Thank you to Popo Tam! 3 out of 4 second grade classes made it to the Chinese New Year read aloud to learn more about the Chinese culture. She then spent another hour with just our class. Students got to draw eyes on one of the zodiac animals, colored them and then raced one another. (Pictures attached). If student bring home a string, we attached it to the chair and they had to stay on knees to get the animal from the start to the chair. We also learned how to bow and tasted coconut candy and haw flakes. I learned how the 12 animals were picked for the Chinese Zodiac and that the Chinese New Years is their only holiday of the year.
We finished and completed everything today- garden class was inside and students learned the body parts of the butterfly and life cycle of a butterfly and also learned strategies on how to find words in our word search. We borrowed and returned books at the CLL. Finished our last day with Mr. Dan, drama, and Syria read aloud. I was very impressed with how students were abled to communicate about free, peace, conflict, forbidden, and prejudice (kid friendly explanation). Students were able to show empathy for others in the village that had hardship, they made their own choice and provided a reason of if they should stay in their village or move away, and some persuaded others to join them in their thinking. This week, students showed cooperation, participation, and understood that everyone has a choice that makes a difference- what choice will they make?
Friendly reminder: please ask your student 2-3 questions about their story that they read for book log. Student should go back, find the answer to prove their answer and restate answer in a complete sentence. This will allow them to continue to practice reading comprehension- a BIG, HUGE focus in second grade. Look at child's responses to the fluency questions- are they writing in a complete sentence? Does it start with a capital letter and end with a period? Lastly, did they use part of the question in their answer to make it a complete sentence? Did they answer the question? I want them prepared for 3rd grade and I don't want any of them to struggle with reading (reasons for why I started fluency folders).
Thank you so much for the thoughtful valentines day goodies. I told the students that I was inspired by our speaker who came in and talked about the trash in the ocean and one point is to use less plastic. Look around you- do you see how much plastic is used? Anyway, so as the speaker was talking, I bought my kids (your child) a bamboo toothbrush. It is new and clean when I gave it to them. I figured it goes hand in hand with all the "love and heart" candy they are eating today. :)
We also celebrated Jared's birthday at the end of the day. Yes, all of this was accomplished. Please read the following from Mrs. Smith and visit our class website for more pictures (sorry, I haven't been updating it). Oh lastly, feel free to have your students go on to the online programs to practice even if it not assigned as homework.
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend, stay dry.
This week was exciting and busy- fun run, continuing class work, and drama today. Today's drama class students re-enacted the book "Stone Soup" by Marcia Brown.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please have students just read and record in their reading log. Is your child almost done with the front page?- students should be on the back half by end of November.
Students have been practicing adding 2-digits on a numberline and reading non-fiction texts about different animals. Students are comparing and contrasting the parent animals with their offspring and using a connecting word (and, or, but) to join 2 sentences together. Please practice U2W4 spelling words and other strategies on our resource sheet in students' homework binders. We will be taking our test next week.
I saw how wonderful our students were in teaching an adult how to add 2 2-digit numbers on a numberline. Please continue to practice with your student. It should only be several jumps. For example: If you are adding 30, student can jump by ten (so 3 jumps) to be careful in finding the answer OR student can make a jump of 30 but be sure they landed on the correct number. This is one of our MAJOR math concepts in 2nd grade, so you will see it again.
Drama- a mock museum of animals and students collected information about animals on Wednesday.
Art class with Mrs. Jones today- we learned how to make pinch pots that will be displayed for Artist in Me Night.
Monday, Nov. 19 is our FUN RUN. Please have students WEAR covered running shoes, Pomaika'i shirt, shorts, and sunscreen. The school has a water play or Basketball station after running- please tell your child this weekend and have them pick ONE!.
If they choose water play, please have them wear their swim clothes under their pomaika'i shirt and shorts so they can cool after right after running. They will ALSO need a plastic bag with a towel inside to dry off and put their wet swim clothes in after event. We will have them change into their dry clothes after and be ready for the school assembly.
I am new to Pomaika'i Fun Run and so just to let you know- there is UJam, Fun Run, waterplay/basketball, and school assembly to make announcement of winners (individuals, classes, and school goal). Fun run take most of the first half of the day, and then after lunch, we will continue our normal school day.
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your support,
Mrs. Alisa Hamasaki
Keep those bids coming in! The auction will close on Monday, 11/19/18 at 2pm.
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It's a busy week!
Parent Teacher Conferences, Unity Day, Frank Delima, Drama, Thursday Opera Play, and visual arts on Friday.
Conferences are going well and on schedule- Thank you Parents! If you have any questions or would like to talk throughout the year, please contact me, I am always here. We are doing well and everyday we are continuing to learn and practice.
Frank Delima spoke about getting smarter, staying healthy, and being more kind. He reminded students to read, eat fruits, vegetables and drink water, and focusing in school. Students got to sing the famous "Peanut, Peanut Butter and Jelly" song and they also "Went on a Buta hunt"
Drama with Ms. Donna- acted and sang songs for 3 Little Pigs
"Who's afraid of the big bad wolf, big bad wolf, big bad wolf, tra, la, la, la, la."
Commitment- When you put your heart into what you are doing.
Beginning, middle, and end picture/tableau (group stage picture)
Actors in a tableau face out, exaggerate face, use different body levels and angles, freeze solid, and tell story with pose
Please see posted photos.
PTSA REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST 2018!
This is a voluntary art contest your child can enter. It's a wonderful experience for all ages to partake in. Reflection contest theme is: Heres Around Me
The categories are:
Students can submit entries for multiple categories. DUE DATE: Monday, November 26th Turn entries into Mrs. Smith in person. Do not turn into the office. Got questions or need help getting started? Visit Mrs. Smith in the library or ask her via email: email@example.com
If you want more information about this contest you can go to the PTSA Reflections website with contest guidelines here: https://www.hawaiistateptsa.org/reflections.html
Or view the school flyer here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=15eiSdHB0s-9Ybf-21TI-8QJAVCXd5wZV
Ideas you can share and encourage with your students/child:
interview a family hero that record the session
write a narrative about their hero
write a poem about their hero
photograph their hero (could even use a camera phone or iPad)
create a song based on their hero
choreograph a dance that connects to their hero or honors them
draw or paint a portrait of their hero
We are going, going, going.
Here are some reminders...
Please have student bring his/her book bag project with name on the paper project and check bag for the book to got with it. DUE Wednesday, 10-3-18.
Sorry, I don't remember when I set the Scholastic book order to be due online- but please enter an order by Thursday night. I will send it through on Friday. So you still have time. Remember, this is optional.
Book It Pizza coupons: students have received a pizza coupon attached to their September book log- please keep this book log and coupon at home. I will not reissue any coupons. The coupon expires at the end of October. Please help your student track their daily reading on book log and sign. Also, please continue to practice asking questions (a resource is in student's hw binder) to help with reading comprehension.
Please visit our class website to enjoy our pictures and what is happening in class.
Next week is fall break (Oct. 8-12) please enjoy but also have student practice typing club, learning upgrade math and reading, and fastt math. Before the break, students will be introduced to endangered Hawaiian animals. Students will pick 1 animal in class and during the break they will start gathering some information and research.
Your student will bring home a 2nd check-in to show how they did on the U1W5 test and module 2 math test- Tomorrow, 10-3-18.
Our 1st quarter is coming to an end and report cards will be sent out towards the middle of October. Parent-teacher conference times have been assigned, please email me if you need to make a change as soon as possible.
Emailed on 9.20.18
Thank you for checking homework and planners. We are now in full swing and working hard in and out of school. Please continue to have our students work on paper assignments and then online. If you are having a problem with an online programs- please let me know and I will try to help. Planners signed daily.
Book Bag Project: Orange bag is due TOMORROW. Please help your child organize the bag with project (name on it) and book. Students will get a new one on Sept 24 and it will be due on Oct. 3 (so books are returned before Fall Break). Projects are expected to be completed on another sheet of paper, not on the 1/2 sheet that is included in the book bag.
We have started on our Unit 1 week 5 test today (Thursday). We read the story once with our partner. Students went back to their seat and were so focused on reading the questions, highlighting and circling inflectional endings. We reviewed how we need to check our answers- a hard 2nd grade concept/ even life. We will continue and finish the 2nd story tomorrow along with the written response, Q21. Math Module 2 and Reading U1W5 Test tomorrow, Friday.
Students should have given you a test check-in print out on Wednesday night. I do not need it back but it does give you information about your child's test and activities/suggestions to do at home. Please share with me your practice sheet if you do problems with your child. I will not be sending tests home but if you would like to look at math or reading, please schedule a time to meet with me.
We started STEAM with Ms. Ranken. Ask your child "What did you learn?" Hopefully they can share that we are looking at plants, flowers, pollinator. Today, students got to gather data in a chart surveying our school campus- observing plants to see pollinators and flowers.
Because of Actor's Toolbox- Sean Layne PD that I took this past Saturday, we have been working on calm, balance, and focus through Actor'sToolbox. We have been making our body contract- reminding ourselves to focus and control our body through the day, holding a concentration circle with a "jewel" to practice focusing- we are on level 2- teacher walking around :). Lastly, we have practiced cooperation challenge to practice skills to work with classmates. Sean Layne will also be here for PARENTS at Literacy Night on Sept. 25 at 5:30. Please see attached flyer.
Picture Taking is on September 25th at 8:35. Please fill out information and bring picture envelope by Tuesday. I can hold it for your child, if they bring it in BEFORE Tuesday.
Blue Zones and Pōmaikaʻi have partnered together for our students to organize a Walking School Bus event on Wednesday October 3rd. A Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to school under the supervision of two or more trusted adult volunteers. More information on the two routes and how to register can be found at http://info.bluezonesproject.com/cm/wsb
Each student walker & adult volunteer needs to register! Thank you!
What is a walking school bus? Click below to find out.
A slightly shorter version of the email I sent to you on Saturday, 9.8.18. Please let me know if you did not receive the email. I used the emails from our open house sign-in and Pomaika'i's online system.
Open House: Pictures have been posted on the Photo page.
Wishlist items: I am looking for slightly used/new little toys or trinkets for our prize bucket. Students are earning "Charlie Brown" tickets for a positive action and can save them to get something from the prize bucket. I took some from my son, this includes happy meal toys, stamps, tattoos, stickers, hot wheels, erasers, etc. If you have anything- please send it with our student to class as a donation.
Online passwords: For learning upgrade, fastt math, and typing club. Please check planner for when students are assigned online practice. Students can also practice more after other assignments have been completed. Please let me know if this is not possible and other arrangements can be made. I put a magnet on the back so it can be placed on your refrigerator.
Sugar Plantation Field trip this Tuesday, Sept. 11. I received some green chaperone papers but also please go to http://helphawaiischools.com/custom/502/ to sign up to volunteer at Pomaika'i Elementary events/campus. PLEASE SIGN UP with Help Hawaii for this and other events.
Scholastic book orders- our class code is NBRBN please go to https://clubs.scholastic.com/home and compete an online order by Monday, Sept. 10 at 5pm. I will click on submit the same night. Ordering books are optional. Our class will benefit from orders- we get books for our class too!
How can you contact me? Please see contact page.
Thank you for the warm welcome to Pomaika'i Elementary and for entrusting me with your child. I value communication and our relationship, please contact me at anytime of the year. I have learned so much already and having caring coworkers, students, and student's families makes school enjoyable for me.
I am ready and EXCITED!
Projects are up? Check.
Clean? Sort of check.
I just need the families to join me.