2M Second Grade Stories

  • January 25, 2021

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 1/25/2021

    I am so excited to welcome your children back for face to face days! I have been imagining all of the new and reunited friendships that are about to happen and I can't wait!

    We'll spend much of our time this week re-learning our routines and expectations, as many of those things will have to change with a larger number of students in the room. Our priority is safety for all! Kids will be grouped into pods of 3-4 students. I will adjust as I see how things go. Those pods of kids will sit near each other whole group learning activities, when walking in lines, and often when working in small groups too. Another change we'll see this week... we get to visit the Library! YAY! Kids will sit in the same pods when at specials too. Next week we'll begin our Music rotation in the Music room! 

    Please remember that if your child will eat breakfast at school, they need to arrive at school between 8:15 and 8:25. We will begin our learning day at 8:30. Lunch will continue to be in our classroom as well. Kids will use plastic dividers when eating.

    Thanks for your help in ensuring that your child is not experiencing cold/flu symptoms before they come to school. It is also helpful to have multiple clean masks every day. If you don't have more than one, we do have some disposable masks I can share with kids. I know the kids are feeling mask fatigue. Me too. However, your help in reminding your child that the mask is key to keeping us all safe and at school is appreciated! We do not have access to water fountains, and I'm out of cups! Please send a water bottle for your child - hydration is an important tool to being healthy. 

    I know the hybrid learning model was challenging for all of us. I appreciate the support you've given me and your children. I have seen some amazing growth from your children, and I know that is due to the help you gave them at home. THANK YOU. It's my hope that even though your kids will be with me more frequently, you will continue to be invested in what we are doing at school - our collaboration is the ticket to success for these amazing 2nd graders.

    Please watch Seesaw for photos of our days, and for updates about what we are learning! 

    Ms. Molloy

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  • Home Learning Update

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 9/30/2020 8:00:00 PM

    Hello 2nd Grade Families!
    Here is your overview for the jobs your kids will do for Home Learning Week 6. (A Group will see the activities scheduled each day beginning tomorrow, Friday and Monday. B Group kids will see the jobs scheduled beginning Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.) This week, your child will be working primarily in Seesaw, with a little hop into our new math curriculum (i-Ready) with some practice lessons. A Group kids had the opportunity to practice running through what a day will look like when working in Seesaw from home. B Group kids will do the same! We practiced saving our work as a draft and coming back to it later. (When we need a brain break, or just need a tech break.) We practiced navigating between tabs when the work is in a different part of Clever. The kids are still learning to work with the Seesaw tools, and some are easier to manipulate than others. I encourage you to let your child work at it a little, because that productive struggle is good!


    Home Learning Jobs

    I'm sharing two videos: the replay of our Tech Open House, which will walk you through getting to Clever and signing in. (Your kids all have their Clever badges in Home Learning folders, so this step should be easier!) I'm also sharing a quick tutorial from Ms. Judge, showing you what it will look like for your child to log into Clever with the badge, and then what the Seesaw jobs will look like. She's also showing you how the kids will use the tabs to go back and forth between Clever and Seesaw. Please don't hesitate to reach out here if you have questions after viewing the videos.

    Each week, while we have remote learning days, I'll share the plans with you here, and I'll share them on our classroom blog. That way you'll always have access. I am happy to share another way if something else works best for your family. Just let me know.

    Tech Night Replay

    Tutorial Video

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  • September 21, 2020

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 9/20/2020 6:30:00 PM

    Greetings 2nd Grade Families!

    We've had a great start to our year! We spent the first few weeks adjusting to our new schedule, and reviewing some of the things that will help us be a great learning community. Remembering our Russell Bear Behaviors will be so helpful when we are able to gather as one large group!

    Last week we began STAR testing, and this week we'll do a "diagnostic" for our new math program, i-Ready. We are also working on some reading conferences to get a good picture of reading levels and stamina. All of these assessments give me a snapshot of learning, and a place to start when planning for group and individualized instruction. For the moment, it's feeling like a lot of assessment. Once we've worked our way through them, we'll be able to settle into our regular academic routines. We've done some great review work, and now we are anxious to dig into some more challenging ideas and concepts! 

    This week also brings a new specials rotation. We'll begin our PE rotation with Mr. Callenberg, and beginning in October, Ms. Opstad will join us. Please send PE shoes with your child. PE will happen outside when possible. I know the kids will LOVE the opportunity to get out and move a little more than we've been able to. 

    Remember that we'll be doing a "tech" overview on Wednesday to help you prepare for using Seesaw with your K-2 students on remote learning days. I am so happy to have so many of you connected to the family app. We'll be able to share some great school learning with you! Your children will access Seesaw differently, and not through the Family login or app. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions. You can expect remote home learning jobs to be delivered through Seesaw beginning September 30. I'll be working with the kids to help them be ready for it too!

    Thanks for making great efforts to return home learning jobs! I've been so impressed with what's coming back to school. I know it's not always easy, but it's important! 

    Please check in if you have questions or concerns!

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  • Meet your New 3rd Grade Teacher Info

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 6/1/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Greetings 2nd Grade Families!

    You're invited! On Wednesday, June 3rd at 10:00, you get to meet the 3rd grade teacher team! We’ll all jump on a zoom call together. Mr. Gillespie and Mrs. Gwinn will share some thoughts about 3rd grade, and be able to answer a few questions if you have them. 


    You should have received a letter from your new teacher so that you know which 3G room you will be a part of. If you did not receive the letter, please reach out to me and I’ll make sure you know!  Email me (jbmolloy@mcps.k12.mt.us) for the link to the Zoom meeting!


    Don’t forget, this week I am available for office hours, but we won’t be doing any formal class meetings. If you jump on the regular 2M zoom link, you will be able to reach me for office hours. You might be in the waiting room for a few minutes - that’s because I’m chatting with someone else! Hang out for a few minutes if you can!!


    Tomorrow I’ll be resharing information about our reverse parade (on 6/3) and the schedule (6/4, 6/5 & 6/8) for picking up your personal belongings from school. I’ll be working those days, so I hope I’ll see you pass through!


    Have a great Monday!

    Ms. Molloy

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  • Checking Out Options

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 5/28/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Greetings 2nd Grade Families!

    A reminder that tomorrow, (Friday 5/29) is our last whole group zoom meeting. Check out Seesaw for an “invitation” to the fun that is planned!

    During the next two weeks, I’m available to do a “check out” conference with families if you’d like. It is optional. I can work with Zoom, email or phone calls - it’s your choice! If you’d like to set up a time to chat, please contact me via email. (jbmolloy@mcps.k12.mt.us)

    Check-out Office Hours Schedule:

    Zoom Office Hours for Students

    (Kids can pop in for a short 1:1 chat if they would like. I will only let one in at a time, so there might be some waiting room time!)

    Monday 6/1/20

    Tuesday 6/2/20

    Tuesday 6/9/20

    Wednesday 6/10/20

    Thursday 6/11/20

    10:00 - 10:30

    Availability for Parents to Check In:

    Email me to schedule a time and let me know if you’d like a Zoom call, a phone call or an email! 

    Chats will be informal and short!

    Monday 6/1:

    9:00-9:45; 11:00-12:00; 1:00-2:00

    Tuesday 6/2:

    9:00-9:45; 11:00-12:00; 1:00-2:00

    Drop Off/Pick up Days: Not Available: 6/4; 6/5; 6/8


    Tuesday 6/9/20

    9:00-9:45; 11:00-12:00; 1:00-2:00

    Wednesday 6/10/20

    9:00-9:45; 11:00-12:00; 1:00-2:00

    You will soon be receiving a letter from your 3rd grade teacher welcoming you to your new class and inviting you to join a virtual “Move Up” Day, on Wednesday, June 3rd via Zoom. I will share the meeting information as soon as it is scheduled! You will also find the information to join the call in the letter. Please let me know if you do not receive the letter by next Tuesday, and I will get you the information you will need to join. (Some of your children have made note that you are moving schools in the fall. Until we get paperwork, they are still on class lists and invited to join the meetings!)


    On Wednesday, June 3rd, we will be having a reverse parade from 6:15-7:00 in the Russell northside parking lot for students in Kindergarten - 4th grade. A "reverse parade" involves taking a slow cruise with your student(s) in a vehicle as Russell staff line both sides of the route to cheer for our Russell bears. Signs and costumes are encouraged. To avoid backing up traffic on Russell St., there will be staggered times for grades to arrive. 

    Drive times are below:

    K: 6:20-6:30

    Grade 1: 6:30-6:40

    Grade 2: 6:40-6:50

    Grade 3: 6:50-7:00

    Grade 4: 7:00-7:10

    The fifth-grade parade will take place on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30.

    Have a great rest of the week! See your 2nd graders tomorrow!

    Ms. Molloy

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  • Wednesday 5/27/20

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 5/27/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Greetings 2nd Grade Families!

    We are nearing the end of our incredible, unusual year together! I have had such a mixture of emotions recently. I’m trying not to be sad about the time we lost together and focus on the cool things we learned while we were apart. I think about the technology we all learned to use, even when it was frustrating to us at times. Even though remote learning has not been ideal for many of us, we have all gained new skills, including patience and resiliency! I appreciate that you’ve worked so hard to help your 2nd grader to participate, (in whatever way you could,) during this challenging time.

    There is a lot of information to share about the last few weeks, so you can expect to hear from me and see blog posts more frequently in the next couple of days. 

    This week is the last week of new learning that you’ll see from our 2nd grade team. Next week, you’ll have the option to link to the review items created by a team at MCPS. We will still share some math jokes and “may do” activities in Seesaw, but they are all optional! 

    Our last class ZOOM meeting will be this Friday at 10:00. I’ve got some fun and celebrating planned… and we might go over our allotted 30 minutes! This will free me up to schedule some 1:1 chats with kids and/or families during the last two weeks. We can wrap up our year together via an email, phone call, or a zoom call - it’s your choice! I will be sharing a schedule of “office hours” later this week. You can let me know if you’d like a check out chat, as well as the best time and way for that to happen.

    Also…. stay tuned for information about a Virtual “Move Up” Day to meet 3rd grade teachers…. and a reverse parade to celebrate our Russell Bears.

    Here is the schedule for picking up belongings and dropping off books and/or technology. Mr. Halloran shared this last week, but I thought a reminder would be helpful. (I’ll be working… and hope to see your smiling faces there!) 




    We have identified June 4th, June 5th, and June 8th  as our student pick up days for collecting items from the school. Please note the pick-up schedule:

    • June 4th from 10:00-2:00: students with last names A-G.
    • June 5th from 10:00-2:00: students with last names H-O.
    • June 8th from 10:00-2:00: student with last names P-Z. 
    • June 8th from 5:00-7:00: this time is reserved from families who cannot come during their assigned/scheduled times. 
    • For families with siblings or multiple students, please come on the youngest child’s day and time


    • Families can return library books on Thursday and Friday, May 28th-May 29th.
    • We will have a designated box to put books in located by the front door. The box will be out all day on May 28th until 8:00, and until 4:00 on May 29th. 
    • For Families that checked out a mobile device, please return the device during your scheduled pick-up day on June 4th, June 5th, and June 8th. 
    • For 5th grade students with band/orchestra equipment. The fine arts department will be sending out information for drop off in the coming days


     In the meantime, I’m not going to countdown….I’m choosing to embrace these last couple of weeks and to be PRESENT!

    Ms. M

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  • Checking In!

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 5/19/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Greetings 2nd Grade Families!

    I've been a little quiet with emails and blog posts, as I haven't had new information to share. As we are nearing the end of our year together, I will be sending and posting info more often to keep you informed!

    I wanted to give you a heads up about our Thursday morning Zoom meeting. Earlier in the year, students participated in the Kids Heart Challenge. Several Russell kids earned the chance to "slime" Mr. Halloran. That was supposed to happen during our last school assembly. Since we are unable to have this fun together at school, Mr. Halloran has agreed to join one of our meetings because one of our own 2nd graders earned the sliming reward! So... make sure you tune in on Thursday (5/21) during the meeting, (I don't know what time for sure...) to see Grahm slime Mr. Halloran on the Russell playground! (I am not sure how or when prizes will be distributed, but I'll try and get answers to that!)

    In the next few days, I'll start sharing tidbits of information about how we will wrap up the year. Make sure you read Mr. Halloran's email from yesterday, as it has important information about picking up belongings. 

    As always, please check in with questions, concerns or celebrations! I'm missing your children like crazy, and really having a hard time ending our year like this. I love seeing your kids post pictures and videos to Seesaw, or to our class padlet, so keep it up! 

    Take Care!

    Ms. M

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  • Tuesday Update

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 5/5/2020 9:30:00 AM

    Greetings 2nd Grade Families!

    I hope you had a nice weekend. We are digging into another week of learning from home. This week, during morning meetings, I’ll be giving any kids that would like the opportunity to share their nonfiction animal book, the chance to do so. It’s optional! And for kids who are still working, they can let me know if and when they are ready to share. I’ll also take some time during meetings to remind kids of places to find books to read online. I’m sure some of you have exhausted your libraries at home and could use some extra things for kids to read. 

    If you could take just a few minutes to complete this survey, I’d appreciate it! We are trying to get an idea about how to best help you as we continue our remote learning for the rest of the year. I’d like to know if there is an interest in optional Zoom “office hours.” This would be set up differently than our morning meetings, as I would only visit with one family at a time. So kids might have to wait in the waiting room if I’m meeting with someone else. I have been able to do some one on one family meetings, and those have been great. It’s nice to be able to focus on one kiddo for a bit. So reach out if this is something you’d like to schedule. 

    I told the kids yesterday that they were going to have a head start on 3rd grade! They are very used to having an adult read every direction for every task. I told them if they started carefully reading directions for Seesaw jobs now, the 3rd grade teachers would be amazed at what they could do! (We also try to record most Seesaw directions too… just in case the directions are long!) So parents, your reminder to your child to try and read or listen carefully to those directions before you jump in is helpful! Of course there will be times that we don’t explain things clearly enough, and that’s a great time to have your child message me on Seesaw to ask! Again - being brave enough to ask when unsure is an awesome skill to have going into 3rd grade! Remember, we are working towards more independence! I want your child to trust that they know what to do, and that if they are not sure, it’s okay to ask!

    Have a great week! Thanks again for completing the Family Survey!

    Ms. M

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  • Friday Update 5/1/20

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 5/1/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings 2nd Grade Families!

    Happy Friday! 

    It’s looking to be a great weekend, so I hope you are able to take time to enjoy the Montana outdoors!

    I’m sure you are aware that our MCPS School Board made the decision to keep our school buildings closed for the rest of the year.  I bet that like me, many of you and your kids will be dealing with a bucket full of mixed emotions. I’m going to use the weekend to regroup and make sure my mindset is ready to keep moving us forward. I’ll use our Monday meeting to chat with the kids about the decision. I plan to remind them that it’s okay to be feeling happy, sad, mad or anywhere in between about the time we are missing together.  I want your children to know that I am still here… and I will continue to be here for them. One 2nd grader recently sent me a message that said… “I will forever be your student.” (Cue the tears.) Right back at you kiddo - I’m forever your 2nd grade teacher!

    Next week we will continue to focus on telling time for Math Must Do jobs. For Literacy Must Do jobs, the kids will hear three stories. They’ll practice using some retelling tools. To end the week, they will write an opinion about which book they enjoyed the most. Remember, your child can access all Must Do and some May Do jobs via Seesaw! This is the easiest way to turn in work. Your other option is to use the Learning Menu on the Russell Remote Learning site. If you work from this space, make sure to try and upload pictures of your work to Seesaw. We are loving seeing the work that is coming in from kids. We are also hoping that as time has gone on, your child is becoming more independent with accessing the work. Please remember, (and share with your kids,) that we are not looking for perfection in work! We are looking to see if there are ways we can clear up misunderstandings, and guide the kids into some new learning. We don’t expect mastery! 

    I plan to give kids who are done with nonfiction books some time to share work next week. If your child wants help with the book, please let me know. I’m happy to help talk through the resources available in a one on one or small group zoom meeting.

    You should receive a mailing next week that includes some goodies for your child, as well as some tools that will help with different activities. If you are not getting our mailings, please contact me so that I can double check your address. 

    Enjoy the sun!

    Ms. Molloy

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  • Friday 4/24/20

    Posted by Jennifer Molloy on 4/24/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Greetings 2nd Grade Families!

    Before I dig into the information part of the email, I have a calendar note for you. We won’t have our regularly scheduled morning meeting on Monday, April 27th. I’ll be participating with other 2nd grade teachers around the district in some professional development. We’ll pick things back up on Tuesday! Keep working on that research writing! Remember, each part of your organizer can be a page in your book. 

     We had another great week with lots of kids testing out different activities in Seesaw! Thanks for your patience as we work the kinks out. We are learning a lot as we go. We are finding that Seesaw is the easiest way for us to share work, and to get work from kids. We’ll keep updating and using our learning menu, but we will continue our shift to rely most on Seesaw. In the coming weeks, we’ll ask kids to test out some platforms that the district has shared to provide math practice and access to books. (The kids have dabbled a bit with the books, but we’ll keep sharing because it’s a great resource for them.)

    I’m sure you are aware that the Governor has given the decision to reopen school buildings to our local school board. I don’t have any answers at this point what the decision for MCPS will be. The school board is meeting next week and will likely hear arguments both for and against reopening our buildings. I do know there is a lengthy list of guidelines that must be followed in order to reopen. I’m sure many of you have mixed feelings, and I certainly do too. As soon as I have information, I will share! 

     As our time away has lengthened, we’ve been able to help more families connect. The district has found hotspots for many without WiFi, and Russell is continuing to check out Chromebooks to use. (Let me know if either of those is a need for your 2nd grader.) Because we have new families digging into our learning menu, I’m sharing a quick version of the tools we are using. If you read through the list and have questions, need home learning codes or anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask!

     Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll see your 2nd grader on Tuesday!

    Ms. Molloy

    Home Learning Reminders

    Health before Homework ~ Family before Frustration ~

    Learning before Letter Grades

    Take care of you and your family first! Ask for help when you need it!

    Have questions? Start with your classroom blog!  (Congratulations… you are here!)


    MCPS Expectations: 2nd Grade students should complete 3 “must do” jobs per day - 1 Literacy, 1 Math, 1 Specials activity. “May do” jobs are optional!

     How will students “turn in” work? Using Seesaw! Seesaw can be accessed via the web (web.seesaw.me) or with the Seesaw Class App. Please note that if using a tablet or phone, the app must be up to date. If that’s not possible, some of the jobs won’t be visible. (That’s okay, just keep your teacher in the loop.)

     How do students log into Seesaw? Email me for your child’s home learning code. I will share that, along with a Seesaw information sheet for parents.  Your child should have a good idea of how to use the tools once into Seesaw, and we review things during our daily morning meetings as well.

    Students will be “assigned” activities that will give them opportunities to view 3 must do lessons and complete tasks connected to those lessons. They will also have several “may do” activities in Seesaw!

     Where else can you find the weekly learning menu? The Russell Remote Learning site - the Second Grade Tab. If you click on the menu for the week, you’ll have access to all of the lessons (that are also shared via Seesaw,) the lesson tasks, and all of the may do jobs. There are a lot of links to videos and extra resources! At the Remote Learning site, you’ll find other resources and tools! It’s a great place to start when you have questions.

     What other platforms might be needed? 

    Clever  Clever is a landing page for district tools, and resources I can share with the kids. Once in Clever, they should have access to most items. To log in here, start by clicking “login with a different account” or sign in with google. Enter your child’s email (it’s not active - just how they login!) Click next to go to password. Right now, we are not using a lot of tools in Clever, but we will be in the next couple of weeks.

    MyOn Is a digital bookshelf. The kids will log in with the first part of email only - (ex 30xxxxxx) and password. Then click the MyOn button for access to thousands of books!

    Zoom Zoom is how we host morning meetings, M-F, 10:00 - 10:30 am. Email  me for the login link or code. You should be able to click and go. If that doesn’t work, you can enter the meeting code and password on the join a meeting site. It’s really important to not share this meeting info!    Zoom Help

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