Walkathon 2018

Our Georgetown Walkathon is on Friday, Oct. 5. This is our only school fundraiser for the year. We are asking families and relatives to consider making a donation to fund our special school and classroom projects. This year’s theme is 80’s Neon Walkathon and students are invited to dress in neon! Families are invited to walk with us. For more information, view this slideshow.

Pizza Hut Book-It!

Our class is participating in the BOOK IT! Program to encourage reading at home. You will receive a monthly calendar starting October 1 and will continue through March. Each time your child reads 15 minutes at home they should mark it on their calendar. At the end of each month they can bring their calendar back to school and receive a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Happy reading!

Math Parent Letter

We have a classroom full of detectives!!! Our second graders are learning how to solve word problems using strategies that encourage them to think through questions, draw pictures, write equations and check their answers. This will be our focus for the next few weeks :). We will investigate add to, take from, collective, missing/extra information, comparison and two step word problems. Below find the most recent parent letter.

Math Update

Our second grade mathematicians have been working hard to build their math strategies. We are learning about math facts through the use of math mountains. Below please find a parent letter for more details.

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As children are introduced to strategies and new concepts, they have an opportunity to practice using games, hands on activities, math journal work, partner practice and fact fluency through math work sites. Our learners visit all of the work sites each day and have done a FABULOUS job getting to work quickly and quietly.

Growth Mindset

Mrs. Reagan posted the below information on the school blog regarding our growth mindset approach to learning. We are so excited to begin this journey!

The staff book study for the 2018-19 school year is GROWTH MINDSET COACH. It is a month by month guide that helps us shift our teacher  and student thinking to a GROWTH mindset approach to learning. Teachers know that the actions they take (body language, word choice) show our students what we expect of their learning. Sometimes the words we use give children the impression that their ability to learn is fixed or pre-determined. This happens when we make statements like: “You’re so smart! or “You’re a math genius”  or “Spelling comes easily to you.” These statements imply that some kids are born smart, genius like and/or that learning comes easily. This reinforces a FIXED MINDSET.

Many of us were raised in these messages, so we must intentionally shift toward a GROWTH MINDSET approach to teaching and learning. By doing this, our word choice reflects the philosophy that our brains are always growing and as a result, with lots of practice and support, every child and adult is a learner. To help you understand this approach, I encourage you to visit MINDSET WORKS parent tips page.  It is FILLED with helpful information about this approach.

Each month, we’ll introduce a new GROWTH MINDSET PHRASE to our students and expand their beliefs about their own ability to learn through practice, mistakes, failures and more practice. This months phrase is above — Everyone Can Learn. 

This week, we will continue to focus on welcoming all the children by building routines and relationships. We know that Tuesday could be a little tricky for some of our kindergarteners (and maybe a few Gr 1-5 kids) after four days at home. We’re resting up to provide extra TLC to help them out!

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Mrs. Reagan