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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 seventh year teaching second grade at Creekside, and it is my 18th 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

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,
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


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.

Week of April 24th

Dear Families,
***For the week of May 8th, students will be completing a garden project and will need to bring in either a shoebox or a plain posterboard.  They are choosing the type of project they would like to do, so check with them on which they need.
Here is what is happening this week:
BOOK FAIR-all week, students may shop at Book Fair during lunch, after they eat, if they have money to spend.  We will also go as a class during our regular library time on Weds.  This may help you avoid the line Tuesday morning.
MUFFINS WITH MOM-Tuesday, April 25th, starting at 7:30
Thursday, April 27, Major Grade over Research-there is really no way to study for this.  The kids have been researching so they are skilled at finding facts, using indexes, ABC order, and much more!
Friday, April 28th-Major Grade Social Studies test over continents and oceans.  Kids should be able to label 7 continents and 5 oceans, as well as tell which direction you would travel to get from one to another using the compass rose.
As always, should you have any questions, please let me know.  Have a terrific week.

This week's happenings...

Dear Families,
Here is what is going on in our class this week:
Tuesday-Fractions assessment-  We reviewed today and they have got it!
Next week:
Book fair all week
Muffins with Mom, Tuesday, 4/25, 7:30 a.m.
Please copy and paste the following link into your browser for information regarding pre-ordering school supplies.

Major grades next week

Dear Families,
On Monday of next week, we will have a Major Grade assessment on bar graphs and pictographs.  The kids are becoming experts at reading, interpreting and creating them.
On Tuesday, we have a reading assessment over Media Literacy.  We have looked at types of media and the purposes of inform, entertain and persude.
For class published book orders, please return the form whether you would like to purchase one or not. (Just check no and sign.)  This enables us to get a copy for our classroom.  Please return these by next Tuesday so I can ship our finished project and forms off on Wednesday.
Run the Creek and Creekfest are next Friday, April7th.  I hope you can attend one or both of these great events.

Back in business

Dear Families,
I apologize for the lack of communication this week, and for being out unexpectedly.  My mom has been in the hospital, and I needed to be there.
She is doing well and is back home, so I am back and so happy to be with these adorable kids.
Thanks to all who have returned the field trip permission form.  Our trip is next Friday, March 31st to Mercer Arboretum.  We drew this morning for our parent chaperones, and those people are Isabels's mom and Kayla's mom.  Thanks to all who offered to join us that day.  I wish we could bring everyone!
For the filed trip, kids will need to come sunscreened and bugsprayed from home, and bring a disposable sack lunch unless you previously ordered from the cafeteria.  You may also send a water bottle for them to carry throughout the day.
Today, Creekfest packets are coming home, so be on the lookout for a brown envelope.  Friday, April 7th is Run the Creek during the school day,  and Creekfest that night.  
Have a wonderful weekend!

Creekfest and other business

Dear Families,
THANK YOU...for everything!  Market Day donations-canned food drive-precious children-I could go on.
It has been a tremendous and busy week, but the excitement was great for our many special events.  Enjoy your Spring Break and I will see your adorable kids on Tuesday, March 21st.
Please see the following information regarding Creekfest:


Run the Creek and Creekfest will be held on Friday, April 7th.  

 The Run the Creek Pep Rally will kick-off our spring fundraising event during school on Friday, March 24th.  Students will also bring home Run the Creek packets with information about getting donations and sponsors for our fun run event. New this year, students who raise $50 in sponsorships will receive 10 raffle tickets and students who raise $100 will receive 25 raffle tickets! 

Avoid the lines and pre-order all of your tickets for Creekfest!  Order forms for Dinner, Raffle, and Dollar Tickets will be coming home soon... Dollar tickets can be used for drinks, popcorn, cotton candy, sugar shack goodies and more! Please keep in mind that dinner tickets must be ordered in advance and will not be sold at the event. 

A flyer with information about grade level donations for the Silent Auction has been sent home. Please consider bringing in an item or two and help make Creekfest a success! If your business or family is interested in donating to the Silent Auction, please contact Sue Gallice at

 We are also currently seeking donations for the super popular raffle items!  The children love to get involved with this element of the event to try to win their favorite items! If you have the ability to donate an item or get an item donated for this portion of the event, please contact Angela Gomez and /or Marcela Gonzalez Raffle items are available to be bid on at lunch time during the entire week of Creekfest and the evening of Creekfest. 

All donations are tax deductible and due by Friday, March 24th

Once again, thank you in advance for all of your generosity and support. We couldn't do it without each and every one of you! If you have any questions, please contact Lilian Garcia-Plascencia - See more info on CFES PTO Web page or Cougar Connection. Thank You!!


lemonade supplies needed

Dear Families,
For our annual Market Day, our class will be making lemonade.  If you can help donate ingredients or supplies, please send me an e-mail.  We will need supplies on Tuesday, March 7th.
*  lemonade drink mix (2 large containers)
* 2 containers fresh strawberries
* 2 cans of whipped cream (such as Redi-Whip)
*2 jars Marischino cherries
* 8 ounce cups-100
Tuesday, March 7th, we will have a Science assessment over the sun, moon and stars.  We will review with an online game called Kahoot!  The kids absolutely love this.
Tuesday, March 7th is also the final day to donate to the Food Drive.
Also, your kids were absolutely fantastic while I was away at training this week.  I am so fortunate to work with them each day.
Have a great weekend.

Assessments, dress up days and more...

Dear Families,
It promises to be a very busy week.  Here is what is going on in our class:
FOOD DRIVE for second grade, in conjunction with Tomball High School Student Council- the following items are needed for local food banks:
*non-perishable food items, canned goods, rice, flour, formula
*household items-toilet paper, paper towels
Toiletries-soap, shampoo, toothpaste, brushes, deodorant
***Donations must be received by March 7th
Thank you in advance for anyone who can donate to this terrific cause!
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday-I will be at a Science training for 3 days.  The fabulous Mrs. Hall will be subbing for me.  The kids will probably not want me back on Friday.
Wednesday-Social Studies assessment-Economics.  Kids will be assessed on the basics of goods, services, producers and consumers.  Watch for more information later this week on things we may need from home for our Market Day, coming up on March 9th.  The kids will make decisions about this today.
Thursday- Read Across America day-  Students dress up in Dr. Suess inspired outfits.
Friday-math asssessment over telling time to the minute, and measurement in inches, feet, yards, centimeters and meters.  Lots of practice and review will happen this week.  Go Texan Day.  Dress up in western wear!  The kids will be square dancing during specials.
I sure will miss being here for 3 days, but will come back with many ideas we can use to challenge our young scientists in second grade.