Thursday, May 26, 2011

Home Grown Salad

Laura with the bowls of lettuce and radishes.
Early this spring Mrs. Nelson planted seeds with the kids.  They used ice cream pails and planted lettuce, carrots, and radishes.  They have been growing for quite a while here at school and at Mrs. Nelson's house under grow lights.  Today we picked the lettuce and pulled the carrots and radishes.  Everything was very small but tasted pretty good!  The carrots and radishes were just tiny roots but actually tasted like ones that were full grown.  Thank you Mrs. Nelson for sharing your knowledge of seeds and plants.

End of the Year Fun!

This was just too funny not to post and share.  Caden and Jack let the girls put pigtails all over their heads.  It makes me laugh everytime I look at it!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hats Off to Relay

Thank you for all of your support for the Relay for Life!  I am sure that we have all been touched by cancer in some way and you obviously understand the importance of supporting this cause....Sibley raised over $400-WOW!

Field Trip Reminder

Just a reminder that the second graders will be taking a field trip to the Freeborn County Historical Museum on Wednesday, May 25th.  We are planning on having a picnic lunch that day.  The cafeteria is not planning on serving us that day so rain or shine your child will need to bring a lunch to school that day.  Hopefully the weather cooperates and we'll be able to eat on the picnic tables at the museum.  If it is raining we'll eat lunch in our rooms before we go. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hats Off to Relay!!

On Friday, May 20th students and staff are invited to wear hats for a small donation to the Freeborn County Relay for Life.  Every year millions of cancer patients around the world lose their hair during chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.  Wearing caps and hats are their badge of courage as they battle this disease.  Please let your child participate in this event as we honor the courage of all cancer patients. The suggested donation is $0.25 to $1.00.  The donation is small but if we have everyone participate we'll help raise a lot of money.  Thanks for your support!!

Young Playwrights

We have a group of students in our class who wrote their own play.  First, they worked to cerate a script based on the Junie B. Jones book series.  The story line of their play was Junie B. having a sleep over.  The friends play a few jokes on Junie B. who can't figure out who is to blame.  After writing parts for all of them they made props and had rehersals during Daily 5.  They performed the play for us this morning.  Lainie played the cook, Maddie was the mom, Laura was Junie B. and Ashton and Josie were the friends. What a great idea girls-it was fun to watch!

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Fleet of Boats

One of our vocabulary words this week was fleet.  William found a great book at the library about making paper boats.  He asked if we could try making boats. He let me borrow the book to try creating a few things.  I found one that I could make and this afternoon we made our own fleet of boats.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Beautiful Flowers!!!!

Well, on Thursday morning I got called to the office.  I was a little scared because I have never been sent to the office before.  I really thought something bad was going to happen.  My hands were shaking and my heart was pounding.  What a wonderful surprise I had when I got to the office....a beautiful bouquet of flowers!  There was a big card with them that was signed by each of my kids.  I felt so special.  As I came back to class the lights in the room were out which I thought was a little strange because the kids were suppose to be playing a morning meeting game with Mrs. Nelson.  As I walked through the doorway they all started to clap....another surprise.  As Teacher Appreciation week comes to a close I am so thankful to be working with this group of students.  It's been a great year and I'll miss them next year as they move on to third grade and I pack up to move to Lakeview.  Thank you for allowing me to work with your children this year-it's been my privilege.

Three Billy Goats Gruff

This afternoon we had a special reader's theater performance of Three Billy Goats Gruff.  Miguel, Jamison, and Sean have been working on this presentation with Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Bowron.  They did a fabulous job and read with great expression.  They made the setting themselves and used stick puppets for the characters.  Jamison was the "Mean Old Troll", Sean was the "Big Billy Goat", Miguel was the "Medium Billy Goat", Mrs. Nelson was the "Small Billy Goat" and Mrs. Bowron was the narrator.  I'm proud of you boys!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Summer Birthdays!!

We'll be celebrating summer birthdays during the month of May.  We will use the date of their real birthday but put it in May.  They will be recognized in our morning message, receive a card from the class, and a goodie bag.  Here is the list of the birthday celebrations:  Zoe-May 6th, Kalyn-May 17th, Anthony-25th, and Lily-27th.  We hope you all have a super special birthday this summer!!

MAP Testing

2nd grade at Sibley has decided to do the MAP testing this spring.  It is the test that was taken in fall and again this winter.  We chose to test again in the spring to have a good measure of their progress throughout the entire school year.  Our class will be testing reading on Tuesday, May 17th from 10-11:30 and Math on Wednesday, May 18th from 12:30-2.  Please make sure that your child has had a good night of sleep and a good breakfast on the 17th. 

Continents and Oceans

We have been studying maps during social studies.  The kids have been really excited to learn about the world.  They learned a song to help them learn the continent's names and I think they can list the ocean's names as well.  They will also need to be able to identify each continent and ocean on a blank map of the world.  A study sheet should have come home last week.  Some students said they misplaced theirs so I will get them a new one.  We'll take the test on Thursday.  We are also learning about our great state of Minnesota.  Look for a Minnesota fact sheet to come home later in the week.  They will need to study it and be able to name things like the state flower, tree, fish, muffin and drink.