Dear 2nd Grade Families,
I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Please read below what we will be doing in second grade!

Notes and Reminders
*Second graders will have a Valentine’s Day exchange on Friday, February 12th. After the party, the children will pass out their Valentines. If your child chooses to bring in Valentine’s cards, please make sure to have a card for EVERYONE in our class!

* February is Black History Month! We are learning all about the accomplishments and achievements of Famous African Americans. Please ask your second grader to share their learning with you. So far, we have learned about Henry Box Brown and Wilma Rudolph!

Important Dates
* Peacemakers Meeting 2/4/16
*Jump Rope for Heart on 2/10/16
*Red and Pink Spirit Day 2/12/16
*Valentine’s Party 2/12/16
*Midwinter Break 2/15/16 2/19/16
*Classes Resume 2/22/16
*Student Council meeting 2/24/16
Check for flyers coming home with your student this week for more information.

Homework:
*New word sorts are coming home this week, the homework paper is due 2/12/16. Please also make sure your child is reading for 20 minutes and practicing his or her math facts each night.
* Jump Rope for Heart Liability Waiver is due before 2/10/16.

This week in
Reading: We will continue to explore expository nonfiction. We will work to use the comprehension strategy of wondering to help make sense of nonfiction text.

Writing: Last week, the students wrapped up their realistic fiction stories and had a publishing celebration. We will begin exploring writing about what we are reading in our next writing unit. Students will work to write letters about the books that they are reading.

Science:** We continue to explore air and weather! We will discover that air occupies space and can be compressed. They will work to explain how air can propel a balloon-rocket system.