• Week of January 21-24, 2020


    **IF your child was selected to be moved to the new classroom with Ms. Cochran, please have your child report to my room in the morning.  We will gradually transition them to her room with their supplies. They will continue to sit with us at the lunch table for the remainder of the year. **

    ELA unit 4 Week 2, this is a review week.  

    Unit 4 Week 2

    Math: Topic 8 Addition two-digit with and without regrouping.  Fluency test #3 will be recorded for a grade.

    Friendly Reminders

    Optional Practice @ Home:  IXL, SuccessMaker, Clever/Typing Agent .  The links can be found at the bottom of Columbia’s home page (ces.madisoncity.k12.al.us)

    Six Flags Read to Succeed Program forms will be coming home Tuesday. ~  Please let me know if you have questions. I would like all students to earn this FREE ticket! The ticket price is $51.99 for a child.

    Important Dates:

    1/20: No School;

    1/24: Donuts with Dad 7:10 in the Media Center

    1/28: Class Pictures

    1/31:  Parent Heart Homework Due

    2/7: School wide Field Trip– CES Drama Club Presents: Lion King (no chaperones needed)

    2/10: PTA meeting Multicultural Night at 6:00

    2/12: Progress Reports go home today

    2/13: Valentine Cards are due today.

    2/14: Collaborative Day - School dismisses at 11:00

    If you read to this point, send in a note in your child's folder (and tell them to put it in the inbox) on Tuesday for a treat!  I'm interested in how many folks are using the webpage.


    Week at a Glance - 1/13-17

    Last Friday, we will be celebrated our AR success for 2nd nine weeks. We are working hard already for the celebration for 3rd nine weeks.

    Upcoming Events

    1/17: Family Movie Night at 6:30

    1/20: No School in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday

    1/22: 100th Day of School (2nd grade doesn’t do anything special)

    1/24: Donuts with Dad 7:10 in the Media Center 1/28: Class Pictures

    2/7: School wide Field Trip– CES Drama Club Presents: Lion King (no chaperones allowed due to limited seating) Important Information: CES Drama Club will be performing the play, “The Lion King, Jr.” The play will be at BJHS and the cost is $1 to cover the cost of transportation. Permission forms will come home this week. Please sign and return and include the $1. The entire school and staff are going so no chaperones will be going on this trip due to limited seating. If you would like to see the play, there are performances at 7pm Friday, Feb. 7th and Saturday, February 8th at 2pm and 7pm.

    2/10: PTA meeting Multicultural Night at 6:00

    Reading: Wonders Unit 4 Week 1 http://www.theteachersguide.com/wondersunitfourweekone/unitfourweekonettg.pdf

    Math: Envision Topic 8 Adding Two-Digit Numbers

     • 08-01 Regrouping 10 Ones for 1 Ten

    • 08-02 Models to Add Two- and One-Digit Numbers

    • 08-03 Adding Two- and One-Digit Numbers

    • 08-04 Models to Add Two-Digit Numbers

    • 08-05 Adding Two-Digit Numbers

    • 08-06 Adding on a Number Line

    • 08-07 Adding More than Two Numbers • 08-08 Ways to Add • 08-09 Problem Solving: Draw a Picture and Write a Number Sentence

    Happy New Year!

    I hope you all enjoyed the ornaments your children made for you. Don't forget to send in a picture of how you spent your break. If you email them, I will show them on the Smartboard for a show and tell when we return. If you would rather send in a hard copy, that is fine too! I look forward to starting our second semester on Jan. 6th!

    Dec. 16-20

    Dec. 19 - Students are allowed to wear their PJs.  No house shoes.  Wear rubber soled shoes.

    Our class party will be Wednesday, 12:30-2:00.

    We will be finishing up assessments and winding down to our Winter Break.  I will be out on Monday to participate in our Lighthouse Team Meeting.  Please call the office if you need to change your child's transportation.

    Here are some dates to remember:

    Future dates…

    12/20 – St. Jude’s School-wide incentive @ 10:15 am in cafeteria

    1/6 – Students return

    1/9 – Report cards go home

    1/13 – OLSAT (2nd grade ONLY)

    1/13 - PTA Breakfast with the Principal @ 8:00 am in café

    1/20 – No school (MLK Day)

    1/21 – 100th day of school

    1/21 – ACCESS for ELLs testing begins 

    1/24 – Donuts with Dads 7:05-7:30

    2/7 & 2/8 – CES Drama Club “The Lion King Jr” at BJHS (school-wide FT)

    2/10 - PTA Multicultural Night

    2/17 – No School (weather day)

    3/2-3/6 – CES Book Fair; Hour of Chess (grades 2-5)

    3/6 – Author Visit in grades 2/3

    If you read to this point, send in a note in your child's folder (and tell them to put it in the inbox) on Tuesday for a treat!


    Dec. 5-12

    DIBELS assessments for our class will be Dec. 11 - I will be out that day administering the assessment.

    AR Update - By Friday, Dec. 20, your child should be at 100% of their AR goal with a 90% average.

    Thank you for completing the Google form regarding Fri., Dec. 20!

    We have been STAR testing this week.  

    Reading for next week will be Unit 3 Week 5 - this is a review week.

    Math - Begin Topic 7 - Subtracting Tens, finding parts of 100, subtracting on a hundreds chart, subtracting multiples of ten, problem solving (missing or extra information)

    Dates to Remember...

    PTA is Dec. 9 - Reflections Winners will be recognized - be sure to return the form for pizza if you plan to attend.

    12/9: PTA Meeting at 6:00

    12/19: Winter Party 12:30-2:00

    12/19: Spirit Night at Uncle Maddio’s

    12/20: Half Day of School

    12/20: End of 1st semester

    12/23-1/3: Winter Break


    Nov. 18-22

    Reading - 

    U3W3 Overview  

    Math: Topic 6

    IXL Math E, F, M

    ELA RR 1-3, AAA 1-2

    School Events

    11/18 PTA Meeting 6:00/Rise Raptor Program

    11/20 Progress Reports

    11/27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday- No School


    Nov. 12-15

    ELA: Unit 3 Week 2 Weekly Overview 

    This is a testing week, we will test on Friday.  You can review the skills on the McGraw Hill ConnectEd Reading site.

    Math: Topic 6

    IXL Math E, F, M

    ELA RR 1-3, AAA 1-2

    School Events

    11/15 PTA Family Movie Night 6:30

    11/18 PTA Meeting 6:00

    11/20 Progress Reports

    11/27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday- No School


    Nov. 4-8th - Friday is a 1/2 day - dismissal at 11:00 - Please be sure your child knows how they are getting home.

    Newsletter 11/4

    October 28-Nov. 1

    No newsletter this week - Review Week - 

    - Be a Champion and Read reading logs due Friday and Dress like a Book Character Day also on Friday 10/31 - NO masks and must wear tennis shoes 
    We have created a book and are ready to send it to the publisher.  In order for your child to be included in the book, I MUST have your signature by Friday.  It would be wonderful if you could just send it back tomorrow.
    The form you must sign is an order form. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PURCHASE A BOOK for your child to be included.  But again, you MUST sign the form.  The forms are in your child's red folder today.  Our classroom will receive a free, hardcover copy of this book, but ONLY if I get your order form back with your signature, EVEN IF YOU CHECK NO.
    Thank you so much!  The students are really excited about being published authors!
    Have a great evening,

    Please sign and return report cards in the yellow folder.

    Click here for News Oct. 21-25

    Click here for Gear Up and Read forms

    Click here for Reflections Entry form and rules.

    Click here for drawing a bat tutorial

    Click here for instructions for bat origami

    Click here for discussion questions on Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve

    - 1st 9 weeks ended 10/4; Report Cards go home 10/21 - Please sign and return on Tuesday.  Thank you!
    - Fire Safety sponsored by PTA (sch TBA)
    - Lunchroom Popcorn parties (1 HR winner per grade level per 9 weeks) - We won!
    - Drill update - Severe weather drill 10/25 at 7:50 am
    - Red Ribbon sponsored by PTA 10/25 (Everyone wear RED!)
    - STAR #2 9/30-10/29 (ALL grade levels assess STAR in all 5 windows) 
    - Book Fair 10/28-10/31 - Our class attends on Monday.  Students who bring money may go any day during recess, if they finish lunch early, or during library time in rotations.  You may meet your child any day during lunch or recess if you would like to go to the Book Fair with your child.
    - Special Olympics October 22 at 9:30 (school-wide send off out front at 8:20 am)
    - October is Down Syndrome Awareness month (wear blue and yellow on 10/22 and 10/25)
    - Trail of Treats is October 28 from 6-7:30 pm with costume contest in cafeteria (ALL staff attends this event outside your classroom; candy provided by PTA)
    - Be a Champion and Read reading logs due and Dress like a Book Character Day on 10/31 - NO masks and must wear tennis shoes 


    Click here to sign up for a Fall Conference 

    This is OPTIONAL.  If you have recently had a conference, there is no need for another one at this time.  You can always request a conference at a later date if none of these times work for you.

    If you need a conference at a later date, I am usually available during our PE time and 3:10-3:30 on most days.  I work daycare and do private tutoring in the afternoons starting at 3:30.

    Sept. 30-Oct. 4

    Click here for 9.30-10.4 News

    Silly socks and hats Wed., pj’s and popsicles Thursday and lunch outside and movie Friday. If the heat index is 90 or higher, we will do lunch outside after Fall Break. 🥵

    10/3: Make-up Picture Day 

    10/7-10/11: Fall Break

    Dear Parents,
    The end of the nine weeks is Friday.  Wow!  I can't believe I just typed that.
    When we return from Fall Break, we will have an AR celebration.  Students are eligible to attend if they met their points goal and have 90% average correct.
    I have several students who are really close!  I encourage you to have them read nightly.  Their library books or books from your home library or public library are most likely AR books.  You can check on the AR Book Finder.

    Sept. 23-27

    Click here for this week's Newsletter.

    Dates to Remember:

    9/23: Progress Reports came home today.  Please sign the report and return it in the yellow folder tomorrow. Thank you! 

    9/26 Johnny Appleseed BD - please send in empty paper towel cardboard tube or empty toilet paper tube.  You

     9/27: Family Movie Night from 6:30-8:30 

    9/30 Scholastic Book order submitted

    10/3: Make-up Picture Day 

    10/7-10/11: Fall Break

    Sept. 9-13 

    Click here for News 9/9-13

    9/11 Patriot Day, please wear Red, White, Blue 
    9/9 Enrichment with Mrs. Medeiros
    9/13 Boosterthon Glow Run in the gym

    9/17 Spirit Night at Panda Express 
    9/23 First Quarter Progress Reports - please sign/return the next school day
    9/26 Johnny Appleseed's birthday - please send in empty paper towel tubes and/or toilet paper tubes
    9/27 PTA Family Movie Night at 6-8:30 
    10/7-10/11 Fall Break Week

    Sept. 3-6  

    Click here for News Sept. 3-6

    Goodbye summer! I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day Holiday! We will be learning about this national holiday this week in Social Studies.

    Please check folders daily. Remove items I send home and sign and return any forms or notes requiring your signature. The students’ first job each day is to take items for me out of their folder and put them in the designated place. Directions: Open your folder, check both pockets, put any items for me in the collection bin.

      Parents, Please read every night – to your child, with your child, and listen to your child read! 20-30 minutes can make a world of difference in your child’s reading fluency and comprehension.

    We do have snack every day right after PE. I allow water and a healthy snack. Snacks with liquid are allowed in the lunchroom. Thanks so much for helping me keep ants out of our classroom! If you are unable to provide a snack for your child, please email me.  We have a group who is supplying snacks for anyone who needs help.

    Math - Strategies in addition and subtraction. OPTIONAL Extra practice – IXL K1

    Science – Plants/Seeds/Soil

    Social Studies: Labor Day/Communities/Landforms – We just completed, High Tide in Hawaii and have begun  Buffalo Before Breakfast and we are learning all about landforms.  Check your Seesaw journal for a pic of our Dinosaur Landforms!  Buffalo Before Breakfast also has a main character who is a Grandmother.  We hope our Grandparents will join us for lunch tomorrow at 11:40!  There will be a table on the stage for our special guests.

    Check out this video about Labor Day

    Our Earth by Anne Gibbons - Landforms

    Click here for Scholastic News online   Class code sent on Seesaw!

    Hola! Mondays we have Spanish with Senora Ingram - Sorry we miss several Mondays this year. :(

    Reading - Reading – Unit 1 Week 3 Essential Question? How can a pet be an important friend?  The games on www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com are good practice this week for subjects and two letter blends.  Enjoy!

    Here is a great story you can listen to.  See how many landforms/bodies of water you can find in this story.  It is also an AR test!  Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?

    Click here for Study Guides for all year (spelling, vocabulary, concepts):  

    Click here for To-Do Lists for all year  This is not homework!  This is what we do in class.  Ask your child to tell you what they did today.  If you have this to refer to, they can't answer with, "Nothing"  :)


    THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you who have ordered books from Scholastic!  I submitted the order Friday. You are welcome to order online at any time!

    Columbia Connect

    Don’t miss another announcement or news article about Columbia Elementary!

    Browse the links below to discover all the ways that you can stay connected! 

    Columbia Website - Latest News, Highlights, Calendar http://ces.madisoncity.k12.al.us/ 

    School Messenger – email and phone messages

    *Make sure all contact information remains current in the school office.

    The system uses one main email and phone number 

    Columbia Facebook Page (school and PTA announcements)


    Columbia Twitter @colmbiaeschool #beintentional  https://twitter.com/columbiaeschool

    Columbia PTA  http://www.cespta.org/





    The Week of August 26: Click here for Newsletter

    Welcome to CES 2nd Grade 2019!  

    Hello 2nd graders and Parents!

    Thank you for coming to Open House. This is my first year ever to have 100% of my students attend Open House. I am so excited to be your teacher this year! We are going to do many fun things and we will learn a lot. I hope you had a fabulous summer and I can’t wait to hear all about it. 

    Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 7th! We begin class at 7:40.  

    Below, you will find a link to a Google form I need you to fill out. It was also embedded in the email I sent you Friday. You can do it at home, or you can use a computer in my room at Open House.    Student Information Form

    IF you have not already bought your school supplies, I have ear buds for every student.  If your child has ear buds/head phones they really want to use, that is fine too!  Also, I have plenty of page protectors, post-it notes, pencils and cap erasers. Don't buy these for now.  If we run out, I may ask for donations then.

    Please read this important information!  This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. I'll also use Seesaw to send you messages and reminders. Seesaw is private; you'll only see posts created by your child.

    Please Sign Up after I have entered my students

    1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/780-245-808
    2. Choose your child from the list
    3. Create your account
    4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

    After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

    Please email me from any email you would like to receive correspondence from me.  This will prevent me from misspelling your email address.

    Thank you for supporting your child's learning!  If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the 'Sign in' tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

    See you soon! You are already in my heart!

    Love, Ms. Graham