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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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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
 
 

What's happening this week? *updated*

 
Upcoming dates:
Next week- book fair! We will go as a class will go on Wednesday during our library time at 9:30. You can send money with your child or please feel free to meet us there! 
Tuesday, April 25th- Muffins with Mom! 7:30 a.m.The book fair will also be open early that morning. 
May 11th - Field Day - 2nd grade students need to wear a blue shirt. 
May 12th - cafeteria closed - students need to bring their lunch. 
 
Next week is sure to be a busy one for us in 2nd grade!
 
What will we be learning? 
Reading and Writing: Students will begin their animal research portfolio using the notes they recorded on their note taking chart! This project has many parts and the final product is a lot of work,  but it turns out really neat. Students are always so proud of the work they put into it.This will be due on Friday, April 28th for a major grade. Students will also have a formal major grade research assessment on Thursday, April 27th
 
Students will also continue to read a passage and find the evidence in the text to support their answer! Please work on this at home if you see your child is struggling with going back and using the text. They should be doing this weekly on their homework passage. We took a daily grade this week and will take another one next week. 
 
Spelling words: lick, leak, snake, sleek, weak, croak, whack, brook, bank, smack, kick, rock, spoke, ask, back, sometimes
 
Math: Students will continue learning about money. Students should be able to identify coins and their values, determine the value of a collection of coins up to a dollar, make an amount using different coins and write the value using the cent symbol and a decimal point. Problem solving problems are incorporated into our study of money as well. Students will have a daily grade on Tuesday. Students will then be using their money knowledge to learn about "financial literacy". Vocabulary: saving,spending, lending, borrowing, withdrawl, deposit, responsible and irresponsible
 
Word problems are still a big focus in second grade and we continue to practice them daily. Students will take another daily grade this week on Wednesday (similar to the one they have done a few times now). 
 
Science: Students will be studying how animals meet their basic needs. They will compare the needs of animals and  determine if all animals need the same things to survive. They will also look at an animal's environment and how it effects the animals' ability to meet their needs. 
 
We are still going to work in the garden to record observations and measure our tomato plans every week! We released ladybugs into the garden as well and added a hummingbird feeder. We have green tomatoes and are looking forward to harvesting red, cherry tomatoes soon. The other classes' vegetables are beginning to grow as well! 
 
Social Studies:The students will locate and identify each continent and ocean on maps and globes and describe the characteristics of the continent.Students will take a major grade assessment on Friday, April 28th. 
 
 
Have a great weekend! 
Mrs. Stevens 

What's happening this week (4/17)

 
*The library will be closed on Wednesday due to the book fair being set up so we will go TOMORROW (TUESDAY) so that students can check out new books!
 
 
Here's what we are learning this week:
 
Reading and Writing: Students continuing to work on their big research project.  Students picked an animal to research and will learn how to site sources and organize information. Each step of the project is modeled and guided. Students then work independently record their research notes in Google slides. It should be an adventure!  The students will use their research notes to create a final product (major grade).
I have discussed with them many times - they will only be able to use the notes they record for their final product, so it is important to use their time wisely and record relevant and important information. 
 
Spelling words: chalk, fall, talk, calm, bald, salt, stall, stalk, small, all, call, palm, false, almost, always, animal
 
Math: We reviewed fractions today. The practice test was sent home in their red folder. There is also optional practice pages in your child's folder if you would like your child to do it tonight as another review. Students will take a major grade assessment on fractions tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18th.
Please remind your child to use test taking strategies - read each answer choice and draw a picture to show the fraction! 
We will then begin studying coins - identifying coins and their values and determining the value of coins up to a dollar. Students need to be able to identify coins, know their value and write the value using the cent symbol and a decimal point.
 
Students need to continue to retain their skills on problem solving & understanding word problems. We had a problem solving daily grade last week and we will have another one next week. We practice these skills in class daily, students just need to take the time to read the problems carefully and check their work for "silly mistakes".  
 
Science: Students will be learning about insect life cycles and comparing various life cycles. 

 

Social Studies: Students will be studying geography. Students will be identifying and locating the 7 continents and oceans on a globe and map. 

Continents song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVrN-0aQV1o&feature=youtube_gdata_player  

Oceans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUS2Kjzzd9s 

A few websites with games to practice:

http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/continentNames/continentJig.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/world_G1_drag_drop.html 

https://www.purposegames.com/game/continents-and-oceans-game

 

Upcoming dates:
Tuesday, April 25th - Muffins with Mom
April 24th-28th - Spring book fair

 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Stevens

 

 

Progress reports

Progress reports were sent home in your child's Wednesday folder today. Please sign the bottom portion and return it to school tomorrow. PLEASE REMEMBER to check your child's current grades online - grades have been entered since progress report grades were submitted.  
 
 

Weekly Update: April 10-13

Weekly Update: April 10-13

 

Reminders: 
  • There will be NO SCHOOL this Friday.
  • We will take our spelling test on Thursday. 
  • Homework is due on Thursday. 
Reading: Students begin animal research this week! Students will determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the information they gather. Students will clarify research questions and evaluate and synthesize collected information. Lastly, students will organize and present their ideas and information according to the purpose of the research and their audience.
 
Writing: Students will continue to research a self-selected animal, as they ask open-ended research questions and develop a plan for answering them by generating a list of topics of class-wide interest and formulate open-ended questions about one or two of the topics. Students will decide what sources of information might be relevant to answer these questions.

Lastly, students organize and present their ideas and information according to the purpose of the research and their audience by creating a visual display to convey the results of the research.

Students will also review grammar skills. Students should be able to identify: nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns and subjects and predicates in sentences; change singular nouns to plural nouns; be able to identify mistakes in sentences and make corrections to the sentences. 

Spelling:haul, maul, gaunt, pauses, raw, paw, draw, claws, dawn, yawn, hawk, launch, haunt, saw, because, off

Math: Students will continue to study fractions as they use models to count fractional parts beyond one whole and recognize how many parts it takes to equal one whole. 

Students need to continue to retain their skills on problem solving & understanding word problems. 

Science: Students will understand how living things depend on one another for meeting their basic needs- ANIMALS DEPEND ON ANIMALS, ANIMALS DEPEND ON PLANTS, PLANTS DEPEND ON ANIMALS.

Social Studies: Students will be able to use a map to locate places and describe the benefits and reasons for using a map. Students will take a major grade Maps Assessment on Wednesday of this week. 

VOCABULARY: map, symbol, title, compass rose, key/legend, globe, coast

 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Stevens

Weekly Update 4-3

Please send in an empty cereal box with your child by Thursday! 

Upcoming Events:

April 7- Run the Creek (during school)

April 7- Creekfest (5:30-8:00 PM)

April 14- No School (Good Friday)

April 24-28- Book Fair

April 25- Muffins with Mom

Reminders:

  • Please make sure your child packs a healthy, non-messy, easy to eat, snack every day.
  • Dress code reminder - please make sure shorts, skirts and dresses are finger-tip length. The kids are growing quickly and shorts from last year seem to have shrunk a little bit! Tank tops must cover their shoulders as well or be covered with jacket/sweater.
  • A note from Mrs. Deyoe about Creekfest:

Run the Creek fundraising is in full swing and we need your help! As of today, we are $19,210 dollars away from our goal of $20,000! Remember, if you raise $50, you will receive 10 tickets for the raffle; if you raise $100 you will receive 25 tickets; and if we meet our goal, we will receive a school wide dance party! We appreciate your support!! 

  • Please support us as we begin reading The Lemonade War as a TISD community! Your child will be receiving a copy of the book! I highly encourage you to have your child take part in reading this book! We followed along and listened to Coach Garrett (the Dallas Cowboys head coach) read Chapter 1 today! 

Academic Updates:

Reading: Students will be taking a Media Literacy Assessment for a major grade on Wednesday (4/5) of this week. Students are expected to be able to recognize different purposes of media, describe techniques used to create media messages, and use reading comprehension skills to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning.

Writing: Students will connect Science learning objectives to Writing as they write a narrative from a plant’s point of view! This will require online research in order to promote idea development in their writing.

Spelling words - how, counts, cows, clowns, found, town, loud, now, ouch, down, shout, brown, ground, around, house, until

Math: Students will be taking the Graphing Assessment for a major grade on Monday of this week. This week, students will begin studying fractions as they answer the following essential questions: What is a fraction? How can you determine which figures represent halves, fourths and/or eighths? Do fractions make sense with what we know about mat? How do you partition objects in equal parts? How do you draw a model of a fraction and justify your model? How do you explain the relationship between the parts and the size of the parts? Which fractions results in larger parts? How do you know when a set of fractional parts is more than one whole? What examples can you give for parts of a whole? 

Vocabulary: explain, fractional parts, whole, fraction, halves, fourths, eighths, equal parts, equivalent, partition

Science: Students will take a two-part Plants Assessment this week on Tuesday and Wednesday for a major grade. Students will continue their study of plants as they determine the basic needs, plant parts, how each plant part helps the plant meet its basic needs, and how the weather causes dormancy in plants. Later in the week, students will begin to study the dependency of plants and animals in the environment as they begin examining food chains.

Social Studies: Students will continue their study and creation of maps as they study significant U.S. landmarks located on maps.

 

As we are now settled into the 4th nine weeks, please continue to discuss the importance of work quality and following/listening to directions. We still have A LOT left of 2nd grade left, but it will go quickly! We will be learning a lot of new material and we do not want your child to miss these important skills! 

Please do not hesitate to e-mail me with questions, concerns, or if you would like to schedule a conference.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Stevens