Cheers to 50 Years!

Hello and Happy Sunday!
I hope you have had a great weekend. Yesterday, my husband and I went to my “happy” place – Athens, Ga to watch the Bulldogs play Murray State and we won! All of the fans were there to celebrate the naming of the football field to Dooley Field which was quite special for so many reasons. Today, I’ve been grading and getting ready for another busy week with my hardworking 2nd graders.

If you receive the Marietta Daily Journal, hopefully you read the huge article and saw the pictures about our great school. The article features the longevity Wood Acres has endured and the changes that education has faced. Mrs. Kay Clark and Mrs. Judy Thigpen are two women who know and understand the value of a quality education and they have devoted a huge chunk of their lives in making sure kids in East Cobb and beyond get the best education ever. I am quite proud to be a part of this team because I know what these women have done for my adult daughter and me. I always say that we may be mini but we are mighty when it comes to teaching children of all ages and I still feel this way.
Next Saturday, September 14 will be the start of a huge celebration for The Wood Acres School and you are invited to participate in ALL of the festivities. On Saturday at 10:00 on Johnson Ferry Road, please come to the East Cobb Parade and cheer us on as we pass by you. Mr. Leagan will be driving my red convertible while Mrs. Thigpen waves to the crowd. Special treats are in the plans as well.

On Sunday, September 15, from 2:00-4:00 The Wood Acres School will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary and Constitution Day. During the Constitution Day celebration, all of our 2nd graders will be presenting the Wood Acres pledge to the audience along with other presentations. PLEASE do all you can to join us for this awesome day. There will be memorabilia all around the campus, so you can see the history of our great school. Being a teacher at Wood Acres for 19 years and having our daughter as a former student, our school is near and dear to my heart and I am quite proud to be a part of such an amazing place!
Academically, your student has been very busy. Tomorrow, your student will get their first science quiz back and I will say that everybody did a very good job on it. For this assessment, I read and led them through this quiz step by step. I feel this process will be done for a while until I can see they are ready to take a quiz or test independently by themselves.

We are nearly done with Investigation 2 on Weight. Later this week, we will begin Investigation 3 which will teach our young scientists about Volume which is the amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space. Next week, our Beaker Buddies will lead a lesson on Volume, so your student will have one-on-one support to help understand this topic which can be confusing. New vocabulary words will be introduced this week, so please review with your student so he or she can better understand this new topic. Thank you.

In Reading, Math, and all of the rest, we are learning ALL of the time. Subtraction concepts will continue, we will read about spiders, we will focus on long vowel sounds, and different types of sentences will continued to be practiced.

My FAVORITE part of last week was when we met our Book Buddies. Wow, what a great and touching experience for our kindergarten friends and 2nd graders! Mrs. Siegelman and I had big smiles on our faces because we saw true kindness and admiration for our young readers. You should be VERY proud of your student because your student was unbelievable when assistance was needed in coloring, number recognition, and reading if time allowed. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship and I can’t wait to get together again.

Last but not least, THANK YOU for ALL of my new books. Mrs. Kiang brought in a big box filled with books of different genres, reading levels, and math activities. I can’t thank you enough for filling my shelves with books that will get my students excited for new adventures and lots of new information. From the bottom of my heart, I truly appreciate your kindness and generosity.

Sorry for the length of my update, but there’s a lot going on right now. Thanks for your time and I’ll see your student at 8:20 Monday morning.
Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
2nd grade teacher