Boonton Township Public Schools

Rockaway Valley School
Phone 973-334-4162

11 Valley Road Boonton Township, NJ 07005
Fax: 973-316-6956

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Gulliver's Giggle of the Day
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May News


Thank you to everyone who brought in canned goods and food donations to the food pantry, and who wore green, gold, and spiritwear. Please check out the list of non-allergen food item suggestions on the mail web page for the month of June food pantry. Go Falcons! Thank you for your generosity.


Math Update...


Coins! Coins! Coins!

We are learning to count money. So many of us use credit and debit cards to pay for items that loose change is becoming a thing of the past. Please try to ask your child to counthe lose change you may have in your pocket or purse at the end of the day. If you have to pay for something, ask your child to mentally figure out what change you should recieve from the clerk. Then ask your child which coins and bills you might get that would make up that change. Teach your child to count up to the paper money you paid with  to be sure the change you recieved is correct. I have saved myself being shorted money more than a handful of times because of this method. 




For addition, use this rhyme: 



For subtraction, use this rhyme:


I can tell that many of you have remembered to take 10-15 minutes each day to practice math fact. I have noticed a marked improvement in many of the students'  speed to solve the addition facts. We want to move away from using fingers to solve the problems. The definition of math fluency of facts and computation is to be able to solve the problem with mental math in 3-5 seconds per problem.  A few minutes each day will pay dividends in progress. Flashcards, board games involving dice/counting, computer based math games, and general fact practice where you simply ask your child to solve a problem you ask are a few examples. Continue to work on the Point and Practice sheet in the front of the nightly homework folder as well. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I will be happy to help. 


Language Arts and Literacy...


We are working on proper capitalization and punctuation of sentences. We have reviewed this many times. The students can tell me the correct answer to how the sentence should be written but have trouble applying this knowledge indepently in their writing.  Please guide your child to proofread and self-correct writing in all forms, including journal math problems. 


Second graders have also been concentrating on Proper Nouns, nouns that name specific and special people, places, or things, and pronouns, which take the place of a noun.

If the pronoun is before the verb in a sentence, it is called a subject pronoun because it appears in the subject of the sentence.

If it comes after the verb, is it an object pronoun because it appears in the predicate of the sentence. 


myself...himself...herself...themselves...ourselves... itself... yourself...yourselves....

These are reflexive pronouns. Perhaps this link to Khan Academy









And the winner is....




We have collected the most Box Tops in the first collection period for the 2018-2019 school year. Please continue to collect them and send them in at your earliest convenience. It is very exciting to the children and they will be receiving their ice cream reward shortly. 


It is also a great, easy fundraiser for RVS. Eveyone benefits from the box tops that are on products you already purchase. Thank you for your help! 


To find which products have the Box Top stamp, please click on the link below.

Thank you for sending in your box tops for the first collection date. Our class submitted 378 box tops, a total of $37.80 for RVS.

Thank you to the volunteers on HSA who organize and submit these for the benefit of the students. Keep saving Box Tops for Education on the sheet sent home in your child's folder. Each box top is worth 10¢ to our school. One sheet of ten coupons is worth a dollar.  






     Please sign your child's

homework folder each night.

The folder needs your initials each night, Monday through Friday to confirm you have seen the graded papers, tests, and assignments for the day as well as the Behavior Stamp. It is an important message to your child that Home and School is working together to provide the best education possible for the students. 


     Please remember to review the Point and Practice math facts a few minutes each night to build speed and accuracy. The more confident your child is the easier it will be as we move  into two-digit addition and subtraction in the second marking period. Car rides are a great opportunity to quiz your captive audience.




     Every sentence begins with a capital letter. All sentences end with a punctuation mark. We have been working on following these rules every time we write. Statements, commands, questions, and exclamatory sentences require different punctuation. Have your child proofread the sentences he/she writes to make sure they contain the proper mechanics.


     Science has  brought a discussion of matter. We are exploring solids, liquids, and gases and the properties that each has. Study guides will be forthcoming.


 Look under

Document Manager


Useful Links

for resources to reinforce the skills we have focused on this year. 


     Points to Remember During the School Year:

  We have snack every day around 9:30. Please send in a healthy snack and beverage with your child on ALL days, even delayed openings and early dismissal days. Snacks may NOT be shared due to potential allergies in the class.

  Ask your child regularly if supplies such as pencils and gluesticks need to be replenished. We work hard and the supplies often need replacing monthly. A good rule of thumb is to send in the replacements on School Spirit Day, the first school day of each month. 

  Keep the Homework Planner in the front of the yellow folder until the end of the marking period. I will then remove it at the start of the new quarter.  It is meant to be a cumulative tool.


  Spelling lists for the year are posted in the Document Manager section of this web page. Feel free to get a head start.

   Any month with an r in the spelling of the name of the month requires jackets and sweaters. Please dress appropriately and remind your child to bring a jacket/gloves, when necessary. Label all clothing with your child's name so any misplaced items can be returned.

   You can find the assignments posted on the front cover of the yellow homework folder or on our web page under Homework for the Week tab on the left side of our web page. Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday evening and it is expected that it is returned on the next school day.


   If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached via email, folder notes, or voicemail. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to a wonderful year working with you and your child.


  If you have a change of plan for your child's routine at the end of the day, please call the office. I may not be able to check the email or voicemail if messages are left after 1:30. You can leave the message for me but also call Mrs. Winters at x 369 to be sure the message is recieved. 




Voicemail: 973-334-4162 x203

If you would like to see something added to our web page, please let me know what you would find helpful. 
Look under Document Manager  to find
 High Frequency Sight Words
 School Supply Lists
 Spelling Lists for the year
 Articles to help you partner with your
child's learning through the elementary grades and
Much, Much More!
Check out the info about our adventures under Class News. Visit often to see the updates. It is sure to be exciting!
71711_90413_5.pngGiggle of the Day-
where you will find a new giggle almost every day.
If you have one to share, please contact me using the email link.
 Interesting Parent Articles -
 a listing of web pages that you can link
to that will be helpful as you grow with your second grader.
 Science Links -
to learn about weather patterns and dinosaurs.
They can be found in science and social studies under Useful Links.