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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Upcoming Dates

As we reach the end of the school year, a lot of things start happening!  Below is a list of some upcoming events.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

May/June Hot Lunch Orders:
Hot lunch orders for the rest of the school year (May and June) are due this Friday, April 20.  Don't forget to get those squared away if your child is ordering!

Spirit Wear Orders:
Spirit wear orders are due Friday, April 20.  They can be done online or through the order form that was sent home last week.  Please note: the T-shirts and hoodies can only be worn on spirit wear days.

Scholastic Book Orders:
Book orders are due Wednesday, April 25!  Please complete your order online if you would like to order.  Every order provides new books and things for our classroom!

Food Drive for Union Gospel Mission:
The middle school service elective is putting on a food drive for the Union Gospel Mission.  The end date has been extended to  April 27, so please send your child with any nonperishable food items you would like to donate!  Donations will also be accepted at our Fine Arts Night!

Fine Arts Night:
Our Fine Arts Night is on April 25 from 6:00-7:00 PM.  The event will be in the gym, with art projects from each classroom on display, as well as an interactive collaborative art project that you can do with your family.  There will also be a QR code scavenger hunt, and an opportunity to take pictures with a special all-school art piece.  We hope you can make it!

Tree Planting Day:
We get to plant a tree!  One of the goals the school had for Fall Fest fundraising was toward planting a tree in the field where the students play.  In addition to making our field look nicer, it will provide shade on those hot days!  Our tree planting day is on April 26.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Back to the Routine!

The 2nd graders are settling in nicely to school after spring break.  I am impressed with their focus and ability to settle down, despite having been gone a week!

This week we start a new math chapter on measurement!  I wanted to give you a heads-up: their homework will look a little different than usual.  They will be using different things to measure different objects throughout the next two weeks.  I will provide some measuring strips (depending on what we are working with).  Some of the homework pages will ask your student to measure things you don't have at home; in that case, they can substitute something similar and just write down what they measured instead.  (For example, if it asks them to measure their math book, they can choose a different book to measure.  They will cross off the math book on the paper and write which book they measured instead.)  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Our Published Book
An update on our published book:  I got an e-mail the week before spring break confirming that they received our publishing kit and that they were scheduled to publish on March 30.  That means our books should be arriving soon!  Keep an eye out for the books!  The 2nd graders are so excited!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Fun, Crazy, Whirlwind of a Week!

With this crazy week, I haven't had a chance to update the blog until today!  A few reminders:

Cereal Drive:
The cereal drive for Emerson Elementary School ends today.  If you have cereal to drop off, please do that before the end of the day today!

Our Read-In is tomorrow!  Below is the list of the things the students can bring.
  • one pillow
  • one blanket
  • one stuffed animal (12 inches tall or less)
  • one package of something to go into a trail mix (i.e., Goldfish crackers, peanuts, gummy worms, popcorn, marshmallows, pretzels, raisins, etc.)  NOTE:  The only food allergy we have is a hazelnut allergy, so please avoid this when choosing what to bring in.

Science Fair:
We also have a champion in our midst!  Michael and his first grade brother Charlie went to the state science fair last Friday.  Both came home with first place prizes in their age groups!  What an accomplishment!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Upcoming Events

Cereal Drive:
"98% of Emerson Elementary School students qualify for free breakfast and lunch.  In order to avoid hunger over break, we want to provide a breakfast for all Emerson students."

We will be collecting cereal toward this cause.  Please bring boxed and/or bagged cereal to the labeled bins in the East Hallway outside of Kindergarten.  We will be bringing our cereal to Emerson on Wednesday, March 28.

Fall Fest Fun Day:
One of the Fall Fest fundraising incentives this year was a fun day, and it's almost here!  We will be having several things happening that day.  Here are just a few of those things that you need to know about:

  • Tuesday, March 27--all day!
  • Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre assembly for the whole school:  9:00-10:00 AM
  • Spirit Wear Day!
  • The students will have a drama workshop sometime during the day.
  • Between the Buns will be here for lunch
    • Students get a FREE hot dog, water, and bag of chips.
    • Additional hot dogs can be purchased for $2 each.
  • We Ice will be here at lunchtime, as well.  
  • 2nd graders may bring board games for this special day!
Read In:
Thursday, March 29 is K-2 read in, a day focused on literature and reading!  We will be doing fun reading activities, including literature Jeopardy, building a fort in which to read, listening to a book read by Miss Stueve, and watching a movie based on literature.  For that day, students may bring the following items:
  • one pillow
  • one blanket
  • one stuffed animal (12 inches tall or less)
  • one package of something to go into a trail mix (i.e., Goldfish crackers, peanuts, gummy worms, popcorn, marshmallows, pretzels, raisins, etc.)  NOTE:  The only food allergy we have is a hazelnut allergy, so please avoid this when choosing what to bring in.
Please let me know if you have any questions about any of these upcoming things!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Order Form

Order forms for the book that we are publishing are due TUESDAY, March 20.  Please send the form back with your 2nd grader with a parent signature at the bottom.  In order for our class to receive a free book to have on display, every form needs to be returned with a parent signature!
Please let me know if you need another copy.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Interactive Journals and Resurrection Easter Egg Hunt

Interactive Journals
Every week, the 2nd graders and I do interactive journals.  They write to me and sometimes draw pictures, and I write back to them.  It's a fun way for me to get to know the students on a personal level, which can be hard to do with 20 kids in the class and lots of academics during the day!  They get a new Interactive Journal each trimester, and I send home the one from the previous trimester.  Today I'll be sending home last trimester's Interactive Journal.  Take a look through it and read what we've been talking about with each other!  Also, it's fun to save them and look back at what their minds were thinking in 2nd grade!  

Resurrection Easter Egg Hunt!
Spread the word! Resurrection Easter Egg Hunt is coming to Bethlehem on Sunday, March 25th. We will meet in the field after late service for a fun egg hunt and to learn the story of the resurrection! This event is open to the public so please share it with anyone who would like to attend! Please make sure to RSVP at the link in the event if you plan to attend!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Reading is the Ticket--Due Date Reminder

Just a reminder that reading logs for Silverwood's Reading is the Ticket program are due on Friday, March 9.  If you need an extra sheet, please make sure you pick one up in from the office.

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.