Myra Matters

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I first walked through the front doors of our school building in 1996.  Yes, it has been 21 extraordinary years of educating young people within these classrooms! I hold a BA degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Education degree from the University of Miami. This is my 7th year as a teacher with Ben Gamla. I am so grateful and proud of the trust I am given by parents in allowing me to spend these academic years with their children. In our classroom we strive to achieve the vision of BGK: to honor individual student needs, offer varied modalities of instruction, and nurture character traits that help to develop good citizenship.

Our Classroom Theme:  What You Do Matters! What You Say Matters!

 What You Think Matters!

Our Classroom Rules:  RESPECT yourself!  RESPECT others!

 RESPECT learning!


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Correspondence:  Please communicate via my school email address:

If your last name is different than your child’s last name, please indicate the last name of your child in your communications.

Absences:  If your child is absent from school and you would like to pick up Home Learning, please send me an email in the morning and come to pick up the work after dismissal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):  Please refer to the PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK for specific information.



READING:  A chapter book  is REQUIRED in class every day for independent reading.

HEADPHONES:  all students need headphones in school every day.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  Students need to come to school prepared every day.




 School Supply List

Click on the hyperlink below to see the supply list. Second Grade is on page 3.

Order School Supplies Online


Summer Reading Activity

Due First Day of School

*Below you will find wonderful books to read over the summer. Read as many as you would like. You are only required to complete one project. See step one and two below.

Step One: Choose ONE Book from the following List:

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Step Two: Complete ONE activity from the list below:

A) Keep reading log/journal on the books read and make a list of words you have learned. Write the new word, copy the sentence in which it is used, write a definition using your own words, and draw a picture or a symbol which reminds you what the word means.

B) Write a paragraph telling about the title. Is it appropriate? Why not? If you feel it is not appropriate provide an alternate title and explain why this title is better.

C) Look through magazines for words and pictures that describe your book. Use these to create a collage on a bookmark.  Write a summary of your book in the most compelling way you can on paper the size of a business card.

D) Design a poster to advertise your book. Be creative…use details…elaborate…use color! Try to make it 3-D or movable.  Draw/Paint a multi-colored cover for your book. It must be different from any other cover for that book. Include important “book jacket” information.

E)Create a timeline of the major events in your book. Use drawings or magazine cutouts to show the events along the timeline. Label each event.

F)  Write a character diary, writing at least six journal entries as if you are the main character in the story. Write down events that happen during the story and reflect on how they affected the character and why.

G) Write a poem about one of the characters.

H) Instead of traveling into the book, write a scene or story including pictures in which the character(s) travel out of the book into today.

I) Tape an interview with one of the characters in the book you read. Pretend that this character is being interviewed by a magazine or newspaper reporter. Write a script before taping in case you might want to ask the assistance of a partner.

J) Design a T-shirt that promotes your book.

K)Draw a portrait of the main character and write a summary to accompany your sketch.

Math Summer Work

Use the link below to PRACTICE summer mathematics. (Pages 2-13)