Hi Parents, 
I hope you all enjoyed your lovely, sunny, weekend! The kiddos have had a fantastic day. This morning the 2nd grade teachers and I participated in our new Envision math curriculum roundtable and were able to see a math lesson in action by an Envision rep. The lesson was taught in our class and the kiddos were incredibly respectful and engaged! Lots of kudos to them for stepping up to the challenge this morning. 
We have a very busy week as we wrap up our African Safari to
Kenya. This week we will work on a Reader’s Theatre play, finish our African
poetry, and make some African jewelry. Last week we learned about the Maasai village and had a wonderful guest speaker who shared her own experiences in Kenya,  Africa on the Maasai Game Reserve. 
This brings me to upcoming events for the
1)    Our class earned a party for excellent behavior. My plan is to watch a movie this Wednesday, April 3rd. The kids can come in wearing pajamas and bring in a stuffed animal. 
2)   Our African Celebration will take place this
Friday, April 5th from
12:10pm to 12:50
. This is a time when your child will share all of their
writing, artwork, and show you their collaborative mural. We will also perform our readers’ theatre play. Please join us if you can and feel free to bring siblings and grandparents. 
3)   What I need to know is if your child will not be at school on Friday.
This will help me plan for my reader’s theatre. Please shoot me an e-mail if
your child will not be here on Friday. 
4)  Since I was not in class this morning, I did not get a chance to collect all of the reading logs. Please have your child ready to hand in tomorrow If I didn’t get your child’s today.
Parents, Thanks again for all you do! We are working at a much
faster pace and the level of expectations is higher for quality of work, effort,
problem solving, and willingness for them to do their best.  My goal is to
help them feel confident and ready as they enter third grade in the fall. 

Julie Buck