Sunday, December 4, 2011

I ran the Cross Country Challenge Race this morning. It was so great being outdoors, even in the cold. The race was through lots of streams, hills and MUD! I can't wait until the next challenge!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mystery Reader

We had our first mystery reader of the year! Mr. Wiseman shared with us the story Click Clack Moo. It's one of our favorites. We also enjoyed learning about London, England, where Mr. Wiseman was born.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Fairy Tale

We have been learning about different genres in class. Recently, we compared many well known fairy tales and became familiar with the common elements in these stories. Mrs. Partyka read aloud a modern fairy tale called The Tale of Despereaux. Despereaux is a mouse who saves the princess he loves from the dungeon. We also watched the movie and compared how the book and movie were alike and different. Despereaux lives happily ever after!

The Sun And The Wind

The sun and the wind debate who is more powerful. A man's coat is held on tighter as the wind blows and it gets cold. The sun competes by creating warmth. The sun wins as the man takes off his coat. Gwyneth, Trenton and Cameron enjoyed sharing this readers theater story with us.

Stone Slop?

We read the folktale Stone Soup and discussed the meaning of the tale. Our play group this week did a new version of the story called Stone Slop! Even monsters can get in on the action!

Native American Stories

After learning a lot about Native Americans, the students created stories about them using pictographs and words. They really got into the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday and included how grateful the Native Americans were about our land's natural resources.

Another Grand Performance!

Wow! We have the best actors in our class. Here our group performs The Three Bullfrogs!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veteran's Day!

Thank you to all our heroes who served our country! How lucky we were to honor you in a special way today!

We Love Science!

Thank you Mr. Jeno for teaching us more about the planets. We also enjoyed learning about polymers and the great experiments you did!

The Brementown Rappers

Reported By: Ryan We did the play the Brementown Rappers based on the original fairy tale. We practiced very hard. We did a great performance in front of the classroom. The best part was the rap we sang!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

It was a great day in second grade! Thank you parents for a spooktacular party! We loved the pumpkin decorating, mummy wrapping and yummy treat! Happy Halloween!

The Witch's Broom!?

Reported By: Ryan and Mrs. Partyka
Mrs. Berndt read The Widow's Broom. A witch crashed into a vegetable garden on a farm. She left her broom with the widow. The broom swept floors, played the piano and chopped wood. Some of the neighbors burned it but the broom came back. It scared them to move away. The widow lived happily with the broom. Mrs. Partyka's brother Chris found the widow's broom in New York and sent it to her mom, Mrs. Berndt. It was a crazy broom!

Who Cried Wolf?

Reported By: Joey
I performed the play The Pig Who Cried Wolf. Percy Pig played pranks on his pig friends. He told them there was a big bad wolf. One day a real bad wolf came to his door. He huffed and puffed and blew his house down. Percy Pig learned a lesson to never play pranks again.

Monday, October 24, 2011

2011 Bartlett Varsity Football

My son Mikey is #57. I just had to share this video of my youngest son in his last year of high school football. It was just yesterday he was in second grade!?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jack and the Giant Sunflower

Reported By: Lorelei
Christina, Ben, Salvi, Lindsey, Michael and I were in the play called Jack and the Giant Sunflower. His friend Bart gave him magic seeds and he planted them and a giant sunflower grew. He climbed it but didn't find anything at the top. When he climbed down the sunflower disappeared. It was magical!

Visit to the Planetarium

Reported By: Our Class
We visited the u-46 planetarium. We learned a lot! Did you know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west? There are 8 planets. Venus and Jupitar have volcanos. Saturn's rings are made of dust and ice. Neptune rotates on its side. All the planets orbit the sun. Learning about space is called astronomy. It is very interesting!

Monday, October 10, 2011

What A Performance!

Nirali, Hailey, Hannah, Robert, Ryan and Zack performed Spiderella. They were our first classroom performance and they impressed us with their props and expression.

Our First Puppet Play!

Nick, Trenton, Gwyneth and Cameron created puppets and performed a puppet show based on the story In The Garden. They did a wonderful job!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Spotting

Check out the book Hannah is reading...Ms Hannah Is Bananas!


Our first Accelerated Reader champs are Hailey and Ryan. They read 10 books and took the quizes on them. They had to pass each one with an 80% or better. Their pictures are up in our hall and in the library.

Wayne's Walkathon

Wayne School students worked hard to earn pledges for our school. We had a special day for our walkathon. We walked the grounds of the school and celebrated our great school. Our funds will help with new resources for our school. Last year the PTW purchased Elmos for all the classrooms.

Insect Searching

We are learning about insects in second grade. Currently we have ants, beetles and crickets in our room. We have been busy researching and observing them. We enjoyed searching outdoors for insectrs in their natural habitats and watching their behaviors. We are becoming insect experts!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Working Together

It's fun to learn together! We have so many new friends in second grade and we enjoy working together!

It's A New Year!

It is a new school year and my new group of favorite second graders are an amazing group. They are eager to start and so am I! Check in often to see what we are learning in room 3!

Emily Does A Triathalon!

I ran a triathalon! I had to bike, run and swim. I was really tired at the end but had fun doing it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Goodbye Summer

I had a wonderful summer. I taught summer school, biked and traveled. My son Greg was in Joplin, Missouri this summer playing collegiate baseball. When he returned home, we enjoyed lots of family time. I was in Washington, DC on the president's birthday. My family visited many museums and monuments. We also went to Pittsburgh to see the Cubs play the Pirates. Our last stop was Cedar Point for lots of rollercoasters. It has been a fun summer but I am very excited for school to start and see all of my favorite second graders!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Great Catch!

Wow! Oliver has quite a catch! It is a bass right from our town's pond!

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Last winter we enjoyed listening to the story Mr. Popper's Penguins. Our class went to see the movie starring Jim Carrey. The movie was quite a bit different than the book but the penguins were adorable and it had a great message. It was fun to see everyone after being out of school for a month.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Author Meeting!

Reported By: Katelyn
On June 16, I went to see Shelley Moore Thomas, the author of "Good Night, Good Knight". I was lucky to win a raffle with the prize being a signed book called "Take Care, Good Knight". She is a very fun author & also had puppets to make us laugh. Here is a link to her website if you'd like to see more about her books or to hear her read the stories aloud. Shelly More Thomas

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Field Days!

Summer is almost here! Field Days is an end of the year fun event where we enjoy lots of outdoor activities! Our favorite was the rope pull.

Our Class Play!

The students did an amazing job creating props and practicing for the Great Kapok play. We put our learning of weather, Earth Day and the rainforest into the creation of our performance. We enjoyed performing it for other classes and the parents.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Multiplicaqtion Stories

Reported By: Oliver
we are doing multiplication stories in math. Dante and I did the hardest one. It was 40x10=400. When you create a multiplication story you need to have a story, question, picture and number model.

Bubbles In Science!

Reported By: Jennifer
We made bubbles and it was fun. I made a bubble that was big as my hand! Bubbles were big and small. Did you know bubbles fill up with air? The wind pushes the bubbles north,south,east and west. But when there is no wind the bubbles fall to the grass. Bubbles are really fun to learn about. And that is the end of my report.

Miss Flitton Visits!

Reported By: Natalie
We were so excited to see Miss Flitton! She was our student teacher in the fall. She read to us If You Give A Pig a Party and The Grouchy Ladybug. It was so fun! It was great to see Miss Flitton again!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Bear Clip Art

Bear Clip Art
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the wonderful moms of my favorite second graders!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Thank You

Today was such a special day! I was so overwhelmed by all the beautiful flowers. It was adorable to see my favorite second graders walk into the classroom so excited to gift me with such a splendor of spring. I am so grateful! How lucky I am to be with so many wonderful families!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Amelia Bedelia Fashion Show

Reported By: Mrs. Partyka
My favorite second graders are the most creative fashion designers! They understood what Amelia Bedelia would think when she hears t-shirt (a shirt with tea bags), sunglasses (glasses with suns taped on them) or tank top ( a top with army tank pictures). You were amazing second graders! Thanks to your families for helping to create such nifty outfits!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Meet Snowy The Snake!

Reported By: Luke
Snowy the snake is an albino snake. Albino means white. She is about two feet long. She is a nice snake. When she eats she constricts her prey which means she strangles it. She won't bite unless she is scared.

In The Woods

Reported By: Sammy
In The Woods is about Sammy and a bear and lots of other characters. We all went out to the woods. We made a tent but we were worried we would see a bear. We did but he was nice.

City Mouse and Country Mouse

Reported By: Becca
Today I had a play. It was about two mice who wanted to visit each other. One lived in the city and one in the country. In the end they realized how much they loved their own home. The country mouse was so happy to be home and with her friend cricket. Squeak, squeak!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dancing Time

One time at ballet I saw Mrs. Partyka! Let me tell you some things about ballet. If you are going to be on your toes then you'll need special point shoes. Another thing that is importnat is you should stretch. I'm practicing for my recital. It is a lot of fun. My dress is very pretty. It is the one in the picture. I believe ballet is French. I am going to keep taking ballet so I can get really good at it. It is the best ever!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's Spring!

It is the first day that truly feels like spring and we had to sneak out and enjoy it! Don't you love days like this?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Amelia Bedelia

Amelia Bedelia visits our room! Students love the hilarious character Amelia Bedelia! She understands things to literally and it often gets her in trouble. She is an amazing cook but doesn't do very well in her other housekeeping chores. When asked to draw the drapes, she takes crayons and draws a picture of them. Once she was told to dress the chicken for dinner and she put an outfit on it! The class will enjoy many of her stories and quickly learn of her unique character traits.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kindergarten Reading Buddies

Reported By: Holly
It is fun to read with my kindergarten buddy. She is so smart and so cute. I gave her a challenging book and she only made one mistake. We help them read and read to them too.

"Listen Buddy"

Reported By: Samantha
The play "Listen Buddy" was fun. JImmy wore real bunny ears and everybody laughed. We did a great job and everyone loved it!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mrs. Beck Shares A New Story!

Reported By: Katelyn
Mrs. Beck came into our classroom to share a book with us. It is called "Martina, The Beautiful Cockroach." It was a great story! Emily told us she has two coackroaches as pets. Mrs. Beck told us she bought the book at our book fair. We were her first class she read it to. She's a great principal! The story is about a cockroach who is in need of a husband. She finds one who is kind and has a Cuban grandmother just like her. Some of the words were in Spanish. We loved the book and Mrs. Beck's visit.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Fair

Reported By: Alex
Wayne School is having a book fair again. I bought two books "Smells Like Dog" and "African Cats." Brianna and Katelyn won the cover artist awards. A 6th grader won the estimation contest. There are a lot of great books!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Meet Martin Luther King!

Reported By: Dante
A man from Historical Perspectives came to Wayne Elementary to act out Martin Luther King's life. Martlin Luther King could not play baseball with his friends because he was black and they were white. Martin didn't like this rule. He worked hard to change the rules so everyone was treated equal.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jump For Heart!

Reported By: Samantha and Brianna
In gym we are exercising for "Jump For Heart." We are using jump ropes, little trampolines and much more! Samantha C and I are partners. It is so much fun. You should try it!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Day 2011

Happy Valentine's Day from Mrs. Partyka's second grade class!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

History Makers

Why are all these people famous? Can you guess by the prop each student has?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

snow dayS 2011!

A huge winter storm hits Illinois leaving 20 inches of snow in some areas. Wayne Elementary was closed for three school days and the long clean-up process took place.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Reported By: Emily
Hi! I'm Emily. I like to write songs. Sometimes I write duets. The last song I wrote was called "I'll Never Forget You." Brianna and I sung it togewther. It's not just me who like writing songs. Katlyn and Brianna do too!

Stone Slop!

Reported By: Brianna
I performed a play called "Stone Soup." It is about a monster who asked five townspeople for a bowl, spoon, clothing, and many more things to make stone soup! All his friends came to his cave to eat and it was so good! Well...just to the monsters. They all wanted to eat the stone!

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Reported By: Anjali
In science we are learning about balance and motion. We made twirlers and spinners and watched how air resistance made them spin to the floor slowly. The spinners were spinning so fast you could almost get your eyes crossed.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mystery Reader

Reported By: Abby
Hi! My name is Abby and my mom was a mystery reader. She read "Snowmen at Night." The boy in the book was wondering what snowmen do at night. It is a funny book. My mom is a special education teacher. She doesn't work at Wayne School. My friends asked her lots of questions. She had so much fun in my class!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Reported By: Becca
We balanced paper crayfish on our fingers. Some worked. Some didn't. Then we added clothespins [counterweights]. They worked a lot better and we learned about gravity and balancing things. Yay!

Mystery Reader

Reported By: Sammy and Dante
We had a mystery reader. It was Mrs. Partyka's son Greg. He brought us Nerds and read the book Parts. It was a funny book. He is in college and likes to play baseball.