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TGIF! I’m not saying that because it was a difficult week. For me it’s “Thank goodness I got to teach a full day on a Friday.” I haven’t done that since March 6! Yahoo! We made it!

The Szentesy Squad is becoming more comfortable with wearing masks, and keeping their hands clean. It’s not easy, but we’re getting there. Keep it up!

This week the students were able to really dive into the second grade curriculum.

**Reading: We read the first lesson in our StoryTown books: “Arthur’s Reading Race” and a magazine article on reading in Braille. We are focusing on characters, short vowel phonograms, and responding to questions. They are doing awesome! Next week we will have the spelling test on Friday, Sept. 18!

**Math: We started chapter 1, reviewing some addition strategies. Making a 10 to add was a tricky lesson for some second graders. We will revisit this next week!

**Content: Social Studies began with a unit on Geography. The kids are working hard and showing off some map and geography skills they already know. Impressive!

**Writing: Second graders are writing some Small Moment narratives. We also spent time writing about a Fireboat named the John J. Harvey. Check it out on SeeSaw! You will be invited to SeeSaw, so that you as parents can view your child’s work. I’ll send an email to invite you to click and join our class! 🙂 There’s even an app you can use, if you’re really interested.

We have ALMOST all of the library books returned from last school year. If your child wore an orange note home on their wrist, thank you for helping locate the book! Mrs. Burkholder will begin checking out books to us next Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Thank you for another wonderful 4 days with your children. I truly love this group of second graders. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments.

Did you see?

Your second grader brought home a letter from Mrs. Semple. I hope you had a chance to read over it. Mrs. Semple, our school counselor, will teach a positive, non-threatening lesson in two weeks: “It’s Your Body: You’re in Charge.” We wanted to give the parents plenty of advance notice. Thank you for asking your child about the note. If you missed it, please check the purple Take-Home folder.

Thank you!

We made it!

What an absolutely fantastic first week of second grade! These 7- and 8-year-olds are just brightening my every day! I am truly lucky to be a second grade teacher here at Pequea. I will continue to update the blog, so please be sure to “Subscribe” by entering your email into the right side of this page.

A few reminders/heads-up/housekeeping items:

**LIBRARY BOOKS!!! We still have a few library books at home. Please have your child remember to locate the books from first grade and place the book in the backpack immediately. Thank you!

**Students who returned the parent permission form were permitted to take the Chromebooks home this weekend.  They can go home every night. Your only assignment is to be sure the laptop is charged up overnight (Monday night) and brought to school on Tuesday morning!  Children are encouraged to explore some safe sites, but it’s fine to not even use it. The district wants to have children get into the habit of taking responsibility for the devices.  What/how you use it, completely up to you! 

**Next week we will begin our Math series, as well as our Reading series, Spelling words, and some content (Geography).

**Look for the “virtual” Meet the Teacher Night postings soon. Dr. Murray will share the videos next week. After viewing my video (please forgive my mistakes and nervousness on camera), please let me know any further questions you may have. I look forward to working with all families this year, whether through Google Meet conferences, emails, phone calls, notes…whatever it takes!

I hope you all have a safe and fun weekend. Give your kids a hug for me, since I can’t!
~Miss Szentesy

Day 1 – Oh what fun!?

The first day of second grade is officially in the books! We had a nice time getting to know one another and the procedures in second grade. The boys and girls were able to color, write a short story, and analyze data from a birthday graph. They even had the opportunity to use their new Chromebooks (be sure to send in the Laptop Agreement so that the device may come home!)

We left the room to practice a Fire Drill, and crickets came hopping in! Miss Armstrong and Miss Szentesy helped to shoo them out. Well, wouldn’t you know it, one guy was an eager reader, and wouldn’t come out from behind the bookshelf. We had a nice noisy time before lunch when Miss Szentesy was able to safely get that bugger outside. (Can you blame the cricket for wanting to be surrounded by books?)

Reminder that students must wear masks and they must cover the nose and mouth. We had a few chances for mask breaks (while seated, and while outside). It’s new to all of us, and we’ll get used to it eventually. Thank you for reminding the children of this important requirement.

Be sure to check out the video posted on the Pequea blog:

I loved getting to know these second graders. This will be a fantastic year since we have such fantastic kids!

Have a great night! Can’t wait to see the Szentesy Squad in September!

Internet Forms

Thank you!! I have already received some “internet” forms from students and parents. Just a reminder that you probably already signed one of those when you enrolled your student in the district. For permission to take the new laptops home, we need to have the one below on file. I apologize for any confusion….

I can’t wait to see you on Monday! (Have you been practicing your greeting?)