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Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Second Grade is an exciting year in your child's school career and 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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Weekly update (5/21)

This week we have many exciting things going on! I know May is such a busy time and there is so much going on... I truly appreciate all of the "extra" things you have done to help us finish up the year (sending in posterboards, supplies, making sure you kid wears red, has a disposable lunch, etc.).
 
Donations needed by this Thursday-if you would like to donate a bag of tortilla chips or some bottled waters for our salsa party, please e-mail me.  We need 3-4 bags of tortilla chips and 48 small water bottles for our class.  THANK YOU!!!
 
Wednesday-chopping day! Thank you to those who said they were available to come help. You would be needed from 11:45-1:15. Please bring a cutting board and a couple small cutting knives. 
 
Friday, May 25th-Salsa celebration, 2;30-3:30: A pink form went home last week if you would like to preregister to attend (it will save you a lot of time signing in!)
Kids will present individual garden projects, group technology projects, the grade level garden timeline, and you can sample our salsa and pico de gallo.
 
Next week-
Monday- Memorial Day: No school
Thursday, May 31st- the last day- party day-early dismissal at 12:50 * A sign up will be sent out ASAP!*
 
Have a great week! 
Mrs. Stevens
 

Wednesday updates!

FIELD DAY: Tomorrow (Thursday)! A list of reminders was sent home in your child's red folder today! Wear RED!
 
School Photo: Tomorrow (before field day). I have e-mailed you if your child is on the "no media" list. You will need to send in a note for them to be able to participate in the photo for Mrs. Deyoe. 
 
Salsa Party registration: A pre-registration form was sent home today. If you plan on attending the Garden/Salsa celebration on May 25th, please fill out the form and return it ASAP. The form will allow the front office to check in parents quicker and get you back to the classrooms in time! 
 
Volunteers needed: I need 2-3 volunteers to help kids clean and chop their vegetables on Wednesday, May 23rd from 11:45-1:15. You will  just need to bring a cutting board. Please e-mail me if you are able to help! 
 
Picnic in the pod on Friday: The cafeteria is closed. All students need to bring a lunch from home. 
 
 

What's happening this week (week of 5/14)

First of all, THANK YOU all for making me feel so appreciated and blessed last week. I am truly grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
 
As I begin to collect end of the year samples, look at data from the beginning of the year and fill out paperwork for the end of the year, I am amazed at all of the growth your children have made this year. I am so proud of all of their hard work. Your support at home as been equally as important to their success this year in 2nd grade. 
 
Happy Mother's Day! I hope you all were able to spend some time with those you love, relax and be spoiled! 
 
Don't forget:
- Tomorrow (Monday, May 14th) - Your child may bring a flashlight, labeled with their name, and a small stuffed animal. We will begin our "Camp Learned A Lot" adventure! We will be setting up tents (wish us/them luck!), setting campsite expectations, reading by flashlight, and participating in "camping" theme activities that match our learning objectives. 
 
- NO visitors this week due to STAAR!  Our lunchtimes this week have changed. You may send in 2 snacks if you would like.  
 
- Thursday & Friday: Please make sure your child has a lunch from home! 
 
- Thursday: Field Day - wear red, tennis shoes, sunscreen/bug spray, bring a towel, hat (optional). More info/reminders will be sent home. 
 
- May 21st - yearbook signing day - please have your child bring their yearbook back to school. 
 
- May 25th - Garden Celebration at 2:30PM. All are invited to attend this special event.  Students will present individual garden poster projects, group technology projects, a grade level timeline project, and serve the salsa and pico-de-gallo they have planted, grown, harvested, chopped and made. Come join us for this amazing celebration of learning!
 
What we are learning this week:
Reading/Writing: Students will work on, apply and review many reading and writing strategies and skills that they have learned throughout the year. 
 
Last spelling test! There will be no challenge list this week: 
Spelling words - giant, digit, gym, jam, badge, green, goose, games, gems, garden, jumps, gifts, frog, young, sentence, idea
 
Math: Students will continue to work on multiplication strategies (repeated addition, arrays, equal groups). Students will also begin learning about how to use different strategies to solve division problems (repeated subtraction, equal groups). 
Monday, May 21st - Students will have their Spring District Math Benchmark Test! 
 
Science - Students will continue to work on their garden projects. Students will also review 2nd grade science objectives and participate in many fun experiments and activities. 
Students will have their Spring District Benchmark on Friday, May 18th!
 
Social Studies - Students will learn and identify major landforms including hills, mountains, plateaus, valleys, canyons, islands, plains, peninsulas, isthmuses and volcanoes.
 
Have a great week! 
Mrs. Stevens 

Weekly Update (updated 5/7) - math test review in Google Classroom

So much is going to be happening between now and the end of the month..it's hard to believe we are headed into the final few weeks of 2nd grade! 

Garden Project/Salsa Celebration:

Wednesday, May 23rd-Parent volunteers needed for chopping garden veggies in the afternoon. If you can help please e-mail me for details.

Friday, May 25th-Salsa Celebration-2:30-3:30-all are invited to attend this special event.  Students will present individual garden poster projects, group technology projects, a grade level timeline project, and serve the salsa and pico de gallo they have planted, grown, harvested, chopped and made. Come join us for this amazing celebration of learning!

Camp Learned A Lot - Next week we will begin Camp Learned A Lot! This is a fun couple of weeks in 2nd grade! Students will need to bring a flashlight from home (labeled with their name) by Monday, May 14th. 

What are we learning this week:

Reading - Students will be analyzing procedural text. Students will have a major grade on Friday, May 11th. 

Writing - Students will be working on the writing portion of their garden project. 

Spelling words - city, sail, nice, cell, price, cent, call, kitten, cable, basket, face, police, cupcake, place, second, once 

Math - We will review for the money test on Monday...Test on Tuesday, May 8th. I posted the review in Google Classroom.  On Wednesday, students will begin learning about multiplication strategies (repeated addition, arrays and equal groups). 

Science - Students will begin putting together their garden projects and creating their technology project. 

Social Studies - Students will continue to study the continents and oceans. Students will take a test on Friday, May 11th. 

Upcoming Tests:

Tuesday, May 8th - Math: Money and financial literacy test

Friday, May 11- Social Studies: continents and oceans test

Friday, May 11 - Procedural Text 

Monday, May 21- 2nd Grade Math Spring Benchmark Test

 

A few reminders from the school....

STAAR test: 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 14th, 2018:  3rd, 4th Math, 5th retest

May 15th, 2018: 3rd, 4th Reading

May 16th, 2018: 5th Science STAAR

Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5thgrade), 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.

Field Day: Parents,

We really need field day volunteers for both Thursday, May 17th & Friday, May 18th. Please follow the link below and sign up to help!

https://creeksideforestpto.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/20786

Thank you!

Debi Baxter

 

Have a great week! 

Mrs. Stevens

upcoming dates!

May 2nd - Progress reports go home. 
 
May, 14, 15, 16-STAAAR testing in upper grades-NO VISITORS or volunteers those 3 days.
 
The week of May 14th-Camp-Learned-A-Lot begins-a second grade tradition-
***IF ANYONE HAS A TENT THAT WE COULD BORROW FOR 2 WEEKS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. We set it up in the classroom, and set clear expectations for its use, so it will be well taken care of.
 
May 17th - K-2 Field Day! 2nd graders should wear red. 
 
May 18th - The cafeteria will be closed. All students need to bring a lunch from home. 
 
May 18- all Library books due
 
May ????? TBD (possibly the 18th or 25th)  Garden Harvest-Salsa celebration-we are closely watching the growth of our garden and will let you know ASAP when we will be harvesting. Students will display and present technology projects, individual project posters, a grade level garden timeline, and have delicious salsa and pico de gallo for you to sample, that your children grew, will harvest, chop, and prepare.  You won't want to miss it! 
 
End of the year conferences - e-mail me and let me know if you would like to schedule one! 
 
 
 

What's happening this week (4/30-5/4)

WOW! Thank you all so much for all the books from the book fair. I am not exaggerating when I say that they kids LOVE when we get new books. This class has caught the reading bug (which makes my teacher heart so happy!). 
 
I cannot believe we are headed into the month of May! The remainder of the year will fly by! We are currently doing end of the year assessments and testing. I would love to meet with you to share the data about your child's progress and growth this year. If you would like to schedule an end of the year conference, please e-mail me! 
 
In a couple of weeks, we will start  "camp learned a lot" in our classroom. This is such a fun time for the class, we read by flashlight, set up tents, and participate in fun "camping" activities, experiments, snacks, etc. If you have a tent we could borrow for a couple of weeks, please let me know! 
 
What we are learning this week: 
Reading & Writing - Students will now begin using their note taking chart to complete their animal research project! 
 
Spelling words: lick, leak, snake, sleek, weak, croak, whack, brook, bank, smack, kick, rock, spoke, ask, back, sometimes
 
Math - Students will continue learning about money. This week we will focus on financial literacy. Students will understand the difference between saving and spending, producers and consumers, responsible and irresponsible borrowing, and deposits and withdrawls. 
 
Social Studies - Students will be able to identify continents and oceans. 
 
Science - Students will identify physical characteristics that help animals adapt and survive in their environments. 
 
Have a great week! 
Mrs. Stevens

What's happening this week (4/23-4/27) + Research Test review

What are we learning this week?
 
Reading & Writing - Students will continue their animal research project. Students will learn how to take notes. Students will locate and record facts about their assigned animal using different sources (trade book, encyclopedia, internet). This project is modeled and done step by step throughout the week. This project is taken for multiple major grades across multiple subjects. 
 
Students will also have a "research test" on Tuesday, the 24th. As always, we will review in class prior to the test. 
Here is a link to our kahoot review if you would like to go over it at home, too. Just copy and paste it into your address bar to begin on any device. (you will need 2 devices) 

https://play.kahoot.it/#/lobby?quizId=2a13a21e-cd26-41b9-9174-4bce4d2e2619

 
 
Spelling words - chalk, fall, talk, calm, bald, salt, stall, stalk, small, all, call, palm, ball, almost, always, animal
 
 Math -  Students will continue to identify coins and their values, collect a collection of coins, and compare collections of coins. Students will also practice problem solving with money. 
 
Science - Students will look at the life cycles of different insects. 
 
The garden is growing! If you haven't seen it or talked about it with your child, I encourage you to do so! The students wrote persuasive letters to Mrs. Deyoe to convince her that we needed flowers (and researched reasons why) ...she agreed. We will plant this next week!
 
Social Studies - Students will identify how humans can cause positive and negative consequences one the environment. Students will also explain how land effects people (i.e. climate, geography, natural disasters, economy, etc.). 
 
Upcoming dates:
April 23rd-April 27th (Monday)- Book Fair
*We will go to the book fair as a class during on our regular library day/time - Tuesday at 9:30.
April 24th (Tuesday)- Muffins with mom
 
 
Have a great week!
Mrs. Stevens
 

Weekly update (4/16-4/20)

It is going to be a busy week! 
 
Please make sure your child signs in to google classroom at home! There are a ton of links and resources that we use in class available for them to use at home as well. 
 
What are we learning this week?
 
Reading & Writing - Students will begin their animal research project. Students will learn how to take notes. Students will locate and record facts about their assigned animal using different sources (trade book, encyclopedia, internet). This project is modeled and done step by step throughout the week. This project is taken for multiple major grades across multiple subjects. 
 
Spelling words - haul, maul, gaunt, pauses, raw, paw, draw, claws, dawn, yawn, hawk, launch, haunt, saw, because, off
 
Math - Students will take their fraction test tomorrow. I have attached a fraction review. Students also are bringing home math homework (fractions) to practice at home. 
On Wednesday, we will start studying coins. Students will identify coins and their values, collect a collection of coins, and compare collections of coins. 
 
Science - Students will learn about  the basic needs of animals. Students will understand how animals meet their basic needs, how different animals have different needs, and how the environment effects an animals ability to meet their needs. 
 
Social Studies - Students will identify positive and negative consequences of technology on the environment. Students will also explain how humans impact the environment. 
 
Upcoming dates:
April 19th (Thursday) - Book fair preview - students will go to the library and make a "wish list" for the book fair. 
April 23rd (Monday)- Book Fair
April 24th (Tuesday)- Muffins with mom 
 
 
Have a great week!
Mrs. Stevens
 

Progress reports, Wednesday folders, mid-week update

Progress reports are coming home TODAY (Wednesday) in your child's red folder. Please sign and return the bottom portion tomorrow. 
 
All other "Wednesday Folder" papers and assignments will be sent home tomorrow (Thursday). 
 
I have added quite a bit in Google Classroom this week for new skills and concepts. The big thing will be the new vocabulary used for "research/sources". 
 
Have a great afternoon! 
Mrs. Stevens 

Weekly update (4/9)

Happy Monday! 
 
*Don't forget - visitors will not be allowed on campus due to STAAR testing tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.*
 
What are we learning this week?
Reading - Students will determine, locate, and explore relevant sources (encyclopedia, trade book, internet) when researching a topic. Students will organize and present their research and information in various ways. Students will also review fact and opinion. 
 
Writing - Students will review the 5 parts of friendly letters and write letters to different audiences. 
 
Word Work - Students will practice their dictionary skills and focus on using guide words to find information. 
Spelling words -how, counts, cow, clown, found, town, loud, now, ouch, down, shout, brown, ground, around, house, until
 
Math -Students will continue to identify, name and partition fractions and fractional parts. Students will learn the relationship between the number of parts and the size of the parts. Students will also identify a set of fractional parts that is more than one whole. 
 
*The problem of the day this week will be taken for a daily grade.
 
Science - Students will learn that dependency occurs in environments such as lakes, parks, and gardens. Students will explore dependency by observing different food chains. Students will also learn that all living things have a life cycle. 
 

 

http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/lifecycle.htm

Social Studies - Students will be assigned an inventor and research the person and invention. Students will use the information they research to complete their inventor research project (note taking sheet and inventor illustration). This project will be taken for a major grade. 

 

Have a great week! 

Mrs. Stevens

 

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! 
 
What are we learning this week?
 
Reading - Students will continue to learn about Media Literacy. Students should know the different formats of media, persuasive techniques that are used, the purpose of media, and why media is important in our lives. Students will have a major grade assessment on Wednesday, April 4th. Students will then begin learning about how to research topics using different sources. 
*Please make sure your child is still reading every night! 
 
Writing - Students will continue to work on revising their writing. We have been focusing on different skills each day. Students have had to add more detail to their writing, add dialogue, write "bold" beginnings, write "exciting" endings, and give feedback to a partner.
These 3 weeks of revising will be graded using a district rubric and taken for a major grade.
 
Spelling words - enjoy, oil, joy, coins, toy, boil, join, toys, toil, moist, broil, ploy, noise, boy, light, kind
 
Math - Students will have a major grade assessment covering geometry on Tuesday, April 3rd. Students will then begin studying fractions. Students will also be really making sure they have a strong foundation on addition and subtraction problem solving. Homework will be sent home for problem solving and is due on Friday. 
 
Science - Students will have a major grade assessment on Monday, April 2nd over Plants and their parts. Students will then begin to study the physical characteristics of plants that help them meet their basic needs, how the weather causes dormancy in plants and understand how dependency occurs in environments.
 
Social Studies - Students will continue to study technology and how it effects/changes our lives. 
 
Upcoming Dates & Reminders:
April 10th & 11th - Lunch will be at 12:05
 
 
A note from CFES:  
  

CAMPUS CLOSED TO VISITORS             DURING STAAR TESTING

 

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 April 10th and April 11th, we will have our first round of STAAR testing for this school year. On Tuesday, April 10th, our fourth graders will be taking STAAR Writing, and our fifth graders will be taking STAAR Math. The following day, April 11th, 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.

 

Just a few test-taking tips:

  1. Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before the test.
  2. Have your child eat a high protein breakfast the morning of the test.
  3. Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts.
  4. Double check that your child has his/her eyeglasses and any needed medications.
  5. Arrive to school on time.
  6. Explain to your child to listen carefully to all instructions and use his/her time wisely.
  7. Encourage your child to do his/her best and that if they do that, you will be proud of them, and they will be proud of themselves!

 

Have a great week!  
Mrs. Stevens

Weekly update (for next week! 4/2)

I hope you all saw the picture I posted of our class at the field trip! 
 
Next week is VERY busy so I wanted to go ahead and share what we will be learning and working on! 
 
Reading - Students will continue to learn about Media Literacy. Students should know the different formats of media, persuasive techniques that are used, the purpose of media, and why media is important in our lives. Students will have a major grade assessment on Wednesday, April 4th. Students will then begin learning about how to research topics using different sources. 
*Please make sure your child is still reading every night! 
 
Writing - Students will continue to work on revising their writing. We have been focusing on different skills each day. Students have had to add more detail to their writing, add dialogue, write "bold" beginnings, write "exciting" endings, and give feedback to a partner.
These 3 weeks of revising will be graded using a district rubric and taken for a major grade.
 
Math - Students will have a major grade assessment covering geometry on Tuesday, April 3rd. Students will then begin studying fractions. Students will also be really making sure they have a strong foundation on addition and subtraction problem solving. Homework will be sent home for problem solving on Monday too. 
 
Science - Students will have a major grade assessment on Monday, April 2nd over Plants and their parts. 
 
Social Studies - Students will continue to study technology and how it effects/changes our lives. 
 
Upcoming Dates & Reminders:
April 10th & 11th - Lunch will be at 12:05
 
 
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and enjoy the long weekend and beautiful spring weather! 
 
Mrs. Stevens

Field trip is ON!

We are still planning on going on our field trip tomorrow.  All forecasts show storms ending by sunrise tomorrow morning.  We depart school at 9:00 a.m.
We look forward to a great day at Mercer Arboretum!
A few reminders..
  • Wear tennis shoes.
  • Students also need to apply sunscreen and bug spray at home! LOTS OF BUG SPRAY since it rained!
  • Students need to bring a disposable lunch (everything will need to be thrown away). 
  • Please send in a separate snack in your child's backpack. 
  • Make sure water bottles are labeled with their name (water only!)