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Dear Parents,
I know this is going to be a great year! I am honored and excited to be a part of your child’s learning experience in second grade. This website will tell you a little about me and some important second grade information.
I understand that your child comes to me with unique experiences, interests, and learning styles. My goal is to truly know your child well and use this knowledge to guide, support, and motivate him or her. I value parent involvement and encourage you to partner with me to give your child the most powerful and joyous learning experience possible.
Thank you in advance for all of your support and help this year!
Kind regards,
Hollyann Apel
281-357-4526 x3891
Conference Period: 2:10 - 3:05
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Weekly Updates & Reminders 9/18

Parent information night is on Thursday, September 21st at 6:00pm. The night will begin in the cafeteria with a PTO meeting, followed by 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 "thick" 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 look forward to seeing you Thursday night! 

Weekly Updates & Reminders 9/11

Well it's our first full week of the school year!  It feels good to be getting into the swing of things and I think our class has found its rhythm.  
  • 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. 
  • Parent Information Night will be Thursday, September 21st at 6 P.M.  I will have a sign up for fall conferences then.
  • Please be sure you are checking and signing your child's planner each night.
Academic Updates:
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 
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 practice test/review sheets came home in their red folder today.  This is for you to practice at home if you wish, it is not required.  
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) This is critical for their success!
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.
Looking forward to a fun and busy week ahead!
Mrs. Apel

Weekly Updates & Reminders 9/5

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.

Mrs. Apel


Stay safe!

 Dear families, 
I hope that everyone is home safe and staying dry!  As you've heard school is closed until next Tuesday, September 5th.  I look forward to seeing a bunch of smiling faces when we return. I am praying for each of your families and hope that my students aren't scared, but instead enjoying some extra time at home with you.  
Kind regards, 
Hollyann Apel

A Great First Day!

Today was a whirlwind, but it was a wonderful day!  I look forward to getting to know your child more and more each day.  It was fun today to see them reunite with old friends and make new ones.  There were lots of smiles!

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*


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!

-Mrs. Apel

Meet the Teacher!

It's here!  In just a few days we will begin our 2017-2018 school year.  I hope to see everyone at Meet the Teacher from 3-4 on Friday (Room 506, located near third grade).
If you ordered school supply packs last year or over the summer from EPI, some are in my room, but not all of them have shown up yet.  If not, you may bring your supplies on Friday.  All students will need a set of headphones for the computers (the sooner the better).  Please make sure they are labeled.  
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I'm looking forward to meeting all of my new students and their families!


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…

  • Students are having a read-in/game day tomorrow, 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.
  • Please continue to empty your child's backpack NIGHTLY. They are heavy as we continue to send home workbooks and school supplies. 
  • End-of Year Parties will be from 11:30-12:30 on Thursday, June 1st, parents are welcome to come! Parent volunteers may begin setting up at 11:10 in the room.  Students may be dismissed with a parent without penalty.  General dismissal will be at 12:50.
  • Please pick up all medication from the nurse by June 1, 2017.  All medication not picked up by the last day of school will be destroyed.
  • Lost and found items, located on the table outside the library, will be donated June 1st. Please check for any lost items that may belong to you.
Kind regards, 
Hollyann Apel

Weekly Updates and Reminders 5/22

Academic Updates:
Camping will continue this week as well!  We are doing many camp themed review assignments to practice previously learned skills.

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.  

Please send the books back on Friday May 26th for 2nd Grade's Chance to sign autographs!
We will have our last class store shopping day this 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). 

Have a great week!  

Weekly Updates and Reminders 5/15

Salsa Success!
THANK YOU to everyone who donated, volunteered and came to school to support the students with their garden project.  I was blown away!  The salsa was so delicious, if you'd like to make your own this summer with your expert gardener here's a link to the recipe:  (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

Updates & Reminders: 
No more spelling tests or homework other than nightly reading.  (Hooray!)
ALL library books are due. 
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, campers 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 read camping mentor texts to practice & review reading and writing skills.  
Math - Students will be using a variety of strategies to solve division problems (repeated subtraction 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. 
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. 
We're happy campers this week!
Mrs. Apel

Field Day Information


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

Weekly Updates and Reminders 5/8

There's a busy week ahead!  Let me first say THANK YOU! You and your families have spoiled me yet again!  The classroom was covered in flowers, treats, my favorite things, and my favorite of all - letters from my students!  I truly have the best job in the world; thank you for trusting me with your children and I hope that they have enjoyed this school year as much as I have!  


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: You will be able to sign your child out after the party.

Also, we are in need of volunteers and 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.
If you are interested in helping prepare the salsa, please e-mail me!

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!

Mrs. Apel

Weekly Updates and Reminders 5/1

Academic Updates:
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.
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! 
Dates & Reminders:
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
A note from the Counselor:

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!

Hollyann Apel

Weekly Updates and Reminders 4/24

Book Fair - We will go as a class will go on Tuesday during our library time from 10:30 - 11.  We would love for you to meet us there and shop!  (This also backs up to our lunch time, just a reminder.)  You can also send money with your child and they can shop then or before school.
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. 
Academic Updates:
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.  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
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 onions every week! We released ladybugs into the garden as well and added a hummingbird feeder. 
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 Thursday, April 27th. 
Kind regards, 
Mrs. Apel

Weekly Updates and Reminders 4/17

I hope y'all had a nice Easter weekend! 
Here's what we are learning next 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.  Students are recording their research notes in a chart that will be graded.  The students will use their research notes to create a final product (major grade). 
Spelling:  chalk, fall, talk, calm, false, salt, stall, small, all, call, palm, bald, almost, always, animal
Math: We will review fractions on Monday (I will send home a daily grade from last week for review along with their homework pages). Students will take a major grade assessment on fractions on Tuesday, April 18th.
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 problem, think about what its asking, and carefully and check their work for "careless 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. 


Hollyann Apel