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~*The Pitzer Post*~

January 30-February 3, 2017

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 9 (week two)
Phonics Words:  barge, charge, large, page, stage, than, water, badge, package
Sight Words: while, may, than, pull, head
Vocab Words:  government, duty, election
Grammar Skill: Helping Verbs (has, have, had)


Chapter 10: Mental Math and Estimation
: sum, difference, number line, about, round, nearest ten, estimate, reasonable

  • Relate sum to the addition operation
  • Add numbers with up to 3 digits mentally with and without regrouping
  • Relate difference to the subtraction operation
  • Subtract up to 3 digit numbers mentally with and without regrouping
  • Use a number line to round numbers to the nearest ten
  • Use rounding to estimate sums and differences
  • Estimate to check reasonableness of answers


  • Please be practicing basic facts for both addition and subtraction at home
  • Students must master these facts 1-20 by the end of 2nd grade
  • You can use flashcards and instead of your child just saying the answer, have them read the whole problem and then the answer out loud
  • Focus on accuracy
  • Have your child create their own flashcards
  • If you ever find yourself doing these facts in your head, ask your child if they can help you with the answer
  • Give students an answer and see if they can tell you addition and subtraction equations that equal that number


Week 2 Lowercase Letters are: f, k, i, j

Congratulations to a great first week in the cursive books.  I enjoyed reading all of your comments and appreciated the honesty when you were struggling.  We were able to practice at school and a common area for improvement is making sure to slant our letters.  We can do this by slanting our paper and practicing!  Cursive handwriting papers will comes home with students on Friday so you can see how they are doing.

I know this first video was our longest blog video to date.  Please keep in mind the first couple are this way due to it being a new concept.  They will get shorter.  To help your family out with this, please feel free to watch a letter a night instead of all at once.  Blog videos are posted with the Pitzer Post on Friday afternoons and viewing/commenting must be done by Wednesday morning!

Second Step

This week, Mrs. Barra our school counselor kicked off Kindness Week.  We celebrated by focusing on kind actions and words.  What are some of the ways you were kind this week?


Tuesday, January 31 we have the 2nd-3rd grade music program.  Please have your child wear baseball attire! Do they have their lines memorized?

Wednesday, February 1st we will be celebrating The Global School Day of Play. Global Day of Play 2017

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 30, 2017 

  • Lunch: McRib
  • “government”  note card comes home, due  Tuesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 2 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)
  • 100th Day of School!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 

  • Lunch: Grilled Cheese and Soup
  • 2nd/3rd Grade Dress rehearsal Assembly 10:15am
  • 2nd/3rd Grade Music Program 6:30pm (wear sports attire)
  •  “duty” and “election”  note card comes home, due Wednesday
  • Watch Cursive Week 2 Video, comment and practice  (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

  • ½ day of school (SIP Day; students are Dismissed @ 11:15am)
  • Watch Cursive Week 2 Video and comment by today
    • Be sure to check out the letter that was sent home above
    • Parents welcome 10am-11am

Thursday, February 2, 2017

  • Lunch: Chicken Tenders
  • Carnival Kick-Off at Morning Announcements
  • Phonics Paper comes home (due tomorrow)

Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Lunch: Pizza Bread
  • Spirit Day/Popcorn Day
  • Reading Camp out 9:30am-10:00am (stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, and or visitors are welcome)
    • Please RSVP if you are planning on attending

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Starting cursive!
  • Navigating the blog videos, learning how to post strong comments and taking responsibility for practicing at school and home
  • Celebrating Chocolate Day! Be sure to check out our blog post here:
  • Beginning our new genre: response to literature (book review)
  • Reviewing how to be mature digital citizens by navigating websites correctly to maximize learning
  • Using mental math addition strategies
  • Focusing on our basic facts so we can move into the mastery stage
  • Discovering the Food Pyramid in Science
  • Completing a new listening guide that focuses on strengthening our listening skills as well as our ability to explain our opinions.  Check out the blog post here:
27 Comments to

“The Pitzer Post!”

  1. January 29th, 2017 at 10:52 am      Reply Jayden Says:

    I am so excited for cursive this week because I am getting closer to learning my name.

    • January 29th, 2017 at 3:16 pm      Reply Mrs. Pitzer Says:

      Having a goal and keeping the end in mind Jayden, is a perfect way to stay motivated through cursive. Especially when it gets harder. Did you find it a bit easier this week to begin? Which letter did you enjoy practicing the most?

  2. January 29th, 2017 at 1:28 pm      Reply Audrey Says:

    I am so excited to learn how to write my name in cursive!

    • January 29th, 2017 at 3:16 pm      Reply Mrs. Pitzer Says:

      Audrey, you and Jayden are both pumped about your name. That is a good goal to have so you can focus on working hard to get there. What did you think about the letters this week?

  3. January 29th, 2017 at 4:48 pm      Reply Ashawnesty Says:

    I went eek when I saw the elf!

    • January 29th, 2017 at 10:49 pm      Reply Mrs. Pitzer Says:

      Love your sentence Shawny. Did you think the letters got easier this week or were there things you noticed that were not as hard as the first week?

  4. January 30th, 2017 at 5:27 pm      Reply Reese H Says:

    I am excited to learn more cursive letters

  5. January 30th, 2017 at 5:55 pm      Reply Angie Michanicou Says:

    I am gonna have an Amazing second cursive with F,K,I,and J

  6. January 30th, 2017 at 6:37 pm      Reply Griffin Says:

    I learned that the k is just like the h.

    • January 30th, 2017 at 10:44 pm      Reply Mrs. Pitzer Says:

      That is very true they have so many similarities. Do you think that is why they are taught so close together?

  7. January 30th, 2017 at 7:00 pm      Reply Evan Says:

    I think f is hard to right because you have to do two loops.

    • January 30th, 2017 at 10:45 pm      Reply Mrs. Pitzer Says:

      The f is one of the hardest letters especially because it is very easy to do the bottom loop backwards. What do you think would help you write it more correctly and how can I help?

  8. January 30th, 2017 at 7:52 pm      Reply Ava Says:

    Cursive is hard at first then it gets easy.

    • January 30th, 2017 at 10:46 pm      Reply Mrs. Pitzer Says:

      Ava, I am so glad to hear you say that. It does get easier the more you practice. What did you find easier this week that was harder last week?

  9. January 30th, 2017 at 8:46 pm      Reply Sanjana Says:

    The cursive f is so so hard.

    • January 30th, 2017 at 10:46 pm      Reply Mrs. Pitzer Says:

      I agree Sanjana. Even also thought the same thing. Maybe the two of you could practice together or give each other tips. How can I help you with the letter?

  10. January 30th, 2017 at 10:42 pm      Reply Emma Stahl Says:

    I loved the video but it was a little hard and frustrating.

    • January 30th, 2017 at 10:48 pm      Reply Mrs. Pitzer Says:

      There were some tricky letters this week. What specifically was hard and frustrating for you? How can I help?

  11. January 31st, 2017 at 5:29 pm      Reply Alex b Says:

    I’m proud that I know how to write the lowercase i.

  12. January 31st, 2017 at 6:40 pm      Reply Max Says:

    Those letters are hard, but I like learning cursive

  13. January 31st, 2017 at 6:41 pm      Reply Crew Says:

    I love cursive! And it’s fun learning on an iPad!

  14. February 1st, 2017 at 8:07 am      Reply Madison Says:

    I can’t wait to practice more cursive in class. My favorite letter this week was I.

  15. February 1st, 2017 at 8:08 am      Reply Vivien Says:

    I love how they are so loopy.

  16. February 2nd, 2017 at 7:49 am      Reply Kaitlyn Says:

    Wow the f , j , and k where super hard. The i was really easy.

  17. February 6th, 2017 at 6:32 pm      Reply Alex R Says:

    I need to work on some of my letters and my words in cursive. I need to work on my f and I was really good at my i and j.

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