• May Newsletter

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 5/4/2023

    MRS. OWENS' CLASSROOM NEWSLETTER

    5/4/23

    FROM MRS. OWENS

    Wow, 27 days left.  We celebrated Earth week with some outside activities and art projects.  As May unfolds we will be finishing up many of our required curriculums.  This doesn’t mean we are done learning.  We will review and add in some bonus content that helps build our foundations for 3rd grade.  We also have at least 3 fieldtrips coming up.  I remind students that these fieldtrips are privileges, not rights and if they want to go, they need to show the behavior in the classroom to go outside the classroom.  They need to be able to finish their work, make good choices, and have a good attitude about learning. 

    OUR LEARNING FOCUS

    ELA

    • I will spell and read words with suffixes less, ness, ible, and able.
    • I will use the abbreviations for titles, months, days, and units of measurement.
    • I will identify the main topic of a text.
    • I will identify the author’s purpose of a text.
    • I will identify non-fiction text features in a text. 

    MATH

    • I will identify and classify shapes.
    • I will identify shapes using their attributes including vertices, sides, and angles.
    • I will partition a shape into equal parts.
    • I will partition shapes to begin to identify fractions. 

    REMINDERS

    5/8 – iReady Diagnostic

    5/22 -  STAR Testing

    5/26 – All library books due

    5/31 – Fieldtrip to 9 Mile Ranger Station

    6/2 – Lowell Fun Run

    SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Week of 5/8 – Art & Library

    Week of 5/15 – P.E.

    Week of 5/22 – Music

    Week of 5/30 - Art & Library

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    tlowens@mcpsmt.org

    406-728-2400 ext. 4412

     

     

     

     

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  • April Newsletter

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 4/6/2023

    MRS. OWENS' CLASSROOM NEWSLETTER

    4/6/23

    FROM MRS. OWENS

    I would love to say Spring is in the air, but I never know if it actually is.  Fingers crossed we are past our snow days.  April brings lots of fun things.  We had our final Farmer in the Classroom lesson and will complete our CoGat testing.  We started our unit in measurement for Math.  We have been doing lots of practice to get ready for our Spring Concert in Music.  I did announce to the kiddos that I would be leaving Lowell at the end of the year to start a new adventure.  If any of you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. 

    OUR LEARNING FOCUS

    ELA

    • I will spell, read, and know the meaning of the suffixes –er, -est, -ed, -ing, -s, -es, and –ies.
    • I will spell, read, and know the meaning of the suffixes –or, -ly, -ful, and -ish
    • I will spell and read words with tion and ture.
    • I will identify the main topic of a text.
    • I will identify the author’s purpose of a text.
    • I will identify non-fiction text features in a text. 

    MATH

    • I will choose the appropriate tool to measure an object.
    • I will compare units of measurement.
    • I will understand the difference between cm, in, feet, and yards.
    • I will estimate and measure an object to the nearest whole unit. 

    REMINDERS

    4/11 – Class Photos

    4/13 @1:30 – Spring Concert

    4/14 – CoGat Testing

    4/24 – Fieldtrip to Internat’l Wildlife Film Festival

    SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Week of 4/10 – Music

    Week of 4/17 – Art & Library

    Week of 4/24 – P.E.

    Week of 5/1 - Music

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    tlowens@mcpsmt.org

    406-728-2400 ext. 4412

     

     

     

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  • March Newsletter

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 3/2/2023

    MRS. OWENS' CLASSROOM NEWSLETTER

    3/2/23

    FROM MRS. OWENS

    I don’t know how it’s March.  We

    have been busy working towards mastering standards that will prepare us for 3rd grade.  I was blown away by how well the students grasped time and money and how well they retained adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers.  It made jumping into 3-digit numbers a breeze.  We are flying through math!!  We are working hard on our research papers and have kicked

    off March Madness Battle of the Books.  We even got to grind our

    own wheat and churn our own butter to enjoy homemade bread and

    butter with Farmer Lori. 

    OUR LEARNING FOCUS

    ELA

    • I will spell, read, and know the meaning of the prefixes un, dis, re, & pre.
    • I will spell and read words with silent consonants mb, gn, kn, etc.
    • I will spell and read words with au, augh, al, and aw,
    • I will identify the main topic of a text.
    • I will identify the author’s purpose of a text.
    • I will identify non-fiction text features in a text. 

    MATH

    • I will add three digit numbers.
    • I will subtract three digit numbers. 
    • I will use place value to add and subtract three digit numbers. 
    • I will compare three digit numbers using <, >, or =
    • I will solve word problems within 1,000.

    REMINDERS

    3/3 – Literacy Breakfast/PJ Day

    3/15 & 3/16 – Parent Teacher Conferences

    3/17-3/26 – Spring Break

    SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Week of 3/6 – P.E.

    Week of 3/13 – Music

    Week of 3/27 – Art & Library

    Week of 4/3 - P.E.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    tlowens@mcpsmt.org

    406-728-2400 ext. 4412

     

     

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  • February Newsletter

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 2/9/2023

    MRS. OWENS' CLASSROOM NEWSLETTER

    2/9/23

    VALENTINE'S DAY INFORMATION

    For Valentine’s Day we will be gathering with our other 2nd grade classes and doing a big Math challenge.  We will have a short party that students can exchange valentines for if they choose to.  We are not allowed to send home a list of names do to FERPA laws.  You may send valentine’s with your students name filled out in the from spot and we can address them at school.  We have 13 students in our classroom.  Please email or call if you have any questions. 

    OUR LEARNING FOCUS

    ELA

    • I will spell and read consonant + le words.
    • I will spell and read words with oo as in moon and book.
    • I will spell and read words with ow, ou, oi, & oy words.
    • I will spell and read words with ew, ui, & ue.
    • I will identify the main topic of a text.
    • I will identify the author’s purpose of a text.
    • I will identify non-fiction text features in a text
    • MATH
    • I will identify and name the value of coins.
    • I will add and subtract using money.
    • I will identify the parts of a clock.
    • I will identify a.m. and p.m. and events that occur in each.
    • I will tell time to the nearest 5 minutes.

    REMINDERS

    2/13 No School

    2/14 Valentine’s Day Party

    2/16 & 17 Mrs. Owens Absent

    2/20 – No School

    SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Week of 2/13 – P.E.

    Week of 2/20 – Music

    Week of 2/27 – Art & Library

    Week of 3/6 - P.E.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    tlowens@mcpsmt.org

    406-728-2400 ext. 4412

     

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  • January Newsletter

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 1/11/2023

    MRS. OWENS' CLASSROOM NEWSLETTER

    1/6/23

    FROM MRS. OWENS

    Hello 2023!  I can’t believe I am saying that.  We spent some time reviewing procedures and expectations this week and then jumped back into the flow of things. We have a long stretch ahead of us, but with all the eagerness this group shows to learn, I am excited for what we have in store.  We will have trimester 2 benchmark testing going on in January and I am excited to see the growth that students make. 

    OUR LEARNING FOCUS

    ELA

    • I will spell and read long E vowel teams e, ee, ea.
    • I will spell and read long O vowel teams o, oa, ow.
    • I will spell and read word compound words.
    • I will spell and read long I vowel teams I, igh, ie, y.
    • I will identify the main topic of a text.
    • I will ask and answer questions to understand key ideas and different points of view in a text.  

    MATH

    • I will fluently add and subtract within 1,000.
    • I will add and subtract one and two step word problems within 100.
    • I will add and subtract word problems within 100 using the most efficient strategy. 

    REMINDERS

    • 1/9-1/13 – Benchmark Testing
    • 1/13 – MLK Read for Peach
    • 1/16 – No School

    We will be having a volunteer from the community come in on 1/13 @12:15 to do a MLK reading and activity.  If you would like to join, please let me know.

     

    SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    • Week of 1/9 – Music
    • Week of 1/17 – Art & Library
    • Week of 1/23 – P.E.
    • Week of 1/30 - Music

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    tlowens@mcpsmt.org

    406-728-2400 ext. 4412

     

     

     

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  • December Newsletter

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 12/1/2022

    MRS. OWENS' CLASSROOM NEWSLETTER

    12/1/2022

    FROM MRS. OWENS

    Seriously, December?  Where did November go?  You may have noticed some pretty empty November Math packets come home this week.  We were so busy we didn’t hardly get to them.  Feel free to keep them around the house to practice.  We have lots going on in December so make sure to check folders every Thursday.  2nd grade will be working on family tree and traditions projects, we will build gingerbread houses, and the whole school does a dress up week.  Of course, we will have lots of learning.  The kids have been so excited about learning double digit addition.  Soon we will be on to double digit subtraction. 

    OUR LEARNING FOCUS

    ELA

    • I will spell and read plural words. 
    • I will use plural and collective nouns in my writing. 
    • I will read words long A phonics patterns.
    • I will identify the connection between a story and a historical event.
    • I will identify important events from a text. 
    • I will use text features to help me better understand a text. 

    MATH

    • I will fluently add and subtract within 1,000.
    • I will add and subtract within 1,000 using a strategy. 
    • I will add and subtract using place value.

    REMINDERS

    • 12/14-12/21 – Holiday Spirit Days
    • 12/22-1/2 – Holiday Break

    If your 2nd grader will miss days before the holiday break, please let me know so I can be sure to get their stuff sent home before break.

    SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    • Week of 12/5 – P.E.
    • Week of 12/12 – Music
    • Week of 12/19 – Art & Library
    • Week of 1/3 - P.E.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    tlowens@mcpsmt.org

    406-728-2400 ext. 4412

     

     

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  • November Newsletter

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 11/3/2022

    MRS. OWENS' CLASSROOM NEWSLETTER

    11/3/2022

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    I always look forward to November because I love getting to meet all of you at Parent Teacher Conferences.  It’s even more exciting this year, because after several years of having virtual conferences, we are finally able to have in-person conferences again.  I can’t wait to share all the amazing learning your 2nd grader has been doing.  If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for conferences yet, use this link.  

    OUR LEARNING FOCUS

    ELA

    • I will read words with r-controlled vowels AR and OR.
    • I will read contractions. 
    • I will read words r-controlled vowels, IR, ER, and UR.
    • I will identify the problem  and solution in a story. 
    • I will identify the order of events in a story. 
    • I will identify the author’s purpose in a story. 

    MATH

    • I will use data to create a picture and bar graph. 
    • I will use data to interpret information in a picture or bar graph. 
    • I will use a strategy to solve a two-step story problem.
    • I will add two-digit numbers. 

    REMINDERS

    • 11/2 – Lunch and Learn
    • 11/9 – Parent Teacher Conf. 4-7
    • 11/10 –Parent Teacher Conf 12-5
    • 11/11 – No School
    • 11/23-11/27 - Thanksgiiving Break

    SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    •  Week of 11/7 – ART & Library
    • Week of 11/14 – P.E.
    • Week of 11/21 – Music 
    • Week of 11/28 - Art & Library

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    tlowens@mcpsmt.org

    406-728-2400 ext. 4412

     

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  • Sept. Newsletter

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 9/8/2022

    MRS. OWENS' CLASSROOM NEWSLETTER

    9/8/2022

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Welcome to our first newsletter.  I have enjoyed getting to know your 2nd graders over the past two weeks.  We have done a lot of community building, learning the procedures and routines, and learning the lay of the land in the blue pod.  I have been so impressed at their eagerness to get books in their hands and asking, “When can we start real work?”  Next week we will begin some of the district mandated testing and also jump into our regular curriculum materials.  I’m so excited to watch them continue to grow and learn. 

    OUR LEARNING FOCUS

    ELA

    • I will read words with short vowels.
    • I will identify open and closed syllables in words.
    • I will read words with magic e.
    • I will identify who, what, where, when, why and how in a story.

    MATH

    • I will identify partners of ten.
    • I will add fluently to ten.
    • I will subtract fluently to ten.

    REMINDERS

    • 9.12-16 – iReady Testing
    • 9.19-23 – STAR Testing
    • 9.22 – Family Engagement Night
    • 9.23 – Fieldtrip to Missoula Children’s Theater
    • 9/29 – Picture Day
    • Lunch money can be sent with students and given to teacher
    • SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    ·       Week of 9/12 – ART

    ·       Week of 9/19 – P.E.

    ·       Week of 9/26 – Music and Library

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    tlowens@mcpsmt.org

    406-728-2400 ext. 4412

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