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
Next week we will participate in some fun activities at CFES. We will attend a cultural performance in the cafeteria, visit 4th Grade's Wax Museum, and have an author visit! We are currently reviewing previously taught concepts in these final days of school!
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!
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.
Events this week.....
Thursday, May 11th- Field Day: 2nd Grade students wear BLUE!
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 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.
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.
We are very proud of our garden and will be having a Salsa Party next Friday May 12th to celebrate our vegetables being ready to pick! Our class grew 2 types of peppers and the vegetables grown by the other 2nd grade classes are tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro. We will combine all of our vegetables to make salsa! We would love to celebrate with you! Please view the invitation below.
The party will include our homemade salsa and pico for you to enjoy, each garden group’s technology project and also each child’s individual poster/box. We also invite you to check out the garden as well! We hope to see you there!
Thank you to all of the parents who generously donated books from the Book Fair to our classroom last week! We were very excited to receive such fun new titles! The parents at CFES are so generous and kind and it is much appreciated! We have another busy week this week in 2nd Grade!
Penny War starts this week and lasts until May 12th. Please see the note that came home last week for further details. All proceeds from the penny war help the DI team with their travel expenses to get to the global competition in Knoxville, Tennessee! The winning grade level gets an exciting popsicle party at the park!
Reading: Students will be completing book studies on assigned chapter books. Students will read the text and respond to their reading.
Next week students will be taking their end of the year reading level assessment (online). Please encourage them to take their time and read questions carefully... although this is not a grade, it is still very important that we get accurate and reflective data. I will also begin be assessing their current reading level (major grade).
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.
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 in the afternoon! ALL parents are invited to come view your child's project display and celebrate with us! More information will come home next week.
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
If you would like to schedule an end of the year conference, please let me know.
Week of April 24th
I hope that everyone enjoyed the 3 day weekend! I had a wonderful time with my family and little Mason bunny. This is a busy week for 2nd grade! First though a few announcements.
Please view the flyer to the right for information about purchasing school supplies for next year. You can also follow the information below:
The Spring Book Fair will be next week and Ms. Hock said it will be bigger and better than ever! Muffins with Mom is Tuesday the 25th before school if you are able to attend, it will be fun!
Our animal research began last week and the students are doing a wonderful job using Google Classroom for their note taking. They either selected an animal from the Coniferous Forest, Deciduous Forest, or Rainforest. We moved our tables into those 3 clusters and are learning traits of all 3!
What are we working on this week?
Reading and Writing: We are continuing to learn about research, how to cite sources and make original notes. We are taking notes about our animals and will then be making a final product to display our learning. *Please note that students will be reviewing 2nd grade grammar skills for the next few weeks. Some students still have difficulty identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives. If you are able to incorporate this vocabulary into conversations at home, that would be helpful!
Math: We are finishing fractions this week and taking a TISD Fractions test on Tuesday. A math review homework page will come on Monday that would be helpful to complete (if possible) prior to the test. We will then move into identifying and counting mixed change up to $1.00. Students are expected to be able to write the amount in both cent and dollar form.
Science: We are moving onto life cycles and will get some fun little insect friends this week! Also, we work weekly in our 2nd grade garden growing our vegetables. All of the vegetables are an ingredient to salsa and we will have a fiesta when everything is ready!
Social Studies: We are continuing with mapping by learning about world geography. Students are responsible for learning each continent and ocean’s name and location. We have lots of fun websites and songs to help!
I hope that you have a wonderful week. As usual, please contact me with any questions and concerns related to your child. The students are a joy as usual!
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.
VOCABULARY: map, symbol, title, compass rose, key/legend, globe, coast
Have a great week!
2. Enter the school ID, CRE078
3. Follow the directions to complete your order.
4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.
Tax will be applied at checkout
Each school pack will INCLUDE a planner for 2nd -5th grade
Also, a gold sheet came home this week asking if your child will NOT return to CFES next year. If that is the case, please complete the sheet and return it to school. This will help the registrar gather records prior to the end of the year!
Hope to see you at Run the Creek tomorrow during school at 10:33 or at Creekfest that evening! I will work the pizza table from 5:30-6:30. Yum! :)
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
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!!
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.
Have a great week!
- 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com and /or Marcela Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 - email@example.com. See more info on CFES PTO Web page or Cougar Connection. Thank You!!
Last week before SPRING BREAK!!
Reading - Students will continue to work on reading comprehension skills and strategies. Second Graders will take a major grade assessment on Monday, March 6th. The assessment will cover previously taught reading skills and strategies such as using context clues, identifying the main idea and making inferences. Students NEED TO use the text to find their EVIDENCE and PROVE their answer! All previously taught reading strategies are very important to independently put into practice at this point in the year.
Writing - Students will continue to work on narrative stories and go through the writing process as they write about Spring.
Math - Students will participate in a variety of measurement task projects. Students will also participate in the Measurement Olympics on Wednesday, March 8th.
Science - Students will take a major grade assessment on "Objects in the Sky" on Tuesday, March 7th.
Social Studies - Students will create a "Market Day" product as producers and use marketing strategies to create advertisements to promote their product . Students will get a chance to be consumers on Market Day on Thursday! Each student will get "school money" and will get a chance to make choices about what products they want to purchase from other 2nd grade classes.
March 13th - 17th: Spring Break
March 20th: Staff Development Day (no school for students)
What is happening this week?
Reading - Students will continue to work on reading strategies and independent reading skills. We will focus on using context clues to identify and infer unknown words and their meaning. Students will also be using reading strategies to answer comprehension questions about fictional text.
On Thursday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss Day! Students may dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.
Writing - Students will continue to write narrative stories (past tense) and go through the writing process. We will practice adding in dialogue at appropriate times in their stories.
***The spelling words next week will be CONTRACTIONS! This is a difficult, but important skill. Please practice writing contractions and understanding what the words the contraction replaces (ex: don't = do not)
Math - Students will continue to measure objects using standard units (inches, feet, yards, centimeters, and meters). Students should be able to use a ruler correctly to measure an object. Students also need to be able to identify which tool and unit they need to use to measure an object (ex: the length of a classroom = yards VS. the length of a book = inches).
Students will take a major grade assessment on TIME AND MEASUREMENT on Friday, March 3rd. The homework this week will be review pages for the test.
Science - Students will identify the differences between day and night and understand that the Earth rotates (but the sun stays still). Students will understand that a sundial creates a shadow to show different times of the day. Students will also learn about the phases of the moon. Students will take a major grade assessment on Tuesday, March 7th.
Social Studies - Students will review goods, services, producers, consumers, assembly lines, saving and earning. Students will take a major grade Economics Assessment on Wednesday, March 1st.
March 2nd - Dr. Seuss Day
March 3rd - Go Texan Day
March 13th-17th - Spring Break
I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend!
2nd Grade Performance Information: The students have been working very hard on their program and will be performing it this Thursday. Showtimes are 9:30 am and 6:30 pm. Please see the updated information from Mrs. Fender at the bottom of this post.
Please continue to collect box tops, and send them to school, the contest ends this Friday!
Brio Tuscan Grille Spirit Day is this Sunday February 26th from 11am-9pm. A portion of the profits will go to CFES if you mention our school.
What are we learning this week?
Reading: Students will use questioning strategies before, during, and after they read. Students will respond to reading in written form.
Writing: Students will continue to write narrative compositions that focus on a small moment and include a clear beginning, middle, and end. Narratives must be written in past tense, have a problem and solution, and supporting details that include strong sensory word choice and varied sentences in starters and in length.
Math: Students will continue our unit on measurement as they move from measuring time, to measuring area and length.
Science: Students will continue their study of patterns in the sky, specifically the sun, moon, and stars. This week we will look carefully at what causes day and night.
Social Studies: Students will study how technology has changed transportation, communication, and ways that we get food.
FROM MRS. FENDER:The second-grade music program is Thursday, 2/23, at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. If your child is wearing a costume and/or is a milliner, he/she should wear the costume/milliner attire at both programs, so he/she should bring school clothes to change into after the 9:30 program. Go to Mrs. Fender's website for detailed information. http://cfes.tomballisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=498115&type=u&pREC_ID=726067
ALSO, your child needs a cap (like a baseball cap), as a prop for one song. If he/she has not brought one in, please send one.
The Second-Grade Class of Creekside Forest Elementary School Presents
A musical That Celebrates what’s Underneath
February 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
On the night of the performance, the doors to the school will be unlocked at 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival, second-grade students will meet their homeroom teacher in the pod area; I will be in the main hallway directing them. We ask that parents do not walk their child to the pod, rather, go to the cafeteria and get your seat. Please be aware that staff is not required to be on duty until 6:00; therefore, you will not be able to enter the building until then. The doors will be unlocked at 6:00.
WHAT TO WEAR
Some students have speaking/acting parts or solos and already know what hat/costume to wear; this document does not apply to those. For all others, I would like the morning performance to be casual, as the students will be dressed for a school day, and the evening program more “dressy.”
9:30 a.m. performance: Your child must be comfortable for the school day; however, we want an overall nice look for the performance. Please have your child wear something that covers the legs, such as blue jeans or pants; no shorts, please.
6:30 p.m. performance: This is an evening performance, an opportunity for your child to dress more nicely than he/she would within the school day. Boys may wear jeans with a Polo or button-down shirt, preferably a solid color. Girls may wear jeans, skirts, dresses – anything, as long as it is within the school dress code.
Subscribe to my website: A lot of important information has been posted.
Go to the CFES website: http://cfes.tomballisd.net/
Click on “About Us”
Click on “Staff Directory”
Click on “Mrs. Donna Fender.”
You will see a “subscribe” tab.
Students should have a cap for one song. Most students have already brought one to school and have been rehearsing with it. Again, this does not apply to those with a special part that are already wearing a costume/hat.
Please contact me if you have any questions. You can always go to my website for information, as well.
Have a great week. Hope to see you at the Valentine's Party!
This Week’s Announcements:
**Today is the last day to order yearbooks**
The last day to purchase a 2016-2017 yearbook will be Tuesday, January 31. The cost is $38. Yearbooks will not be sold after this day. It is also the last day to purchase a 5th grade dedication that costs $25 per ad.
To order, please go to www.balfour.com and type our school name.
Our music teacher, Mrs. Fender, has asked that students please bring in a hat labeled with their name for the 2nd grade performance. If your child has a speaking part, they have their own attire to wear, so sending a hat is not necessary.
Please complete your Scholastic book order by Tuesday if you would like to order.
Please return the class picture order form and payment if you would like to order. Class picture day is Tuesday February 7th
What are we learning this week?
Reading: We will continue with finding the main idea of Nonfiction Text and identifying text features. We will take a test on Tuesday over this concept. **LOOK TO THE RIGHT FOR AN ATTACHED NONFICTION TEXT FEATURES REVIEW PAGE** Students have been practicing this vocabulary for weeks. The rest of the week will be spent creating a nonfiction book report.
Writing: We will continue with expository writing on student selected topics. Procedural Writing major grade on Thursday.
Math: We will continue with geometry. Last week was 2D shapes, this week is 3D. We will identify, compose and decompose 3D figures.
Science: We will continue to discuss natural resources, renewable/nonrenewable, and conservation.
Social Studies: We will be examining some influential people in celebration of Black History Month.
A note from our music teacher, Mrs. Fender: I would like students without a special part to wear a baseball cap for the song Keep Your Head in the Game. I am hoping you have a cap and do not have to purchase one. If you would like a cap provided to your child, please let me know. Please write your child’s name inside the cap, and have your child leave it in my room as soon as possible. Students with special parts will already be wearing a hat and do not need to bring a baseball cap; it would be too complicated and cumbersome to accommodate.
Another Busy Week at CFES!
I hope that everyone enjoyed the 3 day weekend!
Please send a penny with your child on Wednesday for a timeline activity
We will have a math problem solving test on Friday. This will cover double and triple digit addition and subtraction problem solving. We have been practicing very hard at school. You can create practice pages to print if you would like for your child to practice a little more in the evening.
*For this website, don't pick a grade level by the floating arrow, it will link you to something else. Just hit "create" in blue at the bottom.
The students’ music program will be Thursday February 23rd in the evening if you would like to add that to your calendar!
No school again on Friday Feb 17th and Monday Feb 20th.
Learning Objectives for the Week:
Word Study: Review prefixes, work on suffixes
Reading: Finding the main idea and supporting details for nonfiction texts
Writing: Writing expository (procedural) texts about topics of their choice
Math: Last week of 2 and 3 digit +/- problem solving
Science: The uses of rocks and also natural resources vs manmade
Social Studies: Creating Timelines on teacher directed topics
Have a great week! As usual, please don’t hesitate about contacting me with questions, comments or concerns regarding your child!
All About the Week…..
Thank you for sending the baby pictures last week. They were adorable! We enjoyed guessing which pictures of the "past" belonged to the "present" child and discussed what we might look like in the "future."
Please send your recyclable items by Tuesday. We will use them on Tuesday to make our inventions.
Please have your child bring a rock to school on Tuesday. We will use them for activities this week.
Report cards go home this week on Thursday. Please sign the cover envelope and return.
If you would like to order a yearbook, the deadline is January 31st. The cost is $38. Please go to www.balfour.com to order and type in our school's information.
Students will take their middle of the year computer assessment called STAR this week. I use the data when planning instruction for the class.
What are we learning?
Reading - Students will continue distinguishing between fiction and informational/non-fiction text. Students will identify and use text features in informational text. Text features: table of contents, photograph, bold/italic print, index, photograph, illustration, diagram, graph, heading, glossary, caption, map
Writing - Students will write a "manual" for their inventions they have created in class. Students will be able to write expository texts as they write comments about what we read in the real word, write to explain real world topics, and write to explain how to do something (procedural).
Math - Students will be identifying, generating and solving addition and subtraction problems (computation, one-step word problems and multi-step word problems).
Science - Students will be identifying and describing minerals and rocks. They will identify the physical properties of rocks. (color, size and texture).
Social Studies - Students will analyze and interpret timelines for events past and present.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent Angel Tree gifts so far! I am sure that these sweet little girls will be very excited! Thank you also for sending the recipe cards last week. The students enjoyed talking about their recipe, sorting them and finding recipe origin locations on the world map.
Progress reports go home this Wednesday. Please be aware that there are still major grade assignments that will occur in each subject prior to the final report card. If you have any questions about your child’s grade, please send me an email and I would be happy to talk with you.
Please remind your child to read every night. If your child is reading a chapter book at home, or has a favorite picture book, he/she can certainly bring the book to school to read during Read to Self time. Also, students know that they can go to the library more than once a week if they finish books quickly.
Reading: We will review previously learned skills this week using holiday texts. Skills we will review include: inferring, comparing plot elements, summarizing, analyzing character traits, and questioning.
Writing: Students will get back to writing personal narratives and also work on holiday topical writing.
Math: We are continuing with 3 digit subtraction to prepare for a test on December 13th.
Science: Weather and the water cycle (what is a meteorologist, tools used to measure and predict weather, and how the water cycle affects weather patterns)
Social Studies: We will discuss the various elements of culture, and compare celebrations, traditions, and holidays.
Our lunch time for Friday, December 2nd has been moved. Lunch will be from 12:15 – 12:45. The change is only for this one day. We are switching lunch times with a grade level that is going on a field trip. Thanks!
I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family! We will hit the ground running this week and get back into the swing of things!
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to bring items for our Angel Tree. I am always so touched by the generosity of the parents at CFES!
A note is coming home on Monday about sending a family recipe to school for our discussions on culture and tradition. Please have this sent to school by this Thursday, November 30th.
I will be out on Thursday and possibly Friday this week. My son is having a small procedure done (ear tubes to prevent more ear infections), so please be aware that I will not be here, but will check my email.
What are we learning this week?
Reading: Continuing poetry (making inferences, visualization, figurative language, etc)
Writing: Continuing writing poetry
Math: Subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers
Science: Light and energy
Social Studies: Culture around the world and traditions
Week of Gratitude
I am very grateful for our sweet class! The kids worked hard last week on Veterans’ Day letters for 3 Veterans. We put the letters in the mail and hope that the recipients enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them. We will spend this week reflecting on thankfulness and ways that we can show gratitude to others!
Reading: We will continue to read and analyze poetry. Vocabulary related to poetry: rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, onomatopoeia, alliteration, visualize, personification, infer
Writing: We will continue to write short poems that convey sensory details
Science: Light and sound energy
Social Studies: Thanksgiving and comparing cultures and traditions
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Halloween Week!
This year is flying by. Tuesday is the 50th Day of School! CFES is encouraging students to dress in 1950’s themed clothing and accessories.
A note from our music teacher, Mrs. Fender:
The second-grade program is titled "Hats!" There are several characters that have speaking lines, as well as a solo.
Hatless Hank (or Henrietta) has a solo in "The Perfect Hat for Me."
Uncle Sam has a solo in "Uncle Sam is Who I Am" and will need an Uncle Sam costume.
Ima is the lead character and has a solo in "My Head, My Heart."
If your child is interested, I will be listening to students in class the week of 11/28, as well as 12/5. To keep it light and not feel, to the kids, as though it is a big deal, I don't call it an "audition."
Send a flash drive or blank CD, and I will copy the music for your child to practice at home.
What are we learning this week?
Reading: Folktales: The elements of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales. Folktales test this week
Writing: Writing a friendly letter
Math: Addition story problems with two and three digit numbers. Test this week!
Social Studies: Presidents and First Ladies
Have a wonderful (and spooky) week!
What’s Happening This Week…..
Red Ribbon Week is a week for the students to dress in fun ways as a reminder that CFES is drug and bully free! These are the daily events:
-Monday “I’m too cool to ever use drugs” Students can wear sunglasses and/or hat
-Tuesday “Our class is proud to be drug/bully free” Wear shirt to school that your friends can sign. **Please write in your child’s planner if your child does NOT have permission to have people to sign their shirt**
-Wednesday “Hair’s to a drug free life” Wacky hair-do day.
-Thursday “Don’t sleep through life, accomplish your dreams” Wear pajamas to school
-Friday “Work hard, train hard” Wear sports gear
Book Fair Week! Students completed a Wish List on Friday. If you would like for your child to purchase any books, please send the wish list and money with your child. He/she can purchase the books any day this week. Please send a little extra for tax. Also, you can come and visit the fall book fair Monday thru Friday 8:10-3:40. You can also shop the Book Fair online: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/creeksideforestele
Donuts with Dad is Tuesday Oct 25th at 7:30. Dad’s can come with their children for a special treat and opportunity to shop the Book Fair
Family Education Night is Thursday Oct 27th. Come and participate as a family in some fun educational activities.
Box Tops Deadline is Oct 26th! Please send your box tops so that we can win an ice cream party!
What are we learning about this week?
Reading: Making inferences, comparing, thinking deeply about folktales: Myths
Writing: Writing friendly letters to book characters, Flat Stanley Friends, and persuasive letters
Math: Double digit addition (adding up to 4 numbers), triple digit addition, problem solving
Science: Force and Motion
Social Studies: Good citizens that have impacted the lives of many Americans
What’s Up This Week?
No School on Monday 10/17. Have a fun day!
The students had fun finishing their symbols projects last week. We toured all of the 2nd grade classrooms and got to view the creative ways other people represented the U.S. Symbols. Please view the “pictures” tab to see pictures of the projects.
Thank you for sending the TP and paper towel rolls. Last week students worked in their table groups to build a bridge that could withstand the weight of a hot wheels car. Mr. Abshire was nice to lend us some (very old) cars from his childhood collection. The students only had 10 minutes to build. There are also pictures posted of this project on the “pictures tab.”
Please collect Box Tops and send them to school by Oct. 26th. There is competition between the grade levels for an ice cream party. Yay!
What are we learning this week?
We are starting the 2nd 9 weeks this week! Time is flying by.
Reading: Students will analyze, make, inferences, and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary texts and identify moral lessons as themes in well-known fables, legends, myths, or stories. Students will compare different versions of the same story in traditional and contemporary folktales with respect to their characters, settings, and plot.
Writing: Students will write short letters that put ideas in a chronological or logical sequence, correctly using the five parts of a friendly letter and appropriate conventions.
Word Study: Review of verbs (previously taught in first grade)
Math: Solving 2 digit addition problems with regrouping
Science: Force and motion
Social Studies: Study of influential citizens (this week: Amelia Earhart, George Washington Carver and John Hancock
Last week was a fun week! We published our stories in the computer lab, melted crayons with a blow dryer to learn about matter changing states and built 3D models of our U.S symbols/monuments. Students will finish their models on Monday in time for us to gallery walk through all of the 2nd grade classes to view eachother's models. Thank you for supporting your child and sending all of the supplies that they requested. I will post pictures when we are through.
What are we learning about this week?
Reading: Using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words
Writing: Major Grade writing prompt on Monday and writing stories with the “just right amount” of dialogue
Math: Completing addition/subtraction, word problems, missing parts, number lines. Test on Wednesday
Science: Combining objects to make a new and useful item.
Social Studies: Complete our U.S. symbols projects and present posters, U.S symbols and Government Test on Tuesday, taxes
Have a happy week!
Last week was a busy week! We went to the science lab twice last week! The first time we made root beer floats to observe the 3 states of matter. Later in the week we went to the lab to rotate through matter stations. We are also enjoying meeting every Friday with our 4th Grade Book Buddies! Also, I am done with reading testing, so we began our Book Clubs in the classroom. Students are part of a Book Club that meets with me twice per week to discuss in depth compression questions of a book read by all group members.
A few Announcements….
What are we learning this week?
Reading: Character Traits, the way a character looks, feels and acts
Writing: Writing personal narratives with a beginning/middle/end and a strong ending
Word Study: Pronouns (he, she, it, they, me, my, I, you, her, him,etc).
Math: Adding 3 numbers, adding 2 digit numbers, solving addition/subtraction number sentences, looking for a missing part in a problem (ex: 5 + ? = 8).
Science: Changing the states of matter through heating and cooling.
Social Studies: United States symbols/monuments. The students are doing a research project/poster over a symbol of their choice.
Happy Fall, Y’all!
I hope that everyone had a restful weekend! These are the latest happenings at CFES……
I was just given the login information to a new resource with lots of books to read called BookFlix! It is through Scholastic and pairs fiction books with a nonfiction reader. The fiction books have a read along feature where students can read to the "book movie." The nonfiction reader is more of a book style rather than movie. Click Here for BookFlix. Username: csideforest Password: grolier
Thank you to all of the parents who donated peanut butter! The students enjoyed watching the stack of peanut butter grow this week. A student in another second grade class brought in a suitcase of peanut butter, haha! Thank you for promoting a giving spirit in the students.
I will be emailing parents who were interested in volunteering a new Sign Up Genius. Every other week during our computer time (Mondays at 2:30), we will work on publishing our writings. I am looking for parents who are interested in helping with that process. I am also looking for parents to help out every other week when we go to the science lab. I will get that email out this week to the parents who expressed interest at Meet the Teacher. Thanks in advance!
Second Grade is now in charge of the entire garden at CFES! Last week we weeded and our class planted peas. Wish us luck! If you have lots of gardening expertise, please let me know!
The Place Value Test grades have been posted in Parent Access. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Deyoe has asked that all teachers post about the upcoming College and Career Week. We are looking for parents who are interested in speaking about their job. Please see the information below:
College & Career Week
November 14-18, we will be having a College and Career Week for our
students here at CFES! On Friday, November 18th , we would love to
have parent volunteers participate to share how they contribute to
society while discussing their careers. Career development is
essential, encouraging acquisition skills, attitudes, and knowledge that
facilitate a successful transition from the school to the world of work.
Please contact the counselor, Ms. Dean, if you are interested in
being a guest speaker at Creekside Forest Elementary!
What are we learning about this week?
Word Study: We will read and write words with the long a sound using ai and ay.
Reading: We will compare texts by the same author (an author’s study) of David Shannon. He is one of my favorite authors!!
Writing: Using varied sentence length and structure in our personal narratives.
Math: We are starting a new topic, Addition and Subtraction facts. We will review strategies for solving simple facts quickly. Then, we will focus on solving 2 digit addition and subtraction problems (no regrouping). We will also spend a lot of time on solving and writing word problems. Students can practice on IXL- 2 Digit Addition and 2 Digit Subtraction.
Science: Ways that the properties of matter can be measured (ruler, meter stick, thermometer, balance, scale, etc). Also, ways that matter can change.
Social Studies: This week we will learn about the roles of the Mayor, Governor, and President. Also, at the end of the week we will begin to discuss US Symbols.
Here Comes Another Busy Week in 2nd Grade!
Sunday September 11th
The students enjoyed meeting the police officers and firefighters during their lunchtime on Friday! The students made cards for these heroes and seemed proud to give the cards to them. We also visited the computer lab and took our first AR test over a book that I had read to the class. Students are now allowed to take AR tests over the books that they are reading in class. I will talk with them more about when they can do that.
What are we learning this week?
Word Study: The spelling pattern is short vowel words with the FLOSS rule (double f, l, or s if it is at the end of a word ex: mess). We will also talk about plural nouns and when to add an s and an es.
Reading: How we solve problems when we are reading and how fluency looks and sounds during reading. We will also learn more strategies to become better independent readers.
Writing: Students will use elements of the writing process to write brief narrative stories that have a beginning, middle, and end.
Math: Students will learn how to compare and order numbers on a number line. In addition, we will always do a number of the day, problem of the day, prove it poster, and problem solving tiles. Also, we have a once a week +/- fluency assessment that will be taken for a grade beginning the second nine weeks.
Science: Students will learn about the properties of matter and classifying matter. Students will also learn about solids, liquids, and gases.
Social Studies: We will learn about the roles, traits, and responsibilities of citizens. Students will be challenged to find acts of kindness to complete this week based on a 100 Acts of Kindness list we will talk about on Tuesday. We will also have a communities and citizens test on Thursday.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Have a great week!
Welcome to Second Grade!
My name is Katie Abshire and I am thrilled to be your child's teacher this year! I graduated from Texas A&M and have been teaching for eight years. I am excited to now be a part of the wonderful faculty at Creekside Forest! Please take a moment to become familiar with the class website. I will update the website on a weekly basis with information about what is happening in our class and at CFES. Please also click on the subscribe button in order to stay in the loop!
Mrs. Katie Abshire
281-357-4526 ext. 3886