Winter Break

Just a reminder that Winter Break is next week. There will be no school from 2/19-2/23. Students and staff will return on Monday, February 26.

Enjoy the break.

Get out and play, explore, relax, visit someplace new, visit a familiar place, go to the library, a museum, cook together, talk with each other, share stories, make up stories, or read together.

Mostly have fun together.

See you soon! I’ll be thinking of you!


Eureka Math Pilot

Dear Families,

As a second grade team we would like to keep you updated on our math. We have been chosen to pilot two different math programs this year, as you may know. We completed our pilot of the Bridges Mathematics program and will start our new pilot of the Eureka Math Program on January 22, 2018.  This will come with a few changes, including but not limited to:

  • Home Connections will no longer be used. Students will be bringing home a homework worksheet each night and will be expected to return it, completed, the next day.
  • Homework sheets will include Must Do’s, Can Do’s, and Extension questions.
  • Student assessments and tests will look different.
  • We will be sending home the Bridges workbooks. Please use them as you would like. They would be a great enrichment tool for you at home during breaks and on rainy days.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly by email at

Thank you for your continued support,

Your second grade team-

Ms. Al-Zaharnah, Mrs. Fowler, Ms. Marano

Spelling Words for the week of 1/8/18

This week we are focusing on r controlled vowels otherwise known as the “bossy-R” chunks. These are chunks that all make the same sound as “er.” They are -er, -ir-, -ur.

The words are:

  • first
  • shirt
  • chirp
  • term
  • clerk
  • curve
  • surf
  • burst
  • hurt
  • were

The test on Friday will include these as well as 5 additional words that follow the same pattern.

Parent Talk Classes

Just a reminder Parent Talk classes start tomorrow January 9th at 1:30.

Margaret King Ahmed – Parent Involvement Educator will be hosting effective Parent talk classes here at River Oaks School.

What is Parent Talk? You will learn communication skills that empower, encourage self-responsible behaviors, self-motivation and character development. Learn practical skills to positively effect the social and emotional development of your children and family. You will increase achievement and decrease discipline issues with effective Parent Talk.

Classes will be held on Tuesday’s at 1:30 – 3:30.

Classes will be held on January 9,16,23, 30th

February 6,13,27. March 6th

Graduation will be March 13, 2018

Please contact Ms. Sandi in the office if you would like to participate in the classes. Call 313-827-6750

Holiday Party


We will be having our Holiday Party on Thursday, December 21 from 2:30-3:15. I have several fun activities planned for the students to enjoy. We will have 4 stations that the children will rotate through every 12 minutes. The stations are: Candy Cane Reindeer, ice cream cone Holiday trees, refreshments, and Holiday Bump.

I will need several parents to help run 3 of the stations. If you would like to volunteer to help, please email me or complete the form that will be coming home.

We are also in need of a few festive supplies:

  • small water bottles (21 students)
  • paper plates and napkins
  • plastic knives and spoons
  • holiday cookies
  • Veggies and dip
  • 8 oz styrofoam cups

Thank you for your help in advance!