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I will be hosting Zoom meetings twice a week for students to ask questions, check in, or just say hello!

Ms. Silvaggio’s Homeroom Class Zoom Times:

Tuesdays 9:00-9:30am

Join Zoom Meeting - https://zoom.us/j/767699655 (Links to an external site.)

Meeting ID: 767 699 655


Thursdays 1:00-1:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting - https://zoom.us/j/228947607 (Links to an external site.)

Meeting ID: 228 947 607

 

Please note that the Counseling Department is available during remote learning. They can be reached via email from 7:30am to 3:30pm.  If you or someone you know is having an emergency, dial 911 or contact Safe2Tell (Links to an external site.). If you need resources for mental health crisis situations, please contact Colorado Crisis Services (Links to an external site.) at 1-844-493-8255 or text "TALK" to 38255 (available 24/7). 
ES Counseling Team: 
Kristen Lunde

kristen.lunde@stemk12.org 

Grades K-5

 

March 13th, 2020

 

Dear Families, 

 

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me during conferences, I appreciate the time we have to catch up individually about your child.  Thank you so much for your flexibility with the virtual conferences. I hope you have an amazing Spring Break!

 

March 23-27

Please be on the lookout for information from us about the virtual week after Spring Break.  Our second grade team is working to develop a plan for that week as well as potential subsequent weeks.  We are being updated at the same time as parents from the district and the school. We are doing our best to be flexible and innovative to still deliver the best possible education while following the health guidelines.  

 

Epic Books

Please look for an email from Epic Books giving your child free access at home.  I am in the process of entering each parent email individually.  

 

Picture Day

Picture Day has been moved from Tuesday, March 24th to Thursday, April 16th. 

 

Garden Club

Garden Club is starting up again this year beginning April 1 through May 20 on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm. It will be open to 2nd-5th graders. Here's the link to send to parents to sign up:  https://stemacademy.ejoinme.org/Garden20    

 

Also, If you are interested in helping in any way this spring or summer, please email Lauren Swihart: lauren.swihart@stemk12.org

 

Reading

We are continuing to set the stage for writing our own version of a book after Spring Break. It would be wonderful if you could pick up some books from the library from the series your child has chosen.  We are discussing the possibility of virtual reading groups and book clubs. We would also like to find a way for the students to interact and give peer feedback during the book writing process.  

 

Math

In my math class, students are defining shapes by attributes.  We are recognizing and

drawing categories of polygons with specified attributes: the number of sides, corners, and angles. For example, students see that a rectangle has four straight sides, four right angles, and opposite sides with equal length. Students then relate the square, a special rectangle, to the cube by building a cube from six congruent squares. They describe the cube in terms of its attributes, counting the number of edges, faces, and corners. 

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

We hope you enjoyed your child’s website and find it a great way to share with other family and friends what your child has been doing in school this year.  I look forward to seeing what other creative aspects they add! 

 

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March 6th, 2020

 

Dear Families, 

 

Conferences

I am looking forward to connecting with each family individually, please sign up for a student-led conference.

Silvaggio Spring Conference Homeroom Signup

 

Math information will still be shared during homeroom conferences.  There are a few conferences for parents to chat with math teachers about concerns. You are also welcome to email the math teacher directly with questions if they are not answered during our homeroom conference. 

Silvaggio Math Conference Signup

 

Volunteering in the Classroom

I have published the literacy and math volunteering.  During literacy we will focus on reading book series as well as writing our own version of the book.  The students love having you in the classroom and showing interest in their work. If you are able to come help these authors, we would love your help. 

 

Literacy Group Volunteer Signup

 

Math Group Volunteer Signup

 

Field Trips

 

Four Mile Historic Park

Thursday April 9th (8:30am-1:30pm)

We are looking forward to our history field trip. Please fill out the permission slip and send it back to school with your child.  We bring these permission slips with us on the field trip to have quick access to emergency contact while we are away from school. Please also make payment on MySchoolBucks. I greatly appreciate your prompt attention to completing these tasks as it helps with my own time involved in checking and sending follow up emails.  Thank you for your continued support.  

 

Here are the activities we will participate in during the day:

Farm Chores: Draw water from a well, wash laundry on a scrub board, sweep the boardwalks, beat the rugs, and feed the chickens.

 

Gold Panning: Pan for gold just like the ’59ers—your students, however, are guaranteed success!

 

Pioneer Games: Play simple games like stilts, sack races, hoop & stick races, tug-o-war, jump rope, race wooden horses, and more.

 

Prairie School: Learn what it was like to be a student in a country school long ago. Your group leader will become a schoolmarm or master and can really play-up the strictness characterized by this time period.

 

Pollinate Your Mind: Learn all about bees, from pollinating to harvesting; from historic and modern beekeeping practices to why bees are so important. Students will also enjoy a honey stick.

 

Volunteers & Chaperons

Activity Station Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to stay with each activity and help teach it to all of the second grade students.  This will mean that you only work with your child and their group during one of the five activities. Please sign up to run an activity station here

 

Chaperone Volunteer

We are also looking for chaperones to help the groups at all five of the activities.  If you would like to be a chaperone, you will also need to call Four Mile Historic Park and make a $5 payment by credit card.  They will only accept payments through April 8th and none during the actual field trip. Please sign up to chaperone and indicate in the comments that you have made the $5 payment directly to Four Mile Historic Park.  Please call 720.865.0814 and ask for Briana Gonzalez. 

 

Bus

We have limited space on the bus, so please email me if you would like to ride the bus.  Priority will be given to people who are volunteering to run activity stations and/or have not had the opportunity to join the bus this school year. 

 

Roxborough Park

Wednesday, April 29th (9:00am-1:00pm)

Every rock and sediment layer has a unique story waiting to be told.  Roxborough’s geology and fossil evidence represents 1.2 billion years of history.  See how the forces of weathering, erosion, geologic uplift and time have shaped the landscape and environments of the past and of what we see today. 

 

Please fill out the permission slip and send it back to school with your child.  We bring these permission slips with us on the field trip to have quick access to emergency contact while we are away from school.  Please also make payment on MySchoolBucks. I greatly appreciate your prompt attention to completing these tasks as it helps with my own time involved in checking and sending follow up emails.  Thank you for your continued support.  

 

Chaperones

Chaperones will be needed to help groups of students stay focused on the presenter in the Visitor’s Center as well as on the hike. If you are interested, please sign up here.  If you would like to ride the bus, please email me, priority will be given to people who haven’t had the opportunity to ride the bus this year. 

 

STEMShares - May 7th Field Trip

We are currently in the process of determining a field trip to give back to the community in some way.  Some potential options we are looking into are nursing homes (options to play games or do crafts with the residents, or to make cards or art projects to leave with the residents). We also contacted Grumpy Goose Acres to see if we could do some planting or help in some way on their farm.  Thank you to the parents who have shared some ideas, please let me know if you have an idea or a contact somewhere that might be a good fit for us. I believe the school will have options on May 7th for families to participate in a way that best meets their needs. Once we have a firm plan, I will need to have permission slips signed for all of the students attending.  If you are not planning to send your child with second grade on May 7th, it would be very helpful to know as early as possible for planning purposes. Thank you for your patience and kindness during this time, this is definitely a new area for me this year.  

 

Scholastic Spring Book Fair Starts March 9th

The Scholastic Spring Book Fair will kick off on March 9th and last until March 13th, from 7:30am to 3:30pm in E135. Parents interested in attending should enter either through the Elementary or Middle School Front Offices to get a visitor’s badge.  Please make sure that you have your ID with you. Click here to read more about the fair. 

 

Reading

We are continuing to set the stage for writing our own version of a book after Spring Break. If your child wishes to write their own version of a series book that we don’t have at school, I asked them to have multiple books at home they can read to have a greater understanding of the similarities in each book. I would also like them to bring one book at a time to school so we can work on it in class as well. At school we have plenty of Magic Tree House, Judy Moody, Stink, Cam Jansen, Weird School, I Survived, Fly Guy, and Geronimo Stilton. I encourage you to talk with your child about which book series they are considering and what they like about the particular series. 

 

 

Math

In my math class, students are defining shapes by attributes.  We are recognizing and

drawing categories of polygons with specified attributes: the number of sides, corners, and angles. For example, students see that a rectangle has four straight sides, four right angles, and opposite sides with equal length. Students then relate the square, a special rectangle, to the cube by building a cube from six congruent squares. They describe the cube in terms of its attributes, counting the number of edges, faces, and corners. 

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

We wrapped up our Playdough Engineering unit this week.  Students went through the engineering design process of asking questions and imagining playdough possibilities based on their experiences with the materials.  We then created and tested different playdoughs and worked to improve the process. We also practiced taking market research and writing a letter to the president of a company with our findings.  It was such a fun and engaging learning experience!

 

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February 28th, 2020

 

Dear Families, 

 

Thank you all for helping your child prepare for the Interactive History Museum today. I loved their costumes, posters, props, and their ability to help their very important person come to life. Your children never cease to amaze me, I am so proud of them! And so thankful for your support and encouragement at home! 

 

The Magic Tree House play was amazing! It correlated nicely with the book Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night. We had a wonderful time watching and listening. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to chaperone, we couldn’t have done it without you! 

 

Wish Week (3/2-3/6)

  • Spirit Day & Dr. Seuss Day (dress up like your favorite character from a Dr. Seuss Book)

 

  • Penny Dump

There will be a decorated 5 gallon water jug in the office, we win a prize if we fill up the jug! 

 

    • Restaurant Nights
        • Tuesday-  Coldstone and Shake Shack 
  • Wednesday- Chick-fil-a (Ms. Silvaggio & Family will be there between 6-7pm - hopefully you can join us - I think you all know how much I love to talk and hangout with all of you - and for a good cause!)
      • Thursday - Freddy's 
  • Students vs. Staff Basketball Game

Students and families are invited to cheer on the staff team at the student vs. staff basketball game on Tuesday, March 4th  at D1 Sports from 3-4:45. 

 

  • ES After school Carnival 

Friday, March 6th from 3:15-5:30 in the school cafeteria.  NJHS will have games and fun activities set-up for our students.  Parents must attend with their children. 

(Ms. Silvaggio will be there after 4pm)

  • STEM T-shirts on Friday to show support



Conferences

I am looking forward to connecting with each family individually, please sign up for a student-led conference.

Silvaggio Spring Conference Homeroom Signup

 

Math information will still be shared during homeroom conferences.  There are a few conferences for parents to chat with math teachers about concerns. You are also welcome to email the math teacher directly with questions if they are not answered during our homeroom conference. 

Silvaggio Math Conference Signup

 

Writing

We finally finished typing and writing all of our biographies! I am so excited for the published book of their work and adorable pictures. It is definitely a book I will treasure forever! 

 

Reading

We are continuing to set the stage for writing our own version of a book after Spring Break. If your child wishes to write their own version of a series book that we don’t have at school, I asked them to have multiple books at home they can read to have a greater understanding of the similarities in each book. I would also like them to bring one book at a time to school so we can work on it in class as well. At school we have plenty of Magic Tree House, Judy Moody, Stink, Cam Jansen, Weird School, I Survived, Fly Guy, and Geronimo Stilton. I encourage you to talk with your child about which book series they are considering and what they like about the particular series. 

 

Math

In my math class, we started working with line plots. We collected and recorded measurement data in a table and answered questions. We also summarized the data sets. The students also drew line plots to represent the measurement data. 

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

We started reading Michelle’s MVP Award to start our next Engineering in Elementary unit. The story is about a girl who designs a better way to make play dough. The activities we will explore will reinforce the concepts of solids and liquids we studied in science. As well as the properties of mixtures of materials. We look forward to diving into these activities in more depth next week. 

 

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February 21st, 2020

 

Dear Families, 

 

Homework

The WOW Prompt will be due on Friday, March 6th.  Please spend this next week helping your child prepare for the Interactive History Museum.  They can practice sharing about themselves (as the famous person) and then answering questions.  I will send home your child’s printed biography writing they completed this week. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 

Social Studies - Biography Writing & Interactive History Museum - 2/28/20

Please return the biography form next week for the class biography book if you haven’t done so already.  You may purchase a book or books online at Studentreasures. You need to click Littleton as the city when placing an order. I need the order form back from every family, even if you are not purchasing a book.  This will ensure that we receive one book to keep in the classroom.  

 

Every person who plans to visit needs to be listed on this Signup Genius with the name listed on their driver’s license. The office will print as many badges as possible earlier that morning in order to speed up the check in process. 

 

Please remember students will come dressed as their person and you will be able to interact with them as if they were their famous person.  Please help your child come up with a simple costume to wear to school on this day. We also encourage your child to create a poster that includes text features such as photographs from the internet and write captions to describe the pictures and a timeline of the person’s life.  The Interactive History Museum will take place from 8:30 am-10 am in the cafeteria as well as rooms 133 (Silvaggio) and room 134 (Brook).  

 

Yearbook

Here is the link to place an order for the yearbook. The deadline to order was moved up by the company to March 16. If orders are placed after the deadline, yearbooks will be mailed home after delivery to school which will take place in May. 

 

Sweetheart Dance - February 29th

dance

Sign up here: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain.action

 

If you are interested in making a donation for this event, please see here; https://www.signupgenius.com/…/8050b49a4a92fa1fd0-elementar…

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please click here; https://www.signupgenius.com/…/8050b49a4a92fa1fd0-elementary

For more information or general questions, please email; PTOevents@stemk12.org



Elementary Spirit Week

 

spirit week

On Wednesday, February 26th, please have your child wear their second grade t-shirt (we can all have matching outfits!)

 

On Friday, February 28th, please have your child wear their costume to school for the biography museum.  They can change into pajamas after we finish at 10am. 

 

Reading

We continued to focus on literacy language and students searched for similes, metaphors, alliteration, and onomatopoeia in their books.  We are also readingthe Magic Tree House series, Judy Moody series, Stink series, and will continue with others to set the stage for writing our own version of a book after Spring Break. 

 

Math

In my math class, we continued with Module 7 this week, we worked with measurement concepts and skills while focusing on customary units. 

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

We read Snowy Day and are working through the engineering design process to try to keep a snowball from melting inside the school.  We completed the Ask and Imagine steps of the process this week and are working with groups to develop a plan before we start creating our design. 



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February 13th, 2020

 

Dear Families, 

 

Social Studies - Biography Writing & Interactive History Museum - Date Change 2/28/20

We are working hard to finish typing our biographies, and then we will write them for our published book.  I sent home an order form today for the class biography book. You may purchase a book or books online at Studentreasures. You need to click Littleton as the city when placing an order. I need the order form back from every family, even if you are not purchasing a book.  This will ensure that we receive one book to keep in the classroom. Please send this form back next week.  We are rescheduling our Interactive History Museum to Friday, February 28th from 8:30-10:00am due to the snow and virtual days. Every person who plans to visit needs to be listed on this Signup Genius with the name listed on their driver’s license. The office will print as many badges as possible earlier that morning in order to speed up the check in process. 

 

Please remember students will come dressed as their person and you will be able to interact with them as if they were their famous person.  Please help your child come up with a simple costume to wear to school on this day. We also encourage your child to create a poster that includes text features such as photographs from the internet and write captions to describe the pictures and a timeline of the person’s life.  The Interactive History Museum will take place from 8:30 am-10 am in the cafeteria as well as rooms 133 (Silvaggio) and room 134 (Brook). 

 

CogAT Testing

We completed two of the three tests this week due to the virtual day.  We will finish on Tuesday, please make sure your child has a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast. We hope this is the case every school day anyway. The students seemed to enjoy the test, hopefully they told you about it earlier this week. 

 

Reading

We continued to focus on literacy language and students searched for similes, metaphors, alliteration, and onomatopoeia in their books.  We are also readingthe Magic Tree House series, Judy Moody series, Stink series, and will continue with others to set the stage for writing our own version of a book after Spring Break. 

 

Math

In my math class, we continued with Module 7 this week, we worked with measurement concepts and skills while focusing on customary units. 

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

We read “Help Humpty” and “Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again”.  The students came up with a list of problems Humpty faced in both books:

  • Humpty was broken when he fell
  • Humpty was sad and scared (he didn’t want to climb anymore and lost his adventurous spirit)
  • Other characters were being mean to Humpty and teasing him
  • The King’s Horse was stuck on the wall. 
  • Humpty was out of his house without all of the proper clothing

Each group developed ideas and then a plan for how to help humpty.  Then created and then improved their designs and presented them to the class.  Pictures and videos are on Class Dojo. We had a blast making ice cream with rock salt and ice to cool our ingredients quickly.

 

Valentine’s Day

I loved all of the Valentine’s Day boxes, they were so creative and innovative! Thank you for your support at home, we enjoyed listening to everyone present today. 

 

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February 1st, 2020

 

The newsletter has been added to the STEM website.

 

Dear Families, 

 

We had a wonderful time at Keystone Science School yesterday.  Thank you to all of the chaperones who helped the children navigate the snow and cold while still learning and having fun.  I am so appreciative of everything you do for our students! 

 

We missed a few of our second grade students due to some illness and hope everyone is feeling better soon.  Keystone Science School offers some great experiences for students. I included the link in case you would like to consider a visit at another time.  

https://www.keystonescienceschool.org/camp/summer-day-camp

 

Social Studies - Biography Writing & Interactive History Museum

This week we worked on timelines for our famous person as well as adding sources to our writing.  Some students have started typing their final piece and we are planning to finish peer conferencing as well as teacher conferencing this week.  

 

Reading

We continued to work on fluency and reading with a “just right pace” and compared it to how Goldilocks tries to find the “just right” soup, chair, bed, etc.  We also focused on literacy language and students searched for similes, metaphors, alliteration, and onomatopoeia in their books.  

 

Math

In my math class, we continued with Module 7 this week, students worked with bills and coins. Students applied their knowledge of coin values, place value strategies, and the properties of operations to solve addition and subtraction word problems to find the total value of a group of coins or bills. Next, they will use coins to found multiple ways to represent the same quantity, sometimes using the fewest number of coins. 

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

We have an exciting week planned using the engineering design process and our scientific knowledge.  We will try to keep a snowball from melting after we read the “Snowy Day” story together. Then we will try to “Help Humpty” after we read “Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again”.  Students can help protect Humpty in case he falls off the wall again, and we can also look at his feelings as he prepares to overcome his fears from the first book. We are planning to end the week with mixing different solids and liquid materials together to make ice cream! 

 

Please consider donating some of the supplies for these great activities, as well as an upcoming playdough engineering project and some fun learning activities for Valentine’s Day. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4DAFA82EA6FA7-science4

 

Valentine’s Day

I hope your child is enjoying getting started on their Valentine’s Day Box Engineering Challenge.  I am looking forward to listening to them share their process on February 13th. If you child would like to distribute Valentines, please make sure there is one for every student in the class. 



Alice

Anirudh

Anna

Ansley

Avery

Ben

Birch

Caleb

Dax

Evie

Henry

Ishan

Joshua

Kevin

Logan

Nitya

Oscar

Quinn

Ryder

Sam

Siena

Simon

Skylar

Sooryaa

Vaanya

 

Reading Buddies Program
The Highlands Ranch Library is now accepting applications for our spring session Reading Buddies Program. This program pairs a trained teen volunteer with a current 1st through 3rd grade child who is having challenges with reading. Teams meet weekly on either Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, March 24 - May 7. 
 
Parents may find more information and fill out an application for the program at https://www.dcl.org/parents-teachers/
 
Applications are due by Tuesday, March 3. Parents will be contacted by March 10 if there is an opening available for their child.
 
For questions, please email hireadingbuddies@dclibraries.org, call 303-791-READ, or stop by the Highlands Ranch branch and talk to any of our friendly staff members!



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January 27th, 2020

 

Dear Families, 

 

Keystone Science School

This Friday is our trip to Keystone.  We will be leaving the school at 6:30am by bus.  Please make sure your child is here no later than 6:20am.  We are hoping to arrive back at the school between 4:00-4:30 pm. I will be communicating via DOJO about our return time so that you will know when to come to the school to pick up your child.  Your child will be inside and outside throughout the day so here is a list of items that your child will need to bring:

 

Backpack

Snow Jacket

Snow boots

Lunch

Snow Pants

Sunscreen & chapstick

2 full water bottles

Waterproof gloves

Sunglasses/goggles

Extra snacks (morning & afternoon)

Warm Hat

2 pairs of extra wool socks

 

Please have your student wear the snow pants and boots, there are not many places to accommodate students changing clothes and we want to be able to start with the program  as soon as we arrive. We will be learning about how animals survive in winter, how animals lose heat, the web of life, identifying animal tracks and scat, hibernaculum, winter adaptations, building a snow pit, and engaging in team building activities.  These will be both inside and outside so everyone will have a chance to warm up throughout the day.  

 

Interactive History Museum

On Friday, February 21st we have an Interactive History Museum where the students will come dressed as their person and you will be able to interact with them as if they were their famous person.  Please help your child come up with a simple costume to wear to school on this day. We also encourage your child to create a poster that includes text features such as photographs from the internet and write captions to describe the pictures and a timeline of the person’s life.  The Interactive History Museum will take place from 8:30 am-10 am in the cafeteria as well as rooms 133 (Silvaggio) and room 134 (Brook).  

 

Literacy

This week we spent time partner reading and focusing on making our reading fluent and matching our voices to the characters in the books using dialogue tags. 

Making Your Reading More Fluent

  • Reread aloud and in your head.
  • Scoop words into longer phrases.
  • Talk like the characters. 
  • Make your voice match the mood. 
  • Read with a just-right pace. 

 

Partners Reread Together to…

  • Practice out loud and try to picture what’s happening. 
  • Perform!  Bring characters to life. 

 

Math

In my math class, we started Module 7 this week, students work revolved around categorical data, which is produced by sorting objects or information into categories. For example, students learned about categories of animal classes and habitats and then recorded that data in a table. Students also learned to use picture graphs and bar graphs to organize and

represent the data in as many as four categories. They learned that this organizing of information makes it easier to compare data and can help them solve problems.

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

Students investigated interactions between solids and water and liquids and water. They observed, described, recorded, and organize the results. Students tested toothpaste to determine if it is a solid or a liquid. They investigated melting and freezing of familiar liquids and solids, ice, butter, and chocolate. 

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January 10th, 2020

 

Dear Families, 

 

Welcome back!  Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing winter break. 

 

Our second-grade students will be completing a biography of a famous person.  We are planning to have the biographies published in a class book that will be available for purchase.  We are asking that each child bring a book and/or an article about their chosen person by the week of January 20th.  We will send the books home by the 1st week in March.  If your child checks out a book and you are unable to renew the book, please let me know and I can send the book home sooner so it can be returned to the library.  Please look in the Juvenile Biography section of your local library for books. If your child will be bringing in an article about their chosen person, please print this off.

 

In class, students will focus on their famous person.  At home, we would like them to interview an adult, this can be the same adult or someone different for each of the six weeks.  These prompts are related to the information they are learning about their famous person. We would like students to be able to make connections between important adults in their life currently and the person they are studying.  Please let us know if you have any questions. 

 

Here is a list of online resources:

 

Your student should know who they picked, but just in case:

 

Sooryaa

Cleopatra

Avery

Marco Polo

Sam

Christopher Columbus

Kevin

Galileo Galilei

Anna

Marie Antoinette

Ben

Alexander Hamilton

Dax

Abraham Lincoln

Oscar

Claude Monet

Quinn

George Washington Carver

Alice

Anne Sullivan

Caleb

Albert Einstein

Evie

Helen Keller

Logan

Stan Lee

Ryder

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nitya

Anne Frank

Birch

Neil Armstrong

Simon

Bruce Lee

Joshua

Steven Spielberg

Siena

Sally Ride

Ansley

Libby Riddles

Ishan

Michael Jackson

Vaanya

Michelle Obama

Skylar

Yuanyuan Tan

Anirudh

Cameron Boyce

Henry

 

 

Interactive History Museum

On Friday, February 21st we have an Interactive History Museum where the students will come dressed as their person and you will be able to interact with them as if they were their famous person.  Please help your child come up with a simple costume to wear to school on this day. We also encourage your child to create a poster that includes text features such as photographs from the internet and write captions to describe the pictures and a timeline of the person’s life.  The Interactive History Museum will take place from 8:30 am-10 am in the cafeteria as well as rooms 133 (Silvaggio) and room 134 (Brook).  

 

Lunch/Snacks Cafeteria Update

We have had many second grade students purchasing additional snacks, such as ice cream and smoothies, on a regular basis.  The EAs in the lunchroom are unsure if students should only buy hot lunch on the days agreed with parents and they want to make sure they are supporting you.  From this point on, we have told students they may only purchase the additional snacks if they have a note from you or if I have an email from you saying it is ok.  We want to make sure students are making healthy choices and following the family rules at school. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

Literacy

This week we have been reviewing nonfiction books and their features.  We are spending time looking for keywords, using the glossary to help us understand the meaning, and connected the information with prior knowledge.  Students are also focusing on the table of contents, captions, diagrams, maps, etc.

 

Talk the Talk! - Read to Learn the Lingo!

  • Expect and look out for keywords.
  • Look for and use features to help.
  • Use the WHOLE page to figure out what new keywords mean.
  • Ask, “What’s it like or similar to?”
  • Reread it like an expert.

Experts Grow Knowledge Across Books!

  • Notice parts that go together.
  • Add to what you know.
  • Spot differences (big & small).
  • Retell topics (not just books).

 

Math

In my math class, we continued Module 6 with Topic C which is designed to deepen students’ understanding of spatial structuring as they build and partition rectangles with rows and columns of same-size squares.

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

This week students worked with beans, rice, and cornmeal to find out how solids behave when the pieces are small. Students shook, rattled, and rolled the materials in bottles, poured them from container to container, and separated them by using screens. Students observed the particles when poured on a flat surface and compared the particles to water on the same surface.

 

The soda gift students brought home over break integrated our current science standards.  Students filled bottles with water and lemon lime flavor (liquids), then added the carbonation using the sodastream (gas), and then I helped cork the bottles.  We also melted crayons from their solid state into a liquid, and then used the liquid to seal the top of the bottle. We were able to witness the reversible change as the liquid crayon wax went back to it’s solid state (just a different shape). We also tried to use alliteration for our individually created labels.  We hope you enjoyed the gift and the discussions with your child at home. 

 

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December 13th, 2019


Dear Families, 


I cannot believe we are already wrapping up the first semester, it has gone by so fast! I have loved watching all of the students grow academically as well as emotionally. I am impressed with how much they have learned, and how they have come together as a class! 


Dress Code This Week

Tuesday: Business Professional for PBL

Wednesday: Student Council’s “Ugly Sweater Day” (see attachment)

Thursday: Pajama Day - can bring stuffed animal


Lunch/Snacks Cafeteria Update

We have had many second grade students purchasing additional snacks, such as ice cream and smoothies, on a regular basis.  The EAs in the lunchroom are unsure if students should only buy hot lunch on the days agreed with parents and they want to make sure they are supporting you.  From this point on, we have told students they may only purchase the additional snacks if they have a note from you or if I have an email from you saying it is ok.  We want to make sure students are making healthy choices and following the family rules at school. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 


PBL Groups

Students have been working hard to finalize their PBL presentations and solutions.  They will present on Tuesday, December 17th to a panel of experts. We will record and take pictures for you, we would love for students to come dressed as “business professionals” on the 17th.  No need to go buy anything new, we just want the students to take the extra time to focus on the entire presentation and feel more “grown-up” with their ideas. 

Silvaggio’s Mountain Pine Beetle Groups

Brook’s Bee Groups

Slater’s Corridor Project Groups

Logue’s Butterfly/Garden Groups


Literacy - Opinion Writing

Students have been working on opinion writing.  We have finalized our ideas and have started to publish our letters.  We are focusing on the lead, transition words, reasons, examples, word choice, elaboration, as well as spelling and punctuation.  Students are currently typing their letters. We read Pinky and Rex and the Bully in class and wrote an example of what excellent second grade writing would look like.  

 

Dear Class,

 

Have you ever come face to face with a BULLY?  If you have, you know it can be a big challenge.  Pinky from Pinky and Rex and the Bully, by James Howe deals with this tough situation.  I think this book deserves the Be True to Yourself Award because it teaches readers this very valuable LESSON.  

 

Pinky and Rex and the Bully is a book people absolutely need to read because of the important lessons this story teaches readers, like how you should be true to yourself no matter what others might say.  Pinky is picked on by an older kid, named Kevin.  Kevin teases Pinky just because of his nickname and because his best friend is a girl!  I think Pinky is one of the BRAVEST characters in children’s books.  He learns to stand up for himself.  He’s the kind of kid who cares more about being a good friend then what others might say.  For example, on page 36 in the story, “Pinky walked straight up to Kevin and poked him in the chest.  ‘It’s none of your business what I like,’ he said. ‘Or who I play with.’”

 

Another reason is that the characters you meet in this story are so INTERESTING.  Pinky and Rex face problems that many of us know about, for example, bullies, spelling bees, new neighbors, and siblings.  

 

Also, the scenes in Pinky and Rex and the Bully are very SUSPENSEFUL - especially when Pinky first meets the bully (because I didn’t know what the bully was going to do next).  It makes you want to turn the page to find out what will happen. It is more suspenseful than the scene in Pinky and Rex Go to Camp.  

You probably agree that Pinky and Rex and the Bully is the best choice for the Be True to Yourself Award!  It is an important book for kids of all ages to read. Once you meet Pinky and Rex, you’ll want to be friends forever.  Well, luckily there is a whole series of books to read.  You should check them out right away!

 

Love,

Ms. Silvaggio


Literacy - Non-fiction Reading

Our focus on non-fiction also includes reading about a topic and then adding information together to learn about a subtopic as well.  We are working on connecting the information from more than one book that seems different by rethinking ways to categorize and name the information.  

 

Assessments

Students took the computerized iReady assessment in reading and math this week.  We will take this test formally again at the end of April to monitor growth.  


Math

In my math class, we started Module 6.  Module 6 lays the conceptual foundation for multiplication and division in Grade 3 and for the idea that numbers other than 1, 10, and 100 can serve as units. Students begin by making equal groups using concrete materials, learning to manipulate a given number of objects to create equal groups (e.g., given 15 objects, they create 3 groups of 5 or 5 groups of 3), and progress to pictorial representations where they may begin by circling a group of 5 stars, adding 5 more, then adding 5 more. They determine the total and relate their drawings to the corresponding repeated addition equation (pictured below). Students calculate the repeated addition sums by adding on to the previous addends, step-by-step, or by grouping the addends into pairs and adding. By the end of Topic A, students draw abstract tape diagrams to represent the total and to show the number in each group as a new unit. Hence, they begin their experience toward understanding that any unit may be counted, e.g., 3 dogs, 3 tens, or even 3 fives. This is the bridge between Grades 2 and 3. 


Students organize the equal groups into arrays, wherein either a row or column is seen as the new unit being counted. They use manipulatives to compose up to 5 by 5 arrays one row or one column at a time and express the total via repeated addition equations. For example, students might arrange one column of 5 counters, then another, and then another to compose an array of 3 columns of 5, or 15 counters. As they compose and decompose arrays, students create different number sentences yielding the same total (e.g., 5 + 5 + 5 = 15 and 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 15). They find the total number of objects in each array by counting on from left to right. “Three plus 3 is 6. Six plus 3 is 9. Nine plus 3 is 12."


Science & Engineering & Technology

Students started investigating liquids in a variety of settings to become familiar with their properties. We practiced precise liquids vocabulary using liquid properties cards to play games like “Go Fish” and “Memory”.  We also used representational materials to enhance understanding of the unique behaviors of liquids. Students understand liquid is one common state of matter, that it moves freely in containers as well as takes the shape of their containers.  Liquids pour and flow, and the surface of liquids are flat and level. Students can log into FOSS at home and play the Falling Bottle Puzzle as well as review the liquid section of the book.


We also created a gift for you that is related to our science standards.  I will let your child explain all the details over break and then can send another update! We hope you enjoy the creativity! 

 

Social Studies

We wrapped up our Civics and Economics unit this week and finished two assessments in class. 


Have a wonderful last week of the semester! 

 

Student Council Sweater

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Hello Families,

 

Each year at STEM we celebrate Holidays Around the World so the children can learn about different cultures and traditions. All Kindie, 1st, and 2nd grade students take part in this fun learning experience. This year we are asking for volunteers to help with the presentations, so the teachers can stay with their students. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 18, 7:40-10:20.  

 

Here is what would be expected:

 

  • Prepare display including the country/holiday name, some pictures, and items the students can touch and explore.

  • Each grade level K-2 will rotate through the stations in the cafeteria, you will spend a few minutes teaching each group about the country/holiday.

  • Optional: bring a special cultural food for students to taste. Food must be peanut and tree nut free.  

 

 

If you are interested in teaching the students about your family's cultural holiday traditions please sign up on this Holidays Around the World sign up

 

We are looking forward to another great year of celebrating our rich cultural heritage. 

 

Sincerely, 

The STEM Kindie,1st, and 2nd Grade Teachers 

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November 20th, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

Wow, November has flown by! Here is the update:

 

Literacy

We have been continuing to focus on nonfiction text features. Students are also working on their book opinion writing.  This week we wrote persuasive essays about our adorable turkeys (or non-turkeys). I love the reasons and examples that students came up with to convince people they weren’t a turkey! 

 

PBL Groups

Students are working in different classrooms Monday-Wednesday for Problem Based Learning related to life science and civics.  We are learning about the Mountain Pine Beetle, and the impact it has on our society and environment. The life cycle of the butterfly, and the interdependence of insects and plants.  The rapid decline in the bee population and the impact on our worlds agriculture and finally the study of the Colorado Corridors project, and the importance of wildlife migration. To enable STEM students to become life-long problem-solvers, we have charged the students with designing  ways to help with these real world problems. The students will plan a presentation that represents how to solve these problems and the effects on our environment. They will present on Tuesday, December 17th to a panel of experts. We will record and take pictures for you, we would love for students to come dressed as “business professionals” on the 17th.  No need to go buy anything new, we just want the students to take the extra time to focus on the entire presentation and feel more “grown-up” with their ideas. 

 

Math

In my math class, students completed the Mid-Module assessment for Module 4 last week and are working to wrap up the module now. We are continuing work on addition and subtraction within 200.  We are working on different strategies for composing and decomposing tens and hundreds. We are also focusing on the explanations of the different methods. 

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

Students started exploring solid objects, such as pieces of wood, plastic, and metal.  Students observed, described, and sorted the objects according to their properties. Our science notebooks are being filled with our observations.  

 

Social Studies

Students learned about goods and services within a community.  We learned about how goods are made and the process many people go through to have those goods available in stores for consumers.  

 

Thank you to all of the families who have returned the Keystone Science School permission slips and online waivers. This is a huge time saver for me, I really appreciate it! I am so excited for this field trip, it is one of my all time favorites as a teacher for any grade level! Please enjoy your Thanksgiving Break and time with family.  We are off on our own adventure and I look forward to connecting with you and the students again in December. 

 

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November 7th, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

WOW Notebooks

I have started to send home WOW notebooks on Friday (or the last day of the school week).  I think it would have been nice for the students to have their notebook on the virtual day with their login information, as well as somewhere to complete their assignments. Also, this will give you the weekend before if desired to start working on the assignments.  I will try to get them back out each Friday. 

 

Keystone Science School Field Trip

Please sign and return the completed school permission slip that was sent home in your child's yellow Friday Folder today. This is a requirement of the district and our school.

 

****We also must receive completed waivers by January 17th for students to be allowed to attend the trip - Keystone’s rules.  It would help me so much if you could complete it now. I spend a lot of time checking information, so it would help so much if I knew everyone was all set.  Please email me with questions. This is my personal favorite trip of the year!!

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/e/4hsyrfCEC7hS2wbudLrBve/

 

We’re so excited to be working with Keystone Science School for our outdoor education programs! The Keystone Science School website has a great deal of information about what to expect for the field trip including a packing list and other information about the program.

 

If you have not completed the waiver online, please use this corrected link.  All participants must complete the forms in order to attend the program.  If you would like to volunteer to chaperone, please complete the waiver as well.  Please sign up on the SignUp Genius, and email me if you are interested in riding the bus.  Priority will be given to families who have not had the opportunity to ride the bus this year. 

 

Literacy

We are continuing to work on our opinion writing and non-fiction reading.  We just read Pinky and Rex and the Bully and focused on the lesson or heart of the story.  Our goal is to include the author’s message, theme, or moral about our individual books.  We are focusing on keywords, the glossary, and labels in our non-fiction books. 

 

Math

In my math class, students are continuing to work on Module 4. We are continuing work on addition and subtraction within 200.  We are working on different strategies for composing and decomposing tens and hundreds. We are also focusing on the explanations of the different methods.

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

We had a wonderful visit for the Facts of the Matter presentation from the CU Science Center.  Students learned that matter exists in different states and in some cases can be changed from one state to another.  The identified the properties of the 3 primary states of matter; solids, liquids and gases and get a glimpse of a fourth!  We discussed what each state of matter have in common and how states of matter change. This was a great introduction to our upcoming science unit.  

 

Social Studies

Our focus was on Civics this week.  We learned how one person can make a difference in a community.  We read about Jane Addams and how she created the Hull House to give children a safe place to play.  Garrett A. Morgan improved the traffic light which helped lower the accident rate. Susan Le Flesche Picotte became a doctor to help her Americcan Indian community.  Luis Valdez helped farm workers by creating plays that taught other people about their living conditions. We learned about how these people saw a problem in their community and took action to help.  In Second Step this week, we focused on compassion. Students had previously learned about empathy, feeling what others feel. Now we are putting empathy into action. Please look for a homework assignment next week that focuses on compassion. 

 

IMPORTANT INFO - REVIEW FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER:

 

MySchoolBucks

Please make payment for the following two field trips and forward me the confirmation:

1/31/20 - Keystone Science School

2/26/20 - Lone Tree Arts Center - Magic Tree House

 

Lone Tree Arts Center

February 26th 11:30am-2:15pm

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare 

*only 7 chaperones per class because of seating in theater

Please email me if you are interested in attending, priority will be given to parents who have not had the opportunity to attend.  Also, please let me know if you will be willing to drive yourself or if you prefer to ride the bus. Again, priority will be given to those who haven’t had the opportunity yet 

 

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food drive

We are also accepting donations of food, personal items, and pantry supplies for a less fortunate elementary school in Denver. Think like toilet paper, socks, hand soap, non-perishable food, etc. 
 

movie night

We are hosting a movie night that is free admission, but will have snacks available to purchase. The permission slips must be brought the night of the movie in order for students to view the PG films. Monsters Inc is G. 
 
 

 

November 1st, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

We had such a fun Halloween Party and Parade! Thank you for all of your donations and volunteer time to help make it so successful! We are looking forward to the 8th grade science projects next week! 

 

What an exciting two weeks back from Fall Break! The Fun Run was a success, and just in time before the weather rolled in! I hope the first Virtual Day felt as successful to all of you as it did to me. Your children did a great job, thank you for your support at home! 

 

Literacy - Opinion Writing

Students have been working on opinion writing.  We are starting to write letters explaining our opinions about characters in stories.  We have also been practicing using conversations as rehearsals for our writing - just talking about big ideas, and then adding details to the writing.  Students have also been retelling parts of the story to help their readers fully understand their opinion.

 

Here are some examples of what we wrote in class about Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo.  

 

Dear STEM Spartans,

Do you love reading books with funny characters?  Well then, you’ll love to read about Mercy Watson.  She is HILARIOUS! She’s a pig who lives in a house! She gets to eat buttered toast too. Mercy even has her own bed, in her own room - in her own house!  

 

Did you ever know anyone who was spoiled?  Well, I know a pig who is, and that is Mercy Watson!  In Mercy Watson to the Rescue, Mercy is spoiled rotten by Mrs. Watson.  She is spoiled because she has her own bed, a bed like a person would have, not a pet bed.  I have never heard of that, a pet with a person bed. And, when she doesn’t want to sleep in her very own bed, Mrs. Watson even let’s Mercy sleep in HER bed.  I also think that Mrs. Watson spoils Mercy because she gives her huge plates of hot buttered toast, all the buttered toast that Mercy could ever want!

 

Mercy is a special pig because she does things like sleep in a bed.  For example, in the first scene, Mercy is getting tucked into bed by Mr. and Mrs. Watson.  They make sure she is snug and cozy by wrapping the blankets around her. Then, they sing her a special lullaby and kiss her goodnight  Mercy sure is a special pig!

 

Literacy - Non-fiction Reading

We have also started to focus on non-fiction text.  It would be wonderful if you can encourage your child to read some non-fiction texts at home as well and record them in their reading log.  Here are some great reminders you can give your children:

Nonfiction Readers Grow Knowledge

  • Pay attention to details.
  • Put the parts of the text together in your mind.
  • Ask questions.
  • Think, “What is this book (and this part) teaching me?”

 

Ways to Talk about Your Thinking

I’m noticing...

I’m learning…

I’m wondering…

 

Math

In my math class, students are working on Module 4: Sums and Differences Within 100.  Students will relate 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, and 10 less to addition and subtraction of 1 and 10.  Add and subtract multiples of 10 including counting on to subtract. We will also solve one- and two-step word problems within 100 using strategies based on place value.  Students have been working with Zearn and XtraMath to enhance their classwork.

 

Science & Engineering & Technology

Students combined their knowledge on science, engineering, and technology this week.  We read Weslandia and each group worked to design a solution for a problem they found in the book.  Groups were formed based on which problem students wanted to work on. Students worked on the introductory coding lessons on Tynker, as well as some life science projects.  We also helped the characters in Muncha, Muncha, Muncha with their problems.  Students worked in groups to code the Dash robots to explain the life cycle of their chosen insect.  Finally, we dissected flowers to learn more about the pollination process.  

 

IMPORTANT INFO - REVIEW FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER:

 

MySchool Bucks

Please make payment for the following three field trips and forward me the confirmation:

11/7/19 - Facts of the Matter (in school field trip)

1/31/20 - Keystone Science School

2/26/20 - Lone Tree Arts Center - Magic Tree House

 

CU Science Center Facts of the Matter

November 7th - in school field trip

Matter exists in different states and in some cases can be changed from one state to another.  We will identify the properties of the 3 primary states of matter; solids, liquids and gases and get a glimpse of a fourth!  What does each state of matter have in common and how can a state of matter change? 

 

Keystone Science School Field Trip

We’re so excited to be working with Keystone Science School for our outdoor education programs! The Keystone Science School website has a great deal of information about what to expect for the field trip including a packing list and other information about the program.

 

If you have not completed the waiver online, please use this corrected link.  All participants must complete the forms in order to attend the program.  If you would like to volunteer to chaperone, please complete the waiver as well.  Please sign up on the SignUp Genius, and email me if you are interested in riding the bus.  Priority will be given to families who have not had the opportunity to ride the bus this year. 

 

Lone Tree Arts Center

February 26th 11:30am-2:15pm

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare 

*only 7 chaperones per class because of seating in theater

Please email me if you are interested in attending, priority will be given to parents who have not had the opportunity to attend.  Also, please let me know if you will be willing to drive yourself or if you prefer to ride the bus. Again, priority will be given to those who haven’t had the opportunity yet 

 

Healing Our Youth - One More Reminder :) 

Please consider registering and attending.  We must have 75 people registered to host the event.  I am registered as a teacher and as a parent and think it will provide valuable information as we move forward.  

 

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30-9:00 pm

Where: STEM School Highlands Ranch

8773 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Free registration at:

www.healingouryouth.org/calendar/

*Please see attached flyer for more information

 

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October 21st, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

I hope you enjoyed a restful Fall Break and are excited to be back at school! There is already so much information for this week that I couldn’t wait to send the newsletter. 

 

Elementary Fun Run

Please return the permission slip for the Fun Run on Wednesday at 10am. All students will be able to participate with the signed waiver even without donations. I sent a paper copy home with students today, and attached it to this email. 

 

Spirit Week

10/28 Blue Spirit Day

10/29 Gold Spirit Day

10/30 Hat Day / Crazy Hair Day

10/31 Halloween Costume

11/1 80’s Dress Day

*see attachment

 

Healing Our Youth

Please consider registering and attending.  We must have 75 people registered to host the event.  I am registered as a teacher and as a parent and think it will provide valuable information as we move forward.  

 

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30-9:00 pm

Where: STEM School Highlands Ranch

8773 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Free registration at:

www.healingouryouth.org/calendar/

*Please see attached flyer for more information

 

Halloween

I sent an email about Halloween expectations for Thursday, October 31st. We are still in need of a few donations for our crafts:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4dafa82ea6fa7-halloween1

 

MySchool Bucks

Please make payment for the following three field trips and forward me the confirmation:

11/7/19 - Facts of the Matter (in school field trip)

1/31/20 - Keystone Science School

2/26/20 - Lone Tree Arts Center

 

CU Science Center Facts of the Matter

November 7th - in school field trip

Matter exists in different states and in some cases can be changed from one state to another.  We will identify the properties of the 3 primary states of matter; solids, liquids and gases and get a glimpse of a fourth!  What does each state of matter have in common and how can a state of matter change? 

 

Keystone Science School Field Trip

We’re so excited to be working with Keystone Science School for our outdoor education programs! The Keystone Science School website has a great deal of information about what to expect for the field trip including a packing list and other information about the program.

Please go to this link and complete the required forms.  All participants must complete the forms in order to attend the program.  If you would like to volunteer to chaperone, please complete the waiver as well.  Please sign up on the SignUp Genius, and email me if you are interested in riding the bus.  Priority will be given to families who have not had the opportunity to ride the bus this year. 

 

Lone Tree Arts Center

February 26th 11:30am-2:15pm

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare 

*only 7 chaperones per class because of seating in theater

Please email me if you are interested in attending, priority will be given to parents who have not had the opportunity to attend.  Also, please let me know if you will be willing to drive yourself or if you prefer to ride the bus. Again, priority will be given to those who haven’t had the opportunity yet 

 

Literacy

We are starting our unit on opinion and persuasive writing.  Students will practice writing a topic sentence, giving reasons and examples, as well as a concluding statement.  We will start sharing our opinions about books and trying to convince others to read some of our favorite stories! 

 

Math

In my math class, we are starting Module 4. We will focus on adding and subtracting sums and differences within 100. 

 

Science & Engineering

We started our Lego WeDo project on pollination.  Students are working to build a model of a flower and a bee.  They will then program the bee to fly around the flower and make a buzzing noise. 

 

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Fall Festival (Halloween) Guidelines


STEM Elementary will have a fall celebration on Thursday, October 31st! Elementary students will be allowed to wear costumes, and we will provide some time for Halloween and fall festivities during the last part of the school day.  Students can wear their costumes to school. 

Please reference Costume Guidelines at the bottom of this page.  

Classroom teachers will be sending out a sign up for parents interested in donating food for the event. We want to be aware of various food allergies, so please only donate items from the list. 


Schedule for Fall Festivities


Tuesday, October 29th:  

STEM Student Government will be hosting our annual Trunk or Treat event from 3:30-6:30pm in the Elementary Parking Lot. Families are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in the decorating of their trunks. 


October 31st:

Optional Classroom Halloween parties.  4 parents per classroom. Please contact your student’s teacher if you are interested in attending.

Parade 1:00-1:30  (begins at Elementary and travels around the perimeter of the sidewalk of the building). Families are welcome to sit along the parade route.  


October 31st and November 1st:

One of our amazing 8th grade physics classes is organizing a few games and activities for elementary students during various scheduled time slots.  If you are interested in helping, feel free to contact your student’s teacher.  

 

Costume Guidelines


Please adhere to the following costume guidelines for this event.

  • Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code Policy will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.  

  • For safety reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the student unrecognizable.  Masks or makeup that conceal student’s identity may be worn only during designated times such as during a costume contest. 

  • Toy or facsimile guns or weapons (knives, swords…) are not allowed.

  • Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others are not acceptable.http://www.adams12.org/files/Pumpkins.png

  • Costumes should not include items with sound effects, lights or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment. 

 

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October 11th, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

It was so wonderful to catch up with you during conferences.  I am so honored to be your child’s teacher and have so much fun learning with them each day! We had a wonderful time at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  Thank you to all of the parents who joined us! 

 

Craft Club is starting up again for the year after fall break on Wed. from 2:30-3:30. I will be leading the session for 2-5 and Ms. Cole will be leading a session for K-1. Here's the link to send to parents to sign up: https://stemacademy.ejoinme.org/CraftFall19

 

Literacy

We wrapped up our Small Moment Narrative Writing unit, I hope you enjoyed the stories. We are looking forward to starting opinion and persuasive writing after break. Please keep reading every day, it is wonderful to have the continued support at home! 

 

Math

In my math class, we wrapped up Module 3 and will be starting Module 4 after break. If your child is interested in moving ahead on Zearn, they are welcome to complete some of the lessons at home, but it is not required. 

 

Science & Engineering

The class had a great time this week using the engineering design process to ask questions about habitats, imagine and brainstorm ideas, and then plan with their group. The students had some very creative projects and worked well together to solve problems and collaborate. 

 

Enjoy your Fall Break!

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fun run

 

The STEM Elementary School Fun Run is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23. Students are encouraged to participate by running and collecting donations benefiting the playfield project. STEM is encouraging every student to participate in raising money with a goal of $25+ each.  All students with donations totals of $25 or more are guaranteed their requested t-shirt size. T-shirt sizes can be requested via MySchoolBucks through the STEM store portal along with online fun run payments and required participation waiver.

 

A volunteer list and needed donation list will be sent out in the weeks to come through Membership Toolkit

 

The following is the participation schedule:

8:30 am- 5th grade.   

9:15 am- 4th grade

10:00 am- 2nd grade

11:45 am-Kindergarten

12:20 pm- 1st grade

1:00 pm- 3rd grade

 

Donations can be collected through the STEM store in MySchoolBucks or by check or cash.  Ensure your child’s name is on the envelope and form and all checks are made out to STEM PTO.

 

Please drop all donation envelopes at the school office. All donations are due no later than October 23rd, 2019. 

 

Thank you for participating in our first STEM Elementary Fun Run!

STEM PTO ptoevents@stemk12.org

 

 

fun run

fun run

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October 3rd, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

We had a wonderful time at the Grumpy Goose Acres Farm & Beehive.  We are looking forward to our trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tomorrow! It has been a whirlwind week! We have some in school field trips and guest speakers after Fall Break, and will go on our next out of school trip to Keystone in January (more information to come). 

 

Fall Conferences

Please sign up for a Fall Conference time.  Students are welcome to join the conference, but it is not required.  Spring conferences will be student led. I’m looking forward to meeting with you!

 

Picture Retake Day

  • I sent home the pictures today in the yellow “Friday Folder” - I decided to send them early because of the field trip tomorrow.
  • Monday, October 7th will be picture re-takes.  This day is for students that have not yet had their school photo taken, or that choose to have a retake.
  • Students will be taken down in a group if they are signed up
  • Parents must sign their student up on this form for their student to have a photo taken

 

Yearbooks

Here is the website to order an elementary yearbook.  The order deadline is April 1st. If they order later than that then their child's book will be sent to their house. I would also appreciate if you would please send me your confirmation so I can make a note to make sure I keep track as well for when it comes time to hand them out. I like to avoid confusion when possible. 

 

Literacy

Students are almost finished publishing their first small moment narrative story!  We are excited to show you our stories at conferences, as well as our writing assessment!  We started working on our paragraph for the Mars Rover Contest to ask NASA to name their rover after Kendrick Castillo.  I did get a little emotional in class trying to explain the directions, and there was a lot of hugging on the way to recess.  I adore our class and am so appreciative of how kind and empathetic they are with me and each other! 

 

We are working hard in our reading groups and independent centers.  Students are working on Spelling City, RazKids, Read Theory, Typing.com, Read to Self, Read to a Partner, and phonics activities.  It has been so wonderful to have parents volunteer during reading groups, the class loves having the additional attention and adults to care about their reading.  Plus, I love that they are able to get more reading done in their groups with the extra help! We would love to have more volunteers work with groups of students during literacy, please sign up or email me for regular volunteer times:

Volunteer Sign Up I will create a new sign-up for after Fall Break! 

 

Math

In my math class, we have been working on sequencing and counting on the place value chart and bundling larger units as possible. Students represent various counts in numerals, also known as standard form, designating and analyzing benchmark numbers (e.g., multiples of 10) and numbers bundling to count by a larger unit.  They represented three-digit numbers as number bonds and gained fluency in expressing numbers in unit form (3 hundreds 4 tens 3 ones), in word form, and on the place value chart. Students then counted up by hundreds, tens, and ones, leading them to represent numbers in expanded form. The commutative property or switch around rule allows them to change the order of the units. They practice moving fluidly between word form, unit form, standard form, and expanded form.

 

Science & Engineering

Brassica Plants - they have started growing!!  Students engage with biodiversity of plants by studying the natural history of a flowering plant and in the process uncover the phenomenon of a flower. Each student plants tiny rapid-cycling brassica seeds in a planter cup. The brassica plants grow under continuous light and develop for a month. Students analyze the experimental results of growing seeds in different conditions and design an experiment to test the effects of water and light on mature plants. Students study pollination through video and by cross-pollinating their brassica plants. Students observe and record the complete life cycle from seed to seed. They search for seeds outdoors and learn about ways that animals disperse seeds to new locations. 

 

Life Science Supplies Donations

Please view the Sign Up for donations.  We are in need of some supplies for our culminating projects for our life science unit.  The students will design and create a model of a habitat to show how plants and animals depend on each other for survival. We will also create a model of an animal that is able to spread seeds. As well as use the engineering design process to help the characters in our books solve problems.  I appreciate your donations and support, thank you for your partnership!

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September 27th, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

We had a wonderful time at Hudson Gardens!  Thank you to all of the parents who chaperoned and supported all of our learning today! I loved seeing the excited little faces with all the learning and fun! 

 

We are looking forward to our life science field trips next week.  Please make sure the permission slips have been returned and the payment has been made on MySchoolBucks.com.  We would also love to have chaperones join us for these fun learning adventures! 

 

Tuesday, October 1st - 8:00am-12:45pm - Beehive & Farm - Chaperone Sign Up

 

Friday, October 4th - 8:00am-3:30pm - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Chaperone Sign Up

 

Fall Conferences

Please sign up for a Fall Conference time.  Students are welcome to join the conference, but it is not required.  Spring conferences will be student led. I’m looking forward to meeting with you!

 

Picture Retake Day

  • Monday, October 7th will be picture re-takes.  This day is for students that have not yet had their school photo taken, or that choose to have a retake.
  • Students will be taken down in a group if they are signed up
  • Parents must sign their student up on this form for their student to have a photo taken

 

Canvas Set-up - Lauren Tracey, a 4th grade teacher at STEM, created a video about how to pair your canvas account with your student.  We haven’t used it much yet, but will do a few things with it in class throughout the semester. I will also add grades for assignments (most of which also come home in the yellow Friday Folders). 

https://youtu.be/iqCgoJLELVU

 

Yearbook Cover Contest

Create a cover for the yearbook using the Spartan logo, or anything STEM related. Let your creative juices flow. Draw or use the computer to design a cover on an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper. Color your picture neatly!   Fill out the bottom of this sheet and attach your design to this paper. Due Date: All entries are due November 1st to Mrs. Tracey in Room E207 

 

Literacy

Students are working to publish their first small moment narrative story this week!  We will complete an assessment next week and will be graded according to the same rubric the students use in class.  We are enjoying peer conferencing, sharing positive comments as well as ideas for improving stories. We will continue publishing and revising next week.  

 

We are working hard in our reading groups and independent centers.  Students are working on Spelling City, RazKids, Read Theory, Typing.com, Read to Self, Read to a Partner, and phonics activities.  It has been so wonderful to have parents volunteer during reading groups, the class loves having the additional attention and adults to care about their reading.  Plus, I love that they are able to get more reading done in their groups with the extra help! We would love to have more volunteers work with groups of students during literacy, please sign up or email me for regular volunteer times:

Volunteer Sign Up

 

Scholastic Books

If you order books online, please use our class code: RVW34.  I will submit the September order at the end of next week.  We are able to purchase books for the class as well with the points that add up from families purchasing their own books.  

 

Math

In my math class, we focused on the efficiency of place value and base ten numbers.  Students practice counting by ones and skip-counting by tens and hundreds. They start off with simple counting by ones and tens.  Then they count by ones, tens, and hundreds (e.g., from 200 to 432 and from 432 to 1,000). Then, they applied their new counting strategies to solve a change unknown word problem.  “Kinnear decided that he would bike

100 miles this year. If he has biked 64 miles so far, how much farther does he have to bike?” In counting, students make use of the structure provided by multiples of 10 and 100. Students think in terms of getting to a ten or getting to a hundred. They also identify whether ones, tens, or hundreds are the appropriate unit to count efficiently and effectively. Making this determination requires knowing and understanding structures, similar to knowing the ground on which you are going to build a house and the materials with which you will build.

 

Science & Engineering

Milkweed Bugs

Students observe a second insect—the milkweed bug—through its stages of life, and compare the phenomena of complete and simple metamorphosis. Groups of students receive vials of milkweed bug eggs. Each group prepares a habitat for the bugs, providing air, food, water, and space, including shelter. They observe structure, pattern, and behavior as the insects advance through simple metamorphosis. Students gather information using media about garden and backyard insects and other animals. Students go outdoors to search for insects living naturally on the ground and on plants and design an insect habitat. They continue to explore biodiversity of animals by investigating schoolyard habitats to observe insects and other small animals and design an insect habitat.

 

Butterflies - we now have adult butterflies in our butterfly net in the classroom!! 

Students conclude their study of animal biodiversity by nurturing and studying another insect—the painted lady butterfly. The class observes painted lady larvae grow, pupate, and emerge as adult butterflies. Students observe the stages of complete metamorphosis and compare the natural history of moths and butterflies. Students study pollination through a video and outdoor flowering plant observations, and construct, test, and share models of pollinators. Through video and firsthand investigations in the schoolyard, students explore the phenomena of pollination and the important role insects play in the life cycle of flowering plants. Students construct, test, and share models of pollinators.

 

We are looking forward to trying to providing a habitat where our painted lady butterflies might continue their life cycle!  

 

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September 19th, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

We are looking forward to our life science field trips over the next two weeks.  Please make sure the permission slips have been returned and the payment has been made on MySchoolBucks.com.  We need to have payment for the next three field trips asap, the school policy is to have them paid two weeks ahead of time.  We would also love to have chaperones join us for these fun learning adventures! 

 

Thursday, September 26th - 8:45am-1:30pm - Hudson Gardens - Chaperone Sign Up

 

Tuesday, October 1st - 8:00am-12:45pm - Beehive & Farm - Chaperone Sign Up

*Grumpy Goose Acres asked each of our students to have a waiver to visit the farm and beehive.  Please look for that in your child’s Friday Folder and return it on Monday. 

 

Friday, October 4th - 8:00am-3:30pm - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Chaperone Sign Up

 

Names (Lost & Found)

Please label your child’s water bottles, lunch boxes, and jackets. Our elementary lost and found is already pilling up.  We want to try to get missing items back to their owners.

 

Wishlist

If you are able, we would appreciate a few items from our Wishlist.  I am almost out of birthday crowns, and we love wearing them on our birthdays! Also, we read one Weird School book aloud, and our class would love even more to read with partners and during independent reading time.

 

Beetles Anyone??

Our mealworms have all become beetles, and I have a strange request…. Would anyone want to keep the beetles over the next 11 months and watch the life cycle? I can then use the eggs/mealworms again next year! :) Email me if interested. 

 

Literacy

Students are peer conferencing as well as conferencing with the teacher about their writing.  We will start publishing Small Moment Stories and make our own little class book! We are also continuing to independently read, partner read, and work with me in guided reading groups.  We are also becoming familiar with the routine of sorting spelling words and studying words on Spelling City. It has been so wonderful to have parents volunteer during reading groups, the class loves having the additional attention and adults to care about their reading.  Plus, I love that they are able to get more reading done in their groups with the extra help! We would love to have more volunteers work with groups of students during literacy, please sign up or email me for regular volunteer times:

Volunteer Sign Up

 

Scholastic Books

If you order books online, please use our class code: RVW34.  I will submit the September order at the end of next week.  We are able to purchase books for the class as well with the points that add up from families purchasing their own books.  

 

Math

In my math class, we are finishing up Module 2 Measurement.  Students used centimeter rulers, meter sticks, and meter tapes to measure various objects. Through the practice of measuring various items and learning mental benchmarks for measurement, students organically develop estimation skills. They also developed their skills for selecting an appropriate measuring tool by referencing prior knowledge of objects they have already measured, as well as by using mental benchmarks.  We used different length units to measure and compare lengths. They practiced applying their knowledge of centimeters and meters to choose an appropriate measurement tool. Students discovered that there is a relationship between unit size and measurement when they measure one object twice using different length units. They learned that the larger the unit, the fewer number of units in a given measurement. We continued to measure and compare lengths using standard and non- standard length units. Students made inferences about the relative size of objects.  Students have been using Zearn and XtraMath. Students can use google to sign-in for Zearn and XtraMath.  

 

Science & Engineering

We worked on our Reader’s Theater for our agricultural engineering unit.  We learned about Integrated Pest Management through our play. We applied our knowledge of insects, insect life cycles, pollination, and natural systems.  We tested materials to see if they would move baking soda, our version of pollen, to different flower models.  We then asked questions and brainstormed ideas independently to start our hand pollinators. Then in groups, we created a plan based on all of our ideas.  We then created a hand pollinator, tested it, and improved it! 

 

We worked on the engineering design process.

*Ask, imagine, plan, create, improve

This will be a writing prompt for homework soon! 

 

Social Studies

We practiced identifying others’ feelings based on physical, verbal, and situational clues in our Second Step lesson this week.  We are identifying how others feel and having empathy for them.  We are also still using GoZen and Calm to focus on our social emotional needs.  

 

Technology

We are continuing our use of Chromebooks and websites.  Your child may use all of these sites at home as well.  

 

I hope you have a wonderful three day weekend!

 

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September 13th, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

We had a wonderful visit to the Butterfly Pavilion! Thank you to all of the chaperones who helped out! Our student scientists examined live animals and models to delve into intricate partnerships between invertebrates and plants. We discussed how partnerships benefit animals, plants, and people!

 

We are looking forward to our Chinese rotations for specials the next two weeks. 

 

Reading

Students are continuing to independently read, partner read, and work with me in guided reading groups.  We just finished reading My Weird School: Miss Daisy is Crazy!  We are starting The Bee Movie: A Junior Novel as a read aloud and will try to incorporate ideas from the author into our own writing.  Our reading groups are going well, and we really appreciate the volunteers coming to read with us!  Please signup to volunteer for groups! 

 

Writing

We are working on the revising and editing stages of the writing process.  Students are checking their work for capital letters, end punctuation, spelling, correct spacing, and if their story makes sense.  

 

Science & Engineering

Our milkweed eggs have started to hatch and we have tiny milkweed bugs crawling around their habitats. We also added caterpillars to our classroom this week! We observed the painted lady larva and are excited to observe their life cycle.  We also started our agricultural engineering unit. Insects pollinate many kinds of plants. What if the right insects aren’t around to do the work? The storybook Mariana Becomes a Butterfly shows how one girl solves a pollination problem. In this unit, students become agricultural engineers. They’ll apply their knowledge of insects, insect life cycles, pollination, and natural systems as they test a variety of materials, then engineer their own technologies for pollinating plants by hand. 

 

Social Studies

We practiced being assertive in our Second Step lesson this week. We are also still using GoZen and Calm to focus on our social emotional needs.  Students are in new table groups and worked on creating new names and team flags.  

 

Technology

We are continuing our use of Chromebooks and websites.  Your child may use all of these sites at home as well.  

 

Math

In my math class, students used centimeter rulers, meter sticks, and meter tapes to measure various objects. Through the practice of measuring various items and learning mental benchmarks for measurement, students organically develop estimation skills. They also developed their skills for selecting an appropriate measuring tool by referencing prior knowledge of objects they have already measured, as well as by using mental benchmarks.

We used different length units to measure and compare lengths. They practiced applying their knowledge of centimeters and meters to choose an appropriate measurement tool.  Students discovered that there is a relationship between unit size and measurement when they measure one object twice using different length units. They learned that the larger the unit, the fewer number of units in a given measurement.  We continued to measure and compare lengths using standard and non- standard length units. Students made inferences about the relative size of objects. Students have been using Zearn and XtraMath. Students can use google to sign-in for Zearn and XtraMath.  

 

Field Trips for 2019-2020 School Year

I wanted to send all the field trips for the year so that you can plan ahead for dates and payments.  They should all be listed on MySchoolBucks now, so you can pay as fits your schedule. We just need payment two weeks prior for the later field trip dates.  Thanks for being patient as we finalized these for the year. Please forward me your confirmation of payment so that I can keep a record as well. I will be sending permission slips and chaperone signups as we get closer to the dates.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 

Life Science Field Trips

Hudson Gardens - $19

September 26th 8:45am-1:30pm

Meet the beekeeper presentation & Plant Partners Guided Kit with Chaperones

Students will learn about plant and animal interdependence

Chaperone Signup

 

Beehive & Farm - $19

October 1st 8:00am-12:45pm

Students will visit the beehive, learn about the importance of bees in history and culture, an overview of what bees produce, what happens inside the hive, life cycle, and environmental challenges. We should also be able to try hive honeycomb and honey! 

A huge thank you to Rich Miller for connecting us with such a great opportunity! The farm does not require any monetary fee, they just asked the students to come up with a way to thank them! 

 

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - $42

October 4th 8:00am-3:30pm

Students will explore habitat design and the characteristics that make animals a mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, or fish.  Each group may choose to focus on one classification of animal during the tour or get a general introduction to all five classifications.  We will have time to explore the zoo in groups as well.

*Please note the late arrival time back to school.  

 

Physical Science Field Trips

CU Science Center - The Facts of the Matter - $6

November 7th - in school field trip

Matter exists in different states and in some cases can be changed from one state to another.  We will identify the properties of the 3 primary states of matter; solids, liquids and gases and get a glimpse of a fourth!  What does each state of matter have in common and how can a state of matter change? 

 

Keystone Science School - $72

January 31st 6:30am-4:00pm

We are going to partner with Keystone Science School (https://www.keystonescienceschool.org/school/dayfieldtrips) to learn about snow science to coincide with our science unit on “Matter and Its Interactions”.  This will be a LONG and FUN day! We will leave school at 6:30 am and will return at 4:00 pm. We will have three main academic focuses during the trip, as well as relationship building and collaboration goals.  

  1. Snow is not uniform; differences in temperature and pressure cause the physical change of snow grains over time.
    1. The temperature gradient causes snow grains to metamorphose due to the movement of water vapor within the snowpack.Snow changes from airborne snowflakes to partially settled flakes and grains on snowpack surface to snow grains within the snowpack. The snowpack is a combination of layers of many different types of snow grains. Each snow grain type has unique physical properties that affect the overall stability of the snowpack. Different types of snow grains hold different amounts of water.
    1. What causes snow to change?

 

  1. Snow plays an important role in ecosystems and watersheds.
    1. Water occurs naturally in 3 physical states (solid, liquid, gas) and changes between each state. A limited amount of water is recycled through the water cycle. Snowmelt provides an important source of water within a watershed.
    1. How does snow affect a watershed?

 

  1. Snow is important to humans because it can create avalanche danger and it is an important water source.
    1. Avalanche danger in a particular area is determined by the weather, terrain, and snowpack conditions. Water is needed for human survival and less than 1% of Earth’s water is available for human use.
    1. How does snow affect humans?

 

Social Studies & Literacy Field Trips

Lone Tree Arts Center - $22

February 26th 11:30am-2:15pm

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare 

*only 7 chaperones per class because of seating in theater

 

FireFighter Visit - free

March 31st 10:00am-11:00am

A chance to explore the fire engine and hear from the firefighters

 

Four Mile Historic Park - $23

April 9th 8:30am-1:30pm

Step back into history - Gold Panning, Farm Chores, Pioneer Games, Prairie School, Pollinate Your Minds

 

Earth Science Field Trip

Roxborough State Park - $22

April 29th 9:00am-1:00pm (Silvaggio & Brook)

April 30th 9:00am-1:00pm (Slater & Logue)

Roxborough’s geology and fossil evidence represents 1.2 billion years of history.  We will see how the forces of weathering, erosion, geological uplift, and time have shaped the landscape and environments of the past and of what we see today. 



Have a wonderful weekend! 

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September 6th, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

Wow, how time flies. I can’t believe it is already September and we have been in school for about a month! 

 

T-Shirts

Our 2nd grade t-shirts are now ready!  We will wear these shirts for field trips and special events at school  Please pay $9.00 for each shirt you ordered on MySchoolBucks.com

 

Field Trips

Thank you to those of you who have signed up to volunteer at the Butterfly Pavilion next week.  Once again if you would like to join us, here is the link to sign up (please make sure the name of the person going on the field trip is listed so the office has an accurate record).  Please return your child’s permission slip for this field trip no later than Monday, Sept. 9th. You can pay for both the field trip and the t-shirts on MySchoolBucks.

 

Reading

Students are noticing author’s craft moves and trying it in their own writing.  We have started guided reading groups with students reading a book at their level in a small group.  We are also building stamina to read for 20 minutes at one time.  

 

Writing

Students are getting ready to publish a small moment narrative story.  They focused on adding character action and dialogue throughout each story.  We also incorporated setting details to make our readers feel like they are there.  This week students wrote a story about a time when they were scared. We are working on editing these stories now, and will pick one story to publish next week.

 

Volunteering In Class

Please sign up using this link if you volunteer to work with groups of students during literacy.  Here are some of the ways we would like your help:

  • read a book with a group of students and help them write about the book
  • practice spelling words
  • help with writing stories
    • clear beginning, middle and end
    • character action and dialogue 
    • setting details
    • transition words
    • punctuation and spelling
  • reading with one or two students
  • biography reading and writing assistance
    • organization
    • finding facts
    • understanding higher level text when necessary

Science

Many of our mealworms have completed metamorphosis and are an adult beetle.  We are still waiting for some to complete the cycle! We also introduced milkweed bug eggs and are excited to watch their life cycle. 

 

Social Studies

Our Second Step Social and Emotional lessons this week talked about focus and attention, and how with practice we can improve upon these things.

 

Math

This week, students in my math class began a unit on measurement.  We have been using centimeter rulers, and are learning how precise you need to be when measuring.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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August 30th, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

We have finally finished assessments and will begin switching for math classes on Tuesday.  We will also start reading groups in homeroom classes. We also have PE for the next two weeks, so please make sure your child has the appropriate shoes each day. 

 

Field Trips

Thank you to those of you who have signed up for the field trips.  We should have our second grade shirts ready by the end of next week, please look for an email from me about payment.  The shirts will be less than $10 each.  

 

Please look for a permission slip for the Butterfly Pavilions next week.  We are also happy to have chaperones join us, please sign up here: Butterfly Pavilions 

 

Thank you for those of you who signed up for Hudson Gardens, unfortunately we are having some trouble with bussing and may have to reschedule the date.  I will keep you posted as soon as I have more information so that you can adjust your schedule if you are able to chaperone.  Thanks for your flexibility and understanding. 

 

Science

We have been studying the life cycle of the darkling beetle, we have many in their adult form now and are waiting for the others. 

 

Social Studies

We have been using Calm and GoZen to identify feelings and work on strategies to keep calm and focuses.  We also started our Second Step social emotional program, thank you for completing the respect homework with your child. 

 

Writing

Students are studying different parts of books to use as a writing resource.  We are practicing asking ourselves, “How can I write like this?” as we read mentor texts to make our writing more powerful.   This will help us use precise and beautiful language. We are also focusing on not only what the author has done that we can try out but why the author has done something.  We have also been working on editing not only for standard conventions but also for the way our writing sounds.  

 

Reading

We have been practicing ways to solve tricky words.  We have been thinking about what a word means, for example: fixing

  • Fixing a door with a hammer and nails or fixing and packing lunch.

 

Readers Check Themselves

  • Stop when it doesn’t sound right.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Try different strategies.
  • Make it make sense.
  • Reread.

 

Students are paying attention to author’s craft when they are reading, noticing what authors do, why they do it, and how.  

 

Authors Have Intentions - So Pay Attention!

  • NOTICE, STOP, and THINK.
    • WHAT part is powerful?
    • WHY is it powerful?
    • HOW did the author do it?

 

Technology

Students continued working on the first 12 introduction lessons to Tynker Coding.  Students may also login at home to continue lessons or work on some choice projects.  Other sites can be practiced at home as well: Raz Kids, Spelling City, Read Theory, FOSS, and Typing.com. 

 

Math

We will begin switching for math class on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Please start looking for math homework in your child’s red folder on Tuesday.  This will be due on Friday morning.  

 

Homework

Thank you for helping your child get started with homework this week.  I wanted to clarify the Reading Log / WOW (Work on Writing) Notebook. There are three goals each week:

  • Log their reading each night (about 20 minutes of reading) at the front of their notebook.  They created six pages front and back to use this year. 
  • Write about one of their books using a prompt from the inside front cover
  • Write a response to the prompt (I will place a new label each week).

 

If you are unable to complete part of the homework, please just mark in your child’s book that you had other activities.  I want to help the students become responsible, so I just want to make sure it was forgotten about. 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

Have a wonderful three day weekend!

 

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August 23rd, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

 

We enjoyed our busy week filled with learning and fun!  We would like to start our class Dojo Store and are in need of some donations.  I’m sure it is no surprise, but our class loves small pieces of candy! Donations of candy and small trinkets for our treasure box would be much appreciated!  

 

Homework

Thank you for helping your child get started with homework this week.  I wanted to clarify the Reading Log / WOW (Work on Writing) Notebook. There are three goals each week:

  • Log their reading each night (about 20 minutes of reading) at the front of their notebook.  They created six pages front and back to use this year. 
  • Write about one of their books using a prompt from the inside front cover
  • Write a response to the prompt (I will place a new label each week).

 

If you are unable to complete part of the homework, please just mark in your child’s book that you had other activities.  I want to help the students become responsible, so I just want to make sure it was forgotten about. 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

Tops for Tots

TSA (Technology Student Association) is this schools largest club and is comprised of about 10% of the student population.  One of the things TSA does is collect pop tabs that eventually be recycled with the proceeds being donated to Ronald McDonald House. https://www.rmhc.org/ The class with the most tops will win an ice cream party in November! We will also continue to collect them all year.  I was an advisor the previous two years and love the club! Also, if you have an older child in middle or high school, I highly recommend TSA.  I also would love for their elementary sibling to compete in the “elementary buddy” event. Let me know if you would like more info. 


tops for tots

Recess

We have had some questions about toys from home at recess.  Our Educational Assistants (EAs) tried to allow it, but it is too much to manage with 100 students and two EAs.  We would like to ask that toys are kept at home this year.  

 

Sibling Care

We are keeping students in Ms. Silvaggio’s classroom with one teacher from 2:30-2:45pm if they are waiting for a middle or high school sibling or carpool buddy.  We will then bring them outside to the wood chips in our second grade area for the older student to pick them up. The students in sibling care will not need to bring toys or any activities from home.  We will have an activity in class from the 15 minutes. Please ask your middle/high school student to quickly make their way over to the elementary entrance to pick up the second grader. Also, it is important that your child knows if they are getting picked up by an older student each day.  We don’t want to have them inside the school and have you waiting in driveline (which would probably mean you need to loop around again - and we understand that is not pleasant). If something changes during the day, please email me and I will let your child know where to go. 

 

Science

Many of our mealworms are now in the pupa stage.  Hopefully this coming week or the next, we will find out what they will be as adults! 

 

Social Studies

Students have been working hard to build community within our classroom.  We have made team names and flags for each table group. We have also played games that help us get to know each other and work better together as a team.  

 

Writing

We have focused on the revising and editing stages of Writer’s Workshop this week.  We focused on capitalization, end punctuation, spelling. We also looked at when we need to add, delete, or move details to help create a particular effect on the reader.  Students used a rubric checklist to look at their writing and set goals for themselves.  

 

Things that Make Us Stronger Writers

-Finding inspiration from books and other authors

-Writing for a long time (inside and outside of school)

-Writing with lots of details

-Setting goals using the Narrative Writing Checklist

-Setting goals to write more

-Asking for help from others

 

Jane Yolen, an author we are studying, says, “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry.  Writers are like dancers, like athlete. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

 

Reading

Students have been working on independent and partner reading.  I have also been working on individual reading assessments. We have been practicing strategies to figure out unknown words we find while reading.  

When Words Are Tricky, Roll Up Your Sleeves!

  • Check the pictures, and think, “What would make sense?”
  • Use what’s happening in the story.
  • Look through the WHOLE word, part-by-part.
  • Look for a word inside a word.
  • Don’t give up!  Try something! Take a guess!
  • Reread and ask, “Does that sound right?”
  • Use vowel teams, and ask, “Would a different sound help?”
  • Don’t just SAY the words, figure out what they MEAN too!  

 

Technology

Students started the first 12 introduction lessons to Tynker Coding.  Students may also login at home to continue lessons or work on some choice projects.  Other sites can be practiced at home as well: Raz Kids, Spelling City, Read Theory, FOSS, and Typing.com. 

 

Math

We will begin switching for math class on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Please start looking for math homework and website logins next week.  

 

Have a wonderful week!

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August 16th, 2019

 

Dear Families,

 

We have enjoyed a great start to our year together in second grade.  I have enjoyed getting to know your children! We have been busy building our community and setting up the expectations and routines.  

 

Picture Day is on Wednesday, August 21st.  If you would like to purchase individual, please do on the DR Photo Website before Wednesday.  

 

If you missed Back to School Night, please feel free to review the presentation on my STEM website.  Also, it would be helpful if you complete the Child Survey Google Form.  I like to have as much information as possible about your children as we start the school year.  You can also subscribe to my page to receive emails when I add newsletters or make changes to the website.  If you would like to share your contact information with other families, be sure to complete the Contact Sharing Form, also please include a gmail address if you would like the live form shared with you.  Otherwise I will email you an Excel sheet and PDF version. 

 

The Specials Rotation Schedule is listed on my STEM website, as well as our Scholastic Book Class Code, and information about how to pair with your child’s Canvas.  We have not started using Canvas, but will eventually during the school year.  

 

You should have received a paper invitation to join our Class Dojo, as well as an email invitation.  Please connect to our class so that you can view pictures of our class working and learning throughout the day.  I would also like to use the app to send quick class messages as needed. A few of our field trips will extend beyond the typical school day, and I would like to be able to update you where we are on our route home.  So, please make sure notifications are enabled as well.  

 

Homework

Please look for your child’s Reading Log/WOW (Work on Writing) Notebook on Monday.  Your child needs to read a book each night and record it in their log. At least once per week, please have them write a response to a book of their choice.  The response choices are glued inside the front cover of the homework notebook. There will also be a label with a writing prompt for your child to respond to each week.  Glued on the inside of the back cover, your child’s login information for a few websites, feel free to check them out if your child is interested.  

 

Writing

Students are working on crafting small moment stories.  We have been studying mentor texts such as Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen.  We created Tiny Topic Notebooks to capture our ideas from everyday moments, you may see these notebooks at home when your child has an idea for a story.  We are focusing on telling the whole story of a tiny moment, and describing what things look and sound like. Students are practicing describing the setting in detail describing their characters actions.  We have also started adding dialogue!

 

Reading

Students have been practicing independent and partner reading.  We are establishing our routines at school and at home. We compared our reading growth in second grade to Jack and the Beanstalk - second grade is the year to make tremendous growth in reading!  

We practiced:

  • Deciding HOW to read (expression)
  • Give the book a sneak peek (looking through the book before reading)
  • Read more and MORE! (trying to read more often and for longer periods of time)
  • Read in BIGGER scoops (reading phrases, not word by word)
  • Stop, think, retell (pausing to remember the setting, characters, problems, events, and solution)
  • Use stop & jots to remember ideas (writing important thoughts on post-it notes)

 

Math

Students worked hard on problem solving and critical thinking mathematics assessments.  We also started the first math module in second grade, we will use the assessment from this module, the problem solving assessments, and the iReady data to determine your child’s math class.  We plan to start switching for math the first week in September. 

 

Science

We started out Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Unit (Insects & Plants).  Students were excited to observe mealworms and determine what their needs were. We now have mini-habitats on our desks to continue our daily observations.  We also set up our Science/Engineering/Social Studies notebooks. It was a bit tedious to label so many pages for the Table of Contents and get started on our page numbers, but the class did a great job! 

 

Technology

We have practiced using our chromebooks correctly, and even signed a responsibility contract.  Students started using a variety of websites and applications. They are able to login using their google email.  Their email and password came home on Friday on the letter about Spelling City.

 

Students started using: Spelling City, RazKids, Zearn, and Typing.com.  Please feel free to use these at home.

  

I am looking forward to an amazing year with your children!  

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Dear Families,

We are looking forward to meeting your child and welcoming him or her to 2nd grade!  Your child’s success in 2nd grade is a team effort and we look forward to working with you and your child this year.  Back to School Night is on Wednesday, August 14th.  There will be two sessions to choose from for attendance.   We will go over the curriculum, expectations, and experiences your child will enjoy in 2nd grade.  The leadership team will have two welcome sessions starting at 5:00 and 6:00 pm in the elementary cafeteria.

To make the transition from summer to school as pleasant as possible, your child will bring home a fun “All About Me” project for his/her first homework assignment.  Please help your child follow the directions that are attached to the poster. Get creative, and most importantly, have fun! The completed poster is due by Monday, August 19th.  

 

Homework

Homework is given in order for your child to practice the skills we are learning in school.  Homework will be given in a red homework folder on Mondays and will be returned to school each Friday. You can help to develop your child’s study habits by setting aside a particular place and time for your child to do their homework each day.  

  • Math-as appropriate by teacher.                                    
  • WOW Notebook- Respond to a writing prompt each week.
  • Reading- record at least 20 minutes of reading each night. Record books read in reading log. Consistent practice will increase your child’s fluency and comprehension!  
 

Start & End Times

School starts at 7:30 am, and ends at 2:30 pm every day.  Students will have a snack/brain break at 9:20am.  Please ensure your child brings a nutritious snack each day.


Friday Folders

Every Friday, your child will bring home a yellow Friday Folder.  Please review all papers in the folder and sign and return any necessary school forms.  Your child’s work will also be sent home in this folder as well. This will keep you informed of your child’s progress in 2nd grade.  Friday folders are due back to school the following Monday.

 

Parent Homework

Please fill out the 2nd Grade Student Information Form.  It is located on the STEM website attached to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Please also click “+Subscribe” to receive updates anytime there is an addition to the class website.

 

Also, if you choose to share your contact information with other 2nd Grade families in our class, please also fill out the Parent Contact Google Form.  

 

Specials

Each class will spend two weeks in each specials rotation.  We will try to include the rotations in our newsletters.  Your child will need a sketchbook for Art, please label it with your child’s first and last name as well as the homeroom teacher.  They will also need to wear appropriate shoes for P.E. The same rotation is followed all year:

CAMP - Chinese, Art, Music, PE

 

Second Step is our social/emotional program. Home links will be sent home to complete simple and fun activities with your child, as well as help understand what they are learning in class. You may also join online to learn more: www.secondstep.org Enter this activation key: SSP2 FAMI LY72

 

We look forward to making this year a successful one by working as a team.  Thank you for investing your time in your child’s education!

 

Classroom Supplies

Individual Supplies (please label)

Community Supplies (Please do not label)

- 1 of each: red, blue and yellow sturdy plastic pocket folders   (No prongs)

1 box facial tissue

Headphones (preferably noise reducing)

1 container of Clorox Wipes

Art Class: Sketchbook (Label with first and last name, and teacher’s name)

72 pre-sharpened yellow #2 pencils

Water Bottle (may be left in the classroom during the week and refilled - home on Fridays to be cleaned)

3 pack of Jumbo glue sticks

 

24 pack of Twistable Crayons

 

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Star Student and Scientist of the Week

 

Dear Families,

 

Every week, a Star Student/Scientist of the Week will be chosen in our class.  The Star Student/Scientist will get to share their All About Me poster with the class as well as be the line leader and special helper to the teacher.  This student will also conduct a science experiment in front of the class at the end of the week (more information to follow). By the end of the year, every student will get to be the Star Student/Scientist of the week!  

 

Please help your child complete the All About Me poster at home.  You may use magazine pictures, family photos, stickers, glitter, etc.  Your child may also color pictures on the poster. Please encourage your child to do their best work!

 

The All About Me poster is due by Monday, August 19th.  If the poster is finished early, your child may bring the completed poster in at any time before the due date.

 

Thank you for helping your child with their poster!

 

 


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2nd Grade Copy of STEM Parent Letter App and Website Use.docx

 

August 8th, 2019

 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

Over the past few months, we have been auditing the websites and applications that we ask students to use in our classes, to be in accordance with HB 16-1423. Additional information related to this can be found on the school website under Student Data Privacy.  We want to inform you that your child will be using the following apps or websites as part of my classroom practice and aligns with the STEM Instructional Model.

 

These tools have been evaluated according to school guidelines and approved by the school administration because of the learning opportunities that will be provided throughout this course. The following is a list of the websites and programs that we will be using in class. If new items are added to this list, we will notify you via email or a class announcement prior to implementing them into our instruction.

 

In addition, the following tools have been evaluated according to school guidelines and approved by the school administration because of the learning opportunities that will be provided by their integration into the classroom. The following is a list of the websites and programs that we use in second grade. If new items are added to this list, we will notify you via email or a class announcement prior to implementing them into our instruction.



2nd Grade Team Apps and Websites:

  • Students in the 2nd grade may be utilizing the following apps and/or websites:

Website or APP

Rationale for use of this tool

Privacy Policy

Data that is shared with the vendor

ABCYa!

Reading and Math practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

Class Dojo

Communication tool for classroom behavior

Privacy Policy

Terms

Code.org

Online coding

Privacy Policy

Terms

Flocabulary

Building background knowledge and assessment

Privacy Policy

Terms

FossWeb

Online Science Curriculum

Privacy Policy

Terms

Hour of Code

Online coding

Privacy Policy

Terms

Khan Academy

Independent Math Practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

Manga High

Independent Math Practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

Newsela

Leveled articles for reading practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

No Red Ink

Grammar Practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

Plickers

Exit Ticket for students to show what they learned during class

Privacy Policy

Terms

Prodigy

Independent Math Practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

Read Theory

Leveled Reading and Comprehension

Privacy Policy

Terms

Scholastic

Online games

Privacy Policy

Terms

Spelling City

Spelling and Vocabulary Practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

Splash Math

Independent Math Practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

Storybird

Creative Writing

Privacy Policy

Terms

TenMarks

Independent Math Practice

Privacy Policy

Terms

Tumblebooks

Online library of leveled books

Privacy Policy

Terms

Tynker

Online coding

Privacy Policy

Terms

 

Your student is not required to use these tools, and alternative assignments can be provided; therefore, your student's grade is NOT dependent on this tool. By not returning this form you are are agreeing to the use of this tool and/or account creation.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

 

STEM School Highlands Ranch

If you would like to opt your child out of these tools, please sign and return the form to me by August 31, 2018

 

_____   I would like to opt my child out of the following websites and apps:

 

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Student Name     Parent Signature