Monday, September 17, 2018

Week 3!

Room 6 News

It was wonderful to meet so many of you at Curriculum Night last week!  Here is a link to the Conference Schedule so you can keep track of your time, and sign up if you have not done so.

Last Friday we picked cucumbers and tomatoes from our garden, and we are serving them in the cafeteria this Friday for our first fall Harvest Day!  Please watch for a volunteer signup from our Room Parents.  If you volunteer please come with your camera!

Speaking of cameras, please remember Picture Day tomorrow!  Please send it the form that went home last week if you have not already done so.

Also last week we sent home Reading Logs, and most of them were returned last Friday.  Today is our second week of homework in Second Grade, and we have added a math game to our expectations.  We played it in school and the children enjoyed it.   Please help your child remember to send back the log on Friday.

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!

Deborah Niles and Monique Thompson

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

September 2018

Room 6 School Year Kick-off Newsletter
Dear Families,

Our school year is off to a great start! We are working on getting to know each other and building our classroom community. Children are quickly adjusting to classroom routines and seem happy to be here!  You will see a lot of papers come home at the start of the year... please send them back asap. If you have any questions please let me know... The best way to do that is via email at Thank you for sending in the supplies!

Curriculum Night will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:00.  I hope you can make it, as I will review a lot of information about what your child will be doing this year, and how you can support them as we journey together.

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in October and November… there will be a sign-up sheet available on Curriculum Night.

Handbook:  The office requires that every student reads our Student handbook, and parents read the Family version.  There is a page at the end to sign, and we have made copies of this page for you.  Please read these, sign the pages that I have sent home today, and return them to school as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Classroom Routines:
Snack: We have a late lunch (12:45) so students have time to eat a healthy snack every morning. Each student must bring his/her own snack. I am not allowed to supply them and students cannot share. PLEASE make sure your child also eats a nutritious breakfast!

Homework: Your second grader will have homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights this year. Homework for the week will usually be sent home on Monday and will be due back each Friday. Please look for this in their homework folders.

There will gradually be a small amount of reading, math and spelling homework. Once in awhile there may also be special projects in other academic areas. If your child has been focused when completing homework, they should not spend more than about 30 minutes per night.  If it takes them longer, or if you have any questions, please let me know.
Absences: If your child is absent, late to school, or is dismissed early, missed classroom work may be sent home.  Please have your child complete and return it to school within a couple of days, since our curriculum builds on prior learning. Please call the office, or send an email to them and myself, if your child will not be in school.

Volunteers Welcome! Help is always welcome in our classroom. I will be asking our room parents to coordinate this. The most important opportunities will be:

* Math Stations Assistant: This person would be in charge of one math station and help children complete the activity. I will notify you of possible dates and times.

* Curriculum Assistant(s): This is a very important role that involves helping the teachers: laminating and cutting, changing bulletin boards, making copies of class work papers, or collecting and preparing materials for projects. This will take about 20-30 minutes, at your convenience!  If you are interested, please let me know the day(s) and time(s) you are available.  Some projects may be taken home and brought back to school.

We will also need chaperones for field trips and volunteers to help with classroom parties and special events. Important:  Any parent who wishes to volunteer in the classroom or chaperone a class trip must complete a CORI form. These forms can be found in the office. Please do this early in the year, since they take a week or so to process.

Sharing: There will be lots of chances for students to share stories from their lives with the class, so we can get to know each other.  If something special is going on in your family and you would like to send in a picture, or your child wants to share something timely, let us know. Please do not send in any toys or electronic devices.
If you have any questions or concerns here are some ways to contact me:
*    e-mail me at
*    Send a note in your child’s homework folder
*    Urgent/ during the day:  call the school office at 508-358-8641.

We are all looking forward to meeting you and helping your children learn, grow and have fun in second grade!

Thank you!                                                         
Deborah Niles and Monique Thompson

Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome Back!


Welcome back to school!

We hope you had a great summer and are ready for an exciting year. Please watch for papers coming home in your child’s backpack.  In the meantime you can poke around this site for information about Room 6. We love to hear feedback!

Deborah Niles and Monique Thompson

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Early June 2018

Wow- it’s June already!!

Thanks to those of you who were able to come to the Open House last Thursday. If you were not able to make it please feel free to come by before or after school this week- we will keep everything up until Friday. I will post a photo slide show later this week.

If anyone videotaped the Presentation please send it to me if possible. I’d like to share it with all of the families.  Thank you!

Yesterday the PTO treated our entire school to a Cultural Enrichment performance by The Tardy Brothers. They talked with children about the importance of following your dreams, being open minded about our differences, and practicing your skills.  Here is a photo:

Next, here is a Summer Reading List put out by our amazing Wayland Librarians.  Please make sure your child reads over the summer to keep up those amazing reading skills we have worked so hard to develop!

Important Dates:  
  • June 12: HH picnic
  • June 13:  Field Day
  • June 12-14:  Book Fair
(Note:  For details re: times and volunteer opportunities, please watch for the HH EBlast.  If you are not on the list, call our office!)

Finally, we will be conducting several exciting STEAM experiments in the last couple of weeks of the year. On June 15th we will participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge.  We will need SMALL pieces of cardboard and other CLEAN recyclables.  If you have any, please send them in next week.  Thank you!

Deborah Niles & Julie Pond

Monday, May 21, 2018

End of May 2018

What a busy time of year!
Quick highlights:

As you know this Friday is our last field trip, to The North End of Boston.  We have many chaperones and beautiful weather predicted so it will be a great trip.  If you cannot join us, remember that this is a wonderful place to bring the family during the summer with it’s urban setting, rich culture and fantastic food!  

Chaperones will receive a packet of information by email and paper, so that you can read up on our route ahead of time.  Please watch for these items.

Next week we will have our Open House!  Please join us on Thursday, May 31 from 8:30 until 9 for a presentation by your children of the fantastic work they have been doing.  We are so proud of them!

Finally, we have been planting our summer crops into the gardens. The students are so very excited about seeing their seedlings grow and get stronger in our Greenhouse, and now they are ready for the big wide world in the HH Gardens.

Thanks to Steve Saveriano, Marcus’ grandfather, we have spring crops that are growing beautifully.  Students are learning about science, soil, weather, math (spacing of plants), and having fun getting a little “shower” to cool off :). Please let us know if you want to come and water with your child on the weekend, or adopt the gardens for a week this summer.

Thanks for all of your support this year.  We are truly enjoying this time of year when we have become a family that truly cares about each other and enjoys each other’s company.  This job is truly a gift and we almost don’t want the year to end!!!

See you next week!
Deborah & Julie

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 2018

First, thank you for the beautiful tulips that Ms. Pond and I received this morning for Teacher Appreciation Day!  Our room parent, Jessica Polizzotti surprised us with them this morning!

Thank you also for allowing your child to interview you about your job. They are so proud to share information about how you all contribute to your Community!  You will see the “fruits of this labor” when you come in for our Open House! It is on May 31 from 8:30 until 9:00 am. Siblings are welcome.

This week (and next) we want students to prepare items for a class “Yard Sale”.  Information was sent home Monday 5-7-18.

Our plants spent their first “overnight” in the Greenhouse last weekend!  We will be putting them into the ground during the week of May 20… if you’d like to join us please let me know asap and I’ll schedule it around your availability.  It’s a great lesson in math, science, the environment, and creative expression!

Speaking of creativity, students have begun writing their own Poetry!  It is really fun to see them look at things “through new eyes”.  If you find any children’s poetry at home or at the library, enjoy it together.  It builds fluency as well!

Thanks to a grant from the Wayland Public School Foundation, last Friday ​morning ​we welcomed a​uthor Grace Lin.  She talked about the importance of reading books that are mirrors of your own experience and windows into the lives of others. Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen children's books.

Grace developed a Community Bookstop at Sunnyside School to bring the topic of race into the home and beyond.  She is the inspiration for developing our very own Community Bookstop, which will be located in the main lobby.  It is a collection of books for students and parents to read together that features characters from different cultural and racial backgrounds. We believe that the more discussions that our whole community is having about race and cultural backgrounds, the better educated students will be about the world and those around them.  Grace will perform a ribbon cutting to open the Bookstop.  We expect books to be ready for circulation in about two weeks.

A permission form will be coming home this week for our trip to North End of Boston.  All chaperones are welcome to attend.  We will need you to check with the office about your CORI status this week.  

I think that’s it for now!  The end of the year gets so exciting!! Remember to breathe, stay mindful and enjoy this precious time with these delightful young children. :)

Deborah Niles & Julie Pond