Friday and Monday Reminders


We have Market Day on Friday as well as the 2MC end of the year party in the afternoon. Faye is organizing all that with you. The kids will be so excited.

Monday is field day. Pizza will be served at school for lunch. There is  a lot of water at these activities so please be sure to send your child with a bathing suit, towel, extra clothes and a sleeping bag. The sleeping bag is for the movie time. We will be swimming at the pool in the afternoon as well. Wet bathing suits are not pleasant to put on, so sending your child with an extra bathing suit and towel might be a good idea. I’ll keep you all posted throughout the week on anything else that comes to mind that will make this last week a smooth one.




Market Day!   Panyee FC Football Caine’s Arcade   CNN: You are Never Too Young to be CEO

Dear Parents,

Your child is in the midst of creating a business for Market Day here at SAS. This will take place on Friday June 6 @ 8:30am. The class went on a field trip to Zhudi Town and collected data on businesses that exist in this area. Together we recorded and analyzed the data as a group. Students then created their own groups and came up with a business they would like to start, which they believe will be successful in Zhudi Town. It is encouraged that the businesses targets children in the area. The above videos and article were shown to the students in 2MC. I strongly encourage you to watch them with your child. This will lead to great conversation about perseverance, motivation, and ambition. These videos and article were shown to encourage students to not only “think outside the box” but to create a business, which is kid made not parent produced. It is understood that the children may need supplies for some of their businesses, however I encourage the children to talk with a parent and come up with a fair agreement about chores they may do around the house to earn for the items needed for their business. This will empower the students and allow them to truly create a business of their own. Have fun and I hope to see you all on Friday.


What’s Going On?

Literacy: 2MC is having a blast writing fairy tales! I am in awe over their writing in this genre. Their creativity is truly coming out. They  have been enjoying fairy tales during read aloud time as well. Next week, 2MC will be exposed to various fairy tales in play form and will get to participate in readers’ theatre with their classmates. This will be a great way to encourage them to practice fluency.

Math: They have proved themselves to be true mathematicians when it comes to counting money and making change. Next week, we will review the measurement concepts and skills presented in Module 2, now with a focus on customary units. 2MC will deepen their understanding of a length unit as they lay one-inch square tiles end-to-end to create simple inch rulers, just as they created centimeter rulers in Module 2. They see again that the smaller the unit, the more iterations are necessary to cover a given distance. Students measure the length of various objects with their new unit rulers applying important concepts such as the understanding that the zero point on a ruler is the beginning of the total length and the number on a ruler means the distance covered by that number of length units.

Science: I’m sure there is lots of talk at home about the life science project they are creating. We hope to see you all there on Monday for the grand opening of the museum.

Social Studies: Market Day will be in full force next week. The students will be analyzing the data from our Zhudi Town walk and create a business based on the data collected. The students will be in small groups when planning their business and will present their pitch on Market Day, which will be on June 3rd.  An invitation was sent out last week regarding both the science and social studies event.


*Today 2MC enjoyed listening to some middle school children present their healthy eating projects. They were an amazing audience and so engaged!

Please enjoy some pictures below:

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Goods and Services/Ecosystems

The class is currently working on a major ecosystem project, which goes along with the life science NGSS standards for grade 2. This is a project based learning unit where all the students in grade 2 will be researching the ecosystem of their choice. They will use their research to create a life size hallway exhibit. The essential questions to this project is;

  1. How are plants and animals connected in a habitat?
  2. What are examples of how a change in the habitat could affect the plants and animals in it?

The students are switching classes for this project depending on the habitat they are researching.

We will also be front loading the social studies project based learning unit on Goods and Services.  To start this project, the class will be taking a walk around Zhudi Town and collecting data on shops in the area. This will happen on Monday morning May 9th. After collecting  the data, the class will analyze it and make a well thought out decision, with their team members, on a shop they believe will be a high profit business in the town after looking at supply and demand.

The class is continuing to take part in book clubs while reading series books. Developmentally, this is a challenge for the students, but they are making headway. Each day the conversation becomes richer and deeper. I model a lot of “stop and jot” thinking as I do read alouds. Talking about books is highly recommended at home. Asking the right questions really challenges their thinking and discussion.

In math, the students are still working on addition and subtraction within 1,000 using various strategies, but they are also counting coins (USD) and will soon be learning how to make change. It’s so cool to see the different strategies used when they count a handful of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. I love to hear their thinking.

Erosion Prevention Methods

Dear Parents,

Wow, I am totally impressed with the 4 C’s that the students deomonstrated during the science erosion prevention method project in class: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity. The students researched and tested models to help Farmer JP with the new land he purchased in New Zealand. His plan is to produce corn on the plains, rice on the hills, and berries on the mountains. He is aware that erosion can happen and he asked the 2nd graders at SAS to teach him about erosion prevention methods. Check out their amazing models below. They are currently working on posters convincing Farmer JP that their research and testing methods will help him produce food on his farm.

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Terracing. Mulching. Windbreak. Retaining Wall. Strip Cropping. Contour Farming.

Earth Week




*This school year Roots & Shoots across divisions is encouraging everyone to participate in EARTH-WEEK-2016 CAMPUS-WIDE in these optional activities:


MONDAY APRIL 18th Water Conservation Day!

-Use as little water as possible!


TUESDAY APRIL 19th Stash Your Trash!

Carry all of your trash you for the day, in a reusable container, and see how much packaging, disposable cups, paper towels etc. that you use!


WEDNESDAY APRIL 20th Power Down Day!

Campus Wide– is encouraged to turn off lights and use as little power as possible during the school day and at home!



Wear green clothes, hair and hats to raise environmental awareness!

High School Roots & Shoots has Million Tree Project T-Shirts for Sale!


FRIDAY APRIL 22nd Green Market!

EARTH DAY is April 22nd! Come near the Eagle Shop before or after your Relay-4-Life & buy some plants for your home or classroom! Roots & Shoots Merchandise will also be on sale etc!


*ALL WEEK! Sign the EARTH WEEK Pledge—This year we’ll sign the wall in the covered court next to the Eagle Shop with chalk. *See the EARTH WEEK PLEDGE at that location!


Be mindful of our environment & reduce the footprint we generate! EARTH DAY—EVERY DAY!


What is Roots & Shoots?



For more information or to volunteer on the SAS-Puxi Campus with Roots & Shoots contact:


Noah Flesher –Elementary School

Lillian Wu –Middle School

High School – Erin Rossing

Student Led Conferences – What a Success!

Dear Parents,

What a fantastic couple of days! It was wonderful to see how the students took ownership of their learning.  They all looked like they were having so much fun sharing their work and thinking, through a real life presentation. They demonstrated great leadership skills and confidence while communicating.  Thank you all for coming and making it such a positive experience.

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What’s Going Happening in 2MC?

Dear Parents,

What a fun week we have ahead. Todd Parr is visiting SAS this week.  Todd gave such a fun and exciting presentation today. He is full of laughs while reading about his published books. Please learn more about him on the official website: .  The class is working closer with Todd Parr on Wednesday afternoon. Please remember his books are on sale in the library. On Friday, the class will get to enjoy a production in the PAC on Aseop’s Fables.

As for homework this week, the students will only be working on their expert books if they are not feeling like they can complete it in class by Friday. There will be no math or writing prompt this week. They will, however,  still be expected to complete their reading log.

The class will be creating a model in science showing how land and water are both connected. This will be a very hands on collaborative project, which they are excited to begin.

Only one week to go until spring break. Hopefully we will all return to beautiful spring weather, budding trees, and sunshine!                       1 2


What’ Going On?

Dear Parents

We have made it to March! Please find the March calendar in your child’s SAS folder.

Please read below to take a look at the week ahead.

Science: We are starting the science unit, “Water, Water Everywhere”. As a class we will discuss water as a resource: Where is water located on the Earth? Why is the Earth’s water important to us? Is its location important? Why? What are different types of bodies of water (Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, Glaciers etc)? What are some possible relationships between land and water? How did the water get there? Did the water shape the landscape? There are so many questions for students to explore the answers to. The class will research these answers on the web, through books and databases. Some content vocabulary will be: mountain, beach, shore, bank, dune, river, lake, ocean, glacier, cliffs, landscape, sea, sand. Enjoy some discussions at the dinner table with your child about what they are learning.

Math: This week students will apply their understanding of place value strategies to a subtraction algorithm, moving from concrete to pictorial to abstract. It is important to note that this algorithm is introduced at this level and is connected deeply to the understanding of place value. Fluency with the algorithm, however, is a Grade 4 standard.

Students will use base ten blocks on a place value chart to subtract like units (76-43 is 7 tens minus 4 tens and 6 ones -3 ones). They practice modeling the standard subtraction algorithm within 100 to learn to decompose 1 ten for 10 ones (76-47). The use of manipulatives allows student to physically experience the renaming and understand why behind decomposing and recomposing a quantity.

Literacy: The class picked out a nonfiction book from the library on Friday to help add some content to their headings. Some of these books may not be at their just right level so I encourage you to read the book at home with them. Discussion will really help them elaborate on their topic of choice when writing their expert books.

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