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

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Today we learned about regrouping 10 ones into 1 ten.  This is what most of us learned as "carrying the one."  The focus in education now is for students to learn why the equation is how it is and how it works, rather than just memorizing equations and formulas.  Because of this focus, we begin by using workmats and showing our addends in tens and ones, then grouping together 10 ones and moving it into the tens spot.  Step-by-step directions are below, along with pictures of each step.  I assured the class that this is what you learned growing up, but with the emphasis being on deeper understanding of the mathematical concept.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Step 1:  Show the addends on the workmat (we did this with two different colors today in class).

Step 2:  Write down how many tens and how many ones are on your workmat right now.  Decide if you need to regroup (you regroup when you have 10 or more ones).

Step 3:  Regroup, if needed.  Circle 10 ones and move them over to the tens.  Remember to create that ten in the tens column.

Step 4:  Write your answer.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Coming Up...

This week is parent/teacher conferences!  I look forward to visiting with you about your unique 2nd grader!  You should be receiving a reminder e-mail with the date and time of your conference 2 days before your conference.  You can also always check the schedule at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4daeaa2ca3fb6-2018

School Schedule:
With Parent/Teacher Conferences starting this week, we wanted to remind you of the school schedule.  Please see below:

Thursday, November 15 - Preschool Parent/Teacher Conferences - no school for Preschool students
Friday, November 16 - Kindergarten through 8th grade Parent/Teacher Conferences (12-5pm) - early release at 11:15am
Monday, November 19 - Kindergarten through 8th grade Parent/Teacher Conferences (12-3pm) - early release at 11:15am
Tuesday, November 20 - Preschool Parent/Teacher Conferences - no school for Preschool students
Tuesday, November 20 - Pre-Kindergarten Group Conferences
                                          AM class is 8:30 to 10am
                                          PM class is 12:15 to 12:45pm
Tuesday, November 20 - Kindergarten through 8th grade Parent/Teacher Conferences (3-8pm) - early release at 11:15am
Wednesday, November 21 - All classes - no school for Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23 - All classes- no school for Thanksgiving Break

Eagles' Nest will be open all of the early release days for students in K-8.

If you have any questions please call the school office at 582-5624.  Thank you!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Conference Sign Ups, OCC, and Harvest Party

Conference Sign Ups:
Parent-teacher conference sign ups are now open to everyone in the school.  Please click the following link to sign up for a time to meet with me about your 2nd grader!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4DAEAA2CA3FB6-2018

Operation Christmas Child:
We met with our buddies this morning to decorate our OCC boxes!  The students added some colorful Christian stickers (thanks to Mason's mom for picking those up!) and many wrote positive things on the boxes.  We have our packing party tomorrow morning.  We are still in need of some items (see the previous post for more details).  Tomorrow is the last day to bring in items for the packing party!

Harvest Party:
Thanks to the four moms (Jackson's mom, Payton's mom, Mason's mom, and Ryder's mom) who put together our harvest party on Friday!  The kids had a blast!  I am working on getting pictures uploaded.  When I have them uploaded, I'll send a link to a private album out to all of the 2nd grade families!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Operation Christmas Child

Our Operation Christmas Child (OCC) packing party is next Tuesday, November 6.  We are still in need of some items!

  • Shoeboxes (the plastic ones work best)
  • Hygeine items (i.e., toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, flossers)
  • Toys (i.e., small toys, games, coloring books)
  • School supplies (i.e., pencils, crayons, notebooks, erasers)
  • Items that are NOT accepted:
    • Toothpaste
    • Candy
    • Scissors
    • Toys dealing with war, like squirt guns, toy guns, army men, etc.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Pumpkin Patch Parable

The Parable Series: The Pumpkin Patch Parable by [Higgs, Liz Curtis]
I shared this book with the 2nd graders today.  It's a neat story that relates the farmer to God and the pumpkins to us.  It's full of Bible verses and has a great message.  If you want to check it out, the link on Amazon is:  https://www.amazon.com/Parable-Pumpkin-Patch-ebook/dp/B003DS6OO2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541017236&sr=8-1&keywords=pumpkin+patch+parable

Monday, October 29, 2018

Trunk or Treat, Vision Testing, a Song, and ANOTHER Free Dress Day!

Trunk or Treat!
Bethlehem's Trunk or Treat is this Wednesday, October 31 from 5:30-7:00!  We invite you to attend!  If you'd like to participate by decorating a trunk or donating candy or small toys, please follow this link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4daeaa2ca3fb6-bethlehem

Vision Testing:
Pasco Vision Clinic came in a couple of weeks ago to do vision testing for our students.  The results are going home with your child today.

"I'm With You"
This morning in Christian Studies, we learned about Ruth, who decided to stay with her widowed mother-in-law Naomi (after Ruth herself was widowed) and travel to a foreign land with her.  I am always amazed by Ruth's faithfulness and trust in the midst of uncertainty and tragedy.  We read that she told Naomi, "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God."  Ruth 1:16
There's a neat song by Nichole Nordeman and Amy Grant that was inspired by that story, so I shared it with the class today.  Here's the link to the lyric video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHZZyNGvOVY

Free Dress Day!
Second grade won a Fall Fest raffle for ANOTHER free dress day!  We will be having a free dress day in 2nd grade on Thursday, November 1.  Please see the parent-teacher handbook for free dress guidelines.  Thank you!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Trunk or Treat!

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What:  BL Trunk or Treat
When:  Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Where:  Bethlehem Lutheran Church (2505 W 27th Ave, Kennewick, WA 99337)
Sign up to host a trunk, donate candy, or donate toys at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4DAEAA2CA3FB6-bethlehem 

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 ion 2010 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 ninth 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.