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Contact Information:

Email: chood@scusd.net 

Phone: (408) 423-4065

 

Claire Hood

Welcome to Room 4!

Second grade is an important and exciting year, I am thankful I get to share it with you!
Class lists will be posted on August 11th and the first day is Thursday, August 12th. We have a new start time! Our classroom will open at 8:05 and the bell will ring at 8:15. 

Masks are required for all students, please make sure your child always has theirs and an extra in their backpack just incase. I appreciate your support in creating a safe environment. 
If possible, please bring in a photograph or send one to me for our community wall where we will have a picture from each family to start the year. The pictures can help students form a connection between home and school. You are their life long teacher and I hope you feel very involved in our classroom community.
You will be getting a lot of information in the beginning of the year, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns through my email or on Class Dojo.

Things have continued to change rapidly, I will do my best to make sure you have all the information that I have! 

Happy New Years!

I hope you all had a relaxing break and I am so looking forward to see you tomorrow! Here is a look at all the work we will be doing when we get back and the important dates coming up.

WINTER NEWS

We have made so much growth since the beginning of the year! We are beginning unit 3 in reading, writing, and phonics. In math we are moving into unit 6 of math and beginning to learn addition and subtraction with objects, pictures, and equations. In science we will begin our Trees and Weather unit when we get back from Winter Break. In social studies we are learning about different cultures, citizenship, and will learn about important historical figures.



Phonics

We have learned over 20 snap words! Students have grown in their ability to stretch words slowly like c-a-t and to put segmented words back together. Our next unit is called Word Part Power and we will focus on learning word families like -at, -in, op, etc in one and two syllable words. Students who have an understanding of these concepts will be challenged with finding word parts with more than three syllables, paying attention to word endings, and paying attention to unknown vocabulary words.



Writers Workshop

I am so impressed with the writing being produced! Students have really used the pictures being sent from home to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end, dialogue, and punctuation. In January we will begin our third unit on How - To writing. Students will teach others how to do something they know a lot about. Please continue to send pictures of things students doing things. For example, if your child cooks pasta at home with you send a picture so they remember how to do it step by step.



Readers Workshop

We will continue to build on our Super Reading Powers in our next unit called Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. Students will be learning more word solving strategies like chunking large words into parts, using the alphabet chart, and using more than one power. Students who are using these strategies will begin reading longer books and building on their comprehension. We are going to learn how to use post its to mark important parts, how to have a book talk conversation, how to stop and ask questions about what they are reading.



Math

We are focusing on small group math instruction. Some groups are focusing on building fluency to five, learning math vocabulary, adding and subtracting to ten, and solving word problems. We are all at different places in our learning and it is important to match students where they are so I can best support their growth. At the end of math we share with our partners what we learned.



Science and Technology

We are moving into Trees and Weather where we study the parts of a tree, why they are important, and how they are different. We will also focus on seasons, temperature, and climate. We will go on a walking field trip to Peterson in January, volunteers are needed! I will send out the date as soon as possible. Students are getting very independent with using the Chromebooks. They have learned how to use RAZ kids, Footsteps to Brilliance, and Dreambox.



Translanguaging

We will continue focusing on one word a week in any language. Please write the word of the week on an index card or a quarter piece of computer paper so your child can share their knowledge with the class. It is very exciting to see students writing in their home language and sharing their knowledge freely!



Our January words are New Year, trees, weather, and challenging



Important Dates

January 15 - Book character dress up day and Makar Sankranti

January 20 - Dr. Martin Luther Kind Junior Day, no school

January 24 - Chinese New Year

January 27 - 100th Day of School

January 28 - Walking field trip to Peterson Nature Area

January 31 - Daybreak with Dads

February 7 - Field trip to Palo Alto Children's Theatre

February 14 - Friendship Day Party

February 17 - 21 No school

March 5 - Mornings with Mom

March 6 - Report cards go home

March 9 - 10 Holi

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

* If there are any holidays or important events I missed please let me know!
 

Happy New Years!

I hope you all had a relaxing break and I am so looking forward to see you tomorrow! Here is a look at all the work we will be doing when we get back and the important dates coming up.

WINTER NEWS

We have made so much growth since the beginning of the year! We are beginning unit 3 in reading, writing, and phonics. In math we are moving into unit 6 of math and beginning to learn addition and subtraction with objects, pictures, and equations. In science we will begin our Trees and Weather unit when we get back from Winter Break. In social studies we are learning about different cultures, citizenship, and will learn about important historical figures.



Phonics

We have learned over 20 snap words! Students have grown in their ability to stretch words slowly like c-a-t and to put segmented words back together. Our next unit is called Word Part Power and we will focus on learning word families like -at, -in, op, etc in one and two syllable words. Students who have an understanding of these concepts will be challenged with finding word parts with more than three syllables, paying attention to word endings, and paying attention to unknown vocabulary words.



Writers Workshop

I am so impressed with the writing being produced! Students have really used the pictures being sent from home to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end, dialogue, and punctuation. In January we will begin our third unit on How - To writing. Students will teach others how to do something they know a lot about. Please continue to send pictures of things students doing things. For example, if your child cooks pasta at home with you send a picture so they remember how to do it step by step.



Readers Workshop

We will continue to build on our Super Reading Powers in our next unit called Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. Students will be learning more word solving strategies like chunking large words into parts, using the alphabet chart, and using more than one power. Students who are using these strategies will begin reading longer books and building on their comprehension. We are going to learn how to use post its to mark important parts, how to have a book talk conversation, how to stop and ask questions about what they are reading.



Math

We are focusing on small group math instruction. Some groups are focusing on building fluency to five, learning math vocabulary, adding and subtracting to ten, and solving word problems. We are all at different places in our learning and it is important to match students where they are so I can best support their growth. At the end of math we share with our partners what we learned.



Science and Technology

We are moving into Trees and Weather where we study the parts of a tree, why they are important, and how they are different. We will also focus on seasons, temperature, and climate. We will go on a walking field trip to Peterson in January, volunteers are needed! I will send out the date as soon as possible. Students are getting very independent with using the Chromebooks. They have learned how to use RAZ kids, Footsteps to Brilliance, and Dreambox.



Translanguaging

We will continue focusing on one word a week in any language. Please write the word of the week on an index card or a quarter piece of computer paper so your child can share their knowledge with the class. It is very exciting to see students writing in their home language and sharing their knowledge freely!



Our January words are New Year, trees, weather, and challenging



Important Dates

January 15 - Book character dress up day and Makar Sankranti

January 20 - Dr. Martin Luther Kind Junior Day, no school

January 24 - Chinese New Year

January 27 - 100th Day of School

January 28 - Walking field trip to Peterson Nature Area

January 31 - Daybreak with Dads

February 7 - Field trip to Palo Alto Children's Theatre

February 14 - Friendship Day Party

February 17 - 21 No school

March 5 - Mornings with Mom

March 6 - Report cards go home

March 9 - 10 Holi

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

* If there are any holidays or important events I missed please let me know!
 

Happy New Years!

I hope you all had a relaxing break and I am so looking forward to see you tomorrow! Here is a look at all the work we will be doing when we get back and the important dates coming up.

WINTER NEWS

We have made so much growth since the beginning of the year! We are beginning unit 3 in reading, writing, and phonics. In math we are moving into unit 6 of math and beginning to learn addition and subtraction with objects, pictures, and equations. In science we will begin our Trees and Weather unit when we get back from Winter Break. In social studies we are learning about different cultures, citizenship, and will learn about important historical figures.



Phonics

We have learned over 20 snap words! Students have grown in their ability to stretch words slowly like c-a-t and to put segmented words back together. Our next unit is called Word Part Power and we will focus on learning word families like -at, -in, op, etc in one and two syllable words. Students who have an understanding of these concepts will be challenged with finding word parts with more than three syllables, paying attention to word endings, and paying attention to unknown vocabulary words.



Writers Workshop

I am so impressed with the writing being produced! Students have really used the pictures being sent from home to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end, dialogue, and punctuation. In January we will begin our third unit on How - To writing. Students will teach others how to do something they know a lot about. Please continue to send pictures of things students doing things. For example, if your child cooks pasta at home with you send a picture so they remember how to do it step by step.



Readers Workshop

We will continue to build on our Super Reading Powers in our next unit called Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. Students will be learning more word solving strategies like chunking large words into parts, using the alphabet chart, and using more than one power. Students who are using these strategies will begin reading longer books and building on their comprehension. We are going to learn how to use post its to mark important parts, how to have a book talk conversation, how to stop and ask questions about what they are reading.



Math

We are focusing on small group math instruction. Some groups are focusing on building fluency to five, learning math vocabulary, adding and subtracting to ten, and solving word problems. We are all at different places in our learning and it is important to match students where they are so I can best support their growth. At the end of math we share with our partners what we learned.



Science and Technology

We are moving into Trees and Weather where we study the parts of a tree, why they are important, and how they are different. We will also focus on seasons, temperature, and climate. We will go on a walking field trip to Peterson in January, volunteers are needed! I will send out the date as soon as possible. Students are getting very independent with using the Chromebooks. They have learned how to use RAZ kids, Footsteps to Brilliance, and Dreambox.



Translanguaging

We will continue focusing on one word a week in any language. Please write the word of the week on an index card or a quarter piece of computer paper so your child can share their knowledge with the class. It is very exciting to see students writing in their home language and sharing their knowledge freely!



Our January words are New Year, trees, weather, and challenging



Important Dates

January 15 - Book character dress up day and Makar Sankranti

January 20 - Dr. Martin Luther Kind Junior Day, no school

January 24 - Chinese New Year

January 27 - 100th Day of School

January 28 - Walking field trip to Peterson Nature Area

January 31 - Daybreak with Dads

February 7 - Field trip to Palo Alto Children's Theatre

February 14 - Friendship Day Party

February 17 - 21 No school

March 5 - Mornings with Mom

March 6 - Report cards go home

March 9 - 10 Holi

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

* If there are any holidays or important events I missed please let me know!
 

Winter News

We have made so much growth since the beginning of the year! We are ending unit two in reading, writing, and phonics. In math we are moving into unit 6 of math and beginning to learn addition and subtraction with objects, pictures, and equations. In science we will begin our Trees and Weather unit when we get back from Winter Break. In social studies we are learning about different cultures and how to be a good friend. 

 

Phonics

 

We have learned over 20 snap words! Students have grown in their ability to stretch words slowly like c-a-t and to put segmented words back together. Our next unit is called Word Part Power and we will focus on learning word families like -at, -in, op, etc in one and two syllable words. Students who have an understanding of these concepts will be challenged with finding word parts with more than three syllables, paying attention to word endings, and paying attention to unknown vocabulary words. 

 

Writers Workshop

 

I am so impressed with the writing being produced! Students have really used the pictures being sent from home to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end, dialogue, and punctuation. In January we will begin our third unit on How - To writing. Students will teach others how to do something they know a lot about. Please continue to send pictures of things students doing things. For example, if your child cooks pasta at home with you send a picture so they remember how to do it step by step. 

 

Readers Workshop

 

We will continue to build on our Super Reading Powers in our next unit called Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. Students will be learning more word solving strategies like chunking large words into parts, using the alphabet chart, and using more than one power. Students who are using these strategies will begin reading longer books and building on their comprehension. We are going to learn how to use post its to mark important parts, how to have a book talk conversation, how to stop and ask questions about what they are reading. 

 

Math

 

We are focusing on small group math instruction. Some groups are focusing on building fluency to five, learning math vocabulary, adding and subtracting to ten, and solving word problems. We are all at different places in our learning and it is important to match students where they are so I can best support their growth. At the end of math we share with our partners what we learned. 

 

Science and Technology 

 

We are moving into Trees and Weather where we study the parts of a tree, why they are important, and how they are different. We will also focus on seasons, temperature, and climate. We will go on a walking field trip to Peterson in January, volunteers are needed! I will send out the date as soon as possible. Students are getting very independent with using the Chromebooks. They have learned how to use RAZ kids, Footsteps to Brilliance, and Dreambox. 

 

Translanguaging

We will continue focusing on one word a week in any language. Please write the word of the week on an index card or a quarter piece of computer paper so your child can share their knowledge with the class. It is very exciting to see students writing in their home language and sharing their knowledge freely! 

 

Our December words are family, winter, and snow. 

 

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Hood

 

Our class party is Friday 12/20. If you would like, you can send your child in pajamas. We will play some games in the afternoon and decorate cookies. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer from 1:00 to 1:40. There will be a sign up sheet inside for donations for the party. We have early dismissal at 1:35. 

Fall News

We have settled into the routines of full day Kindergarten. Students have filled 10 buckets by following our 4 B's in and outside of the classroom! We have attended library and PE so far and will begin art with Ms. Lay next week. 

 

Phonics

We have learned all 26 letters and are working hard to hear letter sounds in words. This goes right into what we are studying in our readers and writers workshop. 

 

Writers Workshop

We published our nonfiction books are began our narrative unit this week. Thank you so much to families that have sent pictures in to help your child write. It has been so great to see such a smooth transition for students changing the topics of their writing. The kids have been so engaged in writing about the true story you helped them write about! Please send a new picture when possible for the next week of writing. 

 

Readers Workshop

We are beginning to read books with a repeating pattern. These books help us begin to use the pictures  and letter sounds to solve unknown words. On October 21st students will begin bringing their "just right" books how each night. Please return the paperwork agreeing to take care of the books, book envelope, and to return all books each day. 

 

Math

We have just finished module two. The first two modules focused on learning the numbers 1-10, comparing numbers, shapes, and objects, and putting the numbers in order. 

 

Science and Technology

We have been learning how to observe the world around us and to speak in complete sentences beginning with I noticed and I observed. We will begin using Chromebooks in the classroom on a daily basis in two weeks to help with our writing and as a station during our math and literacy time. 

 

Translanguaging

We will begin focusing on one word a week in any language. Please write the word of the week on an index card or a quarter piece of computer paper so your child can share their knowledge with the class. So far, students have shared how to say good morning, how to count to ten, and some color words in their home language. It is very exciting to see students get to be experts and how engaged students are in learning about their friends. 

 

Here is our October word schedule:

October 7 - Kind

October 14 - Happy

October 21 - Nervous

October 28 - Scary/Scared

 

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Hood

 

Important Dates

October 7 - No school

October 25 - Halloween Happening at 5 PM

October 31 - Halloween Parade in the morning, early dismissal

November 11 - Veterans Day, no school

November 27 - Family feast in the classroom, early dismissal

November 28 - Thanksgiving Day

November 29 - No school

 

Welcome to Room 22!

Kindergarten is an important and exciting year, I am thankful I get to share it with you! 

 

Class lists will be posted on August 12th, I will be working in my classroom on the 13th and 14th so please drop by with your child if you have time, I am excited to meet you! I am available on the 13th from 1:00 to 4:00 and on the 14th 9:00 to 11:30. 

 

If possible, please bring in a photograph or send one to me for our "Hive" wall where we will have a picture from each family to start the year. The pictures can help students form a connection between home and school. You are their life long teacher and I hope you feel very involved in our classroom community. 

 

You will be getting a lot of information in the beginning of the year, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns through my email or on Class Dojo. 

 

Important Dates

  • First Day of School: 8:20-10:10 a.m. Thursday, August 15; Parent meeting in the cafeteria beginning at 8:45
  • 12:06 Dismissal (no lunch): Friday, August 16 - Wednesday, September 4
  • No School on Labor Day: Monday, September 2
  • Back to School Night: (Parents only) 6:00-6:50 in Room 22
  • 2:25 Dismissal First Full Day: Thursday, September 5 
  • Teddy Bear Picnic: Tuesday, September 17 in the afternoon, please come!

 

Reminders 

  • Please return all forms to the classroom as quickly as possible
  • Please fill out the volunteer paperwork so you can come help in the class and go on field trips
  • Green Ponderosa folders need to be returned on Friday once we begin sending them home in week two or three
  • Please make sure to drop your child off at 8:20 so they have time to get settled until 8:30. Please pick up your child on time everyday because there is no supervision after dismissal. 
  • Please make sure to send your child with a change of clothes in their backpack everyday. 

 

About Mrs. Hood

My name is Claire Hood and I am so excited to be teaching second grade this year!

This is my eighth year teaching and my first year teaching second grade. I previously taught kindergarten and fifth grade.  

I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education. I received my master's degree in Literacy for an Equitable Society from San Jose State University. 

This is going to be an important and unique school year. My focus is on students' mental and physical health. We will work together to create a safe, loving, and supportive classroom community.

I have a passion for building strong home-school connections and look forward to working with you this year!