Orange Cluster (Grades 2-3)

Welcome to Orange Cluster from Mrs. Anne Granick and Ms. Tracey Maye!



“To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

-Thomas Edison

Orange Cluster’s theme this year is Inventors, Innovators & Explorers: Learning to be Persistent, Brave and Risk-Takers. In social studies, the children learn about different inventors and their contributions to society. They will create a multi-media presentation of this information. They will even create an invention for a fairy tale character.  Snow White needs a device to detect poison in apples and the Gingerbread Man needs unique transportation to get safely across the river. The students will tinker with a variety of objects including but not limited to cardboard tubes, paperclips, cotton balls, fabric, straws, and cotton swabs. Using these objects, they will create a model of their invention. As real inventors do, the students will then write and turn in a patent to the Orange Cluster Patent Office.

These inventors will also become explorers and “travel” the world learning about different countries. In their caravans, they will research these countries, ultimately giving oral presentations to their class on their findings. Along the way, the caravans will collect artifacts and earn travel points for their thorough research and oral reports. As the students “travel the world” they may encounter obstacles that may set them back in their travels and require them to do further research to continue on their path. They may also be rewarded for packing appropriate supplies for their travels. All of this and more will be on display at our end of the year Live Museum tentatively set for May 23rd so mark your calendars!


“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.”    -Thomas Edison

“A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”  -Albert Einstein

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Word Wall Lists should be on display in your home! Please have it available as a resource for your child as they write at home. A lot of families like to have it at the homework table or on the fridge. At this point in the year, if a word is spelled correctly on the paper or in the Scholastic News or they could readily find it on the walls of the room, we expect them to spell it correctly.

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Conferences: We look forward to seeing everyone for spring conferences and setting new goals with your child. We do run on time. Please check the sign up genius link for your conference time:

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Thank you to all of our volunteers who contributed their time and taught our class about their culture and family traditions on Open Day: Victoria, Aunt Heather, Maria, Kathleen, Nesima, Dena, Tina and her mom, Vicky.  Thank you families for sending in a delicious savory dish from your culture or family. What a fun day!!

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Welcome back! We hope your Thanksgiving break was restful and full of family time. We are grateful for our supportive and enthusiastic families!


Holiday Program – Wed., December 14th 8:45am, 11:00, & 1:10pm

Orange’s Winter Party – Thurs., Dec 15th 1:00 – 2:15pm

Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker Field Trip – Dec. 16th  (all full for chaperones)

Last Day of Instruction in 2016 – December 16th

First Day of Instruction in 2017 – January 9th

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THANK YOU: Thank you to all of you who have made time to volunteer in the classroom and/or donated supplies! It helps our class so much. 

PARENT CONFERENCES: Almost everyone has chosen a time for parent-teacher-student conferences. If you haven’t yet, please do so as soon as possible by visiting the schedule at:

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THANK YOU:  First and foremost, thank you for such an amazing start to what we are sure will be a great year. Your generosity of time, wish list gifts, and spirit has really touched us.  It was lovely to meet so many of you on Back to School Night, and thank you in advance for signing up to volunteer and to donate needed items. We truly appreciate your support. It takes a village!

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