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.


Resultado de imagen para strega nona


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





Dear Parents,

I am so excited to start a second grade adventure with all of you!  Please take a look at the links on the right side bar at the top of the page HOME (or on the sidebar under Pages), as all essential information is located there. Weekly updates will appear on the homepage as posts.

Looking forward for a year of fun and learning.


Ms.Elena Borjas


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