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

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year!

As you know, we had to say goodbye to our Student Teacher, Carli Sherman.  We miss her so much!  Here is a photo you will enjoy:

Our new year is off to a great start!  We are deep into our math unit of “2-digit Addition and Subtraction”.  We are moving from concrete, hands-on representation, to pictures, to numbers and words to describe our strategies.

Students have completed their Personal Narratives in writing, and are reading them to the class.  I am so proud of the work they have done, and they are enjoying each other’s stories.  I encourage them to continue writing about “Small Moments” in their lives, at home.

We are launching a very exciting 2nd grade writing unit, where students form Opinions, and write about them using research to back up their statements.  It is all about the environment, which is a real passion of mine. Ask them about it! (Here is a link to a website they might enjoy checking out at home:  Kids and Plastic)

Finally, we are continuing to rotate to other classrooms to learn about Changes in States of Matter through experimentation. At the end of this month we will have a visit from the Acton Discovery Museum to show students a wonderful presentation.  If you have not visited this museum, it’s a great winter activity!

Thank you as always for your support … stay warm and watch for snow!  Remember boots and snow pants will be required for children to play in it, so have them handy!

Deborah Niles & Elizabeth Nolan

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Happy Holidays

This blog post has been created for you by our student teacher, Carli Sherman. 

Give Light Presentation: First, we would like to say thank you to all of the parents who came to the “Give Light” assembly! The whole second grade worked very hard to learn the song, make and decorate their candle holders, and were so excited to put on that performance. Please see the photos below and the video (recorded by Judy Choi) by clicking on this LINK!

Mystery Reader: We had our first mystery reader last week! Sasha’s grandmother (Robin Goldweitz) came in and read to us “Humpty Dumpty: After the Fall”. We will be offering our mystery reader tradition throughout the winter. Please email Ms. Niles to sign up for a time if you are interested.

Party in a Bag/Movie: We will be having a special day of comfort and friendship in school this Friday, December 21st. If you have not already seen the form explaining the Party-in-a-Bag, please click on this LINK to see it. Please send in any G-rated movies that you have and think the class might enjoy. We will look at what movies the students have brought in and chose one to watch!

A Note from Ms. Sherman: I just want to take a second to say how thankful I am to have been in this classroom for the past 10 weeks. Getting to know your children and to work with them everyday has been so much fun, and I am so lucky to have known each and every one of them! They have helped me learn just as much as I have helped them. I am also so glad that I got to work along-side Ms.Niles and Ms.Nolan. Your children are so lucky to be in a classroom with them! I know everyone will not let me get away without coming back for a visit, so I hopefully will see everyone again very soon!  

Sincerely, Ms. Sherman, Ms. Niles and Ms. Nolan