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Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Second Grade is an exciting year in your child's school career and am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of your child's educational journey. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Haley Stevens
haleystevens@tomballisd.net
281-357-4526 x3883


 

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We tried to find the Loof Lirpa bird at recess today...we didn’t have much luck! Ha!

Hi Families! 

We tried to find the Loof Lirpa bird at recess today...we didn’t have much luck! Ha! 

 
Weekly Update 4/5-4/9:
 

We are headed into another busy week! 


Cougar Campout is next Friday, April 9th! It will be an ALL DAY of FUN! 

All students will need to bring:

- a beach towel or small blanket to sit on at lunch 

- a board or card game (no electronics)


*Don’t forget to check the  PTO website and the Parent Trail Guide for more information about the day! 


Reading - Students will focus on learning different research skills and how to use different sources. 


*Students can also login to a great program, Lexia, students can access at home through Clever! 

*Keep reading each night!! 



Writing - Students will learn about synonyms and writing in complete sentences. 


Word work - Students will continue to work on adverbs.


Math - Students will begin 3 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will focus on problem solving


Social Studies - Students will review for their economics assessment on Monday and take a major grade assessment on Tuesday. 


Science - Students will begin learning and studying plants. 


Have a great week! 

The 2nd Grade Teachers 



Weekly Update (3/29-4/1)

Hi families! 

We are back into the routine after Spring break and next week we begin the fourth quarter in 2nd grade! 

At this point in the year, students are expected to be more independent in their learning and responsibilities in the classroom. Please continue to check your child’s work each week and have students correct assignments that they did not do well on or did not complete with their best effort. Students will also be held to CFES behavior expectations without multiple warnings. Talking during lesson/instruction and during independent work is becoming disruptive to students and their learning. Please check behavior learning targets in the gradebook online. We need to stay focused on our academics and new content being taught- this will be a busy quarter of new learning! Discussing the importance of this quarter with you child is helpful and we will be doing the same at school (and explaining the "why" it is so important).  They are all totally capable and we know they will step up!

How to help at home:

  • Read at least 20-30 minutes each night. AR tests are available to take at home Monday-Friday. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences and writing quality stories (at least a page). 
  • Practice math facts (addition and subtraction  facts up to 20). They can login to XtraMath through Clever. 
  • Discuss the life principles and how they can be shown in the classroom and in their lives. 
 
2nd Grade has started working in our school garden. This is always a special and exciting time for our grade level. 
 

Academic updates:

 

Reading - Students will continue writing poetry and take major grade assessment on Thursday, April 1st. 

 

Writing - Students will begin our research unit. Students will practice writing statements versus questions and understand the difference between “thin vs. thick” questions. We will also practice paraphrasing information. 

 

Phonics/Word Work - Students will focus on digraphs and vowel teams. 

 

Grammar: Students will study adverbs. 

 

Math - Students will continue working on place value and locating and placing numbers on an open number line. Students will take a major grade on Thursday, April 1st. 

 

Science - Students will begin studying objects in the sky and why seasons change. Students will also look at how shadows change from day to night. 

 

Social Studies - Students will look at where things come from/the process they go through (“farm to table”). 

 

*Reminder- no school on Friday, April 2nd! 

 

Have a great week! 

The 2nd Grade Teachers 

Gt Testing information

Hello Parents,

 

This year we have made some changes to the GT testing that we use in Tomball ISD.  We are now testing in NonVerbal, Verbal, and Quantitative areas.  If your student has returned their permission to test, ​I have added your student to a Schoology group where I have put some "Study Guides" for this Ability portion of the test.  Please have your students log on to the Schoology class and practice a few questions so they know what to expect.  CoGAT is a IQ type of test, so it is often strange or difficult for students to process the directions of the test.  This is often the reason they miss the questions rather than ability, however, these study guides are OPTIONAL.   This is a test to see how your brain works and to test its capabilities.  I plan to start testing this Friday.  

 

Thank You, 

Cecelia Lummus

GT Specialist CFES, CPJH

Weekly Update 3/22-3/26

Dear Families,

 

Spring break is here!

The kids had a great time shopping in our classroom store with their money...some chose to save! Thank you to everyone who sent in fun items! We will continue the store for the reminder of the year so if you are able, there are some items on the wishlist the kids picked out :) wishlist link

 

Here is what we will be learning when we return! 

 

Reading - Students will continue identifying elements of poetry and reading a variety of poems, 

 

Writing - Students will continue drafting and publishing different types of poems in their Poetry Portfolio. This will be due on Friday and taken as a major grade. 

 

Word Work - Students will review adjectives. 

 

Math - Students will review place value to 1,200. Students will learn to to compose numbers in multiple ways (example: 12 tens is the same as 120).

 

Science - Students will be analyzing the four seasons. Students will complete their weather project and it will be taken for a major grade. 

 

Social Studies - Students will review economics vocabulary (goods, services, wants, needs, producer, consumer). We will then begin learning the “steps” of how a product goes from “farm to table”. 



Have a great break! Keep reading!  

The 2nd Grade Teachers

Weekly Update 3/8-3/12

Dear Families,

With one final week before Spring Break, we will be working hard to finish the third quarter strong! 

 

Reading-We will practice visualizing what we read in poetry, and using sensory language.

 

Writing-We will continue writing poems using sensory and figurative language.

Grammar-We will review adjectives and many other grammar skills we have practiced this quarter.

 

Math- We will continue working on money and financial literacy.  Especially important are the words: deposit, withdraw, save, borrow, loan, spend, producer and consumer. Major Grade assessment will be Friday, March 12th.

 

Science-We will begin our weather unit by studying the tools meteorologists use to measure weather, and learning about 4 types of precipitation: rain, sleet, snow, and hail. We will also be planting our Second Grade Garden near the end of the week.  

Social Studies-We begin our economics unit to understand needs and wants, goods and services, consumers and producers.

 

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday, March 9th-Spring picture day

March 15-19 Spring Break

 

Have a great weekend! 

Mrs. Stevens

Weekly Update 3/1-3/5

Hi Families! 

We were excited to get back into the swing of things! We will be very busy and working hard!

 

It's time to start our classroom economy! Students will be learning some life skills of earning money, paying fines, getting bonuses, and spending and saving money. Students will be able to purchase things with their hard earned money in our "classroom store". 

Wishlist for store items: examples-   small toys, individually wrapped candy, small "school supplies" (gel pens, scented markers, notepads, etc.), squishies,

There are also some items here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2SP49WNX5PFXX?ref_=wl_share

 


Academic Updates:

Reading - Students will take a major grade on Monday, March 1st over comparing texts across genres. Students will then begin reading and analyzing different types of poetry and identifying poetry elements. 


Writing - Students will revise, edit and publish their expert writing. Their writing piece will be taken for a major grade. Later in the week, students will begin writing different types of poetry. 


Word Work - Students will continue to work on contractions and verb tenses. 


Math - Students will begin our money and financial literacy unit. Students will identify coins, their values and compare sets of coins. 


Science - Students will be studying sound energy. 


Social Studies - Students will review continents and oceans. They will take a major grade assessment on Tuesday, March 2nd. 



Have a great week! 

Mrs. Stevens 

TUESDAY (2/16) and weekly update

Hi Families, 

 

TUESDAY, FEB. 16th: Students will be participating in remote learning. This will be asynchronous. Your children should know how to login to Schoology and access each course (subject). *Check your child’s red folder for some of the activities that are connected to assignments posted in Schoology. 

 

There will be one specific time (9:30)  that students will need to login (is possible) for a quick check in on Google Meet. 

Google Meet

Code: stevens



Don’t forget there is no school for students on Monday! Enjoy the long weekend and stay warm! 

:

  • Please make sure your child is still reading a “good fit” book EVERY night! They can take AR tests at home (Mon-Fri) to check their comprehension. 
  • Students should be writing in complete sentences, if you see your child is struggling with this, please practice at home. 
  • Students should continue to practice writing personal narrative stories and adding details. 



Reading - Students will compare and contrast paired texts (fiction and nonfiction).  Students will also answer comprehension questions and use text evidence to support their answers. 

 

Don’t forget to keep reading your Texas Reads One book -  Fennway and Hattie!  (a chapter every night)

 

Writing - This week we will focus on informational writing. 

*Please help your child brainstorm some ideas of things they are an “expert” at. 

 

Word Work - Students will practice identifying and writing contractions. 

 

Math - Students will focus on one-step and multistep addition and subtraction (with and without regrouping) problem solving. 

*There will be a major grade assessment on Friday, February 20th. 

 

Science - Students will study light and sound energy. 

 

Social Studies - Students will continue to study continents and oceans. 



Have a great week! 

The 2nd Grade Teachers 

Weekly Update 2/8-2/12

Reminders:

Please check Planners and folders NIGHTLY.

Please check and read the parent trail guide about Valentine’s exchange.  

Valentine Boxes/bags are due Wednesday, February 10.

Academic updates:

Reading - Students will focus identifying the central idea and supporting details of non fiction texts. Unit 5 Informational Text Assessment 2/11 & 2/12. Major Grade

Writing - Students will review writing personal narratives that focus on a small moment. 

Grammar - Students will learn about conjunctions.

Math - Students will begin learning how to solve 2 digit subtraction problems with regrouping. We will also focus on problem solving. 

Science - Students will learn about natural vs. man-made resources. We will also look at ways to conserve resources.  Major Grade Test Thursday 2/11.

Social Studies - Students will locate and identify continents and oceans. 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Stevens

Next week & Weekly Update 2/1-2/5

Hi second grade families!

***Our class will be presenting “Call to Greatness” (live) this week! Please try and have your child to school between 8:10-8:20!
 

Can you believe it is already February? Your children have made so much progress the first half of the year and we are so excited to see the growth on their middle of the year assessments. 

We will continue to strive for excellence and help your child reach their full potential the second half of the year. Please continue to encourage your child to always do their best and uphold our CFES creed:

I am proud to be a Creekside Forest Cougar.

I come to school each day respecting my teachers,

my classmates, and myself. 

I am responsible for my choices and their results.

I care for others with all my heart. 

Never quitting is my #1 tool;

I am a leader at the #1 school.

Go CREEKSIDE!

 

As always, it will be a busy week of learning in 2nd grade! 

Reminders:

Please check and read the parent trail guide about Valentine’s exchange.  

 

Academic updates:

Reading - Students will focus on chronological order and sequencing of non-fiction texts. 

Writing - Students will review writing personal narratives that focus on a small moment. 

Grammar - Students will learn about conjunctions.

Math - Students will begin learning how to solve 2 digit addition problems with regrouping. We will also focus on problem solving. 

Science - Students will learn about natural vs. man-made resources. We will also look at ways to conserve resources.

Social Studies - Students will locate and identify continents and oceans. 

 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Stevens

Weekly Update Jan 25-Jan 29

Dear CFES Families, 

We are ready to begin another hard-working week in second grade!

Academic Updates:

Reading - Students will continue to practice identifying nonfiction text structures as they compare and contrast and use chronological order to sequence events in informational text.

Writing - Students will continue procedural writing this week by following the steps of the writing process to complete their invention user manual that will be taken as a major writing grade. Students will continue to identify prepositions in text and begin adding commas to a series in their writing. 

Math - Students will identify and extend patterns on a number line as well as work with open number lines. Students will take a major grade assessment on Place Value to 1,200 on Friday of this week. 

Science - Students will continue learning about Earth’s resources as they identify natural and manmade resources. Second graders will take a major grade assessment on Rocks and Water this Thursday. 

Social Studies - Students will continue to learn about symbols and monuments of the United States. An end of unit monument project will be completed this week and taken for a major grade. 

 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Stevens

Weekly Update 1/18-1/22

Dear CFES Families, 

Our students are working hard each and every day. We are working on middle of the year assessments this week and are so proud of the growth our students have made! 

 

Academic Updates:

Reading - Students will practice identifying the text structures of cause & effect and compare & contrast in informational text.


Writing - Students will continue procedural writing this week by following the steps of the writing process to write a “user manual” describing the purpose/function of their self-made recycled inventions, along with steps as to how it works. This will be a 2 week project which will be a major writing grade when complete.


Math - Students will practice comparing and ordering numbers up to 1,200 based on place value.


Science - Students will continue learning about Natural Resources - Rocks and Water.


Social Studies - Students will continue to learn about symbols and monuments of the United States and Texas.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Stevens

Weekly Update 1/11-1/15

We are ready for a busy week ahead. 
 
Here is what we will be learning next week:
 
Reading:  We continue our study of non-fiction text features.  We will also begin using a new program called Lexia for phonics and comprehension practice.  Students may get on this program from home, too.  They log in through their Clever homepage. 
 
Writing:  Our focus will be on procedural writing using transition words and prepositions.  We will learn many revising techniques as well. Virtual students, please begin saving recyclables such as boxes, bottles, plastic containers, etc. for a special project coming up the following week.
 
Math: We continue our study of fractions with our assessment on Tuesday.
 
Science:  We will start our study of the physical properties of rocks.  EVERYONE PLEASE BRING ONE ROCK (that you can hold in one hand) BY FRIDAY, Jan. 15, FOR A SPECIAL PROJECT. 
 
Social Studies: We will learn about the special symbols and monuments of the United States.
 
We look forward to a wonderful week.
Sincerely, 
The Second Grade Team

Announcement and Weekly Update 1/4-1/8

This week and part of next week I am unexpectedly having to be cautious and stay home. This absence in the classroom will not change the quality of instruction that your child will be receiving. I am still working closely with our team of teachers and ensuring everything is planned and prepped each day. Your child will be at the forefront of my mind this week as I have to work from home. What joy your children have brought to my life thus far in second grade, and I look forward to getting back to the classroom and seeing all of your precious children. 

Please remind your child of the life principle of flexibility as I know things will look a little different for them without me there. Please reach out with anything you may need, and know that if I could be there I would. 

 Mrs. Stevens

 

 

Weekly update:

Welcome Back!


We hope everyone enjoyed their winter break.  Hopefully everyone is rested and ready to get back to the business of learning.  We are looking forward to seeing all of our students Wednesday morning.  


What We Are Learning This Week!


Reading - Informational Texts - Students will begin learning about nonfiction text features.


Phonics - Students will read and write words with ew/oo/ue/ui.


Writing/Social Studies - Students will be writing about their best moments in 2020 and then focus on writing personal and school goals for 2021.


Grammar - Students will identify prepositions/phrases and use them correctly in their writing.


Science - Students will  learn how magnets attract and repel.  


Have a great week!

Second Grade Teachers

 

Weekly Update 12/14-12/18

Dear Families, 


This final week, as we “wrap” up the second quarter and the first semester of school, we are reminded of the “gift” we receive each and every day of teaching your children. They bring “joy” to our hearts, “peace” to our souls, and a “hope” that the “present” can always be made a little “brighter”.


We hope you have a wonderful, safe and peaceful holiday.


Sincerely,

Second Grade Teachers


Reminders/Announcements:

Dec. 15 - Sonic Spirit Day

Dec. 18 - Dress in your favorite pajamas as we get cozy for our upcoming Winter Break

Dec. 18 - Holiday Party/Service Project

Dec. 18 - End of 2nd grading period

Dec.21-Jan 6 Winter Break

As a reminder, we will have our Holiday Party (fun activities and service project) on Friday, December 18 (PJ Day!).  

We want to make this day special for the kids, so we have many fun and engaging activities and service projects planned for that day for both F2F and Virtual students. 


Cougar Campout:

Please remind students to complete the weekly Life Principle assignment located in Schoology - Cougar Campout. 


Academic Updates for the week:


Reading: Students will be reviewing Persuasive Texts, and we will have a major grade assessment on Tuesday.


Writing/Grammar: Students are continuing letter writing skills, using the correct format of the 5 parts of a letter, proper capitalization and punctuation. Our letters will be written using the 3 author purposes of Persuade, Inform and Entertain. 


Math: We will be introducing Fractions this week (halves, fourths, eighths)  and will learn how to partition objects into equal parts. 


Science: Students will review all concepts from this quarter. Also, we will be participating in a service project and will make a Bird Feeder on Thursday.


Social Studies: Students will explore Holidays Around the World and learn about the many different customs, traditions and celebrations from all around the world.

Weekly Update 12/7-12/11

12 Days before the Holidays treat for Monday is ... students may wear a fun holiday hat!

8 - General PTO Meeting (virtual)

10 - Wear your Grinch ware to show how your heart grows with Compassion

15 - Sonic Spirit Day

18 - Dress in your favorite pajamas as we get cozy for our upcoming Winter Break

18 - End of 2nd grading period

21-Jan 6 Winter Break

Writing: Students will continue to write Friendly Letters using all 5 parts...heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature. Students will punctuate letters using commas and capital letters in each of the 5 parts. 

Reading: Students will continue to read and analyze persuasive text INDEPENDENTLY. Please continue to practice reading and responding to text at home by underlining text evidence to locate answers within the text and to prove their thinking. 

Word Work: Students will read and write words containing the “oi/oy” spelling pattern.

Math: Students will complete their study of Geometric figures this week and will have a major grade assessment on Friday, December 11th. 

Science: Students will complete their study of force and motion, and patterns of movement and will have a major grade assessment on Friday, December 11th. 

Social Studies: Students will complete their study of Government, and have a major grade assessment on Tuesday, December 8th. 

 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Stevens