Tuesday was an exciting day in Second Grade! Children returned to school after the long Memorial Day weekend full of stories and ready to celebrate our final Writing Workshop unit of the year: Poetry. Parents and special friends gathered in classrooms to watch presentations given by Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Noble, and Ms. Sarma which explained each stage of the writing process that children engaged in leading up to the celebration. Offering insight into the process behind the published poems helps to underscore the important learning that children have done in developing skills in planning, drafting, revising, and editing, in addition to practicing for the “big day” by reading poems in partnerships, small groups, and in front of the class. Following the presentation, children in each class took turns reading one of their published poems before an audience of classmates, parents, and special friends. Speaking before a large group takes a lot of courage, and we are proud of the bravery each and every Second Grader displayed in working through nervousness to present his or her poem. Following the group readings, each child had the opportunity to share a second published poem with his or her special guest. After so much work, eating, relaxing, playing, and spending time with family and friends was in order! Children, parents, and special friends continued the celebration with a picnic outside, and the afternoon closed on an exciting note with a special visit from the ice cream truck! We would like to thank all parents and special friends for your support of the hard work that the children have done all year and for taking the time to celebrate their efforts and achievements.