Mrs. MacDougall’s Newsletter

October 2019
do the right thing when no one is looking


Welcome October –

I am so excited for some cooler weather! Fall is my favorite time of the year, I love the crisp air and the leaves changing color!

For October our word of the month is
respect. We will be reading some books about this topic over the course of the month.

We have been working hard over the past month getting to know each other! Things have settled down a bit and we are getting back into the school routine. The students recently took the STAR reading and math computer assessments, these assessments give me some insight as to the skills we need to work on over the next few months. As I work on new goals for each student these assessments will help me tailor each students’ goals to their specific needs.

In Math this month 2nd graders are concentrating on working on fluency with math facts – addition, subtraction, and for 4th graders – multiplication. Practicing these facts at home will help them succeed! If you would like some flash cards to work on at home, please let me know and I can send some home with your child.

In Reading we are all working on understanding GENRE. The first thing we do is look at the cover of a book to predict the genre: fiction or non-fiction, and why we make the prediction. We are also working on understanding what story elements are: the characters, setting, problem, solution, and theme of a story. As we read our books this month we will ask ourselves these questions ~ who are the characters?, where does the story take place?, does anything go wrong in this story?, and how did they solve the problem?, what is the message or moral of the story?. I have added a picture (in the photo area of the web site) of an anchor chart we use during class to help us with the story elements.

In second grade we will also be practicing our DOLCH words, please see pictures in the photo area of the web site to see some games to play to practice these words. There is also a document under the “HELPFUL information and useful links” tab that can explain why these words are so important to learn.

While working in our room together we are using I CAN statements. These will be listed on the white board and will state the topic we will be working towards. For example: I CAN state the genre of a book, or I CAN repeat a pattern. We will have one statement for a math goal and one for a reading goal. Ask your kids what their I CAN statement is during the week. 😊

Be sure to check out the calendar, the PTO meeting is October 2rd, NO School on October 11th and 14th, we have a food drive October 15 – 21, and teachers will be sending home information regarding Halloween parties and the Parade of the Adorables as we get closer to the end of the month. It is a busy month! 


Please let me know of any concerns/questions at any time during the school year!

Thanks for all your support!




  Debbie MacDougall 

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