Welcome to the blog for Bethlehem Lutheran's 2nd grade!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Grand-Friend's Day!

Invite all grandparents and special friends to come and spend the morning with your student(s) on Friday, March 2, starting at 8:30 am. We have a lot of fun activities planned!

You will travel from room to room where each teacher is hosting a different event such as putting together puzzles, decorating cookies, sharing life stories, having your picture taken with your student and more. The 2nd Grade class will be leading chapel on that day and the L.E.S.T. drama team will perform, “Molly Steals an Airplane.”

The students will be dismissed at 11:15 am so they can enjoy more time with their grandparents and/or special friends.  Each student and/or siblings must have an adult to escort them that morning since the teachers will be hosting events in their rooms. If you know someone who would be  interested in serving as a surrogate grandparent and/or friend, please let us know! We will pair them up with students who may not be able to have special visitors here on that day.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kid Hub Art Tutorial

We had a few extra minutes so we watched a Kid Hub art tutorial on how to draw a cartoon version of the Flash.  As requested by several students, here's the link.  :)


Monday, February 12, 2018

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

We have been reading a book called The Earth Dragon Awakes in our reading, which is a historical fiction book about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.  Some of the students have been interested in learning more, so today during their free time at the end of tech lab, I've encouraged them to look it up on World Book Online.  I'm putting the link here for easier access:

Monday, February 5, 2018

Chapel Reminder, Reading Test

Save the Date:
Just a reminder--2nd grade will be leading chapel on Grand-Friend's Day, Friday, March 2.  We hope you're able to attend!  It'll be first thing in the morning (around 8:40).

Reading Test:
We have started our Unit 3 reading test today.  These tests are very comprehensive and focus mainly on higher-level, critical thinking skills.  Because the tests are so long, I break them up into three parts, and we usually do them over two days.  Today we did the first two parts, which involved reading two passages, answering comprehension and vocabulary questions about each one, and then writing a short answer (about 1 paragraph each) to a critical thinking question about the passage.

Tomorrow we will be doing an extended response (requiring a few paragraphs) that combines information from each passage for the answer.  I love this type of test because it really focuses on more complex questions, allowing the students to really grow in critical thinking skills.  Ask them what they read about today!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Normal Week...with lots of hand washing!

We're back to a normal, 5-day week at school, and it's a nice relief! 

The flu is running rampant in the Tri-Cities, and we are taking extra precautions here at school, too.  This is a great time to reinforce the reminders about proper hygiene at home, as well.  Here are some things we are doing and talking about here at school:

  • Washing hands before lunchtime, rather than just using hand sanitizer
  • Washing hands whenever we cough, sneeze, or blow noses
  • Sanitizing desks with a bleach solution (properly wiped off)
  • Wiping desks frequently with our regular sanitizing wipes
  • Not touching each other, or hugging, or sharing ANYTHING
  • Keeping a good distance when talking to others
  • Stay home when you're sick, and staying home until symptom-free for 24 hours (this is a BL school policy)
School Pictures:
We will have our spring pictures next Tuesday, February 6.  In addition to class pictures, Dorian will also be offering spring pictures (with a different background than the fall yearbook pictures).  Picture packets are going home today!

Book Fair--Thank You!
Thanks to the generosity of BLS families, our book fair was a huge success!  We raised more money for books for the school than last year.  That means we'll be able to update our library with new titles, as well as our classrooms!  Already we have a pile of new books for the students to check out in 2nd grade.  Thank you for making it a major success!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

National Lutheran Schools Week and Book Fair

National Lutheran Schools Week is coming up January 21-27!  This is a week that all Lutheran schools in our country celebrate the unique things that we can do by being part of a Lutheran school.  We will be celebrating in a number of ways:

Dress Up Days:

  • Tuesday, January 23:  Dress Like a Pet  (in honor of the book fair, students may dress up like a pet.  No face paint for this day)
  • Friday, January 26:  Indoor Olympics (dress up in team colors--face paint and/or colored hair spray must be applied at home)

Service Projects:

  • Monday, January 22:  Share scripture with someone
  • Wednesday, January 24:  Class service project
  • Thursday, January 25:  Display of hearts to be displayed at open house (how Jesus is the heart of the home)

Open House/Science Fair:

  • Thursday, January 25 from 6-7:30

Indoor Olympics:

  • Friday, January 26 from 8:30-11:15

Book Fair:

  • Open during each school day, Tuesday-Thursday, January 23-25.
  • Students may go down during recesses and lunchtime.  Parents are welcome all day.
  • Open for the open house.
  • Coloring contests, book talks, and other contests.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Back to our Normal Schedule!

This week is exciting for people who strive on structure, like me.  We're back to our normal schedule!  Here are a few things to have on your radar:

Today's Flash Cards:
The kids did a great job finishing up our reading with some time to spare, so they had a chance to do their flash cards during school today.  Their flash card section has been stamped already, so tonight's homework should be lighter.

Indoor Olympics:
Indoor Olympics is coming up soon!  It is on Friday, January 26. A note went home with your student before Christmas break explaining Indoor Olympics, as well as listing their team name and colors.  If you need that information, please check the latest Newslice (available on the school website).  Most students like to dress up crazy that day, so it might take more preparation than a usual school day!  We will also be sending out a link in order for volunteers to sign up.  We can't do this event without volunteers, so any help you can give would be appreciated!

Book Orders:
January book orders will be going home soon.  They are due by Thursday, January 18.  The flyers have some great things in them, and there is even more available to order online, so check out the Scholastic Book Order link here on the blog!

About Mrs. Picker

Mrs. Rebekah Picker grew up just across the river in Hermiston, Oregon. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon with a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a minor in Professional Church Work. In May of 2014, Rebekah received her Master of Education degree from Heritage University. This is her eighth year at Bethlehem. Rebekah is married to David, who works as a sales representative in the Tri-Cities area. She also has a daughter and a son. Fun fact: Rebekah is a mirror-image twin, meaning that she is right-handed and her identical twin is left-handed.