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Weekly Information (Updated 11/1/2019)
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Happy Friday Porter Patriots! We survived a full week back to school after winter break!  This week was jam packed with learning to make up for the time we lost with the snow days and delays. Next week we will be finishing up the quarter and getting ready to start the 3rd marking period. I cannot believe how quickly this school year is flying by! Room 105 is learning so much and is really learning how to be the best scholars and citizens in and out of the classroom.  If you would like to know what we are learning next week, click HERE!  Study guides for the Language Arts test were distributed on Tuesday. Students should use the extra day over the weekend to prepare for the test on Tuesday, January 21st.  Don't forget: There is no school on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Day! Mid-year conferences are coming up! If you are interested in meeting with me to discuss your child's growth, please use this SIGN-UP GENIUS. If these times do not work for you and you are interested in a conference, please email me to schedule an appointment.  Tomorrow is the Porter Ice Skating Night! Start your long weekend with a night of family fun and ice skating! Invite all of your family and even your friends!  It should be an exciting time! Ice Skate Spirit Night Saturday, January 18th, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm Prince William Ice Center Pre-paid tickets are $10 Tickets at the door are $11 IMPORTANT NOTE:  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Posted by milleraa  On Jan 17, 2020 at 3:24 PM
  
Welcome back Porter Patriots and happy new year! I loved all of the exciting flipgrid posts about everyone's winter break! What a cool way to stay connected! I cannot wait to use this app more often in the classroom.  This week will be all about getting back into a routine here in 2nd grade! We will continue to review classroom rules and procedures as well as team building to continue building a safe and enjoyable learning environment.  I will be contacting parents for volunteer hours this week using the form located on my web page.  Here are the standards we will be learning this week!
Posted by milleraa  On Jan 06, 2020 at 3:12 PM
  
Winter break is here my friends! I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe time traveling and enjoying family. I wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU for everything you do with your wonderful 2nd graders. I truly and so blessed to have the opportunity to teach every single one of them this school year. Each one is so unique and special and makes my job fun and exciting.  Since we are having so much fun in 2nd grade with technology, we started using a new app/website called FLIPGRID! I'm so excited to start using this in the classroom more frequently. I thought this would be the best time to practice using this app/website so that when we get back from break we are more familiar with how to use all the cool features it has to offer. Here is a video explaining more! You can follow this link directly to our Flipgrid! If you are using the app the Flipcode is millerwinter.  Don't forget that students MUST use their PWCS email to log into Flipgrid. Only those with this email and our code will be able to see our videos. Remember the email ends with @pwcs-edu.org.  I hope all of this makes sense and I cannot wait to see everyone's videos!  Have a great break!
Posted by milleraa  On Dec 20, 2019 at 5:21 PM
  
Happy Wednesday Porter Patriots! I apologize for the late posting due to technical difficulties. :) I hope everyone enjoyed their time to sleep in this morning. :) As this exciting time of year progresses it is important that we discuss appropriate school behaviors to ensure a safe, caring, and successful learning environment. We continue to review how to utilize Star Qualities to be good citizens in school, however, if you could review behavior at home as well it would make this hectic time of year go smoother. If you are interested in seeing the standards, we are teaching this week, click HERE! Student volunteer hours: Don’t forget that students need 7 volunteer hours by the end of the school year in order to participate in the end of the year picnic. Students should keep track of their hours in their agenda. Click HERE to see what the page looks like in your child’s agenda. Study guides: A math study guide was sent home on Friday, December 6th. Please review these concepts with your child at home to better prepare for our assessment on Friday, December 13th. Parent volunteer hours: I will be asking for volunteer help within the new year. Please make sure you complete this survey to let me know if you are interested in volunteer hours. I will contact you after break based on the survey and your availability. ?? Winter weather: Winter weather could be just around the corner. Be sure to pay close attention to the school website as well as news channels to see delays or closings. This document will explain delay and closing procedures for winter weather. Porter’s holiday luncheon: If you are interested in donating or volunteering for the holiday luncheon for Porter teachers, click HERE! Day of the Arts: Porter’s Day of the Arts is quickly approaching. For more information, click HERE! School of Excellence: WAY TO GO PORTER! Porter has been awarded School of Excellence AGAIN! Click HERE for more information. Have a GREAT day!
Posted by milleraa  On Dec 11, 2019 at 9:02 AM
  
WELCOME BACK PORTER PATRIOTS! I hope everyone had a wonderful break!  We are back and ready to rock December!  This week students will be working hard on the famous Americans unit. Students will be using research skills to learn more about different famous Americans that made significant contributions that helped future Americans. Then they will be creating a project with Mrs. Geyer demonstrating all the fun facts and information they learned. How exciting!  Here are the standards we will be working on this week!  Check out the Porter PTO page to see opportunities that you can volunteer and help out at our school! Porter's Day of the Arts is coming up! See how you can help!
Posted by milleraa  On Dec 02, 2019 at 7:11 AM
  
HAPPY THANKSGIVING PORTER FAMILY! I hope everyone enjoys the much needed break! See you on Monday, December 2nd!  Here are the standards for next week! 
Posted by milleraa  On Nov 26, 2019 at 3:23 PM
  
Happy Monday Porter Parents! I hope everyone had a wonderful and refreshing weekend and are ready for the last FULL week until our Fall Break! This week we will have our Force and Motion Assessment. We had to reschedule to Friday, November 22 because of unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for understanding. On a positive note: MORE TIME TO STUDY! :)  Here is what we will be working on this week! In reading, students will learn how to summarize a fiction story using beginning, middle, and end as well as using somebody, wanted, but, so, then (SWBST). At home as students are reading, ask them to find the most important parts (BME) or summarizing using the characters, problem, and solution (SWBST).  In writing, students continue to work on composing opinion writing paragraphs that include descriptive details, complete sentences, correct capitalization, and punctuation. They continue to learn how to use the writing process to pre-write, revise, and edit writing to make it the best it can be! Today we read the book, Turkey Trouble. The turkey wanted to disguise himself so the farmer would not eat him on Thanksgiving. But he quickly found out that the farmer had a lot of options of animals to eat. So the turkey decided to disguise himself as a pizza man to deliver a pizza for the farmer to eat on Thanksgiving. (I just summarized the book for you using somebody, wanted, but, so!) This week, students will be brainstorming different foods that are better than turkey to help save turkey this Thanksgiving. They will compose a complete paragraph that includes an opening sentence stating their opinion, three detailed sentences including their reasons for choosing that food, as well as a closing sentence restating their opinion. How fun!? They will utilize the writing process to complete a final draft of their paragraph.  In math, students will use their knowledge of place value to identify place value of three digit numbers, to compare and order three digit numbers. They will continue to review using addition and subtraction strategies to solve story problems as well as identify ordinal numbers and positions up to the 20th position.  In social studies, we will begin our FAMOUS AMERICANS unit! Students will be historians by researching the famous Americans and will describe how each famous American's contributions changed the lives of Americans. We begin this week with Martin Luther King Jr. They will be working side-by-side with Mrs. Geyer to create a famous American poster to present to first grade.  We have a super busy week ahead of us and I'm so excited for this class to ROCK it!  Have a great week!
Posted by milleraa  On Nov 18, 2019 at 2:27 PM
  
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed another long weekend! Room 105 rocked their Math test last Friday! I'm so proud of all their hard work! Grades have been updated for the new quarter. :)  Report cards will be coming home tomorrow. Please sign the orange folder and return as soon as possible.  Standards we are learning this week!
Posted by milleraa  On Nov 12, 2019 at 2:04 PM
  
Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a super busy one! I cannot believe the end of the quarter is upon us! We've been working hard finishing up quarter 1! This means report cards will be coming soon! I will let you know of the exact date asap! We've had an awesome week here in room 105! We've been experimenting with forces and motion in science. We created our own marshmallow launchers (catapults) using popsicle sticks and rubber bands. We played our very own version of ANGRY BIRDS! We investigated how the amount of force put onto the launchers changed the direction, speed, and height of the marshmallows. We also observed how the direct contact force of the marshmallow would push the obstacles over. We then drew pictures and wrote sentences about what we observed during our investigation. How fun!  We continue to practice rounding two-digit numbers to the nearest tens place as well as solving story problems using the four step plan, and finding the relationship of addition and subtraction equations through related facts. I've attached more information on fact family triangles and how to use them at home to help your child master their math facts up to sums of 20. I've attached blank fact family triangles so that you and your child can insert the numbers they specifically need to work on. It's a really cool resource that helps students see the relationship between addition and subtraction. Try it out! :)  We completed our reading test on Wednesday and provided retakes. It is so important that when students read at home, an adult listens and helps provide strategies for unknown words as well as continuous questioning before, during, and after reading. In second grade we are now reading more complex texts and using our reading skills to learn more about content as well as the world around us. I've attached the reading comprehension questions that can help you provide more assistance at home.  Next week is a short week. Conferences, for those who have signed up, are on Tuesday, November 5th. See the sign-up below if you still need to sign up for a conference to discuss your child's current academic, social, and behavioral progress so far in 2nd grade.  I hope everyone has an amazing LONG weekend! Comprehension Questions Math Fact Triangles Explanation Blank Math Fact Triangle Template Standards and Objectives for Next Week Sign-Up for Conferences on Tuesday!
Posted by milleraa  On Nov 01, 2019 at 7:49 AM
  
Sign Up for Conferences! If you have not done so, please take a look at the conference schedule and sign up! If none of these times work for you, please e-mail me and together we will figure out the best time to meet. I am required to meet with all parents for the first quarter. If you need a phone conference, that would work too! Parent volunteers have been chosen and notified for the field trip on Thursday. Field Trip Information Study guides for the American symbols assessment is coming home today. I have created a Kahoot challenge under Useful Links-Social Studies. Here is a direct link to the Kahoot Challenge. The Challenge pin to play is 076801.  The Language Arts study guide will be coming home on Wednesday. Please review this study guide and continue to practice reading and questioning your little one at home.  Career day is on Friday! Your student can dress up in what they want to be when they grow up! :) Can't wait to see what everyone wants to be! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Posted by milleraa  On Oct 21, 2019 at 2:23 PM
  
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