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Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Second Grade is an exciting year in your child's school career and I am looking forward to getting to know each of you.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Haley Stevens
haleystevens@tomballisd.net
281-357-4526 x3883


 

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Weekly update 9/18-9/22

We survived our first full 5 day week! We are into the swing of things and your children are already looking like 2nd grade experts! They enjoyed receiving their salary for their classroom jobs on Friday...however, I don't think they enjoyed paying rent quite as much! 
 
Parent information night is on Thursday, September 21st at 6:00pm. The night will begin in the cafeteria with a PTO meeting, followed two identical presentations in the classrooms, with the first one beginning at 6:30. 
*I will have a Fall Conference sign-up sheet available that night.*
 
What are we learning this week?
Reading - Students will continue to work on their comprehension and reading skills. Students will be identifying the Author's Purpose (to persuade, to inform, to entertain) of a text. We will practice answering "think" questions vs.  "thin questions" questions. Thin questions can be easily answered (ex: what is the setting?). Thick questions require you to think and search for the answer (ex: Why do you think...?). 
 
Writing - Students will continue to work on the writing process. We will focus on revising and editing their personal narrative stories. Revising makes the writing SOUND better, whereas editing makes the writing LOOK better. 
 
Math - We will begin to learn about and review place value. We will review place value up to 999 and then move on to place value up to 1,200. Students will be able to write a number different ways (standard form, word form, expanded form, and base 10 blocks). Place value is a VERY important skill. Many skills will continue to build on this concept. 
 
Science - Students will continue to identify physical properties of objects. They will measure the mass of an object by using a balance scale and a thermometer to measure the temperature of water at various temperatures. Students will also record data based on their observations.
 
Social Studies - Students will continue to practice map skills by creating and labeling maps. Students will have a major grade assessment on Friday, September 22nd. 
 
I hope to see you all on Thursday evening! 
Mrs. Stevens

What's happening this week? (9/11-9/15)

I can't believe this is going to be our first full 5 day week...and it's guaranteed to be a busy one! I apologize in advance, this is going to be a long post with a lot of information! 
 
  • As students should now be back into the school routine, it is very important that students are able to:
-work at an appropriate pace and stay on task (students are given plenty of time to finish assignments)
- follow directions and listen to instructions carefully (directions are given orally, modeled, as well as written on the board)
- complete work giving their best effort (complete, neat and legible)
 
  • Last week, students filled out job applications and were hired for their classroom jobs! They are very excited to begin earning paychecks, paying rent for their desks, and enjoy saving/spending their classroom cash! 
 
  • This week, students will be taking their online reading and math beginning of the year assessments. It is important students take their time and give their best effort for these assessments. I will also be getting independent reading levels this week. 
 
  • Fall Conferences - I will have a sign up for fall conferences at Parent Information Night. I will also begin fall conferences starting the week of 9/18 since we will be done with beginning of the year assessments. If you would like to meet that week, please e-mail me and I will see what days and times I have available. 
 
  • Book orders - I sent home book order forms last week. Our classroom code is JDDZ6. There are a lot of books available on the Scholastic website for a very reasonable price if you are looking to add more books to your home collection.
What are we learning this week?
Reading- Students will identify similarities and differences between fiction and informational/non-fiction text. Students will also continue to work on their independent reading skills, strategies and stamina. 
 
Writing - Students will continue to work on their understanding of the writing process. Students will continue drafting a narrative story that focuses on a small moment, stays on topic and has a beginning, middle, and end. 
Spelling test - Friday. The pre-test will be taken in your child's planner on Monday.
 
Math - Students will be reviewing addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems and generating addition and subtraction word problems. Students will have a major grade assessment on Friday, September 15th
*A review/practice test will be sent home on Monday. in your child's daily folder
 
Math fact checks will be taken on Tuesdays. These are "ungraded" for the first nine weeks, but used to help students practice the facts and prepare for next nine weeks when they will be taken for a grade. Students need to master addition and subtraction facts up to 20 and be able to solve each problem within 5 seconds. (a total of 2 minutes for the entire sheet)
 
Science - Students took a science safety assessment on Friday. I will be sending home a Science Safety Contract in their folder on Monday. Please discuss, sign and return as soon as possible so we can begin our science investigations! 
This week, students will begin learning physical properties of objects (size, shape, color, flexibility and hardness). 
 
Social Studies - Students will be studying maps. Students will be able to identify and use key parts of a map. 
 
I think that's it! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am here to work with you so that your child is successful this year in 2nd grade! 
 
Mrs. Stevens

Parent Information Night

Parent information night has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21st from 6:00-7:30pm.
The PTO meeting will be held in the cafeteria, followed by 2 (identical) sessions in the classrooms. 
 
 

Tuesday Update

We had a great first day back! We were able to jump right in and start establishing a routine! 
 
- Your child went to the library today and checked out 2 books! 
 
- Students took a spelling "pre-test" in their planners today. They will take their spelling test on Friday. (words + 3 dictation sentences). 
You should be able to read the words as students made corrections to the missed words...but just in case, I will post the words this week.
Spelling words: band, send, hits, frog, jug, help, desk, wind, flap, hunt, clap, next, slip, over, new
 
- Please make sure students are reading each night. Students should also practice their math facts (addition/subtraction up to 20)
 
Have a great night!
Mrs. Stevens

I hope you and your family remained safe during the past week. It is amazing to see so many people in our community stepping up to help those who were affected by the storm. We are truly blessed that our neighborhood and schools stayed dry. I missed all of my new friends this past week and I am looking forward to seeing them on Tuesday. 
 
As we return back to school, we will try to pick up where we left off and quickly get into a routine. We will for sure be VERY busy learning! 
 
What are we learning this week? (in addition to playing catch up!)
Reading - Students will focus on fiction texts to identify the problem/solution and check for comprehension by retelling the story using plot summaries. Students will also continue to work on stamina by reading "just right" books independently for a sustained amount of time. 
Writing - Students will be focusing on the elements of the writing process to compose a draft of a narrative text that stays on topic, and includes a beginning, middle and end. Writers will write the whole time during writer's workshop and will understand the expectation of what to do when they think they are done with their story. 

Work Work - Students will be identifying different types of sentences and use the correct punctuation marks. Students will also recognize and use capitalization for proper nouns, months, and days of the week. 

Math - Students will focus on addition and subtraction problems using a variety of strategies. Students will also identify, generate and solve addition and subtraction word problems. 

Students will also review number sense (example: 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less, odd/even)

We will begin taking our weekly fact checks (addition and subtraction facts up to 20). Students are given 2 minutes to complete (5 seconds per problem). The fact checks during the first nine weeks are not taken for a grade, but used for practice. 

Science - Students will identify safe practices and describe why safety is important by observing safe practices demonstration in Science lab.

Social Studies - Students will continue to work on our classroom community and understand how communities work. 
 
 
Reminders:
- Please check and initial your child's planner EVERY night. Planners will be used for students to write their weekly tests and activities, take their spelling pre-tests each week, and behavior will also be documented. 
 
***Parent information night will be rescheduled and I will communicate the new date when we receive that information.
 
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 
See you Tuesday!
Mrs. Stevens
 

1st day of 2nd Grade!

 

WOW! What a great first day in 2nd grade!

The day passed quickly as we got to know each other and learned & practiced many classroom procedures. By 2nd grade, they are pretty familiar with CFES expectations, but I have to brag on your kiddos… they are quick learners! 

We had one of my favorite lessons - “the bandaid lesson” - fair vs. equal. We discuss that fair isn’t everyone getting the same thing, fair is everyone getting what they need to be successful. We apply this lesson all year long as students work on various projects and activities that meet the needs of their own learning. 

 

Your child brought home their red daily folder this afternoon. This is one communication tool we use in 2nd grade. Today, we sent home a “first day letter” with a lot of important information! We also sent home a "me bag". Your child may return this any day this week. They can place 5-6 small items in the bag to share with the class that will help us learn more about  them. Please do not send in anything valuable or irreplaceable...They can draw a picture of those items if they wish. 

 

*Please make note of one change*

- SPECIALS -

Mon./Tues./Fri. - PE

Wed./Thurs./Fri - ART/MUSIC

 

Planners - This is the other main communication tool between home and school! Each week, students will write down upcoming tests, events, etc. Behavior issues are documented in the planner. Students will take spelling pre-tests in their planners as well. PLEASE make sure to check and initial your child’s planner each night. We encourage students to take responsibility to bring it to you as part of their nightly routine.

 

Reminders:

Please send in a pair of headphones (labeled & in a baggie) with your child ASAP!

 

Upcoming Dates:

August 31st - Parent information night 6:00pm (I will also have a Fall Conference sign up sheet available).

September 4th - No School (Labor Day)



I have no doubt that this week is going to fly by and we will be in the swing of things in no time.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!


Looking forward to day 2 with your sweet children!
Mrs. Stevens

Last Week!

I cannot believe it is the last week of school!!! Thank you for sharing your sweet kids with me this year. It has been such an amazing class and I have loved spending my days with your children. 
 
There are just a few announcements for this week....
- Please continue to send backpacks this week.  We will be sending notebooks and other things home all week!
 
- Students are having a read-in/game day on Wednesday.  They can bring small pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and games. Please have them bring games that they have previously played and can explain the rules to others.
 
- The End of the Year Class Party is this Thursday from 11:30-12:30, parents are welcome to come! Parent volunteers may begin setting up at 11:10.   Also, we will have early dismissal at 12:50. 

News & What's happening next week? (5/22)

Thank you to Mariano's mom for letting us borrow their family's tent! The kids had fun helping me set it up (they did a lot of the work!!) The students have taken turns reading and working in it.  Camping will continue next week as well!  We are doing many camp themed review assignments to practice previously learned skills. Today, we made "s'mores" by leaving  them outside and using solar energy to melt the marshmallows and chocolate! 
 

Yearbooks were distributed today for all students who purchased a yearbook.  Thank you for your order and we hope it will provide you many years of pleasure and bring back fond memories of the past school year.  If you ordered a book and did not receive it, or find a defect in your book, please notify the front desk Monday, May 22.  Additional yearbooks will be on sale in the front lobby at a price or $40 for any student who did not order a book but would like to purchase one.  

Please send the books back on Friday May 26th for 2nd Grade's Chance to sign autographs!
 
 
 

Next week we will participate in some fun activities at CFES.  We will attend cultural performance in the cafeteria, visit 4th Grade's Wax Museum, and have an author visit!  We will continue to review skills and work on some "challenge" activities and projects too. 

We will have our last class store shopping day next Friday for students to spend any money they have earned and saved! If you are able to donate anything for the students to purchase using their classroom money, it would be greatly appreciated! ("treasure box items", small toys, arts/crafts supplies, etc). 

Upcoming Dates:

May 29th - Memorial Day - no school

June 1st - End of the year party - early dismissal 

Thursday, June 1st-Last Day of school & End of Year Party 11:30-12:30
Parent volunters may start set-up at 11:10; early dismissal 

 

Have a great weekend! 

Mrs. Stevens

 

 

 

A note from the counselor...

Parents, 

I would love your input as to what you value the most and feel is the most essential part of a comprehensive counseling program.  If you could respond to the survey below, that would be wonderful in helping me tailor the program to meet the needs of our students here at CFES!  

 

Ms. Dean, Counselor 

 

https://goo.gl/forms/Uzf4DdOvBn3eRY7I3

What's happening this week! (5/15)

Updates & Reminders: 
No more spelling tests or homework (except nightly reading)! I can hear the cheering now! :) 
 
Wednesday will be our last library visit for the year. ALL books are due and need to be turned in. 
 
The "Dance Party" will be on Friday, during specials. 
 
We started our 2nd Grade annual "Camp Learned A Lot" today. We have a tent set up in the classroom, students read by flashlight during stamina time (if you have not sent in a flashlight, please send one in tomorrow), and complete various "camping themed" activities! 
 
What are we learning this week?
Reading & Writing - Students will camping mentor texts to practice & review reading and writing skills.  
 
 
Math - Students will be using a variety of strategies to solve division problems (repeated addition and equal groups). We will still continue to practice multiplication as well. 
Students will also be doing extension activities and problem solving activities to review and extend their learning for previously taught objectives. 
Students will be taking the 2nd Grade End of Year District Benchmark TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MAY 16TH. Please encourage your child to eat a good breakfast. Students need to read each question carefully and take their time. 
 
Science - Students will participate in many "STEM" science activities. Students will take the 2nd Grade District Science Benchmark on THURSDAY, MAY 18th. 
 
Social Studies- Students will continue learning about landforms and bodies of water. Students need to know: river, lake, ocean, hill, mountain, valley, peninsula, island, plain, canyon, plateau, bay, glaciers. Students will have a major grade assessment on Friday, May 19th. 
 
Have a great week!
Mrs. Stevens
 

GARDEN CELEBRATION!

WOW! What a great afternoon at the garden celebration! The kids did such an amazing job presenting their projects. 
 
I am going to "share" all of the teams' videos with your child through their Google Drive. They will use their normal login to sign in and then go to "shared with me".
 
username: id#@elem.tomballschools.net
password: tisd+birthday
 
Thank you again for coming to help us celebrate this fun project! 
 
Don't forget to send in a flashlight on Monday! 
 
Have a great weekend! 
Mrs. Stevens
 

Garden Celebration & Friday reminders!

Tomorrow, Friday, May 12th is our 2nd grade garden celebration! We will  begin at 2:15 in the classroom. First, we will watch their group's technology presentation. After that, you will be able to walk around to view the students' individual projects and let them tell you about it. Finally, we will wrap up our celebration in  the 2nd grade pod. We will get to taste the salsa that the students made from their vegetables! 
We encouraged students to "dress up" for this day since the will be presenting their projects. (totally optional!)
The celebration will end at 3:15...you can sign your child out from the classroom at that time.
We hope to see you all here!!! 
 
Don't forget...
The cafeteria is closed tomorrow. All students must bring a lunch from home.
 
 
 
 

What's happening this week! (5/8)

 
 
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests.   

May 8th, 2017:  3rd, 4th, Math STAAR, 5th retest

May 9th, 2017: 3rd, 4th, Reading STAAR, 5th retest

May 10th, 2017: 5th Science STAAR

Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.

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A note from PE:

Parents,

Your child will participate in field day this week. K-2nd grade will be on Thursday from 9:30-12:30, and 3rd -5th grade will be on Friday from 9:30-12:30. Please make sure that they wear the color that their teacher has given them, and tennis shoes. Field day attire must follow the school dress code. Kindergarten lunch is from 10:30-11:00, 1st grade from 11:00-11:30, and 2nd grade is from 11:30-12:00. Grades 3-5 will eat after the games at 12:30. If you did not order a box lunch for your student, please be sure to send your student with a sack lunch. On Friday the cafeteria will be closed, and will not be serving the regular menu to ANY grades. Only box lunches that were pre ordered, will be served on Friday. Please pack a lunch on Friday as well, if you did not order a box lunch.

 

Please make sure that your student puts on sunscreen/bug spray before they come to school. Please send them with a water bottle and towel for picnicking as well. We are hoping for beautiful weather, but you never know what could happen. Unless it is storming, we will plan to go on with the day. Thank you for allowing your child to participate. We are looking forward to 2 days full of fun!

 

Coach Baxter & Coach V

Thursday, May 11th-  Field Day: 2nd Grade students wear BLUE! 

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Friday, May 12th - the cafeteria will be closed. All students need to bring a lunch from home. 

Friday, May 12th - SALSA party - 2:15-3:15 come enjoy homemade salsa from our garden vegetables. We will also show group technology projects and individual projects will be displayed. Click the link to view the invitation: https://goo.gl/f5Erux You will be able to sign your child out after the party.

Also, we are in need of a few donations for our upcoming Garden Celebration.  We need 3 bags of tortilla chips, such as Tostitos or a similar brand for dipping.
We also need 30-40 small sized water bottles for our class.  If you are able to donate, please send me an e-mail.  We will need these supplies by Thursday, May 11th in order to prepare.
 

The week of May 15th - We will start our annual 2nd grade Camp Learned A Lot. Students will need to bring in a flashlight, labeled with their name (this will be returned).  Also, we are looking for a tent we could borrow to use in our classroom for the 2 weeks of "camping". Please let me know if you have one we could use! 

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What are we learning?

Reading: Students are going to be participating in a book study (Freckle Juice) and focus on reading strategies and comprehension skills. Students will independently read and respond to the text.

Writing: Students will be working on writing "how to make salsa" and practice using strong word choice in their writing. 

(last spelling test!) Spelling words: giant, digit, gym, jam, badge, green, goose, games, gems, garden, jumps, gifts, frog, young, sentence, idea

Math: Students will  begin learning how to solve multiplication problems different ways. Students will learn how to solve problems using repeated addition, arrays and equal groups.

We will still have our weekly math fact check on Tuesdays (addition and subtraction),  but we will also begin multiplication fact checks (not for a grade). Students will all begin on x0,x1,x2 facts and as they master the facts they will move on to x3, x4, and so on. 

Students can login to their google classroom account at home to play some of the multiplication fact practice games I have posted. 

username: id#@elem.tomballschools.net             password: tisd+birthday

We will also  be reviewing previously taught 2nd Grade objectives. Students will take their end of the year District Math Benchmark Test on Tuesday, May 16th. 

Science: Students will be working on their garden project! Students will be creating a poster or box to display their data from their project. 

Social Studies: Students will continue to learn about landforms and bodies of water. We also got creative and started making salt-dough maps on Friday.. we will finish them this week! 

 

Have a great week! 

Mrs. Stevens

Tuesday Update (5/2)

Progress reports go home tomorrow! Please sign the bottom portion and return to school on Thursday. As always, please check online for your child's most current grades.
 
Friday, 5/12  Garden project celebration 2:15-3:15  (Children may be signed out at the end of this event.)  Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to view the invitation.  This will be a HUGE event with many guests.  You can see the beautiful garden, eat salsa and pico de gallo made from our garden ingredients, view technology projects made by garden teams, and see the individual projects of your kids.
 
 
One more request!...we will be starting our annual Camp Learned-a-Lot the week of May 15th.  If any one has a 4 person tent we could set up in the classroom, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please email if you would not mind us borrowing from you.

What's happening this week! (5/1)

 
What are we learning this week?
 
Reading: Students will be completing book studies on assigned chapter books. Students will read the text and respond to their reading.Students will also be assessed on their end of the year reading levels. 
 
Writing:Students will continue working on the writing process and will also focus on writing expository text. Students will have a district expository major grade writing prompt this week. 
Spelling Words: city, sail, nice, cell, price, cent, call, kitten, cable, basket, face, police, cupcake, place, second, once
 
Math:Students will continue their study of financial literacy and money. They will have a major grade assessment on Friday, May 5th.
 
Social Studies: Students will begin studying landforms.
Read about landforms: http://mocomi.com/landforms/
 
Science:Students will continue studying animals and identify how physical adaptations help  them survive in their environments. 
 
 
***Garden Project:*** This is a big deal for our 2nd graders and our school! This "project based learning" project will be coming to end soon and the kids have done a great job planting, researching, caring for and making observations in the garden.
Students need to bring in a shoe box OR a poster board to display all of their data from their project. Students will be creating a slideshow of their pictures and data and creating a display to "show off" during our Salsa Party celebration.
Our salsa party will be on MAY 12th! ALL parents are invited to come view your child's project display and celebrate with us! More information will come home next week. 
 
ON MAY 11th - I need 2 parent volunteers to help "prepare" the salsa with the students! If you are able to and want to help in the afternoon, please e-mail me! 
 
Upcoming Dates:
May 1st - May 12th: Penny War! Support the CFES DI Team by donating coins to help raise money for the Global DI tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee!
 
May 8th-9th - STAAR testing (no visitors/volunteers) 
 
May 11th - Field Day (2nd graders - wear BLUE)
 
May 12th - Cafeteria closed - all students need to pack a lunch
 
 
 
If you would like to schedule an end of the year conference, please let me know. 
Have a great week!
Mrs. Stevens