Thursday, December 31, 2009


I am looking forward to new adventures as we begin the new year in 2F. Wishing all our families continued happiness and good health in 2010! Happy New Year!

Lise Fellbaum

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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I bet everyone is getting very excited as Christmas Eve quickly approaches. Enjoy a magical holiday with family and friends.

Merry Christmas!

Lise Fellbaum

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Building Our Boats


We definitely have some engineers blooming in our classroom. As can be seen in the video below, 2F students designed and built some fantastic boats last week. It was great fun listening and watching as students explained their designs and tested their buoyancy.

It was quite clear from watching and listening to the building stage of this project that our 2F community is well established. Students shared materials, offered advice and support and had great fun with each other.

Thanks for your continued support!

Lise Fellbaum

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Problem Solving


I have found this great problem solving site for any students and parents who are interested in a challenge. Your goal is to try and light up all the lights on the Christmas tree. It has left me frustrated. Good luck.

Lise Fellbam

Hat Day


As can be seen in the picture above, there was quite the assortment of hats in 2F last Friday as students participated in the "Hat Day" put on by our Student Parliament.

The GNPS can drive is off to a great start as well. If students reach the goal of collecting 1,600 cans, Mr. Edmondson & Mrs. Major have agreed to allow themselves to be taped to the gym wall. When I left the school today we were already at 1,538 cans, so needless to say I think our administration can expect to be taped up.

Thanks again for your support.

Lise Fellbaum

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Rainbow Fireworks


We have been having great fun conducting science experiments during our "Solids & Liquids" unit. This is our first attempt at video taping so some of the voices are not clear. This experiment is called Rainbow Fireworks and it is one of our favourites so far.


Lise Fellbaum

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Raz Kids at School


2F students were able to use "Raz Kids" at school with the laptops. Everyone was excited to share their "Raz Rocket Room" purchases with each other. Students that have not accessed the program at home as of yet were able to check it out at school and those familiar with the program were very helpful assistants.

Thanks for your continued support.

Lise Fellbaum

Curious George Visits 2F


2F students were surprised to open the door and find Curioug George standing with Mrs. Woodruff. Curious George was visiting the students attending the GNPS Scholastic Book Fair and stopped by our classroom to say hello.

Thanks so much for your support of the Book Fair . Our school library will be able to purchase over $2000 in new books. 2F students are excited to see what Mrs. Woodruff purchases for our library.

Lise Fellbaum

Monday, November 16, 2009

Parent Teacher Interviews


Just a reminder to call the office and book an appointment if you are interested in coming in to discuss your child's progress thus far. Interviews will be held Thursday, November 19th from 4-6:30 and the morning of Friday, November 20th.

I am looking forward to sharing all of our hard work with you.

First term report cards will be sent home on December 15th.

Lise Fellbaum

McDonalds Fundraising Night

Just a reminder about the GNPS Parent Council Fundraiser at McDonalds in Essex tomorrow evening. Please be sure to present your coupon to the cashier in order for GNPS to be credited for your purchase.

Thanks for your support.

Lise Fellbaum

Raz Kids


I am very excited to share an online, interactive reading program with you called Raz Kids. I would like to extend a special thanks to the GNPS Parent Council as I was able to use their generous donation for each classroom to purchase additional literacy resources towards the cost of this subscription:}

Your child has a log in page taped inside their agenda with their personal information and log in instructions. With this program students have an opportunity to listen to a story read to them. Then they should attempt to read the story independently. When finished there is a quiz they can try. There is also an additional incentive program called the Raz Rocket Room where students can use accumulated points from reading to decorate their virtual rooms.

Students are welcome to use this program in conjunction with our Take Home Reading program and can record these titles in their duotangs as well. Please let me know if you should have any problems with this program so that I may report them promptly to the website administrator.

It is my hope that this program will further promote your child's interest and enthusiasm in reading.

Lise Fellbaum

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Math Facts

We have been busy working on a variety of strategies to assist us in committing our number facts to 20 to memory. Knowing your doubles facts is one of these strategies.
ICT games has some fun games to practise these facts. Click on the link below.

ICT Games

One of my favourite number sense games is called Give the Dog A Bone. This link is also provided. I told students to challenge their parents and see if they can find the numbers faster than their parents can......

Give the Dog A Bone

Have fun!

Lise Fellbaum

Monday, November 9, 2009

Remembrance Day Assembly

Just a reminder that the Remembrance Day Assembly will begin at 10:35 in the gym tomorrow. Mackenzie and Jacob will be presenting our class wreath & Mac will be reading a post card that 2F students wrote to the veterans. If you are able to attend please enter through the gym doors.

Mac, this is the letter so you can rehearse tonight.

Dear War Veterans,
We're writing this message to thank you. You fought for all of us. We can't imagine what you went through. You have helped our country called Canada.

Lise Fellbaum

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Word Study Practice

This looks like a fun site to practice our word study words.

Spelling City

Have fun practicing your spelling words

Click on the "student" tab in top right hand corner. Students should be able to manipulate program without having to register.
Click on Find A List tab
Make sure teacher tab is highlighted. Enter "lise fellbaum" and then click on our link.
Hopefully our list will come up and students can play with the words and test their spelling skills.

Lise Fellbaum

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Yellow Hat Club


You've heard about the "Red Hat Society." Well take a peek at the new "Yellow Hat Club!" Thanks to the knitting talents and generosity of Mrs. Hazel Casey from Leamington, each 2F student now has a warm and cozy yellow hat to keep them extra warm this winter. We will most certainly be polishing up our letter writing skills when we send her a great big thanks.

Lise Fellbaum

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Operation Christmas Child


Just a gentle reminder about the "Operation Christmas Child" program 2F students are participating in. Please remember that participation in this project is voluntary. We have two shoeboxes to fill; one for an eight year old boy and one for an eight year old girl. Suggestions for items include small school supplies, small toys, hygiene items such as combs, toothbrushes, washclothes, hair accessories, and toy jewellery. Due to regulations items such as toothpaste, liquids like shampoo and glue, food items, breakable items & used items should not be included.

Items need to be collected by Thursday, November 12th.

Thanks for considering this worthwhile project and together, we hope to send the holiday spirit of Canadian school children to other children around the world.

Lise Fellbaum

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I Know An Old Lady.......

Dear Families,

One of our areas of focus during our literacy block has been reviewing the necessary steps involved in an oral retelling of a piece of literature. Initially we used pattern stories to assist us in this process and one of our favourites was using the book "There was an Old Lady..." Please take the time to listen to your child share their retelling with you, complete with a visual organizer for the sequence.

Thanks for your continued support

Lise Fellbaum

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The excitement builds....

Dear Families,
The anticipation is quickly building as children count the nights until Hallowe'en. Just a reminder of black & orange day on Friday. Students are welcome to bring in treats to share with classmates. Please do not feel obligated to do so as students get soooo much the night of.
We certainly miss all of our friends who are home ill and wish everyone a speedy recovery. We've been working with ten frames in math. Here is a website everyone can practice at home.

Happy Hallowe'en
Lise Fellbaum

Monday, October 26, 2009

Parents, What was one of your favourite Hallowe'en costumes? by lisefell

Hallowe'en is a very popular canadian tradition that many canadian families participate in every year. On Friday, October 30th, Gosfield North students are invited to dress in the festive colours of black and orange.
In 2F, we will be participating in theme related Hallowe'en activities during the last two periods on Friday. We would love to hear what one of your favourite costumes was when you were younger. Please follow the link below and post a note on Wall Wisher.
Thanks for your continued support.
Lise Fellbaum

Parents, What was one of your favourite Hallowe'en costumes? by lisefell

Sunday, October 25, 2009


This is a fantastic website that allows users to type in a variety of words and then take those words and make "word clouds." I have made one for you to see on the left with names of 2F students. I am also going to start posting our new "Words of the Week" in a wordle in the event students missed recording them in their agendas because of an illness etc. There are a variety of uses for this website in the classroom. This week we will be using it during word study. I will make a "wordle" with the proper spellings of our words and many misspellings. Students will then have to highlight on our SMART board the correct spellings.

Here is the link if you would like to experiment at home.


Thanks for your continued support.
Lise Fellbaum

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Hallowe'en Game

In an effort to keep our blog informative and fun I found a neat Halloween gadget that encourages some problem solving. Scroll to the bottom of our blog and give it a try. Also check out our new virtual pet monkey. I wonder what 2F students will want to name him or her???
Lise Fellbaum

Making Connections in our Reading

On Friday we read a book by Mem Fox called Wilfred Gordan McDonald Partrige. It was a beautiful story that spoke of the relationship between a young boy and an older woman from a nursing home that was losing her memory. Wilfred Gordan was able to find a way to help the lady remember some memories from her childhood. Students did a great job afterwards making connections between the two sets of memories during an oral retelling of the story.
This is the second book that we have read from this famous Australian author and we look forward to reading more of her work.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Take Home Reading

Dear Families,

Today we are starting our Take Home Reading program. Students have chosen a book to read to you tonight. I have suggested that students set a goal of reading for 15 minutes each night. We spent a lot of time reviewing "Just Right" books and students are eager to get started. We will continue sending our Poetry books home on Mondays and our Take Home Reading bags will come home Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.

Thanks for your support.

Lise Fellbaum

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fire Safety Week

2F students were fortunate to have many guests this week to help them review their fire safety skills. Mr. Shuttleworth, a firefighter with the Windsor Fire Department paid a visit to our classroom to share his experiences with students. Later in the week our local fire department, the Kingsville Fire Department, came to the school with their equipment. Students watched a great video on Fire Safety and then participated in a simulated smoke filled environment to review the necessary steps to get out safely. They got to sit in the fire trucks, see a fireman dressed in full gear and practise "stop, drop and roll." Please take the time to review your own fire safety plan and be sure your child knows their address and phone number in the event of an emergency.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Can You Guess Who the Baby Is?

We had so much fun with our 2F Timeline Bulletin Board that I decided to attempt a slide show so parents could see all of the adorable babies... 2F students can try and guess who their classmates are too. Have fun!
Lise Fellbaum

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Today we read the story "All the Places to Love" by Patricia MacLachlan. The story was illustrated with paintings by Mike Wimmer and students were quite impressed with his work. This story is a great introduction to our current Social Studies topic of Traditions. We were able to find many traditions that this family participated in. 2F students have been asked to go home and interview their families about the traditions that take place in their homes. Information can be recorded on the sheet provided and should be returned to school by Friday so we can share our family traditions with each other.
Thanks for your continued support. Lise Fellbaum

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lines of All Kinds

2F students were very surprised to see all of the different attributes that lines could have; horizontal, diagonal, vertical, thick, thin, broken, zigzag, wavy, looped, curly and scalloped. It was great fun to apply this knowledge to paper with some paint and a paintbrush. Check out the artists in action....

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Short Vowel Review

We have been very busy this month reviewing the short vowel sounds. Here are some games that we have played on the SMART board that you can also play at home.
Ms. Fellbaum

Monday, September 28, 2009

Wall Wisher


In an attempt to get the students to participate in the blog I have found a fun application called Wall Wisher. I began the process by asking the students what they did on the weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to get to school today and see that Mackenzie had already responded:}

To get to Wall Wisher simply scroll down to the bottom of our blog and in the left hand corner click on "Post a Sticky." Simply type your response and post it.

Thanks for your support.

Lise Fellbaum

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Today one of our parents, Mr. Elliott, very generously volunteered his time to share some poetry that he had written and is now published. 2F students were a very receptive audience and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
We look forward to an opportunity to work with Mr. Elliott again and show off some of our rhyming skills as we attempt some poetry of our own later in the year.
Thanks again Mr. Elliott.

Lise Fellbaum & the 2F Gang

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Greetings to our 2F Families,

We are beginning to settle into our daily routines as our 2F community evolves. Our timetable will be finalized on Monday, September 21st. I will send home a copy of the timetable following and post it on the classroom website.

Your assistance in promptly returning all of the beginning of the year paperwork is much appreciated. Also, please remember to check the agendas daily, empty the note tote and initial on the appropriate date.

Students are very excited about our first project. Some students have already placed their photos on the 2F Timeline. It will be so much fun trying to remember who belongs to all of those adorable baby faces. Please assist your child in collecting items and reviewing the information being presented. Presentations will begin on Monday, September 21st.

I am hopeful to meet many new faces and catch up with others with whom I've already had the pleasure of working with at the GNPS Family Barbecue on September 23rd.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Lise Fellbaum

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Day 2 and still smilin'

It was so exciting to see all of the eager, smiling faces enter Room 18 today, ready to take on the new challenges in grade two. We are off to a great start and have been busy working to establish a positive learning community.

The new "balanced day" schedule appears to be a welcome change. Students really enjoy going outside to play first and I am pleased to see students taking their time eating during the nutrition part of the break. The following link has been helpful for me in preparing lunches so I have included it below.

Students were excited to receive their new agendas yesterday. All important information will be sent home in the plastic pouch. Please initial the agenda each evening. I will check them daily as well. If possible please send in $5.50 to assist in the cost of the agendas.

I certainly hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather.

Lise Fellbaum

Friday, September 4, 2009

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new school year at Gosfield North Public School. My name is Lise Fellbaum and I will be your child's Grade 2 teacher this year. Please take a moment to bookmark our classroom website Our website will be updated throughout the year and will include general information, pictures, video and weblinks to a variety of curriculum related activities. I will be using this blog to communicate information.

I am looking forward to an exciting year as your child continues on their learning journey.

Lise Fellbaum