Monthly Archives: May 2013

Field Trip Forms Due Thursday!

May 29, 2013

These students need to turn in their completed and signed field trip forms on Thursday, or they will be doing work in a classroom all day instead of going to Meadows Park:

Joshua, Janessa, Miguel, Jakob, Nathaniel, Marco, Aaron, Grant, Hatziry, Katelyn, David, Alex.

Remember, you must have a field trip form signed by your parent or guardian in your teacher’s hands if you plan on going on the field trip!

Remember that you must also pack a lunch and take it to the park with you.


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Second Grade Class Picnic!

May 29, 2013
Dear Families,

Tomorrow the Second Grade classes will take their annual class field trip to Meadows Park. Here are the main things you need to know:

1. Students MAY bring outdoor toys and games, such as frisbees, footballs, beach balls, bubbles, badminton, volleyball, mini golf, or anything else that facilitates safe, imaginative play.
a.Students MAY NOT bring any toy they ride or that has wheels, such as scooters, bicycles, or heelies.
2. Thank you for chaperoning! We may ask chaperones to help out at activity stations, walk with the classes to the park and back, and escort small groups of students to the Carson bathrooms, should they require it.
a. Activity stations will include areas for three games that students will rotate through in groups. We will need help setting up, supervising, and clearing away games.
b. Families may attend the picnic without signing on to help. We do appreciate the help, though!
3. Sunscreen cannot be applied by a teacher unless we have written permission of a parent or guardian.
a. Please apply sunscreen to your child’s skin in the morning, and send them to the picnic with a hat, if possible. If you come with us, you can reapply their sunscreen!
4. Bag lunches are required of all students. Please send your child to school with something they can carry to the park with them.
a. We will eat lunch with our homeroom classes.

Finally, here is a checklist of what you and/or your child needs for this field trip:
o Signed, complete (on both sides) Field Trip form
o Bag lunch that doesn’t require refrigeration
o Comfortable shoes
o Comfortable uniform they can play in
o Hat, if they have one
o Outdoor play items that are sturdy and don’t have wheels

We will leave Carson at around 9:30 Thursday morning, and plan to stay at Meadows Park until 1:30.
If you have other questions or concerns, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.
Yours truly,
The Second Grade Teachers: Mrs. McMillan, Ms. Seyan, and Ms. Won

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UPDATE: June 6th is the last day of school!

May 29, 2013

Ooops!!! I have a correction to make:

Thursday, June 6th is the last day of school.  We get out at 12:52 p.m..

I have to work on Friday, June 7th…but you don’t!


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May 28-31, 2013 and June 3-7, 2013

Computer Lab-per availability:

1. Go the RenPlace site and take the STAR Math Test. Use your paper and pencil, and take your time!

2. Practice your Math facts in a Flash until it’s time to go!

Spelling Words:

closing, saving, loved, raced, joked, waving, taped, saved, erased, raising, pasted, voted, glued, gluing, surprised.


This week, we will complete the Math End Of Year Test, the Language Arts End of Year Test, the last few Fluency Tests, and the group reports on Butterflies. We will share last week’s writing with the class. We will also write another friendly letter to go in our files and to show what we really know about writing letters. Last but not least, we will do an in-class Reader’s Theater workshop rendition of “Life Cycles” IF the class displays the motivation and interest. Per response, it may end up being an extension project for students who don’t require review.

Special Events:

Class Picnic-Thursday, May 30th. 9:30-1:30. Bring a lunch! More information to follow.

Art Lesson-Mrs. Matuk’s last lesson, Friday, May 31st, at 12:30.

May Birthdays-Party on Friday, May 31st, at 1:50. Happy birthday Chloe, Tammy, and Jakob!

(Next Week)

Talent Show-Tuesday, June 4th. We will bring our chairs to the blacktop and enjoy our schoolmates’ performance!

Teacher-5th Grade Kickball Game-Tuesday, June 4th.  Come cheer on your favorite teachers and/or 5th graders!

June/Summer Birthdays-Wednesday, June 5th, 1:50-2:22. Happy Birthday Livana, Katelyn, Janine, Miguel, Hatziry, Monica, Huey, Roberto, Alexa, and Grant!

5th Grade Graduation-Thursday morning, June 6th. We will sit on carpet squares in the amphitheater.

Our Class Graduation-after lunch, in our room. Great job this year, A-3 All-Stars!

Last Day of School-June 7th, 12:52 p.m. Dismissal

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May 27, 2013 · 10:00 pm

Funky Nests in Funky Places

The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology is holding a contest to help kids celebrate birds this Spring! Here is the information from their website:


Have you noticed any bird nests in your neighborhood? Peek in a hanging flower basket, a street light, a store sign, your barbecue grill, an old boot, or under a bridge! Birds build nests in the strangest places!

Be creative! Take a photo, create some artwork, shoot video, write a story or a poem, or create a sculpture. Just show a bird’s nest built in some out-of-the-way or out-of-this-world place.

Contest Dates: May 1 – June 15!


A huge thanks to Fujifilm Digital Cameras and Optical Devices, Celestron, and Pennington. Prizes include binoculars, cameras, bird guides, bird feeders, bird apps, posters, books, bird sound cds, and an iPad!

Other links on the site lead to information on how to find nests, how to help birds, and myths and FAQs about nests. Click on this link to learn more:!




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Green Kids Conference in Mountain View!

The third annual Green Kids Conference on Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Mountain View will offer many displays, an art show, and other interesting stuff!


Third Annual, Green Kids Conference!

Our goal is to educate kids and their families on environmental issues, make them aware of available resources and opportunities, and also to promote, encourage, and reward new innovative ideas.

Come and explore the latest developments and opportunities in

 the following areas:

           1. Education and Research

           2. Clean Technology and Alternative Resources

           3. Climate Science

           4. Waste Management

           5. Air Quality

           6. Land / Nature Preservation

           7. Energy / Water Conservation

           8. Biomimicry

(; retrieved May 27, 2013)



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May 21-24, 2013

Computer Lab:
1. Go to RenPlace and take the 25 question STAR Reading test-the last one of the year!
2. When you finish that, please go to Lexia for the rest of the period.


Spelling Words:
vibration, hearing, volume, low, air, high, pitch, deaf, vibrates, ear, soft, sound, measure, vibrate, loud


Special Events:
This week we will be taking Fluency tests at the back table while the rest of the class reads, or watches “Horton Hears a Who”. In addition, we will lake the last High Frequency Word written test of the year, on words 176-200. Last but not least, some of our friends are auditioning for the Talent Show!


Exciting Stuff:
Next week the Second Graders will be going on their annual field trip to Meadows Park. We teachers are hoping to plan some exciting things for you to do! Permission slips and chaperone forms will go home Thursday.

If you are interested in learning more about this week’s science or vocabulary, we have some links for you:

eWord Game reviews words from “Moses Goes to a Concert”

This “Science Kids at Home” page gives you a little more information on the science of sound.

If you like reading nonfiction, you go go to the EduPlace site and check out Weekly reader articles for every grade level. The articles don’t always have pictures and they tend to be short. My personal favorite is “The Coldest Place On Earth”. 

Finally, if you want to try sound experiments at home, check out this website: SimiScience “Crackling Noise”.

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That’s a Good Question! 1

May 18, 2013

Today, Danny asked how DVDs work.

Essentially, CDs and DVDs are made of shiny plastic that is like a mirror. Many little cuts are made in the plastic, and a very small, bright light called a laser is shined against the surface of it. The CD or DVD machine “reads” the cuts and translates them into information, such as pictures, sound, or words.

Here are three links that might help you understand a bit better. The reading level is pretty high; I bet an adult can help you with the words.

San Diego Public Library Information Site

How Stuff Works: CDs

How Stuff Works: DVDs

For a kids’ version of how CDs work, try the BrainPop web site. You will have to register for a free trial to watch their video, but if your parents say it’s OK, it is definitely worth a look!


Thanks for asking, Danny!

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Spell-A-Thon on Friday Morning

May 18, 2013

Congratulations to Tammy and Chloe, our Spell-A-Thon contestants this year! They both earned perfect scores on the Second Grade Written Test. Our alternate, should we need one, is Alexa. All three will go to the cafeteria at 10:30 Friday morning with a whiteboard and a marker to show how much they know about Second Grade words!

Parents are welcome to attend the Spell-A-Thon. Please sign in as a visitor at the office and be at the cafeteria by 10:30 a.m.

The corrected tests for all students went home Wednesday. You may calculate pledges from those tests. Pledges are due in to the Carson office next week.

Thank you for supporting Carson Elementary through this fundraiser!

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Writing Progress Assessment (WPA) FAQ

May 17, 2013

Dear Families,

This year, all San Jose Unified School District students will be taking their end-of-year writing performance assessment in May as usual. Second Graders will be asked to write a Friendly Letter. This Friendly Letter must include all five parts of a letter- date, greeting, body, closing, and signature, the letter must be formatted correctly, and the content of the letter must address the writing prompt.

Starting next year, the Friendly Letter will no longer be part of the Second Grade curriculum. Common Core Standards emphasize Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository writing genres. In addition to these three genres, Second Graders will be expected to produce reports as part of a group, to use various sources to report on a topic, and to type their work on a computer.

The Friendly Letter has not been emphasized in our class this year since we are transitioning to Common Core Standards. We have practiced the Friendly Letter in class. We had two whole-class mini-lessons to learn about the Friendly Letter, and have had worksheets reviewing the concepts both in our homework and in class.

On Friday we are taking home the Friendly Letter packet we worked on in class. Please check it to see if it is complete and correct. Also, please find out if your child has any questions! I will address them in class before the Writing Performance Assessment on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Thank you!

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