September 25-29, 2017

octoberBye- bye September. Welcome October!

Heads up to a new month…. We continue to have fun while learning!

MATH: Counting by ones, tens and hundreds, ordinal numbers through twentieth, use data from a chart.


ordinal numbers





C.7  Distinguishing ordinal and cardinal numbers.    A.13 Which even or odd number comes before or after?


GUIDED READING: Continue reading George´s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl.  Building background knowledge, making connections and reading for enjoyment.  Students will  use procedural writing to connect with our science class and explain ¨How to do something.¨

SELF SELECTED READING: Conferencing with the teachers.


Which word is a noun.  M.4 Sort common and proper nouns.




WRITING: Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students apply grammar and mechanics to their own writing. We will continue with the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Students will create a poster of editing symbols and the meaning of each trait. Using a story and focus on: Ideas, Organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and grammar conventions + presentation.


A)Word Wall Words: Practice with the list of the word wall words. Spelling test Thursday!

B)Rounding Up the Rhymes: Write words with spelling patterns.

C)Guess the covered word: Learning how to use context, beginning letters, and word length to figure out new words.



SCIENCE:   Using different types of soil.


We continue with our MAP testing session. Although your child does not need to do anything to prepare for these tests, please be sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before and a healthy breakfast for them to be ready to take the test.


The schedule is as follows:

2nd Grade  Wednesday, September 27

8:30 – 9:45   Language



 EARLY DISMISSAL – Friday, September 29, 2017.  Student dismissal at 11:45 a.m. Staff Development.


Children Puppets

HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND TALK – Ms. Marilis will be coming with her famous puppets to talk with our second graders about friendship.

Francisco morazan

OCTOBER HOLIDAYS – We have the holidays from October 4-6, 2017. Enjoy your long weekend.


Mrs.Elena Borjas



September 18 – 22, 2017



Thanks to all  parents for all your help with the Desayuno Catracho especially Ms.Wendy for coordinating and organizing such a delicious breakfast and Eva and María for helping with the class decoration. We are a great team!


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MATH:  Start our unit on Place value.



B.3 Put numbers up to 100 in order.

B.5 Greatest and least-Word problems -up to 100.



GUIDED READING: Review the elements of a story using the books they have been reading for SELF SELECTED READING: Conferencing with the teachers. Start our reading aloud  George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

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L.1 Is the sentence a statement, question, command, or exclamation  

L.6 Is it a complete sentence, a fragment, or a run-on?


WRITING:  6 t 1 Traits of writing. We will continue with our DOL-Self correct sentences to learn about our editing process.

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WORKING WITH WORDS: Review words that the students often misspell in their writing.  Complete our Word Wall. The /o/ sounds and /ó/ sound. Spelling test on Friday.

SCIENCE This week we will start our first Science unit. We will be studying SOILS.


The annual informational General Assembly will be held on Saturday, September 23, at 09:00 a.m. Please plan for attending! Child care for those who need it will be available in the Early Childhood area.

This week our students will start with our MAP testing. Although your child does not need to do anything to prepare for these tests, please be sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before and a healthy breakfast for them to be ready to take the test. The Second Grade Schedule is as follows:

MATH                Tuesday,      Sept. 19 from 1:15-2:30 p.m.

READING         Friday,          Sept. 22 from  1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

LANGUAGE     Wednesday,  Sept. 27 from 8:30- 9:45 a.m.            

Please check in the menu for tools to help your child improve their MAP scores.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Elena

September 11-13, 2017


We are half way to the first quarter!

This week we will be working on the following activities and content:

MATH: Finding differences by using known addition facts.



IXL  C.2 Writing numbers up to 100 in words-convert words to digits.


SELF SELECTED READING: Independent reading and conferencing.

WRITING: Writing about things they like and dislike.

Daily Oral Language (DOL): Misspelled sentences.

WORKING WITH WORDS: Rounding Up the Rhymes: Use a story to find rhyming words with spelling patterns. Learning how to use context, beginning letters, and word length to figure out new words.

GUIDED READING: Completing Wh- questions from a story.



IXL: U.5 Capitalizing the names of people and pets.



SCIENCE: Start our unit on soils.

.                                                                     UPCOMING EVENTS

Desayuno catracho

This  Wednesday, September 13th, the school will be having the Independence Day celebrations starting at 9:00 am. We will begin the celebrations by having a traditional Honduran breakfast in the classroom. Each family knows the food they will be sharing. We will be having breakfast at 8 o’clock.

The schedule is as follows:

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.     Desayuno Catracho, organized by each homeroom teacher with parents.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.     Set up for the presentations

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.     Student Parade

9:40 – 10:30 a.m.    Group A (Grades Nursery to 6A) Presents to group ” B ” (6th-12) in their assigned                                       rooms or halls.

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.   Group B presents for Group A in their assigned rooms or halls.

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.    Closing ceremony in the cafeteria.

Second graders will be presentating inside their classroom. Mrs. Carol and Ms. Marisela have prepared the students for their Copan Presentions and some art work will be exhibited.

This is a half day. Students will be going home at 11:45 a.m. Your child does not need to bring in a snack for break or lunch that day. Your child is encouraged to wear traditional Honduran clothing or jeans and white shirt or the Honduran Soccer uniform. Parents are welcome to join us at the Independence Day breakfast. Thursday, September 14th, and Friday, Sept. 15th are holidays. Classes resume on Monday, Sept. 18th.

midterm progress


Midterm Progress Reports will be sent home this Wednesday. We ask parents to read and discuss them with your child and return them signed next week.


Last week, we set up our second graders school email accounts. The accounts follow the student’s first name, the initial of their last name,

E.g., Luciana Chan

These email accounts will be closely monitored by our technology department while being used in school and MAY NOT be used for social media, apps, games, or other uses not pertaining to education. These accounts are necessary for the use of internet on school grounds, since students cannot access the web unless they use a Gmail account. Our new system tracks and filters student use of the internet so there are places they CANNOT GO, and if they are doing things they shouldn’t be doing during school time (i.e. watching movies or playing games) we will know it. In such cases, we will intervene promptly, in a non-punitive and pedagogically sound way, to reorient those students to the proper use of their accessories.

Please ask your child to share their password with you, and encourage him or her to use to use the account that was given to him or her responsibly, following the guidelines that have been discussed in class and are stated in the Parent-Student Handbook. If you feel you need to come in and talk to your child’s teacher or Area Coordinator, please call the school to set up an appointment. We will gladly sit with you and talk about this as we are trying to move forward in the safe use of technology.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Wednesday, Sept. 13       Independence Day Celebration / Early dismissal/

Progress Reports sent home.

Thursday & Friday           Honduran Independence Day Holiday

 Sept 14 & 15                        Independence Day Holiday

Sept. 18 – 29                         Map Testing

Sept. 23                                 General Assembly Meeting

Sept. 29                                 Professional Development – Early Dismissal @ 11:45 a.m.


Mrs. Elena

September 4-8, 2017


September is here!!

This week we will be working on the following activities and content:

MATH: Problem solving problems on addition and subtraction. Math test Tuesday.




E.15 Balance addition equations- one digit.

E.20 Add four or more one-digit numbers: word problems.


SOCIAL STUDIES: Wrapping our unit. Skits on honesty, compassion, responsibility and respect.




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Our Second Graders will be holding a play to present to our little ones this Tuesday @8:30 a.m. The play is called Food Disaster, based on the Strega Nona book we read in class. Students are to come dress in a similar way as their character. Your child already knows what they are wearing. There is no need to buy anything.

GUIDED READING: Reading comprehension based on Wh-questions.




H.1 Complete words with variant vowels.

W.1 Order alphabetically based on the first letter.


WORKING WITH WORDS: Learn the letter-sound relationships to decode and spell lots of words. Learn to read and spell high-frequency words automatically.

Use two decoding strategies to identify unfamiliar words in a sentence. Spelling test Friday!

WRITING:  Daily Oral Language: Self correct sentences.


SELF SELECTED READING (SSR): Independent Reading and Conferencing: The teacher will hold conferences with 2-3 children daily as the other children read.



INDEPENDENCE DAY MEETING – Ms. Wendy Krauter is going to be coordinating the Independence Day breakfast with the parents. She will be calling each of you to ask for your collaboration to bring any type of honduran food for Wednesday 13th as the Social Studies Department is hosting different activities. The breakfast will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Thanks for your participation!



bandera de honduras

Important Dates Coming Up:

Friday, Sept 8               Midterm

Wednesday, 13                  Independence Day Celebration /                                                                                        Early Dismissal/ Progress Reports will be sent home.

Thursday & Friday          Honduran Independence Day Holiday

Sept 15 &16


Mrs. Elena Borjas

August 28 – September 1, 2017



Whaoo! August is almost gone.

This week we will be working on the following activities and content:

MATH: Recognize doubles as a strategy for remembering sums. Understand addition and subtraction to add and joins groups to find the sum. Writing addition sentences and number sentences.


IXL WORK: E.4 Addition with pictures -sums to 20.

F.5 Subtraction with pictures.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Understanding honesty, compassion, responsibility and respect. Environmental Science students will be talking to our second grade students about recycling and its importance.



IXL WORK: L.4 Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?

L.7 Unscramble the words to make a complete sentence.

guided reading

GUIDED READING: Following directions independently. Start using 5 Wh-Questions.

ART: Quick and easy way to get started by using oil pastels to create artwork.

WORKING WITH WORDS: Learn the letter-sound relationships to decode and spell lots of words. Learn to read and spell high-frequency words automatically. On the back activities.

Students currently get 15 words each week.  Their  spelling test is every Friday.


working with words

writing block

WRITING: Start to familiarize with the Writing process.


SELF SELECTED READING (SSR): Independent Reading and Conferencing: Students will either move to a reading area and select a book, or choose a book or magazine from the basket to read independently. SSR






The elementary students are going to participate in an ELEMENTARY WASTE REDUCTION STREAM PROJECT.  To begin this project, we need our students to understand the problem(s) that waste causes.  Therefore, we will be doing the following activities:

August 28th and 29th– Early childhood and elementary classes will be collecting ALL their waste for two days.
August 30th and 31st– From 11:00-11:45– 10th grade environmental science students come to the K-8th grade classrooms to explore the waste collected and discuss waste reduction, including the preparation for Ecofriendly Lunch Day.
We will discuss of the STREAM waste reduction project and the selection of students to be on the environmental council. 
Sept 1st– Ecofriendly Lunch Day– After the training from the chats from the environmental science students, all students are challenged and rewarded for bringing a waste free (or at least low-waste) lunch.  Games/activities will be hosted at lunch to support waste reduction.

– We will have a waste reduction in our classroom.  The environmental science students will bring a paper recycling box to our classroom and will be placing aluminium and plastics recycling bins throughout  our Discovery School Campus.




Mrs.Elena Borjas

August 21-25, 2017

report cards

This week we will be working on the following activities and content:

MATH: Recognize doubles as a strategy for remembering sums. Solve problems by using number sentences. Find differences by using known addition facts, Use data in pictures to help find missing numbers in number sentences. Use of a number line to count back.



SOCIAL STUDIES: Building a community with rights, responsibilities, rewards and consequences.


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guided reading

GUIDED READING: Read the story of Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola and distinguish between real and make-believe situations, following instructions, practice sequencing and predicting, use of a Venn Diagram, and critical thinking questions.

WORKING WITH WORDS: Learn the letter-sound relationships to decode and spell words. Learn to read and spell high-frequency words automatically.

working with words

writing block

WRITING: Review with students what sentences look like and how they sound. How and when are uppercase letters used? How to generate original ideas for writing?

SELF SELECTED READING (SSR): Independent Reading and Conferencing. SSR

The teacher will hold conferences with 2-3 children daily as the other children read. Teacher keeps a conference form recording each child’s individual progress, preferences, and responses.




The school has acquired a subscription to IXL for all students in Grades KG-5. This is an individualized on-line program that reinforces math skills across the curriculum and is aligned to our Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment that we administer to all students in Grades KG-10 two times during the school year.

Students will be expected to practice during the week.  We will be able to check their accuracy via the website. Each week we will direct you to the activities the children need to work on.

IXL ACCOUNTS – Please encourage your child to practice by checking the weekly blog and have children complete the practices assigned. Username and passwords will be assigned this week to each of the second grade students. If you are unclear about any aspect of the IXL please feel free to contact me. This week they are free to practice any IXL skill as we start next week.





EarlyDismissalEarly Dismissal Friday 25th of August @ 11:45 a.m.

DISMISSAL – We remind our parents that our student’s safety is our number one priority, and that every mechanism we use during the dismissal at 3:00 p.m. is geared towards that purpose. Please follow the instructions and procedures established by the teachers on parking lot duty, and ask your drivers to do so as well. Slow down when driving in and out of campus, and roll the window down so the teachers in the parking lot can call your child(ren) ahead of time. We thank you for your patience and cooperation in these first days of the school year.

 STICKERS FOR YOUR VEHICLES – Each family has a sticker for his/her car free of charge. Additional stickers may be purchased if needed at the Administrative building. Please make sure you bring the license plate number for the car(s) you are purchasing sticker(s) for.


Mrs. Elena Borjas


August 14 – 18, 2017



Greetings families! It has been such a pleasure getting to know our students and meet you these first few days. We also got to know each other in some fun ways and got to know about our school.


class community


This week will continue to set our class routines, getting to know each other and building our class community rules.

Our beginning of the year diagnosis will be done in the following areas: Math, reading, writing and vocabulary (Fry’s List).

math add and subtract

MATH: General review of addition and subtraction.



GUIDED READING & WRITING: Familiarize with our in-class library.  Write a personal narrative of their summer vacation.

WORKING WITH WORDS: Use of the Word wall and assess recognition of basic sight words.

SELF-SELECTED READING: Enjoy reading on their own and the process of checking the books within the class.

P.E. Days

Remember to wear tennis shoes for your P.E. classes on Tuesday and Thursday.



Mrs. Elena Borjas

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