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Ms. Foss - Room 302

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Welcome to the JES Detectives!

Dear families,

I hope you all had a great Halloween! Thank you to everyone who brought treats to our harvest party on Tuesday, we had a delicious celebration!

Your students are becoming pros at figuring out exactly what authors do to make their writing powerful! For example, did you know that writers make a story seem real by adding in real-life sounds to their writing? We are moving forward in Writer’s Workshop by starting to try out these tricks in our own writing!

In reading, we learned this week that readers think like writers as they read. They notice what authors do to make their writing interesting, and then try it out in their own writing. As the connection between reading and writing becomes clearer, we will be able to start using strategies we learn for one while we practice the other!

Remember how we’ve been growing like beanstalks in reading? Well, Jack’s beanstalk has followed us to both Engineering and Math!! In Engineering, we started building some parachutes to help Jack escape from the giant when his beanstalk goes missing, and in math we are starting to measure some GIANT beans that Jack found. Stay tuned for more on how our second grade adventure follows Jack!

Speaking of Engineering, second graders are becoming COLLABORATIVE engineers! Both second grade classes have teamed up with Mrs. Cass for some heavy-duty planning and construction of conveyor belts to help out Snow White. Although we’ve learned a lot about the mechanics of building, our big take-away so far is all we’ve learned about working together and cooperation.

Parent teacher conferences are right around the corner! If you scheduled a time with either me or the office, you should be receiving a reminder soon. For all students, I will have some topics that we need to talk about, but these conferences are really for your benefit. I want to make sure to leave plenty of time for the topics that are important to you. With this in mind, I’ve included a Conference Questionnaire you can fill out and return to me any time before your conference. It will let me know specific topics you want to talk about, and I’ll be sure to leave time to address those topics with you.  On a similar note, report cards will be sent home next week, Friday, November 17, in your child’s Jaguar Folder. Please be sure this folder gets to school on this day.

Finally, cold weather season is upon us! At JES, we go out to recess as long as the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill). Please send clothing that is appropriate for the cold weather, as students are outside for recess for half an hour each day. If they come to school with boots on, don’t forget to send sneakers for use in the classroom.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, I love to hear from you all.

Katie Foss