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Welcome Back Letter

Dear 2nd Grade Families,

I hope that summer is treating your family well.  Although we still have plenty of summer left, it’s already time to write to you about the upcoming school year.  

I had a marvelous time with your students at Step Up Day.  We read a story called “The Opposite” by Tom MacRae.  It is about a boy who is visited by the Opposite, which causes him to do the opposite of whatever he is told to do.   The boy cleverly conquers the opposite and enjoys getting back on track in his daily life.  We also created a classroom quilt about ourselves with the special markers.  I’ll post this as soon as we “stitch” it together.

A little about me: This will be my 4th year teaching at GSB. I like to tell folks that I am an old-new teacher as I came to public school teaching mid-life.  While my work has always involved kids, it’s been in alternative settings.   I live with my husband Kevin and my 2 kids, Skyler(8th grade) and Mica(6th grade).  Skyler and Mica have been at GSB since kinde…

Moving Water!

We learned SO much today from Bill Morgner of Midcoast Energy Systems.  He came in this afternoon with bean bags, tennis balls, pipes, and pipe fittings.  Check out these pictures to get a look at your children plumbing with pipes and balls.

Here is a link to the album that highlights our afternoon with Bill.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/dSiTfRTV37oaJycb2

Week 1

What a busy 3 days we had last week!  We worked on building community and establishing routines for building academics.  Here is some language that I hope you will start to hear at home:

Talk Moves:

"Talk Moves" are how we interact in a discussion and during a lesson.  So far, we have learned about whole body listening(minion manners), how to agree and disagree with each other, as well as repeating something important that someone else has said.  Talk Moves lay the ground work for individualized, higher level thinking and learning.


Best Quality Cookies:

Our first "science" experiment was all about what kind of cookies are best.  This was to illustrate the expectation of best quality work in the classroom.  I put it in during our science time because the activity involved following step by step directions.  Ask to see the best quality cookie sign when you come to visit us at Open House.

We've also talked about routines for literacy and launched the new Bridges Pr…