Mr. Randy Cueto’s Classroom-Garden time…finally!

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Mr. Randy Cueto’s Classroom-Almost Spring Art

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Fall Walk / Leaf Art

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End of the year video 2016-2017

Thank you for a wonderful year!

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Whatcom Museum Field Trip

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Cooking Time!

Our class was fortunate enough to have Ms. Priya come and lead our class in a lesson and cooking activity…kale salad! This is a continuation of our work with Ms. Priya and Common Threads Farm. The salad was delicious!

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Harvest Time!

Today our class, along with Ms. Priya, harvested seeds. The students also gathered herbs and created bundles for Mrs. Dale. She was presented with the bundles for all that she does for our class ad Cordata. Thank you Mrs. Dale and Ms. Priya!

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Busy Week

The students have had a busy week reading, analyzing characters, solving math problems and creating art. We were also able to visit the gardens this week. The weather has been beautiful! I want to thank all the volunteers who have helped out this week. Thank you!

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It’s Clay Time!

Today the students created pinch pots. It’s a lot harder than it looks! The students did a wonderful job in creating them. We had been practicing using modeling clay to be ready for the ceramic clay. After firing, we will then glaze them. Great job everyone!

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Garden Time!

This week our class was able to begin gardening with Ms. Priya from Common Threads Farm. The students harvested some tomatoes, saw a frog, weeded and went on a scavenger hunt! We will be gardening twice a month and writing and illustrating about our visits.

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

We have had a wonderful beginning to the school year! I have enjoyed learning about your child. Every day there’s something new that I’ve learned academically and personally about them. We have begun our literacy, math, writing and art activities. The students also have started their music, P.E. and gardening  enrichment. 

I will posting a link to the digital stories that are being created on the Digital Showcase page. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at randolph.cueto@bellinghamschools.org

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OMApalooza 2016

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U of A Pi Day

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Field Day 2016

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Field Day 2016

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The students enjoyed many activities this year during our Field Day. We would like to thank Caryn, Tia and all the parent volunteers for making it so special!

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Insect Discovery Lab

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The students walked to the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center to visit the Insect Discovery Lab. The students were able to learn about and interact with insects. Click image above to view the gallery.

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Valentine’s Day 2016

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Happy Holidays!

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The students performed wonderfully at this years Fall OMApalooza! The punctuation song was a hit (for those of you who remember the 1970’s Electric Company skit). The ceramics were completed and wrapped just in time. Have a happy holiday!

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Wonderful Grandparents!

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Today we celebrated the grandparents of many our students. We had our last harvest the year and enjoyed another delicious salad and fixings with our special guests. The grandparents and great-grandparents learned about our class garden projects and phenology work … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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The class had a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast. This concluded our week-long focus on writing, reading and learning about what it means to be thankful and what types of things make our lives richer.

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Spooky Time! 10/30/15

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We had a wonderful time carving pumpkins in preparation for Halloween! Again, I want to thank all the parents for all the donations on such a short notice. We then roasted the seeds and enjoyed them with all the other … Continue reading

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Fall Harvest! 10/23/15

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I want to thank you for the donations of time and supplies for the Fall Harvest. It was wonderful to see the students engaged in harvesting, preparing and enjoying salads. We will continue to work in the gardens for the … Continue reading

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8/24/15

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We had our first gardening session with Mrs. Theresa. We also had the help of parents Ms. Kelly and Mr. Rick. The students prepared the plots for our first planting. They weeded, raked and dug up grubs. The students will … Continue reading

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Brand New Year!

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Welcome! I am so excited to begin a new year. It has been a very busy day. The students have been introduced to the daily routine and literacy and math centers. I look forward to getting to know your child … Continue reading

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4/30/15

I would like to apologize for not being able to stay for Literacy Night. I was not able to stay to due to health concerns. I enjoyed reading the comments left by you. We spent the next day writing more comments and it gave me the opportunity to read them. This class has become a cadre of phenomenal writers. They have created over 308 digital stories this year! I will continue to try to upload them all. I will also send them home on DVD along with a class slideshow at the end of the year.

We had a field trip to the Art Museum today. It was a nice walk to the museum. I want to thank my chaperones and the students for wonder behavior and insightful questions and comment in the museum.

I would like to ask for classroom donations of dry erase markers, colored pencils and snacks. We have been fortunate to have a steady stream of these supplies this year. They are what we use the most. Thank you so much for donating these items. The students and I are greatly appreciative of your generosity!

Library time is every Friday. Please have your child bring their books back on Tuesday, if they wish to check out new books.

Digital Storytelling: I am continuing to upload your child’s stories and pictures to my blog and YouTube channel weekly. If you do not want your child’s name or work listed please notify me. This also applies to my webpage postings which include photos of the class. Please subscribe to my YouTube playlist so you can get emails when I upload new movies.

Homework: The home work this week is non-fiction reading and answering questions based on the reading. The math is a combination of time and timeline problems and working with fractions and money. Homework every night is reading with your child and discussing the story and developing their academic language. In addition to reading, any activity that engages your child in language development is worthwhile.

 

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2/19/15

We will be beginning a new unit on states of matter. We will be looking at solids and liquids. We will be incorporating the FOSS science kit into our literacy centers. As always, use this as an opportunity to engage with your child in conversations about solids and liquids in their lives. Developing academic language is crucial in the educational lives.

I want to also thank you for class donations for the Valentine’s Day party. The students ate, laughed and read their letters from each other.

I would like to ask for classroom donations of dry erase markers, colored pencils and snacks. We have been fortunate to have a steady stream of these supplies this year. They are what we use the most. Thank you so much for donating these items. The students and I are greatly appreciative of your generosity!

Library time is every Friday. Please have your child bring their books back on Tuesday, if they wish to check out new books.

Digital Storytelling: I am continuing to upload your child’s stories and pictures to my blog and YouTube channel weekly. If you do not want your child’s name or work listed please notify me. This also applies to my webpage postings which include photos of the class. Please subscribe to my YouTube playlist so you can get emails when I upload new movies.

Homework:

This week’s homework consists of math practice involving dividing whole numbers into equal parts or fractions. Previously we used the language of “4 groups of 4” where now we are using “diving into fourths”. There is also reading and writing homework using a non-fiction piece about common weather sayings. Have your child answer the Brain Check questions at the end of the story. Have them write their answers on the paper provided. Please check your student’s homework for correctness and writing conventions.

I would also like to invite you to stop by and help out in the classroom. Some parents have dropped by to work and read with students. Please feel free to stop by and talk to me about any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at randy.cueto@tusd1.org or at 232-7460.

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1/30/15

The students have been working with watercolor in preparation for our study of Impressionism art and music. Mrs. Gascho has begun introducing music and songs from the Impressionist period as well as connections to other areas such as photography and science. The students have been working with various resists such as crayons and viewing and creating abstract art. We have also been working with oil pastel in our cloud and weather study. We are learning about blending and creating values in our compositions.

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1/30/15

After photographing more of the student watercolors, I was amazed at how wonderful they turned out. Here are some of the examples from today’s abstract study.

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1/5/15

Welcome Back! It was great seeing all the students after winter break. I want to thank everyone for the wonderful gifts I received for the holiday. The cards, gifts, ornaments, gift cards and drawings were greatly appreciated! A teacher can never have enough coffee!

This week the science fair packet is going home. The second grade classes will be doing a grade level experiment involving weather. The packet is for your review and also if you want to do another experiment with your child at home. This would be in addition to the grade level experiment.

I would like to ask for classroom donations of dry erase markers, colored pencils and snacks. Amazingly we have gone through most of the supplies from the first semester. We have been fortunate to have a steady stream of these supplies throughout the first semester. They are what we use the most. Thank you so much for donating these items. The students and I are greatly appreciative of your generosity!

Library time is every Friday. Please have your child bring their books back by Friday, if they wish to check out new books.

Digital Storytelling: I am continuing to upload your child’s stories and pictures to my blog and YouTube channel weekly. If you do not want your child’s name or work listed please notify me. This also applies to my webpage postings which include photos of the class. Please subscribe to my YouTube playlist so you can get emails when I upload new movies.

Homework: This week the students have been given a writing prompt to base their writing on. The prompt has to do with the 100th day of school. Have your child reflect on how they are different now than they were from the beginning of the year. They can focus on physical qualities as well as academic changes. Have them fill out the graphic organizer prior to writing. Please review it with them before they begin their writing. The math is a review of concepts that have been covered and new ones being introduced currently. Please review the science fair packet.

If you wish to do another experiment with your child in addition to the grade level project, please return the registration form by the required date.

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Thanksgiving Break

We had our first Turkey Tot this past Monday thanks to our class parents Tia and Karen. I unfortunately was not able to run, but I did cheer the students and Mrs. Dunscomb to a respectable finish! I want to thank all of the parents for contributing to the food drive. Sam Hughes donated over 1,000 lbs. of food to the community food bank. Ms. May’s class won the contest and selected Ms. May to wear the Sam Hughes turkey costume. She was a fantastic turkey!

The homework for this week is for your child to create a visual journal over the Thanksgiving break. They will use this next week to generate ideas for their writing. Have them use color and include many details in the illustrations documenting their holiday. Speech or thought bubbles are encouraged. The math homework is a continuation of counting by groups of numbers. We focus on the language of the math problems. What does “each group”, “altogether” and “5 groups of 5” mean in a math problem. There is also addition fluency problems for them to practice.

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