Monday, January 21, 2019

Week-at-a-Glance for Jan. 22

Hi folks!

Welcome back from the long weekend. This week there will be special homework. Each student will have a copy of his/her Immigrant Profile and instructions for putting together a simple costume and "bundle" for Ellis Island Day on Jan. 31. Kiddos should memorize the information on their profiles and sketch their ideas for costumes and bundles. Complete directions are on each page.
These papers can be returned on MONDAY, Jan. 28 - so you have the weekend to figure out something. :-)
If you have questions, please ask.

I thought you might appreciate a little information about a few special events coming in February.

Feb. 6-12: School-Wide Art Show
All Edna Maguire students will have a piece of art on display in the MPR during the Art Show. Each class will have a special art lesson during this time. ALL parents are invited to attend. Our special art lesson will be on Feb. 12, from 2:10-3:00 pm in the MPR.

Field Trip to Chinatown,  Feb. 13, (Wed.)
As part of our immigration studies, we'll be taking a tour of Chinatown led by Linda Lee. She'll teach us about Chinese immigration, medicine, and culture, and then lead us through the streets of Chinatown to a fortune cookie factory, a market, a temple and more. Before returning to school, we'll have lunch at a wonderful Chinese restaurant.
Thanks to your generosity, we have enough drivers and chaperones. All parents will need to fill out and return the PARENT PERMISSION FORM and pay $26 for the tour and lunch. Look for your form in the Wednesday Folder. We will leave Edna at 9:00am and return at 1:00pm.

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day
Prior to Feb. 14, we'll be decorating special bags to hold individual Valentines, or "friendship cards" as I prefer to call them.  These cards are not required, but they are a nice idea. Homemade, computer designed, or store-bought cards are fine. Candies can be attached, but please ensure safe choices for those with nut/food allergies.
Students can bring their cards to school to put into our special bags on Feb. 11th, 12th 13th or 14th.
At the end of the day on the 14th, we'll have a little treat and open our bags to enjoy the cards inside.

Feb. 18-22: Mid-Winter Break
No School

That's all for this week!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Week-at-a-Glance for January 14

Hello Parents,

Thank you to all who have indicated they can join us for Ellis Island Day on Thursday, Jan. 31. We still could use a few more volunteers, so it you're still interested, please let me know by Friday. Click here to email me: EllisIslandDay

Field Trip Forms
Thank you to all who have returned the field trip forms (3) and $55. I'm hoping to have all the forms and money by Wednesday. Or, if you want, you can slip the forms and $ in your child's Wednesday Folder and return it on Thursday.
If you need another copy of any forms, just ask - I've got 'em. :-)

A note about our Field Trip to Chinatown on Wed., Feb. 13
As part of our immigration studies, we'll be taking a tour of Chinatown led by Linda Lee. She'll teach us about Chinese immigration to the West Coast, traditional medicine practices, and a little about Chinese culture. Then she'll lead us through the streets of Chinatown to a fortune cookie factory, a market, a temple and more. Before returning to school, we'll have lunch at a wonderful Chinese restaurant.
A couple of parents have indicated they'd like to be chaperones for this field trip, but more are needed. If you would like to join us, please email me. Chaperones will be asked to pay $26 for the tour and lunch. We will leave Edna at 9:00am and return at 1:00pm.

Have a good week!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What is Ellis Island Day?

On the morning of January 31, students will come to school dressed in a simple old time-y costume, and carrying a little bundle (more information about both of these later). They will spend the morning  participating in a 3-part simulation of the immigrant experience through Ellis Island, circa 1907. 
Part 1: Processing Center in Liverpool, England (in the 2nd grade building)
Part 2: Aboard the USS EDNA (on the MPR stage)
Part 3: Processing at Ellis Island (MPR)

Would you like to volunteer to help out? Here's what you need to know:
Volunteers will be acting in various roles as processors and questioners in Liverpool and at Ellis Island (parents are not immigrants). A simple costume (long skirt or dark pants, white shirt, dark blazer, hats, shawls, etc.) is encouraged.  
Set up: Jan 30, MPR 2:30-3:30 pm
Ellis Island Day: Jan 31, 8:30-10:30 am

If you would like to be included on the volunteer list, email me by Friday, Jan 18.
Please specify if you are interested in helping with set up, participating as a volunteer for Ellis Island Day, or both. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Mari Allen, will be contacting you with further information. 
Also, please indicate if you can do a British accent, and if you have a lab coat we can use.

Come join in the fun! 
This is one of the highlights of 2nd grade.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Welcome 2019!

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Winter Break. My break was awesome, but I'm ready to get back to school! 

I will be making a MID-WEEK post on Wednesday, so please be on the lookout for it. :-)
In the meantime....

• REMINDER: If your child wears rain boots to school, please put a regular pair of shoes in his or her backpack for wearing indoors. Also, if your child got a new backpack or lunch box over the break, please label it with your child's first (or last) name and room number.

• Volunteers, please re-check the Volunteer Schedule to remember the dates assigned to you. It's posted at the top of the blog. If you have any scheduling conflicts, please let me know. :-)

FYI - Ellis Island Day (formerly Immigration Day) is on Jan. 31! We'll be needing several parents to help out from 8:30 to 10:30 am. It's an amazing event, so we hope you can join us. More information about volunteering later this week.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Last Week-at-a-Glance for 2018

Hello Families!

How about this wet, cold weather?! Just a few more days until the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year), and then we'll be over the hump and the days will start getting a little longer. Whoo-hoo!

Room 18 Supports the Edna Book Fair! 
This year's Book Fair was a big success. Several of you purchased books for our class, and I've been sharing them with the students. They are loving them! Thank you for your generosity. :-)

Winter Centers/Holiday Party, 8:45-10:00 am
On Wednesday, we'll have our Winter Center activities, which will serve as our holiday party. Parent-volunteers (Courtney, Sabina, Talia and Tanya), please be in the classroom at 8:45 am to be assigned a station. Thank you!

On Thursday, the class will have our regular library session. Please remind your child to bring in ALL library books so that he/she can get five new books to take home over the Winter Break.

Our Second Speech
For this week's homework, the students will be preparing their second speech. That's all - no other work is being assigned. Speeches can be given on Thursday or Friday.
The directions have already been sent home in the Homework Folders, but see below for more information.

The kids have choice of telling a family story or explaining a family tradition. As an example, I told the class a family story about a special birthday cake my mother made for me when I was 9 or 10. She always let me choose the kind of cake I wanted for my birthday. One year I requested a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting (my favorite). After my mother made the cake, she got the idea to add chocolate sprinkles. It ended up looking like ants were crawling all over the cake! We still laugh about it today.
This is a photo of the actual cake. Dig my 1971 crocheted vest. BTW, this is what passed for a birthday party back then. :-)
Most students will require some help and guidance to select a topic and to come up with an attention grabbing opening, as well as a closing. There are some helpful suggestions on the back of the speech directions.
The opening for my speech was: Do you think you'd like ants on your birthday cake?, and the closing was: For years afterward, I requested an "ant cake" for my birthday.

I hope this turns out to be a fun opportunity for your child. Let me know if you have questions or need help.

Karen Ingle

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Week-at-a-Glance for Dec. 10

Hi Folks!
Just ten more school days left this year (2018) 😀, and it's looking like it'll be a busy two weeks. See below for some highlights.

December Speech
At the end of this week, the 2nd graders will be bringing home directions for their next speech to be delivered on Thurs., Dec. 20, or Fri., Dec. 21 (student's choice). Students will be preparing a speech that tells a family story or tradition. Look for all the details (and helpful suggestions) on the instruction page coming this Friday. Remember, you can always contact me with questions about this - or any other topic.

Winter Centers
Last call for folks to help with our "Winter Center" rotation on Wed., 12/19 from 8:45-10:00.
Please email me before the end of the week to let me know if you would like to be included.

The VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE for January through June will be constructed in the next few days.
Here is a list of our special classes.

Tuesday - Art, 2:10-3:00pm
Wednesday -  Garden, 11:30am -12:00pm
Thursday - Library 10:15-11:00am:  Volunteers will assist kids with finding books. (Mrs. Monge already has designated "circulation desk duty" helpers.)

Please contact me at with the subject line: volunteer for 2019 if:
• you are currently in the rotation but no longer want to be (no questions asked) :-)
• you are not on the rotation but would like to be.

Also, there will be opportunities to volunteer during upcoming field trips, Ellis Island Day on Jan. 31, and other special events TBA.  Be on the lookout for posts about these...coming soon!

Car Line/Lunch Line Duty for Rm 18-Ingle & Rm 15-Sanchez
Our designated weeks are 1/22, 1/28 and 2/4.
Can you help? See below for complete information. Here's the link: signupgenius
Each classroom will be asked to volunteer during a 3 week portion of the school year (2 weeks for TK/Kinder families). Your support keeps the drop-off/pick-up traffic moving smoothly and most importantly keeps our students and families safe.  
New this year, we are also asking for families to volunteer a few days during lunch time to help increase Choice Lunch line efficiency (our cafeteria lunch program). The job mainly entails assisting students as they choose their snack, fruit/veg and beverage, but it is also a fun way to meet a large number of Edna students all at once. Our goal is to keep the line moving smoothly in order to get students out to eat sooner. 
Have a great week!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Week-at-a-Glance for Dec. 3

The big event of the week is the BOOK FAIR! 
On Tuesday, the kids in Room 18 will be jotting down a few titles of books they might like to purchase on their Wish Lists that they'll be bringing home in their backpacks. Small trinkets will also be offered for sale at the Book Fair.
FYI: Sales tax will be required on books, but not trinkets (I'm fairly sure of this), so kids should be prepared. We talked a little about sales tax in the classroom as part of our discussion of money in math, so the kids already have an idea of what to expect. 
Book Fair hours are:
Monday, Dec. 3 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an evening cafe from 5 - 8 p.m.

Other news of the week:
There's a new addition to your child's Reading Log homework- it's called a flow page. Scroll to the Flow Page further down on the blog to see all about it.

And finally... I'll be attending a two-day Courageous Conversations conference on Monday and Tuesday. I've left detailed plans for the sub, and I told the kids on Friday, so I hope all goes well.
You might see me before and after school on those days - I just can't seem to stay away! :-)

Have a good week!