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Welcome to Second Grade!

I am Holly Steed, second grade teacher, wife and mom of two. My own children have been educated at Creekside Forest, Tomball Junior High, and Tomball High School, so I can sing the praises of this school and district both as a teacher and as a parent.

I am excited to have each of you as part of our team this year. This is my eighth year teaching second grade at Creekside, and it is my 19th year in the classroom, with experience in first grade, (so I know where they are coming from,) and third grade, (so I know where they are headed.) I have also been a reading and math specialist in a previous district. I have my ESL certification, as well as extensive training in Gifted and Talented education.

Our class is a place of engaging learning, where students are expected to work hard, and have a great time while they do. I focus on differentiating instruction for the needs of the students.

I look forward to getting to know each of your children, and spending exciting days with them this year!
 

Recent Posts

Thanks for coming

Dear Families,
Thanks to everyone who attended Parent Orientation.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
If you need a conference time other then on Friday, October 6th, just e-mail me and we will coordinate a time. 
 
Also, someone left some very nice MauiJim sunglasses...
If they are yours please send me an e-mail and I will get the to you.
 
Thanks for being such supportive parents!
 
 

Great work!

Dear Families,
I just finished looking over the addition and subtraction test the class took today.  They did a FANTASTIC job!  I was so proud of their hard work.  
 
Please remember that next Thursday, 9/21,from 6:00-7:45, is our Parent Orientaion night.  Everything you need to know about second grade will be presented that evening.  Please try to attend.  Dads will also have a chance to sign up for Watch Dog that night.  
 
Also, next Friday, 9/22, there will be a Social Studies quiz over map skills.  We are working on this now and the children are using map keys and the compass rose to find their way.
 
Finally, I feel so fortunate to have such supportive families this year.  I truly appreciate everyone working with me to create a partnership for your child's success.  Your children have such terrific people to love them.
 
Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Holly Steed

Parent Orientation Rescheduled

Dear Families,
Our Parent Orientation has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st from 6:00-7:45.  Following a brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria, you may move to your child's classroom.  There are 2 identical sessions for those of you with more than one grade level to visit.  These are 6:30-7:00 and 7:00-7:00 with a few minutes between for transition.  I look forward to seeing you all then.
 
In your child's folder today, there should be a Science Safety Contract.  Please discuss, sign and return as soon as possible so we can begin science investigations.
 
Finally, please ask your child about their new "job" in our classroom.  After filling out a job application, they were assigned their jobs today and are very excited to earn paychecks, pay rent for thier desks, and enjoy rewards with their classroom cash.
 
Enjoy this beautiful weekend!

Welcome Back...again

 Dear Families,
I am so thankful to be back again and hope each of your families faired well in the storm.  The children transitioned very well today and remembered so many of the routines we established the first few days.
 
This week we will have our first spelling test on Friday!  The children have their spelling lists in their planners. (They wrote them.)  Those that got all the words correct will only do dictation sentences on Friday, while those who missed some will take the spelling and dictation portions of the test.
 
The district has not yet rescheduled our Parent Orientation Night.  It will not be this week, but I will let you know that information as soon as I hear.
 
I look forward to beautiful weather, and great days ahead with your precious kids!
 
Holly Steed
 
 

Hoping you are all well

 Dear Families,
I hope and pray each of you is safe and dry, and that your extended families are, too.  I have been thinking of all my precious little people and I look forward to seeing all of them in a week.
Sincerely,
Holly Steed

Best class in the building!

 Dear families,
Our class is such a joy.  They are curious, enthusiastic, and catching on quickly to the routines of our classroom.  They have been very helpful to each other, and to me, these first 2 days.  Our routine will smooth out soon, and we will begin assessments and small groups.
 
Please mark your calendars for next Thursday, August 31st, from 6:00-7:30.  This event is our Parent Orientation.  We will go over everything you need to know about second grade.  We will meet in the cafeteria for a brief PTO meeting, then move to the classroom for a presentation.  There will be 2 identical presentations from 6:30-7:00 and 7:00-7:30 in case you have students in more than one grade level with their meetings the same night.  Please keep in mind, this evening is for parents, and if at all possible, please try to attend without your children.  (We understand that sometimes this cannot be helped.)
 
In the meantime, should you have any questions, please let me know.  The best way to reach me is by e-mail at hollysteed@tomballisd.net.
 
Thank you,
Holly Steed
 
 

Last day blues...

Dear Families,
It has been such a joy to have your precious children this school year.  As we close out this amazing year, I wanted to thank you all for entrusting your children to me each day.  They are absolutely amazing individuals, and they are so fortunate to have families who nurture them, provide them experiences that enrich their learning, and have high expectations for them.
I have been truly blessed by them and your support for our class and school.  I am terribly sad to see them go on, but know they will all achieve great success in their futures.
Have a wonderful summer,  filled with great adventures, and know that I will dearly miss your adorable kids.
 
Love to you all!
Holly Steed
 
P.S. Party tomorrow 11:30-12:30, Early Dismissal 12:50

Yearbooks and Big Bags

Remember to send yearbooks for signing and a large bag for taking things home tomorrow!

Final few days

Dear Families,
In our final few days of the school year, there are several more things we will be doing.  Here is what is coming up:
Friday, May 19th-yearbooks go home...
 
THEN... Friday, May 26th YEARBOOK SIGNING!  Please send yearbooks back to school this day so students can exchange and sign with all second grade.  For siblings sharing a yearbook, we have scheduled grade levels at varying times.
 
By Fri.,May 26th-Please send a large bag for students to carry extra home belongings.
 
Wed., May 31st-GAME DAY-Students may bring a favorite board game to share with the class.  It will be sent home the same day.
 
Thursday, June 1st-Last Day-Early Dismissal at 12:50
End of Year Party 11:30-12:30-Party parents may start set-up at 11:10
 
This has been the fastest year of my entire teaching career.  It is so true that "Time flies when you are having fun."  
 
 
 

Week of May 15-19

Dear Families,
***BRING FLASHLIGHT  (WITH FRESH BATTERIES) AND STUFFED ANIMAL FOR THIS WEEK!
Thank you for the wonderful show of support for our Garden Project last Friday.  Many have asked for the salsa recipe.  Here is a link to it:
If your family is out on a walk, feel free to stop by the garden and pick whatever continues to ripen.  We want all our second grade gardeners to enjoy the remaining bounty.
 
This week:
Math benchmark (Daily grade) Tuesday-  covers all concepts from this school year including  place value, time, graphing, number patterns,measurement, geometry, money, fractions and multi-step problem solving with addition and subtraction.  We are reviewing in class.
 
Science benchmark (Daily grade)  Thursday-covers all concepts from this year including matter, energy, force and motion, using science tools, weather and the water cycle, animal adaptations, insect life cycles, plant life cycles, and basic needs of living things.  We are reviewing in class.
 
Landfroms test-Friday-Major grade in Social Studies-students are expected to understand differences in a variety of landforms including mountains, hills, valleys, plains, peninsulas, islands, and plateaus.  We are reviewing in class.
 
Dance Party -Friday during specials for Creekfest fundraising reward!
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
 

Field day information

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

More info for the upcoming days...

Dear Families,
 
First of all, THANK YOU!  I feel so "appreciated" this week after all the beautiful flowers, sweet notes, yummy treats and generous gifts.  I appreciate each of you thinking of me.
 
As you know, our Field Day is coming up this Thursday, May 11th.  Second graders are asked to wear a BLUE shirt. Make sure your child is in clothes appropriate for athletic activity, and that those clothes still meet dress code.  They need closed-toe shoes, too.  Please apply sunscreen to your child befor they come to school.  Send a lunch unless you pre-ordered from the cafeteria.
 
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.
 
Our Garden Celebration is Friday, May 12th from 2:15-3:15.  Parents are invited to see our technology projects, individual garden posters and boxes, and of course sample salsa made form our garden ingredients.  Parents will be allowed to sign children out from classrooms after the event.
 
And finally, a special event known as Camp Learned-a-Lot begins Monday, May 15th.  We have the tent, now we need each student to bring a flashlight, with fresh batteries, and one stuffed animal.  These will stay at school for the week, so make sure the animal they must have to sleep with is not the one that comes to camp.:)
 
I look forward to the last few special events with this amazing class!
 

A special invitation and much, much more...

Dear Families,
It is such an exciting time in second grade.  Please note the important information below:
This Friday, 5/5-Money assessment
Mon-Wed 5/8-10-STAAR testing in grades 3, 4 and 5.  No visitors, volunteers, Watchdogs or lunch guests on these days due to test security.  
Thurs. 5/11 Field day in the morning
            5/11 A couple of parent volunteers are needed from about 12:30-2:00 to help kids prepare our garden harvest-email if you can help!
 
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 technolgy projects made by garden teams, and see the individual projects of your kids.
 
 
And one final request...we will be starting our annaul 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.