Mrs. Weaver
Welcome to our Second Grade Classroom!
We are looking forward to a wonderful year of learning experiences!

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Last Day of School - June 12, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,
It is very hard to believe that it is June 12 and the official last day of school! It has been an unbelievable year and I never imagined that it would end this way!
Report cards will be shown in ParentVue on June 22. There are no grades for Quarter 4 so the final grade is based on an average of the first three quarters of school. Please contact Dr. Buchheit if you have any questions about the report card.
I am very thankful that I was able to get to know such wonderful boys and girls and families! It was a pleasure for me to work with such amazing students and I have missed them during our time away from school. This has been such a special class of students for me since it was my last class. Even though I am retiring after 49 years as a teacher and librarian, I will always remember the wonderful students I taught. I look forward to seeing everyone next year when I return to school to volunteer.
Thank you for all of the good memories, kind words, and support this year! I hope that everyone will continue reading and learning during the summer. Relax and enjoy the time with your families. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves. 
Sincerely,

Nancy Weaver

2nd Grade Teacher

T. Clay Wood Elementary

703-594-3990

 

 

Weekly Update - June 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,
I hope that everyone is doing well at this time. I can't believe that we are now in the month of June. Yesterday I went to school to pack up the belongings of all my students. It was so good to be back in school but I really missed the children. I went through each desk and each cubby to bag up items for your children.
Dr. Buchheit sent out a schedule and instructions to all parents for picking up items belonging to students. The time for second grade students is next Tuesday, June 9th, from 1:00 to 4:00. Please see Dr. Buchheit's email for complete information.
In your student's bag of items, you will find several things and I have listed those items below. 
     
     Guided Spelling Book - Please review the last units not completed. I emailed those words to you during the last few weeks.
     
     Stepping Stones Math Books - Volume 1 and 2 - These would be great to use during the summer. 

 

     Poetry Notebook/Binder - Poems and study guides used during the year

 

     Folders - Work Folders, Math, Reading, and Writing Folder

 

     Friday Folders - Your bag of items will have this folder if your child was absent on Friday, March 13.

 

     Journals - Learning Log, Math Journal, and Writing Journal

 

     Personal Items - Crayons, Pencils, Markers, Pencil Boxes, Headphones, Etc.

 

     Folder of Memories for Gr. 2 - I put papers and projects your child completed throughout the year in this folder as a keepsake. I also put research papers that students did throughout the year and shared with the class when they finished their reading and facts. These are in the back pocket of the folder. We really enjoyed learning when the students presented what they learned doing independent research on topics they wanted to choose.

 

     Goody/Treat Bag

 

     Bag of Books - As I was cleaning out book baskets yesterday, I tried to put the books each student was reading when we left school in a bag for the student to keep (unless it was a school library book, etc.). I really enjoyed seeing the books that were in their book baskets and many were being used to do independent research. I tried to give each student 8 to 10 books to keep and enjoy reading and learning. My plan for the end of the year was to let each student choose books they wanted to keep since I was retiring. Since the students are not able to do that, I chose books for them along with books they already had in their book baskets when they left school on March 13th. Most of these books were in my classroom library and I am glad they will have new homes with each of my students.

 

Please let me know if there are other items that belong to your child. I also put class pictures in your bags if you purchased a group class picture.

 

Earlier this afternoon, you should have received an invitation to our next Zoom Meeting tomorrow, Wed., June 3rd, at 1:30. I look forward to seeing students tomorrow if they are able to join us.

 

Take care,

 

Nancy Weaver

2nd Grade Teacher

T. Clay Wood Elementary

703-594-3990

 

Weekly Update - May 26, 2020

Hello Students and Parents,
I hope that everyone is healthy and safe at this time. It is very hard to believe that we are ending up the month of May. I miss seeing everyone at school but it has been good to see students at our weekly Zoom Meetings. 
I am happy that students are continuing to read and to learn at home. Our weekly learning plans are now being posted each Friday on the TCWES website under "At-Home Plans" for second grade. I hope that students are continuing to use RAZ-Kids and other learning sites as listed on my webpage, the TCWES webpage, and on the PWCS webpage. These are all suggestions for learning and are not required.
I will be sending out an invitation soon to this week's Zoom Meeting which will be held tomorrow at 1:00. I hope that everyone will have a great week!
Take care,
Nancy Weaver





Weekly Update - May 18, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,
 
I hope that everyone is doing well at this time. I miss seeing everyone but it has been good to see students at our Zoom Meetings each week.
I am forwarding a link from Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Robertson, our school counselors. They want students to know it is there on their website in case they need some stress/anxiety/anger reducing support.  Some of the site links are even fun for adults!
https://tclaywoodes.pwcs.edu/support/school_counselors-_mrs__cunningham___mrs__robertso
Also the learning activities for this week are on the TCWES web page under "At-Home Plans" for second grade. All of the suggestions are optional and are not required.
 
I hope to see students at our next Zoom Meeting this Wednesday at 1:00. An invitation will be sent to you soon.  
Have a good week!
Sincerely,
Nancy Weaver




Weekly Update - May 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,
 
I hope that everyone is doing well at this time. It is hard to believe that we have been away from school for eight weeks I miss seeing everyone but it has been good to see students on the Zoom Meetings and talk with everyone on the phone or with emails. 
 
This week's spelling words are all the words we have had the last 6 weeks since this is a review week. This was the last unit in Guided Spelling for this year. We would continue to practice and use the words in our writing. Also the learning activities for this week are on the TCWES web page under "At-Home Plans" for second grade. All of the suggestions are optional and are not required.
 
Just a reminder from Dr. Buchheit that the sale of yearbooks will be extended until Friday, May 15. Please see earlier emails from him about purchasing a yearbook.
I hope to see students on our next Zoom Meeting this Wednesday at 1:00. An invitation will be sent to you soon.  
Have a good week!
 
Sincerely,
Nancy Weaver




Weekly Update - May 4, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,
I hope that everyone is doing well at this time. It is hard to believe that we are now in the month of May. 
I wanted to share this week's spelling words with you and they are listed below. Also the learning activities for this week are on the TCWES web page under "At-Home Plans" for second grade. All of the suggestions are optional and are not required.
Spelling Week 29 Words:  named, taking, riding, hoped, build, built, many, else, saw, cause, salt, call, brought, thought, caught, because
                                              Challenge Words:  ground, edge, height, weight
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I hope to see students on our next Zoom Meeting this Wednesday at 1:00. An invitation was sent to you earlier today. Please let me know if you did not receive an invitation.
Have a good week!
Sincerely,

Nancy Weaver





Weekly Update - April 27, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope that everyone is doing well at this time. I have enjoyed talking with students and parents on the phone during the past several days. This week we will be doing a sharing meeting on Zoom on Wednesday at 1:00 and your invitation to join this meeting was just emailed to you.

I am listing our new spelling words for this week below. The new learning activities for second grade for this week can be found on the TCWES website under At-Home Plans at the top of this page. These are all optional and not required as mentioned in the past.

Week 28 Spelling Words:  cause, saw, call, salt, thought, brought, because, caught, boy, point, while, might, earth, learn, watch, water

                                             Challenge Words:  fall, author, chance, aunt

Another resource you may want to consider using is World Book Online. You can access it by going to worldbookonline.com and using the following information.

UN: PWCschools

PW: research
 
You can continue to check my webpage under TEAMS - Second Grade - at the TCWES website for additional resources to support learning at home. Please let me know if you have any questions.
I hope everyone will have a great week!
Take care,
Nancy Weaver



Weekly Update - April 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope all of you are safe and well at this time. It is hard to believe that we have been away from our school for five weeks. It seems much longer and I truly miss all of you!
I wanted to remind you about our weekly activities for learning on our second grade "Continuous Learning Page" which is located on the TCWES website under "At Home Plan" at the top of the page.  The activities change each week and the second grade teachers have provided suggested learning activities for you. These are optional and not required.

Other suggestions for learning activities can be found on the PWCS website under "Home Learning" and on the Virginia Department of Education home page. A resource that may be accessed on television is WETA - "VA TV Classroom" K-3. Instruction airs from 1-2 p.m. It can be located on the following channels:  Comcast 265, Cox 800, and FIOS 474. Programs started last week and continue each week.
 
The spelling words that we would have studied this week at school in Guided Spelling are listed below. I hope students are continuing to read each day and to write in a daily journal about experiences they are having at this time.
Spelling Words - Week 27:   point, boy, might, while, learn, earth, water, watch, how, out, found, down, whole, seven, piece, pie
                                                  Challenge Words:  oil, voice, woman, women
Just a reminder that all learning activities are optional. There is no required work and no graded work. Please let me know if you have any questions.
I miss seeing you and have enjoyed our phone calls and emails.  I hope that all of you continue to be safe and healthy,

Take care, 
Nancy Weaver

2nd Grade Teacher




Special Update - April 13, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Starting this week T. Clay Wood ES will be having a Continuous Learning Page for each grade level. It will have a week's list of learning activities and all grade levels can be accessed in one place on the website. I think Mr. Taylor will be sending out information soon about this new resource. 
 
Second grade teachers worked together on creating this list of activities for second grade students.  Each week there will be a new list of activities for the upcoming week. We hope students will enjoy the learning experiences provided. These activities are optional and not required as mentioned in past emails. There will be no graded or required work for the remainder of the school year.
 
I am providing two weeks of spelling words for my class since we use Guided Spelling in our classroom. Each week I will update you with a new list of spelling words. The words are listed below.
 
Week 25 - stopped, running, getting, inches, can't, done, warm, any, filled, picked, classes, ended, heard, buy, through, very
                   Challenge Words:  hair, snow, answer, brother
 
Week 26 - out, how, down, found, seven, whole, pie, piece, running, stopped, inches, getting, done, can't, any, warm
                  Challenge Words:  house, brown, bread, whose
 
Another resource that may be very helpful is the PALS website. PALS stands for Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening. There are parent resources that can be used with your child and can be tailored to each child's level. Go to pals.virginia.edu/public and look for "Resources" and "For Parents" at the top of the page.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. I miss seeing everyone and hope all are staying safe and well. 
 
Sincerely,
Nancy Weaver






Special Update (April 3, 2020)

Hello Parents and Students,

It is hard to believe that we have been out of school for three weeks as it feels like several months. I really miss everyone! It has been great to talk with you on the phone and in emails during the last several days.I wanted to provide you with a few additional resources as well as to remind you of good resources you may want to use for learning activities.

Audible Stories - Free Stories for kids of all ages.   stories.audible.com

Origo Education - Math      origoeducation.com/athome

Scholastic Learn at Home Free       scholastic.com/learn at home

Khan Academy

RAZ-Kids       Username is  nweaver6 

Prodigy   Math

PWCS Resources for Learning

Please see my second grade page on the T. Clay Wood website for additional learning resources.

The pacing guide for second grade:is also on my web page. American Indians was going to be our next unit in social studies. We were going to learn about Indians in three regions: Powhatan Indians - Eastern Woodlands, Lakota Indians - Plains, and Pueblo Indians - Southwest.  For each region we learn about the locations, land, animals, occupations, food, habitat, adaptations to the area, transportation, and contributions.  

As mentioned in earlier emails, there is no requirement for students to complete any work.. There will be no additional graded work and all grading ended on March 13.  We are providing suggestions for students to continue learning at home and everything is optional at this time.More information will be coming to you after Spring Break. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
 I hope that everyone will enjoy the Spring Break time and will stay safe and healthy.
 
Sincerely,
Nancy Weaver




Special Note: (March 13, 2020)

I am very sorry that I will not be seeing your child for a few weeks. Listed below are some ideas to continue your child's learning experiences at home.

Read every day. This has always been our homework but now the students will have additional time during the day to read. Using RAZ-Kids at home is a great way to practice and enjoy reading. All students have passwords and have been using this program in class.

Independent Research - I gave students forms to take home today to use to write facts about what they learn. They can share these when they return to school. You can use notebook paper if you don't have the forms. The students have been doing this since the beginning of school and they can choose their own topic of interest.

Spelling Words - New words were sent home today. Students can review past words or learn new words of their choice. Making word families with different endings (night, sight, bright, etc.) would also be helpful. Writing sentences with spelling words and playing word games at home are other choices.

Writing - Please have students write and keep a daily journal. They can also write stories, poems, songs, and do opinion writing.

Math - Continue to practice math facts and problem solving skills. Students can write their own word problems and practice the skills we have been learning in class, such as counting money, telling time, and calendar skills. There are good programs online that students can use, such as Prodigy. Playing math games is also a great activity.

Social Studies - Please review map skills, continents, oceans, USA mountains, rivers, etc. that are on the study guide that was sent home about two weeks ago.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I will send group emails and communicate with you in this way. I will look forward to seeing your child on April 14 and I hope everyone will stay healthy and safe.

Link to Second grade Pacing Guide:
 https://pwcps-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/taylorbi_pwcs_edu/EecoAHNm96dFlROQFanxARgBt5_12UQu8odjhG_qxCn6yQ?e=DVDtpU

Please see Useful Links on the side of this page for additional learning resources.




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Our T. Clay Wood School Vision: A Community of Leaders and Learners Achieving Excellence  

School Hours: 
9:15 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Students may enter the building at 9:05 am.

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Announcements:

We are a Peanut/Nut Free Classroom.

Please do not send in any snacks with nuts.

Lunch: 12:15 - 12:45

Our learning at a glance:

March 13 - April 14, 2020

This week we will . . . 


Language Arts
-Practice our Daily 5 Centers: Read to Self, Word Work, Read to Someone,
Work on Writing, Computer and Listening Center

-Review complete sentences, capitalization, punctuation and spelling 
-Work on listening and speaking vocabulary
_Work on narrative writing
_Work on reading and comprehension strategies


Math
-Work on number sense
-Work on addition and subtraction 
-Work on skip counting forward and backward
_Work on addition and subtraction and related facts
_identify coins and practice counting money
_Identify  place value and ordinal numbers
-Create and solve story problems
_Review computational fluency

Social Studies

-Identify continents, oceans, landforms on earth
-Identify maps and symbols used in reading maps
-Identify and discuss diversity, customs, traditions, and ethnic origins
-Explore economics and vocabulary related to economics
-Identify the three types of resources
-Identify the responsibilities of a good citizen
-Review famous Americans and their contributions


Science
-Identification of matter and the characteristics of matter
-Understand magnetic forces and characteristics of magnets
-Review that living things are part of a system
-Review habitats of animals and how they can change
-Review different types of weather and the characteristics
-Review tools for measuring and recording weather data
-Understand that weather patterns and seasonal changes affect 
plants, animals, and their surroundings




Homework

Second Grade Homework Policy

Nightly Reading Wolf Reading

Review weekly spelling words for Friday’s test. You will receive a new spelling list every Friday. Please keep this list at home. It does not need to be turned in.

Review social studies and science study guides as they come home.

Recommended: Review addition & subtraction math facts to 20 and play related math games. 

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