Posted on June 26, 2020
Summer is here, we made it. The COVID situation continues to challenge us and we are seeing a lot of history be made even right here in Brooklyn.
For my rising Second Graders – This year was a pleasure and I was very pleased to be able to get to know you and guide you through First Grade. I know you will do well in Second Grade if you work hard, show kindness and remember to say thank you to God for the beautiful families, friends and education you are receiving.
For my rising First Graders – CONGRATULATIONS on completing Kindergarten! I know we are all very proud of you here at school. I am so excited to get to know you and help you learn and grow into this new school year. While we don’t yet know what the fall will hold for us, I encourage you to keep practicing writing your letters and numbers. Ask a grownup or big sibling or cousin to help you read, and make sure you visit the Google Classroom for summer updates!
I encourage EVERYONE to work hard this summer, keep reading and keep up with your summer homework. Have a wonderful summer – see you in September!
Thank you all for the hard work you have been putting in while we’re away. Please continue to pay attention to any OptionC alerts that may come directly from the school.
Attendance: Each day, a photo is posted to our ClassDojo page. Parents must ‘like’ the photo between 8am and 9am. This will count as attendance and each family will be held responsible for completing daily work. I will keep a written record of this each day as well.
Communication: All announcements, assignments and communication can be done thru ClassDojo and email. Please don’t hesitate to email me during the day if need be at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer questions within 24 hours. Daily assignments will be posted within our Google Classroom. Please be sure to follow along with any OptionC alerts that may be posted from Mrs Charles.
Classwork: Assignments will be based on the work that was distributed and will be supplemented with Google Classroom and other electronic means. Please check your Dojo each day for the specifics regarding each subject area. There will be videos, interactive lessons and opportunities for live interaction from time to time.
Google Classroom: Google classroom is set up like many social media sites with a wall and opportunities for users to interact with each other in the digital space. In an effort to maintain as much normalcy as we can, we can continue to recognize things like birthdays or a tooth falling out. Share those moments with us so we can celebrate them together! Students will be able to complete some of their work directly in the Google space and some will be a little more hands on where photos will need to be submitted per the assignment. I will do my best to make this as straightforward as possible.
Students will have work that engages each subject, Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Religion, the same way that they would if we were in the classroom. Please be aware that every subject may not be specifically addressed each day, and some assignments may take several days to complete. We’ll be making great use of the black notebook that was sent home and full headings are still expected!
Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. I’d like to make as much of this as straightforward as possible.
Posted on March 2, 2020
January seemed to take so long and then we blinked and here we are in March! We’ve been fighting cold weather and little colds in our class… don’t forget to wash your hands!
Classroom updates: We celebrated Dr Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd and made striped hats with rhyming words to match the Cat in the Hat! We are learning about different habitats and have been working on a unit about oceans. We talked about keeping the oceans safe and how to protect them. We are also learning about using a hundreds hundred to find patterns in math.
Our faith: Our school and classroom have been converted to reflect the season of Lent. There is a lot of purple as we prepare ourselves and our spirits during this solemn time. We’re practicing more reverence as we make more visits to church and participating in Stations of the Cross and learning more about the Eucharist in Adoration.
What we’re reading: ‘Sulwe’ Lupita Nyong’o; Dr Seuss’s – Oh the Places You’ll Go, The Cat in the Hat, The Foot Book; ‘Harry the Horseshoe Crab’ and ‘Pearlie Oyster’ both by Suzanne Tate; ‘Maybe Something Beautiful’ by F Isabel Campoy; ‘My Heart Fills with Happiness’ by Monique Gray Smith ; and the ‘Little Leaders in History’ Series by Vashti Harrison
Reminders: Report Cards will be distributed Wednesday, March 18th. On Thursday March 19th, students will have a half day of school and we will be closed on Friday March 20th. We are still accepting donations of paper towels, Clorox (or similar) wipes, baby wipes, and tissues – flu season is upon us and we need to remain vigilant in classroom cleanliness! We are also aware of the potential effects of the coronavirus in NYC. We will continue to update you as things progress
Posted on February 11, 2020
Posted on January 7, 2020
I am so happy to be back and can’t wait for all of the exciting things planned for the new year.
Classroom Updates: We jumped right into new material and caught up on a little bit of the old stuff… We’re working with adding doubles to make math facts easier, we’re going to be learning about graphing and using pictures to show information. Our reading is getting better too! Some of our friends will be reading to the class over the next few weeks. We are also moving to long vowel sounds and practicing writing letters to our penpals! We’ve been learning about seasons and will be doing a lot of decorating in our classroom to make it look like a blizzard! Don’t worry – it’ll be nice and toasty in our room even with all the snowmen!
Our Faith: January leads us from the Christmas season and into ordinary time in the church. We will be learning some of the stories and parables that Jesus shares during his ministry here on earth. We’re also going to be learning about Mary’s “fiat,” her yes to God, and how she became Jesus’ mother!
What we’re reading: “The Book with No Pictures” BJ Novak; “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow” and “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell” Lucille Colandro; “Be Brave, Little Penguin” Giles Andreae; “Llama Destroys the World” Jonathan Stutzman
Reminders: School will be closed be closed to students from K-8 on 1/17 from and 1/20 for observance of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. We are still accepting donations of paper towels, Clorox (or similar) wipes, baby wipes, and tissues – flu season is nearly upon us and we need to remain vigilant in classroom cleanliness!
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