Ms. Lily Chang » Class News 2022-2023

Class News 2022-2023

January 23-27
  • Can you believe we celebrated 100th day already?  Students participated in various 100 day activities on Monday.  Students worked in small groups to complete STEM challenges.  Ask your child what his/her favorite acitvity was. What fun we had!
  • This week was also Kindness Week.  Students heard the story, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.  Students then wrote a paragraph citing evidence of how Mr. Hatch showed kindness. We have been working on topic sentences and conclusion sentences.  We talked about showing kindness not only at school but also at home.  Click here to have your child do the kindness dance for you. 
  • Next Wednesday-Friday,  I will be attending a leadership conference with a number of other staff members.  Feel free to message me via Class Dojo should you have any questions/concerns.
  • Secret Word-What's an act of kindness you can show at home?
January 17-20
  • Happy Lunar Year!  Ask your child what he/she wrote in their informational paragraph today.  What did your child write for the topic and conclusion sentences?  What are some details your child included?
  • Students enjoyed our board game and movie day today! They have all worked so hard to fill up our marble jar.  I am so proud of all their efforts everyday!
  • Moby Max will be available for the students to work on in their free time. There are many skills that have been specifically assigned for each student.  Students log-on from the link in Google Classroom. 
  • Next week is Kindness Week as well as 100th Day of School on Monday.  
    • Activities for next week:
    • Monday-Wear a shirt decorated with 100 items.
    • Tuesday-Wear your "Positivi-tee-shirt"
    • Wednesday-Wear your "SOAR" shirt
    • Thursday-Wear yellow for Kindness
    • Friday-Culture Day-Kindness for all cultures. Wear clothing from your culture.
  • Secret Word-What do you wish you had 100 of? ___________________________
January  9-13
  • What did Martin Luther King Jr. do to help our country?  Students know the answer to this!  We also worked on creating a portrait of MLK by drawing it upside down!  Students practiced perseverance during this activity.
  • We worked on writing an informative essay comparing two habitats-grasslands and tundra.  We practiced citing evidence while writing our essay.
  • Please have your child check to see if there are any missing assignments in Think Central and See Saw. If time permits, please have your child work on them at home.
  • No school on Monday, January 16th.
  • Secret word: Share a fact you learned about Dr. King.
January 4-6
  • Happy New Year!  We ended our first week by coming up with a word of the year instead of making resolutions.  Ask your child to share his/her word of the year and what that means to them.  It would be great to practice using that word at home as well!  
  • Who's Tacky and what makes him so special?  Students worked on coming up with adjectives for Tacky and finding evidence in the text to support them.  
  • In math we have learned the three different strategies for ungrouping. It is important for students to understand the proof drawing method as this way shows the concept of ungrouping.
  • Secret word-What is your word of the year?
December 5-9
  • We had an exciting week as a very special elf named Snowy has arrived to our class from the North Pole!!  Santa also included a Santa Cam so he can see all the boys and girls working hard in class. 
  • At the beginning of the week, students were transformed into an Emperor penguin and wrote a journal entry about their experience as an Emperor penguin by using details from their Benchmark booklet.
  • Students also wrote an opinion paragraph explaining how he/she can be a great Santa's elf. Ask your child to share the three reasons.
  • We had our last day of VAPA. Students performed little skits for one another. What fun they had!
  • In math we are starting unit 4. We practiced finding different ways to make $1.00. 
  • Watch this video. Secret word-give me an example of patience. 
Don't Forget:
  • Monday, December 12th: Please bring a new pair of holiday socks wrapped up for our Holiday Sock Exchange.
  • Monday, December 12th: You may bring little goodies for the stockings.
  • Wednesday, December 14th: Holiday Party and Evergreen Sing. (Please wear holiday colors.)
  • Thursday, December 15th: Minimum Day. Spirit Day-Wear Red and/or Green.
November 28-December 2
  • We had a great field trip today to Diamond Bar High!  Students enjoyed our 3 minute bus ride up the hill as well as watched the talented high school students perform for us.  Ask your child what his/her favorite part was!
  • We have been learning about different units of measurment-centimeters, inches, feet, and yards.  You can have your child practice with making reasonable estimates.
  • Please look over papers returned in their green folder today.  
  • Watch this video: Click here. What's an example of sportsmanship that you saw in the video?
November 7-10
  • Shapes are all around us! Students learned how to use Google Slides to create a slideshow on shapes all around us.  What quick learners the students are!  They also created a turkey using different shapes.
  • What creatively disguised turkeys we have in our class!  Ask your child what he/she wrote about.
  • Students learned about Veterans Day today. Ask your child to share some facts with you.
  • Upcoming events:
       Food Drive is next week!! Bring canned/boxed foods for Community Club's Food Drive. 
       Spirit Day for November 18th: Culture Day-Wear clothes from your culture.
Watch the video here and for your secret word- write down why the title says Thank You.
October 31-November 4
  • What fun we had on Halloween!  Students enjoyed parading around in their costumes and seeing all the other creative costumes.  Our students even made a cute Halloween candle holder.  
  • Students received a turkey to disguise.  The turkey is due on Wednesday, November 9th.  We will be doing a creative writing assignment with it next week.
  • Are squares also rectangles?  Students in room 12 know the answer to this!  Ask your child to share the answer with you.
  • Please take a moment to have your child show you if there are any assignments to be completed in See Saw and Think Central.  
  • Book orders are due by Saturday.  I will be placing the book orders on Sunday.  Click here if you're interested in ordering books. These books will be delivered in 2-3 weeks.
  • Watch this video and share an act of kindness you saw. Secret word: Write down an act of kindness from this video.
October 24-28
  • Students did a great job on our second grade performance.  You could see the look of excitement on all their faces!  If you have any pictures you'd like to share with me, you can share it via Class Dojo. Thank you!
  • We will have our Halloween parade on Monday at 8:30 a.m.  Parents are invited to attend.  There will be designated areas along the amphitheater and the courtyard for parents.  All students will parade around the amphitheater and along the hallway between the amphitheater and courtyard. Please have your child bring an extra change of clothes to change into after our parade.  Our Halloween party will begin at 1:30 p.m. If you plan to bring treats, please make sure they are store bought and don't contain any nuts.  
  • Secret word:  What do you think Ms. Chang will dress up as for Halloween?
  • Students have learned a new thinking map this week called Double Bubble Maps.  This graphic organizer will help your child visualize the comparison between two subjects. 
  • We are working on adding more details in our writing by adding adjectives and adverbs. Students are also starting to learn about complex sentences and dialogue. 
  • Please look over the returned papers in their green folder.
October 17-21
  • In math the students are learning about counting coins.  Please help your child practice counting a few coins at a time. We learned about pennies, nickels, and dimes so far.  We will be learning about quarters soon. Students also have access the money games on Prodigy and Think Central-Mega Math games (Lulu's Lunch Counter).
  • Students are learning about adjectives and adverbs.  Ask your child to share what an adjective and adverb is.  Here's a fun song about adjectives! Click here.
  • Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Show your school spirit by participating!
            Monday-Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free. (Wear red.)
            Tuesday-Team Up Against Drugs (Wear your favorite team shirt/jersey.)
            Wednesday-Pair Up Against Drugs (Find a friend and dress up as a twin.)
            Thursday- Follow your Dreams (Wear pajamas.)
            Friday-You Have the Power to be Drug Free (Dress up as a superhero.)
  Secret Word: Share one way you can be healthy.
October 10-14
-Students have been learning four different strategies for 2- digit addition. 
-Secret word: share your favorite addition strategy. (SAT, PD, UBM,UAM)
-I will have another district meeting on October 17th but look forward to returning on October 18th. 
Reminders for the upcoming week:
-Western Spirit Day on Friday, 10/21.
- Family Fun Night is on Friday, 10/21 from 6-9 pm.
- Please look over the returned work in the green folder. 
October 3-7
  • It was great having the opportunity this week to meet with all of you during Parent Conference Week!  Please feel free to contact me anytime you have concerns.  
  • What's a proper noun? Students learned the difference between common and proper nouns. Ask your child to give you some examples.
  • After reading "Getting the Message to General Washington," students wrote an opinion essay on how Tom showed bravery by citing evidence.
  • We heard a story called, "A Bad Case of Tattletongue," and then students wrote about the four rules about tattling. 
  • Students received a flyer about Family Fun Night on October 21st.  Tickets purchased in advance are only $3!  The last day to turn in the envelope is on October 14th.
  • Because our class had 100% in the Community Club Drive, our class won an ice cream party!  Thank you all for your generous donations!!
  • In math, students are learning the beginnings of regrouping numbers.  We used words like "lasso around 10 ones" or "10 tens" and move it over to the place value to the left. Then cross out what you lassoed.  They are all doing very well!
  • Secret word:  Share a fun fact about yourself.
September 26-30
  • What a fun spirit assembly we had today! So many students showed school spirit by participating in Crazy Hair Day!  
  • Students had fun building a tower with cards they wrote math facts on. Ask your child how he/she built their tower.
  • Students read a historical fiction, "Getting the Message to General Washington", with prosody this week.  Encourage your child to read at least twenty minutes daily at home.
  • Help your child practice the poem and songs for our upcoming performance!  Please mark your calendar for October 28th at 9am.
  • I look forward to seeing you next week for parent conferences. Please be punctual for your conference time. Thank you!
  • Secret words:  Share your favorite riddle.
September 19-23
  • We read about Our Government's Laws and how rules and laws keep us safe. Ask your child to share a safety tip!
  • Thank you parents for all the generous donations to our Community Education Support Drive.
  • Students have also been working on using the make a ten strategy for subtraction. Ask your child some questions: 12-8= using the make a ten strategy.
  • Students received book order flyers today. They are due on Thursday, September 29th if you would like to place an order.
  • We will be celebrating Johnny Appleseed's birthday this coming Monday by making applesauce in class. Your child can contribute by bringing 1-2 apples that are peeled and chopped up into little cubes. 
  • Secret word: Share your favorite safety tip.
September 12-16
  • We have been working on making a ten as a strategy while adding. Did your child teach you?
  • Many See Saw assignments were returned to your child. If time permits, please have your child make the corrections and return the assignments.
  • We celebrated International Dot Day yesterday!  After hearing the story, The Dot, students had a great time creating their own artwork with dots.  This story is about having a growth mindset. Ask your child what's the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
  • Who's Kandinsky?  Students created concentric circles influenced by Kandinsky.  We learned about abstract art and warm/cool colors.  
  • Secret Word: What is your favorite color?
  • Next Friday, September 23, is the last day to order SOAR t-shirts and sweatshirts.
September 5-9
  • Students have been working hard as math detectives as they have been solving various math problems.  
  • Students in Room 12 know how to make a five-point star with only one snip just like Betsy Ross!  This activity helped children work on perseverance and coping strategies!  
  • We have been reading historical fiction as well as non-fiction texts.  Students learned a lot about elephants this week and then wrote a narrative about going to a zoo using details from the non-fiction texts. Ask your child to share some elephant facts.
  • Secret word: Share an interesting fact about elephants.
  • Today was the first day of theater for our class!  Students were excited! They learned words like ensemble, V.I.B.E.S. and actor ready... Ask your child what he/she liked about VAPA!
  • Please look over the papers in your child's returned paper folder over this weekend and sign under parent signature.
  • Your child received our annual Community Club fundraiser envelope.  Please return the envelope with a parent signature next week. Thank you for always being so supportive of our school!!
  • Students were introduced to our second grade dance performance- Danse Macabre!  This will be our first performance at Evergreen after three years!  Save the date-Friday, October 28th at 9 a.m.
August 29-September 2
  • What are smoke jumpers? Students know the answer to that! After learning the facts about smoke jumpers, students wrote a journal entry pretending to be a smoke jumper.  Ask your child what he/she wrote about.
  • Students have access to Prodigy at home to work on math concepts.  
  • We talked about students' strengths after singing the song " What I Am" by Will I. Am. Click here to sing it with your child. 
  • Secret word: What's your strength?
  • Show school spirit by purchasing your SOAR shirt!!  Click here to order! Students will wear SOAR shirts on Wednesdays.
August 22-26
  • Thank you for helping your child use See Saw and Google Classroom at home.  We will be using these frequently at home. The more we practice with these applications, the more independent the students will become.  
  • In math we are continuing to learn different adding strategies such as adding doubles and doubles plus one.  We also learned a fun adding game to practice odd/even.  Ask your child how to play the odd/even game.  You may have your child catch up on any Think Central Assignments through portal.  
  • Epic is available for students to read mostly only on Thursdays since it's only available until 3 p.m. unless pay for an upgraded version.  Please remind your child to write down a book for each day on the reading log.  
  • Secret word: Write an act of kindness you can do at home.
  • As we read Postcards in class, students also took a few trips to other parts of the world using Google Earth. Ask your child where he/she visited.
  • Today students worked in groups to create Growth Mindset posters. Ask your child what are some slogans we talked about as a class.  Now is a great time to encourage your child to have a growth mindset: to realize that challenges make our brain stronger...mistakes are keep trying.  Ask your child what the power of YET means.  We also talked about perseverance and proactivity today as well.  What does it mean to your child?
August 14-19
  • We are continuing with getting to know you activities as well as with logging into different programs.  Thank you for helping your child log into portal.  We will be working on different computer activities at home throughout the year.  So far, your child may also practice math fluency at home on programs like Xtra Math and Prodigy from Bookmarks on portal.  We also started Think Central as well. 
  • In math we are learning an adding strategy on how to make a 10.  You can have your child practice. For example, make a 10 when adding 8+5....that's 10+3=13.
  • Have your child sing the song What's your favorite? Click here to hear the music.
  • Please look over the STAR Reading and Math assessments sent home. Also attached is home connect for you to sign-up for notification of AR quizzes taken at school.
  • Just a reminder: TONIGHT 8/19 is movie night at Evergreen Elementary. The gate opens at 7:15 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:00 p.m. Bring your own chairs/blankets! There will also be food available for purchase!!
  • Please return the donation envelope to school by Monday, August 22nd. Thank you for your support!
  • Secret word: Name your favorite fruit.
August 8-12
  • We are off to a great start getting to know each other and getting familiar with our class routines.  
  • Students listened to several stories this week such as We Don't Eat Our Classmates and First Day Jitters.  Ask your child to share his/her favorite story.
  • Book orders are due this evening.  Please place them online if you are interested. You may click here to order. Your child should receive the books within a couple weeks.
  • Please send a sock (doesn't need to be new, just washed) with your child to use for erasing whiteboards.
  • I apologize for sending the Community Club flyer home late. If you are interested in volunteering for community club, please fill out the green paper on the back. Thank you!
  • Secret Word:  Write down one thing you like about school.
  • Please remember to sign your child's homework tracker every night and to make sure your child fills out his/her reading log on the back daily. Thank you!
Welcome to Room 12!  I can't wait to see you! There will also be another special yellow character in front of my class to greet you. Can you guess who it might be?
  • When you find  Room 12, please put your backpack on one of the hooks outside the door.
  • Find your name tag and place it on your shirt.
  • You may come into the class and find a desk you would like to sit at. Please leave all supplies under your desk.
  • See you all tomorrow!! Don't forget, tomorrow's start time is 8:15 a.m. and minimum day dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.
Parents: Please click here to sign-up for Class Dojo and sign-in to Google Classroom by clicking here.