Our Next Video Conference

Salmon I have scheduled a video conference through the California State Parks Dept.  We will be speaking with Ranger Ryan on Wednesday afternoon while he is in the Del Norte Coast State Park near Crescent City.  We will be learning about the life cycle and habitat of salmon and the importance of our natural resources.  We are preparing thoughtful questions and hope to make this an engaging learning time. One thing I find  pleasantly surprising is that this virtual field trip is totally free to our students.

Mrs. P 😀

P.S. I have another video conference scheduled for June, but I’ll tell you more about that one later.

Only Eight Weeks Left!

Oh my goodness!  We checked the calendar today and realized that we only have eight more weeks of second grade.  So we looked at our progress notes and each student wrote a goal they hope to achieve.  As you look over their progress note and goal,  I hope you take a few minutes and help your child list actions that will lead them to their goal.  For example, many students set a goal to reach 100 points in Scholastic Reading Counts.  In order to succeed, they will need to be reading extensively outside of class and discussing the characters and events of each story with someone at home before taking a quiz at school. They will also have to be diligent in using their time wisely at school so they can frequently use the classroom computer to take quizzes. You can also arrange time to take quizzes right after school in our classroom or in the computer lab.

Mrs. P

Dinosaurs and Fossils

We have been learning about dinosaurs and fossils.  One fact is some dinosaurs walk on 4 feet and 2 feet, like the maiasaura.  We enjoyed researching dinosaurs and studying them.  Another fact is fossils can be found in mud, sand, and ice.  Minerals seep in to make the bones turn into stone.  We made Sponge Bob turn into Fossil Bob.  It was fun to make a fake fossil.  Have you studied dinosaurs and fossils?

Malia, Aidan, Justin, and Cailie

Open House Report

This week we had Open House.  We made volcanoes and amber.  We made the volcano out of Rice Krispy treats and used fruit roll-ups for the lava.  We made the amber out of orange jello and gummy worms or an octopus.  We had to introduced our parents to Mrs. Petuya.  We used Aurasma to do our welcome for our parents.  We also used this app to tell about what we learned.  All in all, Open House was a fun evening for our parents and classmates.  When is your Open House?  And what do you do?

Jaden O, James, Taison, Grace, Samantha, and Alisha

Open House on April 1st!

We have been very busy learners this trimester and are excited to show off our work on Tuesday, April 1st.  We hope you are able to stop by for a  tour of our room. Our door will be open from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  We have arranged for a special feature for this event.  If you have an iPhone or iPad, download “Aurasma”, a free app, and bring the device with you.  You will be amazed! You’ll have to wait until Tuesday to find out what we have planned. 😀

Save the Date!

Our second trimester Open House will be held on Tuesday, April 1st from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  The students and I truly enjoyed hosting our first trimester Open House. (Did you ever view the photos on our Shutterfly link? You still can. Just email me if you forgot the password.)  We are very excited for the next opportunity to show off our hard work. I hope you are able to make plans to be there.

Mrs. P.

It’s Been an Amazing Year!

I can scarcely believe our year together is ending this week.  It has been my joy and privilege to have spent the year with such a clever, creative, and kind group of children.  Every day there was a new challenge to tackle and the students learned to do more than they thought they could.  It is so rewarding to see them learn and grow and achieve.  Most of all I am humbled by their willingness to accept everyone and find ways to use each other’s strengths in whatever the assigned task.   I will remember this year with joy in my heart.  Thank you for the opportunity to have been your teacher.


Mrs. Petuya