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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Art Fun Today!

We had a chance to learn some new drawing techniques through Kid Hub art on You Tube!  Here are the links to the two lessons we watched, in case the kids wanted to practice. :)

How to Draw Fall Leaves

How to Draw Cartoon Candy Corn

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Spirit Wear Last Day--TUESDAY!

Spirit Wear Last Day:
Just a reminder that Spirit Wear Last Day is TOMORROW this week!  We have one more half day, then a long break for Thanksgiving!

Extra Credit Opportunity:
I'll be sending home a half sheet with a reading log and flash card log for extra credit for Thanksgiving break.  It is optional, but I am encouraging the kids to at least do a few days, especially if they want to start their 2nd trimester reading and math grades off strong.  The extra credit is due Tuesday, November 28.

November Book Orders:
November book orders are also due on November 28.  The link to order is labeled "Scholastic Book Orders" on the link list to the left.  If your order is a Christmas gift, please let me know so I can find a discreet way to get it to you!

Friday, November 17, 2017


Our math last night might be a little confusing if you weren't in class to learn it.  While I had planned on posting this last night (I apologize for the delay--I got caught up in preparing for conferences), it is still helpful to have available for upcoming lessons, so here are the steps we took to regroup.  Note: We use the word "regroup" to describe this math.  Growing up, you might have learned "carry the one" when adding, or "borrow" when subtracting.  Same math, different words.  :)

This example is for 24 + 7.  
Step 1:  Show 24 + 7 on the work mat.

Step 2:  Write the number of tens and ones you have on the work mat right now.  Decide if you need to regroup.  You'll regroup if you have ten or more ones.

Step 3:  Regroup if needed.  Regroup by grouping together ten ones and moving them over to the tens.  Don't forget to make another ten.

Step 4:  Now write how many tens you have and how many ones you have leftover.  That's your sum.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Conference Week

Good afternoon!

This week starts our conferences, so things are a little different.  Here are some reminders:

  • Please sign up for a conference time, if you haven't already.  You can do that here:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090A4DAEAA2CA3FB6-2017
  • You'll get an e-mail reminder 2 days before your scheduled time
  • You can swap times or cancel times online, as well.
  • Friday, Monday, and Tuesday are early dismissals--pick up at 11:15 AM.
  • Wednesday-Friday: No School
Picture retakes are Thursday, November 16.  If you would like your student to have their picture retaken, they need to bring their picture packet with the first set of pictures that you ordered on that day.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Operation Christmas Child

Our Operation Christmas Child packing party is this Thursday!  We are preparing for it today.  We watched a short 2 minute movie about how to pack a shoe box.  The video can be viewed here.

We also wrote letters to put in our boxes and decorated our boxes today with our reading buddies.  The boxes are cheerful, whimsical, and positive, but empty--we will be packing them full and praying for them on Thursday morning!  It will be a great time, focused on giving and teaching children around the world about Jesus' saving love.

You can also bring in your own already-filled boxes.  The boxes are due on Sunday, since the 8th graders will be delivering them to the collection center next week.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Veterans' Day and Tonight's Homework

Tonight's Homework:
I had mercy on the kids and gave them time in class to work on their spelling homework.  We also did our flash cards at school, so the only homework the students will have tonight is 20 minutes of reading.  Have a great evening!

Veterans' Day:
Our Veterans' Day chapel is quickly approaching, and there are a few different ways we'd like to honor veterans in your lives.

  • Veterans' Chapel:  Please invite any local veterans you know to our Veterans' Chapel on Wednesday, November 8 at 8:40 AM.  The 6th grade class will be putting on a special chapel for them, and would love for them to stay after to visit with them and thank them for their service.  If you're able to get their name and mailing address to me by THIS THURSDAY, I will pass that information along to Mr. Vaudt and they will receive a paper invitation.
  • Veterans' Banner:  If you know a service member, either local or not, please send their name (first and last) and the branch in which they serve(d).  You can send it with your child on a piece of paper, or you can send it to me via e-mail.  The students will be writing this information on red, white, and blue triangles that will be made into a banner.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Blue Ladder Players and Harvest Party

We have an exciting week coming up!

Blue Ladder Players:
The CBC Blue Ladder Players are coming to Bethlehem on Friday, November 3 at 10:00 AM.  We will be in the gym, watching them perform some funny and interesting skits.  Feel free to join us!

Harvest Party:
Our harvest party is on Friday, November 3 from 1:45-2:45.  Students may bring a costume to change into--it must fit over their school clothes and be appropriate for school.  Note:  Masks should stay home--we'll be having too much fun for masks!  :)

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything happening this week!

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.