• It's that time of year.  I am excited to have a Virtual Parent Teacher Conference with all of you.  It is important that we touch base to check in on the academic and social progress your 2nd grader is making.  Please sign up through Sign Up Genius for a video or phone conference.  After you have chosen a time slot, I will send a meeting invite to you via email.  

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Classroom Newsletter

  • Week of 10/26/2020

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 10/28/2020

    Week 4 October Newsletter

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  • Week of 10/19/2020

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 10/23/2020

    Week of 10.19.2020 Newsletter

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  • Week of 10/14/2020

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 10/12/2020

    October Newsletter

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  • Week of 9.21.20 in Review

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 9/25/2020

    We had a great week!!  We successfully got Reading and Math centers rolling.  It is so much more productive to work with only 2-3 kiddos at a time.  The instruction is so much stronger.  The rest of the class was very successful at rotating through their cdenters and staying on task.  Great job 2nd graders!!


    I believe I was able to touch base via phone call or email with all families this week for virtual Open House.  I know only a few people signed up, but I really wanted to at least introduce myself to everyone.  Thank you for taking a few minutes to have a conversation with me.  As I told you, on the week of October 5th, students will need to start to check in remotely on their At Home learning days.  There will be no scheduled times, but students will need to login and complete a quick assignment for attendance purposes.  What for login information to be sent home next week. 


    • Sight Word Practice
    • One page of At Home Math Packet for each day of home learning
    • Read Gus
    • Find short vowels in Gus
    • Math pages 8, 13, & 14
    • Math color the code
    • School Days Poem
    • Sight Word Coloring


    Phonics:  I will read short vowel words:

      - I can identify a short vowel word

      - I can identify the sound a short vowel makes

      - I can read words with short vowels

    Comprehension: I will identify who, what, where, when, why, and how in a story.

      - I can ask and answer such questions as who is the character, where does the story take place, when does the story take place? 

    Math: I will use mental math to solve addition and subtraction problems

      -I can identify the partners of 10.

      -I know what an addend, sum, and equation is.

      -I can use the counting on strategy for addition.

    Social/Emotional: I will identify the four Zones of Regulation


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  • Week of 9/14/2020

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 9/21/2020

    This week we had to get a lot of assessments out of the way.  We did our STAR testing and took our Math Diagnostic testing for our new math program.  If you sign up for an Open House conference, I will share some of the data that came from these assessments. 


    Just like everything else, Open House has to look a little different this year.  I have created an online sign up to touch base via phone calls with parents or guardians.  These short Open House Conferences will allow for us to check in to see how the school year is starting, answer any questions you may have, and discuss the current level of learning your 2nd grader is at.  Please visit my website at www.mcpsmt/lowell to sign up for a time.  You can also call the school to set up a time.  I will be making these calls on Sept. 21 and Sept. 24.  I can't wait to visit with all of you.  


    Sight Word Practice

    One page of At Home Math Packet for each at home day of learning

    Making Tens pages 5 & 6

    Leader in Me pages 28, 29, 30, & 31


    Phonics: I will read short vowel words

    - I can identify short vowel words

    - I can identify the sound a short vowel makes

    - I can read words with short vowels

    Comprehension: I will identify who, what, where, when, why and how in a story.

    - I can ask and answer such questions as who is the character, where does the story take place, when does the story take place?

    Math: I will be a proactive test taker

    - I can give my best effort to show what I know.  



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  • Week of 9/7/2020

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 9/11/2020

    We worked really hard to move into more academic curriculum this week instead of routines and procedures.  I am pleased to say that everyone did a really great job.  The kids did will with transitions between centers, working to follow directions, and staying on task during independent work time.  


    I believe everyone has now received all the beginning of the year paperwork they need.  Some of you multiple times.  Thank you for taking the time to review this and returning the important papers to school.  Having kiddos bring their School to Home folders each day is a huge help. 

    I have gotten water bottles for all students so you no longer need to put that on your supply lists.  The most important thing they need is headphones.  It is important kids do not share headphones and I do not have enough for everyone. 


    Everyone has received their at home Math learning packet.  I know I had said this can stay at school, but the Superintendent has instructed us to document completion of student work done at home.  If you could return this packet in your students’ folders on in person learning days, I will document completion and then return them to be worked on during the next at home learning days.  Sorry for the change. 


    • I will follow our morning routine so I am ready for the day.
    • I will work through my Daily 5 rotations so I can learn new material.
    • I will ask for help if I don’t know what to do so that I don’t waste time.
    • I will use Math talk to communicate my thinking so that my classmates can learn from me.
    • I will use my Math manipulatives as tools, not toys so that I am learning.
    • I will wear my mask correctly so that I am not spreading my germs.
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  • Week of 9/3/2020

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 9/6/2020

    We officially completed our second week of school.  This hybrid model sure is different.  It is so weird seeing the kids for two days, but then not seeing them for five days.  This week we worked on establishing our classroom routines, introducing things that have changed due ot COVID, and got to know one another. 


    This week I began to send home “School To Home” folders.  These folders will travel back and forth with kiddos.  You will find the work they have completed, information about what is happening in our classroom, at home learning assignments, and occasionally paperwork from me that will need to be returned.  Please make it a habit to check this folder and return it with your child.  I would encourage ALL of you to fill out the free and reduced lunch application and return it.  Even if your kiddos don’t eat at school, this still helps us get funding for Lowell. 


    At home learning will usually consist of Math, Reading, and High Fluency Word practice.  Materials sent home for kids will be kept at home.  There is no need to return these packets to school. 

    For this week, I have sent home a Math packet.  Each day the stuents are out of school, they should do one page in their packet.  I also included a Get to Know you activity.  This activity WILL be returned to school. 


    In this section of our newsletter, I will outline what our learning intentions are.  What are learning intentions you ask?  Well they are the skills we are working on mastering in Reading, Writing, Math, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  One of the highest impacts for learners is them knowing what they are learning and why they are learning it.  This gives them so much ownership.  They should be able to talk about what they are learning, why it is important, and how that will help them learn what is coming next.  I hope by informing you about these learning intentions, you can have conversations with your student about what they are learning and why. 

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