Camp News
November 20, 2020
  1. I have attached a parent letter to this email that outlines the lessons that we have gone over in math so far in Module 4. I highly recommend that you have your student watch the math lesson videos and complete the practice that is on the letter. This will help your student review what we have learned in math so far this quarter. The more practice the better!
  2. Next week, students do not have school on Thursday or Friday, November 26 and 27. Students do have school on Wednesday, November 25 so please make plans for your student to be present.

November 13, 2020
  1. If your student has not already turned in their timeline project it is due by midnight, tonight.
  2. Thanksgiving break from school will begin at 12:00 on Wednesday, November 25. Students still have school on this day so please make plans for them to be in attendance virtually.
  3. We will be taking our spelling test for list 2 next Thursday, November 26th. Please make sure your student is practicing their words at home daily!
  4. Please remind your student to keep their camera on the whole school day from 8:00-12:00. This is extremely important for us teachers as we need to see what students are doing so we can help them as they need it with their learning.

November 6, 2020
  1. Our second grade team will be holding another drop off this Thursday, November 12th from 8:00-3:30 and Friday, November 13th 8:00 - 1:00. Students will need to turn in the following workbook pages from their YELLOW math books: pages 57, 59, 61, 69, 71, 73, 75 and 77. These are all pages that were to be completed during class over the past few weeks of school. If your student has not completed them, please speak with them about the importance of following directions during the school day. Students will also have two books in their folder to be picked up on these days. Please make sure your student keeps them in a safe spot at their work station since we will be using them during reading over the next several weeks.
  2. Over the past two weeks in Social Studies, we have been learning about some important historical figures. To go along with our studies, students will be working on an at home project over the next week. Students will need to create a timeline (PowerPoint, poster, sheet of paper, mobile, etc.) for one of the historical figures we have learned about in class: Benjamin Franklin, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman or Amelia Earhart. The timeline needs to include four important events from that person’s life including when they were born and when they died. We have taken notes on these historical figures during class that your student can use for their project, but your student may need to do some extra research for specific dates. Each event must have a picture either drawn or printed from the internet. This project is due Next Friday, November 13th. A picture of your student’s project will need to be uploaded to the folder titled “Timeline Project” under files on TEAMS by midnight on Friday, November 13thWe will be learning about timelines more during Social Studies during class next week to go along with student’s projects at home. Please get as creative as you would like!! (A rubric is attached so you will know how the project will be graded.
  3. We will be starting a new spelling list next week. Please be sure to check out class website for the next list of words so your student can be practicing at home. We will take a test on these words on Thursday, November 19th.
  4. Progress reports for the second quarter will be issued next Friday, November 13th.
  5. Please make sure that you are continuing to check our class website daily as assignments from the day are posted. We have been asking students to finish workbook pages in their math books that we have started in class during the afternoon. This will ensure your student is keeping up with their math skills being taught in class.

October 30, 2020
  1. Students will begin using their NEW math books next week. They will still need their current yellow spine work book. We will come back to the old books at some point because we skipped Module 2. Please put the old math books in a safe place so they do not get lost!
  2. Second grade team will be holding another drop off in two weeks so we can see how hard students have been working in math. Families will need to drop off math pages and pick up guided reading books on Thursday November 12th and Friday November 13th. We are trying to make guided reading as successful as possible and having text in hand will help do that! I will send you the list of math pages at the end of next week that will need to be dropped off.

October 23, 2020

  1. Mrs. Braxton and I are working hard to stay on top of grades and assignments this quarter. Assignments that are returned either have a grade or a comment like “please fix and turn back in.” Please make sure you are checking student’s returned assignments on Teams. I try my best to email families if student’s need to re-submit an assignment to help families know as well.
  2. Students are doing a better job of making sure assignments say “saved” at the top of them before submitting them on Teams. I would encourage your student to get in the habit of closing an assignment and opening it again to double check that their work is still there before turning it in. Today, some students discovered that they had to repeat this process a few times before they could turn work in.
  3. You will be receiving an additional email this afternoon from Mrs. Stewart, our librarian, about this year’s yearbook. Please read it thoroughly as there is a lot of information in it.
  4. Next week, RMA will be having “Virtual Spirit Week!” Please see the attached flyer for more information about how we will celebrate each day.

October 10, 2020
  1. Mrs. Braxton and I are working hard to stay on top of grades and assignments this quarter. Assignments that are returned either have a grade or a comment like “please fix and turn back in.” Please make sure you are checking student’s returned assignments on Teams. I try my best to email families if student’s need to re-submit an assignment to help families know as well.
  2. Students are doing a better job of making sure assignments say “saved” at the top of them before submitting them on Teams. I would encourage your student to get in the habit of closing an assignment and opening it again to double check that their work is still there before turning it in. Today, some students discovered that they had to repeat this process a few times before they could turn work in.
  3. You will be receiving an additional email this afternoon from Mrs. Stewart, our librarian, about this year’s yearbook. Please read it thoroughly as there is a lot of information in it.
  4. Next week, RMA will be having “Virtual Spirit Week!” Please see the attached flyer for more information about how we will celebrate each day.

October 9, 2020
  1. Conferences will be next Thursday, October 15th and Friday, October 16th from 1:00-3:00. Students still have school on these days. Please make sure you have signed up for a conference on one of these days.
  2.  Today was the last day for Quarter 1. Quarter 2 will start on Monday. Report cards for the first quarter will be mailed this year.
  3. Thank you, families, for picking up your student’s materials. It was so good to see some of you all in person! Students will begin using their new notebooks on Monday morning. We will also follow our new schedules starting next week.
  4. Please make sure that you are checking on student’s assignments posted on our class website every day after school. Students need to finish any notes or charts that they did not finish in class so that students have those available to use each day. Thank you, families, for staying on top of assignments!

October 1, 2020
  1. Students need to make sure that they have finished copying their science “Measuring” notes. The power point that the class took notes from is on the class website and is called “qual.quan power point.” A hard copy of these notes can also be found under the “class charts” tab on the class website.
  2. Below you will find a Sign-up Genius link for Quarter 1 conferences. Conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 15th and 16th. Conferences will be held virtually this school year.
  3. Quarter 2 material pick-up days will be next week on Wednesday and Thursday, October 7th and 8th from 1:00-2:30. Students will have materials that need picked up and some materials that need dropped off.
  4. We are asking families to please drop off the notebook that your student has been using in class for the first quarter so that we can check through their work. With this, we are always asking that families please pick up a second notebook for your student to start fresh with during the second quarter. Students will start using their new notebooks on Monday, October 12th.
  5. Students also began working on a memory page for a class book to remember the second-grade student our school lost last week. Students started this with Ms. Hicks on Wednesday. Please drop off your student’s page with your student’s notebook and we will put those pages into a book for our classroom.
  6. Below you will also find a link for a quick survey regarding the supplies your student has at home. Please fill this out as it will be helpful for us as we gather materials to send out next week.
  7. There will be some slight changes to student’s schedules as we approach the second quarter. We will be starting guided reading groups so the biggest changes will be to reading groups, though some students will move math groups. We will be putting a copy of student’s schedules in their material bags and will follow the new schedule starting the week of October 12th.
  8. Please make sure you are continuing to check the ‘assignments’ tab every day on our class website for assignments that are due.

September 25, 2020

  1. Thank you families for dropping off your student’s math work these past two days. I am looking forward to seeing the awesome work your student has been doing at home :)
  2. On Wednesday, our guidance counselor Ms. Hicks will be leading our class in a lesson at 11:30 on some coping strategies for different emotions in light of the loss of our student and friend at school. If you would not like your student to participate in this, please contact me separately and I will assist you with that.
  3. Next Friday October 2nd is a Teacher Workday, so there will be NO SCHOOL!  
  4. Face to Face conferences will be virtual this year. Please be on the lookout for a Signup Genius link in our Camp News next week.  
  5. RMA will have another material pick up for the 2nd nine weeks. This will be on Wednesday and Thursday October 7th and 8th from 1:00-2:30. Students will need new books, so please make plans to pick up materials.

September 18, 2020
  1. We have started returning work to students on Teams. Work returned on Teams will either have a grade posted in the comments or a comment that students need to fix something. Work that has been returned with a grade does not need anything done with it. Work that needs fixed needs to be re-submitted for grading. We will be using this feature from now on while we are grading so please make sure to continue to check your student’s Teams account daily for any assignment’s notifications.
  2. This week we talked with the class about making sure their PowerPoint/Word document assignment says “saved” at the top before closing and turning it in. We have discovered that the reason some work is being submitted without answers is because computers are still in the process of automatically saving when students are closing the assignment. This is causing work that students did to not fully be saved and we are having to return a lot of work because of this. (There is no save button students click on. Students just need to be patient and double check that their assignment says saved at the top before closing it or turning it in.) With more practice, students will get better with this.
  3. You can access the “Text Features” power point that we went over in class this week by clicking on the “Power Points” tab on the class website.
  4. All notes and charts from class this week have been posted on the “Class Charts” tab on the classroom website.
  5. I forgot to mention that students did not have science grades on their progress reports last week because we alternate between teaching science and social students. Students starting science this week in class.
  6. On Tuesday, we will begin using for reading. Please have your student login before Monday so your student is familiar with these steps. I highly recommend families bookmark this page on your student’s device so your student can access it easily. Once on the website, click on “Student login” in the top right-hand corner. The class code to enter is: FRMA4A (This will save automatically after students login for the first time.) Students will select their name from our class and then type in their password which is: 12345
  7. Next Thursday, September 24 between 8:00 and 3:30 and Friday, September 25 between 8:00 and 1:00 we are asking families to stop by the school to drop off student work. There will be a bin placed outside of the front office with my name on it. Inside, families need to place their student’s work in the file-folder with their name on it. Students will also have a small surprise to pick up from us inside of their file-folder. Students will need to turn in the following worksheets from their math books:

 From the red Homework book:

Pages: 13-14, 17-18, 21-22 and 33-34

From the yellow Sprint book:

Pages 19, 23, 25, and 27

September 11, 2020
  1. Progress reports are being sent out this afternoon individually to families via email. Please keep in mind that grades are a reflection of just the first few weeks of school and will continue to change throughout  the rest of the quarter. Grades with online learning have proven to be much more time consuming than they usually are so I appreciate your patience as I am still catching up on work that needed to be fixed. Grades on the progress reports are a reflection of what I entered last night.
  2. It is extremely important that students are double checking their work before turning it in on Teams. I have come across many assignments that have been turned in blank or incomplete and I would really appreciate it if you stress to your student to make sure their work is complete on their assignments before turning them in. As I have been returning work to be fixed, there have been a lot of issues with Teams so it would be really helpful for families to look over students’ work that was turned in every night and let me know if you find a mistake.
  3. Starting on Monday, I will no longer be sending out daily emails with assignments that are due. I will be posting daily assignments on our class website and I am asking that families check in with students every evening to make sure work is turned in for that day. Daily assignments that need to be turned in will always be posted on Teams. Students do not have homework unless they did not finish an assignment in class.
  4. Students always have time in class to turn in work during the school day and students are expected to turn in their work as they finish. We understand that some students will need more time to finish assignments in the afternoon which is okay for unfinished work. Students are responsible for turning their work in on time. Daily assignments are due by 11:59pm.
  5. From this point forward, grades will be updated on PowerSchool by the end of the school day on Mondays for the previous week. Please check PowerSchool for more specific grade information.
  6. I have been extremely lenient with the late work policy these first few weeks of school because there have been so many new aspects to online learning that students are getting used to. Starting on Monday, the late work policy will be followed. Students will lose 10 points a day for late work. Students may turn in work for up to three days after the due date and after that students will receive a zero.
  7. On Tuesday, students will be taking their iStation assessment at 9:30. Students know how to get on the app by now so things should go smoothly this time ;)

September 3, 2020

1. Next week, our specials teachers will begin teaching in the afternoon. The 2nd grade specials schedule with the class codes to logon to Teams with can be found below:

  • Monday 1:00 – 1:30: Spanish
  • Tuesday 1:00 – 1:30: Music
  • Wednesday 1:00 – 1:30: Media
  • Thursday 1:00 – 1:30: PE
  • Friday 1:00 – 1:30: Art

Directions to join a Microsoft Team: A tutorial video is attached if you need it. A September choice board is also attached to this email for student’s to use.

  1. Click on the teams tab where you would access my class. 
  2. In the top right corner it says join or create a team. 
  3. Choose the join a team with a code and enter it there.

2. Students were assigned an “Onset and Rime” assignment on iStation today. Some students still need this app downloaded on their computer to get logged in to complete this. If your student did not complete this in class today, you will be receiving a separate email from me this afternoon with directions on how to get this completed over the weekend. Students need to have this finished over the weekend because on Tuesday, students will be assigned another assignment.

3. You will also be receiving a separate email from Mrs. Little this afternoon regarding our iStation assessment next week. Please read this and let her know if you have questions.

4. Parents, it is so extremely important that your student is completing their own work, typing and all. We are trying to grade assignments as accurately as possible and we cannot do that if someone else is doing to work for your student. Thank you for your support with this!

5. I will be working this weekend to upload the lessons (6-8) covered in math this week on our class website and on Teams. We will be taking our End of Module 1 test next week so please make sure your student is watching these at home for extra practice.

August 28, 2020
  1. With next week being our third full week, we are asking that parents please step away from helping students during the school day. We know technology issues may arise and students will need help with that, but during school hours, parents should not be sitting next to students or helping students with their work. Students should direct their questions if they need help to the teacher. We are working towards less distractions so we can spend more time pushing forward with learning.
  2. I will be deleting the Zearn tab on Teams as it seems to have been difficult for many students to access that website through the tab. I will link Zearn on our class notebook page so that students can just click the link and it will take them directly to the website. I highly recommend students have this page bookmarked on their web browser for easy access. Zearn is a website that students will be using if they finish work in class early.
  3. Students would greatly benefit from shutting down their devices completely off at night and re-starting them in the morning. This will ensure that their device is staying up to date and will help it run faster the next day.
  4. Please be on the lookout for a separate email from me this afternoon that has information regarding the iStation app that will need to be downloaded on your student’s device. Your student’s username and password will be sent out in a separate email.

August 21, 2020
  1. Please watch the following tutorials to help you and your student know what to do on Monday when we switch to small groups. This will help make things go much smoother. I know there will be issues and mistakes, but if students have a head start on where to find things that will help tremendously!
  2. I am going to email you individually with your student's groups and times along with a printable schedule for you to print out and have available for your student at their work station. I will send this information tomorrow as I am still waiting on some students to turn in their pre-assessments from today so I can finish organizing our math groups. (If you did not receive an additional email from me, your student is good to go.)
  3. There is no homework unless your student does not complete an assignment during class.  I will always send an email letting you know if something needs turned in from your student because they were not able to finish it during class.
  4. If you have some plain white paper readily available for your student to use at home, that would be awesome! We are going to be doing some art projects throughout the school year and this would help save some of their notebook paper in their notebooks.

August 14, 2020
  1. I will send out an email every Friday recapping our week and sending out announcements for the upcoming week. My Friday emails will always be called Camp News because our classroom theme is camping. I will normally have my website updated on Fridays as well, but we are still finalizing plans so it will be updated by Monday evening this week. 
  2. Students need to prepare a getting to know you bag over the weekend. They can use any kind of bag you have available. They need to put three items in the bag that either describes them, is important to them, or something they would really like to share. We will take our morning meeting time on Monday and Tuesday to share.
  3.  Today we started looking at how students will turn in assignments and how students will use the tabs on Teams to get to some websites. Below I have put three links for the tutorials Ms. Maness made to help you all navigate this with your student. (She used her class teams so remember, our class will click on my name, not hers when accessing assignments.) Eventually, we would like students to be able to do these things on their own. With some practice we think they will pick up on both of these things quickly. I have uploaded three practice assignments (addition practice, subtraction and word problems) on Teams for your student to practice with. These will not be graded but it will be helpful if your student can practice this at home so I know who has it and who still needs help. 
  4. I am also attaching a PowerPoint with some very kid friendly directions on how to click on a hyperlink, copy and paste, drag an item, and simply point and click.  This would be a great tool to go through with your student and practice.  There is also an assignment posted under the “Assignments” tab called “Computer Skills Practice”, this would be great to go through after looking over the PowerPoint.  You can turn this in when students finish and I can look over it.
  5. If your student gets kicked out of our meeting during our school day it is likely due to their internet connection. Please have your student click on “join” on our meeting to rejoin our class. I have to readmit them into our meeting so please be patient as it may take a few moments for me to do that.
  6. We will be working on adding in small groups after our first full week.  This will tweak the schedule a little, but in a way that I think will be very helpful to students and parents. There will be more information about this mid-week, but I wanted to go ahead and mention it to you.  This will not change the school hours, just making our time more focused and manageable.
  7. We will be starting content on Monday.  Please let your student work independently when needed and not assist them with answers.  Mistakes make us better!