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Grade 2 Newsletter, Oct. 14 – 18

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For the coming week…

Reminders

  • Our swimming lessons will begin this week. Please take note of the dates for your class:

2DO      Mon., Oct. 15

               Thurs., Oct. 18

               Tues., Oct. 30

               Sun., Nov. 4

               Wed., Nov. 7

2KG      Tues., Oct. 16

               Sun., Oct. 28

              Wed., Oct. 31

              Mon., Nov. 5

              Thurs., Nov. 8

2BC       Sun., Oct. 14

               Wed., Oct. 17

              Mon., Oct. 29

              Thurs., Nov. 1

              Tues., Nov. 6

Students must bring their swim kits which should include: swimsuit, towel, swim cap, flip flops and goggles (optional). Please see the bottom of this post for a message from our PE and Swim teachers.

  • Elementary School Photo Days will be Wednesday, October 17 for 2BC and 2KG, and Thursday, October 18 for 2DO.
  • See our class line up for ASAs here.
  • We will have MAP testing this week. Sunday, Oct. 14 we will test Reading. To prepare students should have a good sleep the night before, eat healthily and drink plenty of water.
  • We have finished Unit 1 math. Today, students will bring home the results of their first assessment. Please refer to the marking system on the back of the page to interpret results. 3 is the desired result. If your child achieved a 1 or a 2, we suggest they use the practice skills in the “Comment” section to help them improve. Please speak with your class teacher if you have questions. Unit 2 skills can be seen at the end of this post.
  • See our homework for the week here.
  • October 21 – 25 will be PD days for teachers. There will be no school for students those days.
  • Please remember that our blog posts show what is being taught for the coming week.
  • Please see information about swim team tryouts here.
  • Please follow the links to see your class schedule:

Gr. 2DO

Gr. 2BC

Gr. 2KG

 

Literacy

This week in Readers’ Workshop, Reading Growth Spurt:

Sunday We are learning to stop and check for understanding in our reading. Students can practice the reading skills using RAZkids, library books, class book shopping books or other books they have at home. Please allow your child to choose what to read as it promotes enjoyment of reading which will help them become life-long readers.
Monday Students will review strategies to tackle tricky words.
Tuesday We are learning to use combinations of strategies while reading..
Wednesday We are learning to have a book talk with ourselves while reading.
Thursday Review of skills learned this week.

 

This week in Writers’ Workshop, Small Moment Stories:

Sunday We are learning to add the “where” to our stories. Students can practice these writing skills by writing small moment stories about family outings, or things that happen at school. Stories should focus on one interesting event and not try to sum up a whole day/week/vacation.
Monday We are learning to add the “who” to our stories.
Tuesday Students will revise with intent.
Wednesday We are learning to confer with a partner about our writing.
Thursday We will review our checklist to make sure we have tried a few of our strategies.

Students can use IXL Language Skills to support literacy. This week, students can do Consonant Blends and Digraphs, C.1, C.2.

 

Math

Please do not attempt homework materials from the next unit of math until we have taught it. You will cause your child frustration and anxiety. Link to Everyday Math Support for Parents Please visit this site to support Unit 1 Math learning.

Sunday Students will practice writing number stories to represent a picture. 2.1 Students can practice this skill on IXL, Addition, E.5, E.13
Monday Students will practice their addition fluency adding up to 10. 2.2 Students can practice this skill on IXL, Addtion, E.1-4.
Tuesday We are learning to use doubles facts to solve addition and subtraction problems. 2.3 Students can practice this skill on IXL, Addition, E.10, E.11.
Wednesday Students will use the 9 shortcut when adding. 2.4 Students can practice this skill on IXL, Addtion, E.1-4.
Thursday Review and extension of the week.

 

Unit of Inquiry

Students will discuss the information they gathered in their interview with a relative. They will discuss items that represent the past and how that relates to their own families. Students will think about symbols and artefacts from Dubai and compare them to artefacts from their own lives.

 

Extras

For 2DO, email is dosullivan@uasdubai.ae and Instagram @mrs.oclasstimes

For 2KG, email is kgour@uasdubai.ae and Instagram @kaveri_gour

For 2BC, email is bcinque@uasdubai.ae and Instagram @brenda.cinque.52

 

List of websites/apps that can be accessed for home learning:

 

  • A PreK-3 database for reading and research. Our subscription includes PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Science.

 

      • username: studentuasd and password uasd1234

 

  • For students in Grades 1-5. This database includes thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, engaging games and activities.

 

    • username: studentuasd and password uasd1234

 

Further reading regarding homework:

https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/12/01/are-you-down-or-done-homework

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/education/yes-there-is-such-a-thing-as-too-much-homework-for-dubai-students

 

Letter from our PE and Swim teachers:

Swimming Unit For K-5

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

It is great swimming weather! All of Ms. Ettl’s classes will begin swimming from October 7th – November 8th. The swim program that we use is based on the Canadian Red Cross. The students will be learning a variety of water safety skills, as well as learning and performing some basic swim strokes.

 

Each student is required to bring a:

  • Swimsuit
  • Swim cap
  • Towel
  • Plastic bag for wet swimsuit
  • Slippers/sandals
  • Goggles (optional)

 

All students must swim during PE whether they are advanced or beginners. Students will only be excused from swimming with a signed doctor’s note for any serious conditions.

 

We are looking forward to a great time in the pool!

 

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me via email.

 

Thank you,

Ms. Ettl, Mr. Mac, and Ms. Terry

Elementary PE and Swim

eettl@uasdubai.ae

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