Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Welcome Spring!

I hope these April showers do in fact bring May flowers... it's chilly!  Spring is such a wonderful time in school- we are getting outside, but also truly enjoying each other's company inside as well.  Students have grown so much, and are becoming so mature.  I love to watch their personalities blossom as their minds become sponges for information and ideas!

Recent Events:

Author Visit:  Scott Magoon came to Happy Hollow and shared his enthusiasm for writing, some of his stories, his technology, and his energy.  The children loved it! See if you can find a few of his books at the library over the vacation! Here are a couple of pictures:

Flat Stanley: The children have been sharing the wonderful posters and slide shows that have come back from Flat Stanley's travels.  Thank you so much for your support of this fun project, and thanks to all the distant friends and relatives!  There is a huge map in the main hallways which will show all of the destinations where they have travelled in all of 2nd grade.

Upcoming Events:

First, as you know our field trip to The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA is this Friday April 12.  The chaperones are Melissa Krochmal, Jen Sacchetti, Melissa Ricci and Haneen Farhan. Please watch for a reminder about what to bring and wear... it will come home Thursday.

Next, this Saturday the 2nd grade teachers, as part of their auction donation, are inviting families to join them for Wayland Cleans Up, an annual event to show our support for the environment.  A flyer went home yesterday.  We hope you can make it!

Finally, we need two things this time of year:

  • First, we run short of supplies.  If anyone can send in markers, glue sticks, white board markers OR a handheld pencil sharpener to get us to the end of the year, we would appreciate it!  
  • Second, the Happy Hollow Garden is almost full of seeds that have been "planted with love" by classes around the school.  If you can help water please sign up on this LINK.  
I hope you all enjoy your Spring break, with family, friends, and the fresh air and nature that is calling to us all!

Deborah Niles & Elizabeth Nolan

Monday, March 25, 2019

March goes out like a lamb...

Happy Spring!

We were SO proud of the students for their Environmental Presentation to the school last week.  Here is a Video of the performance if you were not able to make it...

You can also see our Public Service Announcements, created using IMovie, on the left side of this blog. The children's work will continue to influence family, friends, and the community to be more environmentally conscious, through these PSA's.

Speaking of spring, the Happy Hollow Gardening effort is in full swing!  We planted broccoli and kale last week in our classroom, and also helped our buddies to plant peas. They grew so fast that we were able to bring some of them out for a brief time in our greenhouse today!  A huge thank you goes out to Melissa Krochmal who helped us in the classroom... here are some photos that she took:

Please let us know if you'd like to help!

There are several other things happening in Room 6. We just completed our Geometry unit in math and have begun our most significant unit, 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction.

In Social Studies we have begun our unit on the Continents of the World where we will be doing a lot of research.  Flat Stanley projects can be sent in anytime- Connor Troidl shared his today with pictures from Taipei Taiwan!  Remember these are due by April 5.

Our next field trip will be to The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA on April 12.  A permission form went home today.  Our own caterpillars will arrive after the April break.

The Book Fair is coming to Happy Hollow this week!  Please look at the notice that went home today.  You can either send money in with your student on Wednesday (March 27), or come in during any of the open times mentioned in the flyer.

A few notes from the office... please note that the Bus Registration is different this year... check the HH EBlast for information.  Also, please continue to send in Boxtops for our Student Council!

Finally, thank you to all the parents who have come in for conferences. I enjoyed meeting with you and setting goals for the rest of the year.  We have a lot left to do and will work hard from now until June. We hope you are enjoying this warmer weather and can get outside for some fresh air after a long winter!

Deborah Niles & Elizabeth Nolan

Monday, March 11, 2019

Film Festival etc.

Hello families-
First, the second grade is planning a presentation to the school next Monday, March 18 at 9 am in the assembly to celebrate our study of the environment through persuasive writing and collaboration.  We worked with 8th graders from WMS to develop PSA's using IMovie, wrote Opinion pieces in class, and worked with our 4th grade buddies to type them up.  You are all invited to attend! Please ask your child to wear GREEN in honor of the environment!

This past week we invited Ms. Morrison's father, Pat Conaway, to come in and see what we had completed with his inspiration.  Mr. Lee attended this Film Festival and was quite impressed!  We only had time to have 2 writing pieces shared, Connor and Farrah, but they are all amazing!  Here are some photos:

All of the Public Service Announcements are now posted on our blog, to the left of this message.  Check them out!

Also, please look for an item in the Auction booklet that went home last week, on the last page. All second graders are invited to a nature clean up day with Pat Conaway and the teachers, and we ask that you donate something to the PTO.  It will be great fun and we will do something tangible for the environment as well!

Another exciting activity we are doing in Room 6 is planting seeds indoors to eventually transplant outside, to grow and be enjoyed by students in our cafeteria during our Spring Harvest Day!  If you have ANY interest in helping with the HH gardens, please let me know asap.  Thank you!

Finally I have enjoyed meeting with parents during conferences and I look forward to meeting with the rest of you this week and next.  Here again is the LINK to the schedule!  See you soon!

Ms. Niles and Ms. Nolan

Monday, March 4, 2019

March comes in like a Lion!

Happy Snow Day!  I hope your children are enjoying it and it has not inconvenienced your family. 

Last week the children were treated to a Cultural Enrichment called the Tanglewood Marionettes, performing The Dragon King, thanks to the PTO and your contributions.  Here are a few pictures:

This week we have a very exciting day Thursday with our Environmental Celebration. Pat Conaway will return to see all the hard work and passion that has gone into our Public Service Announcements and Opinion writing. The children are realizing their potential as agents of change!  I will share this more with you at your child’s conference.

Here is a link to the conference schedule, so you can check your time. I look forward to talking about your child’s progress.

Also this week we will begin our work on spring planting, and Mr. Tiberii will come in to talk about composting and help us start a worm bin. If you’d like to be involved in any gardening efforts please let me know asap.  Thank you!

Stay warm and dry!
Deborah Niles and Elizabeth Nolan

Monday, February 25, 2019

February News

Welcome back from Vacation!  
We are launching two new units this week:
·      Geometry and
·      Continent Research (as an integrated Writing/ Social Studies unit).
World Continent (color) Clip Art

You will be hearing more about these in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile students did a great job on their Opinion Writing pieces, and on the 2-digit Addition and Subtraction unit in math just before the break... I will be sharing the papers and assessments with you at our upcoming conference.

The conference schedule is available here.  If you have not signed up please do so asap.  Also, please let me know if there is anything in particular you want to review.  We have 20 minutes and I have added a 5- minute transition time just in case J

We had several exciting events just before vacation:  Valentine’s Day, the 100th Day of school, and the Lunar New Year celebration.  Things are much calmer now!!

Finally, last week I attended a School Gardening Conference put on by the Mass Horticultural Society.  It was very informative.  If you would like to volunteer in any way in our gardening efforts, please let me know asap and I’ll put you on our Garden Team email list.   We will be planting seeds by next week in room 6! It’s a sure sign that spring is coming!

Image result for planting clipart

Please continue to send in snow pants, boots, mittens and hats with your child... they must have these to play in the snow and to stay dry on the playground!  Thank you!

Finally, this Friday is “Funky Friday”, a spirit day initiated by the HH Student Council.  We will send more information later in the week.  Stay tuned!

Deborah Niles & Elizabeth Nolan

Monday, February 4, 2019

January is finally OVER!

January 31, 2019

There has been so much happening in second grade at HH!  Please read to the end. Here are some pictures from activities, starting with the most recent:

Buddies  This past Friday our buddies helped us create scales for a beautiful dragon display, to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  If you are in the school check it out, on the left across from the hallway that leads to Technology and the Library.

Last week our buddies came in to finish up our posters about love and justice, using quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., to be displayed at the MLK Dinner that evening.  Several of these posters were chosen to be displayed at the Wayland Central Office before we get them back!

Firefighter Todd
We had a visit last Thursday from a firefighter in Wayland who comes every year to talk with our students about fire safety. They talked about what to do in case of several different emergencies.  Farrah and DJ were chosen to practice the Stop Drop and Roll!

Last week:
WMS Students
Last week we had a visit from Wayland Middle School students, including Ms. Nolan’s son Jamie, my former student! This is the second year in a row they have done a community service project and come to Happy Hollow.  They helped us begin creating our Public Service Announcements in IMovie!

Science Presentation
Also last Friday we had a presentation from the Acton Discovery Museum on Changes in States of Matter.  This is funded by the PTO and we so appreciate all of your donations to help make this happen. 

We have had snow and extreme cold last week, and most students are well prepared!  Please remember to check your child’s cloth bag to make sure it includes snow pants, boots, gloves, hats and both boots AND shoes to wear in the classroom.

THANK YOU ALL for sending in tissues, hand sanitizer and wipes for our desks.  We are hoping that our winter illnesses are over!  On that note, our School Nurses have issued this notice about strep.

Needs for the classroom:  if anyone can send in small, hand-held pencil sharpeners we could really use them.  Thank you!

Finally, a message when Mr. Lee came in to cover a recess duty last week:

We could not agree more!
Deborah Niles & Elizabeth Nolan

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mid January News

Winter Recess
Snow is expected this weekend! Please be reminded that we go outside for recess whenever possible, including during a snowstorm. Throughout the winter months, please send your child to school with appropriate gear including snow pants, snow boots, winter coat, gloves, and hats.  Keep the snow clothes in a separate reusable shopping bag.  This way, wet gear won't soak everything in the backpack or get lost.  Children should not wear shorts to school in the winter.  It can be quite upsetting to children to be unprepared for a long-awaited winter snowstorm!

Please remember to pack a healthy snack for your child each day, and make sure they plan to eat it... some say they don't want their snack. Children should not bring candy to school.  We encourage snacks packed in reusable containers or other earth-friendly packaging.  The best drink for snack time is water.  Juice is a less healthy choice and makes a mess in the classroom when spilled.  Thank you.

Plastic Bag Monster Spotted at Happy Hollow School!
Here are some pictures of Mr. Conaway, Ms. Morrison’s father, who came to speak to our whole second grade class last week about what we all can do to help reduce waste and make our Environment a cleaner and healthier place to live. He wore this costume, made up of 500 bags, because that is the number that the average person uses in a year!!!  He was able to “Ban the Bag” in several towns in Massachusetts!  You will hear more in the days to come…

Also, the school was treated to a beautiful Winter Choral Concert last Thursday.  Here is a picture. They sounded amazing!

Finally, the Wayland Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner is being held next Friday, January 25 at the Middle School.  It is a wonderful event and I hope some of you can make it!

Enjoy the week and stay warm!
Ms. Niles and Ms. Nolan