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I know we all returned to school today with thankful hearts! It was so nice to see so many smiling faces after such a devastating week. We will try to pick up where we left off and quickly get into our routine. We will definitely be very, very busy in the weeks to come.
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. Your child should be reading every night, building to twenty minutes if they aren’t already.
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.
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. Spelling test will be on Friday, please see the Spelling List Page for the list.
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.
- Please check and initial your child's planner every night. Planners will be used for students to write their weekly tests and activities, spelling words, and behavior will also be documented.
***Parent information night will be rescheduled and I will communicate the new date when we receive that information.
- Some students are choosing to take home their Writer's Notebook to decorate. This is fine as long as it is brought back to school every day! We had planned to do this in class but with missing a week, there is no time. If they do not want to decorate, no problem at all and they can keep it at school.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Your child brought home their red daily folder this afternoon. This is one communication tool we use in 2nd grade. In the folder you should have seen a first day letter, a "Me Bag", and a form for you to fill out giving me some information about your child. Keep the letter at home, it has lots of important information about second grade. The "Me Bag" and "Handle with Care" page can be returned any day this week. Please be sure your child's name is on both. 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.
*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. 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.
Please send in a pair of headphones with your child's name to school ASAP! Thank you to those who have already done so.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!
This year has absolutely FLOWN by! It’s such a bittersweet time. I know everyone is excited for summer, but after the dust settles and I come to work on Friday I know that I will be saddened at how quiet my room is and that I don’t get to see those sweet smiles every day. They have blown me away at the progress they’ve made, all the hard work they put in and what wonderful little people they have grown into this year. You should be so proud of your kiddos; I have seen an AMAZING amount of academic growth. This was a special year for me, having my first child and I am so thankful that you and your families were a part of it! Thank you for everything that you have done for me this year and sharing your children with me, I truly think of them as my own.
There are just a few announcements for this week…
Yearbooks were distributed Friday for all students who purchased a yearbook. 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.
Have a great week!
https://goo.gl/cXZs3B (e-mail me if you are unable to view this!)
A note from the counselor:
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
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!
If you're interested in volunteering, use the link below to sign up!
Coach Baxter & Coach V
Thursday, May 11th- Field Day: 2nd Grade students wear BLUE! Make sure your child is in clothes appropriate for athletic activity, and that those clothes still meet CFES dress code. They need to wear closed-toe shoes, too. Please apply sunscreen to your child before they come to school. Send a sack lunch unless you pre-ordered lunch from the cafeteria.
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.
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!
What are we learning?
Reading: Students are going to be participating in a book study (Bailey School Kids series) 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.
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.
I told you we'd be busy! Please contact me if you are able to volunteer and/or have any questions!
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.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. I can't believe it's already May!
Social Studies: Students will be studying geography. Students will be identifying and locating the 7 continents and oceans on a globe and map.