Friday, June 6, 2014

Jonah's 2nd Grade Classroom Pride Awards

Jonah's teacher does a thing separate from the other 2nd grade classes called "Newman's Crew Classroom Pride Awards!"  Parents were invited to the classroom on Wednesday morning to see their children receive special awards.  Each child received a few awards that were specific to them. 

Before she began the individual awards, Mrs. Hart gave out the Sunshine Math awards for the kids who completed all of their Sunshine Math for the year.  Jonah happily received his award.  He loves Sunshine Math. 

As Mrs. Newman gave out each award, she told what the award was and then called the student forward to receive it.  They were all in suspense as to who won each award.  Once they received their award, they went to her boxes of props and dressed up to walk the red carpet.  They thought this was hilarious!  She encouraged them to do anything they wanted on the red carpet.  Some danced, some hopped, some strutted.  It was funny.  I didn't think Jonah would get into this but he did. 

She had a slideshow from the year playing in the background while awards happened.  I snapped this photo of DeAnna dancing down the red carpet and noticed our family in the slideshow.  That was the photo she took on Meet The Teacher day. 
Even ole Danno got an award.  He is the school's tech helper.  He has been a great asset to the teachers who need minor technology help.  He can do things immediately that some of them would have to wait weeks on IT to show up for.  But, along with the award came him having to dress up also.  (SO outside of his element!  I wonder where Jonah gets it from!!!)

One of the coveted year end awards for Newman's Crew is a trip to her house for all students who reach 475 points in Reading Counts.  200 is the goal for all 2nd graders so the 475 number is a big push.  This year, 3 boys landed that award.  She honored them together.  Then, that afternoon, they got to go to her house to walk her dogs, play games and make brownies.  Jonah LOVED it.  That was his goal for the year and he made it. 

Jonah won a couple of Reading awards then he received a very special award that was so very precious.  As she gave each award, she never told who the student was.  She just gave all of the characteristics of what won the award for them.  Then she told what the name of the award was and then told what Student received it.  

As she talked about the last award, I thought it might could be Jonah but it could have been a couple of the other kiddos in his class.  She talked about how this person excelled in every subject.  She talked about his this person never got competitive when others around them tried to surpass them.  She talked about how this person was always kind and helpful to other students.  She talked about the honesty of this person.  She talked about what a remarkable student this was.  Then, she said she was giving The Integrity Jonah Glenn!  It was so precious!  I was so proud of him.  That is a really big honor. 

Seeing this picture reminds me how needed my haircut appointment was after this awards day.  Man...I was in bad shape.  :-)

It was another good day for Jonah.  He is now officially done with 2nd grade.  I don't think I have any more posts from this week so I'll dedicate a whole post to Micah since Jonah has dominated the blog this week.

First & Last Days of Kinder, First and Second!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jonah's 2nd Grade Awards Day

 Monday was Jonah's 2nd Grade Awards day.  We loaded a backpack with some books and things for Micah and off we went.  He could hardly wait to see "my brover Jonah!"  If ever a boy did love his brother, it is this one.  He may not use his binoculars the correct way but he knows how to love!!!

 The first things kids do when they come in is look for their parents.  Jonah spotted us quickly. 

 Jonah very happily received the Science Award.  He still says he will be a scientist when he grows up. 

 He also received his trophy for the 200 point club of Reading Counts.  It's a little odd how they do trophies for Reading Counts.  You don't get a trophy for your actual points read but for the level you needed to attain to for that year.  2nd grade requires 200 points so that is the trophy he got even thought he had 796 points for the year.  Here he is with all the kids in his class who got their 200 point trophy. 

 He was also 1 of the 2 kids in all of 2nd grade who read 1 million words this year.  He was fairly close to hitting the 2 million mark.  Had we known he was that close, he would have pushed a little harder and read one more book to push him over.  He hit just over 1 million in 1st grade but he didn't get recognized with class awards because his name was missed.  So, he was happy to be included this time.

 Here is Jonah's entire class with their awards. 

 Jonah and Logan have been in the same class since Kindergarten.  He will tell you that Logan is his best friend.  He is a super kid and is a really good friend to Jonah. 

 Jonah and Brock have also been in the same class since Kindergarten. Brock is a really sweet friend to Jonah.  He is an athletic kid but always includes Jonah.  A few weeks ago, Jonah told us that he overheard Brock telling the other boys to "let Jonah get the ball" when they were playing football.  Jonah knows he isn't as good in athletics as any of the other boys.  We told him that Brock was a really good friend to do that for him.  He didn't try to embarrass him but certainly stood up for him.  I sent his mom a text that night to tell her what a great kid he is.  I'm glad Jonah has him as a friend.  (This is totally unrelated to the pictures from this post but goes with this story.  Today was another awards day and Brock got the Sportsmanship Award today.  TOTALLY DESERVED!)
 Here is Jonah with our Principal, Mrs. Hogue and our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Williams.  (Mrs. Williams, is also Brock's mom and our neighbor!)
 The kids loved checking what was in each other's point bags for Reading Counts.  Jonah was thrilled to get his tshirt.  Brock was equally thrilled for him.  And, Micah...well, he was having a full on conversation with "Dis!"

 Jonah has had a great year with Mrs. Newman.  She's pushed him and challenged him.  She's helped him gain confidence and believe in himself.  He loves her so much!


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