Room 102 News – 1/19/18

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It’s been a busy but fun week in Room 102!

Please be sure to check out ALL the important reminders at the end of this newsletter.

Here are a few highlights from our week together.

  • Reading – This week the students read the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. First, the students continued to work on marking their text while reading so they are ready to discuss the story with their fellow small group members and also allows them to understand of the story better. We used this text to work on inferences by using clues from the text plus what we already know (schema) to make the inference. The students also worked on summarizing and answering text dependent questions with text evidence.
  • Math – In math, we continued Chapter 6 – Understand Division. This week the lessons focused on using arrays to solve division problems and relating division to subtraction and multiplication. Students continued to use a drawing  or using manipulatives to help check that they are getting the correct answer. Next week, we will finish chapter 6 and take a test on Friday, January 26th. Please look for the chapter and review to come home with your child on Wednesday, January 24th.
  • Writing/Grammar – Second graders worked on writing goals for2018 and the remainder of our second grade school year. In grammar, the students continued working on verbs. We discussed verb tenses this week and reviewed how to make the present, past and future tense verbs.
  • Science – In science this week, we finish Unit 5 – Environments for Living Things. Please look for Unit 5 and the review to come home with your child on Monday, January 22nd for our test on Wednesday, January 24th. Also, the 2nd quarter home/school project, “Design A Bug”, was sent home with your child on Monday, January 8th, 2018. This project is due at school on January 29th. I’m looking forward to seeing all the creative projects!
  • Social Studies – This week the class discussed state and local governments and did a comparison to the federal government.

Important Reminders

  • Check out for more math and science materials and extras!
  • Look at the Decatur Classical website for updates in dance, latin, music, and physical eduction.
  • Please email me and Mr. Murray by 1:30 for any changes in dismissal. Thanks!
  • Dismissal is at 2:45 for students getting picked up. Please give yourself some time to park, walk, and meet your child on the playground by 2:45pm.
  • Have you heard about Decatur’s new partnership with Northwestern Center for Talent Development.  See details on the website from last week’s announcement from Ms. Luna.
  • You have likely already heard about “Decatur-Con 2018,” Decatur’s primary fundraiser and parents-only party of the year! The question now is, are you aware of how easy it is to help show your support? 
    • Parent support is vital to Decatur students’ success, and our annual Spring Gala offers some special opportunities to help them. Read on to find out more!
    • With only 3 months to go, we could use your help in getting community donations from your friends and loved ones with businesses around town, places you frequent, centers where your kiddos take lessons . . . you get the idea!
    • We also are looking for businesses to sponsor our event as well. The minimum sponsorship level is $300, which will allow for signage at the event, a shout-out on our donation page, etc. 
    • Attached you’ll find a letter and donation form for any businesses you plan to solicit.  Please feel free to reach out to Tara or Voni, our Spring Gala Co-Chairs, with any questions. 
    • Spring Gala Co-Chairs – Tara Kowalke 312.802.0257 & Voni Rosbolt 612.481.4082
  • Babysitting Night at Decatur! Our 6th graders and some of our teachers are hosting a babysitting night! The Decatur Babysitting Night is a time for parents to go out on the town without their kids in tow!

      Our 6th graders and some of our teachers are hosting a babysitting night! The Decatur Babysitting Night is a time for

          parents to go out on the town without their kids in tow! See a movie! Or just sit in silence in a dark room.

      Drop off your school age children (K-5) from 6-9 pm on February 9th. There will be pizza, snacks, movies, and fun!

      The cost is $30 per student, $20 for each additional sibling

      All proceeds will go towards our 6th grade class trip

      To learn more and to sign up, register at

Have a great weekend!

Miss Cole

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