Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

Tomorrow is Movie Day in Room 4.  We filled our marble jar and this is the option the children selected.  PJ's and/or stuffed animals are optional. Only G Rated movies are accepted for consideration and class vote.  I think this is a well deserved and timely treat. 
These days are busy and bittersweet.  We are focusing on finishing things up and celebrating a wonderful school year. 

I captured some of our moments here... 

Strings Demonstration






Field Day



















The Cardboard Challenge











I'll be at a training tomorrow.  Maryann is at the helm.  Missing this class already.
Have a great week!
Gretchen

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018

Greetings!

       Here are some photos from our second STEAM challenge last Friday.  Our scientists used  natural materials found around the playground to help prevent the erosion and weathering of sand dunes.  It was educational and fun!







·      The Happy Hollow picnic is today, June 12th at 5:30.  

·      Field Day takes place at Wayland High tomorrow. Bring water, sunblock, and hats. Wear YELLOW! 

·      Our class will visit the Book Fair tomorrow at 2:30. Join us if you'd like.

A Call for Cardboard
Our class will be participating in Happy Hollow's Global Cardboard Challenge on Friday.  Please send in clean cardboard for us to use.  If you're interested in more about this, the SundayTimes had a piece yesterday entitled "The Magic of a Cardboard Box."  




Have a great week!

Gretchen
 














Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

Dear Parents~
Thanks again for joining us on Friday for our second grade celebration.  The original taping needed some editing so we decided to record again...and again.  Here is part of the show.  A HUGE thank you to Ms. O for recording and for all for did behind the scenes to make it a success.  She takes such good care of all of us in Room 4!
     We were treated to an entertaining cultural enrichment program today by the Tardy Brothers. In addition to their incredible juggling talent, they espoused the importance of hard work, tenacity, and following your dreams. As you can see, they included our own Cameron Rose in the performance.  She was a brave soul!










Here's a summer reading list from our wonderful elementary school librarians.  Keep it close at hand this summer to keep your child engaged in reading every day.

Our annual Happy Hollow picnic is Tuesday, June 12.  Hope to see you there.  You are invited back to Room 4 to see the urban community we built this week.  I'm sure you'll hear about it!

We'll be participating in several STEAM challenges in the coming weeks. The all-school Cardboard Challenge on June 15th is one of them.  If you have cardboard to contribute to this innovative and creative endeavor please send it in toward the end of next week.

A big thanks to Tim O'Brien for serenading us with his words last Friday. Please contact me if you would like to be a mystery reader.

Have a great week!
Gretchen

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018

Hi Parents~
Just a quick hello and a few reminders... 


 

Our North End trip was a huge success!  Thank you to all the chaperones who helped to make the experience memorable for all the children.  The weather was perfect, spirits were elevated,, and we truly enjoyed a taste of beautiful historic Boston.  

Tomorrow is an Early Release Day with dismissal at 2:05.

No spelling or math game this week.  Just focus on reading at home.  We are spending a lot of time this week preparing for our Open House.  You'll be treated to a guided tour through some pretty precious portfolios and displays.  Look forward to some entertainment and a slide show making time stand still.  Please join us this Friday, June 1 from 8:30- 9:00 in our classroom. 

Have a fantastic week!
Gretchen

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018



Hi Parents~
Again, I'm so happy it's spring, except for the fact that our calendar chart reminds us there are only 29 days of school remaining. I love this group of children- it's been amazing to watch them grow and change. So... we have 29 days to savor and to live it up... there is a lot to look forward to.
Yard Sale- I think this might have been one of the best days for some of our savvy second graders.  It was entertaining at the least.  No tears this year!  Maryanne graciously rolled all the coins.  We'll decide this week where we will donate the change. Some students are presently conducting a service learning project for Buddy Dog- I think the children would like to support that organization.  We'll decide as a class.



Meet Jessica Bossolt- Ms. Bossolt is our Occupational Therapist and a yoga teacher.  She recently lead the class in several quiet ways to move and reboot. It's not unusual to see second graders stretching and moving in the classroom as needed to regulate their bodies and focus their minds.
I like that the exercises are quiet 😊.  See if your child can teach you a few calming moves at home.









Interviews- We are sharing the interviews this week in the spirit of hard working community workers. Thank you for your help behind the scenes.  
North End Excursion- This trip is a great opportunity to tour this slice of Boston.  Please send in your permission slips this week.  We'll be in touch next week with an update.
June 1, 2018- Mark your calendars!  Join us in Room 4 for our Second Grade Celebration. Invitations will arrive this week.

Maryanne and I received flowers last Friday which helped in ending our week feeling very appreciated.  Thank you for your kindness.

Thank you to Nell for showing up to be the Mystery Reader last week.  We all loved her share- I marveled at the idea that she was in my second fifth grade class at HH- 30 years ago.   How can that be?  Please contact me if you"d like to join us- Fridays are full, but I'm happy to work with your schedules.


Thank you for sending such wonderful children my way. Have a great week!
Gretchen 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018


Dear Parents~
I'm so delighted that the month of May has arrived with the sunshine and blue skies we have been yearning for. This is a busy time of year in school filled with many events and activities. The children remain excited about learning and the special second grade fun in the coming weeks.   
Social Studies
Our continent research projects are completed.  Each child is choosing one piece of work to share with the class in the coming days.  They are proud of their publications and enthused about sharing their knowledge. You'll see all their work in portfolios.
We kicked off our Communities unit this week by distinguishing the unique characteristics of rural, suburban, and urban areas. Tomorrow I’ll send home information about interviewing a community member. This unit culminates with our trip to the North End on May 25. I hope you can join us! Field trip details will come home next week.
Author Grace Lin to Visit!
Thanks to a grant from the Wayland Public School Foundation, ​this Friday ​morning ​we will welcome a​uthor Grace Lin who will address the Happy Hollow Community about the importance of reading books that are mirrors of your own experience and windows into the lives of others. Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen children's books.
Grace developed a Community Bookstop at Sunnyside School to bring the topic of race into the home and beyond.  She is the inspiration for developing our very own Community Bookstop.​  The Happy Hollow Community Bookstop will be located in the main lobby.  It is a collection of books for students and parents to read together that features characters from different cultural and racial backgrounds. We believe that the more discussions that our whole community is having about race and cultural backgrounds, the better educated students will be about the world.  Grace will perform a ribbon cutting to open the Bookstop.   We expect books to be ready for circulation in about two weeks time.
Yard Sale
We’ve been exploring many activities this week that involve money.   The yard sale items are trickling in and the excitement is growing daily. Please refer to the blue notice that came home on Monday for details. The children should be prepared to participate tomorrow.    
Word Collectors
I recently read The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds to the class. It's about a boy named Jerome who discovers the magic of words all around him. Our second grade authors are on a mission to notice, discuss, and collect words just like Jerome. These collections will hopefully fuel some ideas for our poetry writing this month. Ask your child about their word collections - could be an interesting dinner topic.
Open House
Please mark your calendar for Friday, June 1 from 8:30-9 for our Open House.  We will have a short performance for you and time for you to see your child's work. 
Have a great weekend!
Gretchen

Thank you to our Mystery Readers Laurie Price and Philomena Quinn!



Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018

Hi Parents~
I'm excited for a sunny weekend and I hope to see some of you at the Earth Day celebration in Natick tomorrow.  Pat Conaway works tirelessly to orchestrate this event and he'd be delighted to see some of his second grade environmental crusaders.  I do believe the children recognize the impact they had on changing the thinking and the habits of those in their immediate circle and a bit beyond.  Their voices and actions mattered and made a difference.

Emma is delighted to find a "real spoon" with her snack instead of a plastic one.  Save our Earth! :)
Sharing Flat Friend Adventures:  These presentations have been priceless.  You certainly have friends and family with devotion and humor.  We have enjoyed many journeys and still have some ahead of us.  If you are in the building, stop by to see the world map on display across the hall.  Our second graders have reminded us that we are connected to people and places all over the world.









The Butterfly Place- This was a perfect finale to out butterfly unit.  Thank you to Steve, Alyssa, Tim, Melissa, and Josh for chaperoning.  I have more pictures that will be rolling during our Open House.


Charades- Cameron is a chrysalis.

I'm looking forward to the last few months of school with your children.  The transformation from the early fall months to now is remarkable - and it's not just because that adorable grin-gap ( I made that  up) has disappeared. It's more autonomy and self-awareness.  Bit by bit.  We'll be doing more STEAM experiments and starting a unit on communities.  Reading and writing will continue to frame all of our learning.  It will be great.

Enjoy the weather!
Gretchen