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I am so happy to be back at PRA for the 19-20 school year! This is my 9th year of teaching.  I started at PRA the first year they opened way back when they were in a strip mall.  I taught 3rd grade for four years and then spent the next three years as the elementary math specialist.  Last year my husband and I moved to Eagle where I was the only 3rd grade teacher at a very small charter school.  We decided that mountain living just wasn't for us and I'm so happy to be back here and part of the 2nd grade team.  I also have a Master of Social Work and was a healthcare social worker for several years prior to going back to school for my teaching degree. 
I am married and have two dogs, Avery (3 y.o chocolate lab) and Izzy (2 y.o yellow lab).  I sit on the Board of Directors with Safe Harbor Lab Rescue as well as oversee the foster program.  A few times a year we also take in a foster of our own and this summer fostered #28.  In my free time I enjoy doing home renovation, baking, reading mysteries and gardening.  We love to travel and have been everywhere from French Polynesia to the Faroe Islands.  


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Week 2- August 19-23

Our first full week has come to an end and it was a good (but exhausting) one. 
We are practicing our daily routines to help students become more independent with their learning and their choices so I can begin working with students in small groups.  
Thank you to those of you that made it to Back to School night. It was nice to meet you and be able to talk about the upcoming year your child will experience in 2nd grade.  For those of you that were unable to come I have posted my presentation on this website and will send home a paper copy in the Thursday folder next week.  
A note from our technology teacher:
Hello Wonderful Parents! 
This is Ms. Cutshall, the elementary technology teacher. I'd love for you all to follow what we're up to in tech by subscribing to my website. You can do that by clicking here and then finding your child's grade and clicking subscribe. 
Or here are specific directions if the link isn't working: > About > Staff Directory > Christie Cutshall > find the grade your child is in > Subscribe. 
Let me know if you have any questions. 
Thank you so much! 
Things we will be learning next week in 2nd grade:
Math- continuing with our number sense unit. We took a little break for iReady and we need some time to work on using math tools (white boards and markers) appropriately.  
Daily 5/OG- Buidling stamina with read to self, reading with a partner the right way, and -ed (pronounced id).  Red words are there and were
Social StudiesWe are continuing with our geography unit and will move from macro (the world) to micro (local community).  The students will take a "show me what you know" on Friday. 
Science- Continuing with our magnets unit to explore magnets outside. 
Planners will start coming home next week so be on the lookout and the homework log will start on Thursday.  Students will receive a copy and I will have one posted both on my page and the math class page. 

It was a great first two days of school!  
Next week:
Math-  We are starting Unit 1- Numbers to 1,000.  On Wednesday and Thursday students will be taking the beginning of year I-Ready math test.
Daily 5-  OG-  magic e and red words- because and today
Comprehension- the five w's (what what, when, where, why)
We have library on Monday!
Social Studies- Geography- our world (macro to micro)
Science- Magnets (start science lab on Monday!)
Writing- We are starting our new writing curriculum. The first lesson is about answering and writing in a complete sentence.  DLI is capitals and ending punctuation.