student has a daily personalized learning experience.

 

 

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