Orange Cluster (Grades 2-3)

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

Appreciating Cultural Diversity and Human Similarities


“When I see you through my eyes, I think that we are different. When I see you through my heart, I know we are the same.”

-Doe Zantamata


This year Orange Cluster’s theme is Discovering Diversity. Our yearlong curriculum is developed around the unifying concepts of cultural diversity and human similarities. These themes will tie together and thread through most of our units of study.

In cooperative groups, children will become cultural anthropologists and museum curators researching diverse ethnic backgrounds. Each group will focus on a specific ethnic group that makes up the United States. Each group will study the experiences of either: Chinese Americans, African Americans, Irish Americans, Korean Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, or Jewish Americans. The class will read, research and learn about several aspects of that culture. They will create projects to share what they have discovered about their cultural group. The students will also create projects based on several class discussions throughout the year about the society we live in -- the United States of America -- and how it is formed by all of the cultural groups they are studying.

The year culminates in a Grand Opening of the Orange Cluster Museum. Each student becomes a docent and discusses their projects and knowledge with visitors from the school, the students' families and the local community. Through educating one another about the various cultures, they will help to build an atmosphere free of misunderstanding and discrimination. They will also create an appreciation for the differences and similarities between the various cultures and a respect for the multicultural community we live in. 


“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” –Maya Angelou

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Updates Via Class Dojo (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on May 6 (last updated May 6)

Hello Orange Families,

We are transitioning to the Class Dojo platform. All future schedules, updates, links & information will be posted there instead.


Mrs. Granick & Ms. Maye

Day 10 (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Mar 27 (last updated Apr 1)

Hello Fabulous Orange Cluster families,

It was so great to see your children yesterday!
They had strong contributions in our discussion about The Lemonade War and created thoughtful topic sentences!  Good job, Orange Cluster!!
Yesterday was our library day with Ms. Pam. Below are some links to read aloud for you to enjoy:
Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner:

Day 8 (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Mar 25 (last updated Mar 25)

Good morning Outstanding Orange Cluster Families,

End of Academic Day 2 (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Mar 17 (last updated Mar 17)

Hello Orange Families,

Assignments for the weeks of March 16th & March 23rd (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Mar 16 (last updated Mar 16)

Orange Cluster Work

Due: when school reopens  (tentatively: March 30th)      

                  Math and Language Arts Activity

Khan Academy – see login information on index card, curriculum will be made available for each student (, 20 minutes a day

Math Activities

Math Fact Practice - 5 minutes a day

Math Packet – 20 minutes a day, an adult needs to check each page before student moves onto the next page

February News (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Feb 5 (last updated Feb 5)

Monthly News



December News (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Dec 6 (last updated Dec 6)

Monthly News

12/ 6/19

Welcome back! We hope your Thanksgiving break was restful and full of family time. We are grateful for our supportive and enthusiastic families! We greatly appreciate you all being on time for your child’s conference and for working in partnership with us to continue the growth of your child!


Math Night – Tues. 12/10 6:00 – 7:30

Holiday Program – Wed., Dec. 18th 8:45am, 11:00, & 1:10pm

Orange’s Winter Party – Fri., Dec. 20th 9:00 – 10:15am

Last Day of Instruction in 2019 – Dec. 20th

November News (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Nov 18 (last updated Nov 18)

Monthly News

November 15, 2019


REPORT CARDS:  Report Cards went home today. They are in your child’s backpack.



Conference Week/Minimum Days: Wed., Thurs., Fri, Nov. 20th - 22nd

Thanksgiving Holiday: November 25th – 29th

Hot Chocolate Nutcracker Field Trip: Wed., Dec. 4 (chaperones are full)

Winter Concert: December 18th

Winter Break: December 23rd – January 10th



Orange Cluster Monthly News (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Oct 14 (last updated Oct 14)

October News




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:

Orange Cluster Monthly News (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Sep 9 (last updated Sep 11)

Sept. News




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 appreciate your support. It takes a village!

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