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Grade 2 Newsletter, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

October22

For the coming week…

Reminders

  • Oct. 31st we will celebrate Halloween. Students can dress in costume (please leave any weapon pieces of the costumes at home.) We will have a parade at 8h00. Parents can take photos from the playground as students pass by. Please send in a bag of candies that are individually wrapped or small items like stickers or pencils for student treat-or-treating.
  • Our swimming lessons will continue this week. Please take note of the dates for your class:

2DO            Tues., Oct. 30

                     Sun., Nov. 4

                     Wed., Nov. 7

2KG             Sun., Oct. 28

                    Wed., Oct. 31

                     Mon., Nov. 5

                      Thurs., Nov. 8

2BC             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.

  • Please see information about swim team tryouts here.
  • The link to our art, music and PE teacher blog is here.
  • The link to our counsellor blog is here.
  • We had our photos taken last week. If you would like to order your child’s individual/class photos, you can visit the photographer’s website at www.intlphoto.com.
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be Nov. 14, 15. You will be receiving information soon about how to book appointments.
  • 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 figure out the meaning after we solve the tricky word. 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 think about correcting their own mistakes while they read.
Tuesday We are learning to sound out vowel teams.
Wednesday Students will try to improve their reading stamina by maintaining and even pace as they read.
Thursday Review of skills learned this week.

 

This week in Writers’ Workshop, Small Moment Stories:

Sunday We are learning to share ideas about characters in a story. Students can practice these writing skills by writing about books they are reading and having conversations about the plot, characters and meaning of stories they are reading.
Monday We are learning to write letters to friends about what we are reading.
Tuesday Students will have writing conversations as rehearsals for writing.
Wednesday We are learning to develop opinions about our stories.
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.4, C.5

 

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 We are learning to use doubles facts to solve doubles +1 and doubles -1 facts. 2.5 Students can practice this skill on IXL, Addition, E.10, E.11.
Monday Students will be learning to relate addition facts to subtraction facts. 2.6 Students can practice this skill on IXL, Properties, K.1, K.2.
Tuesday We are learning to make fact families. 2.7 Students can practice this skill on IXL, Properties, K.3.
Wednesday We are learning to use an addition rule to generate a number sequence. 2.10 Students can practice this skill on IXL, Counting and Number Patterns, A.5
Thursday Review of the week and fluency practice.

 

Unit of Inquiry

We will begin a new unit of inquiry this week. Students will be filling out applications and thinking about how an economy works. They will be asking questions about how we organize ourselves in the world and in a classroom.

 

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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