Thursday, May 23, 2019

Special Assembly

On Friday, May 31st at 9am we will be having a special all school assembly to honor Mrs. Harvey, our wonderful PE teacher who is retiring this year. As a special surprise for her at the assembly, each grade level will be singing a song. This is a secret, so shhhh! All families are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May 29th Early Dismissal

Please mark your calendars for an early dismissal time on May 29th. The Mill Valley School District will dismiss at 12:30 on Wednesday, May 29th for a special recognition luncheon hosted by our Superintendent. Please note that this is earlier than our regular 1:45 dismissal time on Wednesdays.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Life Science: Plants

In conjunction with our study of habitats, we have also been learning about plants and their needs! We are exploring seed dispersal, pollination, plant adaptations, as well as the rolls of sunlight, water and soil. Today we built root viewers with radish seeds, and will use these to learn about geotropism.

While exploring these science concepts, the kiddos engaged in the following scientific practices as well: asking questions, developing models, engaging in argument from evidence, making observations, collecting data and analyzing data. Your young scientists are having so much fun along the way!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Communication Platform

Important: Edna is switching communication platforms
We are moving our Edna communications to a new platform
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Literary Themes

In class, we have been discussing literary themes and working to find lessons/themes within the various fiction books that we have been reading. This is tricky work for these young readers, but they are definitely up for the challenge. While reading Lulu Walks the Dogs we decided that Judith Viorst, might have been trying to teach us that kindness matters, that hard work pays off, and that you should appreciate a helping hand. Wow -- what important life lessons! And to think that we can learn so much through our favorite books!

I've included an image of the chart we use in class while discussing themes. To support your readers at home with their nightly reading, consider asking and discussing the following questions:
  • What did the characters learn?
  • How did the characters grow or change?
  • Why did the characters act this way?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

1st Day School Supplies - ORDER NOW!

First Day School Supplies is Back! 

“Yes, it’s already time to order 2019-2020 School Supplies now- June 30th! What is this and how does it work, you ask?”
  • Edna PTA partners with  1st Day School Supplies which creates and ships kits with the exact supplies requested by your child’s teachers for next year.
  • Supplies are shipped directly to Edna before the first day of school.  
  • You don’t have to run around the week before school, or stand in long lines at big box stores!
  • Prices meet or beat other retailers.
  • PTA receives 10% back to fund programs and supplies at Edna!
  • 1st Day School Supplies is a family owned company chosen as our partner because of their dedication to service, community, and the environment.
  • Go to the, choose your child’s grade for next year, checkout, and get it checked off of your to-do list now!  It’s that easy!

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Rainforest Homework

Here is a preview of the cover sheet for next week's homework. It will go home on Friday of this week so that your kiddo can have a little extra time over the weekend for researching their rainforest animal. The kids are super excited about their rainforest animals, so it should be fun!

Dear Parents,

Last week we began our much anticipated science unit on The Tropical Rainforest. We will be studying many aspects of this fascinating ecosystem in the classroom, the library, in art, and at home. The children have already learned where some of the largest rainforests exist on our planet. They will learn about the four complex layers of the rainforest and the life that is sustained in each layer. Our study will also include animal classification and ecology.

To gain a deeper understanding of all these concepts, each child has chosen a rainforest animal to research. This week your child’s only homework will be to research and take notes about his/her animal using the attached note-taking guide. Please have your child answer the questions using bullet points (not complete sentences) and help your child to use his/her own words. They can get the information on the Internet or from books. The Edna Maguire Library page has great research links (go to Classroom Links page), or you can use the links below. We will be using this information to write a brief report in class. We are sending this home on a Friday in case your child would like some extra time on the weekend to work on it. It will be due back on Friday, May 17th.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. We are hoping that this will be a very fun and enlightening experience for your child.

Thank you,
Your 2nd Grade Teachers