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Get to know Mrs. Pemberton!

 

My name is Annie Pemberton, and I am excited to be your child's second grade teacher this year at Creekside! I have been teaching for ten years, and am part of the first Creekside family to help open this top-rated, Tomball school. I am a Tomball alumnus, and then went on to get my bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Edwards University. I am EC-4 and ESL certified. I am blessed to be married with two sons. Kash is my charismatic and confident 5-year-old who attends Kindergarten here at Creekside, and Kross is my sweet, sensitive, and sneaky 2-year-old. I have taught fourth, first, and second grades throughout my teaching career, but second grade is my favorite! I cannot wait to create new knowledge through memorable learning experiences with your child this year in second grade!

 

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The LAST Week of Second Grade...

I cannot believe that the end of your child's second grade year here at Creekside is almost complete! I am filled with joy at the academic progress made in each and every student in my class, as well as sadness at the thought of them not being with me again next year. They are truly like my own!
 
Reminders:
  • There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 29th.
  • Please continue to empty your child's backpack NIGHTLY. They are heavy as we continue to send home Workbooks and school supplies. 
  • We will have a Read-In and Game Day on Wednesday, May 31st. Please have your child bring a special book and board game to school on Wednesday. School-appropriate electronic games are acceptable.
  • Our last Class Auction will be held on Thursday, the last day of school! Donations will be greatly appreciated! 
  • 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.
  • The Perfect Attendance and Presidential Award Ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 30 at 3:00. Eligible students have received an invitation to this event.
  • End-of Year Parties will be from 11:30-12:30 on Thursday, June 1st. Students may be dismissed with a parent without penalty.  General dismissal will be at 12:50.

Weekly Update: May 22-26

Weekly Update: May 22-26th

  • Camp Learned-A-Lot will continue this week in second grade!  We are doing camp-themed academic spiral review assignments to reinforce previously learned skills. Stuffed animals and blankets need to stay at home this week, but please continue to send a flashlight for campfire reading.
  • *Students received their yearbooks on Friday. They turned out beautifully and the students were excited to hunt for themselves throughout the book!  Please send the yearbooks back on Friday, May 26th for Autograph Day! Please also send a colored Sharpie/Permanent Marker with your child to use for signing.
  • A note from our 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!
  • https://goo.gl/forms/Uzf4DdOvBn3eRY7I3
  • This week we will participate in some fun activities at CFES!  We will attend a Cultural Arts Performance in the cafeteria, visit 4th Grade's Wax Museum, and have an author visit! The Second Grade Spelling Bee will be held on Friday. This will be a student-only event. Due to student-anxieties and space-limitations, families are not invited to attend. Thank you for your understanding as students compete for the first time in front of their peers. We will take photos of the participants in action!
  • Please empty your child's backpack NIGHTLY, as supplies will begin being sent home this week.
Looking forward to another fun week with my soon-to-be third graders!

Weekly Update: May 15-19

Updates & Reminders: 

There will be no more spelling tests, literacy bags, or homework. Please continue to encourage your child to read and write daily, as well as practice their multiplication facts...this will maintain and strengthen necessary academic skills in preparation for third grade.
 
Thursday will be our last library visit for the year. ALL books are due and need to be turned in. 
 
The Dance Party that students earned from Creekfest donations will be held on Friday, during Specials. 
 
We have our next Class Auction this Friday. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Classroom Economy has been a tool used for motivation and money management this nine weeks in second grade!
 
We started our 2nd Grade annual "Camp Learned A Lot" today. Students read by the campfire during Stamina time and are encouraged to bring a flashlight, stuffed animal, and blanket daily. Students will complete a variety of "camping-themed" activities this week! 
 
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 land-forms 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. 

Field Day Update

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

debrabaxter@tomballisd.net
281-357-4526 phone ext. 3911 

Weekly Update: May 8-12

Announcements:

  • What a week of spoiling for this second-grade teacher! I am so blessed by the BEST students and families this year in second grade. I absolutely felt so appreciated and loved every day! The heart-felt notes, flowers, and gifts made me truly value my job even more! I am one lucky teacher, thanks to YOU!!
  • Our class earned NO HOMEWORK this week! Students will still be required to prepare for the Spelling Test on Friday. There will not be a challenge list this week.
  • Our last Class Auction is approaching! If you are able to donate items for the students to purchase, using their classroom economy income, this would be greatly appreciated!
  • 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 (I will be administering the STAAR Test and will have a sub on this day).
    • May 9th, 2017: 3rd, 4th Reading STAAR, 5th retest (I will be administering the STAAR Test and will have a sub on this day).
    • 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.

  • 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. 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), and a stuffed animal. Please let me know if you are able to donate a small tent to the class during the two weeks of camping. It needs to be small enough to fit on our round rug and easy to assemble. The tent will be returned at the completion of our camping experience!

What are we learning?

Reading: Students are going to be participating in a book study and will focus on reading strategies and comprehension skills. Students will independently read and respond to the text.

Writing: Students will be working on procedural writing, as they explain "how to make salsa" and practice using strong word choice (Salsa Words) in their writing. 

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. 

Looking forward to our BUSY week ahead!

~Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: May 1-5

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!
 

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.

Warm regards,

Elysia Dean/Counselor ext.3813

May 11th - Field Day (2nd graders - wear BLUE)
 
May 12th - Cafeteria closed - all students need to pack a lunch

Weekly Update: April 24-28

 

Upcoming Dates:
Next week- BOOK FAIR! We will go as a class on Thursday during our library time at 10:30. You can send money with your child or please feel free to meet us there! Our class has a wish list basket on top of the shelves that hold text titles that we find to be particularly powerful and memorable to us!
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. 
May 29th- NO SCHOOL
 
What will we be learning? 
Reading and Writing: Students will begin their animal research portfolio using the notes that 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 that they put into it.
 
Students will also continue to show reading comprehension, as they independently read grade-level passages and find evidence in the text to support their answers! Please work on this skill at home if you see that your child is struggling with going back and using the text. They should be doing this weekly on their homework passage as well.
Students will take a Reading Research Assessment for a major grade on Thursday.
 
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, withdrawal, deposit, responsible and irresponsible
 
Problem Solving/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 continuing to work in the garden as we record our observations, and measure our jalapeño plants every week! We released ladybugs into the garden as well and added a hummingbird feeder last week. Our jalapeño peppers are getting BIG! 
 
Social Studies: students will locate and identify each continent and ocean on maps and globes and describe the characteristics of each. Students will take a major grade Continents and Oceans Assessment on Friday, April 28th. 
 
Looking forward to an exceptional week with my kiddos!
~Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: April 17-21

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 Google Classroom and taking notes in a slide format.  It should be an adventure!  The students will use their research notes to create a final product (major grade). 
 
Spelling: chalk, fall, talk, calm, bald, salt, stall, stalk, small, all, call, palm, bald, almost, always, animal
 
Math: We will review fractions on Monday. 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 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

Weekly Update: April 10-13

Reminders: 
  • Literacy Bags and Reading Response Sheets were due TODAY. Please return completed as soon as possible.
  • There will be NO SCHOOL this Friday.
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.

Spelling: Because of the short week, the Spelling Test will be on Thursday.

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. 

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. 

Monday Update: April 3

  • 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! 
  • Run the Creek is this Friday! Our class will begin at 10:30am. Look for orange leopard!!
  • Please send a full-sized cereal box with your child this week before Wednesday. We will be using this in Reading on Thursday and Friday of this week. Thank you!
  • Kindergarten Registration is coming! Those with upcoming Kindergartners and siblings, please attend registration on Thursday, April 13th from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Weekly Update: April 3-7

The Field Trip on Friday was such a wonderful experience filled with beautiful weather, numerous learning opportunities aligned with our curriculum, and fabulous second grade students and parent chaperones!

Thank you so much for your Creekfest, and Classroom Auction contributions. You have made a way for our students to be rewarded for all of their hard work on a daily basis at Creekside Forest Elementary!

Please see the attached EPI form concerning school supplies. The preview for next year is here!

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 this week by having your child wear the color yellow to school on Monday!

Academic Updates:

Reading: Students will be taking a Media Literacy Assessment for a major grade on Wednesday 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.

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.

 

Weekly Update: March 27-31

  • Run the Creek envelopes were sent home last week. Please begin collecting monetary donations and help our Creekside friends! 
  • Thank you for you kind thoughts and well wishes as I was out with the Flu last Thursday and Friday. I sure missed my second graders and look forward to being back on the "well" side of life again!
  • The field trip is this Friday, March 31st! I will send out more reminders this week. We start getting ready and load the buses right after the bell rings in the morning so please try and have your child arrive on time. Students will need to bring a disposable lunch and water bottle. Sunscreen and bug spray should be applied at home, before school. Students need to wear tennis shoes. Students should also wear a CFES shirt if possible. 
BECAUSE OF THE FIELD TRIP BEING ON FRIDAY, WE WILL TAKE OUR SPELLING TEST ON THURSDAY!
  • Don't forget to send in your child's class book order form this Monday! Your child will forever cherish this second grade memory....the books turn our great, and are worth every penny!
What we are learning next week:
Reading - Students will continue learning about media literacy. Students will recognize and compare different forms of media, understand the purposes of media, and describe different techniques used to create media. 
 
Writing - Students will finish their class books and participate in Writer's Workshop. 
 
Math - Students will continue to read and interpret data using charts and different types of graphs (bar and pictographs) and generate and answer questions related to the data. Students will have a major grade assessment on Monday, April 3rd. 
 
Science - Students will focus on the physical characteristics of plants that help them to meet their basic needs and how the weather causes dormancy in plants. 
 
Social Studies - Students will interpret information on maps and also create maps to show routes in the home, school and community.
 
Looking forward to a fun week ahead!
~Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: March 21-24

Weekly Update 3/21

The fourth nine weeks of second grade begins this week! This is when we really start focusing on getting your child ready for 3rd grade by holding them more accountable and responsible for their learning and behavior. Warnings will no longer be given for the basic behavioral expectations that have been clearly set all year, such as blurting out, talking during instructional or independent work time, off-task behavior, disrespect to others, and not following directions the first time that they are given. These behaviors will result in an automatic conduct mark recorded in their Planner. 

Reminders:
  • If you have not sent in your Field Trip permission slips, please do so ASAP.
  • If you would like to be entered into the drawing to be a chaperone, please make sure to send in that form as well. We will be drawing 2 parent volunteers in class on Friday, March 24th.
  • Report cards will go home on Wednesday.
  • Our next Auction will be this Friday! If you are able to donate items, we would GREATLY appreciate it!
  • A note from Ms. Dean: STAAR is around the corner, and we are all working together as a team to encourage our students because we know that they are all stars! On March 28th and March 29th, we will have our first round of STAAR testing for this school year. On Tuesday, March 28th, our fourth graders will be taking STAAR Writing, and our fifth graders will be taking STAAR Math. The following day, March 29th, our fifth graders will be taking the STAAR Reading. 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.

What are we learning this week:

Reading: We will begin learning about Media Literacy. Students will be identifying the purpose of different forms of media. Students will analyze a form of media using a mentor text and identifying persuasive elements used. We will also be focusing on real world application of media literacy.
Writing: Students will  begin writing persuasive text. 
Students will be writing a class book! This book will be published and your child will become a published author! You will be able to purchase a class book for your child. We will be sending home order forms on Wednesday. Even if you choose to not order a class book, please send your order form back to school in order for our class to earn a free copy for our classroom library! ALL order forms must be returned by next Monday, March 27th.
Spelling: There will not be a Spelling Pre-Test this week. The spelling test will be on Friday. Spelling words: books, shook, stood, wool, crook, hood, hoof, soot, brook, nook, hoods, foot, wood, good, should, put
Math: Students will begin learning about Data Analysis and Graphing. This week we will focus on bar graphs and pictographs. Students will be collecting data, using charts, interpreting and reading graphs and data charts, and answering questions based on the given data. Students will also be collecting their own data based on a given question and creating their own graphs.
Science: Students will begin studying plants. Students will identify the basic needs of plants, the parts of a plant, and how the parts of a plant help them meet their basic needs. 
Social Studies: Students will begin learning about maps. Students will identify the purpose of a map, understand what maps are used for and how they are used, and identify important features on a map.
 
Looking forward to seeing my second grade friends again!
Mrs. Pemberton
 

Spring Break: Update

Field trip forms were sent home last week in your child's Wednesday Folder. Please return those ASAP! 
 
When we return from Spring Break, we will be studying "MAPS" in Social Studies. If you are out vacationing or go anywhere that has free maps, please pick one or a couple up for us to look at! (like the ones they display at the front of hotels, etc.)
 

RUN THE CREEK & CREEKFEST - SAILING TO SUCCESS!!

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 suegallice@gmail.com.  

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 agomezapa@hotmail.com and /or Marcela Gonzalez gonzalezromano.marcela@gmail.com. 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 - vicepresident@creeksideforestpto.org. See more info on CFES PTO Web page or Cougar Connection. Thank You!!