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Adrian, MI 49221
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Jodie Paster




Dear Parents,                                                                                                                    September 12, 2014

We have had two new classmates in our room!  They are small and they don’t say a whole lot!  We had fun with an inquiry lesson last week trying to learn more about our new friends!  We did wonderings about these new friends and for a few students it pained them to have to wait until this week to find out who or what they were!  Our new additions to our class are two goldfish, our class mascots!  We have decided as a class to name them, Carrot and Ranch.  Unfortunately, on Thursday one of our fish did not make it.  You may have your child talking about this and asking questions.  I encouraged them to talk about it.  After our class discussion I gave the students the option of me getting another fish for our fish bowl and it was an overwhelming YES!  So…here we go again! 

Please make sure your child is reading every night!  Make it a goal to read 20 minutes each day, if possible.  I realize that we all have busy lives however, I gave them several ways to get their 20 minutes.  For example, leave a book in the car so you have reading material, take a book with you when you go to an appointment.  Don’t forget to write on our reading log calendars in our daily folders.  Also, make sure to include the number of minutes each day.

We will be sending home book orders this year.  You are welcomed to place your orders on line if that is more convenient for you.  Please make sure to use the code:  J82C6.  The orders are due by next coming Friday, September 19.

Lenawee Great Start is offering a workshop for all parents, 'Practical Tips for Parents of Children with Challenging Behaviors'.  This is a free workshop taking place at Porter Center on Tuesday, September 23 from 5:30 - 7pm.  If you are interested in attending this, I can get you a flyer!  Please let me know if you are interested. 

The After School Running Club will begin next week on Mondays, after school until 4:50pm through November 3rd.  The permission slip came home yesterday.  Please consider having your child participate in this great club!  It allows your child to get outside and get some well needed exercise! 

Your child is bringing home the “Whose Cap” tonight.  They were given some time to work in class on this.  I apologize for them not having it yesterday, but we just didn’t have time to get to it!  Sorry for any confusion this may have caused!

We started library this week!  As you have probably noticed your child has been bringing their library books home each night.  These books are to remain in their backpack and brought to school each day.

We also started Rocket Math this week!  Your second grader will be doing subtraction for Rocket Math.  Please make it a habit to review subtraction facts with your child at home!  When your child passes a level we will celebrate in class!  Any students who complete all levels this year will receive a special treat from me!   

Congratulations to Ethan, our “Catch of the Week” for next week!  Have a great weekend! 


Dear Parents,                                                                                                                    September 19, 2014

Book Orders are due today, Friday, September 19!  You are welcomed to place your orders on line if that is more convenient for you.  Please make sure to use the code:  J82C6.  I will wait until this evening to place the order.  By ordering books it allows our classroom library to grow in addition to your child getting some new fun books.  If you ever want to place an order and it is for a gift, please let me know and we can get them to you without your child knowing! 

We would like to thank those who attended our second grade potluck on Wednesday!  There was great food and it was fun to get to speak with families.  Thank you for taking the time to join us!

Lenawee Great Start is offering a workshop for all parents, 'Practical Tips for Parents of Children with Challenging Behaviors'.  This is a free workshop taking place at Porter Center on Tuesday, September 23 from 5:30 - 7pm.  If you are interested in attending this, I can get you a flyer!  Please let me know if you are interested. 

Your child is coming home today with a yellow laminated sheet that has all of the second grade Dolch words that they must be able to read by the end of second grade as well as the Must Know second grade spelling words on the back.  Please keep this at home for the entire year and practice these! 

On the back of our newsletter this week is a list of fun things to do in September with your child!  This is just a neat way to connect with your child!  Enjoy and have fun!

I would like to thank Grace’s mom, Dawn Blonde, for bringing in MICHIGAN cupcakes and a balloon for my birthday!  We enjoyed our celebration and I enjoyed the day with our class!  A special happy birthday to Grace (9/15) and Collin (9/17) this week too!  I think the children got used to having birthday treats every day! J

I hope you had the opportunity to read the yellow sheet that went home Thursday about gathering items for care packages for four service men!  All of second grade is taking part in this special opportunity.  All items need to be turned in no later than October 8th.  Items that are good for the care package are:  deodorant, tooth brushes and tooth paste, magazines and books, lots of sealed snacks-popcorn, Little Debbies, candies, beef jerky, fruit snacks, nuts, crackers/cheese, stationary, pencils, etc.  You are welcome to add to this list if you think of something else that would be appropriate.  Thank you for helping your child understand the importance of caring for others!

Unfortunately, we lost another fish this week.  We are down to our newest (and final) J addition, Ranch #2!  Our hope is that it lasts longer then this weekend! 

Go to www.theadrianmaples.com and check out our website page if you are in need of spelling lists, Dolch words, Must Know words, newsletter for the week, or any other important information that affects our class!

Congratulations to Reagan, our “Catch of the Week” for next week!  Congratulations to James for September’s Ice cream with Mr. Milo!  Finally, we could like to congratulate Grace on being our PTO Student of the Week for September!  Have a great weekend!

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child!  


Dear Parents,                                                                                                                    September 26, 2014

We would like to thank all of our families for contributing to the ALS Penny drive!  Our class worked hard to fill our bucket!  They wanted to see Mr. Skeels in an ice bath!  Thank you!  The class who raised the most money will also get to participate in a special way on that day…so our fingers are crossed, but we have a lot of good competition!

NWEA testing began this week!  We have taken the reading portion, however, with the delays this week our class has been postponed for the math portion. 

A special thank you to those who have contributed to our care packages for our servicemen!  We will continue collecting items until October 8th, if you haven’t had a chance to participate.   We would like to have the boxes to these men in time for the holidays.  Your caring spirit will brighten a few of our hard working military personnel.  Thank you for supporting our service project.

Our PYP unit is underway!  We have been learning about how communities change over time to meet the needs of people.  Our theme for this unit is “How We Express Ourselves.”  Your child chose an artifact to research at home.  This was sent home this week and due today!  The children have had fun sharing different things that they have learned.  We will then be taking the information and making a timeline with it!  We look forward to learning from one another when we share our completed projects!

Congratulations to Skyler, our “Catch of the Week” for next week!  Have a great weekend! 


Dear Parents,                                                                                                                    October 3, 2014

 

We completed the math portion of the NWEA this week!  We are now working on addition and subtraction of length units in our classroom.  Our focus this week was on centimeters!  We spent time measuring things from our classroom and learning to be accurate measurers!  We have continued to work on our PYP Timeline project.  This week we enjoyed proofing our homework and locating illustrations to complete our finished projects! 

A reminder that all items for our service project are due by next Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  A special thank you to those who have contributed to our care packages for our servicemen!  We would like to have the boxes to these men in time for the holidays.    We no longer are in need of toothpaste, tooth brushes, pens, paper, or deodorant.  A huge need is individualized snacks, magazines, frisbees, etc.  We are overwhelmed by your generosity!  This has been a great learning experience for our students! 

Next week is homecoming for APS!  Lincoln is preparing as we have been the “Spirit Champs” for four years in a row!  Help us go for five!  You can help by sending your child to school each day with the appropriate theme.  **We will also be walking to the parade next Friday.  Please make sure your child has returned the permission slip so that your child can attend!  It was sent home earlier this week!

MONDAY: Stars & Stripes Accessory Day!

TUESDAY: Hat Day-Please reinforce to your child not to share their hat with anyone at school! 

WEDNESDAY:  Hawaiian Day! 

THURSDAY:  Wear RED! (An article of clothing-not including socks, wristbands, scarves, hairbands, or underclothing, this applies for FRIDAY as well)

FRIDAY:  Blue/White-Maple Pride Day! (Must be an article of clothing that is Blue and White OR something that has the Maples logo or name)  Jeans do not count as blue, as well as the same rules from THURSDAY apply)

Today our staff took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at our assembly along with Mr. Skeels sitting in his ice bath!  The kids worked so hard collecting pennies to find a cure for ALS.  Mr. Schwartz and myself couldn’t be more proud of our generous students!

Please remember to have your child read each night and log the number of minutes & initial on the October Reading Log in the Daily Folder.  Our class logged 5,101 minutes (over 85 hours!) of reading time in September!  We had several students with great reading totals!  Our Outstanding Reader of the Month was Grace Blonde logging 579 minutes for the month!  Way to go, Grace!  I have challenged the students to beat their personal goals as well as our classroom totals!   I’m so proud of their hard work!

 Congratulations to Stevie, our “Catch of the Week” for next week!  Have a great weekend!

 

Ms. Paster & Mr. Schwartz


Dear Parents,                                                                                              October 10, 2014

 

We have had so much fun working on our timelines!  We are learning so much from our research! 

A HUGE thank you to all who supported our service project.  Wow!  I am touched by the generosity of our second graders and their families!  We collected approximately eight hundred dollars’ worth of items and sent our boxes out last Wednesday!  I actually had parents ask what else we needed the day before they were due and I told them that our boxes were packed to the top!  All four boxes!  I wish we could see these servicemen when they open the boxes up!  They were filled with love and our students made books along with their pictures to let these men see each and every face who wished them well.   Please continue to think of these brave people who have, and are fighting for our freedom.  Hopefully, one of our Marines can come and speak with our children when he is on leave.

Homecoming has been a fun filled week!  A very special thank you to Landon Service Noe’s grandparents for hosting a special tailgate in their front yard before the parade for our class!  We had such a wonderful time.  We also had Holly Perez who is on the Homecoming Court stop by our classroom for a visit!  She is the cousin of Reagan Boyse. THANK YOU to the Noes and to Holly for making our day special!

We are still in need of Pringles (full sized) cans.  We now have 8!  We are in need of 23 total!  I am giving you permission to eat junk food!  J  It’s for a good cause! 

Please make sure to check out our class website for the latest pictures and information!  You can find newsletters, Dolch words, Must know words, and many new pictures!  Just go to www.theadrianmaples.com, then select Lincoln Elementary, and then Ms. Paster.  Enjoy! 

            Congratulations to Sophy, our “Catch of the Week” for next week!  Have a great weekend!

            Coming up next week: PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 14th.

Ms. Paster & Mr. Schwartz


Dear Parents,                                                                                      October 17, 2014

Our class learned about rural, suburban, and urban areas!  We collaboratively worked on group posters to demonstrate our knowledge of each area.  We learned that rural, suburban, and urban are terms for the different places people live and characteristics of each area!

We described a pumpkin during writing today with outstanding adjectives!  We learned that an adjective describes a noun.  It can be a color, size, feeling, a behavior, a sound or represent how many of something!  Talk to your child in the car about different ways you can spice up describing a noun! 

In math this week we have learned about measurement!  Our units of measurement this week were centimeters and meters.  We spent a lot of time using our prior knowledge of these units of measurement to estimate different objects in our class…including our teacher, Ms. Paster!  They did an incredible job of estimating how long Ms. Paster was!  Thank goodness we weren’t working on estimating weight! I’ll save that one for Mr. Schwartz.  J

Our TURKEY BUCKS are up to $19.00!  WOW!  For every $25.00 we feed a needy family a Thanksgiving meal.  We are placing one turkey in hallway for each dollar raised! 

Way to eat those Pringles!  We now have all of our cans as of today!  If you are currently eating them, you can still send them in so we have a few extras! J  It’s for a good cause!

            I would like to thank Dawn Blonde (Grace’s mom) and Kasi Thomas (Madison’s mom) for being willing to be our classroom representatives for this year!  Also, thank you to those who have already turned in your contact information to them! This helps with our communication efforts.  I am thrilled to have such a wonderful group of parents to work with this year!    

Congratulations to James on being our PTO Student of the Month!  The PTO is also looking for ideas on how we can celebrate Lincoln Elementary on becoming an authorized IB-PYP Program.  We were thinking that it would be neat to have something that would last over time.  If you have any ideas please share them with Dawn Blonde at dawnblonde@comcast.net.  Please share your ideas before next Wednesday.  The parent representatives will be voting on the top two.   

Congratulations to James on being Mr. Milo’s Ice Cream Student for October!  Also, congratulations to Holly, our “Catch of the Week” for next week! 

Next week we will be attending a Disney’s Aristocats on Friday, October 24th.  There is no cost to our families thanks to the Arts Endowment!  This is a 5-6th grade musical at the APS Theater! Also, Ms. Paster and Mr. Schwartz will be out of the classroom all day on Wednesday October 22, to attend a science training.     

Have a great weekend!            Ms. Paster & Mr. Schwartz


Dear Parents,                                                                                      October 24, 2014

Our class has been spending a lot of time learning how to inference.  Inferencing is when we take information from the text and combine it with our background knowledge.  We are learning that when we inference we are going beyond the author’s words to understand what is NOT SAID in the story.  We will continue to use and develop this skill all year!

In writing this week we learned to write a “How To.”  We had a literal “hands on” experience!  Ms. Paster brought in a toaster and had our class write a class “How to Make Toast!”  We had fun trying to follow the directions in our “How to Make Toast.”  We learned that it is very important to communicate each specific detail through our writing!  Especially after Ms. Paster practiced making toast in front of the class with the class directions.  Ms. Paster really got her hands into her toast making.  Ask your child how it turned out!  Also, check out some of our new photos on our website!    

Your child took their measurement assessment today.  We have had fun learning how to measure with centimeters and meters!  Please note that there was no homework given this week!   

Our TURKEY BUCKS are up to $52.00!  WOW!  For every $25.00 we feed a needy family a Thanksgiving meal.  We are placing one turkey in hallway for each dollar raised!  If you would like to write a check, please make payable to “AMS 7/8.”  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

            Today we attended the Aristocats at the Performing Arts Center at the high school thanks to the Arts Endowment!  The 5th and 6th graders did a fabulous job and the play was well done!  We are grateful that we were able to attend this production!  The students were very principled and well behaved!  I’m so proud of them.

            We have a few wish list items for our classroom!  If anyone would like to send in Elmer’s Big glue sticks or #2 pencils, they would be greatly appreciated!

            Book order forms will be coming home next week for October.  We will also send one home mid-November.  If you would like to order books for Christmas presents, please let me know and I will hold the books for you!

We had our pictures taken with our art work that will be displayed at Mott’s Children’s Hospital.  They did a fantastic job!  Pictures of our students who made pictures along with their work will be on our website very soon! 

 

Congratulations to Janessa, our “Catch of the Week” for next week! 

Have a great weekend!            Ms. Paster & Mr. Schwartz


Dear Parents,                                                                                              October 31, 2014

 

I can’t thank you all enough for supporting our Halloween breakfast party today!  We had French toast sticks, fruit, sausage, donuts and juice!  Also thank you to those who sent in donations!  We had a lot of fun!  THANK YOU!

Our day was busy!  We started off with a parade throughout the school and a school wide sing-a-long with Mrs. Cunningham.  We managed to get our spelling test too!

Please have a safe weekend and enjoy all the little ghosts and goblins tonight!  I loved getting to see all their great costumes!

I wanted to make you aware that Mr. Schwartz was out Thursday and Friday of this week due to his father having heart surgery.   I am happy to report everything went well and they are starting the healing process.  I have missed having Mr. Schwartz with us just as much as the students have!

The students wrote their own “How to Blow a Bubble” with bubble gum this week.  Of course, we had to practice several times with bubble gum to figure out what needed to be included in their “How to Blow a Bubble” writing!  They did a great job! 

Monday, November 3, Mr. Schwartz and I will be out of the building at a district wide grade level meeting all day.  They will be in good hands with Mr. Handy, who is a retired teacher from APS!

Please don’t forget that we are having Wellness Night next week on Monday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Also, next Saturday, November 8th will be our annual “Fall into Fitness” 1 mile Fun Run and 5k.  I hope you will consider coming out and supporting a time of fitness and fun with Lincoln!

Don’t forget to work on your turkeys this weekend!  They are due next week!  They are beginning to come in and are adorable!  Be creative and have fun with your student!

 

Ms. Paster


Dear Parents,                                                                                      November 7, 2014

Your child has been learning about expanded form, number form, picture form, and word form!  To help your child practice, expanded form is 700 + 40 + 5 for the number 745.  It is as if you are saying it out loud.  Number form is writing the number, 745.  Word form is “seven hundred forty five.”  There is not an “AND” in the word form.  Picture form is using our hundreds cubes, tens cubes, and ones cubes to draw a picture to represent 745.  For example, you would use 7 hundred block cubes, 4 tens cubes, and 5 ones cubes.  Give your child mystery numbers at home and watch them go to town!  Also, your child should be practicing their Must Know words and Dolch words that came home.  They are being assessed on these this month!  November reading logs are important!  Please read with your child and have your child read to you!  It DOES make a difference!

I am so proud of our students and families!  Our class helped to feed three needy families this Thanksgiving!  As we are discussing thankfulness, etc.  I am touched by our students and their thinking.  They have been demonstrating the attitude of appreciation, as well as their learner profile traits of being reflective and caring.  As always, if you catch your child at home demonstrating the use of Learner Profile Traits or IB Attitudes please jot me a note of how your child was putting their learning into action!  It can be anything student initiated.   

This week we learned how to write a persuasive writing piece.  We wrote from the perspective of the turkey and why we shouldn’t be eaten for Thanksgiving!  Ask your child what reasons they used to support their piece!  We look forward to sharing these with you soon!

In science we have been learning about landforms.  We have learned about mountains, hills, plateaus, valleys, and plains.  They did a wonderful job demonstrating their knowledge of their landform in a cooperative group project.  They presented their information and their drawings were incredible.  I am so proud of their work!

Your student came home with a sheet of number words.  This is a practice sheet for them to keep at home.  Our students in second grade are responsible for knowing how to spell number words. 

I wanted to make you aware that Mr. Schwartz will be with our class through Thanksgiving and then he will be completing the remainder of his student teaching experience in Special Education at Britton Deerfield.  We will be having a “Going Away” Party for him on Wednesday, November 19th at the end of the day.  We have been very fortunate to have Mr. Schwartz with us this fall!         

Congratulations to Grace, our “Catch of the Week” for the week of November 10th-14th.  We would like to also congratulate, Sienna, on being our PTO Student of the Month!  Way to go ladies!  Have a great weekend!  I hope you are able to make it to the Fall Fitness Run on Saturday!        

Ms. Paster