Important Information, please read!

Hello Families!

Please read the message from Ms. Hmayed below:

“Hello Parents!

This is Ms. Hmayed, your childs’ Art Teacher. I’m reaching out to inform you that I will be starting an Art Club this year for 2nd, and 3rd grade students! I’m very excited to give these students an extra opportunity to make Art with me. We will be exploring and creating with their choice of Art Materials. I want to allow students to develop their creativity, strengthen their choice making, and problem solving skills.

Art Club will begin on October 20th, 2022 at 4:00pm and end promptly for parent pickup at 6:00pm. Art Club will be held once a week on Thursday’s from 4-6pm. There is an application and permission slip that has been sent home with your children. Please be sure to submit these ASAP.

Due to a limited amount of seats available, students will be chosen to join Art Club based on their written, and drawing submissions (this is included in the small packet that has been sent home today). I’ve also included a copy of the Application and Permission slip in this email.

Please contact me if you have any questions at all! 

Thank you! 

-Ms. Hmayed”

Art Club Applications were sent home today in your child’s Yellow Folder.

The field trip schedule and assigned groups are coming home today! Please make sure to bring this paper to the field trip on Tuesday! They have your schedule, where you need to be at what time, and the reminders for dress/lunch.

The pumpkin program and farm tour are both held at the farm location! Please park in that parking lot and find me by the barn.

The animal adventure and habitat hike are both located at the nature center! Please park in the nature center lot and walk down to the building by the pond to find me.

Remember, tomorrow is a half day! Pick up at 12:05 pm. Please send one snack 🙂

Tomorrow we will have a Spelling Test, Reading Skills Test, and Math Quiz.  There is no Math Homework tonight.  Fluency Passage due tomorrow.  

Have a great night!

Conference Sign-Up Link

Hello Families!

This is the link to my conference sign-up form.  Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.

Please click the link, choose a time, and complete the registration.

If you do not get the time that you want, I am sorry.  I cannot be flexible with conference times, this is to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.

Conference Sign-Up

Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.  Thank you for being supportive and understanding!

Have a great night!

Daily Check-In

Good Morning Families,

Yesterday I sent home the first Daily Check-In.  This type of home communication is to keep you informed about your child’s day.  The Daily Check-In is between you, your child, and myself.  It is not discussed in class.  The Daily check-In can be used as a tool to promote conversation and reflection with your child about his/her day.

No one is perfect.  Some days your child might have a green day, red day, or yellow day.  This does not define your child though.  If there is a serious problem, it will not be stated on the Daily Check-In.  I will contact you so that we can discuss the matter.

The Daily Check-In also holds me and your child accountable.  It ensures that I am using multiple ways to redirect your child throughout the day, but it also provides them with the chance to correct and start over.   The Daily Check-In holds your child responsible for his/her actions.

Creating a community within my classroom and with each family is extremely important to me.  We are all in this together.  The more we support each other and communicate, the more successful each child will be.  

Thank you! 

Today in Yellow Daily Folder

Hello Families!

Going home today in your child’s Yellow Daily Folder:

Return to School:

  • Daily Check-in
  • Fluency Passage (there are questions on the back.  Your child needs to complete one question per night)
  • Math Homework
  • Math Test to be signed and returned

Keep at Home:

  • NWEA and DRA Scores
  • Spelling Test
  • Reading Skill Test
  • October Classroom calendar
  • October Newsletter
  • October Reading Log (Due October 28th)
  • October Lunch Menu
  • Epic Login information
  • XtraMath Login information
  • Bully prevention family Letter from Ms. Mallory

Thank you!

Next Week News

Hello Families!

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Starting this week, I will be sending home a daily check-in with each student. This will highlight your child’s day.  Please sign and send back to school each day.

I will be sending home the Math, Spelling, and Reading Skills Test tomorrow.  For your child’s Math Test, I ask that you sign it and return it back to school.  If you would like a copy of your child’s test, I will send one home after it is returned.  Spelling and Reading Skill Tests may stay home.

Also coming home tomorrow will be a calendar of events, October Newsletter, and Reading Log that will be due back to school October 28th.

Popcorn Day is October 14th!

Friday, October 7th is a half day! (No lunch at school- send 1 snack)

We are in fall temperatures, please make sure your child is dressed properly for recess. We expect them to have a coat or jacket on if the temperature is below 60 degrees and we do enforce this.

Thank you!

End of the Week News

Hello Families!

In your child’s Daily Folder was next week’s “This Week’s Focus.”  There you will find your child’s Spelling and High Frequency Words.

I also sent work with the students today.  This is some of the work that we completed this week.  Some of the work was completed together as a class, while some was supposed to be completed independently.  Students do not need to hand in incomplete work this week, but moving forward, your child will need to complete the work that they did not get done in school at home and bring it back.  If your child does have a lot of incomplete work, please have a discussion with them about using their time wisely when working independently.  Most of the work that they are completing during independent time are skills that we have gone over multiple times before I have them do it by themselves.

I will be sending home the Math, Spelling, and Reading Skills test Monday.  For your child’s Math Test, I ask that you sign it and return it back to school.  If you would like a copy of your child’s test, I will send one home after it is returned.  Spelling and Reading Skill Tests may stay home.  I will only ask that you ever return Unit or Module Assessments back to me.

I will give parent access to Raz-Kids by Monday.

On Monday, your child will bring home a calendar and Reading Log for October.

If you have not already please subscribe to the school blog as well. Mrs. Fournier posts important information on her blog as well. On the right side of our schools homepage it says sign up for e-news. If you input your email address and click submit it will email to you just like mine does.

This is the website. https://howe.dearbornschools.org/

Popcorn Day is October 14th!

Friday, October 7th is a half day! (No lunch at school- send 1 snack)

We are in fall temperatures, please make sure your child is dressed properly for recess. We expect them to have a coat or jacket on if the temperature is below 60 degrees and we do enforce this.

Thank you!  Have a great weekend!

Raz-Kids

Hello Families!

I sent home a Raz-Kids paper with your child’s login information.  Students logged into Raz-Kids today in class. We will be practicing using chromebooks weekly and Raz-Kids will be one of the websites we use.

If you would like me to put your email into the system so that you get Raz-Kids notifications on your child’s progress, please fill out the bottom portion of the paper I sent home and send it back.

Thank you!

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Hello Families!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

  • We started our Benchmark Unit 1, and it is VERY different from 1st grade.  There is a lot of note taking, we will be writing an essay, making connections within a text, and much, much more!  Please remind your child that they can do hard things 🙂 

The spelling words were sent home on Friday. There will be a spelling test this Friday along with a Reading Skills quiz on Main Idea.  Please have your child study their words at home.

  • Reading Homework:

Monday – Thursday students will read the fluency passage that was sent home today.  Students are to read the passage three times out loud.  Then color or check the boxes at the bottom each time they read the passage.  When your child has finished reading the fluency passage, please sign in on the appropriate day of the week (below boxes at the bottom).

A fluency passage will go out each Monday moving forward.  It is due on Friday. 

This provides quick and easy practice with repetition to help your child develop fluency while practicing our phonics skill and words for the week.

  • Math Homework:

A Review of our Module 1 was sent home tonight. There will be no Math Homework Tomorrow or Wednesday.  

  • Math Test over Module 1 will be Wednesday 9/28/22.
  • Students will complete a Study Guide for their MAth Test tomorrow in class and bring it home.
  • With the changing weather please be sure your child is dressed appropriately each day. We will continue to go outside for recess everyday.
  • Parents must sign their late students in when they arrive. The sign-in book is in the lobby. Parents CANNOT go to the classrooms.
  • Students are marked late after 9:05 am.
  • Last call to sign up for PTA! Our class is currently at 50% signed up. We only need 6 more families to sign-up to get our cider and donuts! Please sign up if you haven’t already 🙂 If you need another PTA Membership Form, please email me.
  • In the chaos of the beginning of the year and starting this new position, I have misplaced my conference sign-up sheet.  Therefore, I will be sending out a sign-up genius later this week so that families can sign-up for a conference time.  I apologize for this inconvenience. I have literally looked through all of my room and files and cannot find it anywhere :/
  • Tomorrow, I will not be in.  Mrs. Khatib will be subbing in my room.  During pick-up, please walk up to her so she knows who the students are going with.

Finally, Montessori students should learn to thrive in independence. We are really focusing on working independently and accomplishing our goals in a timely manner daily in our classroom. In order for each student to have the opportunity to work in a small group with me, I need the students to be working on their goal work independently in the classroom during the afternoon. We are going to continue practicing this but you can also reinforce this concept at home! Children thrive at being able to accomplish and learn things on their own– it is one of the core concepts of Montessori. Something simple like making their own lunches, packing backpacks, and choosing outfits for the day is so important for them and learning responsibility/independence. I encourage you to give your child more responsibilities at home to learn to be more independent. For example, they should be able to sit and do the review math worksheet page independently. If they need help they should ask… but remember to model, not just give the answer. I am looking forward to seeing all of the growth that will occur over the next few months in which they learn that being a 2nd grader might be a bit tougher than 1st grade, but the outcome will provide them with such pride, independence, and a very successful school year.

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Verrier

Daly Folder

Hello Families!

Coming home today in your child’s folder is the Math that we reviewed and practiced.  Some students were unable to complete the practice pages, they can finish them if they would like for more practice at home.

This Week’s Focus: This is the focus phonic skill and spelling words that we will be working with next week in Benchmark.  We will begin Unit 1 on Monday.

Our Math Test will be on Wednesday, September 28th.  We will be reviewing more on Monday and Tuesday.

Have a great weekend!

Quick Info!

Hello Families!

NO homework tonight! We need more practice over today’s lesson.

I will be moving our Math Test to next week.  I want to make sure that we practice well before I give an assessment.

I have had many questions about Zearn and Raz-Kids.  I have just received my login information.  I need to set up student accounts and will send home how to login next week.  Completing Zearn and Raz-Kids will also be something that students will be doing in the classroom also.  Please practice with your child logging into their accounts after I send home the login information so that they will be able to do it independently in class.  

Next week we will be starting our Benchmark Units and new handwriting program.

2nd Grade is much different than kindergarten and 1st Grade.  Students are expected to complete much work independently.  Our curriculum will also start to change from learning to read to reading to learn.  These changes also bring much more independence in the classroom. We have been practicing this week completing Must-Dos and May-Dos in Math, along with following multi-step directions.  Next week, I will be introducing our Daily Goal sheets.  Each student will receive a Daily Goal sheet for their Montessori Work Time.  These goals are specific to what each student needs to be practicing.  Please talk to your child at night about what they accomplished from their Daily Goals.  Talking with them about their successes will help motivate them and reinforce that they can do hard things 🙂  Doing hard things is something we have been discussing a lot in our room.  I want them to know, just because something is hard NOW, it will not always be that way.

I hope everyone has a wonderful night!