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Ms. Monheiser

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May 21st- 24th

Dearest Families,

As the school year comes to a close I want to take a moment to say thank you.  Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with me everyday.  I am so grateful for all the hugs, smiles, pictures, gifts, good things and stories your child has shared with me. They will always hold a special place in my heart and I will miss them.

Thank you for supporting me, and all my efforts.  Thank you for getting up early and driving in the snow to make sure your child made it to school, for sifting through papers and forms and figuring out homework, for taking time to sit down to read with your child, for keeping me in the loop on what your child needs most to thrive and for all your thoughtful gifts, notes and gestures of appreciation.  We could not have made it without you!


Mrs. Monheiser



  •  Tuesday, May 22 --AVA End of year celebration 5:00-8:00PM  AVA Field and Cafeteria  There will be Bounce Houses, Colorado Pizza Company, Lolo's Mexican Food, Castle Rock Kettle Corn, and more fun!! 
  • Wednesday, May 23--Field Day 9:00-11:50 

  • Students can wear AVA spirit wear or wolf run shirt and finger tip length shorts             

  • May 24-- Last Day Of School, Half Day & Class party 10:00 to 11:30.

     Dismissal at 11:30

  •  May 24--Spirit Night--Baskin Robbins 11:30AM-9:00PM  
 Helpful Resources
  • Is your child forgetful?  Does your student struggle with understanding the consequences of his/her actions? Is your kid’s bedroom a hot sloppy mess?  These are all skills associated with executive functioning!  The great news is that there are a variety of family games that can increase your child’s executive functioning in a fun, easy way!  Check out this article for more information:
  • Have you heard of GoNoodle?  This is a website that we use a TON in the classroom, especially on indoor recess days.  There are dozens of fun, silly, engaging exercise videos that are fantastic for those winter cabin fever days.  In addition to great gross motor games, there are learning videos, and social emotional videos designed to give kids ways to calm down and cope.  Parents need an account, but a great majority of the site is free!  
  • Have you heard Prodigy Math?  It is an incredibly engaging online fantasy based math game made for elementary students.  Kids are crazy about it, I’ve known students who prefer it to Minecraft.  Parents need an account, and most of the site is free.  If you’re looking for a way to add to your at-home math practice, this could be a great way to go!  Check it out! -
  • Please check your child's planner and green homework folder each night  both will be found in their green binder.  
  • Please check your child's reading and math teacher's website for updates in their reading and math class.

Important Information

  • Library is on Wednesday.  Please help your child to remember to return checked out books by Wednesday.
  • Please check your child's homework folder each night and initial that they have read for 20 minutes.  
  • Please help your child leave their toys at home.
  • Please feel free to email me with questions you may still have This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • As the temperatures drop, please make sure your student is prepared to go outside and play. We go out if it is above 20 degrees!
  • We are a nut-free classroom

  • Spirit Days are coming to AVA.  On Spirit Days students can wear spirit wear provided by the Foundation along with the rest of the uniform.  These items include t-shirts with the official AVA Wolf/logo.  For example, on a Spirit Day, a student may wear a T-shirt purchased through the foundation along with an approved pair of shorts, pants, skirt....  Other Spirit Wear includes t-shirts or sweatshirts purchased while playing an AVA sport at or an AVA Field Day shirt.  Spirit days at AVA will be on the following dates: 


  • We are done with spirit days. :)

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Daily Schedule Room 224

Arrival: 8:15-8:30

Specials (CAMP): 8:30-9:20

Reading: 9:25-10:15

Grammar (Library on Wednesday): 10:20-10:50

 Recess/Snack: 10:50-11:05

 I-ready/Intervention: 11:10-11:35

 Writing: 11:35 – 12:05

 Core Knowledge/ Literature: 12:05-12:20

 Lunch/Recess: 12:20- 1:00

Math: 1:15-2:15 

 History/Science: 2:15-2:45

  History/Science: 2:45-3:15

 Pack-up/Launch: 3:15-3:30


Shurley Grammar

 Chapter 15

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns & Verbs
  • 5 Parts of the complete sentence
  • Article Adjective
  • Declarative Senteces
  • Subject
  • Predicate
  • Preposition & Object of the Preposition
  • Subject Pronoun
  • Possessive Pronoun
  • Helping Verb
  • Interrogative Sentences
  • Object Pronoun
  • Excamatory Sentences


  • Information Summary


Chapter 6  Week  4

Story: The Life of a Dollar Bill

Comprehension strategy: Summarize
Comprehension skill: Problem Solution
Genre:  Expository Text
Vocabulary strategy: paragraph clues
Spelling Pattern: vowel team syllables
Vocabulary: invented, money, prices, purchase, record, system, value, worth
High-Frequency Words: against, anymore, complete, rough, enough, river, sometimes, stranger, terrible, window
Homework: read 20 minutes each night & spelling packet due Friday

Please continue reading at home for twenty minutes with your child.  Parents can read too. :) Reading practice is so much more fun for children when it is a shared experience.  The more interest you model in reading the more they will enjoy it and want to do it!  The more they read the better readers they will become!Image



Chapter 17 Graphs and Line Plots

Big Idea: 

  • Children read and present data in pictorial form in picture graph.
  • Children solve real world problems involving picture graphs.
  • Children learn that centimeters and meters are metric units of measurements for length.
  • Children use tallies, bar graphs and line plots.


Modern Japanese Civilization

  •  Locate relative to continental Asia: “land of the rising sun”
  •  A country made up of islands; four major islands • Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Tokyo B. Culture
  •  Japanese flag
  •  Big modern cities, centers of industry and business
  •  Traditional craft: origami
  •  Traditional costume: kimono


  •  Yellow (Huang He) and Yangtze (Chang Jiang) Rivers
  •  Teachings of Confucius (for example, honor your ancestors)
  •  Great Wall of China
  •  Invention of paper
  •  Importance of silk
  •  Chinese New Year


Life Cycles

• The life cycle: birth, growth, reproduction, death

• Reproduction in plants and animals

  • From seed to seed with a plant
  • From egg to egg with a chicken
  • From frog to frog
  • From butterfly to butterfly: metamorphosis


  • Insects can be helpful and harmful to people.Helpful: pollination; products like honey, beeswax, and silk; eat harmful insects Harmful: destroy crops, trees, wooden buildings, clothes; carry disease; bite or sting
  • Distinguishing characteristics Exoskeleton, chitin Six legs and three body parts: head, thorax and abdomen Most but not all insects have wings.
  • Life cycles: metamorphosis Some insects look like miniature adults when born from eggs, and they molt to grow (examples: grasshopper, cricket). Some insects go through distinct stages of egg, larva, pupa, adult.
  •  Social insects Most insects live solitary lives, but some are social (such as ants, honeybees, termites, wasps). Ants: colonies Honeybees: workers, drones, queen.


  •  Students really enjoyed playing Oregon Trail here is the link if they would like to play at home: Oregon Trail Classic Game


AVA 2nd Grade Curriculum Map

 This will give you a quick snapshot of what we will be doing for core knowledge through out the year.   

AVA Curriculum Map Literature History Science Writing  Character
Aug/Sept Talk Iktomi Stories, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Bed in Summer
War of 1812 
Map Terms
Continents and Oceans
Summer (Seasons)
 Review conventions of paragraph writing (including spelling, grammar & usage)  Respect
October  Tall Tales, Bufflao Dusk, Windy Nights  Westward Expansion         Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountians  
Simple Machines/
Personal Narrative
– How to …

The Emperor's New Clothes,                

The Fisherman and His Wife,          

Something Told The Wild Geese,     Rudolph is Tired of the City

Mississippi River 
Great Lakes    
 Cells  Retelling and Summarizing  Empowerment
December  A Christmas Carol, T'Was the Night Before Christmas, Lincoln, Harriet Tubman  Civil War  Digestive System/ Excretory System   Health Bios  Responding to Literature  Sharing
January  How the Camel Got It's Hump        Seashell  
Civil Rights
North America
 Digestive System/Winter  Persuasive Writing  Patience
February  Greek Myths, Smart, Limericks  Ancient Greece  NA/ Heavy History Month Poetry   Excellence
March  Blind Men and the Elephant,              Tiger, Brahaman, and Jakal         Discovery, Windy Nights  
Ancient India
Central and South America
 Water Cycle  Compare  Compassion
Magic Pain brush, Charlotte's Web, 
Hurt No Living Thing
 Ancient China  Life Cycles/ Spring  Contrast  Spring

 Tongue Cut Sparrow,

El Pajro Cu            Bee! I'm Epecting You           Caterpillars

 Japan Today  Insects  Information Summary  Respect


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