Thursday, August 16, 2018

Greetings from Mr. McKeen

Hi Grade 2!
I am looking forward to seeing all of you this Saturday to fill you in on what we are doing with PE and Health classes at DISK. Grade 2 has already shown good throwing skills and we will be building upon that this quarter.
Mr. McKeen

Monday, August 13, 2018


Dear parents,
Hope you have had a wonderful day, we sure did! The kids got to go to their first IT class using the new computer lab and attended health class in the morning. Please be reminded that tomorrow we will be having mass 1st period so we kindly request all the students come in proper formal school uniform. 


Math: GoMath page 24
Study spelling and vocab words


Hi parents!

Today the kids were introduced to their new spelling and vocabulary words. We have High Frequency words which they only need to know how to spell, and their vocabulary words which they will need to know how to spell, as well as write a sentence with. We will have a quiz on these words on Friday. For math homework they will be completing page 20 in GoMath book, if they haven't done so already.

High Frequency Words:
around, or, be, five, help, pull, take, until, walked, next

curly, straight, floppy, drooled, weighed, stood, collars, row

There has been some changes in our schedules, PE will now be Mondays and Thursdays. 


Parent Teacher Meeting this weekend!
Saturday 18th August 8:30 - 10:30am   

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday 9/8/18

Dear parents,

We have had a fantastic second day at school! Reminder, tomorrow is the 2nd Friday of the month, which means it's casual Friday and students can wear normal clothes to school. Also the Club/Elective Activities have been posted for Friday elective class, and the sheet will go out tomorrow, but I am copying the options on here. If you'd like to email me ( ) your child's 1st three preferences, I will turn it into the office tomorrow.  Have a great day! There will be no homework this week!

Lower Elementary
Teacher A
Teacher B
Gr. 1 - 2
Gym/ Field
Mr. Taylor

Gr. 1 - 3
Board Games
Grade 3 Classroom
Ms. Aikman

Gr. 1 - 6
Project Fine Arts
Art Room - 4F
Ms. Parker
Mr. Sandlian
Gr. 1 - 3
Technology club (*10)
Computer Lab - 3F
Ms. Lopez

Gr. 1 - 3
Spanish (beginner level)
AV Room - 3F
Ms. Overland

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2nd Grade! I hope you’ve had a good summer and are excited about your second year in elementary school. My name is Phyllis Lopez, I have been teaching in international schools for the past 8 years. I am from Miami, Florida and have been living in Taiwan for the past 4 years. My degree is in language acquisition, and this year as a school we are placing lots of emphasis in literacy in all subjects which is very exciting.

This is a big year with big changes for us, all for the better. I’m looking forward to a positive and productive school year. The start of a new year holds the promise of discovery and learning as well as the prospect for personal growth in all areas. We will do a lot of reading, writing, and learning, and we will have fun doing it together!
Students are asked to bring the following supplies to school, please be aware that we will be placing materials together and creating a community supplies center, so all materials will be available for all the students in class in order to promote community awareness and responsibilities, with the exception of their personal pencil case and water bottles:
  • 1 pencil case with pencils and an eraser
  • 1 box of pencils
  • Crayons, markers, and watercolor pencils (Crayola or Faber Castell make great ones)
  • Scissors, glue, sharpeners
  • Tissue paper
  • A small personal student whiteboard
  • A personal towel/handkerchief and water bottle
  • Six (6) notebooks (one for each major subject and ECA) Preferably composition notebook, where they cannot tear the pages out. Costco has a great pack of 10 for $330 nt.
  • 3 or more English books to add to a class library (optional)
  • Healthy snack and water (no junk food, chocolate bars, or soft drinks)Headphones with working microphone for new technology programs
Please also be reminded that:
-Students are required to wear their full school uniform and black shoes to school Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as days which we will be having Mass celebrations. Wednesdays and Fridays students can wear PE uniforms, they may bring an extra PE shirt to change in to after PE class if they wish to.
-Students should come to school no later than 8:00 AM every day. Please be punctual.
-Students will be ready and waiting to go home at 3:30 PM every day.
Many important transitions take place in second grade so it’s very important that a good parent-teacher relationship is fostered. Your child’s Communication Book will go home every day, and it will need to be checked by a parent. Important notices about school events and personal notes regarding our class and your child will be sent home through the Communication Book or blog so it’s important that you check it every day. We will however be transitioning from communication books to google classroom, an online platform for easier access to daily homework.
I encourage you to use our class blog ( to keep up to date with pictures, special announcements and general information. This will be updated weekly and I will be using photos and quick summaries of the day to keep you informed. I will be tracking your child’s behavior through Class Dojo, an online program where they will earn points and recognition for positive behavior. I will be sending home information about this program and how it can help you stay up-to-date on how your child is performing behavior-wise while at school.

If you ever have any comments, questions, or concerns, please write to me in the Communication Book or via email. My email address is You can make an appointment with me through the book, email or through Ms. Lee in the Administration Office.
Again, welcome to Grade 2, I am very excited of sharing a world of exploration and discovery with your children!
Phyllis Lopez