July 16

Back to School Shopping

I cannot believe it is already time for back to school shopping! School will be starting before we know it!

You will be receiving a back to school letter in the mail sometime in the next few weeks, but I figured some of you may be curious about the items you will need now.

The second grade teachers supply everything that your child will need. I have purchased a pencil pouch for each student and already filled it with 2 pencils, crayons, a glue stick, an eraser, a whiteboard marker and eraser, and a bookmark. We will supply all of the folders that your child will need.

Your child may bring:
-pencils (they go through them so quickly!)
-erasers (same as above)
-a handheld pencil sharpener
-their own crayons, colored pencils or markers
-scissors
-Earbuds- Each child will have a Chromebook that they will use daily. We recommend sending in a pair of earbuds that your child can use. If they do not have earbuds, they will use the school’s headphones. Your child can store his/her earbuds in his/her pencil pouch.

Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions! I cannot wait to partner with you and your family this year!

My email address is lacey_henn@elanco.org

June 19

Welcome to Second Grade

I just wanted to say hello to all of the incoming second graders and their families. I hope that everyone is having a fun and relaxing summer!

The second grade teachers work as a team to ensure success and a great year for all students. We have created a survey to help us get to know you and your child.

Please click here to complete the survey before the start of school. Thank you for your time!

We look forward to a fun and rewarding year with you and your child in second grade! Have a fantastic rest of your summer!

June 16

Summer Library

Each summer, our amazing librarians at Brecknock plan fun, educational nights in the library. Join Mrs. Means, Mrs. High, and some of the other specialists for a fun night of reading and activities. Summer library is a drop in event from 6:00-8:00pm.  Students are able to check out up to 5 books!

June 18– Fitness Fun– fun fitness activities with Mrs. High

June 25– Awesome Art! Join Mrs. Buckman for some art fun.

July 2– Spectacular Science– Hands-on science with Mrs. Braverman

July 9– Music Mania– Join Mr. Goodman for a musically good time!

July 17- Doggone Good Books– Stories about man’s best friend and a chance to meet our canine visitors.

Tuesday, July 31– Harry Potter’s Birthday Celebration

June 12

What a Wonderful Year

I cannot believe that another year has come to a close. It has been an amazing year and I am so thankful I got to share it with such remarkable kids. Although I am ready to spend the summer with Addison, Christopher, and Lorelei, I am going to miss each and every student I had the pleasure of working with this year. We had so much fun learning and growing this year and I know that each of them will do a fantastic job in third grade.

Here is just a quick glance at some of the fun we had this year. Even in such a short snippet of our year, the amazing personalities of the kiddos shine through. I am so honored to have had the chance to work with your child as they continue their educational journey.

May 23

What is the summer reading slide?

Some of you may have heard of the summer reading slide while that may be a completely new term for some of you. The summer reading slide is the idea that students that do not continue to practice reading or math facts tend to lose about two months worth of instruction. However, there are many ways we try to combat this issue. Students will be coming home with a summer folder that details more information on the summer slide as well as some activities that they can complete.

Below are a few links if you would like to learn more about the summer slide.

My favorite source of information about the summer reading slide and all things reading. Scholastic’s Summer Reading Report

Scholastic- Do Kids Really Experience a Summer Slide?

Avoid the Summer Brain Drain! Easy Ways to Build Your Child’s Reading Skills

 

May 16

End of the Year Celebration

*Updated donation list as of Monday, June 4th. Thank you to everyone who has already agreed to donate something. 🙂

Dear Families,

The students have been hard at work planning our End of the Year Celebration for Friday, June 8th! The students separated into committees to make decisions on the activities and refreshments for our party.

One of the crafts that our craft committee chose is tie-dyed shirts! If you could please send in some sort of white clothing for your child to tie-dye, I would greatly appreciate it. (shirt, socks…etc.) Please have the clothing items in by Tuesday, June 5th, and make sure that they are clearly labeled with your child’s name or initials. I will do the necessary preparations for the clothing items so they will be ready for the tie-dye process. If you cannot make it to the store, I will pick up some extra shirts that students can use.

Our craft committee also chose to make Lava Lamps. This is a fun and easy experiment. However, we will need 22 empty water bottles for this project. If you have any empty 16 ounce water bottles, please send them in.

Our games committee chose Drip, Drip, Splash and Minute to Win It games. I will provide the necessary materials for both of the games.

Below are the donations we still need. Thank you so much to anyone that donates items or is able to volunteer.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for all of your support making our End of the Year Celebration a blast for all of the students!
Thank you!
Lacey Henn

Lunch: *These items are needed by 11:00 on Friday, June 8th.

-2 Large Pizzas           2- Large Pizzas (The Pizza can come at 11:20)

1- Crock pot full of mashed potatoes  2 -2 liter bottles of coke

End of Day Refreshments: *These items are needed by 11:00 on Friday, June 8th.

1- big container vanilla ice cream

Games and Crafts Materials: *These items are needed by Tuesday, June 5th.

1- Bag Assorted Rubber Bands

  • Pack Small Gloves 2 – Giant (128 oz) Containers Vegetable Oil

48- Original Alka-Seltzer Tablets            2- Packs Food Coloring          – Glitter in various colors

 

Thank you so much for your donations! The students are so excited for their end of the year celebration!

April 18

Positive Thinking Day

We will be having our “Positive Thinking” day on Friday, May 4th.  Our goal is to focus on each child’s strengths and get to know the various things that make each and every one of us special! Not only does this day focus on teaching students more about acceptance of others but of themselves as well. We want to continue to foster a self-love and confidence in each child.

  1. We will conclude the day with a talent show to showcase each child’s unique abilities! All students are expected to take part in this talent show. It will begin around 2:30.  Please help your child prepare for the show by practicing what they will be doing for the talent show. If they are presenting a video, artwork or creation, they should still prepare a short introduction for it. Your child should have brought home a paper explaining what they plan on doing for the show, what to practice, and what they must bring. Please make sure that your child is practicing for the talent show. If your child would like to change their talent, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can change the program.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting show!

“People don’t believe that their actions really and truly are going to make a difference. But kids get it. They know and they get all excited about the difference they’re making.” – Jane Goodall

 

April 16

Book Reviews

The students have worked extra hard throughout the last few weeks learning how to write a book report. After writing a book report together, students read their own chapter books. After they finished reading it, they wrote their own book reports. The students did these all completely independently and I could not be more proud of them!

You can see all of the finished book reviews here!

Mrs. Means will also keep the book of our book reviews in the library for students to reference when they would like a book recommendation.

April 15

Field Trip

Just a reminder that our field trip is this Friday, April 20th. Here are a few helpful tips!

  • All students should be here when the bell rings to attend our field trip.  We will be leaving right after announcements.
  • Each student should bring a completely disposable lunch. We will be throwing the lunch bag and everything else away once we finish lunch. Your child may pack peanut butter and jelly.
  • Your child should not bring any money or a camera. We will not be stopping at the gift shop.
  • Even though we will be going on the field trip, please send your child in with his/her backpack since we may have notes from the office to take home.

We are looking forward to a wonderful trip full of exploration, learning, and fun!

February 13

“The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

I am ecstatic at the love of reading that my language arts kiddos have been showing recently. Today, I told the students about a fun project that we are going to be starting and they are all so excited about it! Our class, with the help of Mrs. Means and Mrs. High, is starting a book review book to keep in the library. I know that when I go to a bookstore, I love to browse the “Staff Picks” section. I also know that some students struggle to pick out books that they are really excited to read because there is such a big selection. For this reason, I thought it would be fun to start a book where students could look when they are struggling to choose a book. This book will be full of book reviews that students can browse to get some suggestions about great books to read.

It is my hope that other grade levels, classes, and faculty members will join in to add to our book review book. It is something that the students and I are very excited about!

Today, the students were able to choose a chapter book from the library to read and then review. The students were so excited about their new books that all of them wanted some time to free read! I cannot express how excited this makes me. I hope that they are able to be carried away on an exciting adventure as they delve into their books.

“Books aren’t just made of words. They’re also filled with places to visit and people to meet.” – Author Unknown