Friday, June 17, 2016


It is bitter sweet as I write to you all on our final day of second grade together. 

As each day passes throughout the final week of school, I reflect on our year together. It brings tears to my eyes to think about "letting go". 

We have had a tremendous year together. Wow! I think about what we've learned, how are classroom community grew, all of our laughs, smiles, hugs, and the crazy growth that every single one of us has made and I just smile thinking this has been the best! 

Thank you families for all of your support during our year together. The numbers of ways you have all reached out throughout our time together has been so appreciated. I don't want to say good bye but, boy-oh-boy, these kiddos are ready to soar in third grade. 

I will miss them and your families very much. Please be sure to always stop to say hello when our paths cross. Have a beautiful summer and again...thank you for sharing your child with me. I am so lucky! 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Winding down

I cannot believe we are moving into our very last week together. This time of year is always a bitter sweet time for me.  It's not see you later yet so I will stick to our reflection from this past week. 

We had a busy week with finally getting out on a couple of field trips. We've waited a long time for these. They were wonderful! 

We kicked off the week with our trip to the Inn by the Sea. What a beautiful place!! Second graders had the chance to learn about various flowers, plants, insects, birds, and environments that make habitats for different animals and insects. We then went deeper into ecosystems. It was awesome to be able to see these habitats in real life! 
A deer print!
We ended our week with our business walking tour where we visited Drillens' Hardware, South Portland Physical Therapy, and South Portland House of Pizza. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this trip due to all of the walking but I heard it was a great time. Of course, the kiddos loved the free slice of pizza from SoPo House of Pizza. That was a great surprise! 

Throughout the week, we've explored our neighborhood and community in a variety of ways thinking about what neighborhoods look like, how they can be different, what services we might have in different neighborhoods and how these services help us. 

We've also completed the final unit of second grade Investigations covering measurement and timelines. 

We have explored writing haiku poetry, free writing, and using the four types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative. Ask your child what the difference is between each sentence and how the punctuation changes. 

It has felt incredible being back with your children. Sadly, full days were much too much on my body as I heal so will finish this week at half days. This was a big bummer for me but I am just so thankful that I'm able to be with them as we wrap up our year. 

This year has been incredible! 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Thank you!

Hello second grade families. 

I would like to say thank you for so many warm emails, generous offers, and kindness while I have been going through this challenging time. Somebody like me does not do well with bed rest and on top of that, being away from those who make me smile every day...your kiddos and doing what I love.  

I am so beyond excited to say that I will be returning to our classroom on Monday, June 6th!!! 

I was able to go into the school today and surprise our class. I have never felt so missed and so loved!! It was the greatest!! Their faces and hugs were priceless. 

I cannot wait!! Again, thank you for all of your support. 

See you all on Monday!