It’s great to be a second-grade teacher at Clara Barton School! I am looking forward to an exciting, educational, and fun year with you and your child. I’m honored to partner with you in extending your child’s learning this year. Parents are a child’s first teacher, and I want to be able to use your knowledge and past experiences to help me teach your child in the best way possible.
Thank you for your time and cooperation. I extend to you and your child the warmest of welcomes to second grade at CBS. I can’t wait to get to know you and your child, so Room 216 can function like an extended family whose goal is the mental, emotional, and social improvement of its most precious gift and resource—the children.
Please feel free to contact me via phone 298-0676 (extension 3125) or email (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
Bryan P. Mitchell
Bryan P. Mitchell
Clara Barton School
March: It's hard to believe that spring is finally here. March was quite a busy month at Clara Barton School.
The students spent a good portion of the month reading, learning, and following the Iditarod Sled Dog Race from Alaska. They mushed along and learned about everything from dog team positions to historical information regarding the race. They completed many related activities, like completing dog sledding and Alaskan history crossword puzzles, listening to read alouds about famous mushers and dogs, and reading about some of the actual mushers they cheered on.
Students also celebrated Read Across America week to kick off the month. Mr. Mitchell read aloud his favorite Dr. Seuss's book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, and the students just loved it! It was the second book he ever wrote and it’s filled with mystery, math, and medieval characters like kings, noblemen and women, and magicians. The students also had buddy readers come in from fourth grade and read exciting and fun stories with them, too.
In math, the students began doing two-digit addition and subtraction, created arrays to solve beginning multiplication problems, and explored patterns and measurement concepts. In science, students finished up our unit on solids and liquids. In social studies, the students read Scholastic News magazines about Dr. Seuss, St. Patrick's day, and weather.
April: This month is full of exciting learning opportunities for the students. In science, they will start exploring a new science unit on insects and plants. In language arts, the boys and girls in Mr. Mitchell's class will begin formulating and pre-writing ideas for persuasive writing pieces.
Everyday Math units will revolve around geometry, money, place-value, and the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Finally, in social studies, students will continue using their Scholastic News magazines to learn about current events and begin learning about geography features and concepts.