Dear Parents and/or Guardians of Students in the 2nd/3rd Grade Highly Capable Class,
Times flies when you are having fun, and it's hard to believe we are already in our fourth month of the school year! During the past four weeks, your child has been exploring various types of animals within our ELA unit on animal intelligence. Students have analyzed expository science articles and various informational websites related to vertebrates and invertebrates. The students' chosen animal research project is due this Friday, December 7th. In addition to the research project, students have already completed an informational animal slideshow presentation and a 5-paragraph expository essay.
Accelerated Reader: Our students did an excellent job of working toward their AR goals in November. Remember that students are strongly encouraged to read at least 20-30 minutes per day. New goals have been assigned for the month of December, and students may begin testing as soon as possible.
Upcoming dates for December:
- Book Fair (12/3-12/7)
- PTA Book Fair Family Night (12/6 @ 6:00)
- Holiday Concert at Everett Civic Auditorium (12/11 @ 6:00)
- Holiday Best Dress Spirit Day (12/21)
- Winter Break (12/24-1/4)
Math: Students are progressing through math lessons in both I-Ready and the EnVision curriculum. We have minimal time in the classroom to spend on memorizing math facts, so please continue working with your child on memorizing multiplication facts 0-12. They are essential for your child to progress seamlessly through the fast-paced curriculum of the highly capable classroom.
Science: Our next science unit has arrived, and students are excited to try their hands at building bridges. The overall unit is based on civil engineering practices of balance and forces. During this unit, students will bring home a few home-connection sheets and activities to share learned information and reinforce content taught in the classroom.
Remember, if you would like for your child to have a snack to eat before lunch, please feel free to send it. I strongly encourage healthy snacks like fruit, veggies, etc. To prevent continued water spills from cups in the classroom, I am asking students to bring a a water bottle with a lid to class. Your child may refill his/her water bottle throughout the day.
I am very proud of our class and your children! If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me at CHall@everettsd.org or call (425) 385-4371.
Yours in Education,
Candace Hall, M.Ed., Ed.S.
2nd/3rd Highly Capable Class Teacher
Whittier Elementary School