Agenda for January 19-23


Parent// Teacher Comments

Monday January 19                                     

Grade 1:  Fast Start Books go home today.


Tuesday  January 20:

Sharing Today: Morgan, Riley W.

Grade 1 spelling test:  what, so, see, not, were, get, them, like, one, this, my, would, me, will, yes


Wednesday  January 21:                                    Kindergarten A Day     

Sharing Today: Riley B., Max

Hot Dog Day:  $1.00/hot dog


Thursday  January 22:

Sharing Today: Aaliayah


Pizza day $1.50/slice


Friday   January 23                                                    Kindergarten B Day     

Kindergarten Students at home today

Sharing Today: Maya, Curtis

Shared Reading Books go home


Welcome to Mr. McGaughey’s Kindergarten and Grade 1 Class

This year in my class I have 10 Grade 1 students every day and seven Kindergarten students who come to school on Monday, Wednesday and alternate Fridays.   Here is a poem we wrote of what we like and self portraits of each of the students.

Mr. McGaughey’s Class likes…

Mr. MacDonald likes mocha java.

Mr. McGaughey likes music.

Riley likes red.

Maya likes mice.

West likes white.

Morgan likes Maya.

Abbey likes alligators.

Curtis likes candy.

Taylor likes teachers.

Nathan likes a net.

Justin likes jack-o-lanterns.

Max likes Mom.

Holden likes horses.

Ede likes everything.

Brayden likes balls.

Riley likes race cars.

Makenzie likes moths.

Alexis likes apples.

Amy likes ants.

Our Class likes Everything!

September 15:  I’m so sorry.  I forgot to put Amy’s name on the poem at first.  It’s there now.


Week of April 14-19

I update the website regularly with classroom news, information, agenda notices, and examples of student work.
Sharing this week y… as in year or day

Monday April 14

Song Books Back to School Today
Fast Start Poetry Books go home today.
Gym Today
Scholastic SeeSaw Book Orders go home today. They are due on Friday April 18.
Sharing Today: Jake, Jefferson, Daniella
Tuesday April 15:
Sharing Today: Meagan, Michael


Wednesday April 16:
Sharing Today: Nicholas, Rachel

Thursday April 17:
Sharing: Sierra, Sillis


Friday April 18:
Fast Start Poetry books back to school
Song Books go home to be returned on Monday
Wacky Hair Day
Friday April 18:

Scholastic SeeSaw Book orders due.

Sharing on Monday April 21 i… as in ice or igloo, Abbie, Brittney
————————————————————(Feel Free to cut off this Section to hang on the Fridge).
Thursday: Pizza Day $1.50 slice
Spirit week has been changed. Please wait for further announcements.
Wacky Hair Day has changed to Friday April 18.
Jump Rope for Heart is on May 9, 2008. Permission forms for collecting pledges due by Friday April 18.
Friday April 18: Scholastic SeeSaw Book orders due.
I am moving my class webpage to a new location. You can now find it at
It is still a work in progress. There are lots of things still to add, but all my old blog posts are now on the new site.
I update the website regularly with classroom news, information, agenda notices, and examples of student work.

Weekly Agenda April 7-11

Sharing this week y… as in year or day:
Monday April 7
Song Books Back to School Today
Fast Start Poetry Books go home today.
Gym Today
Sharing Today:

Tuesday April 8:
Sharing Today: Abbie, Brittney, Brooke, Casey


Wednesday April 9:
Sharing Today: Cayden, Daniella

Thursday April 10:
Sharing: Elliot


Friday April 11:
Fast Start Poetry books back to school
Song Books go home to be returned on Monday
Sharing: Hayley, Jaida

Sharing on Monday April 14 y as in year or day : Jake, Jefferson
(Feel Free to cut off this Section to hang on the Fridge).
Thursday: Pizza Day $1.50 slice
Next week is Spirit Week at Bayview School: Monday April 14- Wacky Hair Day, Tuesday April 15 Twin Day, Wednesday April 16 Clash Day, Thursday April 17 Sports Day, Friday April 18 Celebrity Day
Jump Rope for Heart is on May 9, 2008. Permission forms for collecting pledges due by Friday April 18.

Mr. McGaughey’s old Class Website

His new website can be found at

April Newsletter

Dates to remember in our class

Monday: Poetry books back to school, Gym

Thursday: Gym. Library—Bring your library book.

Friday: Poetry books go home.

April 16: Scholastic Book Orders Due

April 27: PD Day—No School

Current Events

After 3 months, the children are getting quite skilled at finding the 5
Ws—Who, What, When, Where, Why and How? Please encourage your child
to write in complete sentences. If they want to skip the W’s and write
a paragraph about their news story, that would be even better.

Monday: Colter, Jaden,

Tuesday: Alexis, Rebecca Brendan, Colton

Wednesday: Jared, Shaelyn, Carter, Danny

Thursday: Jordan Sam, Chevy

Friday: Gage, Nicholas, Simon


In science for the next several weeks, your child will be studying
simple machines and movement. At the end of the unit, your child will
construct a child’s toy from recycled containers, boxes and found
objects which contains at least 2 simple machines. Please help us add
to our collection of shapes by sending in empty boxes, jars, cans, and
bottles. We will also use these containers during our Math unit on 3D

Social Studies

Over the next few weeks your child will be completing a family tree of
his or her immediate family. You can help him or her at home by:

• Discussing family relationships and history with your child.

• Telling family stories

• Sharing special items and photo albums.

Your child will be bringing home a family tree worksheet. He or she
will likely need assistance with completing some of the family tree.
Help your child complete as much of the sheet as you believe applies to
your family. I would like your child to do the actual note-taking.

The Family Tree worksheet will need to be completed by Thursday April
19, so that your child can complete a work of art using this information.

Language Arts

During the month of April, the entire primary division will be doing an
author study of Dr. Suess to prepare for a special primary literacy
celebration in May.

Math Chapter 7&11 2-D and 3-D Geometry

For the next while, our focus in math will be exploring 2-dimensional
shapes. Your child will be flipping, turning, and sliding shapes to
different positions. As part of this unit of study, we will also be
measuring the area of shapes using materials such as pattern blocks and
tiles as measuring units. Your child will sort and describe 3-D shapes
using different properties, including capacity and mass.

Your child will also be creating 3-D shapes with paper and making
skeletons of 3-D shapes using items like straws and modeling clay.

Try these activities with your child:

• Encourage your child to use position words (e.g., to the left, beside,
between, in front of ) to give directions.

• Encourage your child to complete jigsaw puzzles to practise turning,
flipping, and sliding shapes (puzzle pieces).

• Have your child create flip, turn, and slide patterns with objects,
such as cutlery, while waiting at the table.

• Fold paper shapes to show symmetry.

• Check the area of floors or ceilings in rooms by counting floor tiles
or ceiling tiles.

• Encourage your child to use math words to describe

3-D shapes. Some examples of words they will learn are:

face: one of the flat surfaces of a solid

edge: a line at which 2 faces meet

vertex (plural: vertices): a corner; the point where

edges of a 3-D shape meet

• When you are in the supermarket with your child, point out the mass
(similar to weight) and capacity (similar to volume) measurements marked
on the items. Use the store’s scales with your child.

• Fold paper to create 3-D shapes. Build shapes with balls of modelling
clay for corners and straws or toothpicks for edges.

• Play an I Spy game where you look for, and point out, 2-D and 3-D
shapes. Or think of a shape and give clues until your child guesses it.
Then reverse roles.

500 Book Challenge

In less than a month, the grade 2 students successfully met Mr.
McGaughey’s challenge to have a popcorn party after they had read 150
books at home. We are going to do this again after the class has read
500 books (or chapters) at home. Each child may record 1 or 2 books (or
chapters) in their reading log nightly. Everyone needs to have at least
25 books on their reading log to participate in the popcorn party.

October Newsletter

Dear Grade 2 students and parents:

October is upon us and we have had an excellent beginning to the
year in Mr. McGaughey’s Class. Over the next two weeks, every
student in class will be finishing their wonderful Me-Box
Presentations. We are putting them into a book for all the class to

Important days to remember in our class.
Poetry books back to school, Gym- (Bring gym shoes- you do not need
special clothes)
Wednesday: Dragons-Social Skills
Class (1:35-2:35)
Thursday: Gym- (Bring gym shoes- you do not
need special clothes). Library—Bring your library book.
Art Class, Poetry books go home.

Keep up the good work with reading your weekly poems and songs with
your family. Remember: Your poetry book goes home on Friday,
and returns to school on Monday, so that we can begin our new

Thanks to all students for their participation in
the school Terry Fox Run. We had fun in our classroom counting and
rolling the coins the class donated. The Terry Fox run was exciting.

and Show

Starting in mid-October, each student will have
a weekly opportunity to share one story or item that begins or ends
with a certain sound. Ie: a… as in apple or ape.
On short
weeks, we will combine Monday and Tuesday groups if there is no
school on Monday and Thursday and Friday Groups if there is no
school on Friday.

Monday: Alexis, Colter, Jaden,
Tuesday: Rebecca Brendan, Colton
Jared, Shaelyn, Carter, Danny
Thursday: Jordan Sam, Chevy
Gage, Nicholas, Simon

Share and Show Schedule
October 16- 20 f… as in finger or
October 23-27 s… as in seven or bus
30-November 3 m… as in monster or alarm
November 6-10 b… as
in bacon or club
November 13-17 t… as in table or light
20-24 d… as in day or dad
November 21-Dec1 c… as in candy
or plastic
December 4-8 a… as in apple or ape
11-15 e… as in eat or elf
December 18-22 No Share and show
this week

Class Website:
Mr. McGaughey will be
updating our class website at on a regular basis
beginning this month. Please check it to see class news and examples
of student work.

10 Week Social Skills Program
the generosity of several funding sources, the Children’s Aid
Society of Simcoe County’s School Based Early Intervention Program
is being offered to our classroom. This program is offered for one
hour per week, for ten weeks and is dedicated to exploring the
topics of respect for self and other, self-esteem, identifying
feelings, anger management, listening, problem solving, bullying and
building healthy relationships with others. The program includes the
use of videos, crafts, and role playing activities. Programs such as
this one, have been linked to improved academic achievement and
overall success in school.

We invite you to attend a short
information meeting at the school after the initial session on
Wednesday October 4. The facilitator, Carol Cooper, will be
available at that time to answer any questions you may have. The
sessions will begin on Wednesdays at 1:35 pm.

As a
caregiver, your role is paramount. Therefore, you are invited and
encouraged to attend any, or all, of the classroom sessions. We ask
that you complete the attached questionnaire to help identify any
specific needs your child may have. We will send home a similar
follow-up questionnaire at the conclusion of the program to
determine if your child’s behaviour has reflected the concepts and
skills introduced during the program. Thank you for your important
participation in this way.

If you have any questions ,
comments, or would like to discuss the program further, please
contact Debbie Helinski, Program Coordinator at: 1-705-726-6587 Ext.

Scholastic Book orders due Wednesday October 11

Nelson Unit 2 and 4-

We are just completing a unit
exploring numbers to 50 and beyond. Students will practise skip
counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. They will arrange objects in groups of
10 (e.g., 23 is 2 groups of 10 and 3 more) and print and read
2-digit numbers. They will represent greater numbers in many
different ways using concrete materials and visual math tools, such
as a number line and a 10-frame mat. They will also use coins to
practise skip counting and to act out pretend purchases.
these activities with your child:

• Go on a Number Hunt. Have
your child look for and read numbers on houses, signs, and
billboards, or in store windows. Your child might want to draw
pictures or record numbers to share with the class.
• When
preparing a meal, ask your child to estimate how many beans there
are in the measuring cup or how many forks there are in the drawer.
Have your child check his or her estimate by counting. To practise
counting by 2s, 5s, or 10s, ask your child if there is a way to put
the items in groups to make counting easier.
• Give your child a
handful of coins and have him or her sort the coins by coin type or
value. Ask your child to total the value for each group of coins.
You could say, “You have 8 nickels. How many cents is that

Fort the rest of October, our focus in
math will be on addition and subtraction. Students will use
materials, drawings, and numbers to solve problems. Now and for the
rest of the school year, we will be completing activities that
encourage students to use mental math strategies to help them learn
and remember basic facts. For example, students will think about how
knowing the fact 9 + 9 = 18 can help them to figure out the answer
to the question 18 – 9 = ___.
Look for opportunities at
home to pose simple addition and subtraction problems for your child
to consider. For example, when setting the table, you might ask how
many plates altogether would be needed if you had 5 guests joining
your family for dinner. You might also compare a number of items,
such as the number of crayons and pencils on a desk. Write an
addition and subtraction sentence to describe the number of each,
for example, 8 crayons plus 3 pencils = 11; 8 crayons – 3 pencils
means we have 5 more crayons than pencils.

Try these
activities with your child:
• Play board games that involve
rolling 2 or more number cubes or dice and combining the numbers
rolled. Change the game so that players have to subtract the lower
number from the higher number before making their move.
• Work
with the numbers you see in your daily lives. Help children write
addition and subtraction facts using the numbers in license plates,
on street signs, or in your phone number, postal code, and birth
dates (e.g., the three numbers in our postal code are 4, 6, and 4,
and they add up to 14).
• Make game cards by writing the numerals
0 to 9 on scrap paper or index cards. Players take 2 cards and add
the numbers. The player with the highest total gets to keep all the
cards for that round. Play a subtraction game. Each player takes 2
cards, adds the numbers, and then draws a third card and subtracts
its value from the total. (If the value of the third card is greater
than the combined total of the first 2 cards, subtract the total of
the first 2 cards from the third card.) The player with the highest
total keeps all the cards.

Goldilock’s Rule for choosing

During our silent reading periods (SURF- Silent
Uninterrupted Reading Fun) I will be teaching the children how to
use Goldilock’s Rule to choose books that are “just right for them”.
Your child will also regularly bring books to read at home as

In the fairy tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"?
Just as Goldilocks found that some porridges were too hot or too
cold and others were just right, beginning readers often have
difficulty finding books that are "just right" and not too hard or
too easy.

When you are reading a book you can try asking
yourself these questions to help you find a book that is "just
right" for you.

Too Easy Books
A book may be
to easy for you if you’ve read it many times before, if you know and
understand almost every word, and if you can read it smoothly and
fluently without much practice or effort?

Just Right Books
you read ask yourself these questions. If you answer yes to most of
them then the book you are reading is probably "just right" for you.
These are the books that will help you make the most progress in
your reading. Read, enjoy and learn from the experience!
1. Is
this book new to you?
2. Do you understand most of the book?
Are there a few words per page that you don’t recognize or know the
meaning to instantly? Remember to use the five finger test.
Can someone help you with the book if you hit a tough spot?

Hard Books

Try the 5 finger test to see if a book is too hard
for you.

1. First choose the book you think you would like to
2. Find a page of text somewhere in the middle of the book
with lots of text (words) and few or no pictures.
3. Begin to
read the page. It is best to read the page aloud or in a whisper if
possible while doing the test so you can hear the places where you
have difficulty.
4. Each time you come to a word you don’t know,
hold one finger up.
5. If you have all five fingers up before you
get to the end of the page, wave the book "good-bye." It is probably
too difficult for you right now. Try it again later in the year. If
you need help finding a book, ask your teacher or librarian.
If you have no fingers up when you finish the page, then the book
may be an easy read for you. Enjoy!
7. If you have less than five
fingers but more than one or two fingers up when you finish reading
the page, the book may be “just right” for what you need to grow as
a reader.

Welcome to Mr McGaughey’s Grade 2 Class

(October 10)
September News:
McGaughey’s Class
Grade 2

I am Mr. McGaughey and I will be
your child’s grade 2 teacher this year. Some of my interests include
computers and music. I look forward to meeting you all. If you have any
concerns and would like to phone or meet with me, I can be reached at
the school at 526-2091, or you can email me at

1) Balanced School Day
Our school has initiated using a balanced-day
timetable this year. In our classroom, the day will usually
as follows:

8:45: Entrance Bell
8:45-10:25 Language Arts
10:25-10:45: First
Nutrition Break in Classroom
10:45-11:05: Outside play on yard
12:45-1:10: Lunch in Classroom (Students will be able to
go home for lunch during this break).
1:10-1:35: Outside play on yard
Science, Social Studies, Gym Art
3:15: Dismissal Bell

2) Important days to remember in our class.
Monday: Poetry books back
to school, Gym
Thursday: Library—Bring your library book, Gym-
Poetry books go home

3) Rules for Grade 2
1. We respect teachers, other students
and their property.
2. We keep our hands, feet and objects to
3. We follow teacher directions the first time.
for Grade 2

1st Time = WARNING from teacher
2nd Time = Time Out (teacher may
assign a time-out sheet)
3rd Time = Time out sheet with: Phone Call
Home, or Visit to Office, or Time out in another class
Severe Clause:
Phone call home, or parent interview. Office visit.

Please go over these rules and consequences with your child. Be aware
that if you receive a time-out sheet to sign or a phone call, that your
child has already had a warning and received 1 or 2 consequences.

4) Agendas and Homework
• Your child will be bringing home an agenda
daily, which contains their homework, upcoming assignments, and
important notices. Feel free to use the agendas to communicate with me.
I check the agendas every morning.
• Homework: Your child’s will have
a reading log to record the books read at home. There will be a few math
and spelling assignments for homework from time to time. I will send
mathematics workbooks home weekly, so you can keep track of their

5) Sending Money to School
If you are sending money to school with
your child, please put it in an envelope and indicate;
a) Your
child’s first and last name,
b) My name.
c) The amount of money
and the purpose for the money.

6) Class Website:
Over the course of the year, Mr. McGaughey and the
students will be posting announcements, examples of student work and
interesting links on our class website at Please check back regularly to
see what is happening in our classroom.

7) Poetry and Songs Booklet: Repeated reading of poems and songs is an
excellent way to improve reading fluency. Every other week, I will add
one or two new poems to practise in class. On Friday, your child will
bring the poetry book home to read together with family members.
Remember to return the poetry book home on Monday, so that we can begin
our new poems.

8) Scholastic Book Orders: Ordering books for your child through
Scholastic Book Clubs is a great way to encourage a love of learning,
and it also helps to provide extra resources for the classroom. I will
be sending out Scholastic order forms in the first week of each month,
and they will be due back to school about a week later. Orders are
usually delivered in one to two weeks.

9) September Math: Sorting and Patterning, For the next while, our focus
in mathematics will be learning about patterns in the environment and in
our number system. We will first focus on sorting objects by their
different attributes (shape, colour, size, and so on), then use what we
know to identify what is changing in a pattern. We will look at
repeating patterns, such as the repeating stripes in fabric or in the
arrangement of floor tiles. We will also explore number patterns that
grow, connecting these patterns to counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and so on.
Students will begin to see connections in these patterns. For example,
if 1 item costs $3, then 2 items cost $6, 3 cost $9, and so on. Students
will use a table to analyze number patterns, because tables help to
clarify how number patterns grow. They will use calculators to extend
their number patterns. (On a calculator, try entering + 5 = = = = = and
see what happens.) This helps them to recognize the idea of a pattern
rule, and stretches their thinking beyond numbers that are familiar to
them. Students will eventually be able to use their ability to identify
and extend patterns to solve math problems. Try these activities with
your child:
• Look for patterns in the environment. Ask your child to
explain what is changing in the pattern (for example, the colour or the
shape) and how it is changing. Ask your child to tell what will come
next in the pattern.
• Use a chart like the one here to solve simple
problems about growing patterns. Your child can use a calculator to
extend the pattern as far as he or she wishes.
• Make a pattern out
of simple household items or other small items such as coins.

Have your child close his or her eyes while you remove one item. Ask
your child to guess what is missing. Following this unit, we will be
studying numbers from 1-50.

You may also want to visit the Nelson Web site at
for more suggestions to help your child with these units.

10) Getting to Know Me Box One evening during the month of September,
your child will bring home the class’ Getting to Know Me Box and
journal. Please help your child choose four objects to bring to school
which would help others learn more about themselves and their interests.
You can also assist them with writing a brief description of their
objects in the Getting to Know Me journal.

I’m looking forward to a great year teaching your child in Grade 2.

Thank you,
Mr. S. McGaughey

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