We read about bones, we looked at real bones, we even made bones to look like an x-ray today! Be sure to ask your child all about their day.
Today marks the official last day of the first marking period. At the end of the week next week, you will receive an email notice for the report card. Please note that these first ten weeks of school are about review, building relationships, setting up positive work habits, and building some foundational skills and strategies to move forward in second grade. As the year progresses, the expectations change as well.
An example of that might be...here at the beginning of the year, in math, the student may be meeting the expectation (2) for basic math facts. What does that mean? It means that they have a clear understanding of how addition and subtraction work and can quickly explain the answer without the use of counting fingers or objects. If they get a (3), that is developing the skill. This means that some reminders are needed, some manipulative to help see the concept more clearly are needed. Any (4) marked on the report card will be an area of concern or having a difficult time understanding. Seldom does a student in the first weeks of a new grade exceed the expectation and get a (1). I hope you know that I have high standards that I set for your children and to meet those expectations is something to be very proud of. So please give lots and lots of hugs and praise for 2s. I also encourage you to praise them for their effort when you see a 3 on the report card. Some of those are simply because we haven't had much time to build on the concept and I've just introduced it to them, and other reasons might be simply needing more time to practice it to prove that they understand it.
The lower grades (K-2) do not use letter grades and percentages like 3rd-12th do. I do like to grade the students showing them percentages and letter grades once in awhile so they start to see what they look like and how those feel. If they put in the best effort possible and practice good listening skills during lessons, then more than likely they are meeting the expectations and doing well.
Of course, if ever you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'm a very flexible to meet with you before school and often during my lunch or right after school. I'm just an email away. This is always about your child and I, like you, want the best for them.
On another note, the children in room 14 have been showing me that they can be kind and work hard. Everyone still needs reminders, we are human, but as a group I feel we no longer need our Week at a Glance. The students have been responsible to fill them out and return them. As you have seen, they are beginning and ending each day ready to learn. I will establish a team building positive reinforcement plan for the second marking period. They will continue to earn Excellence Dollars for their efforts of being kind and working hard.
Have a wonderful weekend and please remember to dress your children in layers these coming weeks.