• November 12-15

    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

    Our Week in Class!

    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

    Science: Magnets

    Congratulations AR Super Readers:  The following students are at 90% accuracy and 100% or more on goal: Annabelle, Hannah, Abby, Scarlett, Madelyn, Kaitlyn, Lara, Mason, and Norah

     

    November Highlights

    11/7 Veterans Day Lunch- all Veterans are invited to join us for lunch @ 11:40

    11/8 Half-Day 11:00 Dismissal (Please let me know if your child needs a sack lunch and how they are to go home.) 

            Hour of Chess

    11/11 Veterans Day No School

    11/15 PTA Family Movie Night 6:30

    11/18 PTA Meeting 6:00

    11/20 Progress Report

    11/27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

     

    Week at a Glance

     

    ELA: Moving on to Unit 3 Week 1 we will focus on similes, action verbs and continue to learn about abbreviations Weekly Overview

    Math: Topic 6

    Math Fluency #4 practice test

    IXL Math G1-4ELA RR 1-3, AAA 1-2

    Social Studies:  Veterans Day 

    Science: Magnets

    AR:  The following students are at 90%  accuracy and 100% or more on goal:Annabelle, Hannah, Abby, Scarlett, Madelyn, and Kaitlyn

     

     

     

     

     

     

    October 21 - 22

     Tuesday, Oct 22:  Please wear yellow or blue for Down Syndrome Awareness

    Wednesday, Oct. 23:  Be Red-y to Say No to Drugs – Wear Red

    Thursday, Oct 24:  Sock-it to Drugs – Wear Crazy Socks

    Friday, Oct. 25:  Team UP Against Drugs – Wear Team Spirit -
    Deadline for turning in Yearbook forms and payment

    Monday, Oct 28: Please wear yellow or blue for Down Syndrome Awareness           

    Oct. 28 at 6:00 PTA Meeting and Trail of Treats

    Wednesday, Oct. 30 Be A Champion and Read forms are due today

    Thursday, Oct 31:  Dress like a book character day   

    Half day of school Nov 8 - dismissal at 11:00.                                                        

    Please check folders daily. Remove items I send home and sign and return any forms or notes requiring your signature.

      Please read every night! 

    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! 

    Please check the school webpage and our class webpage daily!

    Please join Seesaw!  Your children love sharing what they do with you! 

    MATH – Topic 5: Place Value and small group 2 digit addition strategies.

    Science – plants/engineering

    Social Studies - Social Studies: Our Constitution/Communities/Map Skills

    We are into another read-aloud chapter book, Magic Tree House/Merlin Mission A Good Night for Ghosts and we are locating many vocabulary and spelling words! We are also learning about map skills and where we are in relation to other states.

    READING - Six Flags Read to Succeed - Just a reminder to get your forms in!

    Reading - Unit 2 Week 4 -

    Click here for the Reading Study Guides for all year (spelling, vocabulary, concepts): It starts with Unit Six and goes backward. Scroll down until you see Unit 2 Week 4

    Reading/Language Study Guides

    I wanted to share this great website! It is a great resource of children’s books, read aloud. Enjoy!  Just Books Read Aloud

     
    My friend, Mrs. Kelley, over at LMS asked me for a list of my favorite fall books for children.  Her students were assigned a book and had to read it aloud and make a video.  Here is one for fall.  Enjoy!

    It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9sSBu5ZdWnNVXpla1AxWnBMVlk/view?usp=sharing

    Please sign up for HomeConnect - Web address for RenLearn HomeConnect: https://hosted380.renlearn.com/1355888/homeconnect

    IXL topics for this week: you may do these at home if you choose:

    ·       Multiple-meaning words with pictures JJ.1

    ·       Choose the picture that matches the idiomatic expression LL.1

    ·       Form regular plurals with -s and -es PP.6Second grade

    ·       Use regular plurals with -s and -es PP.7Second grade

    ·       Form and use irregular plurals PP.10

    ·       Abbreviate days of the week AAA.1

    ·       Abbreviate months of the year AAA.2

    ·       Determine the topic and purpose of informational passages S.2 —

    ·       Select the detail that does not support the topic sentence Y.1 —

    ·       Choose topic sentences for narrative paragraphs Y.2

    ·       Choose topic sentences for expository paragraphs Y.3

    Videos for nouns/subjects/predicates/prefixes:  

    Nouns    Subjects and Predicates   Prefixes

    Some students are moving to the cursive section of their handwriting workbooks.  This is a video we use in class to practice cursive.  Cursive Writing tutorial

    Spelling Dictation - remember, the test will cover patterns, not a list that has been memorizedWe are continuing to write sentences. (one statement, one command, one question and one exclamation) To be a complete sentence, sentences must have these 5 parts:

    1.      Start with a capital letter

    2.      End with an end mark.

    3.      Make sense.

    4.      Have a subject noun (subject)

    5.      Have a verb (predicate)

    Students are also directed to have at least 5 words in each sentence.

    As we move along, there will be other directions added. For example:

    ·      Add and/or underline a specific part of speech

    ·      Use a spelling or vocabulary word

     

     

     

     

    Welcome to 2nd 9 Weeks!  

     October 14 – 18

     I hope everyone had a great fall break. 

    Remember: Class Tee Shirt money is due by October 18  (make checks to CES)

    Please check folders daily. Remove items I send home and sign and return any forms or notes requiring your signature.  

    Please read every night! 

    We do have snack every day right after PE. I allow water and a healthy snack with water only.  Thanks so much for helping me keep ants out of our classroom! 

    Please check the school webpage and our class webpage daily!

    There are still a number of you who are not on my email distribution list.  I apologize if I have missed an email from you, asking me to add you to the list.  Please just send one more and I'll get you on the distribution.  Thanks!

    Please join Seesaw!  Your children love sharing what they do with you! 

    AR READING

    New reading goals begin today! 

    Congratulations to our 1st Nine Weeks Super Readers

    AR Data:  Our Word Counts as of 10/7:  1,132,229 words

    Top % of Goal – Abby Hester 296.7% of goal

    Top Average % Accuracy – Lara Lum 99.4% accuracy

    100%-Club – with 90% accuracy – Andrew, Aidan, Madelyn, Norah

    150%-Club – with 90% accuracy – Sofia, Lara, Jonah, Lola, Isabel, Kaitlyn

    200%- Club - with 90% accuracy – Scarlett

    250%-Club – with 90% accuracy – Abby, Hannah, Joseph

    READING

    Please sign up for HomeConnect - Web address for RenLearn HomeConnect:  https://hosted380.renlearn.com/1355888/homeconnect

    Reading Study Guide:

    This week is Unit 2 Week 3 - IXL topics for this week:  Sections M, V, I – you may do these at home if you choose

    Videos for nouns/subjects/predicates/prefixes:  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzlQ0wciXM0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG7jEmZu1Wo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2auzLzzi_E 

     

    Comprehension Strategy: make predictions

    Comprehension Skill: main topic and key details

    Vocabulary Strategy: suffixes – ly, ful

    Writing Traits: organization

    Grammar: common and proper nouns

    Structural Analysis: prefixes – re, un, dis

    Mechanics: capital letters – proper nouns

    Vocabulary: buried, escape, habitat, journey, nature, peeks, restless, spies

    High Frequency Words: almost, buy, food, out, pull, saw, sky, straight, under, wash

    Oral Vocabulary:  defend, encounter, located, positive, react

    Spelling - remember, the test will cover patterns and is a dictation test. 

    Spelling pattern for the week Soft c and Soft g: When c or g meets e, i, or y, its sound is soft.  Example: soft c- place / soft g - badge

    We are continuing to write sentences. (one statement, one command, one question and one exclamation) To be a complete sentence, sentences must have these 5 parts:

    1. Start with a capital letter and end with an end mark.
    2. Make sense.
    3. Have a subject noun (subject)
    4. Have a verb (predicate)
    5. Have an adjective.

    Students are also directed to have at least 6 words in each sentence.

    As we move along, there will be other directions added. For example:

    • Add and/or underline a specific part of speech
    • Use a spelling or vocabulary word

    Social Studies - The Constitution and the Amendments Click the link below for School House Rock! 

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFroMQlKiag

    Science – Animal Habitats

    Math – Place Value – ones, tens and hundreds / 2 digit addition

    Dates to remember:

    October 21 – Report Cards go home

    October 22 – Fire Safety

    October 25 - Red Ribbon Day - wear red

    October 28 – Book Fair Week

    PTA Meeting/Trail of Treats                                                                                         

    Please wear yellow or blue on Friday in October in celebration of Down Syndrome Month!

     

     

    The Week of Sept. 16-20  

     

    IMPORTANT

    IMPACT AID forms will come home Thursday, 9/19.

    Every child who returns their form on Friday, 9/20 will get to go to a special dance party at 1:30.

     

    Next week is Johnny Appleseed week.  We are in need of paper towel and toilet tissue rolls for a wonderful Steam activity.  If possible we child needs to bring the favorite apple next Thursday, 9/26.

      

    Please check folders daily. Remove items I send home and sign and return any forms or notes requiring your signature.

    Please read every night – to your child, with your child, listen to your child read! 

    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! 

    Please check the school webpage and our class webpage daily!

    Math – Continuing addition and subtraction.

               Working with equal groups of objects to develop a foundation for                     multiplication.

    Science - Soil

    Reading - Unit 1 Week 5 -

    Remember that Week 3 and 5 test can be used as practice at home.  Your child can login at Wonders on the school webpage. 

    Phonics Patterns:  short and long i  – we work with these words all week and the dictation test will have words with the short and long i patterns.

    Grammar:  Quotation Marks and expanding sentences.

    Social Studies: Communities 

    Buenos Tardes! Mondays we have Spanish from 10:20-10:50

    Dates to remember…

    Johnny Appleseed’s birthday – Sept. 26 – You may dress like Johnny on this day or the character you portray in our play.

     

    Conferences:  If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact at dhsmith@madisoncity.k12.al.us, Class seesaw or  256-603-7205 - text message.  Tuesday – Thursday at 8:05 – 8:25 or Thursday after school.  If Thursday is not a good day let me know. 

     

    Click here for important news and information: http://ces.madisoncity.k12.al.us/

     

     9/9-13

    Click Here For Newsletter

     

    Conferences:  If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact at dhsmith@madisoncity.k12.al.us, Class seesaw or  256-603-7205 - text message.  Tuesday – Thursday at 8:05 – 8:25 or Thursday after school.  If Thursday is not a good day let me know. 

    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.

    Conferences:  If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact at dhsmith@madisoncity.k12.al.us, Class seesaw or  256-603-7205 - text message.  Tuesday – Thursday at 8:05 – 8:25 or Thursday after school.  If Thursday is not a good day let me know. 

    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 liquids are allowed in the lunchroom. Thanks so much for helping me keep ants out of our classroom! 

    Math - Strategies in addition and subtraction.

    Science – Plants/Seeds/Soil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql6OL7_qFgU

    Social Studies: Labor Day/Communities/Landforms – We will be reading Buffalo Before Breakfast and we learned all about landforms.  Check your Seesaw journal for a pic of our Dinosaur Landforms!

    Check out this video about Labor Day

    Reading - Unit 1 Week 3 Essential Question? How can pets be important friends?

    Reading Concepts - Shared Read: “Finding Cal”  Genre: Fiction  

    Paired Read: “No Norman” Genre: Fiction

    Comprehension Strategy: Ask and Answer Questions /Comprehension Skill: Characters, setting, events

    Vocabulary Strategy: Context Clues   

    Writing Trait: Word choice.

    Grammar: Subject in a sentence /Mechanics: Letter, punctuations, greeting and closing    

    Phonics Rule: two letter blends  

    You will notice we are not doing traditional spelling test.   We will be doing dictation sentences using the phonic patterns taught. This week, we will be writing one of each type of sentence. (statement, command, question, exclamation) To be a complete sentence, sentences must start with a capital letter and end with the correct end mark. 

    Reading Data Board: We will be at 55% of this grading period on Friday. 

    Congratulation!!!!!!!!

    We have 3 students in the 100% + Club Members! Congrats to Abby, Hannah, Scarlett and Kaitlyn. 

    I am so proud of these girls.  They have each reached 100% or more of their AR goal and have an average of 90% or more in average percent correct. 

    Dates to remember…

    Bus Safety – Tuesday, September 3re

    Boosterthon Kickoff is Wednesday, September 4th  

    Grandparent’s Day - Thursday, September 5 at 11:40.  Please have the grandparents to meet us in the lunchroom.

    PTA Meeting – Monday, Sep. 9, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Wear dots on Friday, Sept. 16th to celebrate International Dot Day! Celebrate Dot Day!

    Thank you so much for to the parents who have paid for Scholastic News and Science Spin!  If you have not and plan to pay, please do so by Monday, September 9.

    Click here for important news and information: http://ces.madisoncity.k12.al.us/

    Please check the school webpage and our class webpage daily!

     

     

     

     

    Aug. 26-30 (1.2) 

     Reading – Unit 1 Week 2 Essential Question? How are families around the world the same and different? 

    Here are some activities we will be doing

    Word Workout

    • Words to Know: root words – words with no prefix or suffix Root Words  Prefixes/Suffixes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-UttUp6wCc
    • Phonics: short eoWe will read a poem, emphasizing the word at the end of the first line. Your child will choose the list word that completes the rhyme and then identify the rhyming sound in the word. This week’s words contain the phonic sound of as in bed, the as in cot, or the sound as in bug.

    Comprehension: character, setting, event

    We will look at a picture and make up a story about the picture. Your child will describe the character, setting, and event.

    Web address for RenLearn HomeConnect: 

    HomeConnect

    Students should be at 34% of goal by Friday.  

    100% Club - picture on Social Media!

    125% Club - with 90% accuracy - K Helper

    150% Club- with 90% accuracy - Teacher for the Day

    175% Club- with 90% accuracy - 

    200% Club- with 90% accuracy - Ice Cream at Lunch

    225% Club- with 90% accuracy – Special lunch

    Spelling – there is no list to study. We are learning patterns.

    You will notice, we will be doing dication sentences each week that will have words that cover our phonic patterns that we have covered. This week, we will be writing a statement, question and a command. To be a complete sentence, sentences must have start with a capital letter and end with an end mark. 

    Connect Ed is up and running!  I have made available to you the Unit 1 Week 1 test to review and practice with your child.  Your child can log onto connected.mcgraw-hill.com at home and click the test.   This will give you a peek at what the test looks like and the stories that are used.  Their user names are the same as their sign-on user names except "11mcs" is typed in front of their user name.  For example, my user name is my first name, middle initial and last initial and my password is my first initial and my last initial, zero and my lunch number.  So, my ConnectEd user name and password would be:  User Name:  11mcsdonnahs  Password:  ds055555  All my students have used their log ons here at school.  They should have no trouble getting on at home.  Thanks for your support! We are working on Unit 1 Week 2 at school this week. They will not have access to this assignment at home.   We will be taking grades on week 2 and 4 of each unit. 

    IXL is ready for use! If you would like, students may sign on at home.  This week’s topic:  Section L We do this in class, but extra practice at home is always helpful. This is not homework, just an option.

    Please purchase a subscription to Scholastic News/Science Spin for your child. The cost is $8.50 for the year. They will use SN in Social Studies/Reading, and Science Spin in Science. Send me your check made out to Scholastic News or cash is fine, just be sure to label with your child’s name. Thank you so much!

    Math:  Topic One: Understanding Addition and Subtraction (word problems)  and Math Games 

     

    Social Studies – Landforms/Citizenship/Map Skills – We are reading and listening for landforms. Here is a video about landforms: Landforms (You will have to skip through a commercial)

    And here is one about the 7 continents: 7 Continents (You will have to skip through a commercial)

    Here is a song about oceans piggybacked on the tune of My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean:

      Atlantic's the name of an ocean.   
                  (Hold up one finger at a time as you name the oceans.)   
          Pacific and Indian, too.                
          The Arctic is often forgotten.I can name the oceans, can you?      
                         (Point to self then to a friend.)

          Oceans, oceans, oceans of beautiful blue.    
                   (Swim arms.)

          Oceans, oceans, I can name the oceans.
          Can you?

    Science – SCIENCE: Check out this video about plants: 

    Plants

    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!

    Please check the school webpage and our class webpage daily!

    Please check folders daily. Remove items I send home and sign and return any forms or notes requiring your signature.

    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)

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbia-Elementary-School/108279696039262

    Columbia Twitter @colmbiaeschool #astropride

    https://twitter.com/columbiaeschool

     

    August 19, 2019

    Wow what a week!  We learned a lot of procedures, made friends and had a ton of fun.  Thank you for all your help with our many mundane forms!  It is my least enjoyable activity as a teacher.  I wish I had a secretary and a bookkeeper!  

     Thank you to those who were able to make the Curriculum Night.  I appreciate your understanding that this night was not for conferences.  I am available to meet with you most any morning before school, during PE (8:05-8:25 - then I will need to pick students up from PE) or after school.  Please allow 24 hours notice for your request.  Be on the lookout for an email with the PPt we used attached. I did want to add one piece of info about our Gifted Services. Mrs. Medeiros conducts Second Grade Child Find: All second graders are observed throughout their second grade year using state mandated protocol. She visits our class at least 3 or 4 times each year.  The work samples she collects are pieces of the gifted assessment.

     Mr. Hill requested that everyone be eligible for Fun Day Friday for the first two weeks.  I pulled several tickets this week, but explained that they were practice and no one would lose FDF this week.  We will start our regular ticket procedures on Monday.  Students will be responsible for informing you why they lost a ticket.  They will be bringing a form home called Behavior Homework.  The form is self-explanatory and we will review it again next week before anyone has to bring one home.  I don't want the students losing instructional time so they will need to fill it out when they get home.  Please don't let them tell you, "I don't remember why I lost a ticket"  I promise they have discussed it with me in great detail.  Please return the form the next school day.  Please don't spend a lot of time reprimanding your child for tickets 1-3.  It's a time of learning and understanding what is appropriate.  If they lose 4 or 5, you will want to have a more lengthy discussion with your child.  I try and put a pic of the form in Seesaw when they are coming home.  Sometimes, there is just not time for me to do it.  This is why is is very important to develop that daily routine of checking folders and returning them back into their book bag for them to bring back to school.

    Please check the school calendar/website often for important school-wide info.

    This week schedule:

    Reading - Unit 1 Week 1

    Math –Understanding Addition and Subtraction

    Science - Plants

    Social Studies - Landforms

     Dates to Remember:

    Aug. 20 - Spirit Night @ Panera Bread

    Drama Club Auditions through the 22nd

    Aug. 26 - Breakfast with the Principal, 8-9

    Aug. 29 - Picture Day

    Watch Dog Dads Kick-off 6pm

    Aug. 30 - Student 1/2 day - dismissal at 11:00

    Sept. 4 - Boosterthon Kickoff

    Sept. 13 - Fun Run

    Sept. 17 - Spirit Night @ Panda Express

    Sept. 27 - Family Movie Night @ 6:30

    Oct. 7-11 - Fall Break

    If you need snack provided for your child, please send a note. We have an organization who can provide snacks but we do need your request in writing, email or you can text.

     
    Thank you Mrs.Thompson for being our PTA repersentative.
     
    August 16
     
    Today the students took the STAR reading test and the DIBELS assessment.  Tomorrow we will do the STAR math.  I will send home reports for STAR next week. 
     
    Please check folders daily. Remove items I send home and sign and return any forms or notes requiring your signature.
    Please read every night!
    Snack - 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! Also, please be sure your chlld can open any container you send them with. With a little practice, this can become an independent task.   
     
    Stay in the know... Please check the school webpage and our class webpage daily!
     

     

     

    August 11, 2019

    It has been an amazing and awesome and astounding start to school! The first three days have been incredibly busy, the students have been sweet and patient and did it with a smile on their faces. I am so proud of all of my students! This will be a fabulous year!

    We are working on setting the foundation of your classroom by doing the First 8 day of School.  We are setting classroom routines, school and classroom expectations and get to know each other.  I am enjoying the students’ enthusiasm as we are working each day to make our classroom a safe and happy place to learn.

    Please remember to send the daily folders to school everyday. 

    I look forward to seeing each family represented at 2nd grade Parent Night on Thursday, August 15th at 5:00. The meeting will be in the media center. 

    Thank you for all of your kind words of support and your donations to our classroom. 

    Upcoming Events:

    8/15 2nd Grade Parent Night 5-6 (in the media center)

    8/26 Breakfast with the Principal 8 AM

    8/26 Popcorn & Painting with the Principal 6 PM

    8/27 Chorus Auditions for Lion King Jr. (after school)

    8/28 Boosterthon Pledging Opens

    8/29 Fall Picture Day

    8/29 Watch Dog Kickoff 6 PM

    8/30 Half day, dismissal @ 11:00

    9/2 No School (Labor Day)

    9/4 Boosterthon Pep Rally

    We will begin practicing our Reading & Math routines this week.  Reading Unit 1 Week 1 will begin 8/19

     

     

    Welcome to CES 2nd Grade 2019!  

    Hello 2nd graders and Parents!

    Thank you for coming to Open House!  It was great getting to meet each of you and your beautiful children.  I'm so excited about spendiing the day with you child on our first day of school. 

    If you have not done so please fill out the Google form by clicking on the link   https://urlzs.com/ypdb2

    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/482-752-140

    2. Choose your child from the list
    3. Create your account
    4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child.
    5. 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 e-mail me from any e-mail you would like to receive or correspondence from me.   This will prevent me from misspeling your 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.

    Love,  Mrs. Smith