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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fall Fest Awards! Epic!

Fall Fest Awards:
The Fall Fest Awards Assembly will be this Wednesday, October 16th, immediately following PM Chapel. Chapel will start at 12:50 pm, and the awards will begin at approximately 1:15 pm. We’ll be announcing our top fundraising earners and 1-mile fun run winners!

Last week I showed the class a cool website and app called Epic!  It is an online library with tons of free books!  The free version is accessible until 4 PM.  This would be a great thing to use on days off of school (like the upcoming days off October 30-November 1), or after school for their 20 minutes of reading!  The website is:  https://www.getepic.com/students and our class code is: jip6801.  There is also a subscription available, if you'd like your child to have access to the website beyond 4 PM.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Mixing Solids and Liquids!

We had a fun experiment today!  Last week we mixed two solids (salt and gravel).  Today we had the chance to mix gravel, tissue, and salt with water (in respective containers).  Ask them what happened to each of the solids!  (Bonus question:  Ask them what the scientific word is for what the salt did in the water!)

Free Dress Day Reminder:
We have one more free dress day on Thursday, October 10!  Please remember to review pages 28-29 in the handbook, or contact me, if you have any questions about the free dress guidelines!  Thank you!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Trunk R Treat!

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is excited to announce that they are hosting another Trunk R Treat this year!  Even though most of the teachers will be in Seaside, Oregon for the Northwest District's Teacher's Conference, there will still be something safe and fun to do here at BL on Halloween!   It will be on October 31 from 5:30-7:00.

We are in need of candy and small toy donations, as well as decorated trunks to make this happen!  Below is the link to sign up!  If you are signing up to provide a trunk, please be prepared to arrive between 4:45 and 5:00 so be ready to go by 5:15.  Let me know if you have any questions!


Monday, September 30, 2019

Picture Day! Spirit Wear Last Days! Free Dress Days!

Picture Day!
Picture day is tomorrow, October 1!  Every child will have their picture taken, even if they don't order pictures.  Extra picture packets are available in the office.

Spirit Wear Last Days!
We have raised enough money through our Fall Fest fundraising that we have earned our Spirit Wear Last Days!  This means that the last day of every week will be spirit wear!

Here are some highlights:
·         Students can wear a BL shirt on top (any BL shirt works)
·         Students can wear free dress on bottom
·         If leggings are worn, they must be underneath skirts or shorts, not worn as pants
·         Free dress guidelines apply to the bottoms (please see pages 28-29 of the handbook for these guidelines)
·         Shorts/dresses/skirts must fall 4 inches or less above the knee
·         If you don't have a BL top, or if your child doesn't want to participate, they should wear standard of dress

This will start this Friday and will continue for the whole year!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Free Dress Day!
2nd grade has another free dress day this Thursday, October 3!  Students can wear free dress to school. Please review the free dress guidelines on pages 28-29 of the handbook and let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Free Dress Days!

We have TWO free dress days coming up!  These free dress days were earned through Fall Fest fundraising!
Our next free dress days are:
           Thursday, September 26
       Thursday, October 3
If you have any questions about what is and what is not appropriate on free dress days, please review this topic on page 28 of your Parent/Teacher Handbook.
Thank you!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fall Fest and MAP Testing

Fall Fest:
Information about Fall Fest went home on Friday on a bright yellow paper on your child's Fall Fest envelope.  You also received an email with instructions on how to activate your child's online fundraising profile.  We're already on quite a roll!  I'm proud of 2nd grade!

MAP Testing:

We're getting ready for our fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.  This is an adaptive, computerized test.  The second graders will take this twice this year--once in the fall, and once in the spring.  We take both the reading and math tests. 
A few notes about MAP testing:
  • This is NOT high-stakes testing.
  • It is just one measure of how a particular student is doing.
  • One benefit of testing in 2nd grade is to get the students ready for the Smarter Balanced testing, which starts in 3rd grade.
  • It is an adaptive test, so it gets harder the more they get right.  They won't know everything on the test!
Some ways that you can support your student and give them the best chance at showing their best work are:
  • Make sure they get plenty of sleep the night before testing.
  • Feed them a nutritious breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Get them to school on time.  Students who are rushing tend to take longer to settle in.  Our tests begin right after announcements, so giving them plenty of time to settle in will help them succeed!
  • Don't put too much pressure on them, and don't let them put too much pressure on themselves!  Encourage them to do their best, but also help them realize that this test isn't the end of the world.
  • Remind them that the test will have some things we haven't learned yet.  It's designed that way!
We test on Tuesday, September 17 and Friday, September 20, right after announcements in the morning.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

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Rebekah Picker
Teacher | Bethlehem Lutheran School
509.582.5624 | www.blcbls.org | Facebook

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.   Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Vision Testing, Fall Fest Assembly

Vision Testing:
Vision testing started Monday and will continue on Wednesday.  The results will be sent home, so keep an eye out for those!

Fall Fest Quick Start Assembly:
Our Fall Fest Quick Start Assembly is on Friday at 2:30.  We invite you to come see what it's all about!  The information will also be sent home after the assembly!

Below is a fun picture of Baby Picker 3!  Ask your 2nd grader what we found out yesterday!

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, with another little one on the way! Fun fact: Rebekah is a mirror-image twin, meaning that she is right-handed and her identical twin is left-handed.