Monday, April 27, 2015

We're in the Home Stretch

We had a wonderful day back after vacation. It is hard to believe we only have 39 days left in second grade.  There are many exciting activities planned over the last few weeks of school.  Here a a quick glimpse:

Monday, May 4th: Visit from Ms. Jango-Cohen, Immigration: Introduction for our Mulit-Cultural unit

The week of May 4th: Check in for Blizzard Bags

Monday, May 25th: No School-Memorial Day

Friday, May 29th: Field Trip-Tom Chapin

Monday, June 1st: Blizzard Bags due

Friday, June 5th: Field Day

Monday, June 8th: Multi-Cultural posters due

Thursday, June 11th: Field Trip: Harvard Museum of Natural History: fossils

Friday, June 12th: 1:30-2:30 Multi-cultural Presentation

Tuesday, June 23rd: Last Day of School

Friday, April 17, 2015

Multi-Cultural Project

Today your child came home with directions and research for their multi-cultural project.  The actual poster part of the project will arrive over vacation and we will pass it out after vacation.  The project will be due on June 8th and our Multi-Cultural presentation will be on Friday, June 12th at 1:30 PM.  The directions are listed below.

Multi-Cultural Project

As part of our Second Grade Social Studies curriculum the children will be discovering the many cultures here at Fox Hill School.

With the help of Mr. Murphy, Mr. Donoff and our i-pads the children will be researching the country of their heritage to gather information. Once we do research the children will bring home their information.  (We wanted you to have the directions ahead of time so they children can begin working on this project.)

The website we will be using in class is  

Parents who have had us in the past will notice we have modified the project due to the fact the Blizzard Bags have also gone home. We will be sending home a poster that the children will fill in with the information they have gathered.  The poster includes information such as:  the flag, map of the country, leader, population, language, capital city, continent, hemisphere, land area, interesting facts, holidays and traditions, countries and oceans that border it, how to say hello, and natural resources.

The poster is due on or before Monday, June 8, 2015.

We hope you and your child enjoy exploring this activity together.  Have Fun.

As a culminating activity we are inviting you to a Multicultural presentation where the children will perform songs and dances from various cultures.  Also, the posters the children have made will be on display in the cafeteria.  The date of our presentation is Friday, June 12, 2015 from 1:30-2:30.  A formal invitation will be sent home at a later time.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free on contact us.
The Second Grade Teachers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Great Mail Race Update

Yipee!!  We got another letter!!  Yesterday we got a letter from Clyde Mennonite School in Clyde New York.  There are only 37 children in the school, grades 1, 2  and 3 all in the same room and only five are second graders.  We are hoping for another letter soon!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blizzard Bags

As you may have heard, Burlington is implementing Blizzard Bags to make up for some of our snow days.  Below is a post from Dr. Conti's blog explaining the concept and procedures for the Blizzard Bags.  In addition, the actual Blizzard Bag assignment is listed.  The directions for how to log on to Epic will be sent home with a hard copy of the Blizzard Bag. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Our Blizzard Bag Site Is Live

by burlingtonps
Burlington Public Schools

We are excited to have the opportunity to pilot learning projects for school day cancellations. We will be the first district in the state of Massachusetts to try this with the assigned “Blizzard Bag” work that is available on this BPS Blizzard Bag site. As with any pilot, we expect that there will be a lot of questions and that not everything will proceed exactly as planned. However, we are committed to offering multiple methods to support students so that they can complete their work successfully.
Questions will be answered live on our Blizzard Bag phone line at 1 (512) SNOWDAY (1-512-766-9329) on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the assignment and will be responded to daily. In the meantime, we have also created an e-mail address where you can send questions ( We will share all of the questions asked on a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that will be added on this Blizzard Bag site.
Of course, your student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well on the website. Teachers will be checking in with their students during the week of May 4, which is the midpoint of the projects, to make sure that students are making progress. It is our hope that at least half of the assignment will be completed at this time. If students have any questions about expectations or length of assignments, they should ask their teachers.
Our final due date for the assignments is June 1, 2015. If students complete their work prior to that date, they are welcome to turn them in early to their teachers. Since the work is meant to be substituted for two days of school, all students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for two days. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this pilot. We look forward to your feedback along the way.
Please visit this site for information and details about student work that must be completed to ensure learning goals are met. Student assignments are posted by grade levels at the top of the Blizzard Bag Website.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Great Mail Race

Rooms 17 & 18 are participating in The Great Mail Race.  About a month ago we received a letter from a little second grade boy from New London, Iowa.  Cole's class was doing The Great Mail Race.  Their class chose one school from each state in the country and he chose us.  We were so excited to hear about the similarities and differences between our schools.

We decided to join The Great Mail Race.  We put slips of paper, with state names on them, in a basket.  Each child picked two slips from the basket.  From there the children used their i-pads to find a map of their state.  Then they chose a city/town from that map.  Next, the children went on a site called
Then they read the descriptions of the schools and found an elementary school in that city and state.  The children wrote a letter to a fellow second grader telling them all about our school.

We mailed the letters to all of the states and just received a letter back from Maine.  It was from a one room school house that had 14 children in the whole school.  It was very interesting.

We wanted to map out which states we had heard from.  Mr. Parkin, expert map maker, made some awesome maps for us.  We have a giant map so we can color in each state as we hear from them.  In addition, he made smaller individual maps for each of the children to keep in their desk and track the states.

We will keep you updated on the states we hear from!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Local Author Visits Second Grade

Thanks to Fox Hill's PTO, the second graders were treated to an author visit on Friday.  Judith Jango-Cohen, a published nonfiction writer, gave the children an inside look at how she researches, writes, revises and publishes her nonfiction books.  Ms. Jango-Cohen also demonstrated some wonderful writing tips such as "painting a picture" with words and how to use alliteration to make their writing more exciting.

The children were actively involved in her presentation and you can see some pictures and videos below.  Ms. Jango-Cohen's presentations has enticed us to read more nonfiction and we can't wait to start our nonfiction book talks.