Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 27- December 1

Reading: We will be studying author’s craft. We will be stalking how good authors write to improve our craft.

Writing: Students will begin learning to write imaginative fiction.  We will be using features of fantasy writing and revising for a strong ending.

Spelling and Grammar: ask, brother, didn’t, four, keep, much, seven, try
After Thanksgiving break we will finish up our verb study by looking at verb tenses: past, present, and future.

Science: We use magnets in so many things!  This week, students will discover how we use magnets in our everyday life.  We will see how opposite poles attract and the same poles repel.  We will also get a look at how the magnetic field looks.  

Math: When we return from the Thanksgiving break we will continue our study of time. We’ll also review all measurement that we have studied so far (inch, foot, yard, cm, meter) and have a measurement assessment at the end of the week.


Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

SCIENCE FAIR
It’s that time of the year again!  Science Fair is right around the corner.  Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Thursday, December 7th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset.  All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to regionals. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 19 no later than 7:35am. Judging will take place on Monday, January 22.  Students will take projects to their classroom.
  • For more information and frequently asked questions, go to

https://sites.google.com/view/sommersciencefair/ If you are interested in being a science fair judge, please contact Danica Baker at  danica_baker@roundrockisd.org.

Friday, November 10, 2017

November 13-17


Reading: Students will compare characteristics of fiction and nonfiction books and show evidence in their work.  They will respond to nonfiction and fiction text throughout the week using a variety of reading strategies.


Writing: Students will be learning how to write realistic fiction.  We will be focusing on developing the character, setting, problem, and solution.


Spelling and Grammar: around, dear, eyes, found, jump, new, set, too
This week we will continue learning about verbs by adding in linking verbs.


Science: Students will be doing experiments with patterns of movement. The focus will be on rolling, spinning, and sliding of solids.

Math: We are continuing to study measurement, only this week we will learn how to measure time. Our goal will be able to tell time to the exact minute. Please practice this life skill at home! We say the hour first, then count by 5’s, and then count by 1’s if needed. Students will practice saying “quarter till” and “quarter past.”

Reminders:
TAG Information:
11/2   5:45-6:45 - TAG Information meeting with parents.
11/13-12/8 - Referrals accepted for January/February testing window.
1/8 - 1/10 - Let TAG Specialist know immediately of any transfer (new) students who arrived after the winter holiday and may have received gifted services at their previous school.
1/15 - Testing for gifted services will begin
4/1 - Final decisions regarding placement will be mailed out

Innovation Station Needs Donations!
Please help us stock our Makerspace. This is a space for creativity, expression, and innovation!
Here is a list of items we currently need for our next rotation (2 weeks!):
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Egg cartons
  • Fabrics scraps
  • Unused crafting items (stickers, craft paper, hole punches, etc.)
  • Ribbon, string, rope, fishing line
  • Bottles, caps, etc
  • Old Cd’s, berry baskets, pretty much ANYTHING!
Don't throw it away-give it to us! A Large box will be left in the school entryway to collect the items. Please make sure the items are clean and ready to use!
** due to latex and nut allergies, please avoid donating items that use to contain these items (i.e. peanut cans, balloons, etc) Thank you for helping us keep Innovation Station safe for all our students**











Friday, November 3, 2017

November 6-10

Reading: Students will continue to use comprehension strategies to set a purpose for their reading. They will respond to nonfiction text throughout the week using a variety of reading strategies.

Writing: Students will finish seed stories.Students will learn how to write realistic fiction.  We will focus on developing the character, setting, problem, and solution.

Spelling and Grammar: another, cut, food, hurt, made, next, seem, through
This week we will begin learning about verbs: words that show action.

Science: Students will reflect on the different forms of sound, heat, and light energy.

Math: We are continuing to study measurement. Students will learn what a centimeter and meter is (just a space!) and how to measure things with a ruler/meter stick. They will discover how many centimeters are in a meter.

Reminders:
Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Honor Wall Pictures Needed
Sommer Elementary would like to invite our active duty, retired, or reserve service members to join us in honoring our Nation’s Heroes at our Veteran’ Day Assembly on November 10th, 2017 at 7:35am. Coffee and Snacks will be available for our special guests following the assembly in the library. If possible, please fill out and submit this RSVP.

We will also be putting up our Honor Wall again this year. Please attach a COPY of your Veterans picture to the appropriate ½ page on THIS form. We ask that you DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL copies of pictures as they will be on display and children will be looking and touching them. The Deadline to turn in Photos for the Veterans Wall is Tuesday, November 7th. If you still have your picture from previous years, please feel free to send it back in!

TAG Information:
11/2   5:45-6:45 - TAG Information meeting with parents.
11/13-12/8 - Referrals accepted for January/February testing window.
1/8 - 1/10 - Let TAG Specialist know immediately of any transfer (new) students who arrived after the winter holiday and may have received gifted services at their previous school.
1/15 - Testing for gifted services will begin
4/1 - Final decisions regarding placement will be mailed out


Friday, October 27, 2017

October 30-November 3

Reading: This week, the students are going to continue to work on  Read to Self strategies.   We learned that during Read to Self, it is important to choose books that are just right so we understand our reading and grow as readers.  The students will distinguish between real reading and “fake” reading.

Spelling and Grammar: always, color, fly, hot, love, near, second, together
This week we will review the rules of capitalization.

Science: Students will be conducting experiments and demonstrations using sound, heat, and light energy.

Math: We are moving on to measurement! Student will learn what an inch is (just a space!) and how to measure things with a ruler. They will discover how many inches are in a yard and practice estimating measurements.

Friday, October 20, 2017


ctober 23-27

PBL: 2nd grade will continue its  Project Based Learning unit this week. We will continue to explore life in the early pioneer days of Round Rock, and discover the special figures who helped make Round Rock what it is today. Our focus will be the people involved with the Chisholm Trail, Round Rock Donuts, and the legendary Round Rock Bank Robbery. Students will become experts on Round Rock’s history, which will enable them to answer our Driving Question:  Who were the important people that helped shape Round Rock? Students will wrap up this unit of study with a special presentation on one specific historical figure. Parents are invited to the presentations on Friday, October 27th. We will be sharing our presentations from 10:40-11:10 am.  These will be in our classroom.

Writing: Students will be making All About Books on an important Round Rock figure.  The books will include table of contents, important dates & facts, illustrations/diagrams, and why the person was important to our community.


Spelling and Grammar: also, cold, five, going,  hope, never, school, today
This week we will review the some nouns that will always need a capital letter.
Days of the Week
Months of the Year
Holidays

Reading: In Reader’s Workshop, we will be noticing nonfiction text features. This will be helpful with our ALL About books and researching through our Project Based Learning.

Social Studies: Students will be working on their final PBL presentations all week.  

Math: Students will practice addition and subtraction strategies.  The week will end with an assessment.

Reminders/News:

TAG Information Night: 11/2 at 5:45


Red Ribbon Week: October 23-27, 2017

At Patsy Sommer Elementary School we are celebrating making healthy choices:

Monday - "I'm a JEAN-ius! No drugs for me!" - Students are encouraged to wear jeans and red tops to show support for Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday - "SOCK it to drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks
Wednesday - "TEAM up against drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear their favorite sports shirt or a Sommer t-shirt
Thursday - "Say PEACE OUT to Drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear tie dye and peace signs
Friday - "Let's be CRAZY about being drug free!" - Students are encouraged to have crazy hair

Book Fair:
Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair will open after school on October 19th!  Please stop by and shop for popular and timely titles for everyone in your family.  Funds raised will benefit our library program, helping to pay for author visits, books, library supplies, and events such as the Bluebonnet Breakfast.  Our goal this fall is $18,000 in sales!  You can shop online from October 9th-26th at http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3771594
Books ordered online will be delivered to the school with no extra shipping charges!

Friday, October 13, 2017

October16-20

PBL: 2nd grade will be launching its first Project Based Learning unit this week. We will explore life in the early pioneer days of Round Rock, and discover the special figures who helped make Round Rock what it is today. Our focus will be the people involved with the Chisholm Trail, Round Rock Donuts, and the legendary Round Rock Bank Robbery. Students will become experts on Round Rock’s history, which will enable them to answer our Driving Question:  Who were the important people that helped shape Round Rock? Students will wrap up this unit of study with a special presentation on one specific historical figure.

Writing: Writing and reading will be combining this week to research historic figures that were important to the making of the Round Rock community. We will learn how to “take notes” when researching. We will be using these notes to help with our PBL project in the weeks to come.
Spelling and Grammar: along, coat, end, first, home, name, say, three
This week we will review the some nouns that will always need a capital letter.
Names and Titles (Person)
Names of places (Place)
Book Titles (Thing)

Reading: We will be looking at strategies that help us to have strong comprehension. The focus will be working on making sense of new information with non-fiction text. We will be looking at author’s purpose for writing. This will all tie in with our research about Round Rock

Social Studies: Students will learn the concepts of time and chronology by researching historic events of famous Americans. While researching, we will record specific dates and apply them to a digital timeline. Students will understand why certain events are recorded in history.

Math: Students will learn subtraction strategies for 2 digit numbers. They will apply the strategies to word problems.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October9-13

Writing:  Students will learn to write expository text-write to inform.  Students will be researching an animal, learning how to take notes, and creating an All About book.

Spelling and Grammar: again, boy,car , fine, here, myself, sat, though
This week we will discuss plural and possessive nouns.  We will talk about how to correctly use an apostrophe and why plural nouns don’t have one.  

Reading: In Reader’s Workshop, we will be researching historical figures that have shown characteristics of good citizenship. What traits do these people possess to make them great leaders to look up to? We will be looking for text evidence to back our research up.

Math: Students will continue to practice addition strategies this week-focusing on algorithm with and without regrouping.  Our assessment will be Friday.

Science: Students will understand the significance of various community, state, and national celebrations such as Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and Thanksgiving.  We will also learn about Constitution Day, highlighting the importance of our Constitution.


See below for messages from the school. It seems the technology survey link has been fixed!
Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Bright Bytes Technology Survey

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our questionnaire.
Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of  technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
The last day to complete this questionnaire is Monday, October 16, 2017.
Please go to here.
Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!


Innovation Station Needs Donations!
Please help us stock our Makerspace. This is a space for creativity, expression, and innovation!
Here is a list of items we currently need for our next rotation (2 weeks!):
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Egg cartons
  • Fabrics scraps
  • Unused crafting items (stickers, craft paper, hole punches, etc.)
  • Ribbon, string, rope, fishing line
  • Bottles, caps, etc
  • Old Cd’s, berry baskets, pretty much ANYTHING!
Don't throw it away-give it to us! A Large box will be left in the school entryway to collect the items. Please make sure the items are clean and ready to use!
** due to latex and nut allergies, please avoid donating items that use to contain these items (i.e. peanut cans, balloons, etc) Thank you for helping us keep Innovation Station safe for all our students**

RE:  Birthday books for library

Would you like to honor your child’s birthday by contributing to our Sommer Library Program?  You can do both by purchasing a Birthday Book for our library!  For a $15 donation, your child can choose from an assortment of brand-new books in the library (or any book of his/her choosing).  We will put a sticker in the book to commemorate the event, your child can be the first student to check out the book, and his/her picture will appear on our Birthday Book bulletin board and on morning broadcast.  Just visit the library website at
to fill in the form.  A check can be made out to “Sommer Elementary” and delivered by your child to the library.  You can even sign up months in advance; we will keep track and send for your child when his/her birthday month arrives!

Field Day!!!

This year the date will be March 9th which is the day before Spring Break.
March 23 will be our backup date.


Boxtops for Education

PE is collecting Box Tops for Education.  Each box tops is worth 10 cents.  The money that we earn goes towards the purchase of more PE equipment.
Box Tops for Education can be found on the following products:
-General Mills
-Pillsbury
-Betty Crocker
-Ziploc
-Kleenex
-Hefty

We are having a contest between grade levels for the most box tops collected.  Please send the Box Tops in a baggie, with your child’s grade level, to their classroom teacher or the gym.  
A grade level reward will be awarded at the end of October and the end of November.

We collect these Box Tops for Education  all year long!!