Thank you and Goodbye

I wanted to send one last post to say thank you and goodbye. Thank you for sharing your kids with me and for your trust. I learned a lot not only from the kids, but from you as parents. Thank you for your communication and your generosity. I wish you and your children all the best in the future. Please know my door is always open so please come by and say hi in the future.

I’ll never forget my first class at SAS.

End of the Year Updates

Hi 2RZ Families:

I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year. I wanted to send some updates for some upcoming end of the year events. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions as I know there is a lot going on.

1.) MARKET DAY: This Friday is our culminating event for our unit on economics, called Market Day. Market Day will take place on Friday, June 3 at 8:30am. Please join us at that time to see the businesses your students have created.

2.) END OF YEAR PARTY AT PIZZA EXPRESS: On Friday, June 3rd from 10:30-12:30 we will take a field trip to pizza express to celebrate the end of the year. Please make sure you sign and return the permission slip that was sent home on Monday so that your child can attend. A big thank you to goes out to Teresa, our room mom, for organizing the trip.

3.) FIELD DAY: Field day is this Monday, June 6th. Many of the activities our kids will participate in will involve water. To be ready please 1.) have kids wear their swimsuit to school in the morning, 2.) have them put sunscreen on in the morning before school 3.) bring towels to dry off with, and 4.) bring a change of clothes for after field day so they are dry and comfortable for the rest of the day.

Thank you,

Richard Ziegler


Market Day – Friday, June 3rd

Dear Parents,

Your child is in the midst of creating a business for Market Day here at SAS. Market day is our culminating event for our goods and services unit where students explore elements of economics. Market day will take place on Friday June 3 at 8:30am.

The class went on a field trip through Zhudi Town and collected data on businesses that exist in the area. Students then graphed the data and analyzed it. Students then formed groups to create businesses they believed would be successful in Zhudi Town. It is encouraged that the businesses targets children in the area. The below videos and article have been or will be shown to the students in our class. I strongly encourage you to watch them with your child. These resources may inspire 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. With that said it is understood that they may need supplies from home for some of their businesses. I have encouraged the children to talk with you and come up with a fair agreement about chores they can do around the house to earn the use of the materials that will come from home. This will empower the students and allow them to truly create a business of their own. It also supports their understanding of economics. It is important for them to know that it takes hard work and a plan to generate capital and inventory for a business. Have fun and I hope to see you all on next Friday.   Panyee FC Football Caine’s Arcade   CNN: You are Never Too Young to be CEO


Richard Ziegler

Performance, Survey, and End of Year Party

CONGRATULATIONS: I’ve had so many teachers and students come up to compliment our kids on their performances in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I was so proud of them for their dedication during practice and the way they captured the moving message of the play. Here is a picture of them in their costumes.


SURVEY: I’m always looking for ways to improve my teaching practice and this is especially true this year given that it was my first year in the SAS community. I would really appreciate your feedback. Please take a moment to fill out the survey in powerschool. Thank you!

END OF THE YEAR PARTY: On Friday, June 3rd we will have an end of the year party to celebrate 2RZ’s learning community. Please come by from 10:15-11:00 to celebrate all of our hard work this year. Hope to see you there!



2RZ Performs the Friday, May 13th

Hello 2RZ families,

This Friday, May 13th at 8:30 a.m. 2RZ will be performing a small play of the book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo at the Pre-K-2 assembly. Several students will narrate the play as other students from our class act out this abridged version of our favorite book. The performance will take place in the Performing Arts Center here at school. We would love for you to come out and see us perform!

This week a big part of our student’s homework is to practice their speaking and acting parts. Please help your student do this so they are ready for Friday. Thank you for sending your students with their costumes and props. See you on Friday.


Thank you,

Richard Ziegler

Thank You!

Dear 2RZ Families,

I wanted to thank you all for all of the many appreciations that I received from you last week. I was really overwhelmed with all of the kind gestures and gifts from you and your children. The fruit was so wonderful and it’s going to save me a trip to the grocery store this week, which is really great! It’s delicious. Thank you. I am so grateful to work with such talented, creative, and engaged families and children this year and I will miss you all very much when our kids move onto third grade. I’ve learned so much from them and you and am so happy to be a part of the SAS community and to be their teacher.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Richard Ziegler

Field Trip Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Hello families,

As part of our study of erosion prevention methods we will be taking a quick afternoon field trip on Thursday, April 21st, 2016. We will travel to the river behind the fashion mall in order to study erosion in our community.

Here are a few details and reminders…

  • Students should wear their 2RZ shirts
  • It may rain, so please send kids with raincoats and appropriate clothes and shoes. If it is raining too hard we will reschedule the field trip for another day.
  • Kids will eat snacks and lunch at school. NO packed lunch or snacks are necessary.
  • We will leave at about 1:30 p.m. and return before dismissal at 3:00 p.m.
  • I have received most permission slips. If you have not yet turned one in for your child please do so by tomorrow morning.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Richard Ziegler

2RZ Academic Update

Hello families. This week we have started several new units and we wanted to give you an update of what we have been up to.

MATHEMATICS: In math we have been continuing our study of addition and subtraction, however we are pushing ourselves to work with larger numbers. So now students are adding and subtracting numbers within 1000. We have especially focused on finding the difference between numbers this week as this is a bit more challenging for us. Also, we are incorporating elements of measurement and money into our study by working with units of length and money.

READING: We were excited to begin our series reading unit. We discussed what we know about series and found series that were just-right for us. Students got into series book clubs and began to collect ideas about main characters in their books. We also began a discussion about how to have a strong conversation. This will continue as students begin to meet with their book clubs to talk about the big ideas in their books. Ask your child about which series they are reading and the character traits of the main characters.

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WRITING: We have finished up our study of nonfiction writing. We are now beginning our study of opinion writing. The kids are writing letters to convince each other to read certain books. They are learning to state opinions and provide evidence.


SCIENCE: We began a new part of our unit on erosion. The kids are helping a farmer named J.P. to solve a problem he is having. Farmer J.P. has land in New Zealand on which he is trying to plant different crops but unfortunately much of his topsoil is being eroded away. So kids are starting research on different methods for preventing erosion and will then work to build a model of one of these methods for Farmer J.P.’s land. Ask them about “terracing” and “windbreaks”! Next week they will be studying more methods and beginning their model.

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next week!

Thank you,

Richard Ziegler

Conferences and Next Week

Hello 2RZ Families,

I just wanted to say a big thank you for coming out to celebrate our kid’s hard work. They were very excited and proud to have the most important people in their lives come to school to see what they have been up to. I’m proud of them. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding your child’s progress as I’d be happy to sit down one on one with you at any time.

Also, next week, on Monday April 11, we will be having our class photograph taken again. Please have your child wear their 2RZ shirt for the photograph!

Thank you all and have a lovely weekend.

Richard Ziegler

2RZ visits with Todd Parr

Hello Families,

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to send you a clip of our kids meeting with visiting author Todd Parr. The kids had a great time learning about him as a writer and reading books with him this week. In reflecting the kids said they were surprised to learn that even published authors have editors that tell them to revise and edit. Here’s the video (sorry it’s a bit dark)…

Also, conferences will be held the week after spring break. Most of you have already signed up, so thank you. The kids will be preparing for their conferences that first week we get back. The conferences are designed so that multiple kids/families will be in the room at the same time. The kids will rotate with you through different areas of the room where they will explain what they have been up to in different subject areas. We are looking forward to showing you our learning.

Have a safe and happy spring break and I will see you in April.


Richard Ziegler