Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Today and tomorrow will be conferences. I'm anxious to talk to all of the parents. We will be discussing following rules and directions, being nice to each other, and always trying. Some of us need to follow those directions right away, remember to try even when it might be hard, and to make those good decisions. It's really a good thing that each day we can start over to have a good year. I'm hoping that those students that need to try harder will begin tomorrow. Also a big thank you to those students that are excellent workers. Have a good day.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween Party

The second grade classrooms are going to dress up in our costumes. There will be a hockey player, a scientist, football players, a cowboy, a grim reaper, a scary monster, a corpse bride, a cheetah, a vampire, an angel, a Dr. Zombie, a bunny, Hannah Montana, and some are keeping it a surprise. Today I think we will have a great Halloween party. Other students will get to see what we are going to wear. We will parade around in the other second grade rooms. There might be some scary and funny costumes. The room mothers are giving out really cool things. Have a super Halloween!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween Safety

On Friday we went to an assembly on Halloween safety. Two officers were there. The sherif'f's name was Officer Sage. They talked about how we should NEVER get into an automobile even if they offer you candy. If you are in trouble, scream, run, and go to a safe house. Don't go to someone's house if you don't know them. Don't go to people's houses if their light is not on. If the light is not on, they may be gone, busy, or not celebrate Halloween. Halloween should be fun, but always be careful. You need a flashlight when going Trick or Treating. Do not run when crossing the street. Look both ways for cars when crossing the street. Always have an adult with you when you go trick or treating. Have an adult check your candy to see if it is safe. Have a SPOOKYYYYY Halloween!!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

More Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week reminds us to stay drug free all the time. Today we are wearing our Red Ribbons. Our ribbons say, "Join me. Be drug free. We're decorating our door. We decorated our door with monkeys. Our door also says, "Make positive choices. Don't monkey around with drugs. We have 9 monkeys on the door now. Yesterday we received our stickers and some are wearing them. On Friday some people are going to talk to us about staying from drugs. Try to wear red on Friday. Tomorrow a police officer and a dog will be coming. I hope we have a good Red Ribbon Week!!!! See you later. We need to get back to writing.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Red Ribbon Week

We talked about drugs and alcohol for Red Ribbon Week. We talked about how drugs were bad for us. If somebody tells you to take drugs, don't do it. On Friday we should wear red. If you don't have red, that will ok. All of us are trying to be good sports to others and ourselves. We have red ribbons and stickers to wear. If you play fair, you will be a winner. On Friday, Cody the canine, will come to school. Cody looks and tracks down drugs. Red Ribbon Week is when Mrs. Stickler discussed saying no to drugs and alcohol. Never take drugs!!!! Stay drug free!!!! Just say no to drugs !!!!! If you take drugs stop it!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


In writing we start with an idea and then we make a five finger planner. We have a title, main idea, 4 details and how you feel about the topic. Then we make a rough draft. After that we should self edit. Some times Mrs. Riggs will edit it also. We also some times write it on good paper. We will also share our stories. Talk to you next time.

Monday, October 22, 2007


In Science we are studying maps and globes. We have science now in Mrs. Dreher's room. In her room we went on treasure hunt in our map book. We learned that maps and globes are different. In our map book, we made our own city called "New City." We put streets, houses, stores, schools, and a park. We talked about north, south, east, and west. In our map book, we have maps and have to trace our way. We learned that maps give you a closer look. We are on page 22 in the book. The characters in the book are called Jamie and Jordan. In Mrs. Dreher's room we have a map that we pretend to drive a school bus to pick up and drop off kids. We have to take special streets to get to the houses. She uses an eraser for the school bus. We did some fun things in our book. Talk to you later.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Weekend Plans

In Math we talk about the week days and weekend days. Please ask your student to tell you which are weekend days and which are week days. Thank you. We have lots of plans for the weekend. Family visits may be done this weekend. Cooper has a hockey scrimmage. There's a football game on Friday at the Trojan Bowl in Atlantic, Iowa. At the half time show the cheerleaders from the YMCA will cheer. Some are going with their moms or dads to get a haircut. The pumpkin patch and the haunted house would be fun places to go. A birthday party is going to be on Saturday. The last day of the weekend, some may go to church. Have a super weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Library Checkout

We went to the library and some of us checked out AR books. AR books can be easy, medium, or hard. First you read the book. Try to remember the details. Then go to the computer to take a test. After that you can check your score. We earn points by getting the answers right. The harder the book, the more points we can earn. We try to get more and more points. You go to the AR store four times a year. You can spend your points on prizes such as toys, stickers, erasers, books, squishy animals, mini NFL football helmets, T-shirts, stamps, noisemakers, and stuffed animals. Mrs. Riggs wants us ALL to read AR books.

Library Checkout

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Safety Practice

Corey, Heather, Micalee, Shelbi, and Grace practiced their address. Ethan, Grace, Shelbi, Trey, Heather, and Micalee practiced phone numbers. Cell phone and other emergency numbers were practiced by Austin, Micalee, Heather, Jessica, Ethan, Grace, Shelbi, and Trey. Some students, Ethan, Austin, Grace, Shelbi, Luke, Heather, Corey, Cody, and Micalee practiced how to spell parents' names. Zip codes were practiced by Heather, Shelbi, Grace, Ethan, Trey, and Micalee. Hopefully by the end of the week we will all know these safety things. Mrs. Riggs may test us on them on Friday or Monday. Please help us practice!!!! Have a good rest of the day, Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Today in Guidance we practiced our names, parents' names, addresses, and phone numbers. Mrs. Stickler wants us to practice names, addresses, and phone numbers. Some of us have a hard time spelling our parents' names. Also some of us don't know all of our addresses or phone numbers. We talked about how our phone numbers begin with 712. We are to bring home a paper with our names, parents' names, address, and phone number on it. Mrs. Riggs did not check this over. Please help by checking this over and helping us practice it correctly. We should know how to give this information if we need help.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Rain and more Rain

Yesterday it rain all day and all night. Last night it thundered and there was lightning. It's raining right now. It is 2:08 pm now. There is a flood warning for Cass County. Some students had ponds in their backyard. The baseball field was covered with water. The ponds are getting more and more water. Animals got very wet the last couple of days. We don't know whether it will rain all day. The Nbotna. River was out of its banks. Some students like to listen to the storms. Rain, Rain, go away !!!!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

New Software Program

We went to the library to explore the NEW Kid Pix program. You can have sports backgrounds. There all kinds of different sport backgrounds. You can also choose cave, fantasy, and clubhouses. There's a stage too. You can put stickers on it and also draw on it. Outside backgrounds and ocean backgrounds can also be found. The class is all excited about sounds. There is a song called "Rock the Party." It is really funky. Another song is called "70's." You can also listen to R & B. That's rhythm and blues we think. Got to go to science now. We'll tell more tomorow.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


This is going to be a very short blog since Mrs. Riggs' computer is not working correctly. We had library check-out today. Our book order came in yesterday. We were first to lunch today. We didn't have much time to work on our projects today in art. We checkout little books, chapter books, and some AR books. Talk to you later.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Long Weekend

Today is Corey's birthday. He brought treats and we are going to have them after we blog. Most of us went to the Atlantic versus Clarinda Homecoming football game. The Atlantic team won with the score of 20 to 13. One person went to a Discovery toy party. One person is on a hockey team. He has a hockey game this week. Brothers were babysitters for some students this past weekend. Lots of us spent time with our family. Flag football and soccer were on Saturday. Some students visited the park on Monday. Three fish were caught by one student on Monday. Lots played outside and some played football. Keep cheering for the Trojans and Trojanns!!!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Fire Safety

If you catch fire, you need to stop, drop, and roll. You also need to cover your face. If we were quiet and listened to the movie, we then put on a vest with pretend fire on it. The fire was attached with velcro. When we rolled on the floor the fire came off. It is NOT good to play with matches or any type of fire! You should try to keep younger children away from fire and other dangerous things. If you see someone playing with fire, go get an adult right away!!! Try to keep matches up high. When Mom is cooking stay away from the stove and oven. Have a fire alarm upstairs and downstairs. Always know your escape plan out of your home. Get out of your house first and then call for help. We're excited about homecoming. We'll tell you about it on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Yesterday our whole class received pumpkins from Mrs. Wickman. Some of us chose big ones and some chose small ones. Most people chose the large ones. We probably will carve pumpkins at home. Others will just look at them or put them on the step for decoration. Zeke had the tallest one. Maybe some will take the gooey, yucky stuff out and make pumpkin bars. You can pick the seeds out, dry them, salt them, and roast them. Then you EAT them. One person for sure is going to paint his pumpkin. Jack o lanterns would be fun to make. You could use them as part of a scarecrow. Bye for now. We are going to learn about fire safety.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Pumpkins and More Pumpkins

Today Mrs. Wickman came and asked me if I wanted some pumpkins. I said why sure I would like some pumpkins. Our class happened to be the last class to go out and check the pumpkins. She said there might be enough for everyone to have a pumpkin. We're going to go check right now if we can go very quietly and return before lunch. We'll let you know if there is enough for each one of us to have a pumpkin. We're on our way.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Rye and Alfalfa

We had to observe the rye and alfalfa. The rye looks like grass and alfalfa had leaves. We mowed both using our scissors. We had to predict which one would regrow. Six people predicted that both would regrow. Nine predicted that the rye would regrow. Three predicted that the alfalfa would regrow. Some thought the mowing was like giving a haircut to our container. Later we are going to observe the Brassica plant. We'll look for stems, leaves, roots, and flowers. We'll let you know which regrows.