Weekly Newsletter, March 30, 2020

Dear 2B Families,

I am continually impressed by your support and your student’s work each day.  The highlight of my week was getting to see most of the class during our Zoom Meet-up on Friday.  I will continue to plan at least one per week moving forward.  I have also thoroughly enjoyed any pictures with assignments and even videos of students reading their writing or work, please keep those coming whenever possible! 😊  We had 100% attendance each day last week, which is amazing, and are getting so close to having everything turned in daily!  You rock!

Looking ahead into next week:

  • Morning Message Videos:  After receiving wonderful feedback from our parent support meeting last week.  I will be adding a “Morning Message” video in each Daily Checklist for students to watch when they sign-in to Google Classroom.  In these brief videos, I will outline the assignments for each day and provide additional clarification or directions as needed.  It is my hope these can be a tool to help each student know what the expectation of the day is and as a reminder that I’m still here, just on the other side of the screen!
  • Math—for the upcoming week 3/30-4/3: EEK! In mailing out the new packet, I missed sending out the math worksheets for necessary for this upcoming week.  I hugely apologize for this and have some options as a back-up!  I have scanned each daily worksheet and will link them to each checklist.  Here are the options:
  1. Print off the worksheet (black & white is great!), complete the assignment, and submit a scanned copy or picture to turn in.

OR

  1. Write/draw out the problems on a piece of blank paper and list the correct answer.  Submit a scanned copy or picture to turn in.

Thank you for your assistance and flexibility with this!

  • Science: On Tuesday, follow the Parent/Student Guide for Lesson 56-Describing the loudness of sound.  On Thursday, follow the Parent/Student Guide for Lesson 57-How the environment affects the sounds we hear.
  • Spelling Test:  Thank you for giving your student the spelling test on Friday!  The lined paper included at the back of the packet that arrived last week, may be used when administering the test.  The students know how to number their paper for the test too, and we usually “kiss our brain” before the test.  Typically, we do a challenge word as #13 related to the letter combination for the week (this is optional, but could be fun!).  Remember to submit a picture of the test when you are turning in the test. 😊
  • Grading Procedure: At this time, I will be giving students grades in Google Classroom based on completion.  If they turn in the checklist and proof of completion of the correct assignments, they will receive 100 points.  If something is missing or incorrect, points will be deducted.  Over the past couple weeks, I have been waiting to receive assignments in order to give a complete grade.  If your student still has an assignment that has not been returned from over a week ago, it may because I am missing an attachment.  Please check my “comments” in the Google Classroom, as I have been letting students know when they are missing an item.  In the comments, I am also noting if anything needs to be corrected or completed.  The student can then resubmit the assignment.  I am keeping track of individual assignments in the gradebook, like I normally would if we were in school.  I am mostly looking for 100% effort, this and participation allow me to measure progress.

Thank you for participating in your child’s learning in this unique way.  We are in this together, so please reach out if you need anything!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 😊

Warmly,

Addison Borseth

Second Grade Teacher

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Melissa Morrier-Turk

My name is Melissa Morrier-Turk, I am a graduate of SMM (class of 1986) and have been a member of the parish community much of my life. I have a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources from Central Washington University and have spent my 23 years working in this field, traveling all over the USA and Canada as an HR Director, as well as a corporate trainer. My husband Mike and I have two kids, our son will be a Junior at Archbishop Murphy High School and our daughter will be a 7th grader here at SMM. As a parent, I have been an active member of the SMM community, most recently wrapping up my role as the Parent Club President this year and V.P. last year. I have also been an active member of the auction for the past 8 years, along with numerous opportunities to volunteer in my children’s classrooms and through club activities. In my off time I enjoy running, cycling, hiking, anything outdoorsy really. I have absolutely loved working with and getting to know so many of the families here at SMM as a parent and am looking forward to getting to know you all better as part of your school community!