Class Newsletter

May 10, 2010 

Congratulations to our Class!

In case you haven’t heard, Frederiksen’s second graders were awarded second place in the DPIE Student Art Contest. They did a collaborative piece entitled “In Flanders Field” which turned out beautifully. Their artwork was displayed at Stoneridge Mall where they received another award- The People’s Choice award. We are very proud of our young artists! 


School Survey

 If you haven’t already taken the parent survey, there is still time! It is a very short online survey for parents to fill out regarding their opinions about Frederiksen.  It is only 10 questions and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Here is the link, or you can access it on Frederiksen’s homepage. The survey will be available until May 14th.  

Teacher’s Corner

We have been so fortunate to have Ms. Kasey Gillmore as our student teacher. For the next two weeks Ms. Gillmore will be doing her two week takeover. Mrs. Radding and I will still be present to help in any way we can, but she will be directing the class.   On another note, I wanted to compliment our class on how well they did during STAR testing. I can honestly say that all students appeared to try their very best and were very focused. I am proud of each and every one of them! 


Language Arts

We are starting our final theme entitled Talent Show. We will be reading stories centered around art themes. This week we will read The Art Lesson by Tomie de Paola, who is an author who has written a number of terrific books. Check out his website to learn more about him and the other books he has written: 


As I am writing this, students are doing a lesson on Probability and are extremely excited. Ms. Gillmore and I never knew that predicting which color cube will be picked out of a cup could be so exciting.  Here is a website that students can check out from home dealing with probability; 


We will be starting a new unit on life cycles this week. We will also be starting a thematic unit focusing on the Rain Forest. We have some new little pets in our classroom called mealworms and earthworms, which the students are fascinated by. Hopefully by the end of the next couple of weeks our students can teach you about several types of animals. J