Thursday, November 15, 2018


Last week the kiddos wrote poems expressing their gratitude for all of the wonderful aspects of their lives. They worked to elaborate upon their ideas by using both adjectives and adverbs. These will be hanging up in the classroom for awhile, if you are interested in checking them out.

Conference weeks will soon be over, and we will be back to our regular schedule after our week off for Thanksgiving. I have really enjoyed meeting with all of you and sharing your child's work with you. I know that it is a busy time of year, and I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me to discuss your child's progress in second grade.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our wonderful Room 19 families! I know that we all have much to be thankful for. I thank you for sharing your children with me -- I truly enjoy spending my days with such a wonderful group of kiddos! I hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Variety Show: Edna's Got Talent!

2019 Variety Show
February 2, 2019
Rehearsals begin: 1/9/19

Registration is now open through 12/2/18. REGISTER HERE 

**Please note that if your child is performing as part of a group, registration this year is per act. Therefore, please coordinate before registering and have one person register the entire group.  You will also need to have a Contact Parent for the group.   

We need volunteers.  It takes a village to produce this show!  For each registered performer, one parent/guardian is required to volunteer for decorations, rehearsals, day of the show, etc. 

Please volunteer here.

For more info contact Cassidy (

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Kimochis Communication Key #7

Ms. Jen spent one last session with our class working on the last key to communication: Assume the best! Here is a flyer about this key that went home in this week's Wednesday folder.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Earth Sciences: Landforms

Last week we launched a new earth sciences unit about changing landforms. The kiddos were very excited and jumped right in trying to determine what might cause landforms to change over time. This is a new unit published by Amplify (Lawrence Hall of Sciences) and aligned with the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Here's some information about the unit from the publisher:
In this unit students will act as geologists helping a recreation center director understand what is happening to a nearby cliff, which appears to have changed. They will ask questions about landforms, water, and wind, and will use hands-on models to figure out how small-scale changes to landforms can add up to large-scale changes over long periods of time. As they obtain information about erosion, they will figure out how rock that appears stable in the short-term can actually change a lot over time. They will also create diagrams to communicate their findings.

Here's some information about our new science standards:
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a new set of science standards for kindergarten through high school. The NGSS were designed with the idea that students should have a science education that they can use in their lives. It should empower students to be able to make sense of the world around them. And it should give students the critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis and interpretation skills they can use in any career, and that will help them make decisions that affect themselves, their families, and their communities. Many states have adopted the NGSS or very similar standards.

In order to accomplish this, the NGSS call for science learning in which students do not just memorize a set of science facts, but rather engage in figuring out how and why things happen. Core ideas in life science, Earth science, physical science, and engineering are intentionally arranged from kindergarten through twelfth grade so that students can build their understanding over time, and see the connections between different ideas and across disciplines. To figure out these core ideas, students engage in the same practices that real scientists and engineers do. For example, students develop and use models, analyze data, and make evidence-based arguments. They also learn to make sense of core ideas using crosscutting concepts, such as systems or cause and effect, which are useful ways of thinking about and making connections across different areas of science and engineering. The NGSS website provides additional information and resources for families.

The NGSS call for these three dimensions—core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts—to work together in science classes. For example, students could conduct investigations (a science practice) about how plants spread their seeds (a core science idea) while thinking about a habitat as a system of interacting parts (a crosscutting concept). In each Amplify Science unit, students figure out a real-world problem by assuming the role of a scientist or engineer. Students engage in the three dimensions of the NGSS as they build their understanding of concepts and skills, which they can use in their lives.

School Pictures Round 2

Next Wednesday, November 14th, we will be taking school pictures again just after first recess. Be sure to send your kiddos to school dressed for pictures and ready to smile! Please read the letter below from Leo and Aubrey regarding this second round of school pictures.

Dear Parents,

We’ll start with the most important news:  We will have another all-school picture day on Wednesday, November 14.  Please send your child to school ready in the way you’d like for a school photo. 

We signed up with Dorian, a school photography company, to take the pictures. In the coming week or so,  you should be able to search for Edna Maguire on their website for ordering, help, and picture day information. Your children’s teachers will also send home picture ordering envelopes in advance of the November 14 picture day.

We decided to redo our picture day because of the large number of difficulties parents are experiencing with HotShots. We learned after we signed with HotShots that the owner sold the company to a larger firm, and then retired. This apparently led to a number of transition challenges, and we and other schools have borne the brunt. We will not contract with HotShots next year.

If you wish to purchase photographs of your child, you now have two choices: Dorian and Hotshots. (We do not pay photography companies directly. They make their money when parents purchase photographs.) Unfortunately, we cannot do more than pressure HotShots to deliver on their promises. Our representative has given me assurances that the problems have been fixed, and that parents should now be experiencing better online ease of use and customer service.

Leo Kostelnik, Principal
Aubrey O’Connor, Assistant Principal
Edna Maguire Elementary School

Book Fair: Coming Soon

Edna Maguire's Annual Book Fair will run from December 3rd - 6th. Mark your calendars, so you can stop by to check out the great selection of adult and children's books!

The Book Fair is one of Edna's most beloved traditions, and it takes lots of wonderful volunteers to keep it running smoothly. Please sign up here for a volunteer position!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Congressman Jared Huffman

Yesterday we had a last minute visit from our Representative, Jared Huffman, which was especially exciting given our recent study of the US government and the importance of voting. Here are some of the questions that our class generated along with Room 16: