Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Off and running...

Hi Everyone!
We are off and running in room 13! Thank you very much for all the school supplies and sending your child to school with a great attitude. This class is a delight to work with!

We have spent the first week of school getting to know each other and building a strong classroom community. At morning meeting, we are using a variety of greetings and activities. It is such a nice way to bond and begin our day together!

We have also brainstormed our class goal for the year and generated a list of "Hopes & Dreams". You will be able to view your child's "Hope & Dream" as well as their self-portrait at the Grade 2 Open House (September 16th from 7:50-8:30 AM). Hope to see you there!

In addition to all that, we have begin our routine second grade assessments for math, reading, and spelling. This will help to guide instruction for the coming weeks.

We've been so busy, there has not been too much time to take pictures. Here are just a few quick pictures of some activities...

Finding out who is "Just Like Me!" in our class

We learned how to play "Tens Go Fish" in math.

Last Friday, we had a special mystery visitor come to our class- Ms. Meg (a.k.a. my sister). Ms. Meg has just recently graduated from college and has moved to Brighton. While I am thrilled to have her close by, I am even more thrilled that she is willing to share her time and talents in our classroom. Ms. Meg loves doing mural work and I have wanted to have famous children's literature characters on my classroom walls for quite a while. In just a few short hours, she transformed our boring white walls into vibrant works of art that were familiar to the children. The students also got a real kick out of watching her go from pencil sketch, to paint, to final product. She will be back to add a few more "friends" to our walls in the near future. We are so lucky to have a beautiful room to learn in this year! Feel free to stop by before or after school to check it out.

What is Ms. Meg making?

Our finished Curious George

Our Hungry Caterpillar appeared when we returned from library.
Look! I found "Spot, the Dog!"

Isn't that "Some Pig"?!


Please send in all "Office" paperwork ASAP such as: Blue Emergency Card, Health Form, Insurance Form, Media Permission Slip, Acceptable Use for Technology...and that's all I can remember right now. If you are missing anything, I will be sending home additional copies in the coming days.

I am looking forward to another great week and I hope you have one as well!

-JoAnne Gorham

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